Ukraine: Putin castigates the “imperialism” of NATO, which undertakes to support kyiv.
Published on 30.6.2022 by Epoch Times with AFP
L’NATOwhose summit in Madrid ends on Thursday, promised to support theUkraine as long as necessary in the face of ” cruelty “ of Russia, a support denounced by the Russian president who castigated the “imperialist ambitions” of the Alliance.
On the sidelines of the meeting in the Spanish capital, London and Washington reinforced their military and economic aid to Ukraine.
“This is a special summit, a transformation summit, the Alliance is changing its strategy in response to Russia’s aggressive anti-European policies,” welcomed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in his daily address, after having “called on the NATO countries to speed up the delivery of missile defense systems to Ukraine and to significantly increase the pressure on the terrorist state”.
Moscow wore “full responsibility for this humanitarian disaster”
In a joint declaration, NATO member countries specified that they had agreed on a new aid plan through the “delivery of non-lethal military equipment” and by strengthening Ukrainian defenses against cyber-attacks.
“Russia’s appalling cruelty is causing immense human suffering and mass displacement,” they wrote, believing that Moscow was wearing “full responsibility for this humanitarian catastrophe”.
Aid should therefore continue in the months to come.
“Ukraine can count on us for as long as it takes”NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Wednesday, referring to a “moral and political obligation” for the Atlantic Alliance.
The organization has also validated its expansion to Sweden and Finland.
Mr Putin castigated the attitude of Westerners
At a press conference in Achkhabad, the Turkmen capital, Mr. Putin castigated the attitude of Westerners.
“The leading countries of NATO wish (…) to affirm their hegemony, their imperial ambitions”he accused.
“The call for Ukraine to continue fighting and refuse negotiations only confirms our assumption that Ukraine and the good of the Ukrainian people is not the objective of the West and the NATO, but a means of defending their own interests,” said the Russian president.
In a new strategic roadmap adopted at the Madrid summit, NATO designates Russia as “the most significant and direct threat to the security of the allies”.
“We cannot rule out the possibility of an attack on the sovereignty or territorial integrity of the allies”, warns this document, which had not been revised since 2010.
Strengthening NATO’s military presence
The NATO countries have validated a reinforcement of their military presence on the eastern flank of the Alliance, which will bring to more than 300,000 soldiers the strength of its “high readiness forces”.
The promise of support from the West also materialized with the announcement, on Wednesday, by London of the release of one billion pounds (1.16 billion euros) of additional aid to Ukraine, including anti-aircraft defense and drones.
“As Putin fails to deliver the gains he had planned and hoped for, and the futility of this war becomes apparent to all, his attacks on the Ukrainian people are increasingly barbaric,” British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a statement.
This new sum brings British military aid to kyiv to 2.3 billion pounds, according to Downing Street.
Aid to Ukraine
For their part, the United States announced the payment of a tranche of 1.3 billion dollars of economic aid, as part of a support plan of 7.5 billion promised by Washington in May, while Ukraine’s budget deficit is growing by $5 billion a month.
On the ground, Ukraine has suffered new deadly attacks against civilians, notably in Mikolaiv (south), where, according to Mr. Zelensky, a hypersonic missile targeted a residential building, killing at least five people.
Two days earlier, at least 18 people were killed in the bombardment of a crowded shopping center in Kremenchuk, 330 kilometers southeast of kyiv, according to the Ukrainian government.
Mr Putin on Wednesday denied any responsibility for the attack.
“Our army is not hitting any civilian infrastructure sites. We have every possibility of knowing where what is”he assured.
“Biggest exchange (of prisoners with Moscow)”
In the Donbass, the city of Lyssychansk “lives under an uninterrupted bombardment of all kinds of weapons”lamented the governor of the Lugansk region, Serguiï Gaïdaï, estimating that 15,000 civilians remain in the city.
This is the last major city to be conquered by the Russians in the Lugansk region, one of the two provinces of the industrial basin of the Donbass, which Moscow intends to fully control.
In addition, the Ukrainian authorities announced that they had recovered 144 soldiers, including 95 “Defenders of Azovstal” in Mariupol as part of the “biggest exchange (of prisoners with Moscow) since the beginning of the Russian invasion”.
“Among them are 43 soldiers from the Azov regiment,” a unit which has been part of the Ukrainian army for several years but which Moscow qualifies as “Nazi”added the Ukrainian intelligence service.