(CNN Spanish) – And Russia does not stop its attack on Ukraine, especially in the east of the country, in the Severodonetsk region, a city that at this time is under constant bombardment. In this context, President Volodymyr Zelensky warned that the “hardest winter” for his country was approaching.
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Zelensky warns of a “harder winter” ahead
President Volodymyr Zelensky warned during his late-night speech on Tuesday that the coming winter will be very difficult for Ukrainians.
“In the current situation, due to Russian aggression, this will indeed be the most difficult winter of all the years of independence,” he said.
Zelensky said that at a meeting with government officials and representatives of the largest state energy companies, he discussed “the creation of a headquarters to prepare for the upcoming heating season.”
He said that there are “issues of purchasing enough gas for the heating season, coal accumulation and electricity production.”
“At this time, we will not sell our gas and coal abroad. All local production will go to the local needs of our citizens,” he added.
Zelensky said that in view of Ukraine’s “historic accession to the single energy grid of Europe” it would be possible to reduce Russian energy consumption by neighboring countries and increase Ukraine’s “foreign exchange earnings”.
The president also said he intends to repair the thermal and electrical plants damaged or destroyed by the Russian attacks. “Implementation of this program in the coming months is one of the main tasks of the Ministry of Energy of Ukraine,” he said.
Lavrov stressed that Russia’s intentions are “clear” after confronting a Ukrainian journalist
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday that Russia’s intentions and goals in Ukraine are “clear” and stressed that Moscow is not stopping grain exports from Ukraine.
During a joint press conference with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in Ankara, a Ukrainian journalist asked Lavrov: “Other than grain products, what [más] Did Russia steal from Ukraine?
He responded that “in terms of grain, there is no obstacle or challenge on the part of the Russian Federation.”
“Mr. Zelensky should give instructions to make Ukrainian ports safe,” Lavrov said, echoing his previous statements that Ukraine should clear mines from its waters to ensure the safe passage of ships.
“We shouldn’t be blamed” for creating a problem and that “the ball is in his court,” Lavrov said [de Ucrania]”.
The Russian foreign minister said that Russia was discussing with the Turkish military the possibility of ensuring the safe passage of ships.
Lavrov said Russia has “clear intentions and goals” in Ukraine, which he says “liberate” the country from the “neo-Nazi regime,” echoing again the Kremlin’s false claim about the Ukrainian government.
A spokesman for the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry responded to Lavrov’s comments.
Oleg Nikolenko said: “Lavrov’s words are empty” Via Twitteralong with pictures of newspaper headlines summarizing Lavrov’s statements.
“Ukraine has made its position clear in the seaports: military equipment is needed to protect the coast and a naval mission to patrol the export routes in the Black Sea. Russia cannot be allowed to use the grain lanes to attack southern Ukraine,” Nikolenko said. .
Official says Ukraine may withdraw “to more fortified positions” in Severodonetsk
A regional leader suggested on Wednesday that Ukraine might withdraw its army “to more fortified positions” in Severodonetsk, while insisting that the country would not “hand over” the main city.
“Fierce battles are raging in Severodonetsk,” Serhiy Heidi, head of the Luhansk Regional Military Administration, said on national television Wednesday morning. “Our defenders are fighting for every inch of the city.”
“No one will give up the city, even if our army has to withdraw to more fortified positions, where the city is constantly bombarded. However, this does not mean that the city has surrendered,” he added.
The leader of Russia’s so-called Luhansk People’s Republic, Rodion Miroshnik, said on Wednesday that Ukraine controls “only a small part” of the Azot chemical plant in Severodonetsk. Heidi said last week that about 800 civilians were sheltering under the facility.
“Ukrainian militants are indiscriminately firing at neighborhoods close to the company,” Miroshnik said on Telegram. “Snipers are at work. The circle of allied forces around the remaining group is narrowing.”
Miroshnik also stated that Severodonetsk airport “has already been cleared of Ukrainian formations”.
He added, “The bombing that took place from there stopped, and the rest of the militants [en referencia a las fuerzas ucranianas] They hide in the forest farms around the airport. “The allied forces are looking for them and expelling them,” he added.
Heidi, the Ukrainian official, said Russia has devoted enormous resources to trying to cut off the main road linking Severodonetsk and neighboring Lysechhansk with Bakhmut to the west.
“The strategic goal of the Russian army is to control the Bakhmut-Lyschansk road,” he said. “And by control I mean putting the checkpoints there and keeping it under their control. Right now they’re bombing the road, but they don’t control it.”
He said Ukraine was no longer using this route, because anyone driving it had a “90% chance” of being bombed. “We have other ways to deliver humanitarian aid and evacuate people,” he said.
He said that Ukraine expects the Russian attack on Lyschansk and Severodonetsk to “double”. “Expect fierce battles.”
However, the Ukrainian armed forces said on Wednesday morning that “our soldiers have succeeded in containing the attack on the city of Severodonetsk, and hostilities are continuing.”
“Lysichansk is under heavy bombardment,” Heidi said on Tuesday night. “They are deliberately shooting at humanitarian headquarters and schools,” he added [donde se refugia la gente]. They are destroying the entire infrastructure.”
“Yes, it is very difficult to preserve Severodonetsk,” he admitted. “Yes, they have completely destroyed the city. But they do not control the city.”
He said “fierce battles” were also continuing in other cities in the Luhansk region, such as Zolote in the south.
“Settlements were bombed and wiped completely off the face of the earth,” Heidi said. But the enemy is still unable to penetrate them.”
State media reported that more than 1,000 Ukrainian soldiers will be transferred from Mariupol to Russia
The official Russian news agency TASS, citing a law enforcement source, reported that more than 1,000 Ukrainian soldiers who had recently surrendered in Mariupol would be transferred to Russia for “investigation”.
“More than a thousand people have been transferred from Azovstal to Russia. Law enforcement authorities are working closely with them,” a source told TASS.
The source added that Russia is also planning to transfer other Ukrainian prisoners of war to Russian territory.
a little bit of context: At the end of May, the Russian Defense Ministry said that about 1,000 Ukrainian soldiers had surrendered after weeks of fighting at the besieged Mariupol Steel Factory.
Shortly thereafter, the Russian Investigative Committee – which acts as the main investigative authority in the Kremlin – said it would interrogate Ukrainian “surrendered militants” who had been evacuated from Azovstal.
Ukrainian authorities did not respond publicly to the TASS report.
Ukraine to publish “torture book”
During his late-night speech on Tuesday, President Volodymyr Zelensky said that a “torture book” documenting “war criminals and Russian army criminals” would be released in Ukraine.
“These are concrete facts about concrete people guilty of concrete violent crimes against Ukrainians,” he said.
“And that the ‘Book of Torture’ is one of the foundations of responsibility not only for the direct perpetrators of war crimes – soldiers of the occupation army – but also for their commanders. Those who gave orders. Who made everything possible. They did in Ukraine. In Bucha, in Mariupol, in all our cities in all societies to which they have arrived.
The creation of this system has been underway for some time, Zelensky added.
a little bit of context: Last month, a 21-year-old Russian soldier was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of an unarmed man in the first war crimes trial in Ukraine since the start of the Russian invasion.
The trial came amid mounting evidence of alleged Russian war crimes as Ukrainians retook areas previously occupied by invading forces.
In April, Ukraine’s chief prosecutor said her office was investigating nearly 6,000 cases of alleged Russian war crimes, with “more and more” proceedings being opened every day.
Russia has denied accusations of war crimes and says its forces do not target civilians. However, CNN journalists on the ground in Ukraine have seen first-hand evidence of atrocities committed in multiple locations across the country.