Medvedev on the Ukraine plan: it will lead to “the third world war”

The plan, which was laid out by the head of the presidential administration Andrijus Jermak and former NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Tuesday in Kyiv, foresees what equipment and training the Ukrainian army needs from Western allies so that the country can defend its sovereignty in the future.

The plan proposes that Ukraine’s security be guaranteed by several European countries, as well as the United States, Canada, Australia and Turkey, and that Ukraine continue its efforts to join NATO.

While Ukraine said it was ready to abandon its constitutionally binding goal of joining NATO in exchange for a ceasefire after the Russian invasion began, Kyiv now says it is only interested in full membership, not more general security guarantees.

Russia continues to throw threats at such aspirations of Ukraine. Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, who has become one of Russia’s most vocal advocates of war, has warned that Ukraine’s proposals will lead to “World War III”.

In the Telegram app, Medvedev wrote that joining NATO would oblige other member states to defend Ukraine, adding that if NATO hopes to weaken Russia in this way, “earth will burn and cement will melt” under their feet.

Russia announces “massive strikes” along the Ukrainian front

Russia said on Tuesday it was carrying out “massive strikes” along Ukraine’s front line and accused Kyiv’s troops of violence against civilians in a dramatic counter-offensive in retaken areas.

Moscow retaliated when it was forced to withdraw troops from areas in northeastern Ukraine, particularly the Kharkiv region, following a lightning attack on Kyiv.

The territorial shifts are one of Russia’s biggest setbacks since its troops were pushed out of Kyiv in the early days of the nearly seven-month war, but Moscow continues to show no willingness to negotiate for peace.

“Air, missile and artillery forces are carrying out massive strikes against units of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in all operational directions,” the Russian Defense Ministry said in a daily statement on the conflict.

There were also “high precision” strikes on Ukrainian positions around Slovyansk and Kostiantynivka in the eastern Donetsk region, it added.

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman said there were reports of “outrageous” treatment of civilians in the Kharkiv region.

“There are many punitive measures … people are tortured, people are mistreated and so on,” Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

The Russian accusations came after Ukrainian authorities said the bodies of four civilians with “marks of torture” had been found in the recaptured eastern village of Zaliznychne.

On Tuesday, Moscow also condemned what it said were “biased” actions by United Nations human rights bodies, after the latter criticized Moscow for trying to silence Kremlin opponents.

“push”

Ukrainian forces launched their counteroffensive in early September, seemingly catching the Russian army off guard.

Photos released by the Ukrainian military show boxes of ammunition and military equipment strewn in areas vacated by Russian forces.

AFP reporters saw signs of fierce fighting in the town of Balaklia in northeastern Ukraine, with buildings destroyed or damaged and streets empty.

President Volodymyr Zelensky announced on Tuesday that Ukraine has completed “stabilization measures” for more than 4,000 people. square kilometers in the reclaimed territory and tries to do the same in another territory of similar size.

“The remaining occupiers and saboteur groups are detected, the collaborators are arrested, all security is restored,” he said in his evening speech.

Ukraine reported that dozens of districts in the northeast had been recaptured, including the towns of Izium, Kupyansk and Balaklia.

Since September 6, Ukrainian forces have recaptured more than 300 settlements and territories in the Kharkiv region, where about 150,000 people live. people, said Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Hana Maliar.

US National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said on Tuesday that Washington will soon allocate another part of its multibillion-dollar military aid to Ukraine.

Mr Kirby said it was too early to say whether the gains in Ukraine marked a turning point in the war.

“What you’re seeing is definitely a push by the Ukrainian armed forces,” but Mr. Zelensky himself should “determine and decide whether he thinks they’ve reached a tipping point militarily,” Mr. Kirby said.

Despite the “dramatic events … this is war, and war is unpredictable,” Mr Kirby added.

Indecisive Germany

Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov said in an interview with the French daily Le Monde on Monday that a new phase of the war had begun due to Western arms supplies.

However, Kyiv is increasingly urging its allies in the West to urgently supply more modern weapons.

“Since spring, our agenda has been guns, guns, guns. I am grateful to the partners who responded to our call: Ukraine’s success on the battlefield is our joint success,” said Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba.

But Germany has once again found itself in the spotlight for failing to supply Kyiv with its requested Leopard main battle tanks.

“There is not a single rational argument why these weapons cannot be supplied, only abstract fears and excuses,” Kuleba said, after German Chancellor Olaf Scholz dodged a question on the subject on Monday, saying only that Germany “will not decide on the arms supply alone” without coordination. actions with allies.

In a telephone conversation on Tuesday, the German leader called on Putin “to find a diplomatic solution as soon as possible, based on a ceasefire, the complete withdrawal of Russian forces and respect for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine.”

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