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Russia wants temporary peace, Zelenskiy says, but Ukraine refuses. Because? Kyiv’s initiative and Moscow’s huge fear

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“Immoral compromises will lead to more bloodshed. Genuine and lasting peace can only result from the complete dismantling of all elements of Russian aggression,” he said.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Friday that he rejects any proposals for a “temporary peace” from Russia.

“Immoral compromises will lead to more bloodshed. Genuine and lasting peace can result from the complete dismantling of all elements of Russian aggression,” Zelensky said, speaking at a security forum in Canada.

But why? CNN Portugal Major General Isidro de Morais Pereira explained the reasons that led to this decision.

“Ukraine has achieved something very important in the war – initiative. The basic principle of warfare is that once the initiative is seized, it must not be lost. Only the offensive leads to decisive results. Ukraine had no initiative, it defended itself when it was attacked. However, with the support of the West in armaments, military training and economic and financial resources, he managed to organize and achieve initiative. First, she ousted Russian troops from Kyiv, then from the Kharkov region, and now from a significant part of the Kherson region. The peace agreement makes absolutely no sense at the moment,” he says.

“Now peace is most important to Putin, who has realized that Russia has no way to annex Ukraine, even to achieve this second goal, Novorossiya, from Donetsk to Transnistria. The Russians are so afraid that they are fortifying the Melitopol region and even the Crimea, which is the most vulnerable region from a military point of view. Zelensky knows this very well, because he knows military history,” he adds.

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According to the major general, Russia will use a possible truce to buy time and “prepare new troops and form units, as well as build defensive positions, which it is already doing about 60 kilometers from the front of hostilities.”

“Moscow has already realized that it will lose even more positions, and is terribly afraid of losing Crimea. He is aware that he has lost the initiative, how clumsily he mobilized 300,000 men, and the wear and tear of the units that fight at the front, some for many months and with only 10-20% of the personnel.

However, even with a provisional peace agreement reached, the Russian task will not be easy. “It takes at least one year from training as a headquarters to the creation of units. There is another serious problem – frames. Sergeants and officers are formed over the years. The mobilization also went badly, because it was led by sergeants and officers who make up structures in peacetime, but they were taken to the battlefield.”

“Russia has problems not only on the ground,” says Isidro de Morais Pereira. – Russia has problems with the training of fighter pilots, which take at least a year to train. afford to lose more aircraft, and above all more pilots. Over these months, Ukraine has already lost more aircraft than in all ten years of the Afghan war. Air defense provided by the West, such as IRIS-T, NASAMS and Flakpanzer Gepard played a key role, ”concludes major general.

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Ukraine exchanges prisoners with Russia for the third time in a week – News

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“We managed to free twelve of our people. Among them are four Navy servicemen, two National Guardsmen, two border guards, a serviceman of the Territorial Defense Forces and three civilians: a husband and wife and a missing man,” Andriy Yermak, head of the presidential staff, wrote. ., in your online Telegram account.

Yermak said the soldiers may have been captured during the siege of the coastal city of Mariupol in southern Ukraine, the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, which Russian troops occupied for a month last spring, and Snake Island in the Black Sea.

According to the head of the presidential office, with such an exchange, the number of Ukrainian prisoners of war exchanged with Russia per week rises to 98.

“We are working to free all of our people. We will not stop,” Yermak concluded.

For its part, the Russian Defense Ministry said nine Russian servicemen were returned this Saturday “from territories controlled by the Kyiv regime.”

Last Thursday, 50 Ukrainian and Russian prisoners of war were exchanged, and the day before, 35 Russian servicemen were released for the same number of Ukrainian military and one civilian.

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“I share your pain,” Putin told the mothers of Russian soldiers sent to war in Ukraine – War in Ukraine

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Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday told mothers of Russian soldiers fighting in Ukraine that he “shares the pain” of those who have lost their children and urged them not to believe the “lie” about the invasion.

“I want you to know that I personally share your pain. We know that nothing can replace the loss of a child,” Putin said.

According to news site EuroNews, the Russian leader also added that Mother’s Day, celebrated in Russia this Sunday, will be marked this year by “a sense of unease and unease” among women whose “thoughts will be with their boys.”

Putin’s meeting with the soldiers’ mothers took place at the leader’s residence outside Moscow and was the first of its kind since the start of the Russian invasion on February 24. The Kremlin rarely talks about the losses suffered in Ukraine, and the meeting, which took place this Friday, comes after weeks of criticism on social media from relatives of soldiers mobilized in early autumn.

Many soldiers’ wives and mothers blamed the authorities for not properly training and equipping them before being sent to the front, EuroNews reports.

“Life is more complicated than what you see on TV or on the Internet, where you can’t trust anything. A lot of false information, a lot of lies,” Putin replied.

The Russian president also said he occasionally talks on his cell phone to soldiers sent to Ukraine and said he was “surprised” by their “state of mind.”

“They give me reason to say that they are heroes, it’s true,” he added.

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Russia sends elite paratroopers to the front line in Donbass after leaving Kherson – Obozrevatel

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In the first hours of the invasion, on February 24, Russian paratroopers were in the Kyiv area. A few weeks ago they were dedicated to the defense of territories west of the Dnieper, in Kherson. After the withdrawal of Russian troops, some units are sent to a new front, this time to the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

British Ministry of Defense disclosed that, despite the “strong weakening” during the nine months of the war, part of the units of the Russian Air Force (VDV) will return to the combat front.

Some of these units will be reinforced by Russians called up during the partial mobilization announced in September by President Vladimir Putin. Despite the promise of training and equipment, soldiers arrive in Ukraine ill-prepared, and there are already records of the first deaths among mobilized Russian troops. However, the British Ministry assumes that the new elements integrated into the Airborne Forces will be sent to the most important places.

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In the most recent report, the United Kingdom points out that “although these untrained soldiers undermine the supposedly elite capability of the Airborne Forces, Russia is likely to deploy these units in sectors considered particularly important.”

In the Donbass, units are expected to support the defense of the Kremina-Svatovo area in Lugansk. According to The Telegraph, it was in this city that Russian troops settled after leaving Kharkov. The British ministry also says units could be sent to reinforce defensive operations in the town of Bakhmut in Donetsk, which has been one of the hotbeds of heavy fighting in recent weeks.

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