Kremlin Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu orders the Russian army to leave Kherson. The reply in the evening: 'We see no signs of withdrawal'. Moscow: 'Let's negotiate'. Biden, after the midterm vote: 'We did not give Ukraine blank checks'. Von der Leyen: in 2023 the EU will pay 18 billion to KievRussian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu (right) listens to Ukraine's commanding general, Sergei Surovikin Photo Video
Twist in the Ukrainian conflict: the Kremlin's defense minister orders his army to leave Kherson, where the pro-Russian deputy governor Kirill Stremousov has died. 5 bridges in the city are blown up and Kiev still does not rejoice: 'We see no signs of retreat'. NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg assures Zelensky of long support, but Joe Biden, after the midterm vote, puts his hands forward: 'We have not given Ukraine blank checks'. Moscow ventures: 'Let's negotiate on the basis of the current situation'. Ursula Von der Leyen proposes 18 billion in aid for the EU in 2023. - Photo | video 1 | video 2 | video 3 | video4Bucha, the reconstruction of the massacre in a documentary Bucha, the reconstruction of the massacre in a documentary
THE MYSTERY OF THE RETREAT FROM KHERSON - The announcement comes in the middle of the afternoon of a field day: Russian Defense Minister Serghei Shoigu orders troops to withdraw from the west bank of the Dnipro River, in Kherson. There, where the mother of all battles has been feared for weeks and where the entire population has been evacuated, Shoigu listened to the report of General Sergej Surovikin, then decided: 'Start with the withdrawal of troops and take all measures to ensure the safe transfer of personnel, weapons and equipment across the Dnipro River”. Two hours earlier the news came that Kirill Stremousov, the deputy governor of the pro-Russian administration died in a car accident. The causes are yet to be ascertained. Before leaving, the Russians blew up the bridges in the region to stop the Ukrainian advance: first those of Daryiv and Tyagin, then the bridge at the exit of Snigurivka on the canal, then those of Novokairy and Mylovi. Says adviser of the Kherson regional administration in exile Sergii Khlan: “The Russians actually started to collapse the entire front line in the direction of Kherson and started a mass retreat. In the Berislav direction, the occupiers disappeared from a number of localities. Russian soldiers leave en masse, but when they leave they blow up bridges.” The troops organize themselves on one bank of the Dnipro. Surovikin appears on TV: 'The decision to fall back on the eastern bank of the Dnipro is not easy but at the same time we will save the lives of our soldiers'. In essence, the Russians would no longer have been able to supply the contingent in the heart city of the region which is just above the Crimea. The sign of the weakening of the Moscow army, to which, however, hours later, a yellow is added. It is a tweet from the adviser to the Ukrainian president Mykhaylo Podolyak: 'We see no sign that Russia is leaving Kherson without a fight'. For Podolyak the withdrawal could also be a 'staged television statement'. And in this conflict, where every hour there is a denial, it is also possible. But Surovikin does not back down. He claims the situation has 'stabilized' and takes advantage of him, saying the Ukrainians in Kherson have lost 9,500 men since August, or 'seven or eight times' the Russian losses.
WE NEGOTIATE NOW - Meanwhile, the adviser to the mayor of Mariupol in exile Petro Andryushchenko denounces on Telegram that the Kremlin is undermining the suburbs of Mariupol after reinforcing the perimeter of the city with concrete blocks, the so-called dragon's teeth: 'On the Agrobaza-Berdyanske-Shevchenko line -Priazovske, the occupiers have started to mine roads and fields and accelerate with the fortification of the city”. But the words of the spokeswoman for the Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova come from the opposite side: Russia is ready to negotiate. But on the basis of the 'current situation' or the annexed regions. Detail that was not mentioned the day before. Indeed, Deputy Foreign Minister Andrey Rudenko had been explicit in a request to negotiate 'without preconditions'. It is again Podolyak who responds on social media: “The Kremlin is exhausted. Russia's resources are reaching their limits. Hence the hysterical requests for a break ('negotiations'). Hence Patrushev's visit to Tehran: looking for a way to continue the war, get missiles/drones, overcome the exhaustion of its missiles'. And he adds: “It is the perfect time to double aid to Ukraine”. But how long will Kiev be able to hold? The site of Ukrainian truth , citing senior Ukrainian government sources, denies that there is pressure from the Allies to sit down at the negotiating table: 'They are not pushing us to open negotiations, but they are simply saying 'it is better not to refuse the Russians so categorically' in order to reassure the Europeans ”.
NO BLANK CHECKS - These statements are comforted by the words of the NATO secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg, for whom a possible victory of the Republicans in the midterm elections would absolutely not change things: 'There is strong bipartisan support in the US for the continuation of support for Ukraine and that has not changed”. And on the withdrawal from Kherson he puts his finger in the wound: “Russia has lost the military initiative in Ukraine. Moscow was forced to cede territory. President Putin made several big mistakes when he invaded Ukraine, strategic mistakes, such as underestimating the Ukrainians and NATO partners in their ability to support Kiev. What we have seen is that NATO allies and partners have provided unprecedented support to Ukraine. And what we see when we look at the opinion polls, at the political messages of the different NATO countries, is that we are ready to provide our support for as long as necessary'. But in Washington there does not seem to be all this certainty. Joe Biden, awaiting the results of the vote, puts his hands forward in the event of having to negotiate the next initiatives with the Republicans. And, for the first time after 17 billion in war aid, he seems to put the brakes on: 'We have not given blank checks to Ukraine'. And he gives a practical example: 'Kiev asked us for air defense systems that we didn't give because we don't want World War III to break out'.
PUTIN GIVES UP TO THE G20 - Vladimir Putin resigns from the leadership of the G20 on schedule on November 15 and 16 in Indonesia. I laughed it off Bloomberg , according to which Foreign Minister Sergej Lavrov will be present in his place. Meanwhile, the president of the Russian Security Council, Nikolai Patrushev, met the Iranian president, Ebrahim Raisi, in Tehran. The theme of the meeting was 'various aspects of Russian-Iranian cooperation in security and some global issues'. With his Iranian counterpart, Ali Shankhani, Patrushev instead spoke of the 'contrast to the interference of Western security services in the internal affairs of Russia and Iran', after the sanctions hit Tehran for the sale of kamikaze drones. London will supply 25,000 winter clothes to the military in Kiev, 12,000 bed sets and 150 heated tents. As for the EU, the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen writes on Twitter: “The EU continues to show solidarity with Ukraine. Today we are proposing a support package of €18 billion for 2023. Funding in regular tranches to support short-term recovery and strengthen institutions. Preparing the ground for a reconstruction that proceeds along the path of the EU'. It is not a question of non-repayable money but of 'highly subsidized loans, to be repaid over a maximum period of 35 years, starting from 2033'. Interest rate costs would be covered by additional targeted payments by member states to the EU budget.Source: oggi.it