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Russia closes with a negative balance the 6 months of “special military operation” in Ukraine

February 24, 2022. Vladimir Putin begins the day by declaring that his country is undertaking a “special military operation” in Ukraine to “denazify” and “demilitarize” a state that has been demonized by Moscow for years. Throughout these six months, the Kremlin launched offensives in kyiv, the Ukrainian capital, and in the east, supporting its allies in the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics. These territories are only recognized as states by Russia and some related countries such as North Korea or Syria. Moscow finally decided to focus on the eastern front, where it has managed to control large parts of the Ukrainian provinces of Kherson, Zaporizhia, Donetsk and Luhansk.

The offensive has been expensive, since it has deteriorated the planetary image of Russia. One of the clearest signs was the UN vote in early March condemning the Russian attack on Ukraine. Only countries like Eritrea, Syria, Belarus, North Korea and Russia itself voted against. On this occasion, he highlighted the abstention of countries such as India and China due to their weight, and of Armenia and the stand of Central Asia because of its dependence on Moscow.

A place where this new isolation russian is in the airports. Before sites like Sheretmetyevo either Domodedovo were important transport nodes, which connected with many large cities on the planet and in Europe. Currently Russia has lost many connections and mainly Russian planes fly to Armenia, Belarus, Qatar, Kazakhstan, Turkey and Uzbekistan. Flights have also been reduced to Chinabut not for political criteria but for security.

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internal consequences

The presence of the Russian Army in Ukraine has led to serious blows for the Russian population. The inflation has risen throughout the country and according to some statistics about 70% of Russians say they are experiencing economic difficulties. Citizens have also seen how well-known multinational companies such as McDonald’s or Starbucks have left the country –Russia has already created its own version–, but this flight is merely symbolic despite the echo it has had both in Russia and abroad.

It is only the tip of the iceberg because nearly a thousand companies have closed or have stopped providing their services to the Russian population, but where this flight of companies is really noticeable is in sectors such as pharmacistthe technological or the aeronautical. Russian doctors warn that some specific drugs such as antiepileptics are in short supply. Production came mainly from the European Union. An ordinary Russian, Maksim, says that the factories in the region where he lives have supply problems of technology since “it comes from Europe”. They are mostly car factories.

cannibalized planes

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In the case of aviationthe short-term solution that has been found is “cannibalize” planes. That means that part of some devices is sacrificed to scrap them and use the parts as spare parts. For this reason, China has wanted to limit the flights of Russian airlines to its territory.

Pressure has also increased on all the dissenting voices, new laws have even been approved, such as the law that persecutes fake news about the Russian Army. This punishes with up to 15 years in jail who spreads information about the armed forces considered false or erroneous. From the end of February Russia has blocked more than 138,000 websites, according to the authorities themselves. Among them, social networks like Instagram either Twitteror media such as the BBC or the German state D.W.. The independent media Russians have also seen how their options were basically to leave the country and work from abroad or abandon their activity. This year they ceased their activity Echo of Moscow radio (closed), the channel Dozhd (closed) and also the diary Novaya Gazetawhich temporarily ceased publishing in Russia but was reorganized in the European Union.

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