Fear of a major Russian offensive is growing - will 200,000 soldiers march into Ukraine after Christmas?
Created: 12/17/2022, 8:50 am
By: Klaus Rimpel
A Russian soldier speaks into a walkie-talkie during a deployment in Ukraine.
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The Ukrainian general Saluschnyj expects 200,000 new soldiers from Russia.
The fear is growing, in addition there is a nationwide emergency supply after heavy air raids.
Munich/Kyiv - Ukrainian military fear that Russia will launch a major offensive after Christmas - and will also try again to capture Kyiv.
Russia is in the process of raising a new army, according to Ukrainian General Valery Zalushny.
"The Russians are preparing around 200,000 new troops," the general told the British
"I have no doubt that they will attack Kyiv again." Russian industry has been reequipped for the Ukraine war and is producing ammunition and weapons at full speed, said Zalushny.
Fear of a major Russian offensive after Christmas is growing
Russia also wants to advance from Belarus – but the local dictator Alexander Lukashenko still refuses to intervene in the war with his own troops.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is traveling to Belarus on Monday - probably also to urge Lukashenko to strengthen strategic cooperation.
Belarus has made military bases available to Russian troops for attacks, but has denied accusations of being a party to the war.
Above all, Lukashenko wants to prevent Russia from simply swallowing up his country.
He also fears that protests in his country will flare up again if he allows Belarusian reservists to move in.
On Friday, Russia invaded Ukraine with its heaviest airstrikes in weeks.
The metro in Kyiv stopped traffic and served as a bunker.
Light, water and heating went out in the capital.
The presidential administration in Kyiv announced that the nationwide switch to emergency energy supply was in progress.
Heavy airstrikes deteriorate power supply in Ukraine
According to their own statements, the Ukrainian air defense system intercepted almost 80 percent of the missiles (60 out of 76).
The Ukrainian government accuses Russia of "terror" - with the aim of plunging the country into darkness and cold.
As a result of the recent shelling, the electricity deficit in the country has increased significantly, the electricity supplier Ukrenergo said.
In the capital Kyiv, Mayor Vitali Klitschko said that even more facilities with autonomous power supply should be opened for emergencies.
People can charge their mobile phones or power banks in such points powered by generators.
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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg sharply condemned the new attacks.
The fact that President Vladimir Putin is trying to cut people off from water, electricity and heating is a deliberate attack on civilians. The Kremlin chief is trying to break the Ukrainian people.
But that will not work.
"History shows us that such brutal attacks on civilians do not weaken the will to resist - at most it is the other way around."
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Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has threatened attacks on NATO countries.
Armed forces and objects in countries that are officially at war with Russia or are allies of the enemy are legitimate targets for attack, Medvedev, who is deputy head of the Russian Security Council, wrote in his Telegram channel.
He also counts NATO among them: "The leaders of the NATO states unanimously claim that their countries and the entire alliance are not fighting against Russia." That is not true.