Putin feels deceived, Angry With His Own Generals?
web “every one” of Russian troops were released.
Fighting broke out in Ukraine on Wednesday, despite Russia’s signal that Ukraine plans to de-escalate, and US intelligence claimed Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin is furious after being misled by his own military.
There is hope that talks in Istanbul could open the door to relative peace in pro-Western Ukraine, which evaporated in a series of fighting, including more Russian bombing of civilian areas and advances by Ukrainian fighters.
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As the number of refugees estimated by the United Nations topped four million – close to one in 10 residents – Russia showed no sign of being good on its promise during talks on Tuesday to pull back from the city of Chernigov and the capital, Kyiv. .
AFP journalists heard continuous explosions northwest of Kyiv from the direction of the strategic city of Irpin.
And Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in an address that “we don’t trust anyone,” Ukrainians will continue to “fight for every meter of our territory.”
Russia’s defense ministry said it had accepted Ukraine’s plan to open temporary evacuation corridors, after which there was least hope for some civilians captured under the horrific Russian bombardment in the southern city of Mariupol.
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The ministry said the local ceasefire in Mariupol would take effect at 10:00 a.m. (0700 GMT) on Thursday.
As Russia’s attacks on populated areas continued, the head of the UN Human Rights Council stated that “indiscriminate attacks are prohibited under international humanitarian law and may be war crimes.”
Putin ‘misleading’? ,
More than a month after Russian troops entered Ukraine, Ukraine’s military has inflicted heavy casualties and destroyed a staggering amount of Russian tanks and planes with the help of donated American and European weapons.
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In parallel to the fighting on the ground, Moscow is under unprecedented Western sanctions designed to cripple the ruble, block high-tech imports, and punish the Russian elite.
US officials said on Wednesday that Putin is angry after avoiding the truth.
White House communications director Kate Bedingfield, citing US intelligence, said she was “misled by the Russian military.”
A US official, speaking on condition of anonymity, described “persistent tension” between Putin and military staff, with Putin now “distrusting” his generals.
– western pressure –
At the Istanbul talks, Russian officials promised to “fundamentally” reduce their attacks because of progress in negotiations on Ukraine’s “neutrality and non-nuclear status” – two central concerns for Moscow.
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Both sides initially said progress had been made at the Istanbul meeting, but the Kremlin on Wednesday dashed hopes of success.
“We cannot say that anything was promising,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian was similarly pessimistic, saying “the war is on.”
Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Western sanctions should remain in place until “every one” of Russian troops were released.
Johnson spoke of British military aid “going up a gear” and the White House said President Joe Biden discussed “additional capabilities” with Zelensky in a nearly hour-long phone call.
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Bedingfield said this could include an “anti-ship capability” to hit Russian ships in the Black Sea.
During his visit to China on Wednesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov sought to garner support from Moscow’s most important ally.
Lavrov will also visit India this week, which has avoided UN resolutions condemning Russia and continues to buy Russian oil despite pressure from Washington.
– firepower and redeployment –
There were indications that the Russians were moving units around, instead of withdrawing from key areas.
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said “repositioning” was also done from Hostomel airport near Kyiv and around the Chernobyl nuclear power facility, with Russian troops moving back to neighboring Belarus, Russia’s ally.
However, “we have not seen any of them in our home post,” he said.
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There is little independent information about fighting in the east of Ukraine where Ukrainian forces face a powerful range of Russian regulars and Russian-organized local militias.
Regional officials said Russian forces also opened fire on a factory in the city of Novomoskovsk as well as a fuel facility in the regional capital Dnipro.
The Eastern Donetsk regional governor, Pavlo Kirilenko, wrote on Telegram that the Russian army had used phosphorus shells in the city of Maryanka.
Ukrainian Ombudsman Lyudmila Denisova said in a statement on social media that in Mariupol, Russian forces bombed an International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
– Russian energy demand –
Germany and Austria fear that Russia may cut gas supplies to those countries
Putin feels deceived, Angry With His Own Generals?
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