October 1, 2022

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“Gradually Liberated”: Putin Sticks to Taking Donbass

“Gradual Liberation”
Putin clings to hold on to Donbass

In February, Putin recognized the Ukrainian regions of Donetsk and Luhansk as independent states. At a military forum near Moscow, he is now reaffirming his plans to fully occupy the Donbass in front of international guests.

Nearly six months after the start of his war of aggression against Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin has reiterated his goal of fully seizing the Donbass. The Russian army is carrying out its tasks in the “Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics”, the Kremlin leader told international guests at a military forum near Moscow in the “Patriot” park. As Ukraine accuses Russia of the most serious war crimes and a policy of bloody aggression, Putin once again said that “the soil of Donbass is gradually being liberated” from Ukrainian nationalists.

In February, Putin launched a war against international protests by recognizing the Ukrainian regions of Donetsk and Luhansk as independent states. The forum also featured an arms exhibition with tanks and missiles, where Russia promoted its weapons.

“Modern Weapons Working for Success”

In his speech, Putin praised the work of Russian arms companies in equipping the army and navy “with modern weapons that are now working for victory,” according to Moscow’s defense ministry’s daily reports on the massive shelling of Ukrainian territory by rockets and artillery. . Referring to guests from 70 countries, according to official figures, the Kremlin leader said Russia has partners on many continents who have shown courage and character in not bowing to the United States.

State-run Russian arms exporter Rosoboronexport meanwhile insisted that Western sanctions would not affect exports of military technology. By the end of 2023, five units of the Russian S-400 missile defense system will be handed over to India under supply agreements, Rosoboronexport boss Alexander Michejew said. However, Dmitry Shukaev, head of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation, admitted that some logistical problems had been identified “in connection with political events.”

On February 24, Putin ordered an invasion of Ukraine to wrest territory from Kiev’s control. For its security, Ukraine relies primarily on supplies of heavy weapons from the West. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky expressed confidence that his country would win.

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