Westerners have stepped up their tone against Russia – 62and day of invasion of Ukraine. At the same time, explosions in the separatist region of Transnistria, Moldova, raise fears of escalating the conflict.
Published on April 26
The United States is ready to “move heaven and earth” to defeat Ukraine, Defense Minister Lloyd Austin said Tuesday during a meeting with fellow allies in Germany. Berlin itself will authorize the supply to Ukraine of about fifty Cheetah armored vehicles specializing in air defense. This is a major turning point in Germany’s policy of military support for Kyiv.
“The United States is raising its voice,” said Professor Anessa Kimball, director of the Center for International Security at Laval University. According to her, they will do “everything they can” to support Ukraine in the conflict, without sending troops there. However, “this is exactly what Russia wants” to make the conflict “expensive” for the United States and its allies, she said.
“I do not really know what they are [les Américains] “Imagine a Ukrainian victory,” said Professor Michelle Fortman, a political scientist at the University of Montreal, by e-mail. “At the moment, a conflict is being announced that is ongoing and confusing. »
Explosions in Transnistria
A series of bombings in Transnistria, a region of Moldova bordering Ukraine, has raised fears that the conflict will escalate. “This is an attempt to increase tensions,” said Moldovan President Maya Sandu. Kyiv has accused Moscow of seeking to “destabilize” a separatist and Russian-backed region.
“It’s part of Russia’s plan,” he said.me Kimbal, noting that the border there has been unstable for years. “We see that the changed strategy is to take this side of the Black Sea,” she said, linking the events to the capture of Mariupol and the presence of Russian troops throughout Odessa.
Mr Fortmann, however, said it was a “minor incident”. “We need to see what the Russians will do in the next few days,” he suggested cautiously.
At least nine civilians were killed on Tuesday
At least nine civilians were killed Tuesday in Russian army bombings in eastern and southern Ukraine, according to local authorities.
In the east of the country, several settlements have fallen in recent weeks, and the Russian army is still advancing. In the Donbass areas, “the enemy is striking at the positions of our troops along the entire front line,” the Ukrainian Defense Ministry said on Tuesday. In the Luhansk region continue to shell the city of Popasna, under the rubble of the collapsed building found three dead. And in the Donetsk region at least two civilians were killed, six more were wounded. As a result of the shelling in Kharkiv, three people were killed and seven were injured.
Two Russian missiles hit the city of Zaporizhia in the south of the country on Tuesday morning, killing at least one person and injuring one. The situation in Mariupol is still blocked. Russian troops continue to fire on the Azovstal metallurgical complex, where the last Ukrainian militants are stationed, according to them, almost 1,000 civilians.
According to the UN, up to 8.3 million refugees
There is no total number of civilians killed. In Mariupol alone, Ukrainian authorities say 20,000 people have died. On the military side, President Volodymyr Zelensky said that about 2,500 to 3,000 Ukrainian servicemen had been killed since the conflict began. The Kremlin recently acknowledged “significant losses” on its side. On March 25, he acknowledged the deaths of 1,351 soldiers. Some Western sources report 12,000 Russian soldiers killed. The UN said on Tuesday that about 8.3 million people could flee Ukraine this year. Just over 5.2 million Ukrainians have already left their country.
Putin is not “serious,” Blinken said
Russian President Vladimir Putin told UN President Antonio Guterres on Tuesday that he still believes in a positive outcome to the talks with Ukraine, despite the ongoing struggle between the two countries. But Putin is not “serious” in his intentions to negotiate an end to the conflict with Ukraine, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said on Tuesday.
With Agence France-Presse