Russian forces wipe out T-72 tanks supplied by East European countries to Kiev : top brass
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Inside Russia : Outside Russia : News Digest by Embassy of the Russian Federation in Bangladesh on June 06 2022.
Fuss over arms deliveries to Kiev aims to stretch out conflict in Ukraine, Putin says
MOSCOW, June 5. /TASS/. All the fuss over additional arms deliveries to Kiev pursues the sole goal of stretching out the armed conflict in Ukraine as long as possible, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday.
“In my view, all this fuss over additional deliveries of armaments generally pursues the sole objective of stretching out the armed conflict as long as possible,” Putin said in a fragment of his interview with reporter Pavel Zarubin for the program Moscow. Kremlin. Putin. shown in the Vesti Nedeli (News of the Week) program on the Rossiya-1 TV Channel on Sunday. The head of state thus commented on the deliveries of US rocket systems to Kiev.
The deliveries of US multiple launch rocket systems to Ukraine changes nothing since Kiev previously had an inventory of these armaments, including rockets of this range, and is simply replenishing its stock, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday.
“There is nothing new about that,” the head of state said. The Russian leader thus responded to a request to assess the decision on such deliveries. “These are all multiple launch rocket systems and the Ukrainian army operates similar Soviet-and Russia-made Grad, Smerch and Uragan rocket systems,” Putin said.
The Russian leader pointed out that the range ‘depended on rockets that are used and not on the system itself.” “What we hear today and what we understand, these are rockets that fly to a distance of 45-70 km depending on the rocket type. The same is true about Grad, Uragan and Smerch rocket systems that I spoke about. They also have the range of 40-70 km and there is nothing new about that,” the head of state explained.
This is why, these deliveries by the United States and some other countries can only be related to the intention to help Kiev make up for the losses of its combat hardware,” Putin said.
The territory of Russia
The Russian leader also commented on Kiev’s alleged assurances for the West that these rocket systems would not be used against the territory of Russia. “This has nothing to do with trust or distrust for the Ukrainian regime because this depends on the types of rockets that the Americans will supply,” the head of state said. In total, the combat inventory of the Ukrainian army included about 515 such rocket systems as of the beginning of the special operation in Ukraine and 380 of them were eliminated, Putin specified.
“Now a part of them has been restored and some have been taken from inventories and, as we understand, they currently have about 360 such systems,” the Russian president said.
“We believe that the delivery of rocket systems by the United States and some other countries is related to making up for the losses of this combat hardware.” There is nothing new about that and this actually changes nothing,” the head of state said.
The same is true about Kiev’s requests for the delivery of, say, artillery, Putin pointed out. “Judging by everything, this also relates to making up for the hardware lost and destroyed in combat,” the Russian leader said.
Long-range rocket systems
If long-range rockets are supplied to Kiev, Russia will draw conclusions and strike those facilities that currently remain unaffected, Russian President said. “If it now comes to rockets and they are supplied, we will draw conclusions from that and employ our weapons that we have in sufficient quantities to strike those facilities that we are not attacking so far,” the head of state warned.
The Russian leader also commented on the deliveries of US multiple launch rocket systems and responded to the reporter’s remark that these systems could also launch long-range rockets.
The handover of these weapons to Kiev changes nothing, Putin emphasized. This relates to multiple launch rocket systems similar to Soviet-and Russia-made Grad, Smerch and Uragan launchers and rockets that fly to a distance of 45-70 km, he explained.
The Ukrainian army already operates such systems and the deliveries of rocket launchers by the United States and some other countries may simply be related to making up for Kiev’s combat hardware lost in battles, the Russian leader explained.
The US administration announced on June 1 that it would provide a new military aid package to Ukraine that would include the delivery of HIMARS (High Mobility Artillery Rocket System) weapons and ammunition. It said that the first batch would include four rocket systems.
US officials earlier said that the strike range of a light HIMARS wheeled rocket launcher would not exceed 80 km. As the US administration insisted, Kiev gave assurances that the US rocket systems would not be used against targets on Russian territory. Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on June 2 that Kiev’s assurances to the effect that it would not use US rockets against targets on Russian territory were worthless and could not be trusted.
Russian diplomat confirms Lavrov’s plane not allowed to cross skies in several countries
The Russian delegation was scheduled to hold talks in Belgrade, while the EU and NATO member-countries have closed their airspace, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said
ROME, June 6. /TASS/. Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova has confirmed that the countries bordering Serbia have closed their airspace to Minister Sergey Lavrov’s aircraft.
“The countries bordering Serbia have closed the only air route to the aircraft of Sergey Lavrov who was to depart for Serbia. The Russian delegation was scheduled to hold talks in Belgrade, while the EU and NATO member-countries have closed their airspace,” Zakharova said in an on-air broadcast of Italy’s La7 television channel late on Sunday.
Serbia’s daily Ve·ernje Novosti reported earlier that Bulgaria, North Macedonia and Montenegro had closed their airspace to Lavrov’s plane due to depart for Serbia.
US envoy rules out complete separation between Moscow and Washington
MOSCOW, June 6. /TASS/. Moscow and Washington cannot completely separate, US Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan said in an interview with TASS.
“We are also never completely separating. We can’t just cut diplomatic relations really, and just not talk,” he said. “At a minimum, we sit near each other at the UN Security Council in New York every day. No matter what, we are better talking to each other at the UN, at the Security Council. And we should have embassies. This is the bare minimum. This is basic.”
“We should have embassies in Moscow and in Washington, not just the Russian mission to the UN. I just think factually we’ll never be able to get to that level of complete separation because we are joined as permanent members of the [UN] Security Council. And having been joined in that way we do need to continue to engage with each other despite many contested issues that we have. We see each other, speak and present on a daily basis in New York. That’s a bare minimum,” Sullivan emphasized.
US Think Tank Founder: Most Americans Can Accept Kiev’s Defeat, No Longer Trust Biden’s Strategy
The majority of American respondents are resigned to Ukraine losing the conflict with Russia, and 16 percent of those polled would like to see Vladimir Putin as their president. The Democracy Institute’s founding director, Patrick Basham, explains what’s going on.
Sputnik: The Democracy Institute’s recent poll has found that only 36 percent of American respondents support Biden’s Ukraine policy and 53 percent disapprove. Furthermore, 45 percent would be okay if America allowed Ukraine to lose (against 40 percent who feel it wouldn’t be okay). What’s behind these numbers? Why is Biden’s administration failing to command support from the US population for its military adventure in Ukraine?
Patrick Basham: American public opinion continues to evolve around the Ukraine crisis. The reduction in support for Biden’s Ukraine policy reflects both the events unfolding on the ground in Ukraine and Russia, as well as events in America.
President Biden and his surrogates predicted that American economic pressure upon Russia would end the conflict quickly and that the intentional crushing of the Russian economy would lead to popular discontent among the Russian people, which would result in President Putin’s removal from office by his own people. As none of the Biden administration’s economic, military, or political predictions have come true – in most cases, the opposite has occurred – the American people no longer have much faith in their government’s pronouncements and promises about the crisis.
This loss of faith is occurring quite rapidly because most Americans already entertained negative views about Biden, including his foreign policy, before the Ukraine conflict began. Most Americans remain deeply upset about how America withdrew from Afghanistan. The American government’s failure to influence events in Ukraine confirms a growing view among these voters that their political leadership is increasingly impotent when it comes to international relations.
A plurality of Americans can accept Ukraine losing the conflict with Russia because they do not consider the conflict to be of utmost importance to them. Americans are preoccupied with economic and social problems at home, such as inflation, supply chain disruptions, crime, and illegal immigration. These problems are affecting them every day, and in the most tangible ways. The Ukraine conflict is not. So, Americans continue to oppose Russian actions in Ukraine, but they do not see those actions as necessarily threatening the American people, themselves.
The Biden administration has been unable to maintain support for economic or military action because its principal spokesmen – Biden, vice-president [Kamala] Harris, secretary of state [Antony] Blinken, and national security adviser Jake Sullivan – have been unable either to craft or deliver a compelling message that can become the central, driving narrative of this policy debate. For the first two months of the conflict, American public opinion was led by the mainstream media, which did a far more effective job than the Biden administration of rhetorically shepherding Americans into thinking what the administration wanted them to think.
In recent weeks, however, many mainstream media outlets have begun to publish accounts of the situation on the ground in Ukraine that do not reflect the White House’s public line on the conflict. These newer media accounts better reflect the Ukrainian military’s rapidly worsening position vis-à-vis the Russian military.
The American media now realises that it must report the conflict more accurately otherwise it risks the conflict ending suddenly in Russia’s favour, which would prompt viewers and readers to ask: “How did Ukraine lose? All along, you’ve been telling us that Ukraine was winning!” The mainstream media’s newly nuanced reporting, in line with more accurate reports from independent journalists since the conflict began, makes it that much harder for the Biden administration to present its message effectively and, subsequently, for its message to gain sufficient traction to resonate with most Americans.
Sputnik: Half of Americans disapprove of the $40Bln military aid package for Ukraine and only 5 percent see Ukraine as a priority for the US. Is the Biden administration aware that its Ukraine policy is unpopular among Americans? Why is the White House proceeding with supplying Kiev with new heavy weapons, including HIMARS? Do Biden’s Democrats have no fear of losing the mid-terms?
Patrick Basham: The Biden administration is aware that its Ukraine policy has lost considerable support since the conflict began. However, this administration has no intention of changing course to reflect public opinion better. In fact, the administration’s approach is to double-down on its failing policy in Ukraine.
There are two reasons this should not be a surprise: first, the Biden administration never acknowledges or admits that it has made a mistake, whether the issue is military, economic, social, or cultural. When one considers how last year’s disastrous American exit from Afghanistan was brushed aside by the Biden administration, it is unsurprising that the failed Ukraine policy is not a catalyst for a course correction.
On those occasions when it is impossible for the administration to ignore a failure, it tries to characterise the failure as a “problem,” which is blamed on someone or something else. Currently, the administration prefers to blame America’s litany of problems on President Putin, former President Donald Trump, Trump’s supporters, and American corporations.
Second, the Biden administration is filled with experts who hold elitist views about policy-making. They believe that only the best-educated and allegedly the most knowledgeable people should be devising and executing policy. This way of thinking is especially apparent in foreign policymaking, as it maintains that foreign policy is too complex, too difficult, and too dangerous for the average American either to understand or to be able to influence.
The Biden administration continues to throw so much taxpayer money at the Ukraine conflict because it continues to hope that eventually this policy will be the silver bullet that rescues the Democrats from defeat in the mid-term election.
To date, there is little evidence either that the policy is working or that there is any political advantage to the Democrats from serving as the Ukrainian government’s principal financial and military patron. Yet, so long as the Democrats’ electoral prospects remain bleak, due in large measure to America’s economic trauma, the administration will cling to its belief that Ukraine can, somehow, save the [election] day for the Democrats.
Sputnik: Who are those 16 percent polled who would like to see Putin in the White House as their president? What parties or ethnic/social groups do they belong to?
Patrick Basham: When asked to choose a foreign leader to become their own president, one in six American voters opted for Putin. Although support for Putin is found in varying degrees across the political spectrum, it skews strongly to certain demographic groups with particular political preferences.
Some of his support, both on the Left and on the Right, comes from voters who seek a strong leader with a firm sense of the direction he or she wishes to take their country and the ability to make tough decisions without regard for elite opinion. Those Americans with such views think Putin exhibits some or all of those qualities.
More specifically, Putin is especially popular among those with strongly nationalist views, who think the American president should put Americans before citizens of other nations. A number of conservative-minded, Republican, working class, and Trump supporters are drawn to Putin’s patriotic and populist sentiments on various issues and his support for traditional values in the areas of family, gender, and education. These same voters have anti-globalist views, so they approve of Putin standing up to the United Nations, the World Trade Organization, the EU, the World Economic Forum, and so on.
Sputnik: According to the Democracy Institute’s poll, Russia is seen as only the fourth-biggest international threat (14 percent), behind China (45 percent), Iran (20 percent) and North Korea (17 percent). Could we expect a change of heart within the US foreign policy establishment, given that former secretary of state Henry Kissinger has already started to talk about the need for a peaceful settlement with Russia and negotiations between Kiev and Moscow?
Patrick Basham: For a host of reasons, the US foreign policy establishment will continue to project Russia as the greatest threat to America. That said, it is also true that America’s foreign policy elites do not wish to be embarrassed for supporting the losing side in the Ukraine-Russia conflict, especially as they have said not only that Ukraine should, but could or would win.
So, Kissinger’s pro-diplomacy speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos was a signal to foreign policy establishments throughout the West that it was time to accept the inevitable in Ukraine – that is, a Russian military victory. As an arch-realist when it comes to foreign policy, Kissinger seeks to lead his American successors down the path of a negotiated settlement that brings the Ukraine conflict to a peaceful conclusion thereby minimising further loss of Ukrainian lives.
At this point in the conflict, Kissinger is in much the same place as most American voters. He and they did not want the conflict to begin in the first place, and neither he nor they wanted it to end the way it apparently will. But both Kissinger and American voters are seeking to get out of the political, economic, and military hole that America’s foreign policy establishment has dug for itself in Ukraine. Given the situation, I believe Kissinger is advising his peers that, clearly, it is now time to stop digging.
Serbia’s Vucic Personally Oversees Preparations for Lavrov’s Visit, Prime Minister Says
BELGRADE (Sputnik) – Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic has been forced to personally organise the visit of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to Belgrade, scheduled for 6-7 June, after several countries closed their airspace for the diplomat’s plane, Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic said on Sunday.
On Sunday, Serbian newspaper Vecernje Novosti reported that the authorities of Bulgaria, Montenegro and North Macedonia had banned the Russian foreign minister’s plane from flying through their airspace.
“The situation with the visit of Sergey Lavrov is extremely difficult. It is unbelievable that the environment in Europe and in the world is forcing the country’s president to deal with such things as logistics of the arrival of a foreign minister of another country,” Brnabic told Serbian broadcaster TV Pink.
She added that the situation is further complicated by a visit of German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on June 10. Both trips are taking placing when “no one wants to talk to anyone, let alone hear anyone else,” according to Brnabic.
“When you have such a high-level visit, as visit of the Russian foreign minister, you may think that people are interested in hearing his position, no matter how much they disagree with it or consider it erroneous and contradicting the international law, especially in times of crisis, as now, when the world is on the verge of World War III,” the Serbian prime minister added.
Russian Ambassador to Serbia Alexander Botan-Kharchenko will meet with Vucic on Monday. The talks will focus, among other things, on Lavrov’s visit.
Meanwhile, Russian Ambassador to Montenegro Vladislav Maslennikov has confirmed to Sputnik that Podgorica has denied entry to Russian foreign minister’s plane into its airspace.
On 24 February, Russia launched a special military operation in Ukraine after the breakaway republics of Donetsk and Lugansk appealed for help in defending themselves against Ukrainian aggression. In response, Western countries have rolled out a comprehensive sanctions campaign against Moscow, with many of them closing their airspace to all Russian flights.
SPECIAL MILITARY OPERATION IN UKRAINE
Foreign-supplied tanks destroyed in Kiev – Russia
Russian airstrikes have destroyed foreign-supplied tanks in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, Moscow said on Sunday.
Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov said during a regular briefing that Russian forces carried out airstrikes “on the outskirts of Kiev, destroying the T-72 tanks and other armored vehicles that were supplied by Eastern European countries and kept in railcar repair facilities.”
The spokesman did not specify where the tanks came from, but Poland previously said it had donated T-72 tanks to Ukraine.
Konashenkov said that military targets were also hit in Donbass, as well as in eastern and southern Ukraine, including multiple rocket launchers and a US-made mobile counterfire radar.
Ukraine’s General Staff earlier reported that Kiev was among the areas hit by Russian forces. Mayor Vitali Klitschko said that one person was hospitalized.
On Saturday night, the Donetsk authorities said Ukrainian troops shelled the city, killing five civilians and wounding 20.
Russia and Ukraine have repeatedly accused each other of shelling residential areas and killing civilians.
Russia attacked the neighboring state in late February, following Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, first signed in 2014, and Moscow’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. The German- and French-brokered protocols were designed to give the breakaway regions special status within the Ukrainian state.
The Kremlin has since demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join the US-led NATO military bloc. Kiev insists the Russian offensive was completely unprovoked and has denied claims it was planning to retake the two republics by force.
Putin warns Ukraine against long-range missiles
If this happens, Russia will strike targets so far left intact, the president has warned
Russia will hit targets it has so far not struck if long-range missiles are delivered to Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned.
“If they are supplied, we will draw the appropriate conclusions and use our weapons, which we have enough of, in order to strike at those objects that we have not yet struck,” Putin told Russia 1 in an interview broadcasted on Sunday.
The Russian president noted that the shipment of US-made multiple-launch rocket systems confirmed by President Joe Biden on Tuesday is unlikely to bring anything new to Kiev’s forces. The Ukrainian military already has Soviet- and Russian-designed Grad, Smerch, and Uragan systems of the same kind, he explained.
The range does not depend on the system itself, but on the missiles that are used. And what we’ve learned on the matter has nothing to do with trust in the Ukrainian regime.
According to the Russian president, the whole “fuss around” the additional arms deliveries to Kiev “serves only one purpose – to prolong the armed conflict as much as possible.”
For months, Kiev has been urging the US and other Western allies to ship US-designed MLRS and HIMARS multiple-launch rocket systems, which, depending on the type of rocket, can hit targets up to 500km away.
According to media reports, the White House has been reluctant to do so, fearing Moscow could interpret the shipment as a sign of further escalation.
However, in an op-ed in the New York Times published on Tuesday, President Joe Biden revealed that among other weaponry, the US will “provide the Ukrainians with more advanced rocket systems and munitions that will enable them to more precisely strike key targets on the battlefield in Ukraine.” He stressed, however, that Washington is “not encouraging or enabling Ukraine to strike beyond its borders.”
On Wednesday, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the Ukrainian government had given Washington assurances that it will not use American rockets to strike targets on Russian soil.
One day later, however, Ukrainian Presidential Adviser Alexey Arestovich seemed to contradict that statement when he said the Ukrainian military will strike Russian territory if it sees fit to do so. When asked whether the restriction on the use of US-provided rockets applies to Crimea, which voted to join Russia in 2014 after the military coup in Kiev, Arestovich insisted it is still part of Ukraine, and hence a legitimate target.
“Crimea is ours. It belongs to Ukraine. And they [Russia] know it. Therefore, [the rocket] will fly to Crimea double-time, should the need arise,” he said.
Russian forces wipe out T-72 tanks supplied by East European countries to Kiev – top brass
MOSCOW, June 5. /TASS/. The Russian Aerospace Forces delivered strikes by precision missiles against the railway-car repair plant on the outskirts of Kiev to wipe out T-72 tanks supplied by East European countries to Ukraine, Defense Ministry Spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov said on Sunday.
“The Russian Aerospace Forces delivered strikes by air-launched long-range precision missiles against Kiev outskirts to eliminate T-72 tanks and other armor on the premises of the railway-car repair plant that had been supplied by East European countries,” the spokesman said.
Russian missile and artillery troops wiped out 46 Ukrainian command posts, 123 artillery and mortar units at firing positions in the past 24 hours, Konashenkov said. “The missile and artillery troops hit the following targets: 46 command posts, 123 artillery and mortar units at firing positions and also 498 areas of amassed Ukrainian manpower and military hardware,” the spokesman said.
The Russian Aerospace Forces delivered strikes by precision missiles to wipe out the command posts of Ukraine’s 81st and 95th air assault brigades and Ukrainian military hardware repair workshops, Konashenkov said.
“Air-launched precision missiles eliminated workshops in the communities of Kramatorsk, Druzhkovka and Chasov Yar in the Donetsk People’s Republic that repaired and recovered the Ukrainian army’s combat hardware damaged in battles. Also, in the past 24 hours, the strikes eliminated the command posts of the Ukrainian army’s 81st and 95th air assault brigades and six areas of amassed manpower and military equipment,” the spokesman said.
The Russian Aerospace Forces also delivered strikes by precision missiles to eliminate three Ukrainian artillery arms depots and a US-made AN/TPQ-50 counter-fire radar in the Donetsk People’s Republic, Konashenkov said.
“The strikes eliminated two launchers of the Osa-AKM anti-aircraft missile system near the communities of Cherkasskoye in the Donetsk People’s Republic and Orekhov in the Zaporozhye Region, two combat vehicles of multiple launch rocket systems near the settlement of Korotych in the Kharkov Region, three missile/artillery arms depots in the areas of Mayaki and Slavyansk in the Donetsk People’s Republic and also a US-made AN/TPQ-50 counter-fire radar near Seversk in the Donetsk People’s Republic,” the spokesman said.
Russian combat aircraft shot down a Ukrainian MiG-29 fighter in an aerial battle near Slavyansk in the Donetsk People’s Republic, Konashenkov said.
“During an aerial battle, a MiG-29 plane of the Ukrainian Air Force was shot down near Slavyansk in the Donetsk People’s Republic,” the spokesman said.
Russian combat aircraft struck three Ukrainian command posts, 65 areas of amassed enemy manpower and military equipment and three ammunition depots, Konashenkov said. “Operational-tactical and army aviation aircraft struck three command posts, 65 areas of amassed manpower and military hardware and three ammunition depots. In all, the air strikes eliminated over 350 nationalists,” the spokesman said.
The air strikes also wiped out 10 Ukrainian tanks and armored vehicles, two Grad multiple launch rocket systems, nine artillery guns and 14 special vehicles, the general added.
In the area of the Konstantinovka railway station, the air strikes wiped out storage tanks with fuel for the Ukrainian military in Donbass and two ammunition depots in the areas of the communities of Bakhmut in the Donetsk People’s Republic and Loskutovka in the Lugansk People’s Republic, the spokesman said.
Russian air defense systems intercepted two Ukrainian Tochka-U ballistic missiles in the Nikolayev Region and also eliminated 10 drones, Konashenkov said. “Two Tochka-U tactical missiles were intercepted over the settlement of Novogeorgiyevka in the Nikolayev Region and three Ukrainian shells of the Uragan multiple launch rocket system were shot down over the communities of Sukhaya Kamenka, Dolgenkoye and Kamenka in the Kharkov Region,” the spokesman said.
In the past 24 hours, the Russian air defense capabilities also shot down 10 Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles near the communities of Vidrodzhennya, Ryasnoye and Svyatogorsk in the Donetsk People’s Republic, Kirovsk, Prudovka, Borovenki and Varvarovka in the Lugansk People’s Republic, Volchiy Yar and Bolshiye Prokhody in the Kharkov Region and Zazornoye in the Zaporozhye Region, including a Bayraktar TB2 drone in the area of Beryozovka in the Kharkov Region, the general specified.
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