December 2, 2022

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Putin’s new general is unusually outspoken about “tough decisions.”

The Russian military expects a massive offensive by Ukraine to liberate the occupied city of Cherson. “The situation on this section of the front is difficult,” the new commander of Russian troops in Ukraine, Sergei Surovykin, said on television Tuesday evening.

It was an unusual move by the army general, who even looked as if Russia might consider pulling out of the city. “Hard decisions” may be needed, Surovikin said.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky hit out at Moscow in an evening speech after the Russian military fired Iranian-made drones at Ukraine on Tuesday: He called the use of weapons from Tehran a declaration of bankruptcy by the Kremlin.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in Berlin that Ukraine could soon be able to defend itself against drone attacks from abroad with anti-aircraft weapons. For the occupied country, Wednesday marked the 238th day of war since the February Russian invasion.

Zelenskyj: Drone strikes won’t do Moscow any good

“Russia’s call for aid to Iran is the Kremlin’s recognition of its military and political bankruptcy,” Zelensky said in Kyiv. Russia has poured billions of dollars into its military-industrial complex for decades, but now it must rely on “pretty simple drones and missiles” from Tehran.

Bombing Ukraine with this swarm of drones could give the Russians tactical confidence. “It doesn’t help them strategically anyway,” Zelensky said. The President thanked all the air defense personnel who shot down the missiles and drones. He also praised the Iris-de-Van defense system from Germany: “It’s really a very useful system.”

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In the past few days, the Russian military has shot down Iranian-made Shahed-136 drones not only in energy supplies in Ukraine, but also in cities. Both Moscow and Tehran deny an arms deal with drones.

NATO Secretary General: Air defense for Ukraine already operational

To defend against drones, NATO has committed Ukraine to devices that disrupt their electronics – known as jammers. At a defense conference in Berlin on Tuesday, the NATO secretary general also withdrew other anti-aircraft weapons from several countries for Ukraine.

A Russian drone over Kiev
© Photo: AFP/Yasuyoshi Chiba

“I think the systems we provide make a big difference,” he said. “Ukrainians can shoot down many incoming missiles and drones.” And Ukraine’s equipment will continue to be improved in the future.

The Russian commander goes in front of TV cameras for the first time

Surovikhin’s televised appearance was the first of its kind in the nearly eight-month war, and the general painted a bleak picture of the situation in and around Kherson in southern Ukraine. Ukraine continues to shell residential buildings and city infrastructure. Artillery attacks made Ukraine’s ford on the Dnipro River impassable. This complicates the delivery of the city.

“We will act carefully and in a timely manner, and we will not rule out difficult decisions,” Surovikin said. This passage in particular has been interpreted as a sign of possible retreat. Vladimir Zalto, head of Russia’s occupation administration in Kherson, said civilians in some regions on the northern right bank of the Dnipro should be evacuated.

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The city of Cherson fell into Russian hands in March as the Ukrainian regional capital. President Vladimir Putin announced the annexation of the region to Russia in October. Ukraine’s military has been on the move for weeks. Russian soldiers on the right bank are mostly cut off.

Common to Ukrainians: We are one people!

After several setbacks for the Russian military, Putin appointed Surovikhin as supreme commander of all troops in Ukraine in early October. “We and the Ukrainians are one people, we want Ukraine to be an ally of Russia independent of NATO and the West,” the Russian general said on television.

He sees the “criminal regime” in Kiev as an enemy, which is pushing Ukrainians to their deaths at the behest of the West. After months of Russian attacks, many Ukrainians can no longer imagine friendship with their neighbor. Zelenskj demands a security guarantee for his country against Russia.

Again Zaporizhia NPP employees were arrested

At the Russian-occupied Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine, employees have been kidnapped again, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said in Vienna. The deputy manager and two employees of the nuclear power plant were recently arrested.

A Russian soldier in front of the Zaporizhia power plant
A Russian soldier in front of the Zaporizhia power plant
© Photo: dpa/AP/Uncredited

While the manager has been released, the others are yet to be released, it said. The head of the plant was previously temporarily detained by the Russian side. He was released in early October. Several IAEA experts continue to monitor the situation at Europe’s largest nuclear power plant.

Pentagon Talks Solution for Satellite Internet in Ukraine

While tech billionaire Elon Musk has pledged to continue funding satellite internet for Ukraine, the US Department of Defense is negotiating with other providers on a permanent solution. So far, Musk’s space company SpaceX has not been paid to operate Starlink Internet service in Ukraine, a Pentagon spokesman said in Washington.

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The Department of Defense is talking with SpaceX and other companies about how to best use satellite Internet. After the Russian attack, SpaceX activated the Starlink satellite Internet service in Ukraine and provided the necessary receiving systems. Communication is important to civilians and the Ukrainian military. Last week, Musk briefly threatened to end Starling’s funding for Ukraine.

This is important on Wednesday

Russia’s President Putin has been consulting with his Security Council on securing the vast empire’s borders and migration policy. (dpa)

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