Paris: The Russia-Ukraine conflict is the ‘New Patriotic War’ similar to the wars fought by the Russian Army in 1812 and 1945, former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev warned. Russia is experienced in long-term wars, reminded Josep Borrell, the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs, as he justified the arms support provided to Ukraine. By giving this reference, Medvedev reiterated that defeating Russia is impossible.
In the last few days, large-scale arms assistance has been announced for Ukraine from the US and European countries. Despite it, Ukraine has expressed a need for more arms and demanded to maintain the supply of arms to it. Some European leaders have taken the initiative for this, and Josep Borrell, the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs, is considered one of them. He cited the history of Russia to explain the reasons for supplying arms to Ukraine.
‘Russia is one of the greatest countries, and it has the experience of continuing the war till the end. This country has shown that, over time, it can even win a war, which seems almost lost. It would be foolish to believe that Russia has lost the war or that the Russian Army is ineffective. Even if it seems that Russia is not acquiring success, it still has great power and capability to fight’, Borrell underscored. Besides, Borrell pointed out that it is necessary to continue supplying arms to Ukraine on a large scale in the future due to Russia’s capability. Referring to the history of Russia, he mentioned the war against Napoleon in 1812 and the invasion of German dictator Adolf Hitler in 1941 in the Second World War.
Taking Borrell’s statement as the basis, Dmitry Medvedev, Deputy Chairman of Russia’s Security Council, warned that the conflict in Ukraine was the ‘New Patriotic War’. Borrell mentioned that Russia defeated Napoleon and Hitler. ‘Nazis in Ukraine and Western European countries are the heirs of those who previously fought against Russia. That’s why, like in 1812 and 1945, Russia will surely win this time as well’, Medvedev said.
In the meantime, according to Ukrainian agencies, Russia has stepped up attacks in Donbas and South Ukraine. After gaining control over Soledar, the Russian Army advanced towards Bakhmut. Russian soldiers are said to have captured some parts near Bakhmut on Saturday. Russia is said to have made new deployments for the Bakhmut offensive, and the Ukrainian Army is expressing resistance against it, calling it impossible to face. After Donbas, Russia started new attacks on Zaporizhzhia province in southern Ukraine. Russia is said to have advanced towards the two cities in the province.