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Former Wagner mercenary who refused to fight in Ukraine

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The interview was given by a former fighter of the Wagner Group, a paramilitary organization associated with the Putin regime. He says that he was invited to fight in Ukraine and explains why he did not agree.

Marat Gabidullin, 55, was a member of the Wagner Group, a private military organization made up of members of the elite intelligence services or former military personnel allegedly linked to the Kremlin.

It was created in 2007 by a former Russian army officer, a sort of private militiawhich operates in parallel with the army of Moscow.

Marat Gabidullin was a member of this groupI have been on several assignments and fought in Syriawhere in 2016 he was seriously injured in a grenade explosion.

In 2019, he left the organization, but says that a few months before the invasion of Ukraine was called up to fight as a mercenary and refused.

“Go without me. Ukraine is part of my roots. They are a sovereign state and has the right to be independent and respected “, – he said.

He also said that from the beginning knew that Russia will fail.

“They were completely taken by surprise by the resistance of the Ukrainian Army”, – he said.

About Russian soldiers largely determines the lack of preparation.

While in France, Marat published a book in which he recounts his experiences as a mercenary for the Wagner Group.

BUT Russia does not officially recognize the existence of this organization. Human rights organizations and the Ukrainian government condemn that these militants are responsible for war crimes committed in Syria, Ukraine, in 2014, and that hundreds of Wagner group mercenaries are now seeking to kill Volodymyr Zelensky.

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The Pentagon warns that it will be difficult to withdraw Russia from the Donbass

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Russian forces continue to experience cohesion, morale and logistics problems, a senior US Department of Defense official told reporters, without confirming the sweeps in Russian military command that London mentioned.

“We will continue to be very cautious about our forecasts,” he added.

A senior official, who asked not to be named, said the United States is “absolutely determined to do everything to help Ukrainians defend themselves, including their education.”

“[Os ucranianos] they are very well behaved on the battlefield, they have no problems with cohesion, they have no problems with command, their logistics and supplies are really historical,” he said.

“But the Russians still have at their disposal a significant part of the opportunities that they have accumulated since autumn” on the borders of Ukraine, he stressed.

The entity also stated that “the ability to fight is not enough to win the war”, stating that “you must have the will to fight and a good path.”

But despite all this, “we continue to believe that this conflict will continue,” he said.

The Russian army, which is now concentrating its efforts in southern Ukraine to build a land bridge that will link Russian territory with the 2014-annexed Crimean peninsula, has taken control of the port of Mariupol after the capitulation of Ukrainian soldiers defending a steel plant from Azovstal.

The Kremlin is “absolutely convinced” of the “liberation” of Donbass and the demilitarization of neighboring territories in eastern Ukraine after the surrender of almost all supporters of Azovstal.

“Firstly, Donbass is waiting for the complete liberation of historical territories. I am absolutely convinced that the Russian army and the people’s militias of Donetsk and Luhansk will restore the historical borders,” said Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration Sergei Kiriyenko.

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Sergei Kiriyenko stressed that Moscow is seeking to “demilitarize the neighboring territories so that they stop launching rockets and mortars on the territory of Donbass.”

“The future of Donbass will be decided by its inhabitants. I’m sure they’ll have that chance,” he said.

The war in Ukraine, now in its 85th day, has already forced more than 14 million people to flee their homes – about eight million internally displaced and more than 6.3 million – to neighboring countries, according to the latest UN figures. considers this refugee crisis to be the worst in Europe since World War II (1939-1945).

Also, according to the UN, about 15 million people in Ukraine are in need of humanitarian assistance.

The Russian invasion, justified by Russian President Vladimir Putin as the need to “denazify” and demilitarize Ukraine for Russia’s security, was condemned by the international community as a whole, which responded by sending weapons to Ukraine and imposing sanctions on Russia that affect virtually every industry, from banking to sports.

The UN confirmed today that 3,811 civilians have died and 4,278 have been injured, stressing that the real numbers could be much higher and will only be known when besieged cities or areas where heavy fighting has been hitherto have been accessed.

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Russia threatens to seize Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant and proposes to annex the region – Obozrevatel

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Russia wants to withdraw from Ukraine its largest nuclear power plant in Europe in Zaporozhye, occupied by the Russian army, if Kyiv does not pay Moscow for the generated electricity, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin said on Wednesday.

This statement joins other statements made by the Russian authorities in recent weeks that suggest that Russia is preparing a long-term occupation or even annexation of territories it controls in southern Ukraine: Kherson region and a significant part of Zaporozhye.

If the energy system of Ukraine is ready to accept and pay, [a central] may return [às mãos] from Ukraine. if [a Ucrânia] will not accept, (the plant) will go to Russia,” Khusnullin said during a visit to the nuclear facility on Wednesday, quoted this Thursday by Russian news agencies.

“We have a lot of experience with nuclear power plants, we have companies in Russia that have such experience, there is no doubt that (the one in Zaporozhye) will continue to work,” he said.

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The Ukrainian Atomic Energy Agency Energoatom assured this Thursday morning that the nuclear power plant continues to supply electricity to Ukraine.

Russians “they do not have the technical ability to supply energy from the Zaporozhye NPP”assured the press secretary of “Energoatom” Leonid Oleinik, whose words are quoted by the French news agency AFP.

“It takes time and money. It’s like building a bridge in the Crimea. And in a month or two, we will return Ukrainian control over everything,” he added.

According to the spokesman, “no one will have to buy anything from them. [russos]”.

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Oliynik also assured that Russia does not have the ability to cut off electricity to the regions of Ukraine not controlled by Russia, if only because “all the necessary equipment is under the control of Ukraine.”

In 2021, that is, before the start of the Russian offensive against Ukraine on February 24, the Zaporozhye NPP produced 20% of the annual electricity production in Ukraine and 47% of the Ukrainian nuclear fleet.

Marat Khusnullin further stated that Russia remains in this region of Ukraine, which apparently implies the annexation of the zone.

“I believe that the future of this region is to work in a friendly Russian family. That’s why I came here to help integration as much as possible,” said the Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation.

Russian and pro-Russian officials stationed in Ukraine by Moscow also said last week that the Ukrainian region Kherson is likely to be annexed to Russia.

Russia is preparing referendums in Kherson and Zaporozhye, Ukrainian authorities said

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Russia expels five Portuguese diplomats | War in Ukraine

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“This morning, the Portuguese Ambassador in Moscow was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, who was informed of the expulsion of five embassy employees who will have to leave Russia within 14 days,” the Portuguese Foreign Ministry said on Thursday. Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the report said.

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