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Ukraine news on Saturday: London warns of additional Russian attacks at the turn of the year

2022-12-31T08:15:24.004Z


Moscow may step up its attacks over the New Year holidays to hurt Ukrainian morale, London warns. And: Merkel adviser Heusgen admits mistakes in Russia policy. the news


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Destroyed house in the Cherson region on December 30: London suspects a pattern behind the Russian attack waves

Photo: DIMITAR DILKOFF / AFP

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London sees pattern in Russian attack - and warns it could be breached

8:51 a.m .:

The British Foreign Office suspects that there is a long-term plan behind the repeated attacks on Ukrainian infrastructure.

"Since October, Russia has maintained the general pattern of conducting an intense wave of attacks every seven to 10 days," reads a description of the situation, supported by intelligence intelligence, and circulated via Twitter.

"Russia is almost certainly taking this approach to try to overwhelm Ukraine's air defenses."

But at the turn of the year, the pattern could be broken, it is said.

There is a "realistic possibility" to "undermine the morale of the Ukrainian population over the New Year holidays."

Bach reiterates solidarity with Ukrainian athletes

8.37 a.m .:

IOC President Thomas Bach has reaffirmed his support for Ukrainian athletes.

"Also in the new year, the Ukrainian athletes can count on the full commitment of solidarity on the part of the IOC and the entire Olympic movement," Bach wrote in his New Year's greeting: "We want a strong team from the Ukrainian National Olympic Committee at the Olympic Games in Paris 2024 and the Olympic Winter Games in Milan/Cortina 2026.«

At the same time, Bach again underlined the position of the Rings organization towards Russia, which had launched the war of aggression against Ukraine three days after the closing ceremony of the Winter Games in Beijing, and its supporters Belarus.

"The sanctions against the Russian and Belarusian states and governments must and will remain in place," said the 69-year-old.

Reading tip: The second Putin's republic - why the Russian president only monologues

8.35 a.m .:

Vladimir Putin cancels his propaganda events at the end of the year.

But he is not ill or weak, as some say.

In the new military Russia, the old rituals are simply no longer necessary.

Read Mikhail Zygar's column here.

Merkel's former adviser Heusgen admits mistakes in Russia policy

8.31 a.m .:

The chairman of the Munich Security Conference and former foreign policy adviser to ex-Chancellor Angela Merkel, Christoph Heusgen, has acknowledged mistakes in Russia policy during his tenure.

Gas never flowed through the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, "but if you ask me - yes, in hindsight that was a mistake," Heusgen told the "Welt am Sonntag".

Heusgen explained that the federal government decided in favor of the German-Russian pipeline project in 2015 because, after the reactor accident in Fukushima, Japan, they wanted to phase out nuclear energy quickly and Russian gas was the quickest and cheapest solution.

"The SPD and the economy" were "very much in favor".

Heusgen is currently demanding the delivery of German Leopard main battle tanks to the Ukraine.

Germany has "a moral obligation to support this country," he said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is counting on "the US and Europe's economic and military support for Ukraine decreasing," Heusgen warned.

Reading tip: Debate on a new course towards Russia – »Regime change must be the goal of German politics«

8:29 a.m .:

2022 was the year of the “turning point” and the break with previous Russia policy.

But the federal government lacks a real strategy, criticizes Eastern Europe expert Stefan Meister - and explains why this is so dangerous.

Read the entire interview here.

The most important developments: Ukraine wants to expand air defenses, Kyiv has been on alert for 700 hours since the beginning of the war

8.25 a.m .:

Ukraine should have an even more effective defense against Russian missiles.

The residents of the capital Kyiv spent a total of a month in air-raid shelters.

Read the most important developments here.

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Source: spiegel

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