Russian President Vladimir Putin made a surprise visit to Crimea on Saturday. ninth anniversary of the annexation of the peninsula, Moscow is strengthening with forced marches, fearing that conflicts in eastern and southern Ukraine will spill over into this region that Kiev is planning to liberate.
The Kremlin kept the president’s trip secret until the last moment and even played it unannounced: the spokesperson for the Russian Presidency, Dmitry Peskovannounced today that Putin plans to attend the opening of a cultural center only via videoconference.
visit in person
Russian President visited Art School and Korsun children’s center chersonesuson the outskirts of the harbor SevastopolThe main base of the Russian Black Sea Fleet.
According to Sevastopol governor Mikhail Razvozhaev, everything was ready for the video conference, but in the end, the president himself came.
“By the car. He was behind the wheel.. On this historic day, the president is always with the people of Sevastopol and Sevastopol. Our country has an incredible leader.”
This Thursday, the leader of the Crimea, Sergei AxionovHe confirmed that after the fortification works carried out on the peninsula, Ukraine would not be able to seize its territory.
“They (Ukrainians) understand that they have no chance to take Crimea from now on. measures taken by order of the president (Putin)“Axiónov said in remarks to local television.
Crimean leader, the inhabitants of the peninsula understand the necessity of running these jobs and they don’t complain about any impropriety they can anticipate.
“Of course we can’t give details. All I can say is, President’s order will be carried out In an interview on the occasion of the anniversary of the annexation, the newspaper Izvestia said that they can be sure that the Crimeans have a reliable defense of the peninsula.
Axionov expressed confidence that fortifications will not be necessary, but added:: “Prevention is better than cure”.
Fleet takes action
Apparently, like-minded Russian Black Sea Fleet Mine laying exercises were held on the coast of Crimea on Friday.
According to a Fleet statement, the ship “ingushetia” It has placed training mines without explosive charges on the possible routes of action of the enemy forces around the coast of the Crimean peninsula.
Joined as an addition to “Ingushetia” the other four ships Black Sea Fleet
On land, in eastern Ukraine, conflicts do not lose their intensity.
Russian troops attack
Russian troops are trying to encircle, as the Ukrainian military command reported today. Avdiivka and Mariinka, satellite cities of Donetsk, the capital of the self-proclaimed people’s republic of the same name.
“The enemy tried to attack their positions in the Avdiivka and Mariinka region (Ukraine) the other day, but was unsuccessful. Yesterday they lost about two squadrons of soldiers between the dead and the wounded,” the military spokesman said. Oleksiy Dmytrashkovsky In the Ukrainian national television marathon.
He stressed that the main aim of the Russian forces at this time is to encircle Avdiivka. 5 kilometers From the northern suburbs of Donetsk.
Head of the Ukrainian military administration of the Donetsk region, Pavlo KyrylenkoHe stated that the destruction in the area close to the front was “incredible”.
“If we talk about Avdiivka, the city was almost completely destroyed. Our fortress-city of Bakhmut was also destroyed. more than 80 percent“, added.
According to Kyrylenko, given the impossibility of capturing cities close to the front line, Russian forces use the following tactic: “Burnt Earth” and they use all kinds of weapons to destroy all infrastructures.
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