The bridge and the losses of the East.. How did the hands of the Ukraine war turn back?

Russia It struck several cities and regions in Ukraineincluding the capital, Kyiv, in response to the bombing operation that targeted a bridge linking the Russian mainland to the Russian Federation Crimea annexed by Russia in 2014.

At the beginning of Russian military operations in Ukraine on February 24, Moscow bet on reaching Kyiv, and its forces were not far from the capital, but they were met with resistance described as"severe"I had to back off.

With the military operations entering their second phase, Russia decided to turn a blind eye to the capital, where the political system that Moscow accuses of Nazism is located, so the Kremlin decided to focus on the regions of eastern and southern Ukraine.

But this same bet, i.e. controlling areas of eastern and southern Ukraine, was not easy, and it eluded the Russians, especially since the Ukrainians managed in recent weeks to recover thousands of kilometers.

In the midst of the Russian retreat on the ground, questions were raised about the formula in which the Russians might respond, because the Kremlin would not accept"The prestige of the Russian army, which has a nuclear arsenal, is promoted" in mud "embarrassing defeats".

Some Western expectations went so far as to talk about the possibility of Russia carrying out a tactical nuclear attack, in order to curb losses and establish a new military equation on the ground, based on the theory of "Escalation for de-escalation" (Escalate to De-escalate).

While expectations were hovering about a possible Russian nuclear attack, the bridge linking the Russian mainland with Crimea was targeted, in an incident that was considered a blow to Moscow. "Russian fret".

The Russian response was not long in coming, and came in the form of large-scale strikes in Ukraine, amid reports that it caused the death of a number of civilians, amid questions about whether these attacks would be repeated in Kyiv and other cities, or whether Russia would return to focusing on the east-south axis.

There are those who believe that Russian operations may not remain limited to eastern and southern Ukraine, because the Ukrainian army has benefited from the calm of the interior regions, and has focused on attacking the Russians in their strongholds, where the pro-Moscow separatists are located.

And on Saturday, the Russian army announced the appointment of a new commander for its military operation in Ukraine; He is General Sergei Sorovikin, 55, who previously participated in the civil war in Tajikistan during the 1990s, in the second Chechen war at the beginning of the third millennium, and in the Russian intervention in Syria, which began in 2015.

Western solidarity

On Monday, US President Joe Biden spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to express Washington’s solidarity with Kyiv, following Russia’s implementation of military strikes in Ukraine.

According to a statement issued by the White House, President Biden condemned the strikes and pledged to continue to provide Ukraine with the support necessary to defend itself, including advanced air defense systems.

The US President also stressed his continued participation with allies and partners to continue imposing costs on Russia, and holding it accountable for what was described as"War crimes and atrocities".
In the same vein, the White House pledged to provide Ukraine with security, economic and humanitarian aid, while Moscow says that US military support for Kiev is prolonging the conflict.

Earlier, US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, on Monday condemned the Russian missile strikes, describing them as"awful".

In the same vein, the European Commission condemned the Russian missile strikes that killed civilians and damaged civilian infrastructure, describing them as "horrific attacks".

UNHCR spokesperson Peter Stano said at a regular press briefing "These are brutal and cowardly attacks".

He stated that the strikes were in violation of international humanitarian law, saying that they amounted to… "Additional escalation" The war in Ukraine is totally unacceptable.

wide attacks

Russia rained cruise missiles on Ukrainian cities on Monday, in its largest-scale air attack since the start of the war, cutting off electricity and heating in large areas, which the United States described as "horrible blows".

The missiles hit major road junctions, parks and tourist sites in the city center of Kyiv heavily.

Explosions were also reported in Lviv, Ternopil and Zhytomyr in western Ukraine, Dnipro and Kremenchug in the center of the country, Zaporizhia in the south, and Kharkiv in the east.

Ukrainian officials said at least 10 people were killed and dozens wounded, and power was cut off in large swathes of the country.

Putin, in a televised speech, said he had ordered strikes "wide range" Long-range targets the energy, command and communications sectors of Ukraine, using missiles launched from the air, sea and land, in response to what he described as terrorist attacks, including the explosion on Saturday on the Crimean Bridge in the Kerch Strait.

. added "The Kyiv regime, by its actions, has placed itself on the level of international terrorist organizations. With the most hateful groups. Leaving such actions unanswered is simply impossible"threatening more strikes in the future if Ukraine strikes Russian territory.

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and considered Russia It struck several cities and regions in Ukraineincluding the capital, Kyiv, in response to the bombing operation that targeted a bridge linking the Russian mainland to the Russian Federation Crimea annexed by Russia in 2014.

At the beginning of Russian military operations in Ukraine on February 24, Moscow bet on reaching Kyiv, as its forces were not far from the capital, but they were met with “extreme” resistance, and were forced to retreat.

With the military operations entering their second phase, Russia decided to turn a blind eye to the capital, where the political system that Moscow accuses of Nazism is located, so the Kremlin decided to focus on the regions of eastern and southern Ukraine.

But this same bet, i.e. controlling areas of eastern and southern Ukraine, was not easy, and it eluded the Russians, especially since the Ukrainians managed in recent weeks to recover thousands of kilometers.

And in the midst of the Russian retreat on the ground, questions were raised about the way the Russians might respond, because the Kremlin would not accept “sowing the prestige of the Russian army, which has a nuclear arsenal” in the mud of “embarrassing defeats.”

Some Western expectations went so far as to talk about the possibility of Russia carrying out a tactical nuclear attack, in order to curb losses and establish a new military equation on the ground, based on the theory of “escalation to de-escalate”.

While expectations were hovering about a possible Russian nuclear attack, the bridge linking the Russian mainland with Crimea was targeted, in an incident that was considered a blow to Moscow, and “Russian anger” increased.

The Russian response was not long in coming, and came in the form of large-scale strikes in Ukraine, amid reports that it caused the death of a number of civilians, amid questions about whether these attacks would be repeated in Kyiv and other cities, or whether Russia would return to focusing on the east-south axis.

There are those who believe that Russian operations may not remain limited to eastern and southern Ukraine, because the Ukrainian army has benefited from the calm of the interior regions, and has focused on attacking the Russians in their strongholds, where the pro-Moscow separatists are located.

And on Saturday, the Russian army announced the appointment of a new commander for its military operation in Ukraine; He is General Sergei Sorovikin, 55, who previously participated in the civil war in Tajikistan during the 1990s, in the second Chechen war at the beginning of the third millennium, and in the Russian intervention in Syria, which began in 2015.

Western solidarity

On Monday, US President Joe Biden spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to express Washington’s solidarity with Kyiv, following Russia’s implementation of military strikes in Ukraine.

According to a statement issued by the White House, President Biden condemned the strikes and pledged to continue to provide Ukraine with the support necessary to defend itself, including advanced air defense systems.

The US President also stressed his continued engagement with allies and partners to continue imposing costs on Russia, and holding it accountable for what was described as “war crimes and atrocities.”
In the same vein, the White House pledged to provide Ukraine with security, economic and humanitarian aid, while Moscow says that US military support for Kiev is prolonging the conflict.

Earlier, US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, on Monday condemned the Russian missile strikes, describing them as “terrible.”

In the same vein, the European Commission condemned the Russian missile strikes that killed civilians and damaged civilian infrastructure, describing them as “appalling attacks”.

“These are brutal and cowardly attacks,” UNHCR spokesman Peter Stano told a regular press briefing.

He stated that the strikes were in contravention of international humanitarian law, saying that they amounted to a “further escalation” of the war in Ukraine, which was totally unacceptable.

wide attacks

Russia rained cruise missiles on Ukrainian cities on Monday, in its largest-scale air attack since the start of the war, cutting off electricity and heating in large areas, which the United States described as “terrible strikes”.

The missiles hit major road junctions, parks and tourist sites in the city center of Kyiv heavily.

Explosions were also reported in Lviv, Ternopil and Zhytomyr in western Ukraine, Dnipro and Kremenchug in the center of the country, Zaporizhia in the south, and Kharkiv in the east.

Ukrainian officials said at least 10 people were killed and dozens wounded, and power was cut off in large swathes of the country.

In a televised speech, Putin said he had ordered “large-scale” long-range strikes targeting the Ukrainian energy, command and communications sectors, using missiles launched from the air, sea and land, in response to what he described as terrorist attacks, including Saturday’s explosion on the Crimean bridge. in the Kerch Strait.

“The Kyiv regime, by its actions, has placed itself on the level of international terrorist organizations. With the most abhorrent groups. Leaving such actions unanswered is simply impossible,” he added, threatening further strikes in the future if Ukraine strikes Russian territory.

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