How winter climate may give Ukraine or Russia a bonus in struggle
As struggle drags on, winter will current difficulties for each Russia and Ukraine. Here’s what the brutal climate means for the battle.
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Afghan particular forces troopers skilled by American troops at the moment are being recruited by the Russian navy to combat in Ukraine, three former Afghan generals instructed The Associated Press.
They mentioned the Russians wish to entice 1000’s of the previous commandos with provides of regular, $1,500-a-month funds and guarantees of secure havens to keep away from deportation house to what may very well be dying by the hands of the Taliban. Many of the commandoes fled to Iran after the chaotic U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan final yr.
Gen. Abdul Raof Arghandiwal mentioned he has communicated with a dozen or so commandos in Iran who do not wish to combat in opposition to Ukraine however concern deportation for themselves and their households.
“They ask me, ‘Give me a solution? What should we do?” Arghandiwal said. “If we go back to Afghanistan, the Taliban will kill us.’”
‘BLACKMAILING THE WORLD WITH HUNGER’: Zelenskyy rips Russia for suspending grain deal with Ukraine: Live updates
►The Ukrainian soccer federation urged FIFA to take away Iran from the World Cup subsequent month for causes that embody supplying the Russian navy with weapons. Iran is because of face England in three weeks in its first sport in Qatar.
►Norway says it’s stepping up its navy preparedness, however the NATO member’s Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre says there isn’t a purpose to consider “Russia will want to invade Norway or any other country directly.”
►Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala and many top members of his government arrived in Kyiv on Monday in the latest show of support from European leaders for Ukraine.
Russia launched a massive attack on Ukraine’s infrastructure during Monday morning rush hour for the third time this month, sending commuters scrambling for cover and crippling basic services for hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians.
Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said on social media that 80% of the battered capital was without water and that a swath of the city was without power. By nightfall, running water was returned to about half of those that had lost it, and citywide rolling blackouts meant power was out for four hours, then on for five hours.
Supplying air defense systems to prevent those attacks has become a top Pentagon priority, two Senior Pentagon officials who briefed reporters on condition of anonymity said Monday. The Pentagon has provided anti-aircraft weapons to Ukraine, from pickup-mounted guided missiles to more sophisticated medium-range systems. The Russians are relying increasingly on Iranian-supplied kamikaze drones to mount attacks on power plants.
Ukraine’s Air Force said it shot down 44 Russian missiles Monday morning, but missile and drone infrastructure strikes were also reported in Kharkiv, Cherkasy, Chernivtsi, Zaporizhzhia and several other regions. The government will introduce emergency electricity cutoffs across Ukraine, according to Deputy Head of the President’s Office Kyrylo Tymoshenko.
The strikes got here after Moscow claimed its Black Sea Fleet in Crimea was attacked over the weekend. Ukraine Foreign Affairs Minister Dmytro Kuleba mentioned Russia would reasonably “combat civilians” than fight on the battlefield.
“Don’t justify these assaults by calling them a ‘response,” he said. “Russia does this because it still has the missiles and the will to kill Ukrainians.”
Thousands of Russian recruits are reporting to front with weapons that “are likely in barely useable condition” and require a different ammunition from what Russian regular army troops are using, the British Defense Ministry said in its latest war assessment. Photos indicate the rifles are AKMs, which date back to 1959.
The integration of reservists with contract soldiers and combat veterans in Ukraine will mean Russia will have to push two types of small arms ammunition to front line positions, the ministry noted.
“This will likely further complicate Russia’s already strained logistics techniques,” the assessment said.
A TEST FOR OUR ENDURANCE’: Will brutal winter weather be a game-changer for Ukraine or Russia?
The property of several large Ukrainian companies will be seized by the Moscow-installed government in Crimea, Sergey Aksyonov, the Russian-installed leader said. The shipyard of Ukraine’s Zaliv and a cement plant in Bakhchysarai are among sites to be taken over, The Kyiv Independent reports. Other commercial and tourist facilities as well as apartments and houses could be targeted – including property owned by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Aksyonov said.
“Enemies of Russia won’t earn money in Crimea, it is a principled place,” Aksyonov said on Telegram.
A dozen grain-laden ships sailed from Ukrainian ports on Monday despite a Russian threat to reimpose a blockade that threatened hunger across the world, Ukraine’s Ministry of Infrastructure said. One vessel carried Ukrainian wheat to Ethiopia where a severe drought is affecting millions of people. Ukraine and Russia are key global suppliers of wheat, barley, sunflower oil and other food to countries in Africa, the Middle East and parts of Asia where many are already struggling with severe shortages.
It’s not immediately clear who would take the risk of sailing from Ukraine without Russia’s protection after Moscow alleged a Ukrainian drone attack against its Black Sea fleet. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said implementing the grain deal is “hardly feasible” in a situation when it is impossible for Russia to guarantee safety of navigation.
Contributing: Tom Vanden Brook, USA TODAY; The Associated Press