Wednesday, June 8, 2022

In Russia’s Battle for East Ukraine, Both Sides Have Higher Stakes at Play; Ukraine rips Emanuel Macron for not wanting to ‘humiliate’ Russia; Britain to send M270 rocket launchers to Ukraine; Electronic warfare shapes Russia-Ukraine war, LIVE UPDATES and MORE

In Russia’s Battle for East Ukraine, Both Sides Have Higher Stakes at Play
Moscow aims to prove it can gain and hold ground after Kyiv failure, while defenders want to show Western allies they can prevail
Russia’s strategy for seizing territory in Ukraine’s Donbas region carries implications far beyond the battlefield.
Over the past month, Moscow’s troops have pushed to expand and consolidate areas they hold across easternmost Ukraine, aiming to entrap Ukrainian troops along the way. Russian forces, having scaled back earlier ambitions for a broad thrust, are advancing by unleashing intense artillery fire and air attacks in limited areas, aiming to throw back Ukrainian defenders. Moscow wants to demonstrate that its military might can grab and retain territory.
Kyiv’s forces have fought back, thwarting Russia’s advance and regaining ground in some areas.
The battle is a test for both sides. Russian success could validate for President Vladimir Putin a shift in tactics from the war’s early days, when his armies failed to take Kyiv, and embolden him to continue advancing west, back toward the capital.
Ukrainian success stymieing the Russians, in contrast, could convince some wary Western leaders that Kyiv has a chance of prevailing against bigger Russian forces and eventually give Ukraine a better bargaining position with Moscow.
Swaying skeptical European leaders may be more pressing than jockeying for negotiating position against Russia because no such talks appear imminent, while Ukraine is pushing for urgent deliveries of Western heavy weaponry. --->READ MORE HERE
Ukraine rips Emanuel Macron for not wanting to ‘humiliate’ Russia:
French President Emanuel Macron said Saturday that his country should not “humiliate” Russia during its war with Ukraine — prompting the Ukrainian foreign minister to retort that Macron “can only humiliate France.”
“We must not humiliate Russia so that the day when the fighting stops we can build an exit ramp through diplomatic means,” Macron said in an interview published Saturday with regional newspapers. “I am convinced that it is France’s role to be a mediating power.”
Macron also said, “I think, and I told [Putin], that he is making a historic and fundamental mistake for his people, for himself and for history.’
Ukrainian Foreign minister Dmitro Kuleba delivered a scathing response on Twitter, declaring that Ukraine and its allies should instead work to “put Russia in its place.”
Russia invaded Ukraine in an unprovoked attack beginning in February and has leveled cities and killed thousands of civilians as Ukraine has fought back with the support of NATO and the West. --->READ MORE HERE
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