(CNN Spanish) – Russia continues its attacks on the city of Severodonetsk, which Ukraine considers essential to the preservation of the Donbass region, in the continuation of the war that has already exceeded 100 days.
In addition, Vladimir Putin justified the war in the last hours by comparing himself to Peter the Great, the Russian king who invaded Sweden at the end of the 17th century. “We will succeed in solving the tasks ahead,” he said.
Check out Friday’s headline news from the war that is keeping the world on edge.
Biden blames Russia’s war in Ukraine for persistently high inflation
US President Joe Biden reacted to Friday’s Consumer Price Index report that revealed persistent high inflation by promising that fighting inflation was his “top economic priority,” while blaming persistently high prices for the unjustified Russian invasion of Ukraine.
“Even as we continue our work to defend freedom in Ukraine, we must do more — and fast — to bring prices down here in America,” Biden said in a statement.
“Putin’s price hike in May was hit hard here and around the world: Gasoline prices have risen at the pump, energy and food have accounted for about half of the monthly price increases, and gasoline prices at the pump have risen by $2 a gallon in many countries. Since Russian forces began threatening Ukraine.
He also appealed to oil and gas companies not to make “massive profits”.
“Pump prices are a large part of the inflation, and the war in Ukraine is a big reason for that. The United States is on track to produce a record amount of oil next year, and I am working with the industry to accelerate that, but it is also important that the oil and gas industries not use Refining in this country is the challenge created by the war in Ukraine as a reason to make matters worse for families suffering from excessive profit taking or rising prices.
Biden also called on Congress to pass legislation to help Americans struggling with rising prices.
“I am asking Congress to pass a bill to lower shipping costs this month and bring it to my office so we can lower product prices,” Biden said in the statement.
Heavy fighting continues in the critical city of Severodonetsk, according to Ukrainian authorities
The Ukrainian forces said, on Thursday evening, that the battle for control of the city of Severodonetsk is continuing.
“The situation is constantly difficult. Our defenders are holding the line of defense and leveling the line of defense,” Serhiy Heidi, head of the military administration of eastern Ukraine’s Luhansk region, said on national television.
“The fiercest battles are still going on in Severodonetsk,” Heidi said. The city has witnessed heavy fighting in recent days.
Heidi accused the Russians of using “lies and propaganda” to declare victory in Severodonetsk.
The official said that although “the Russians have already reported that they have captured the city,” Russian forces withdrew some of their units.
There is “continuing street fighting,” Oleksandr Stryuk, head of the Severodonetsk military administration, said on television on Thursday.
“The humanitarian situation in the city is critical,” Strick said. “The bridge is under fire, so it is impossible to deliver goods. There is no water supply.”
“The Ukrainian armed forces now control about a third of the city,” he added, noting that “it will be very difficult to liberate Severodonetsk.” [si cae]”.
Heidi said there was no direct fighting in the neighboring city of Lysichansk, but accused Russian forces of intense bombardment of the area. If the Russian forces took control of Lyschansk and Severodonetsk, then the entire Luhansk region would come under Moscow’s control.
In this framework, the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, said that the situation in the main cities of the front in the Donbass region is the same “without significant changes”
“They are resisting Severodonetsk, Lishansk and other Donbass cities, which are now regarded by the occupiers as prime targets,” he said in a late-night speech on Thursday.
“We have some positive in the Zaporizhia region, where we managed to thwart the plans of the occupiers. We are gradually advancing in the Kharkiv region, liberating our land. We maintain the defense in the direction of Mykolaiv.”
Putin compares himself to Peter the Great and suggests that Russia is justified in invading Ukraine
Russian President Vladimir Putin has compared himself to Peter the Great, a Russian king from the late 17th century, using this comparison to justify the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
During a visit Thursday to an exhibition dedicated to Russia’s first emperor, Putin attempted to compare Peter the Great’s invasion of Sweden in the 18th century to his military invasion of today’s Ukraine.
Putin in his comments argued that Peter the Great did not win, but fought for the lands that rightfully belong to Russia.
He drew a parallel to the current war in Ukraine, noting that the recent Russian military operations – in which its forces destroyed Ukrainian cities and killed thousands of innocent men, women and children – are justified, because Ukraine is not a legitimate sovereign state, but, in fact, Russian territory.
“Why was it [Pedro el Grande] there? “Recovered and fortified,” Putin asked. “It seems that our destiny is to regain control and also fortify, if we assume that these basic values form the basis of our existence, then we will succeed in solving the tasks ahead,” Putin said.
Putin added that European countries did not recognize Saint Petersburg as Russian at first, equating this with the current status of the Ukrainian lands occupied by Russia, including Crimea, which the United States and its European allies do not recognize as Russian.
A Ukrainian official said Putin’s comments showed a “bloody appropriation under artificial pretexts.”
A Ukrainian official on Friday responded to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s claim that his destiny, like Peter the Great, is to “restore and fortify” what is rightfully Russia’s.
“Putin’s recognition of the land grab and the comparison with Peter the Great shows that there was no ‘conflict’, but a bloody seizure of the country under the artificial pretext of the genocide of the population,” said Mikhailo Podolak, advisor to the prime minister. Office of the President of Ukraine, via Twitter.
We shouldn’t talk about ‘saving face’ [de Rusia]’But it is immediate de-imperialism.’
French President Emmanuel Macron said last week that the world “should not insult Russia” for allowing diplomatic talks to take place.
In an interview broadcast by the BBC on Thursday, Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations, Vasily Nebenzia, insisted that “the objectives of the operation have been made public. It is Ukraine’s neutrality, the disarmament and demilitarization of the country. And its liberation of Donbass was the main goal, which is being implemented at the time.” Present “.
Ukraine believes that Russia can continue the war “at the current pace” for a year
Ukraine’s Military Intelligence Directorate believes that Russia may continue the conflict for another year, warning that Ukraine is significantly superior to the front lines.
“The Kremlin leaders will most likely try to freeze the war for a while to persuade the West to lift sanctions, but then they will continue the aggression,” the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry said via Telegram. “Russian economic resources will allow the occupying country to continue the war at the current rate for another year.”
“Ukraine has one artillery piece for every 10 to 15 Russian artillery pieces,” Vadim Skipetsky of the Main Intelligence Directorate said in an interview with the Guardian distributed by the Main Intelligence Directorate. “So it all depends now on the weapon the Western partners give us.”
However, he said, Ukraine believes that Russia’s modern weapons are running out.
“We have seen that Russia conducts much less missile strikes and has used the KH-22,” Skipetsky said. “These are old Soviet missiles from the 1970s. This shows that Russia is running out of high-precision missiles.”
Ukrainian officials say dozens of civilians were killed in Russian air strikes
The city of Kryvyi Rih, located in the center of the country, is now under constant fire from Russian forces, said Valentin Reznichenko, head of the military administration of Ukraine’s Dnipropetrovsk region.
“The communities of Zelenodolsk and Shirokiv suffer the most. Unfortunately, six people died there: 179 homes, two schools, a kindergarten and a hospital were destroyed or damaged,” said Reznichenko.
The official said that the towns and cities of Kryvyi Rih are “full of cluster munitions due to the bombing” and that there are problems with the supply of gas, electricity and water.
And in Kharkiv, five people were killed and 14 others wounded in the Russian strikes, according to Ole Sinihopov, head of the regional military administration.
“The enemy attacked today the Kharkiv region, especially the settlements in the north and north-east directions,” Sinihopov said, adding that the attacks targeted residential buildings in Zolochev.
“Five houses were destroyed. The enemy also attacked the Chuhiv region today,” Sinihopov said Thursday in a question-and-answer round broadcast live on Ukraine’s national television.
Sinihopov said that the Ukrainian armed forces “retain their positions in the north and north-east directions.”
Terror over the civilian population: In response to a question about why the Russian army bombed civilian infrastructure, despite the fact that at the moment there are no clear clashes between the Russian and Ukrainian armies in the Kharkiv region, Sinihopov replied that the Russian forces “focus their attention on terrorizing the Russian armed forces” the civilian population. “