Vladimir Putin ‘living in fear for his life as army retreats’, Zelensky aide says

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A senior Ukrainian military aide said Russian President Vladimir Putin is “living in fear of his life” as his forces are in retreat.

Earlier this month, Russia announced it was pulling out of the Kherson region, the most embarrassing defeat for Mr Putin and a potential turning point in the war, which has entered its ninth month.

The loss of Kherson, the only regional capital Russia had captured in the conflict, dealt a heavy blow to plans to establish a land corridor to Crimea and secure water supplies to the Russian-controlled peninsula.

,[Putin] Very scared because there is no amnesty in Russia for the monarchs who lost the war,” said Oleksiy Erestovich, adviser to the Ukrainian president’s chief of staff. many times,

“He is fighting for his life now. If he loses the war, at least in the minds of Russians, it means the end. His end as a political figure. And possibly in the physical sense.

Ukraine’s victory at Kherson followed a series of offensive retreats by Kremlin forces in the Kharkiv and Donbass regions.

“It has forced even those who are very loyal to Putin to believe that they can win this war,” Erestovich said.

He said the liberation of Kherson sparked renewed Russian attacks on the country’s infrastructure and plans for new attacks from Belarus, a Russian ally in Ukraine’s north. Mr Putin’s forces advanced from Belarus towards Kyiv during the early stages of the war, but were forced to retreat after stiff resistance.

Ukrainian authorities have begun evacuating civilians from the recently liberated areas of Kherson and Mykolaiv regions, fearing heat, electricity and water shortages due to Russian shelling will make living conditions very difficult this winter.

The World Health Organization (WHO) says millions of people in Ukraine will face “life-threatening” conditions in the coming months, urging residents of southern regions to move to safer areas in the central and western parts of the country Is.

Mr. Erestovich reiterated Ukraine’s aim to reclaim all of its land seized by Russia, including Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula that was annexed by the Kremlin in 2014.

Meanwhile, Mr Putin this week flagged Russia’s Arctic power at a flagging ceremony and the dock launch for two nuclear-powered icebreakers that will ensure year-round navigation in the western Arctic.

Presiding via video link from the Kremlin at the launch ceremony in the former imperial capital of St Petersburg in northern Russia, Mr Putin said such icebreakers were of strategic importance to the country.

“Both icebreakers were laid as part of a larger serial project and are part of our efforts to re-equip and replenish the domestic icebreaker fleet to strengthen Russia’s position as a great Arctic power,” Putin said. part of a large-scale systematic work.”

The Arctic is taking on greater strategic importance due to the climate crisis, as the shrinking ice cap opens up new sea routes. Vast oil and gas resources are located in the Arctic regions of Russia, including a liquefied natural gas plant on the Yamal Peninsula.

Mr Putin smiled as the Yakutia nuclear icebreaker was launched into the dock and stood as the Russian national anthem graced the raising of the Russian flag on the Ural icebreaker, which will start operating in December.

The Russian president also announced plans to meet with the mothers of reservists called up to fight in Ukraine.

According to the United States, the war killed and wounded thousands of soldiers on both sides, and the Russian invasion triggered the biggest confrontation between Moscow and the West since the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis.

The meeting with the soldiers’ mothers was first reported by Vedomosti newspaper, which was confirmed by Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov. Russia celebrates Mother’s Day on 27 November.

Peskov, when asked whether Putin would hold a meeting with the families of those involved in the mob, told reporters, “Indeed, such a meeting is planned, we can confirm that.”

“Preparations for such a meeting are underway.

“The Speaker often holds such meetings, not all of them are public. In any case, the president receives firsthand information about the real state of affairs.

Credit: www.independent.co.uk /

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