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'Trying to destroy us': Putin attacks West in the shadow of Ukraine war

2023-12-10T16:40:30.652Z

Highlights: 'Trying to destroy us': Putin attacks West in the shadow of Ukraine war. While resistance to the Ukraine war is stirring in his own country, Putin is attacking the West. There are no officially confirmed figures, and Russia's losses at the hands of Ukraine are often exaggerated. Nevertheless, there are signs that Putin wants to take Avdiivka at all costs. Despite high losses, Putin's troops are apparently in control in Bakhmut, despite high losses within Russia's battle for the industrial city.



Status: 10.12.2023, 17:22 PM

By: Mark Stoffers

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The fighting in Donetsk is causing resentment in Russia. Nevertheless, Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin continues to attack the West.2 © dpa

Russia's president continues to seek flight to the front. While resistance to the Ukraine war is stirring in his own country, Putin is attacking the West.

Moscow – While the fighting in the Ukraine war continues, Russia's president never tires of spreading his propaganda in the media. While Putin hides his helicopters in the beach resort, the West remains his preferred target. Apart from the heavy fighting around Avdiivka in Donetsk, where the fiercest fighting is apparently raging at the moment, the ruler launched a new attack. However, he looked back into the past rather than going into current events and statements.

Putin attacks the West again in the shadow of the Ukraine war: "Try to destroy us"

In the shadow of the Ukraine war, Putin spoke of "the West trying to destroy us." In the same breath, according to Ria Novosti, the Russian president was more than just combative. "But they won't succeed."

With the accusation, however, Putin was primarily referring to times long past. Because, according to him, Western leaders such as Angela Merkel or François Hollande have tried to "weaken, crush" Russia. In addition, he made the claim that the two leaders "admitted that they did not intend to implement the Minsk agreements and use them to prepare Ukraine for hostilities."

Accusations in the Ukraine war: West wanted to push Russia to the sidelines, according to Putin

"It was an attempt to sideline Russia, to weaken it. And ultimately to smash it," the accusations of Putin, who will also run in the elections in Russia next year, continue to the West in the middle of the Ukraine war, before stressing: "Nothing will work for them. Never."

However, it is possible that the statements and accusations against the West are another manoeuvre to distract from the situation in the Ukraine war. Not only are Ukrainian secret operations causing colossal damage to Russia, but criticism of the ruler is apparently also growing at home. This is probably due in particular to the costly attacks on the industrial city of Avdiivka in Donetsk.

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Russia's attacks on Avdiivka in Donetsk: Putin wants to take city at all costs

There are no officially confirmed figures, and Russia's losses at the hands of Ukraine are often exaggerated. Nevertheless, there are signs that Putin wants to take Avdiivka at all costs. According to the US think tank ISW, he gave the order to capture the city before the elections in March. Even if a new phase in the Ukraine war is beginning for Russia.

"Despite the terrible weather conditions, Russian troops are attacking Avdiivka in Donetsk around the clock, launching an average of 30 to 40 massive bombing raids a day to capture the city in every possible way," the city's military chief, Vitaliy Barabash, said, according to UNIAN. "Along the entire defensive line of the city, the enemy is conducting offensive operations, accompanied by the use of artillery pieces and rockets, mortar shelling, tank strikes and aircraft work," he told Ukrainian public television.

High Russian losses in the Ukraine war: Putin wants to take Avdiivka at all costs

Losses on the Russian side, however, apparently do not play a role. In recent weeks, Russian military observers have repeatedly spoken of numerous soldiers killed and injured in the region. While Putin's troops are probably in control in Bakhmut despite high losses, resistance is apparently stirring within Russia against Putin's bloody battle for the industrial city.

As reported by the Russian independent investigative project iStories, relatives of soldiers deployed in Avdiivka have addressed Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin directly. There are "signs of deliberate annihilation" of the mobilized troops in Avdiivka, according to the document, which was signed by more than a hundred family members and sent to Moscow, according to Important Stories.

Treatment of Putin's soldiers pilloried in Ukraine war: "Old, sick grandfather"

Above all, the treatment of the soldiers of Putin's army is the focus of the appeal. According to them, many of the Russian soldiers "have been living in trenches for more than ten months and are under constant fire." The treatment of the troops has become worse and worse, according to the reports of the wives and family members of the soldiers.

Another woman spoke about her husband's fate in the report. "Within 14 months, my handsome, strong man turned into an old, sick grandfather," she explained, describing how her husband had been sent back to the front, even though he could only walk with a cane after an injury. In the face of this growing criticism from within his own ranks, the narrative could change in the long run and Putin's attacks on the West increasingly lose their impact.

Source: merkur

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