Moscow/Kyiv – Russia has started preparations to increase the scope of the military campaign in Ukraine. Ukraine claimed that now plans were being made for attacks on the region of central Ukraine after the provinces in eastern and southern Ukraine. The claim states that the attacks will be launched on Dnipropetrovsk province, including the city of Kryvyi Rih, the home town of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Ukraine has also warned that Russia has raised a ‘Military Strike Force’ for this purpose. Russia is ready for a peace treaty with Ukraine at any moment while this claim emerges from Ukraine, Russian government spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated.
In April, Russia announced the start of the second phase of its campaign in Ukraine. This phase aimed to seize the area from Kharkiv in the north to Odesa in the south. More than 50% of the planned area in this phase is believed to be under Russian control. Analysts and the media had claimed that Russia would halt its campaign by seizing this region in Ukraine. However, reports had emerged in the last few days that the Russian leadership was giving different signals. It included statements about seizing more and more territory in Ukraine and changes in the Ukrainian regime.
New information given by the Ukrainian authorities seems to confirm this. Continuous attacks have been launched on the Dnipropetrovsk region, which has been a part of southern and central Ukraine for the past few days. The local administration said that this included civil settlements and infrastructure facilities. It is said that Russia will try to deal a significant blow to the Ukrainian regime by seizing the province, including the town of Kryvyi Rih, the hometown of President Zelensky. For this, Russia has started military operations on a large scale, and the officials of Ukraine informed that a ‘Military Strike Force’ has been raised.
While new claims emerge from Ukraine, Russia has drawn attention by making statements regarding the peace agreement. ‘As for the peace agreement, yes, it is possible after Ukraine fulfils all the requirements of the Russian side. Ukraine knows everything perfectly well (about the requirements of the Russian Federation – Ed.),’ Russian government spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. He also accused Ukraine of dispersing a peace deal attempt in March earlier.
Meanwhile, NATO Chief Jens Stoltenberg has warned that the ongoing conflict in Ukraine has created the most dangerous situation in Europe since World War II. Stoltenberg also claimed that Russia should not be allowed to win this conflict under any circumstances. For that, NATO member countries must provide long-term assistance to Ukraine. The NATO Chief warned that what is happening in Ukraine is bad enough, but the situation will be terrible if war flares up between Russia and NATO.