No lull in sight between Ukraine and Russia, on the contrary. More than two months after the start of the Russian invasion, the conflict continued to escalate this week between European arms deliveries to Ukraine and veiled threats from Russia. “L’Obs” takes stock.
Multiple deliveries of European arms to Russia
Ukraine has seen this week an accumulation of announcements of arms deliveries from its Western allies, made or to come. Ukraine can, if it has the “good facilities”, ” to win “ the war against Russia, said the head of the Pentagon on Monday after returning from a visit to kyiv. A few days later, US President Joe Biden asked Congress for an additional $33 billion in aid to Ukraine. Of these 33 billion dollars, 20 billion are dedicated to military aid, for arms and ammunition in particular.
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By supplying “Guepard” type armored vehicles (Germany), Caesar guns (France) or Starstreak anti-aircraft missiles (United Kingdom), tanks (Poland) or even Panzerhaubitze 2000 type armored howitzers (Netherlands), Western countries have also stepped up their military assistance to Ukraine. However, they are advancing on a crest line, avoiding any direct intervention that would make them pass to the rank of co-belligerents in the eyes of Moscow.
“This tendency to flood Ukraine with weapons, especially heavy weapons, is an act that threatens the security of the continent and causes instability”however, warned Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.
A Russian verbal escalation
In a context of unprecedented tensions between Moscow and the West due to the war in Ukraine, the head of Russian diplomacy, Sergei Lavrov warned Monday against the risk of a Third World War. “The danger is serious, it is real, it cannot be underestimated”he judged.
In an equally disturbing statement, he also considered that “NATO, in essence, is engaged in a war with Russia via an intermediary and it arms this intermediary. It means war. » Before ensuring that Russia was doing everything to preserve the principle of not using nuclear weapons.
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The nuclear threat, however, is not far off: on Russian state television, analysts follow one another on the sets on the use of nuclear weapons as a means of defence. ” The idea of it all ending in a nuclear attack strikes me as the most likely scenario, much to my dismay, but it’s inevitable.”declared on Russia1 on Wednesday Margarita Simonian, head of the Russian news channel Russia Today, as spotted by BFMTV.
Russian strikes in kyiv in full visit of the boss of the UN
kyiv was the target of missile fire on Thursday, even as UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres was visiting there. These strikes were confirmed on Friday by Moscow, which claims to have destroyed “with long-range high-precision weapons, the workshops of the space company Artyom” in the Ukrainian capital.
“It says a lot about Russia’s true attitude towards international institutions, about Russian leaders’ efforts to humiliate the UN and everything the organization stands for.”Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a video posted on his Telegram channel.
This bombardment in kyiv, the first since mid-April, caused the death of at least one person, an American producer of Radio Liberty.
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Poland and Bulgaria deprived of Russian gas
The Russian group Gazprom announced on Wednesday that it had suspended all its gas deliveries to Bulgaria and Poland, ensuring that these two countries had not paid in rubles, as Vladimir Putin has demanded since March.
“The Russian gas embargo in Europe is inevitable”
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen immediately denounced a « gas blackmail and affirmed that these two member countries of the EU and NATO, very dependent on the“blue gold” Russian, were now supplied “by their neighbors in the European Union”.
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Russia has repeatedly accused Ukrainian forces in recent weeks of carrying out strikes on Russian soil, including on two villages in the Belgorod border region and a village in the Bryansk region in mid-April, without kyiv not confirmed. But on Thursday, an adviser to the Ukrainian presidency, Mykhaïlo Podoliak, estimated that Ukraine has ” the right “ to strike Russian military targets, implying that kyiv may carry out strikes on Russian territory.
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Weapons hangars destroyed, bridges and railways targeted: Faced with the intensification of Western military aid to kyiv, Russia has adjusted its strategy in Ukraine by targeting key supply nodes while pursuing its objective control of part of its territory.