War in Ukraine, Zelensky: the end of the war begins with the release of Kherson

The withdrawal of Russian troops from Kherson is “the beginning of the end of the war”, “we are ready for peace, peace throughout our country”. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said this during a triumphant visit to the recently liberated city of Kherson, in southern Ukraine, of which Moscow had declared annexation. The Kremlin preferred “not to comment” on Zelensky’s presence in the city, limiting itself to emphasizing that Kherson “is a territory of the Russian Federation”. The Ukrainian head of state, who recognized the difficulties and the high cost paid in terms of lives, awarded Ukrainian soldiers medals by taking selfies with them and raised the Ukrainian flag in Kherson as he sang the national anthem: “Little by little we are reaching everyone the temporarily occupied territories,” he said, taking on a defiant tone, “we are moving forward.” Kiev intends to follow in the wake of the recent reconquest: “Russia is not in a position to dictate its conditions” for a negotiation, the Ministry spokesman said. Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Oleg Nikolenko, reiterating that “the formula for peace for Ukraine remains unchanged: the immediate end of the war, the withdrawal of all Russian troops, the restoration of Ukrainian territorial integrity, compensation for the damage caused and the provision of effective guarantees not to repeat the aggression ». Words that came shortly after Moscow, by Vice Chancellor Alexander Grushko, declared that the withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukrainian territory was unacceptable as a prerequisite for starting negotiations.

Kherson’s release, after a harsh Ukrainian counteroffensive that forced the Russians to withdraw their forces from the city, was one of Kiev’s biggest successes in the nearly 9-month invasion and a major blow to the Kremlin. The Ukrainian army recovered 3 main areas of the country, namely the area north of Kiev, the northeast region of Kharkiv and now Kherson and several neighboring settlements. Much of eastern and southern Ukraine, however, is still under Russian control, and the city of Kherson itself is without water, electricity and heat and remains within range of Russian missiles and attacks. It is “a humanitarian catastrophe”, said regional governor Yaroslav Yanushevych, stressing that restoring electricity supply is the priority. And the arrival of winter is making the situation difficult. “What will come will be difficult months for Ukraine,” said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltemberg, speaking in The Hague, “Putin’s objective for this winter is to leave Ukraine cold and dark”, “we must not make the mistake to underestimate Russia”. 🇧🇷

Meanwhile, in Ankara, CIA Director Bill Burns met with Russian intelligence colleague Sergey Naryshkin to outline the consequences in the event that Moscow uses nuclear weapons in Ukraine, a US National Security Council official said. negotiating or discussing a possible solution to the conflict in Ukraine and that the Ukrainian authorities had been given advance notice of Burns’ trip to Turkey. The situation in Ukraine will be among the dominant themes of the G20 from Bali. Vladimir Putin will not attend and, on behalf of Russia, he sent his Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who set off a crime story. Indonesian government and healthcare sources told The Associated Press that the Russian diplomat went to hospital in Denpasar (according to two of the sources for a heart condition); However, a denial came from the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova denied that there was any hospitalization and spoke of fake news, without however specifying whether or not Lavrov received any kind of medical treatment, and posted a video in which the minister, wearing a shirt and shorts, said that “for For 10 years it has been said that our president is sick. This is, in general, a game that is not new in politics». Bali Governor I Wayan Koster then clarified that Lavrov left Sanglah hospital in Denpasar, the largest on the island, where he went “for a check-up”, specifying that the Russian minister “is in good health”.

Source: IL Tempo