Friday, December 23, 2022

Regarding Ukraine receiving US Patriot missiles, Russia is dismissive

Russia dismissive of Ukraine getting US Patriot missiles

KYIV: On Thursday, Moscow stated that Ukraine's acquisition of Patriot missiles from the United States, which was made public during President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's visit to Washington, will not aid in the resolution of the conflict or hinder Russia's progress toward its objectives.

Even though the Patriot air defense system is widely considered to be cutting edge, President Vladimir Putin called it "quite old" and assured reporters that Russia would devise a strategy to combat it. He also stated that Russia wants the war in Ukraine to end and that this would necessitate a diplomatic solution.

Putin stated to reporters, "Our goal is not to spin the flywheel of military conflict; rather, on the contrary, to end this war." Naturally, the sooner we can put an end to this, the better."

The United States quickly expressed skepticism regarding these remarks. John Kirby, a spokesperson for the White House, stated that Putin had "shown absolutely zero indication that he's willing to negotiate" an end to the war that began with Russia's February 24 invasion of Ukraine.

During an online briefing, Kirby stated to reporters, "Quite the contrary." "Putin's actions on the ground and in the air suggest a man who wants to continue inflicting violence on the Ukrainian people and to escalate the conflict."

After a series of Russian battlefield defeats and retreats that have swung the 10-month war's momentum in Kyiv's favor, Ukraine and its allies suspect a ploy to buy time from Russia, which has repeatedly stated that it is open to negotiations.

Zelenskyy was encouraged when he returned to Ukraine from his trip to Washington on Wednesday, his first trip outside of the country since Russia invaded its neighbor.

"We are returning from Washington with positive outcomes. "With something that will truly assist," he stated in the Telegram messaging app.

'NOT Helpful'

Kremlin representative Dmitry Peskov let journalists know that there had been no indications of preparation for harmony talks during Zelenskyy's visit, demonstrating that the US was battling an intermediary battle with Russia "to the last Ukrainian".

Peskov commented on the Patriot system, "This is not conducive to a speedy settlement, quite the contrary." And this will not stop the Russian Federation from achieving its objectives during the "special military operation," which is the Russian term for a war that has resulted in the deaths of tens of thousands of people.

As he pressed for additional support against Russia's invasion, Zelenskyy told Congress on Wednesday that US aid to his country was an investment in democracy, citing World War Two battles against the Nazis.

He stated that developing an air shield required the Patriot system.

Standing next to President Joe Biden at a White House news conference, Zelenskyy stated, "This is the only way that we can deprive the terrorist state of its main instrument of terror - the possibility to hit our cities, our energy."

Zelenskyy made the remarks in Washington at a time when Republicans, some of whom have become increasingly skeptical about the amount of aid given to Ukraine, were set to replace Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives on Jan. 3.

As part of the larger U.S. government spending bill, Congress got closer to approving an additional $44.9 billion in emergency military and economic assistance. In addition, $50 billion has already been sent to Ukraine this year.

Wednesday, as Zelenskyy began his visit, the Biden administration made an additional $1.85 billion in military assistance for Ukraine, including the Patriot system.

On his way home on Thursday, Zelenskyy had a conversation with President Andrzej Duda of Poland. Poland - what shares an about 500-kilometer (310-mile) line with Ukraine - has enlisted more than 1.5 million exiles from its eastern neighbor since the conflict started, the vast majority of any European Association country.

WAGNER GROUP The White House announced on Thursday that the Wagner Group, a private Russian military company, received an arms shipment from North Korea to support Russian forces in Ukraine, indicating the Wagner Group's growing involvement in the conflict.

A request for clarification was sent to the Russian and North Korean missions to the United Nations in New York, but they did not immediately respond.

Before Putin's remarks on Thursday, Zelenskiyy's aide Mykhailo Podolyak stated that the United States had "finally pinpointed the baseline" in the conflict.

"1. Russia cannot win. 2. There are no "territory for pseudo/world" compromises. 3. Ukraine will get all the military help it needs. as much as is practical. 4. Nobody thinks often about Russia's 'converse with us' hysteria...," he composed on Twitter.

In recent weeks, Ukraine's energy infrastructure has been the target of numerous Russian aerial strikes, leaving millions without power or running water in the dead of winter.

On Thursday, Power Engineers' Day, a day after the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year, Zelenskyy praised the efforts of electrical workers to keep the lights on.


Moscow announced it had added four regions of Ukraine - Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson - in the wake of holding supposed mandates in September that were dismissed as false and unlawful by Kyiv and the West.

In the east, Russian forces control most of Luhansk, but only about 60% of Donetsk. They have been mired in a costly, prolonged struggle for Bakhmut, a Donetsk region industrial town that had approximately 70,000 people living there prior to the war.

The frontline in Ukraine is stable, according to Russian Chief of General Staff Valery Gerasimov, who said on Thursday that Moscow's forces had concentrated on "completing the liberation of the territory of the Donetsk People's Republic."

State-owned news agency RIA reported on Thursday that Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu visited army units fighting in Ukraine, citing the ministry. Where was not specified. 

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