Guterres admits failure in Ukraine as West sucks in more weapons

During the visit of the UN Secretary General to the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, Antonio Guterres admitted that the UN Security Council had not gone far enough in its efforts to “prevent and end” the war in Ukraine.

During a joint press conference with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, the UN chief said “let me be very clear: the Security Council has not done everything in its power to prevent and end this war. And that is the source of great disappointment, frustration, and anger.”

Two explosions were heard after the UN chief ended talks with Zelensiky which focused on efforts to evacuate civilians from the south
port city of Mariupol.

Asked about the explosions, António Guterres told a Portuguese broadcaster “there was an attack on Kyiv…it shocked me, not because I’m here but because Kyiv is a sacred city for the Ukrainians as for the Russians”.

In the second phase of the Russian military operation, Moscow has moved its forces hundreds of miles east to capture two provinces in a battle the West says could be a turning point in the war.

Since this change, which Moscow says is the second phase of its operation, there have rarely been reports of explosions in Kyiv.

Analysts say the West, especially the US and UK, are pouring weapons into Ukraine to keep the war in a stalemate and prolong it.

The more Moscow manages to achieve its goals militarily and diplomatically through the peace process, the more the US and UK will send advanced and more sophisticated weapons to Ukraine to hopefully prolong the war. in the eyes of Washington and London for years.

For example, Western countries have stepped up arms deliveries to Ukraine in recent days as fighting in the east intensified.

This week, more than two dozen nations gathered at a US air base in Germany and pledged to send heavy weapons such as artillery in what is expected to be a massive battle of opposing armies in the east. from Ukraine.

Experts say this is the only way the West can try to contain Russia’s growing economic and military might, by keeping it engaged in war while the Western mainstream media propaganda machine works overtime. .

It’s not the same players in Ukraine, but it’s a very similar strategy to the one the West used against Syria, waging a decade-long war against the Arab country and continuing to pump out weapons , to support and train foreign-backed militants and terrorists. .

On Thursday, US President Joe Biden asked Congress for $33 billion to support Kyiv, a massive increase in US funding that includes more than $20 billion for weapons and ammunition and other military aid.

The package is part of a US effort to isolate and punish Russia for its Feb. 24 military offensive in Ukraine, which forced more than five million people to flee abroad.

“We need this bill to support Ukraine in its fight for freedom,” Biden said at the White House after signing the request “the cost of this fight, it’s not cheap, but giving in to aggression is going to be more costly,” he also claimed. .

In addition, the US House of Representatives has approved a bill that would remove several constraints on sending arms to Ukraine. However, the bill was passed on the condition that Ukraine must pay for “the return and reimbursement and reimbursement of defense articles loaned or rented to it”.

The Eastern European country’s ability to make such payments is under the spotlight, as the Ukrainian government is currently asking the US and EU for $7 billion a month just to continue paying the salaries and pensions of Ukrainians.

Washington said it hoped Ukrainian forces could not only repel Russia’s eastern assault, but also weaken its military.

Meanwhile, the German parliament has backed the shipment of heavy weapons to Ukraine, marking a step change from its previously cautious approach to Russia. Some
analysts pointed out that Berlin had succumbed to pressure from the United States, United Kingdom and other Western countries.

Russia has strongly denounced statements by NATO, particularly Britain, that it is legitimate for Ukraine to target Russian logistics.

Speaking to reporters in Moscow, the Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said that “in the West they openly call on kyiv to attack Russia, including using weapons received from NATO countries”, said Maria Zakharova, “I don’t advise you to test our patience any more. She added.

The Kremlin warns that Western arms deliveries to Ukraine will pose a threat to European security.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov also told reporters. “The tendency to pump weapons, including heavy weapons to Ukraine, these are actions that threaten the security of the continent, cause instability.”

British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has called on kyiv’s allies to send more tanks and other lethal heavy weapons to Ukraine.

According to Truss, NATO should integrate Finland and Sweden “as soon as possible” if the two Nordic countries choose to do so. Something Moscow has repeatedly warned would lead to greater instability.

Russia says it amounts to NATO waging a “proxy war” against it and made a
number of threats this week of unspecified reprisals.

The country’s foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, said: “NATO will basically go to war with Russia through a proxy and arm that proxy. War means war.

President Vladimir Putin calls the Russian actions a “special military operation” to disarm Ukraine, which became necessary as the United States used the country to threaten Russia and Moscow needed to defend ethnic Russian speakers from further persecution.

Prior to the war, Moscow sent proposals to NATO and the United States regarding security guarantees as the US-led military alliance expanded eastward. However, the Kremlin’s proposals were rejected by both NATO and Washington.

Moscow says kyiv’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, first signed in 2014, has also led to the outbreak of fighting. Russia eventually recognized the breakaway Eastern Donbas republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. The protocols negotiated by Germany and France were designed to give breakaway regions a special status within the Ukrainian state.

Ukraine says it is fighting an imperial-style land grab and has dismissed Putin’s persecution claims.

Analysts said the war could have been avoided had NATO agreed to Moscow’s demands to end the military alliance’s eastward expansion towards Russia’s borders, but that was not in the interest of the Anglosphere.

Russian forces are now focused on eastern Ukraine, where Moscow-backed separatists have partially controlled the territory since 2014, and also hold parts of the south they seized in March.

The Russian Defense Ministry said the country’s military fired missiles at six Ukrainian weapons and fuel depots and destroyed them, and that 76 Ukrainian military installations were also hit.

Russia also reported what it says were a series of Ukrainian strikes on Russian regions bordering Ukraine and warned that such attacks risked a significant escalation.

Also on the battlefield, there are increasing reports of explosions heard inside Russian territory near the border with Ukraine, according to media citing witnesses. It was not immediately clear what caused them, whether there were casualties or damage and whether they were attacks by the Ukrainian military using Western weapons.

The Russian Defense Ministry said its forces had destroyed seven Ukrainian fuel and ammunition depots with “high-precision missiles”.

The Tehran Times could not immediately verify the latest battlefield reports.

Martin E. Berry