December 7, 2022

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Putin halts mass bombing in Ukraine, says war with NATO would be ‘global disaster’

The Russian president held a press conference in Astana, Kazakhstan, and responded to the EU president’s statement on the destruction of Russian troops.

Valery Sharifulin / Sputnik / AFPPutin during a press conference in Astana, Kazakhstan

President of Russia, Vladimir PutinIt ruled out immediately launching new mass bombings Ukraine And the troop expansion was announced three weeks ago following a setback in their forces. According to him, 222,000 of the expected 300,000 soldiers have been recruited so far and 16,000 are already in “combat units”. The president made these statements at a press conference in Astana, Kazakhstan, where he was responding to a statement by Joseph Borel. The EU diplomatic chief said on Thursday, the 13th, that “any nuclear attack against Ukraine will trigger a response; It will not be a nuclear reaction, but from a military point of view it will be so strong that the Russian military will be destroyed. Putin responded by saying that a war with NATO would be a global disaster. “I believe those who say this are smart enough not to take such steps,” he said, citing the risk of a nuclear attack causing “global catastrophe.” In the interview, the Russian said that what is happening in Ukraine today is not pleasant, however, he emphasized the importance of his “military action” – the way he characterizes the war. “If Russia had not invaded Ukraine, we would have been in the same situation a little later, only worse conditions for us,” he added. “So we’re doing everything right,” he concluded.

This week, the conflict in Eastern Europe is heating up as it approaches its eighth month. The operation is part of a massive bombing campaign against several Ukrainian cities, including Kiev, in response to a 2014 explosion that damaged the Kerch bridge in Crimea, a peninsula annexed by Russia. Ukrainian services, the Russian government announced Friday. Before July 1, 2023, the bridge must be restored within nine months. Built on the order of the Russian president, this infrastructure is essential to supply Russian troops in Ukraine. Russia has been losing territory since September. In recent weeks they have been forced to withdraw from various positions in the east and south in the face of a surprising Ukrainian counterattack. The advance of Ukrainian forces prompted Kremlin-installed authorities in the Moscow-annexed Kherson region (south) to demand a civilian withdrawal. Despite the Ukrainian counteroffensive, Russian and separatist forces say they are in a good position to launch offensive moves to the east and capture the city of Baghmut. Controlling that city would allow Moscow to advance on two other Kiev-held cities in the Donetsk region, Kramatorsk and Sloviansk.

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On the other hand, Putin’s speech did not threaten the Ukrainian president. Volodymyr ZelenskyIn an act commemorating Defender’s Day, it assured its citizens of victory. “On October 14, we thank all those who fought for Ukraine in the past, all those who fought for it now, all those who won in the past and who will certainly win now,” Zelensky said in a video. “Together to victory!” The head of the Ukrainian army launched Valery Zalujny. During the holiday, portraits of about 180 soldiers who died in the port city of Mariupol, which was besieged by the Russian military for months before falling in May, were erected in front of Saint Sophia Cathedral in Kiev. This Friday, another complaint was made against Russian players. The Pramila Paton, the UN Special Representative for Sexual Violence in Conflict, said rape and sexual assault against Russian forces in Ukraine was a “military strategy” and a “tactic to deliberately dehumanize the victims”. “When we hear women talking about Russian soldiers being equipped with Viagra, it’s a military strategy,” he explained.

*With information from AFP