Ukraine, Zelensky insists on missiles. And the Kremlin warns: “Putin open to contacts”

Ukraine, Zelensky insists on missiles.  And the Kremlin warns: “Putin open to contacts”

After receiving the green light from Western partners to send in tanks, Kiev is relaunching and insisting on long-range missiles. As Ukrainian soldiers arrived in the UK to begin training in view of supplying British Challenger 2 tanks, President Volodymyr Zelensky noted that the country is in need of long-range missiles, including the MGM-140 Tactical Missile Systems (ATACMs). The Himars missiles currently used by Ukraine have a range of 80 kilometers and cannot reach many of the areas occupied by Russia. So far, the United States has refused to supply Atacms, which have a range of 300 km, and Glsdb missiles, which can travel 150 km. “Ukraine needs long-range missiles to prevent the occupiers from positioning their missile launchers far from the front line and destroying Ukrainian cities with them,” said Zelensky, who argued that there should be no “taboo” on providing weapons to protect. of Russian aggression. “We will do everything we can to open our partners to this vital supply,” he insisted.

According to Politico, Zelensky unsuccessfully called the Atcms during his late-December meeting in Washington with President Joe Biden. So far, the US has been reluctant to provide them due to fears of an escalation and that they could be used to attack Russian territory. Proponents of supplying Atcms argue that Kiev’s inability to hit targets far from the front lines is killing many Ukrainians and making it difficult for Ukraine to expel Russian troops from its territory.

The Samp-T air defense system is due to arrive in Kiev from Italy, in partnership with France. “We are ready to send defensive weapons. We will never send offensive weapons against Russia, because we are not at war with Russia, we have nothing with the Russian people, we are only defending the independence of Ukraine, this must be very clear”, noted the Chancellor Antonio Tajani. While defense colleague Guido Crosetto, after the attacks received by former Russian president and current vice-president of the security council Dimitri Medvedev, stressed that he “never had any prejudice against Russia. On the contrary. I also criticized some approaches to Born that I considered unjustified. I expected it to become an ally of the West. I was wrong. Because then it decided to try to annex another nation”.

An overture in Moscow comes from Chancellor Olaf Scholz after Germany’s troubled green light to send Leopard tanks to Kiev sparked Russian ire. Scholz said he will do “everything” to ensure that what is happening in Ukraine “does not turn into a war between Russia and NATO” and that he intends to continue talks with the Russian president to end the war. “Over the past 11 months, I have spoken with Putin several times, as has President Emmanuel Macron. The last time was in early December. And I will speak with Putin again by phone, because we need to talk to each other.” Scholz said in an interview with the German newspaper Tagesspiegel.

However, a further telephone conversation is not yet on the agenda, specified Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, but Putin “was and remains open to contacts”.

Meanwhile, the war on the ground continues, and Kiev has reported that massive Russian bombing in Kherson has hit the regional clinical hospital and other civilian infrastructure, causing deaths and injuries: a school, a bus station, a post office, a bank and residential buildings. . Moscow reinforces militarization and British intelligence stressed that it returned to the times of the Soviet Union with the introduction of compulsory military training in schools, in force until 1993.

The Russian Ministry of Education has decided to include basic military training in the high school curriculum. ‘Life Safety Basics’ is the name of the course, and will include training with assault rifles and AK-series hand grenades, military drills and salutes, and the use of personal protective equipment. Classes will be mandatory from September 1st. Furthermore, in December, the Ministry of Science and Higher Education announced a program of ‘military training bases’ also for university students.

Source: IL Tempo