Sunday, November 27

US warns of major attack in Ukraine

A teenager walks past a war-destroyed block of flats in Mariupol. / Alexander Ermochenko / Reuters

Washington asks its compatriots to leave the country before an imminent siege of Moscow for the six months of invasion

Exactly six months after the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine and 31 years since kyiv’s declaration of independence from the USSR, the United States has sounded the alarm with the warning that Moscow is preparing to launch an offensive without precedents. The US government, as it did in October 2021, when its intelligence services alerted kyiv to the war that broke out on February 24, has claimed to have “information” that would prove that Vladimir Putin is preparing to launch a major attack “against the civilian infrastructure and government facilities of Ukraine in the coming days.”

As proof of the seriousness of what was about to happen, Washington authorities urged their compatriots on Tuesday to immediately leave the country through “available private means of transportation.” Likewise, on the occasion of the double commemoration, it has asked its citizens to “remain alert” and take “appropriate measures to increase their security.” “If you are in a house or building, go to the lowest level of the structure with the fewest exterior walls, windows, and openings; close all doors and sit near an interior wall, away from windows or openings, ”says one of the State Department recommendations on an imminent wave of bombing.

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The Ukrainian Armed Forces, in anticipation, have already prohibited any type of public demonstration in kyiv between August 22 and 25 and in Kharkov they have ordered a long curfew. The president, Volodímir Zelenski, acknowledged on Tuesday that there is a clear threat of bombing against kyiv, from where the Russian troops withdrew at the end of March to concentrate their operations in the east of the invaded territory. In any case, the president warned that if there is a new attempt to take control of the capital in the next few hours, there will be a “powerful response.”

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Although Russia remains silent about its intentions, everything points to the fact that it is preparing to make a move on the war board, in which it seems to be stagnant for weeks while in the south the kyiv troops say they are carrying out a slow counteroffensive. The proof that they are preparing to go into action again was obtained on Thursday by the Ukrainian Army when it verified that Moscow was concentrating anti-aircraft missiles in the occupied regions and on the borders.

This Wednesday marks the 31st anniversary of Ukraine’s independence from the Soviet Union.

With the danger of a resurgence of hostilities higher than ever, kyiv on Tuesday hosted the second summit of the so-called Crimean Platform, a format that brings together the main states that support kyiv and that was created by it before the war. . In this framework, the French president, Emmanuel Macron, urged not to have “any weakness” before Putin. Similarly, in the face of attempts by pro-Russian officials in the occupied territories to convene an accession consultation with Moscow, as in Crimea in 2014, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said that “no mock referendum will be recognized.”

“War of Attrition”

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau promised, in parallel, to go ahead with sanctions on the Kremlin and aid to kyiv “until Russia ends the war and withdraws its troops.” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg influenced this line, warning that Moscow’s aggression is becoming a “war of attrition” and now it is time to “sustain support” for Ukraine so that it can survive as a “nation independent and sovereign.

With that goal in mind, the US is preparing to offer an additional $3 billion package to train and equip kyiv’s forces, Washington officials said Tuesday. The announcement came after the day before the EU High Representative for Foreign Policy, Josep Borrell, advanced on Brussels’ intentions to create a “powerful” military training mission for the kyiv Army. It would be a matter of uniting the efforts that several States are already making separately. Poland, in particular, trains pilots and the Netherlands, Denmark and Finland participate in a UK program that trains 10,000 Ukrainian troops every 120 days.

In another show of support, Polish President Andrzej Duda arrived in kyiv on Tuesday to meet with Zelenski. Warsaw, which has been one of Ukraine’s biggest supporters in the EU and one of Putin’s biggest critics, advocates the adoption of new “decisive restrictive measures” to curb Russia’s expansionist ambitions.

The UN sees the trial of prisoners as a “war crime”

While the West looks with concern at the next steps to be taken by the Russian Army in Ukraine, the UN Human Rights office on Tuesday expressed its “concern” about the possible start of a trial against prisoners captured by the side of Vladimir Putin in the city of Mariupol. After images of the alleged installation of cages in a city theater began to circulate, the international organization warned Moscow that holding such a process would amount to a “war crime.”

The High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ravina Shamdasani, pointed out that at the command of this court, “classified as an ‘international court'”, would be the Russian forces and separatist rebels loyal to Moscow operating in eastern Ukraine. “If this despicable trial takes place, there will be no more talks with Russia. Our state has said it all,” warned President Zelensky.

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