“Russia’s strategic defeat is obvious”

KBarely two and a half months after the invasion of Ukraine by Russian troops, according to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Russia’s strategic defeat is “obvious”. Moscow’s defeat was “obvious to everyone in the world and also to those who still communicate with them (the Russians),” Zelenskyy said in his daily video message on Thursday evening. Only Russia does not have the courage to admit defeat. “They are cowards trying to hide this truth behind new missile, air and artillery strikes.”

Selenskyj criticizes Russian attacks on schools and clinics

The Ukrainian leader criticized recent Russian attacks, which hit a school in Chernihiv in the north of the country. “Of course, the Russian state is in a state where any education only hinders it,” Zelenskyy said. Russian commanders who issued such orders to bomb educational institutions were “simply sick, incurable.”

In addition, 570 health facilities in Ukraine have been destroyed by Russian attacks since the start of the war, including 101 hospitals. “What’s the point?” asked Zelenskyj. “It’s nonsense, it’s barbarism.” For him, it is the sign of the self-destruction of Russia.

Zelenskyi adviser accuses Russian leaders of ‘idiocy’

Zelenskyi’s adviser, Oleksiy Arestovych, attributes his sometimes incorrect analyzes of the events of the war to the “terrible idiocy” of Russian political and military leaders. “I actually consider them to be average-minded people,” said the president’s adviser Volodymyr Zelenskyy, according to a report by the Unian agency. “But then they do something that would never have occurred to me because it’s so stupid.”

Russia recently “rounded up” another 15 combat units to throw into battle. “In the last five thousand five hundred years of military history, no greater idiocy can be found,” Arestovych said. Recently, he had not ruled out a new offensive by the Russian army against the Ukrainian capital kyiv and had evoked a “senseless suicide”.

Negotiations for soldiers in Azov steel continue

With international support, Ukrainian leaders are continuing their efforts to rescue soldiers from the besieged Azov Steelworks in the port city of Mariupol. “We have opened a new round of negotiations,” Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said, according to Ukrayinska Pravda. The Kyiv government has given the UN and the International Committee of the Red Cross a mandate to hold talks with the Russian side, and Turkey is now involved as a mediator.

The goal is a multi-stage evacuation – the first priority is the rescue of 38 seriously injured defenders from Azov Steel. If it works, “then we move on”. Among other things, Ukraine is ready to exchange Russian prisoners of war for steel wounded from Azov. In an interview with ARD Daily Matters, one of the fighters described the difficult situation. “Our lives mean nothing, my life means nothing,” Illia Samoilenko said. At the same time, he had little hope for the future: “This could be our last conversation.”

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