September 27, 2022

Putin and the head of the European Council held telephone conversations

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Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday, March 7, held telephone conversations with the head of the European Council, Charles Michel. This is stated in the message on the Kremlin website.

The Russian leader outlined to Michel the position of Moscow in connection with the conduct of a special military operation to protect the republics of Donbass.

“Vladimir Putin, in particular, stressed that the Russian military is taking all possible measures to save the lives of civilians. The main threat comes from nationalist formations, which, in fact, use the tactics of terrorists, hiding behind the civilian population.

According to Moscow, the Russian Armed Forces have repeatedly declared a ceasefire for the evacuation of the population along humanitarian corridors, but Ukrainian nationalists prevent this by using violence against civilians.

“The President of Russia called on the European Union to make a real contribution to saving people’s lives, to put pressure on the Kiev authorities and force them to respect humanitarian law,” the Kremlin stressed.

Earlier in the day, the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation announced a silence regime from 10:00 Moscow time for the exit of residents from Kyiv, Mariupol, Kharkiv and Sumy. The decision was made after Macron’s personal request to the Russian leader, expressed during telephone conversations. In total, six gum corridors were organized.

Initially, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry Oleksiy Reznikov assured that Kyiv would take all measures to open the humanitarian corridor in Mariupol, but later the Ukrainian side refused Russia’s proposal. Thus, Deputy Prime Minister Natalya Vereshchuk called on Moscow to agree to the opening of the humanitarian corridors with the departure of residents to the territory of Ukraine.

The situation in Donbass escalated on February 17. The DPR and LPR reported heavy shelling by Ukrainian security forces, including from heavy weapons. The republics announced a general mobilization and evacuation of civilians to the territory of Russia.

On February 21, Putin signed decrees recognizing the independence of the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics, as well as treaties of friendship, cooperation and mutual assistance with the republics. The documents were ratified the next day.

On February 24, Russia launched a special operation to protect the civilian population of Donbass. After that, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky accused Russia of hitting the country’s military infrastructure and introduced martial law. He also severed diplomatic relations with the Russian Federation.

On March 6, a representative of one of the competent Russian departments said that Ukraine could get its own nuclear weapons in the near future. As military expert Igor Nikulin told Izvestia, Ukraine still has Soviet backlogs, so it is easier for it to create nuclear weapons than Iran or North Korea. In this regard, the Russian operation in the Donbass, the expert believes, turned out to be very timely.

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