Zelensky: Russia ‘hopes to drag out war,’ exhaust Ukrainian forces. President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a video address that it is essential for Ukraine to continue receiving military support from partners at the same pace, as Russia seeks to “prolong the war, exhaust our forces.” “Speed of (military assistance) supply was and will be one of the key factors in this war,” Zelensky said.
Parents with children visit an exhibition of military equipment in central Kyiv, Ukraine on January 29, 2023. The military museum in Kyiv displays Soviet equipment from the Second World War and Russian military equipment destroyed or captured since the start of the Russia-Ukraine war on February 24, 2022. (Photo by Oleksii Chumachenko/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Forbes estimates Russia has spent $82 billion on war with Ukraine since Feb. 24. During nine months of its full-scale attack on Ukraine, Russia has spent $82 billion on war, which is a quarter of its annual budget, according to Forbes. They calculated that Russia has used 10,000 to 50,000 shells per day in the war, and the average price of a Soviet-caliber shell [sic] is about $1,000. It brings Russia’s spending to more than $5.5 billion on artillery supplies alone.
CIA director speaks to Russian chief of security in Ankara
The director of the US foreign intelligence service CIA, William Burns, is in talks with his Russian counterpart security chief in Turkey, the White House has announced. Burns speaks to his Russian counterpart Sergei Naryshkin about the consequences the US attaches to the use of nuclear weapons in Ukraine by the Russian army.
It is not about negotiations to end the war in Ukraine, President Biden’s office adds. The consultations will take place in Ankara. Ukraine has been notified of the maintenance.
Burns will also discuss the fate of American prisoners in Russia. Among them is American basketball player Brittney Griner.
of course they speak about Ukraine and how to stop this conflict , because there is no benefits in it for Russia, it means only problems
President Putin will meet with Turkish President Erdogan tomorrow in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan. The two will talk about the battle in Ukraine. Erdogan has regularly tried to play a mediating role in the war.
There may also be talk in Astana about a new large ‘gas hub’ in Turkey. Russian gas could be transported to that hub and further into Europe via the still intact sections of the sabotaged Nord Stream pipeline, Putin said earlier.
Retreat behind own borders, leave Ukrainian territory, pay for the damage done.
It’s quite simple, otherwise EU / USA will never buy gas / oil whatever from Russia and export anything, Russia remains a pariah like North Korea. Tourists no longer welcome, export prohibited from EU/USA. Russia becomes a satellite state of China. Let’s face it, who will help Russia if China takes back ‘old territory they are entitled to’ from Russia?
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Russia is ready to negotiate with the West about the war in Ukraine. Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov said on Russian state television that he has not yet received a serious negotiating proposal. He said he would like to talk to the US or Turkey about ways to end the war.
The war has been going on for almost eight months and Russia is suffering serious losses.
Lavrov said White House security spokesman John Kirby had said Russia had rejected proposals to negotiate. “That’s a lie, we haven’t received a serious proposal,” he said.
Turkey’s President Erdogan has an opportunity to make a proposal to President Putin when they meet in Kazakhstan later this week, Lavrov suggested.
Putin could talk to US President Biden at the G20 summit in Bali next month. According to Lavrov, Russia is not opposed to a meeting.
The last direct talks between Russia and Ukraine were in late March, when the war had been going on for a month. After that, the only serious talk was about the grain deal, the export of Ukrainian grain via the Black Sea. This was established at the end of July in consultation with the UN and Turkey.
After the important bridge has been partly destroyed, the arterial connection between Russia and Ukraine, it is time to lick the wounds for Russia, things are not going well. AZ
New Russian military commander in Ukraine
The Russian Defense Ministry has appointed Air Force General Sergei Surovikin as commander of the armed forces fighting in Ukraine. In the past, Surovikin was, among other things, commander of the Russian military in Chechnya and in Syria.
Previously, General Aleksandr Dvornikov was in command of Russian units in Ukraine. He took up that position in April.
Surovikin’s appointment comes at a time when the Russian military leadership has been heavily criticized for military losses in Ukraine. Earlier this week, two Russian regional commanders in Ukraine were fired. In recent weeks, Ukraine has rapidly recaptured territory. For example, the Ukrainian armed forces said they had liberated 400 square kilometers of area in the south of the country in a week on Thursday..
if Russia does not turn the tide in Ukraine , they will again suffer a heavy loss of face after the collapse in Afghanistan and the previous flight from the Kiev region .