The war in Ukraine is alive: the Russian cruiser Moskva is burning, a major material setback for Moscow

Chemical spirits: the Russian embassy in London reacts

In a scathing press release, the Russian Embassy in Great Britain denounced the “British media accusations” of the possible use of unknown chemicals by the Russian army and the Donetsk People’s Republic against formations of the Azov battalion of the Ukrainian army. in Mariupol.” The embassy notes that these allegations “are strictly intended to produce the necessary propaganda effect and are not supported by a single evidence.” “The Russian armed forces do not possess and cannot have any chemical warfare agents” since “Russia has destroyed all its stockpiles of chemical weapons.” In 2017, it fully fulfilled its obligations under the Chemical Weapons Convention (CAC),” which the United States has not, “constituting a credible military threat.”

Yesterday, a day like any other in Ukraine

“The reports of the fighting today are not very different from the previous ones,” President Zelensky said late last night in his address to the Ukrainians. According to him, “the Russian forces are intensifying their operations in the eastern and southern directions,” “missile bombardment and artillery fire continue,” and “new columns of material are being introduced.” In order to feed their “reserves”, the Russians are trying to “recruit the population of the south of our country,” as he criticizes.

Moscow does not want to be “slowed down” by the Americans or NATO

After the United States announced sending heavy equipment to Ukraine, Russia announced that it would consider US and NATO vehicles carrying weapons on Ukrainian soil as legitimate military targets. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said in an interview with TASS that any attempt by the West to inflict significant damage on the Russian army or its separatist allies in Ukraine would be “severely suppressed”. He added that “attempts to slow down our own operations, inflict maximum damage to the Russian units and formations of the DPR and LPR (Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics) will be severely suppressed.”

50 days

Today is the fiftieth day of the fighting, after the Russian invasion of Ukraine on the night of February 23-24.

New aid from the United States

In Washington, US President Joe Biden promised his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky a massive new military aid worth $800 million, including heavy equipment that the United States had so far been reluctant to deliver to Kyiv for fear of exacerbating tensions with Moscow. They are parties to the war.

This came as Russia threatened to strike the command centers in Kyiv, accusing Ukraine of launching attacks on its territory.

Among this equipment, Zelensky mentioned “artillery systems, armored personnel carriers and helicopters.” In a video late last night.

Moscow threatens to strike “decision-making centers”

The Russian army threatened, on Wednesday, to strike the command centers in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, which Moscow has abandoned at the present time, accusing Ukraine of firing and sabotage on Russian soil.

“If such events continue, the Russian army will carry out strikes on decision-making centers, including in Kyiv, which the Russian army has refrained from doing so far,” the Russian Defense Ministry spokesman said.

Russian cruiser on fire

It is one of the biggest physical setbacks that Russia has suffered since the start of the invasion of Ukraine. The cruiser Moskva, the flagship of the Black Sea Fleet, was “severely damaged” by exploding munitions according to Moscow, and missile strikes according to Kyiv.

The Ukrainian governor of the Odessa region (south) Maxim Marchenko said that “Neptune missiles protecting the Black Sea caused serious damage to this Russian ship.”

“It’s burning badly. Now. With such a raging sea, it is impossible to know when they will be able to receive assistance,” said the advisor to the president, confirming that “510 crew members” were on board.

“Due to a fire, ammunition on board exploded” and the entire crew was evacuated, the ministry said, adding that an investigation is underway to determine the source of this fire.

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