The night of the war at a glance: Kadyrov threatens to attack cities – Kiev: “colossal” war losses

The night of the war at a glance
Kadyrov threatens to attack cities – Kiev: “colossal” war losses

While Ukrainian President Zelenskii is harshly criticizing Moscow’s policies, his Economy Minister estimates the damage caused so far by the Russian attack. The Chechen ruler Kadyrov threatens further offensives.

Kiev expects an attack in the east soon

“The Russian military continues to work on its minimum plan for eastern Ukraine,” Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Maljar said overnight, as reported by UNIAN news agency. Ukraine, meanwhile, has continued its preparations with ongoing mobilization and training of recruits. Meanwhile, the Ukrainian general staff expects a new push from Russian forces to completely conquer eastern Ukraine. To this end, new troops from other parts of Russia are currently being brought to the borders. The focal points of the next Russian attacks are expected in Kharkiv and Slowjansk.

Kadyrov threatens to attack the cities

Ramzan Kadyrov, Putin’s close ally and ruler of the Russian republic of Chechnya, has threatened further attacks on Ukrainian cities. “There will be an offensive … not only on Mariupol, but also on other places, towns and villages,” Kadyrov said in a video posted on his Telegram channel. First Luhansk and Donetsk will be “completely liberated”, then Kiev and all other cities will be taken.

Zelenskii: Russia cannot admit mistakes

Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has been tough on Russian politics. Zelenskyy said in a video speech that while Ukraine is trying to bring to justice “every bastard who entered our country flying the Russian flag and killed our people”, Russia is trying to evade responsibility. “What is Russia doing? What are its officials, its propagandists and ordinary people doing, who only repeat what they heard on TV,” Zelenskyy referred to the selective truth-seeking of the state-controlled Russian media. “They justify and deny themselves. They deny any responsibility. They lie,” Zelenskii said.

According to Zelenskii, even Moscow does not have the courage to admit its wrong policy towards its neighbors. “They are afraid to admit that for decades they have taken wrong positions and spent colossal resources to support the human zeros they hoped to build as future heroes of the Ukrainian-Russian friendship.” However, the day will come when Russia will have to admit the truth.

The Ukrainian minister estimates the war damages

According to government estimates, Ukraine suffered damage of up to a trillion dollars as a result of the invasion of Russian troops. Deputy Economy Minister Olexander Griban said this at a government meeting, as reported by the UN agency. The losses are simply “colossal”, the list is not yet complete. “This is billions of dollars in damages, potentially up to $ 1 trillion,” Griban said, without specifying his numbers.

Councilor Zelenskii: Conflict with Russia also in the next few years

Beyond the ongoing war, Zelenskyy’s adviser Olexey Arestovych expects further clashes in the coming years. “Russia is looking for a new form of empire, with Vladimir Putin or Alexei Navalny, so between 32 and 35 we will have at least another two or three rounds with Russia,” said Arestovych, according to the UNIAN news agency. Whether it was a major war or just border skirmishes, he saw the likelihood of new clashes at 95%. According to Arestovych, even a change of power in the Kremlin would not end the confrontation with Ukraine.

The former UN prosecutor asks for Putin’s arrest warrant

Former UN Chief Prosecutor Carla Del Ponte reiterated her call for an international arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin. Putin can only be brought before the International Criminal Court when he is no longer in office, but the judiciary is patient, the lawyer said. “There is no statute of limitations for these crimes. And Putin will not remain president forever,” she said. Del Ponte was chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.

It will be important today

  • Austrian Chancellor Nehammer meets Putin in Moscow. Nehammer met Selensky in Kiev on Saturday.
  • At a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg, possible further sanctions against Russia and the financing of further arms deliveries to Ukraine will be discussed.

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