attacks and counter-attacks. Kiev against Macron’s line



The war in Ukraine has reached the 101st day. Once the balance of the first hundred tragic days has passed, we return to a daily bulletin consisting of announcements of progress and victories on the field, with emphatic and propaganda tones on both fronts. In Donbass, the clashes continue very hard. According to the head of the National Defense Control Center of the Russian Federation, Mikhail Mizintsev, the Kiev army is withdrawing from Severodonetsk in the direction of Lysychansk after losing up to 90% of its forces stationed in the area. According to the Moscow ministry, here is the propaganda, Ukrainian forces plan to steal toxic chemicals from the Azot factory in the disputed city to be detonated to delay the enemy’s advance, and then accuse the Kremlin “of causing an environmental disaster”.

The Kiev presidency reacted harshly: our armed forces have recaptured part of the territory that the invaders have previously won and on another front they almost completely destroyed the 35th Russian Army in Izyum, in the northeastern region of Kharkiv.

Kiev also announced the deaths of four foreign volunteer fighters from the International Defense Legion. The four soldiers came from Germany, the Netherlands, Australia and France. Nothing is said about identity and circumstances. It is not known how many former Western soldiers are involved in the field along with the army in Kiev. A joke circulating in Ukraine, it is not known how true it is, according to which the doubt about the ability to use new weapons supplied by the US and Europe is completely misplaced in light of the presence of so many foreign fighters who have experience in the armies of the supplier countries.

While we are fighting, unfortunately, diplomacy is not making progress. The Ukrainian chief negotiator and adviser to the president, Mykhailo Podolyak, said it “makes no sense” to negotiate with Russia. until the time when his troops are pushed as far back as possible towards the border. “As long as we do not receive the full supply of weapons, as long as we do not strengthen our positions and push Moscow’s forces back as far as possible, it makes no sense to enter into negotiations.”

And Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba responded briefly to French President Emmanuel Macron, who had appealed “to avoid the humiliation of Russia”. Such appeals, he said, “can only humiliate France and any other country that demands it. Moscow humiliates itself. We must all all focus on getting the Kremlin back in its place. This would bring peace and save lives.”

Meanwhile, other frightening reports of the Russian attack are emerging. The head of the regional prosecutor in Kyiv, Khomenko Oleksii, told the news agency Adnkronos how the occupiers “intentionally hit civilians’ homes. Over 1,000 homes, 92 schools, 13 hospitals, five cultural and eight religious buildings were damaged and destroyed in our region as a result of the artillery attacks. “In addition, dozens of administrative buildings, warehouses, including those with food, sports facilities and transport infrastructure, all in violation of the rules of international humanitarian law.” Without, of course, counting civilian casualties.

In these hours, a smile and a distraction for the Ukrainians come from football. On Sunday afternoon, the national team played Wales in the match that could give her a place at the World Cup in Qatar in December, following the victory over Scotland in the first play-off match. A struggle that also gains a political-media value for the cause of the country invaded and wounded by the war. Coach Oleksandr Petrakov is well aware of this, and after February 24, he wanted to leave the team and sign up “ready to die for Ukraine.” Eventually, he was convinced that he needed to stay on his post, as well as the players, because the results on the field can serve the cause and have a value that surpasses the sporting.

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