As the war in Ukraine, the largest ground war in Europe since the Second World War, enters its fifth month, Ukrainian officials say Russia is firing missiles into the west, north and south of the country. But this ground war poses many challenges for both countries. Ukraine is backed by the United States, Britain and the European Union.
The Kremlin’s military ambitions, which in the early days of the invasion covered the whole country, have now shifted to the eastern part of the country, known as Donbas. Donbas, a historical, cultural and economic region in southeastern Ukraine, is a combination of two main regions, Donetsk and Luhansk.
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As Putin is trying to end the war he started as soon as possible, the Russian army is using a war of attrition tactic to get results. Judging by the news coming from the field, this tactic must have been quite successful, as the capture of the largest city in the Luhansk region, which was in Ukrainian hands, can be considered as Moscow taking one step closer to its goal.
There is no obstacle for Putin to present the seizure of these territories as a victory to the citizens of the country. Indeed, analyses in the European media suggest that Ukraine’s tactical retreat from Sievjerodonetsk shows that the Ukrainian army is not capable of mounting a successful counterattack.
It is stated that Ukrainian forces, who left Severodonetsk city, are deployed in Lysychansk city and are trying to take control of the area around the Siversky Donets river. Lysychansk is the last major city in the Luhansk region not occupied by the Russian army, which continues its westward advance by seizing the cities of Kramatorsk, Slovyansk and Bakhmut. Ukraine and its supporters are trying to stop the advance of the Russian army by forming a large defense line here.
Defense companies employing retired soldiers are using mercenaries to fight in Ukraine. Russian intelligence reports show that 6,956 foreign mercenaries from 64 different countries have arrived in Ukraine since the beginning of the war, 1956 of them have been killed, 1779 of them have returned to their countries, and that the databases include not only the information of foreign mercenaries in Ukraine, but also the trainers who came to Ukraine to help and teach the use and repair of weapons supplied from the West.
Europe’s geopolitical stupidity!…
It all boils down to the fact that geopolitics is an excuse to create unnatural borders based on trade and usurp other people’s resources. One only has to look at the map of the Middle East and Africa to understand this. Some Arab states were created because of oil interests. Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States come to mind. The fact that their close ties with the West can be explained geopolitically (thanks to oil or, as I call it, black blood) shows that geopolitics today has little to do with people or morality. But rather with the interests of big business and the governments that support them in the name of the ‘national’ interest.
People become geostrategic fodder. From the British point of view, geopolitics means keeping Germany and Europe away from Russia, as it has done for at least the last two hundred years and is doing now with the US-controlled NATO. Morality and respect for human life have little to do with geopolitics, whose proponents tend to suffer from inconsistency and hypocrisy.
As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine enters its fifth month, the G7 Summit is expected to see the United States (US) commit to a new arms aid package for Ukraine and Western leaders pledge that support for Kiev will be “long-term”.
They are expected to decide on the deployment of “well over” 300,000 troops in highly prepared units to deal with the threat posed by Russia.
A special place in the plans of NATO and the European Union is occupied by the “Baltic troika”: The rotating presence of North Atlantic Alliance troops on the territory of the former Soviet republics is, in fact, not much different from a permanent one. Military bases. And fraught with armed conflicts in the future. It is clear that it is not now. But after the end of the Ukrainian crisis, there is no guarantee that the weapons pumped by the Baltic states will not be used.
Orthodox Russia’s Catholic enemy Pavel Solokh, head of Poland’s national security department, said Warsaw expects Russia to be declared an enemy of the alliance at the NATO summit in the Spanish capital starting on June 28.
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