Share this

Vladimir Putin lays groundwork for possible scaling back of ambitions in Ukraine

Vladimir Putin appeared to be preparing Russians for a possible scaling back of his ambitions in Ukraine away from seizing Kyiv to fighting for control of the east.

As the Russian President’s troops suffered a series of setbacks, Moscow said the “special military operation” would now focus on the “main goal, liberation of Donbas”.

There were hopes the move could amount to a scaling back of the invasion, as Ukrainian troops were believed to be regaining ground around the capital of Kyiv.

Western intelligence also suggested a Russian brigade commander, Colonel Medvechek, was deliberately run down and killed by his own troops.

Meanwhile, Boris Johnson confronted China’s President Xi Jinping in a “frank and candid” discussion as western allies tried to pressure Beijing away from offering support to Moscow.

In a terse readout following the 50-minute telephone call, a No 10 spokesman said they had discussed “a range of issues of mutual interest” including the situation in Ukraine.

The contact came after Nato leaders urged China to “abstain” from supporting Russia’s war effort and to refrain from any actions that would help it circumvent sanctions.

In the besieged city of Mariupol, authorities said about 300 people died in a Russian airstrike earlier this month on a theatre where hundreds of people were sheltering.

If confirmed, it is likely to lead to renewed calls for Western powers to step up military support for the Ukrainian forces.

Source: thesun

Share this
You May Also Like

Trump Raid ‘Improper’ — ‘This Is Misconduct’

Monday, on the heels of news that former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago…

Trump ties may come back to haunt in swing state Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. – Donald Trump reasserted his grip on Republicans in Wisconsin’s…

U.S. insulin prices higher than UK, Australia, Germany

Viral tweets claim U.S. consumers pay multiple times more for insulin than…

Woman arrested for entering home, attacking woman in the bathroom

BY JENNIFER CABRERA GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Diane Pierre, 23, was arrested yesterday…

DHS watchdog says department’s lawyers are slowing down Secret Service Jan. 6 text probe

The Department of Homeland Security’s internal watchdog and its general counsel have…

Satellite data finds landfills are methane ‘super emitters’

BENGALURU – Landfills are releasing far more planet-warming methane into the atmosphere…

SCSO: Teen charged with attempted murder after stabbing | WJHL

SULLIVAN COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL) — The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) arrested…

Gabby Petito’s family files $50 million wrongful death suit against Utah police

Gabby Petito‘s family has filed a lawsuit against police in Moab, Utah,…