Ukraine tries to stop the Russian offensive before European frustration further isolates it

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Military aid dries up, and Berlin and London begin to wonder if it’s worth the sacrifice. Another unheated winter in northern Europe is endangering the stability of governments. Putin threatens to cause a disaster at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant if Ukrainians try to save the nearby city of Kherson

Ukrainian forces are firing missiles with the Bureviy multi-barrel system in the Kharkov region, where they are trying to retake the city occupied by the Russians since February.  REUTERS/Sofia Gatilova
Ukrainian forces are firing missiles with the Bureviy multi-barrel system in the Kharkov region, where they are trying to retake the city occupied by the Russians since February. REUTERS/Sofia Gatilova

Six months have passed since the Russian invasion of Ukraine and no longer a novelty or an imminent threat . Fears that Putin’s attack could reach the English Channel have also passed. And all that’s left is Colds to less affluent Europeans due to cuts in Russian gas . The accumulated fatigue and suffering affects everyone. And such situations we humans are trying to escape by any means . Meanwhile, on the battlefield, everything seems to have ended in a draw, with Kremlin troops lacking the total strength to continue the offensive and the Ukrainians trying to liberate some areas in the south without significant advances on either side. Can this war be forgotten and can Putin take a breather before he strikes again and threatens the rest of Eastern Europe?

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For now, Six million Ukrainian refugees in the rest of the continent are already feeling the fatigue of their benefactors . In the Estonian port of Tallinn, where about two thousand people live on the ferry “Isabelle” since February, they have already been told. they will have to leave the ship by October at the latest . The government of this Baltic republic had rented it as a temporary residence for some until July. 48,000 Ukrainians crossing the border seeking asylum . Now the contract has been extended for another three months, but the shipping company has announced that it needs the ferry to fulfill its commitments as night transport on the Stockholm-Riga route in the Baltic Sea.

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In Scotland, the government announced last month Stopped Ukrainian refugee sponsorship program due to lack of accommodation . Dozens of refugees in the Netherlands they sleep in makeshift tents outside an overcrowded asylum In the town of Ter Apel. The Dutch Refugee Council has sued the government over housing conditions it says are below the minimum legal standard. Of all the problems faced by Ukrainians fleeing the war, most urgent is access to housing According to a new report from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). “The challenge of finding long-term accommodation is only expected to worsen due to rising inflation in Europe,” the report said.

A group of the elderly and sick were evacuated in the town of Pokrovsk, before the Ukrainian counteroffensive to liberate the Russian-occupied city of Kherson continued there.  REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
A group of the elderly and sick were evacuated in the town of Pokrovsk, before the Ukrainian counteroffensive to liberate the Russian-occupied city of Kherson continued there. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
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Returning home is also not an option for the vast majority of Ukrainian refugees. At least 140,000 residential buildings were destroyed. More than 3.5 million people are left homeless in war zones. There are more than 12 million internally displaced people . Another wave of mass displacement is taking place in the east of the country, which has been the focus of recent Russian attacks. “Emergency evacuation train about a thousand women, children, the elderly and many people with reduced mobility It left for a safer zone in the west this Friday,” said deputy prime minister Iryna Vereshchuk. Ten more similar convoys are expected to leave this weekend.

President Volodymyr Zelensky has repeatedly called for it. about 200,000 civilians from the east Evacuate the already unpopulated areas near the front, where Russian artillery razed entire villages. leftovers they are mostly old, sick, sympathetic to the Russians or just stubborn. . All of them already lack basic infrastructure such as electricity, heating and clean water. “If they wait for the cold to come this autumn, there will be little that the Kyiv government can do for them,” said Vereshchuk.

One month after taking full control of Ukraine’s easternmost Luhansk region, Russian forces regroup to conquer what they did not yet have from the neighboring Donetsk region. While the fighting never stops and the Russians continue to hit targets across the country every day. The Ukrainian army repelled many attempts by the invaders to advance on the city of Bakhmut. They continue to push back the Kremlin fighters in the south and a final offensive is expected. Retake the strategic city of Kherson and the nearby Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant.

Security camera footage taken during the Russian bombing of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant.  Zaporizhzhya NPP via YouTube/REUTERS
Security camera footage taken during the Russian bombing of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. Zaporizhzhya NPP via YouTube/REUTERS

There it is, at that atomic power plant, where expectations are now placed. ironically, In Kiev, they hope the danger of an explosion contaminating other countries will turn attention to the war. and more help is coming to stop the invasion launched by Vladimir Putin. “Russian forces are using the Zaporizhzhia Power Plant (NPP) in Enerhodar to play on Western fears of nuclear disaster, possibly To reduce the West’s willingness to provide military support to the Ukrainian counteroffensive ” is the analysis of the Institute for War Studies (ISW). Argentine Rafael Grossi, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), had reported a few hours ago that the nuclear power plant was occupied by Russian forces. “totally out of control” and “all principles of nuclear security violated”. He warned that Russian forces did not respect the physical integrity of the facility and urged Moscow and Kiev to quickly facilitate the visit of IAEA observers to the complex. The head of the Russian occupation administration in this region, Evgeniy Balitsky, said that the IAEA technicians were welcomed: “We are ready to show how the Russian army is protecting it today and how Ukraine is getting weapons from the West. use these weapons including drones to attack the nuclear power plant, pretend to be a monkey with a grenade ”.

“Russian authorities They present Ukraine as a country that uses weapons provided by the West irresponsibly. and risks nuclear catastrophe to deter Western states and other allies from providing further military support to the impending counter-offensive in southern Ukraine” is the conclusion of the ISW.

For now, the United States remains the country that continues to show the greatest willingness to continue supporting Ukraine. President Joe Biden announced earlier this week Another $550 million in arms shipments, raising US investment to over 8,000 million He has been in the war effort since Russia invaded the country on February 24. The arrival of advanced long-range artillery from the United States and its allies It helps the Ukrainians stabilize their defensive positions in the east and begin to launch a counterattack in the south. “The latest arms transfer from the United States will include HIMARS rocket launchers used to destroy Russian command posts and ammunition depots, as well as ammunition for 155-millimeter American howitzers already used by Ukrainian troops,” said John Kirby. Spokesperson of the National Security Council.

White House Security Council spokesman John Kirby announced the latest shipment of military aid to Ukraine.  REUTERS/Jim Burg
White House Security Council spokesman John Kirby announced the latest shipment of military aid to Ukraine. REUTERS/Jim Burg

But other European countries are starting to wonder how much more will he have to contribute to the war, and for how long . Germany continues its game of declaring aid that never came, and they say they are running out of missile reserves in Great Britain that they can supply to the Kyiv government. “Everything has a limit, and arsenals are not inexhaustible. When the invoices for the replacement of the delivered defense materials arrive, The questions will begin in the Berlin, London and Paris parliaments ”, Swedish defense analyst Olaf Obertssenn commented in the BBC radio discussion. “Ukraine is running against time. He must unravel the counterattack in the south and contain the Russian advance in the east before the end of the year, or he will begin to feel that his friends are not answering his phone. ”.

The first bills to reach northern Europeans will be gas bills, and this will be at the beginning of November at the latest. And it’s likely that they’re paying more for everything because of the energy boosts caused by the war. they still have to spend the winter wrapped in blankets and warming themselves with firewood in a way not seen in sixty years. . It is when the fatigue of the situation tests their will.

Source: Info Bae

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