while entering The war on Ukraine is its monthto tenthRussian President Vladimir Putin announced today, Wednesday, that “Russia will achieve all its goals in Ukraine, despite the hostile actions of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).”
Putin said: “We will provide everything necessary for the success of the special military operation in Ukraine.”
The Russian President pledged to permanently and steadily strengthen the Russian army’s military capabilities, especially nuclear ones.
This came in Putin’s announcement of his country’s army goals for the year 2023 during a meeting with senior military leaders.
He hailed Russian soldiers as “heroes” and called on the military leaders present to use their experience gained from the fighting in Syria and the 10-month-old special military campaign in Ukraine.
He said, “The state has provided the Russian forces with everything they need in the military operation for Ukraine, and positive results must be achieved.”
On the Russian interior, Putin spoke of “crises from which the Russian citizen suffers, and the need to work to solve them.”
For his part, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced an increase in the number of Russian fighters in Ukraine, pointing to the discovery of errors after the start of the military operation, especially when the fighters were called for partial mobilization.
He stated that the dues received by conscripts are the same as those paid by contractors.
He referred to the control of the city of Mariupol, the elimination of neo-Nazis there, as he put it, and the rebuilding of the city and the port overlooking the Azov Sea, which has become a Russian internal sea, stressing that the city is completely peaceful, according to his statements.
The Kremlin: American weapons to Ukraine exacerbate the conflict
The Kremlin said, on Wednesday, that new US arms shipments to Ukraine would only “exacerbate” the conflict with Russia, just before Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky arrived in Washington.
“All this certainly exacerbates the conflict and does not bode well for Ukraine,” said Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov, referring to new arms shipments to Kyiv. He added that he did not expect a change in Zelensky’s position regarding his refusal to negotiate with President Vladimir Putin after this visit.
Western military officials have warned of the possibility of a re-escalation of Russian attacks on Ukraine, not ruling out the possibility of launching an attack on northern Ukraine, andSpecifically from the Belarusian lands, Putin’s ally The first in this war.
Russian President Putin had described the situation in the regions of Donisk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhia as very difficult, calling on the security forces in those regions to do their utmost to ensure maximum security and respect for the rights and freedoms of citizens.
The Russian President had indicated that the Kyiv regime is deliberately targeting residential neighborhoods and civilians in the city of Donetsk.
“It is clear that the security situation in Donetsk is no less severe than in Luhansk, given the intense shelling by Ukrainian forces of residential areas in Donetsk,” Putin said during a meeting with the Acting President of the Donetsk People’s Republic, Denis Pushlin.
He continued, “We draw your attention to the fact that there are no foreign media or human rights organizations, as they say, talking about this bombing.”
For his part, Pushlin asked President Putin to strengthen the air defense in Donetsk to protect cities from Ukrainian bombing. Pushlin explained that as a result of the Ukrainian bombing of Donetsk from 2 to 18 December, 21 civilians were killed, and 94 others were wounded.
The Russian president visited Belarus on Monday, where he met his ally, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, and called for Strengthening military relations with this ally country.
Before the Russian president arrived in Minsk, Moscow announced that its military forces were conducting military exercises with the Belarusian forces.
And the Russian Ministry of Defense published pictures of military maneuvers with the Belarusian forces, showing soldiers driving armored vehicles and practicing artillery strikes and sniping in a snowy field.