Moscow/Brussels: Senior Russian lawmaker Konstantin Kosachev lashed out at the West and said, “Leaders of the West should realize that stopping bloodshed in Ukraine, the desire for peace talks, and the supply of more arms to Ukraine are contradictory things. Don’t be under the illusion that if the number of casualties rises, it will increase the chances of peace negotiations.” On Monday, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg claimed that if there has to be a settlement in favour of Ukraine in the Russia-Ukraine negotiations, there would be a need to supply the country with a huge number of arms. Therefore, the Russian parliamentarian lashed out at the West while reacting to the statement.
The Russia-Ukraine conflict seems to be raging in the last few days, and the attacks are intensifying. Russia has intensified its attacks in the Donbas area, and major missile and drone attacks are being launched on different cities in Ukraine. While Ukraine has increased the scope of counter-attacks in Kherson, parts of Russia are also targeted. At the same time, claims are being made by the West that Russia could launch a nuclear attack. Against this backdrop, large quantities of arms are being supplied to Ukraine from countries like the United States, the UK and France.
Despite supplying weapons from Western countries, Ukraine constantly demands new and advanced weapons systems. Although it is not possible to meet all of Ukraine’s demands, NATO has urged that it must ensure Ukraine does not run out of weapons. NATO chief Stoltenberg has claimed that the Russia-Ukraine war will end only through negotiations. ‘But what would happen during the negotiations would depend on the situation on the battlefield. Therefore, it is necessary to continue providing defence assistance to Ukraine,’ said Stoltenberg. Stoltenberg added that NATO countries should prepare to supply arms to Ukraine for a long time.
Meanwhile, Ukrainian intelligence services have claimed that Russia is planning a ‘False Flag’ attack on a nuclear plant in Belarus. The Ukrainian intelligence services said the attack would draw Belarus into the Russia-Ukraine conflict by creating the façade that Ukraine and NATO were behind it. Ukrainian authorities have warned that since the Astravets nuclear power plant in Belarus is close to Lithuania’s border, it may also affect the country.
In the last 24 hours, Russia has heavily shelled the cities of Bakhmut, Avdiivka and Lyman in the Donbas region with artillery and rockets. Apart from that, the Ukrainian systems reported that a large number of rocket attacks were carried out in Kherson, Mykolaiv and Zaporizhzhia in southern Ukraine.