Putin orders war to continue, allies hold accountable for rebuilding

Vladimir Putin ordered the military to go ahead with “previously approved plans” during a meeting with Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu. The meeting broadcast on Russian television served the Russian president to prove that he was victorious, after the complete takeover of the Lugansk region, and to signal that the war effort will not stop. The signal of things to come was given hours earlier, when Sloviansk and Kramatorsk – with Bakhmut the main remaining Ukrainian-owned places in Donbass – received a hail of projectiles. With no signs of slowing on the front, let alone peace, a conference on the reconstruction of the country began in Lugano, Switzerland, in which the European Union, through the voice of the President of the Commission, undertook a international platform to coordinate the initiative.

“Everyone knows that there is going to be a huge battle in Sloviansk,” one soldier told the Associated Press. At the moment, the mood on the Ukrainian side will not be the best. Despite the Russian advance having been delayed for weeks – first at the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol, then in Severodonetsk – the price to be paid was in the order of hundreds of dead and wounded a day. As a result, frontline troops receive troops with less training, as is the case with units of the Territorial Forces and National Guard.

With the Russian attack on Sloviansk, which killed six people, including a 9-year-old girl, the number of children killed at least 345. Another 644 were injured.

In an artillery war like this, the advantage goes to the Russian armed forces, with a much larger number of heavy weapons. As Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said, Moscow “has accumulated its greatest firepower in the Donbass”, so now “it can use tens of thousands of artillery shells every day in part of the front”. This has been the Russian tactic: bomb and raze villages and towns to the ground and only then advance.

After a humiliating retreat in the Kiev region at the beginning of the conflict, the Russian leader does not want to miss the opportunity to conquer as much territory as possible, and in particular the whole of the two regions of eastern Ukraine known for as the Donbass – after all, one of the alleged motives for the “special military operation” was the protection of the inhabitants of Lugansk and Donetsk, who would suffer from “humiliation and genocide”.

After Shoigu announced military control of Lugansk, Putin advised units that “participated in the hostilities and won at the Lugansk front” to “rest and increase combat capabilities.” For the rest, “they must carry out their duties according to previously approved plans,” said Putin, announcing the award of the two military commanders on the ground with the command Hero of Russia. “I hope everything continues to run as it has in Lugansk so far.”

In the opposite direction, and in response to the withdrawal from Lysychansk, the Ukrainian leader said his country “does not renounce anything”. “We will return, thanks to our tactics, thanks to the increase in the supply of modern weapons,” he assured in the usual video message on his page.

discuss reconstruction

Hours later, the Ukrainian president spoke at the Lugano conference about rebuilding his country, “a task for the entire democratic world, for all countries that claim to be civilized”. Zelensky called for support not to be limited to infrastructure, but also to focus on the development of institutions and society. In other words, that the project has “safety, technological level, respect for environmental standards, orientation to the social interest, maximum transparency”.

The Ukrainian president estimated the cost of rebuilding the country at 750 billion dollars (719 billion euros) if the war continues and with it the devastation.

A project that transcends the reconstruction and repair of buildings and ‘the fabric of life’, but also ‘institutional development’, a plan that needs 750 billion dollars. “We need to strengthen our institutions, make sure we are the freest country in Europe, the most comfortable for business and make sure we can fulfill all political tasks, because we join the democratic world,” he concluded in the video conference speech.

At the meeting organized by the Swiss government, which gathered some 1,000 people yesterday and today, including government officials, international development organizations and businessmen, the aim was not to raise money, but to set priorities for the post-war era. The President of the European Commission has announced that the EU will create an international platform to identify investment needs, coordinate actions and channel resources efficiently – and after the summer, Ursula von der Leyen and German Chancellor Scholz will host a new conference to ” investors the necessary confidence”.

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Source: El heraldo