Russia is failing not only internationally but also on the battlefield. “Russia is determined to stubbornly defend the Lugansk oblast in the Donbass region to face the Kiev counter-offensive but it is not clear whether the Moscow forces have sufficient reserves or adequate morale to withstand another Ukrainian assault.” This is what emerges from the latest British intelligence documents on the conflict in Ukraine. “Russia will probably try to conduct a stubborn defense of this area, but it is not clear how, or with what means and men” they explain from the Ministry of Defense.
In recent days, the Ukrainian counter-offensive has overwhelmed the soldiers of Moscow regaining more than 6 thousand square kilometers of territory, including the city of Izyum, the gateway to the Donbass. On the ground, Russia accuses Kiev of targeting pro-Russian officials. According to reports from the pro-Moscow authorities in Luhansk, one of the two regions that together with Donetsk makes up the Donbass, the attorney general of the self-proclaimed republic of Luhansk Sergey Gorenko and his deputy Ekaterina Steglenko died in an explosion in their office. . Kiev, through the mouth of the adviser to the presidency Mikhailo Podolyak, denies that Ukraine is behind the explosion. Meanwhile, in the Kharkiv region, according to the head of the Ukrainian national police, 10 torture chambers were found in which Russian troops tortured Ukrainian prisoners, at least two in Balaklia alone.
Putin spoke to reporters at the end of his visit to Samarkand, where he attended the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), a group designed to counteract the US sphere of influence. “For decades, Western countries have constantly cultivated the idea of the collapse of the Soviet Union and historic Russia,” he said, presenting the version according to which he decided to launch what he calls a special military operation to “avoid the creation of an enclave. anti-Russia in Ukraine “.
As for the possibilities of mediation, the Russian leader said that in their meeting in Samarkand Erdogan did not offer him a meeting with Zelensky. Even if, he specified, the Turkish president “is really making a serious contribution to solving a series of serious problems that arise in connection with this crisis”. It was Turkey, together with the United Nations, that allowed an agreement to be reached between Kiev and Moscow for the resumption of export of grain from Ukrainian ports.CopyAMP code.