Ukraine: new Russian attack on strategic Donbass cities

Ukraine expected a new attack by the Russian army against strategic cities in the eastern Donbass region, which Moscow considers a priority target. in one moment in which Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky accused Canada of weakening sanctions against Russia. For his part, Europe has entered in a period of uncertainty about the continuation of Russian gas deliveries, with the Russian giant Gazprom group starting maintenance work on two Nord Stream 1 oil pipelines that allow it to supply Germany and other Western European countries.

The Ukrainian general staff warned of indications of the readiness of Russian army units to intensify hostilities towards Kramatorsk and Bakhmut.

Kramatorsk, the administrative center of Donbass still under Ukrainian control, as well as the neighboring city of Sloviansk, are the next two targets of the Russian military in its plan to take full control of the Donbass, four and a half months after the start of the invasion of Ukraine. Moscow-backed separatists have partially controlled the Donbass basin since 2014 after Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula.

For its part, the Russian occupation forces announced the killing of seven people and the wounding of about sixty in a Ukrainian strike. “The numerical superiority of the Russian army is offset by the accuracy of Ukraine’s missiles and artillery,” said Oleksiy Danilov, Secretary General of the Security and Defense Council of Ukraine.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on Monday during his visit to Kiev that “this war may last longer than we expected or hoped for (…) We must stay focused and continue to support Ukraine by all means possible. “.

White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said Monday that “our intelligence indicates that the Iranian government is preparing to provide Russia, in very short time, up to hundreds of drones, including fighter planes “.

Drones have played an important role since the war began on February 24, carrying out reconnaissance operations, launching missiles and dropping bombs.

Ukrainian protest against Canada

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced that his government has summoned the Canadian ambassador to protest Ottawa’s decision to hand over a main turbine to Germany to run Russia’s Nord Stream 1 pipeline, despite sanctions imposed on Moscow.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs was forced to summon the Canadian ambassador to our country due to an absolutely rejected exception to the sanctions imposed on Russia,” Zelensky told Telegram.

He added that the Canadian decision “will be seen in Moscow only as a sign of weakness”.

On Saturday, Canada announced that it had decided to deliver this turbine to Germany, which was sent to it for maintenance, in order to alleviate the energy crisis. in Germany. The Canadian decision came despite Kiev’s appeal to Ottawa not to “succumb to the Kremlin’s blackmail”.

New European sanctions against Russia

Informed sources said the European Union intends to propose a new package of sanctions against Russia in the coming weeks, according to a report by the Bloomberg Agency.

Information indicates that some countries want the EU to impose sanctions targeting the Russian gas sector, while most countries do not support tale step.

And i media they pointed out that the European Union’s new measures against Moscow could include restrictions on the import of gold. These developments have come as Russia says lifting sanctions is the best way to solve the problem of high energy and food prices that has hit the world recently.

Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov considered that the abolition of restrictions imposed by the West on Russia against the background of the military operation in Ukraine will result in a decrease in global prices of energy and food.

The Russian minister has asked for the payment procedure to be extended to the maximum in rubles of exported goods.