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Putin departs for Belarus as Russian drones target the Ukrainian capital

Putin departs for Belarus as Russian drones target the Ukrainian capital

Putin departs for Belarus as Russian drones target the Ukrainian capital

Putin admits Russia’s Ukraine battle could be long

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  • Russian drones targets Ukrainian capital Belarus.
  • Belarus did not directly participate in the war.
  • It is time for a negotiated peace in Ukraine, says Henry Kissinger.
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Belarus did not directly participate in the war but did permit its territory to be utilised as a staging area for Moscow’s invasion of the neighbouring Ukraine.

As Russian drones struck Kyiv in the most recent assault targeting crucial infrastructure, Ukrainian officials claimed, Russian President Vladimir Putin is scheduled to visit Belarus on Monday, adding to Ukrainian concerns that he plans to persuade his partner to join a fresh offensive.

Belarus did not directly participate in the war but did permit its territory to be utilised as a staging area for Moscow’s invasion of the neighbouring Ukraine.

Following a meeting of Ukraine’s highest military command on Sunday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy declared that “protecting our border, both with Russia and Belarus—is our constant priority.” “We are planning for every defence situation that could occur.”

Putin will travel to Belarus for the first time in three and a half years, calling it a broad “working visit,” where he will meet with Alexander Lukashenko, the president of Belarus.

Lukashenko has stated time and time again that he has no intention of sending troops from his nation into Ukraine. However, Ukrainian officials have been alerting the public for months that Belarus may once more be used as a base for a ground assault on Kiev.

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According to the Russian Interfax news agency, which cited the Russian defence ministry, battalion tactical drills would be conducted by Russian troops who arrived in Belarus in October.

The start date and location of the most recent exercise in a string of recent ones in Belarus were not immediately known.

According to Ukrainian authorities, “important infrastructure” in and around Kyiv was struck by Russian airstrikes on Monday. According to them, 15 out of 20 drones that were aimed at the capital were destroyed by air defence systems. According to Governor Oleskiy Kuleba, private residences were also harmed in the greater Kyiv area.

The mayor of Kiev stated that early reports indicated no casualties or injuries from the attack on the capital, and that medical personnel were on the scene where the strikes in the Solomyanskyi and Shevchenkivskyi districts occurred.

Mayor Vitali Klitschko posted on the messaging app Telegram that “important infrastructure facilities were destroyed as a result of the attack on the capital.”

Zelenskyy reiterated his request for Western countries to strengthen Ukraine’s air defences on Sunday following weeks of Russian airstrikes that attacked the electricity network while it was below freezing.

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On Monday, there were several loud explosions reported, but it was not immediately obvious if they were caused by drones striking their targets or air defence systems shooting down the drones.

After the attacks, Kyiv’s emergency power outages were reinstated, said to electrical supplier YASNO.

Since World War Two, no conflict in Europe has been as large as the 10-month-old conflict in Ukraine, which has claimed tens of thousands of lives, forced millions of people from their homes, and left entire cities in ruins.

When Russia attempted to push in eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk area, the village of Bakhmut saw the heaviest combat in weeks. Zelenskyy assured Ukrainians that the armed forces were resolute there.

He declared that the battleground in Bakhmut was crucial. “We dominate the town even though the occupants are making every effort to destroy every intact wall,”

One person was killed and numerous others were hurt when Ukrainian forces shelled a hospital in the Donetsk city, according to Denis Pushilin, the administrator of the part of the Donetsk area controlled by Moscow who was placed by Russia.

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The combat accounts could not be independently verified by Reuters.

Putin portrays what he terms Russia’s “special military operation” in Ukraine as a turning point in the country’s history, when Moscow ultimately defied the Western bloc, headed by the United States, and its attempts to profit on the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991 by destroying it.

Putin, according to Kyiv and the West, lacks legitimacy for what they have criticised as an imperial-style conflict that has given Russia authority over about a fifth of Ukraine.

Moscow said on Monday that between December 21 and December 27, Russian and Chinese forces would conduct cooperative naval drills in the East China Sea that would involve artillery and missile firing.

Even while the exercises have been conducted every year since 2012, Moscow has recently worked to fortify its political, security, and economic ties with Beijing and views Chinese President Xi Jinping as a crucial ally in an anti-Western alliance.

It is time for a negotiated peace in Ukraine, according to Henry Kissinger, who, as secretary of state for the United States in the 1970s, was a key architect of the Cold War’s détente policy toward the Soviet Union and China.

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Kissinger stated in The Spectator that “the time is drawing near to build on the strategic improvements which have already been accomplished and to integrate them into a new framework towards establishing peace through negotiation.”

The idea was rejected by Ukraine, who claimed it amounted to appeasing the aggressor.

Mykhailo Podolyak, a presidential aide for Ukraine, posted on Telegram that “all proponents of simple solutions should remember the obvious: any agreement with the devil — a bad peace at the expense of Ukrainian territories — will be a victory for Putin and a recipe for success for autocrats around the world.”

There aren’t any active peace negotiations right now.

 

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