The situation is heating up in the Donbass: regular shelling is reported in the DPR and LPR, the Armed Forces of Ukraine are transferring heavy equipment, and the Western media are discussing scenarios of a “Russian invasion”. Apparently, Kiev does not refuse to resolve the issue by force – with the tacit consent of the European and American allies. About what is happening in the region – in the material RIA Novosti.
The New Year holidays in Donbass passed relatively calmly, the ceasefire regime was more or less respected. Kiev had no time for active hostilities: they were following the operation of the CSTO peacekeeping contingent in Kazakhstan. Its success seems to have impressed the Ukrainian authorities. Zelensky even relaxed his belligerent rhetoric and on January 11 expressed his readiness to substantively agree on de-escalation.
But the military is in no hurry to support the Supr-eme Commander-in-Chief: on the same day, shelling resumed. The fire was opened on the settlement of Novolaspa, Donetsk region.
There were no casualties, but a little later, two soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were blown up by their own land mine – Don-bass has long been accusing Kiev of mining the area and preparing sabotage. For this, according to the LPR, in January, fighters from the Zapad special forces center were transferred under the village of Luganskaya.
The DPR reported the appearance of sniper pairs of the 131st reconnaissance battalion. Obviously, Kiev, in the conditions of a long positional war, decided to nightmare the enemy with harassing fire and the creation of hotbeds of tension along the entire front line. Shelling has also become more frequent: over the past week, the republic was covered with a large caliber more than 20 times.
In addition, the Armed Forces of Ukraine are pulling heavy equipment to the front. The reconnaissance of the People’s Militia of the DPR discovered the 9K33 Osa anti-aircraft missile system near the residential areas of Andreevka, the BM-21 Grad multiple launch rocket system in the residential area of Mangush, as well as three 2S3 Akatsiya self-propelled 152-mm howitzers near Volodarsky. Moreover, they are trying to hide this from OSCE observers: European reconnaissance drones jam with electronic warfare and even fire from the ground.
Instructors from the West
Probably, the Ukrainian authorities thus want to attract the attention of the allies against the backdrop of negotiations between Russia and the West. However, they are not forgotten about anyway. Lithuanian Defense Minister Arvydas Anusauskas, at an informal meeting with his EU colleagues, proposed the creation of an EU military mission in Ukraine. He was supported by the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, and specified that Brussels plans to send specialists there to train “high-level military personnel.”
“What will the European Union teach Ukrainians?” asks military expert Yuriy Kotenok. times testify that the West considers Ukraine as a springboard, a point of confrontation with Russia. This territory is occupied n-ot only by the United States, but also by their satellites, which are following the instructions of Washing-ton.” The Americans also p-lan to further strengthen the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The media, citing five former intelligence and national security officials, wrote that the CIA oversees a se-cret intensive training program in the USfor elite Ukrainian special operations forces. The “cadets” are taught for several weeks how to handle firearms, camouflage techniques, various types of tactics, as well as reconnaissance.
At the same time, the US and the EU do not stop talking about the coming “aggression of the Kremlin.” The American newspaper The New York Times recently reported on the Russian offensive in February. Earlier, Western media called the end of December, the middle and the end of January. In addition, according to White House press secretary Jen Psaki, Washington allegedly has evidence that Mo-scow is preparing provocations to justify the “invasion.” The Kremlin insists that there are no such intentions. Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov explained in an interview with CNN that the troops on the border with Ukraine are there to ensure their own security and solely in response to the military activities of the United States and NATO.
According to Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Russia has never publicly or privately threatened Ukrainians. “And gentlemen Zelensky and his associates – they do it directly. We understand very well that everything that the West does in terms of pumping weapons into this government creates an additional temptation for it to switch to forceful methods of resolving issues in eastern Ukraine. For us, this is absolutely unacceptable understandable reasons,” the head of the foreign policy department stressed.
Russia will not agree with the appearance on its borders of infrastructure and NATO bases in the Sea of Azov. Strike weapons in a neighboring country is another red line. Lavrov advised Western partners to re-read the Charter for European Security adopted in Istanbul in 1999.
“Everything that the West now declares and does is a gross violation of the obligations that were taken then,” he stressed.
That document formulated the concept of security for the world community in the 21st century. It is based on two principles: collectivity, in which “the security of each participating state is inextricably linked with the security of all others,” and “the primary responsibility of the UN Security Council for maintaining international peace.” The Charter was adopted by 54 states, including Russia and the United States, but the role of NATO in Europe is not spelled out in any way.