“We believe that President Putin is preparing for a protracted conflict in Ukraine, during which he still intends to achieve goals beyond Donbass” (East): Transnistria, a region of Moldova that seceded in 1990.
Haines added during the meeting that while it was “possible” that the Russians would achieve this goal in the coming months, “they will not be able to reach Transnistria and include Odessa (southern Ukraine) without a decision on some form of general mobilization.” Hearing in the US Congress.
The death of Leonid Kravchuk, father of independent Ukraine
Leonid Kravchuk, who died at the age of 88 in the midst of the Russian invasion, was a gravedigger of the Soviet Union, who was the first president of independent Ukraine, returned to Moscow the nuclear arsenal inherited from the Soviet Union, and the third in the world.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky responded, praising the “wisdom” of a man “who knew World War II and the occupation.”
He knew the price of freedom and wanted peace from the bottom of his heart for Ukraine. We will do it, we will win.” In August 1991, the then leader of the Ukrainian SSR within a few days succeeded in persuading the Communist majority in Parliament to declare Ukraine’s independence. A few months later, he was easily elected in the first round as president of independent Ukraine, playing a compromise card among the Communists Nationalists and on this occasion acquired the nickname “Cunning Fox”.
And she warned that the Russian president is “likely counting on weakening the resolve” of the Westerners.
Believing that Putin’s ambitions are beyond the capabilities of his military, it considers it “likely” to be an “unpredictable and likely escalation path” in the coming months, as well as the possibility of “tougher measures, including the imposition of martial law, a redirection of production industrial”.
“We continue to believe that President Putin will order the use of nuclear weapons only if he sees an existential threat to the Russian state or the Russian regime,” she noted.
Ukraine’s accession to the European Union
On the same day, on the occasion of his first visit to his country, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said that Ukraine’s accession to the European Union, in the context of the Russian invasion of the country, had become “a question of war or peace.” State German minister since the beginning of the war, his counterpart Annalena Barbock.
One of the reasons for the outbreak of the war was that Putin was convinced that Europe did not need Ukraine.
According to him, “One of the reasons for the outbreak of the war is Putin’s conviction that Europe does not need Ukraine.”
French President Emmanuel Macron, who holds the European Union’s rotating presidency, dashed hopes for Ukraine’s speedy EU membership on Monday, saying it would take “decades”. In the meantime, he proposed joining a new entity, the “European Political Community”, capable of welcoming other countries.
And the German minister announced, on Tuesday, the reopening of the German embassy in Kyiv, which was closed shortly after the Russian invasion on February 24. His visit was an opportunity for Kiev to welcome Berlin’s “change of attitude” toward Moscow in recent weeks.
The German minister visited Buce, near Kyiv, where hundreds of civilian deaths were found after the Russian occupation in March. “We owe it to the victims not just to commemorate here, but to bring the perpetrators to justice […] This is the promise we can and must make here at Butch.”
“We owe it to the victims not just to commemorate here, but to bring the perpetrators to justice.”
Dutch Minister Wopke Hoekstra, who is also in Ukraine on Tuesday, released photos from Irpen, another town near Kyiv where Ukraine accuses Russians of killing civilians in March, before a meeting with Dmytro Kuleba. He also announced the reopening of his embassy in the Ukrainian capital.
On the ground, after strikes on Odessa (south) on Monday that left at least one dead and five wounded, the Ukrainian General Staff announced that Russian artillery shelling and air strikes continued on Tuesday in the eastern country and the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol (south). -the East).
According to a senior Ukrainian government official, “more than a thousand soldiers,” including “hundreds of wounded,” remain in the underground galleries of the massive steelwork, the last pocket of Ukrainian resistance in this strategic southern port of Donbass.
In the rest of the Donbass regions, the Russians continue to “prepare for offensive operations in the Lyman and Severodonetsk regions,” according to the Ukrainian General Staff.
In the Kharkiv region, the bodies of 44 civilians were found under the rubble of a building destroyed in March in Izyum
In the Kharkiv region, the bodies of 44 civilians were found under the rubble of a building destroyed in March in the Russian-controlled city of Izyum, according to the region’s governor, Oleg Senegubov.
The Russian military said it bombed 74 targets on Tuesday in Ukraine, and took out three more bodies of “Ukrainian special forces soldiers” from the Black Sea, bringing the total of bodies recovered after a Ukrainian attempt to “fail”, according to Moscow, to 27, to seize Snake Island. The strategy.
Return of the population in Kyiv
On Tuesday, Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said that nearly two-thirds of the capital’s 3.5 million residents have returned to Kyiv, which emptied the majority of its population at the start of the Russian invasion.
Although curfews, roadblocks and mines remain in the forests around Kyiv, “if these restrictions do not scare you, you can actually go back,” added the city councilman, who called on residents even here to be patient.
In the evening, he announced the death of the first president of independent Ukraine, Leonid Kravchuk (1990-1994) at the age of 88.
The 27th agreement on the horizon on oil
US military aid, which has already amounted to about $3.8 billion since the beginning of the conflict, should be further facilitated by the signing on Monday by President Joe Biden of the “Ukrainian Democracy Defense Lease Act.” This Lend-Lease Act takes a system adopted by President Franklin Roosevelt (1933-1945) in 1941, which granted him broad powers to support the war effort in Europe.
Meanwhile, negotiations are continuing on a proposed European Union embargo on Russian oil, which Hungary currently bans.