Moscow: President Vladimir Putin has expressed confidence that the people of Russia will fight to preserve and defend their culture and traditions along with the independence of their homeland. In an event organized to mark the anniversary of Russian statehood, Putin said that the fight for preserving culture and traditions for future generations will continue and for Russia to have a great future. Only a few hours ago, the Russian president had caused a stir amongst the Western nations by threatening them with nuclear attacks. Meanwhile, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu has claimed that the Russian military had foiled counterattacks by Ukrainian forces in south Ukraine.
More than six months have passed since the Russia-Ukraine war began, and the battle seems to intensify by the day. Against this background, it has been observed over the last few days that both nations are also trading aggressive statements verbally. Speaking on the success of the counteroffensive campaign, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky warned that Ukrainian forces would regain control over the whole of Ukraine. At the same time, Zelensky also retorted that the Russian army had no other option but to turn its back and run.
Therefore, the Russian president caused a sensation by announcing nuclear strikes and additional deployments. By mentioning the protection of Russian freedom, sovereignty and culture right after, Putin seems to have appealed to his supporters and the Russian people. At the same time, Russia appears to have signalled to Ukraine and the Western countries that it will not withdraw. Defence Minister Shoigu reported Russia’s success in southern Ukraine as the Russian president was making an appeal regarding the conflict.
Defence Minister Shoigu said in a press conference that Russia had foiled the ongoing Ukrainian counteroffensive campaign in southern Ukraine. Ukraine has lost 7,000 soldiers in the last three weeks. Besides, the Russian Defence Minister also claimed that more than 200 Ukrainian tanks and 15 fighter planes were destroyed in Ukraine. At this time, Russia also reiterated the deployment of military units from Kharkiv to the Donbas region. Over the past few days, Russia has stepped up its offensive in Donbas, forging ahead to capture the city of Bakhmut.
Meanwhile, former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has warned that Russia will not withdraw from Ukraine’s areas under its control. Medvedev also warned that Russia might deploy nuclear weapons in the region for the security of the Donbas region and other provinces.