Moscow: Zelensky’s negotiating conditions are “ridiculous” … and the last: let’s not give up “an inch”

The Russian military operation in Ukraine continues today, Tuesday, as Russian army units are trying to establish complete control over the Ukrainian regions and strike at the positions of the Kiev forces, as the latter continue to advance to regain their territory, as well as mobilize Western support. against the Russian bear.

In the latest developments, the head of the Defense and Security Committee of the Council of the Russian Federation, Viktor Bondarev, said the conditions set by Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky for negotiations with Russia were “ridiculous”.

In his Telegram channel, Bondarev stressed that the return of the Donbass, Kherson and Zaporozhye regions to Russia is a restoration of its territorial integrity, because these lands are of Russian origin and were not illegally isolated until the 1990s.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky promised that his forces would not give up “even an inch” in the battles in course for control of the eastern Donetsk region, while Russian-appointed officials spoke of Ukrainian forces storming a southern city with tanks.

The focal points of the conflict are located in the industrial zone of Donetsk around the cities of Bakhmut, Solidar and Avdiivka, the scene of the heaviest fighting in Ukraine since Russian forces invaded in late February.

“The occupiers are still very active – dozens of attacks every day,” Zelensky said in his video speech Tuesday night.

He added: “They are suffering very large losses. But it remains the same: progress towards the administrative borders of the Donetsk region. We will not give up an inch of our land.”

blackout

Zelensky also stated in his speech that around four million people were without electricity in 14 regions in addition to the capital, Kiev. Ukrainian electricity grid operator “Oringo” said hourly power outages would affect the entire country on Wednesday.

L’area it is one of four that Russia announced it had annexed in late September. Fighting has continued there between the Ukrainian army and Russia’s proxy forces since 2014, the same year in which Moscow annexed the Crimea in the south.

Russian missile and drone attacks have targeted Ukraine’s energy infrastructure in recent weeks as winter approaches, when average temperatures usually drop to several degrees below freezing. zero and sometimes minus 20.

Fierce fighting in the south of Manda

This comes when the Russian-appointed mayor of the city of Snehorivka, east of the southern city of Mykolaiv, was quoted by the RIA news agency on Tuesday as saying residents had seen tanks and that heavy fighting was continuing.

The deputy head of the Russian administration in the Kherson region said in the Telegram application that Ukrainian forces have tried to advance on three fronts, including Snehorivka.

As the Ukrainian governor of the Mykolaiv region noted, Ukrainian forces had already expelled Russian forces from the region.

Fight reports could not be verified.

There has been no official news on the situation in city ​​by military officials in Ukraine or Russia.

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