Entering its third month, the war between russia and ukraine started this Monday with many more political and diplomatic demonstrations than military actions, with the visit of the Secretary of State Antony Blinken and the head of the Pentagon Lloyd Austin to kyiv to meet with Zelenski, on Sunday.
After that meeting, Austin revealed that the objective of the United States is “weaken Russia so that it cannot attack its neighbors.”
On his return to Poland, from kyiv by train, Austin declared about the Ukrainians that “the first thing to win is to believe that you can win. And they they are convinced that they can win“.
“They can win if they have good equipmentthe right support,” he added.
“We want to see Russia weakened to the point where it can’t do the kinds of things it has done by invading Ukraine.”
US Secretary of Defense
The top US defense official said Russia had suffered significant military losses in Ukraine, including “many of its troops,” and that the Pentagon was working to ensure that Russia do not have the capacity to “reproduce that ability very quickly.”
after a visit risky and secret to the Ukrainian capitalIn kyiv, Austin said there would be a more detailed discussion of what Ukraine would need to prevail against Russia at a meeting in Germany on Tuesday. “We want to see Russia weakened to the point where he can’t do the kinds of things he’s done by invading Ukraine,” he said.
In the two months since the start of the war, the Biden administration has increased constantly military assistance and, at the same time, has imposed broader sanctions aimed at crippling the Russian economy.
Lloyd Austin (left), Volodimir Zelensky and Secretary of State Antony Blinken in kyiv. Photo: AP
The assertion by top US defense officials that the United States wants downgrade the russian war machine reflection an increasingly emboldened approach of the Biden administration.
Austin, who made his remarks during a brief news conference on the Polish-Ukrainian border, was joined by Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken, who said Russia had failed in its goal of destroying the Ukrainian state.
“The strategy we have put in place _huge support for Ukraine, huge pressure on Russiasolidarity with more than 30 countries involved in these efforts_ is giving real results,” Blinken told reporters in Poland.
The three-hour meeting took place on Sunday, the 60th day since the invasion began, as Ukraine pressed the West to provide more powerful weapons to deal with Russia’s campaign in the Donbas region of eastern Turkey. Ukraine, where Moscow forces are trying to expel the last Ukrainian troops in the battered port of Mariupol.
US reopens embassy in kyiv
American diplomats will soon return to Ukraine, he said, and he hoped the embassy in kyiv reopen in a few weeks.
“Russia is failing,” he said. “Ukraine is succeeding.”
Bridget Brink, the current US ambassador to Slovakia. Photo: AP
Biden has already appointed Bridget Brinkthe current US ambassador to Slovakia, as the next US ambassador to kyiv.
message from moscow
Blinken and Austin secretly left kyiv by train for Poland. A few hours later, Russia sent a message to the United States bombing the Ukrainian rail network.
The timing of Russia is invariably intended for maximum effect.
Therefore, his decision to attack the railways in central and western Ukraine hours after the US Secretary of State and Secretary of Defense left kyiv by train is almost certainly designed to be another Moscow’s warning shot, the BBC wrote on Monday.
Blinken and Austin’s meeting with the Ukrainian government in kyiv. Photo: EFE
Five stations were hit by missiles, including one in Krasne, near Lviv, where a facility that handles power supply to airlines was hit. There are reports of injuries. railway lines are an integral part of the war effort Ukraine, as they move troops and military equipment in and out of Poland, which is NATO’s logistics hub.
Aim at the seasons it seems to be an attempt to downgrade kyiv’s military supply route.
But also it’s creepy for refugees who continue to use the train lines to escape the renewed Russian offensive in the Donbas. The station in the eastern city of Kramatorsk was attacked earlier this month, killing dozens of fleeing people.
And now the rail infrastructure in the center and west of the country has been affected, leaving this nation terrified with few safe routes out.
Russia has warned the United States that do not send more weapons to UkraineMoscow’s ambassador to Washington told Russian state television.
“We emphasized andn the unacceptability of this situation when the United States pours weapons into Ukraine, and we demand an end to this practice,” Anatoly Antonov was quoted as saying by Reuters in an interview with the Rossiya 24 television channel.
Antonov said an official diplomatic note had been sent to Washington expressing Russia’s concerns.
During his visit to kyiv, top US officials promised Zelensky additional aid from $700 million in support.
the war front
In terms of combat, Russia also bombed a refinery in Ukraine. Other long-range missile strikes overnight hit troop concentrations and weapons and ammunition depots in Barvinkove and Nova Dmytrivka in the Kharkov region near the Russian border. In total, he noted, Russian planes destroyed 56 Ukrainian targets.
On the other hand, in northern Ukraine, on the russian side of the border, a fire broke out on Monday in un fuel tankalthough the Russian news agency Tass did not indicate at one point what caused the fire in the fuel tanks.
NASA satellites that monitor fires identified a fire at coordinates that corresponded with a Rosneft facility about 110 kilometers north of the Ukrainian border. Moscow has accused kyiv of attacks in Russia’s Bryansk region, which borders Ukraine.
Mariupol and the siege of the Azovstal plant
Around noon in Ukraine, the situation in the besieged returned to have a presence on the scene Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol, on the Sea of Azov, inside which a not very precise number of civilians has been found for several days, including children (there is talk of between 500 and 1,000) and a group of combatants whose number is also not clearly known.
This Monday an unsuccessful attempt was made to open a humanitarian corridor to evacuate the plant.
Russia says it will allow civilians trapped in the steel plant to be evacuated.
But so far all ceasefires to allow civilian evacuations from Mariupol have repeatedly failed or gone unobserved by Russian forces.
Despite Putin’s order to cease attacks on the plant and to “seal it so that no fly gets out or gets in,” the industrial complex remained under attack over the weekend.
President Zelensky has said that peace talks with Russia would be impossible if the soldiers sheltering in the steel mills were killed.
The International Red Cross has requested access to Mariupol to evacuate trapped civilians and wounded combatants.
The Ukrainian agency Ukrinform, citing the main intelligence directorate of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, added more drama to the situation by claiming that Russia could use chemical weapons against soldiers sheltering in the steel mill.
Fuente: The New York Times, AFP, ANSA y Associated Press