Putin compares himself to Peter the Great to justify the invasion

(CNN Spanish) – Russia maintains its attacks on the city of Severodonetsk, which Ukraine considers essential to the preservation of the Donbass region, in the continuation of a 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.

Ukrainian authorities have reported that heavy fighting continues in the critical city of Severodonetsk

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,” the 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.”

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“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 bombing of the area. If the Russian forces take control of Lyschansk and Severodonetsk, then the entire Luhansk region will 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 considered 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 visits the multimedia exhibition Peter the Great: The Birth of Empire in Russia – My Story Historical Park at VDNKh on June 9. (Photo: Russian Presidency)

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 “.

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 wounded in the Russian strikes, according to Ole Sinihopov, head of the regional military administration.

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“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. “

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