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Russia is ready for a “long-term war” in Ukraine, US warns

The United States warned on Tuesday that Russian President Vladimir Putin is ready for a long-term war in Ukraine and will not stop in the eastern region of Donbus, where fighting is currently intensifying.

Washington’s harsh predictions came as Ukraine stated that its accession to the European Union was a matter of “war and peace” across the continent facing Moscow.

When it fought Russia’s attempt to move forward in the east, Kieu welcomed saying that it was a change in the attitude of the EU powerhouse Germany towards Russia’s oil embargo and arms supply to Ukraine.

In southern Ukraine, violence continues to intensify with missile strikes at the port of Odessa all night. Meanwhile, officials said about 1,000 troops were trapped in the devastated Azovstal Iron and Steel Works in Mariupol’s city.

Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, but Ukrainian troops managed to push Moscow’s troops back from Kyiv, and the conflict is now in its third month.

Putin said in a speech at a large military parade in Moscow on Monday that Russian troops defended their “homeland” and blamed the West for conflict, and some about his plans. Gave a hint.

However, U.S. Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines said on Tuesday that Putin was determined not to end the war with the Donbus campaign and to build an overpass to Russia’s territory in Moldova.

US intelligence also believes Putin is more likely to mobilize the entire country, including martial law, and relies on his patience to undermine Western support for Ukraine.

“We appreciate that Putin is preparing for a long-term conflict in Ukraine and will continue to reach goals beyond Donbus,” Haynes said.

“Counting bombs”

Moscow shifted its focus to the Russian-speaking Donbus, which separatists have fought since 2014 after failing to rob Kyiv.

The Ukrainian president said “the epicenter of the fighting has moved” to Bilogorivka in the Lugansk region, the site of the deadly Russian air bombing at school on Sunday, when Ukrainian officials said they had killed 60 people.

Bombardment continued in the sister cities of Severodonetsk and Lysychans’k, the easternmost bases of Ukraine. The AFP team watched a line of Ukrainian trucks leave Severodonetsk on Monday.

Citizens struggled to survive among the ever-changing front lines.

“I feel completely indifferent. Not to mention physically, I’m morally hungry,” said bricklayer Artyom Cherukha, 41, dripping water from a natural hot spring in Lysychans’k. I collected it while letting it.

People in the area were steadily unable to get water and food, so he was trying to get supplies for a family of nine.

“We are sitting here counting the bombs,” Chelka said.

In the south, just hours after the visit by President Charles Michel of the European Council, a series of strikes in Odessa destroyed buildings, burned shopping centers and killed one.

Michelle had previously warned that a significant supply of wheat and grains ready for export from Ukraine, one of the world’s major producers, was stuck in Odessa due to a conflict.

Germany “position change”

Ukraine is seeking further support from Western nations and is particularly critical of Germany, which is slow to respond and does not want to abandon Russia’s energy.

But on Tuesday, the tone changed when German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock suddenly visited Bucha, a town on the outskirts of Kieu, where Russian troops were accused of war crimes.

“I would like to thank you for changing Germany’s position on many issues,” Dmytro Kuleba said in a press conference with Bearbock in Kieu.

“Germany has changed its position on the supply of weapons to Ukraine,” Kreva added, adding that Kieu “thanks Germany for helping the EU introduce an embargo.”

But after France’s President Emmanuel Macron said Ukraine’s participation could take decades, Ukraine’s Supreme Diplomat sought its approval from the European Union.

“I would like to emphasize that Ukraine’s accession to the EU is a matter of war and peace in Europe,” Kleber said. “One of the reasons this war began was that Putin was convinced that Europe did not need Ukraine.”

The Germans were accompanied by Dutch counterpart Wopke Fukstra, who reopened the embassy in Kieu.

Meanwhile, US President Joe Biden has revived World War II measures to support Kyiv, opening cannons, anti-aircraft missiles, anti-aircraft weapons, and other powerful western supplies.

US lawmakers were set to begin discussions on Tuesday about nearly $ 40 billion in aid packages. This is expected to pass comfortably with the support of a rare bipartisan.

“Emergency evacuation”

Moscow has made further progress in southern Ukraine, but Mariupol’s Azovstal ironworks still has “more than a thousand” Ukrainian soldiers, Deputy Prime Minister Irina Bereshchuk told AFP.

This plant is the last bastion of Ukrainian resistance that has been constantly destroyed since the invasion of Russian President Vladimir Putin on February 24.

“Hundreds of people are injured. Some are seriously injured in need of urgent evacuation. The situation is getting worse day by day,” Bereshchuk said.

Many civilians have recently been evacuated from factories as Russia demanded full control of Mariupol to open a land route from the Crimean confiscated in 2014.

Russia is facing rising international anger and is already subject to severe sanctions.

Moscow said it would not attend a special meeting of the UN Human Rights Council on Ukraine on Thursday.

The council announced on Monday that it would hold a special meeting in response to Kieu’s request to investigate “deterioration of the human rights situation in Ukraine due to the invasion of Russia”.

As another step towards increasing pressure on Russia, EU Prime Minister Ursula von der Leyen said in a meeting with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban that he had “progressed” on the proposed Russian oil embargo. ..

Populist Orban, one of Putin’s closest friends in Europe, pointed out the economic implications of the landlocked country of Hungary, so he postponed the block’s attempt to phase out Russian oil.

Western forces on Tuesday individually accused Russian authorities of launching a cyberattack on satellite networks an hour before the invasion of Ukraine, paving the way for the attack.

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