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Vyacheslav Vlodin, the Russian leader of the parliamentary chambers, has warned of the dangers of a third war on the 80th Anniversary of the end of Leningrad’s siege.
Volodin posted on his Telegram account on Saturday that “fascist thinking has become the norm in the leadership of NATO member countries.”
He accused the West, including explicitly the German Government led by Chancellor Merkel. Olaf Scholz, of supporting an anti-Ukrainian genocide policy. Volodin said that this was a dangerous path which could lead to another world war.
The main reason that Russia uses to justify its war against Ukraine – which has lasted for almost two years – is the claim of “de Nazification” of the neighboring country.
The Russian President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly used historical comparisons to World War II in order to justify his attack against the neighboring country.
He compares his invasion of Ukraine with the Soviet Union’s defence of the Soviet Union against Nazi Germany’s criminal war of aggression.
On anniversaries Moscow uses the argument that “defending memory of the dead war” is a war campaign.
On January 27, 1944, Soviet forces broke through the Wehrmacht siege ring that surrounded what was then Leningrad and is now St Petersburg.
Before this, German soldiers had intentionally caused the death of an estimated 1,2 million people who died due to bombing, cold, and hunger.
Alexander Graf Lambsdorff – the German ambassador in Moscow – described the blockade in the context of the criminal invasion by the Soviet Union as “a particularly shocking, brutal war crime.”
According to the Ukrainian military, the Russian military has increased its efforts on the battlefield to capture Ukrainian villages and towns in recent days.
“The enemy has conducted 50 combat operations for the second consecutive day,” brigadier General Oleksandr Ternavskyi wrote in his Telegram account on Saturday.
Tarnavskyi who is responsible for front section in the South and South-East of Ukraine said that airstrikes have also increased.
The figures cited by Tarnavskyi seem to refer to southern Donetsk region.
He specifically mentioned strikes against Myrnohrad (located near the front) and Novohrodiivka (located close to the back), which were struck with converted air defense missiles the previous day.
In the fall of 2023, Moscow launched a new offensive to capture Avdiivka. This town borders directly on Donetsk, a large city that has been under Russian control since 2014.
Despite the huge amount of manpower they have deployed, media reports indicate that the Russians barely make any progress after initially gaining the ground.
The Russian military reported that the small town Maryinka was captured at the end of last December. It is located in ruins just south of Donetsk. Despite intensive bombardments, the Russian forces failed to make any further progress.
Ukraine has been defending against the Russian invasion in full force with significant Western support. The fighting has remained concentrated in the east and south.
In June 2023, Ukrainian forces launched a Counteroffensive. However, progress has been slow. Kiev has pledged to retake every inch of land that Russia occupies, including the Crimean Peninsula which the Kremlin annexed in 2014.
Despite current problems with weapon supplies, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says that international supporters do not lose energy in their support despite the ongoing war.
In his daily video address, he said: “Despite numerous challenges and difficulties, Ukraine managed to maintain the international attention for us, the Ukrainian fight for independence.”
He reviewed the progress made over the past month, highlighting an agreement with Britain as being a particular success. This would serve as a template for similar security agreements between other countries.
Zelensky spoke also of a “good dynamics” in terms international defence aid. However, he stressed the importance of the US being the most important military backer to date.
In parallel, during talks between Lithuania’s and Ukraine’s foreign ministers, they discussed the production of drones in joint.
At a press conference held in Kiev, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba stated that this was a major focus of his talks with Lithuanian counterpart.
Kuleba said: “Lithuania is a country with the technology, and we have the chance to expand our collaboration. That was the main topic.”
The two also discussed Ukraine’s path towards NATO membership, more military aid to the country, and sanctions on Russia.
Drones are one of the most powerful weapons in the war that the Kremlin has launched.
Vilnius, one of Kiev’s staunchest supporters, is one of the Baltic states that are most fearful of a Russian invasion.