Russia's invading forces under pressure

Russian President Vladimir Putin is facing increasing military and political pressure in his war of aggression against Ukraine. Ukraine continued its counterattacks on the invading Russian forces in the north-east of the country and also attacked in the south. According to the Ukrainian military, a Russian base near Cherson was destroyed by rockets. There was also an exchange of gunfire in the city. Ukraine is attempting to cut off Russian units from their supply lines in the area west of the Dnieper River. Unlike in the Kharkiv region, however, Ukrainian units have not yet advanced there on a broad front.

At the United Nations General Assembly, which begins this Monday, Western heads of state and government, including Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD), will sharply criticize Russia. At the weekend, US President Joe Biden warned Russia’s President Putin against using tactical nuclear bombs or chemical weapons in view of the military setbacks. “Don’t do that, don’t do that, don’t do that!” Biden said. It would change the face of war “like nothing since World War II”.

British intelligence expects the Russian army to step up attacks on Ukraine’s civilian infrastructure in response to the setbacks in order to undermine the morale of the population and the government. Putin is missing his military and strategic goals in Ukraine, Chief of Staff Admiral Tony Radakin told the BBC. However, successes in the Northeast did not automatically mean victories elsewhere. Rather, the “probable result” is that the war will go on for a long time.

In Germany, debates about the delivery of main battle tanks and armored personnel carriers to Ukraine continue. The Union has submitted a corresponding application in the Bundestag, which the MPs are to discuss on Thursday. The federal government has approved the purchase of additional German-made artillery pieces from Ukraine, but does not want to supply tanks.

A government spokesman confirmed that Kiev could purchase 18 RCH-155 howitzers from manufacturer Krauss-Maffei Wegmann, Welt reported earlier on Sunday . These consist of a large-calibre cannon, as used on the Panzerhaubitze 2000 , mounted on a Boxer -type wheeled armored vehicle. However, they have to be built first and can be delivered in two and a half years at the earliest.

Chancellor Olaf Scholz confirmed that Germany would not go it alone. Together with the Netherlands, self-propelled howitzers were delivered to Ukraine, as were the USA, Great Britain and France. Germany is also one of three countries to pass on multiple rocket launchers alongside Great Britain and the USA, Scholz told Deutschlandfunk.

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