US warns of major attack in Ukraine


Washington asks his compatriots to leave the country for an imminent siege of Moscow for the six-month-long invasion

Exactly six months after the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine and 31 years since Kiev’s declaration of independence from the USSR, the United States has sounded the alarm, warning that Moscow is preparing for an unprecedented offensive. The US government, as it did in October 2021, when its intelligence agencies informed Kiev of the war that broke out on February 24, has claimed to have “information” that would prove that Vladimir Putin is preparing to launch a major attack.” against Ukraine’s civilian infrastructure and government facilities in the coming days.”

As proof of the seriousness of what was about to happen, Washington authorities on Tuesday urged their compatriots to leave the country immediately using “available private means of transport.” Likewise, on the occasion of the double commemoration, it asked its citizens to “stay vigilant” and “take appropriate measures to increase their security”. “If you are in a house or building, go to the lowest level of the structure with the fewest exterior walls, windows and openings; shut all doors and sit by an interior wall, away from windows or openings,” says one of the State Department’s recommendations about an imminent wave of bombing.

The Ukrainian armed forces have already banned any form of public demonstration in Kiev between August 22 and 25 and have imposed a long curfew in Kharkov. The president, Volodímir Zelensky, acknowledged on Tuesday that there is a clear threat of bombing Kiev, from which Russian forces withdrew in late March to focus their operations in the east of the invaded area. In any case, the president warned that if there is another attempt to take control of the capital in the coming hours, there will be a “strong response.”

Though Russia is silent on its intentions, all indications are that it is preparing to make a move on the war board, in which it appears to be stagnant for weeks as Kiev forces say to the south are waging a slow counter-offensive. Evidence that they are preparing to return to action was obtained on Thursday by the Ukrainian military when it verified that Moscow was concentrating anti-aircraft missiles in the occupied territories and on the borders.

With the threat of a resurgence of hostilities greater than ever, Kiev on Tuesday hosted the second summit of the so-called Crimean Platform, a format that brings together the main states that support Kiev and which it created before the war. In this context, French President Emmanuel Macron insisted he has no “weakness” for Putin. Likewise, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, in light of attempts by pro-Russian officials in the occupied territories to convene accession talks with Moscow, such as in Crimea in 2014, said that “no fake referendum will be recognized”.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau simultaneously pledged to continue sanctions against the Kremlin and aid to Kiev “until Russia ends the war and withdraws its troops”. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg influenced this line, warning that Moscow’s aggression is turning into a “war of attrition” and that now is the time to “maintain support” for Ukraine so it can survive as an “independent and sovereign nation.”

To that end, the US is preparing to offer an additional $3 billion package to train and equip Kiev’s troops, officials in Washington said Tuesday. The announcement came after the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Policy, Josep Borrell, put forward Brussels’ intention to establish a “vigorous” military training mission for the Kiev army. It would be a matter of pooling the efforts that different states are already making. Poland in particular trains pilots and the Netherlands, Denmark and Finland participate in a British program that trains 10,000 Ukrainian troops every 120 days.

In another statement of support, Polish President Andrzej Duda arrived in Kiev on Tuesday to meet with Zelensky. Warsaw, which is one of Ukraine’s biggest supporters in the EU and one of Putin’s biggest critics, is calling for the adoption of new “decisive restrictive measures” to curb Russia’s expansive ambitions.

While the West looks with concern at the next steps the Russian military should take in Ukraine, the UN Human Rights Agency expressed “concern” on Tuesday about the possible start of a trial against detainees imprisoned alongside Vladimir Putin in the city of Mariupol. . After images of the alleged installation of cages in a city theater began to circulate, the international organization warned Moscow that holding such a trial would amount to a “war crime.”

The High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ravina Shamdasani, pointed out that under the orders of this court, “classified as an ‘international court'”, Russian forces and separatist rebels loyal to Moscow would operate in eastern Ukraine. “If this despicable process takes place, there will be no more talks with Russia. Our state has said everything,” President Zelensky warned.

Source: La Verdad


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