Russia Wants To Disrupt Arms Supply Chain: The Russian military has launched attacks targeting foreign arms supply chains in the western part of Ukraine, while intensifying its attacks in the eastern part as well. The spurt in attacks on the past day comes amid preparations by Russia for ‘Victory Day’ on May 9. The victory of the Soviet Union over Nazi Germany is celebrated as ‘Victory Day’. This year the world’s eyes are on whether Russian President Vladimir Putin will use the occasion to declare a limited victory or expand a “special military operation” for a wider war.
Declaring full war, Putin will be able to enforce ‘martial law’ and he will also be able to involve reserve soldiers in the war. Officials in Western countries have been talking about the casualties of Russian soldiers in large numbers in the war with Ukraine. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Wednesday called the speculation “untrue” and “foolish”.
Belarus announces military exercises
Russia’s ally Belarus has announced military exercises amid new attacks in Ukraine. In Minsk, the defense ministry said the military drills that began on Wednesday were not meant to threaten any neighbour, but a top Ukrainian official said the country would be ready to act if Belarus joins the war.
Russian attack on five railway stations
The Russian military said on Wednesday it used sea and air-launched missiles to destroy power facilities at five railway stations in Ukraine, while artillery and aircraft also attacked military bases and fuel and ammunition depots. Meanwhile, the European Union has proposed a ban on oil imports aimed at punishing Russia for the war.
steel plant siege
Russian forces have laid siege to a steel plant in Mariupol from where several civilians were evacuated over the weekend. A Russian official denied that they were attacking the plant. Ukrainian troops claimed that the Russians were raiding the plant. Meanwhile, Ukrainian officials said 21 civilians were killed in the attacks in the eastern Donbass region.
Russian attack on Lviv
While Russia has been attacking large parts of Ukraine, many of them are centered on Lviv, a western city near the border with Poland, which is an important route for bringing weapons supplied by ‘NATO’ to the country.
The blasts were heard late Tuesday in the city, which has so far only been facing sporadic attacks. It had become a shelter for those who had escaped in the midst of a war that broke out elsewhere. The mayor said the attacks damaged three power substations, power outages in parts of the city and disrupted water supply. Two people were injured.
Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov said the attacks on rail infrastructure were meant to disrupt Western arms supplies, while Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu told top military officials that Western countries were “supplying arms to Ukraine.” Huh.”
Help to Ukraine from Western weapons
The introduction of Western weapons into Ukraine helped its forces quell the initial Russian offensive and is sure to play a central role in the Battle for the Donbass as well. Moscow is now saying its focus is on the Donbass after its failure to capture Kyiv in the early weeks of the war.
Ukraine has urged the West to increase arms supplies ahead of a potentially decisive battle. Germany’s Chancellor Olaf Scholz, who had previously been slow to help Ukraine, said on Wednesday that his government was looking at supplying Ukraine with various weapons.
The governor of the eastern Donetsk region, which falls in the Donbass region, said 21 people were killed on Tuesday in Russian attacks. Earlier on April 8, at least 59 people were killed in a missile attack on a railway station in Kramatorsk.