In a high profile speech on Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the United States and its allies of playing a “dangerous, bloody and dirty” game in hopes of ruling the world.
Addressing a conference of international policy experts the day after he oversaw a nuclear training exercise, Putin appeared to downplay what Russia had lost in the war with Ukraine, the conflict he started has been strained for years. He said it was inevitable after the surge in
Putin has repeatedly mentioned Russia’s nuclear arsenal in recent months, but said he has no intention of using such a weapon in Ukraine.
The Russian leader also said the world order imposed by the West since the collapse of the Soviet Union was “nearing its end,” according to The Telegraph records.
Putin has described the current decade as the most “dangerous” and “unpredictable” since World War II, adding: “Humanity now faces a choice. Either we pile up problems that crush everyone, or we try to find solutions that may not be ideal, but they work and can make the world more stable and secure.”
Putin’s speech at the Valdai Club, a Moscow think tank and debate forum, followed what Russia’s Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu called a successful training exercise by the country’s strategic deterrent on Wednesday. Possible nuclear attack on Russia.
In recent days, Russian officials have been trumpeting claims that Ukraine plans to use “dirty bombs”. The bomb combines explosive and radioactive materials to sow fear, but not necessarily kill. The US, its allies and Ukraine deny the allegations.
Biden warns Moscow:The president says the use of nuclear weapons is a grave mistake.
A senior Russian official warned that US and Western commercial satellites being used to support Ukraine would be a fair game of attack. “Semi-civilian infrastructure could be a legitimate target for retaliatory attacks,” he said.
A Russian drone strike hit an energy facility, sparking a fire early Thursday morning, Kyiv Region Governor Oleksiy Kuleva said.
►Global demand for fossil fuels is likely to peak or level off due to the energy crisis sparked by Russia’s aggression, according to a report released Thursday by the Paris-based International Energy Agency. “Today’s energy crisis poses an impact of unprecedented breadth and complexity.
Thousands flee main city of Kherson as attacks escalate
Kherson Regional Governor Vladimir Sard said on Thursday that more than 70,000 residents of Kherson had been evacuated as violent fighting and strikes against the power infrastructure of the strategic southern city escalated.
Ukraine is launching an offensive to reclaim Kherson, which was captured by Russian forces in the first days of the invasion.
According to Deputy Governor Kirill Stremsov, the evacuees also included members of the Kremlin-appointed regional administration. The monument was also removed along with the remains of Grigory his Potemkin, the Russian general who built Kherson in the 18th century. His body was kept in the city’s St. Catherine’s Church.
Zelensky thanks power workers as the power grid is under siege
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky thanked his country’s power workers for keeping power supplies under Russia’s relentless attacks on infrastructure. Ukrainian authorities have ordered rolling blackouts in many parts of the country and asked households to limit their consumption.
“Thank you to all the workers in the energy sector who work diligently to keep the energy system going despite all threats: our rescue workers, repair workers, local government officials and private companies. ‘ said Zelensky in a speech late Wednesday night.
Who has an advantage in the rough Ukrainian winter?
Ukrainians historically prepare for winter under harsh conditions. Her eight-month war in Europe’s poorest country took its toll, even before Russian military belligerence damaged or destroyed thousands of homes, schools, hospitals and community buildings.
In recent weeks, water systems and energy plants have been the focus of Russian missiles and exploding drones. The International Rescue Committee has warned that millions of people are at risk of losing access to electricity, water and even shelter as infrastructure collapses.
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– John Bacon, USA TODAY
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