Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused the United States of prolonging the war in Ukraine, accusing Washington of trying to maintain its global hegemony.
“The situation in Ukraine shows that the United States wants to prolong the conflict,” the Russian president said Tuesday at the opening ceremony of the Security Council in Moscow.
Washington is “using the Ukrainian people as cannon fodder,” he said, lashing out at the US for supplying weapons to Kyiv.
“They need conflict to maintain supremacy,” he said.
Russia invaded Ukraine in February, expecting little military resistance and hoping for a lightning-quick takeover to overthrow the government in Kyiv.
However, after failing to capture the capital, Russian forces shifted their focus to the East Donbass region. What the Kremlin considered a quick victory turned into a protracted war thanks to the supply of arms to Ukraine by the West.
The U.S. has provided a staggering $50 billion in aid to Ukraine since February, as Ukraine has steadfastly backed Kyiv in the wake of Russia’s aggression.
The long-range and precision artillery is part of the $9 billion U.S. military aid that has enabled Ukraine to attack Russian supply facilities deep within Moscow-controlled areas.
Explosion in Crimea
A huge fireball erupted early Tuesday at a temporary storage site for ammunition in the Kremlin-controlled Crimea. Russian state news agency TASS quoted the defense ministry as saying the explosion was the result of “sabotage”.
Tuesday’s blast came a week after a similar explosion at a Russian air base in Crimea annexed by Moscow in 2014 killed at least one person and injured five.
Ukraine has not claimed direct responsibility for any of the incidents in Crimea.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said at a meeting in Moscow that in addition to supplying Ukraine with weapons, Western allies would also provide detailed intelligence information and instructors to help the Ukrainian military operate weapons systems. accused of sending
“Western intelligence agencies not only provided the target coordinates to launch the attack, but Western experts also oversaw the input of those data into the weapons system,” Shoigu said.
At Tuesday’s security conference attended by military officials from Africa, Asia and Latin America, Putin said he had sent troops to Ukraine in response to Washington turning the country into an “anti-Russia” bulwark. He reaffirmed his longstanding claims.
He draws parallels between U.S. support for Ukraine and U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s recent visit to Taiwan, both of which are U.S. attempts to fuel global instability. accused of being part of
“The US adventure in Taiwan was more than just a trip by irresponsible politicians. It is part of a strategy and a blatant demonstration of disrespect for the sovereignty of other states and their own international obligations.
“The era of the unipolar world order is coming to an end,” he added.
Food aid ship heads to Africa
Ukrainian presidential aide Mikhail Podlyak said on Tuesday that the latest explosion in Crimea’s Dzhankoy “represented the high risk of warehouse explosions and the death of invaders and thieves in Russian-occupied Crimea.” It will remind me,” he said.
He said the bombing was “on-going demilitarization” — using the same term that Russia used to justify its invasion of Ukraine.
Meanwhile, in the eastern Donbass region, where most of the fighting has been seen, Ukraine said it had launched a “massive” offensive from an oil refinery in the recently occupied Russian city of Lysychansk in the Luhansk region.
The Ukrainian president’s office said one woman had been killed and two others injured in Donetsk oblast. Donetsk oblast, together with Luhansk, constitutes industrial Donbass, which is now largely controlled by the Russian military.
Kyiv and Moscow have also denounced a series of raids this month against Europe’s largest Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine.
On Monday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky warned that a “catastrophe” at a Russian-controlled facility would threaten all of Europe.
Meanwhile, Russian Defense Minister Shoigu dismissed claims that Moscow could use nuclear and chemical weapons in the conflict as “absolute lies”.
“From a military point of view, there is no need to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine to achieve the stated goals,” Shoigu said. “The primary task of Russia’s nuclear forces is to provide deterrence against nuclear attack.”
Meanwhile, the first UN-chartered vessel loaded with grain has left Ukraine for Africa following a landmark deal brokered by Turkey and the UN to alleviate the global food crisis.
The MV Brave Commander, laden with 23,000 tonnes of wheat, could depart after a Russian blockade of Ukrainian ports agreed last month was lifted and a safe passageway was established past a mine laid by Kyiv. I was.
Ukraine says it hopes to have two or three similar shipments in the near future.
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