According to Washington, Ukraine fears a new front in the north, Iranian soldiers in Crimea

According to Washington, Ukraine fears a new front in the north, Iranian soldiers in Crimea

Struck in its infrastructure and confronted by Russian forces to the south and east, Ukraine on Thursday expressed alarm at the possible opening of a new front to the north from Belarus, at a time when alleged military aid is phasing out from Tehran to Moscow…

Struck in infrastructure and confronted by Russian forces to the south and east, Ukraine on Thursday expressed alarm at the possible opening of a new front to the north from Belarus, at a time when suspected military aid is heading from Tehran to Moscow, according to Washington , on the presence of Iranian soldiers in Crimea.

These White House claims add to accusations against Iran, which was already sanctioned Thursday by Ukraine’s western allies over deliveries of kamikaze drones, which Moscow and Tehran continue to deny.

“We believe that Iranian military personnel have been on the ground in Crimea and assisted Russia in these operations,” US Presidential National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said of the suicide drone strikes on Ukraine’s cities and infrastructure in recent days and especially on Kyiv.

At the same time, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, speaking remotely at the European Council, accused Russia, which has been defeated at the front since September, of turning Ukraine’s power grid into a “battlefield” with airstrikes to shut down the country before the approaching winter.

He urged European countries to equip Kyiv with more sophisticated air defenses and impose more economic sanctions on Moscow.

Ukrainian soldiers said Thursday they also feared the opening of a new front through Moscow in northern Belarus that could threaten western arms routes.

“The threat of Russian forces resuming the offensive on the northern front is growing,” Oleksiy Gromov, an official with Ukraine’s military staff, told reporters.

According to him, “this time the offensive could take place west of the Belarusian border, in order to cut off the main supply routes for foreign arms and military equipment,” arriving in particular through Poland.

In this regard, Mr. Zelensky stressed before the European Council that the Ukrainian proposal to deploy an international monitoring mission on the border between Ukraine and Belarus is “gaining relevance every day”.

sanctions against Iran

In the immediate future, suspected Iranian arms sales to Russia were the issue on Thursday among Western allies, who enacted a raft of sanctions against Tehran despite denials by the two countries.

London joined the measures adopted by the EU on the same day by announcing the imposition of new sanctions on Iran, targeting three generals and a weapons company “responsible for supplying kamikaze drones to Russia”. to bomb Ukraine.

EU member states previously agreed to impose sanctions on Iran’s Shahed Aviation Industries, linked to the powerful Revolutionary Guards, and the three military officials, including General Mohammed Hossein Bagheri, chief of staff of the Iranian Armed Forces.

Kyiv welcomed the European Union’s “rapid” response.

But Russia again called the allegations that it used Iranian drones “outlandish assumptions”.

Mr. Zelensky claimed on Wednesday that his army destroyed 233 of these Iranian drones in a month.

Iran also denied reports in the Washington Post Thursday that the Islamic Republic was planning to send missiles to Russia to use in its war against Ukraine.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian commented on Twitter that these accusations were “unfounded”.

After several waves of strikes by Russia on its infrastructure, Ukraine on Thursday restricted the power consumption of its population and companies, especially in Kyiv.

In the Ukrainian capital, Mayor Vitali Klitschko has urged businesses, shops, cafes and restaurants to “save as much as possible” on lighting and neon signs.

In several other regions, local authorities have also urged residents to reduce consumption as Russia destroyed 30% of Ukraine’s power plants in a week, Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Tuesday.

Restrictions were put in place in the Lviv and Chernivtsi regions in particular, the Chernivtsioblenergo company said in a press release.

Evacuations from Kherson

In southern Ukraine, the Russian administration of the Kherson region gave assurances that the evacuation of civilians had begun, with 15,000 people already having been evacuated from this Moscow-annexed territory as of Thursday.

She wants to move “50,000 to 60,000” to the other bank of the Dnieper in a few days.

The city of Cherson, which has been occupied since spring, is being evacuated in view of the advance of Ukrainian troops, said the head of the pro-Russian city administration Vladimir Saldo.

General Sergey Surovikin, who was recently appointed head of Russia’s operations in Ukraine, admitted on Tuesday that the situation there was “very difficult”.

But for the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksiy Danilov, we are rather witnessing “the preparation of the massive deportation of the Ukrainian population” to Russia “in order to change the ethnic composition of the occupied territories”.

Vladimir Putin’s introduction of martial law this week in the annexed areas of Ukraine shows that, contrary to the claims of the Russian president, Ukrainians do not want to join Russia, US diplomatic spokesman Ned Price said.

For his part, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday visited a training ground for mobilized soldiers in the Ryazan region, southeast of Moscow, according to footage released by Russian TV showing him trying his hand at sniper shooting while lying on a training stand underneath a camouflage net .

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A Ukrainian armored vehicle shells Russian positions in the Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine on October 19, 2022.
• Dimitar DILKOFF

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu meet with soldiers at a military training camp near Ryazan on October 20, 2022.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu meet with soldiers at a military training camp near Ryazan on October 20, 2022.
• Mikhail Klimentyev

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy during a press conference with his Swiss counterpart October 20, 2022 in Kyiv

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy during a press conference with his Swiss counterpart October 20, 2022 in Kyiv
• Sergei SUPINSKY

Diagram depicting the Iranian Shahed 136 drone used by the Russian Army in Ukraine

Diagram depicting the Iranian Shahed 136 drone used by the Russian Army in Ukraine
• PEACE PIZARRO

Map of the situation in Ukraine as of October 20 at 8:00 GMT

Map of the situation in Ukraine as of October 20 at 8:00 GMT
• SOPHIE RAMIS

Destroyed buildings in Svyatohirs'k, Donetsk region, on October 20, 2022 in Ukraine

Destroyed buildings in Svyatohirs’k, Donetsk region, on October 20, 2022 in Ukraine
• Dimitar DILKOFF

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