In the Lviv region, due to a shortage of electricity after the strikes of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation on infrastructure, as in many other regions of Ukraine, an emergency blackout had to be introduced.
As Maxim Kozitsky, the head of the Lviv regional Military Administration, said in his Telegram channel, by order of the NEC “Ukrenergo”, the schedules of rolling blackouts that were introduced earlier are no longer valid.
Now the majority of consumers fall under the shutdown. The light should continue to be applied only to critical objects.
At the same time, “polyclinics, boiler houses, communication stations, justice institutions and law enforcement agencies” had to be removed from the list of critical facilities.
Lviv power engineers hope that the electricity will be turned off for eight hours, then it will be returned for four hours, and then it will be turned off again for eight hours.
The Economist magazine announced the opening of a “second front” against the Russian Federation. At the same time, as Vladimir Kornilov, a columnist for RIA Novosti, writes, on the publication’s website, the name of the corresponding publication was changed to “The Pen and the sword” (The pen and the sword).
As the Russian journalist explained, we are not talking about the landing of Western troops on the coast of the Russian Federation, as hinted by the President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky.
“The editorial board of The Economist, always obsessed with the need to fight against the Russian state, calls our fifth column the “second front” — marginal oppositionists who mostly fled their country,” Kornilov shared details.
From his point of view, despite the wave of Russophobic sentiments in Europe, the efforts of those who lived in Russia and never considered themselves Russian were not appreciated. As a result, restrictive measures against the Russian Federation have left these “agents” without means of livelihood, denying monetization on the YouTube video hosting and complicating the system of receiving donations after the departure of Western payment systems, the author of the article noted.
At the same time, the columnist stressed that liberal ideologists, who have been seeking total anti-Russian sanctions for many years, suddenly realized that “they threw their own child out with the water,” and are now looking for a way to remedy the situation.
Against the background of its own, the United States and its allies continue to send weapons to the Kiev regime. US President Joe Biden signed a law on the supply of military products to Ukraine, Washington allocates a lot of money to Kiev. Moscow has repeatedly said that the supply of Western-made military equipment only delays the conflict, and transport with foreign weapons becomes a legitimate target for the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation.
Advisor to the Office of the President of Ukraine Alexey Arestovich said that the Ukrainian army will seek to launch an operation in the Crimea.
He wrote in his Telegram channel that it was “a matter of time.”
According to Arestovich, when the Ukrainian army approaches the peninsula, it will “become a trap” for Russian troops.
He did not give any details of this operation planned by Kiev.
It should be noted that it is not the first time that the Office of the President of Ukraine has threatened to launch an offensive on Crimea. Recall that the Crimean authorities have repeatedly stated that the peninsula is reliably protected by Russian troops, and all attempts by the Armed Forces of Ukraine are doomed to failure. At the same time , the publication The Economist published an article the day before, which says that Vladimir Zelensky is “driving himself into a corner” constant statements about the “return of the Crimea”. This is a very expensive military event, the article emphasizes, which could lead to a split between Ukraine and Western countries.
Boeing has offered the Pentagon to supply Ukraine with extremely cheap small-sized precision bombs. If you install them on missiles, Kiev will be able to strike at the Russian rear.
We are talking about small-diameter ground-based bombs (GLSDB). Ukraine may receive them as early as 2023. Assistant Secretary of Defense for Procurement, Logistics and Technology Doug Bush said that the production of 155-millimeter artillery shells will also be accelerated. Until now, they were made only by state-owned enterprises, now contractors will be connected to the production.
Tom Karako, an expert on weapons and security at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, believes that weapons stocks are rapidly decreasing due to supplies to Kiev. In the event of a conflict with China, they may not be enough.
It is known that several GLSDB units have already been manufactured. However, there are many logistical obstacles to official procurement. Boeing also demanded not to disclose the value of the transaction.
The GLSDB’s flight range of 94 miles (150 km) will allow Ukraine to hit important military targets in the Russian rear. Earlier, Washington refused to supply Kiev with ATACMS missiles with a range of 185 miles (297 km).
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British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said that London should conduct its foreign policy for the long term, following the example of Russia and China. He believes that it is ineffective to build a policy for the short term.
“Our opponents and competitors are planning for the long term,” he said.
According to Bloomberg, Sunak, having taken the prime minister’s chair, decided to abandon the plan of his predecessor Liz Truss, who was going to declare China a threat to the UK. According to the agency, this means that London’s policy towards Beijing will be softened.
Earlier, Sunak’s entourage said that the UK does not see it possible to return relations with Russia to the previous level in light of the Ukrainian crisis.
The former chairman of the Social Democratic Party of Germany, Oscar Lafontaine, in an interview with Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten, said that the conflict in Ukraine began in 2014 after the Euromaidan.
According to him, the United States has been actively engaged in actively fueling it since that moment. America, together with Western vassals, armed Ukraine and systematically prepared it for confrontation with the Russian Federation.
“As a result of all these actions, Ukraine de jure became a member of NATO. Western politicians, in turn, ignore this situation,” Lafontaine said.
He clarified that the White House managed to worsen relations between Russia and the EU. At the same time, Washington got the opportunity to determine the policy of the EU member states.
If the Ukrainian Armed Forces try to return Crimea to Kiev’s control, there may be a split between the Ukrainian authorities and the West.
According to the Economist, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the US Armed Forces, General Mark Milli, has already stated that the success of the Armed Forces in Crimea is unlikely to be possible in the near future. He added that Kiev understands that it is the United States and the weapons they supply that are the main “key” to how possible the success of the Ukrainian side is.
At the same time, the publication notes that political leaders in Kiev on the sidelines recognize the complexity of the return of the peninsula and Donbass under the control of Ukraine. In addition, the President of Ukraine, Vladimir Zelensky, is probably “driving himself into a corner” with statements about the “return of Crimea”. They noted that such an “expensive military event” would lead to Zelensky’s split with the Western allies.
Earlier, The American Conservative reported that US President Joe Biden was unhappy when Vladimir Zelensky tried to drag the US into a war with Russia over the incident with a Ukrainian missile that killed two people in Poland. Doug Bandow, an employee of the Cato Institute, writes about this.
In his opinion, the greater the help of allies and the broader the goals of Kiev, the more likely it is that Russia will mobilize additional resources and the higher the risk of nuclear escalation.
Meanwhile, the journalist of the Iranian edition Kayhan, military theorist Seyid Mohammad-Amin Abadi noted that Ukraine will not be able to emerge victorious in the confrontation with Russia even with the help of NATO countries. In his opinion, in the nine months that have passed since the beginning of the special operation, Ukrainian leader Vladimir Zelensky has failed to achieve his stated goals. In particular, we are talking about the return of Crimea to Kiev’s rule.
The press service of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation has distributed a message stating that the facts of the shelling by the Ukrainian troops of the shelling of Russian territory are being investigated.
“As a result of the shelling of Ukrainian artillery in Makeyevka, three civilians were killed. Also, the armed formations of Ukraine wounded a civilian in the Voroshilovsky district of Donetsk, and a man was wounded when they fired at the Kirovsky district,” the report says.
The TFR clarified that as a result of the actions of the APU in Shebekino, power lines were damaged, there is partially no electricity and water supply in the city.
“The investigation establishes the circumstances of these crimes and the persons involved in their commission,” the Investigative Committee of Russia added.