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Moscow is said to be preparing for a new offensive ahead of the first anniversary of their invasion on February 24, and satellite photos show Putin’s forces building up fortifications.
Putin aims to start by swallowing both Ukraine and Moldova, then subjugate eastern Europe restoring an Cold War-style Iron Curtain across the continent, according to Professor Grigory Yudin.
He sees ‘the entire eastern Europe’ as his ‘fiefdom’, the professor told YouTube show CivilNet in a chilling forecast.
Dr Yudin, a professor at the Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences, does not believe major Western countries will fight to save the likes of Poland and Lithuania.
‘We must free ourselves of the illusion that this is a war between Russia and Ukraine from [Kremlin] leadership’s point of view,’ he said.
‘The Russian leadership doesn’t believe Ukraine exists. It is impossible to fight what doesn’t exist. [To them] the war in Ukraine is really against the West.’
Putin allegedly plans for NATO to be pushed back from countries such as Poland and Lithuania which were once in the USSR or its sphere of influence.
‘The entire eastern Europe – Vladimir Putin considers his fiefdom. Already in the current military operation’s plan is the taking of Moldova.’
Predicting Putin’s readiness for a ‘big war’, he said: ‘They cannot reach it yet due to not being technically prepared. But Moldova is there [in the plans] without any doubt.’
He stressed in an interview with presenter Arshaluis Mgdesyan that if the Russian leadership continues according to its scenario ‘we will inevitably see the war in all these territories [of eastern Europe] – and possibly even further.’
It is a war he says ‘was long considered inevitable by Russian military and political leadership’.
He previously predicted Putin would order a general mobilisation for ‘the most senseless war in history’.
And he has claimed the Russian dictator is surrounded by ‘Hitler fans’ in his entourage.
Meanwhile Oleksiy Danilov, secretary of Ukraine’s national security and defence council, said: ‘Now they are preparing for maximum activation, and they believe that by the anniversary they should have some achievements.’
‘There is no secret that they are preparing for a new wave by February 24, as they themselves say,’ he told Radio Svoboda.
He also said that the Russian military has been ‘scouting’ the defence capabilities of Ukrainian troops in the Zaporizhzhia region for a week.
While analysis from Brady Africk, an open-source intelligence analyst, shows Russian new fortifications all along the front in Luhansk, from the Russian border down to Donetsk, and throughout Zaporizhzhia and Kherson.
It comes as a video captured a single Russian tank being destroyed by a mine near Donetsk, in what may have been part of a spoiling attack tactic ‘to disperse and distract Ukrainian forces’ ahead of their counter-offensive.
The satellite imagery of Moscow’s new fortifications may also show that Putin is concerned about a new Ukrainian counteroffensive – following the news of modern tanks being sent from the West.
‘They’re trying to basically consolidate their gains and keep the parts that they’ve held on to thus far,’ Africk, who works at the American Enterprise Institute, told The Daily Beast.
‘I think it’s definitely both a message to soldiers in Ukraine, and to everyone who might be watching, that they’re going to at least try and stay.’
The news follows a video capturing the moment a Russian tank drives straight into a minefield while taking artillery fire in Ukraine.
The vehicle is seen driving down an empty road, thought to be outside Donetsk, that is surrounded by hundreds of craters from shelling.
The footage shows an artillery shell exploding about 20m ahead of the tank as it continues forward.
The tank disappears behind the cloud of smoke before it drives over a mine and sets of another explosion.
Just a second later another explosion takes place and a fireball erupts from the tank, forcing the soldiers inside to flee.
The drone footage ends by showing four soldiers running away from the wreckage off into the cratered fields to the side.
Both sides claimed success in the small administrative centre of apartment blocks surrounded by flat fields, a short distance from the strategic prize of the village of Pavlivka.
‘The encirclement and subsequent liberation of this city solves many problems,’ said Denis Pushilin, the Moscow-appointed leader of the Donetsk region.
‘Soon, Vugledar may become a new, very important success for us,’ he was quoted as saying by Russian news agencies.
But Kyiv said the town, which had a pre-invasion population of around 15,000 people, remained contested.
‘There is fierce combat there,’ Ukrainian military spokesman Sergiy Cherevaty told local media.
‘For many months, the military of the Russian Federation… has been trying to achieve significant success there,’ he said.
Moscow’s push for Vugledar is part of its effort to seize control of the entire Donetsk region, which it has already declared a part of Russia.
Ukraine said this week that Russian troops had stepped up their attacks in the east, particularly on Vugledar and Bakhmut.
While the Ministry of Defence said that Russia is highly likely to have suffered more than 300 casualties in a strike on troop accommodation at Makiivka near Donetsk City on January 01
In a rare admission, Russia’s defence ministry said 89 soldiers had died in the fiery blast which destroyed the temporary barracks in a former vocational college.
The MoD assessed that the majority of troops were likely killed or missing, rather than wounded.
The MoD tweeted: ‘Russian officials likely assessed that it was not viable to avoid comment in the face of widespread criticism of Russian commanders over the incident.
‘The difference between the number of casualties Russia acknowledged and the likely true total highlights the pervasive presence of disinformation in Russian public announcements.
‘This typically comes about through a combination of deliberate lying authorised by senior leaders, and the communication of inaccurate reports by more junior officials, keen to downplay their failings in Russia’s ‘blame and sack’ culture.’
According to a White House National Security Council assessment, Russia is currently using the cold winter months to regroup, retrain, re-equip, and prepare for next steps in the war.
The United States is helping Ukraine prepare to go on the counteroffensive against Russia, according to White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby.
The European Union’s defence chief said yesterday that Russia is now engaged in ‘a war against Nato and the West’ as Canada became the 12th country to commit tanks to Ukraine.
Stefano Sannino, the secretary general of the EU’s external action service, suggested Vladimir Putin had moved beyond his initial ‘special military operation’ and was ‘moving the war into a different stage’.
Mr Sannino was speaking as Canada became the latest country to pledge tanks and Poland said it would give an additional 60 to the 14 it has already committed to the war effort.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said ahead of an EU-Ukraine summit next week that Ukraine had unconditional support from the bloc and that the country needed to prevail against Russian attacks to defend European values.
‘We stand by Ukraine’s side without any ifs and buts,’ von der Leyen said in a speech on Saturday at an event of her party, the Christian Democrat CDU, in Duesseldorf, Germany.
Ukraine ‘is fighting for our shared values, it is fighting for the respect of international law and for the principles of democracy and that is why Ukraine has to win this war’, she said.
Spain and Norway are expected to announce how many Leopard 2s they will send to Ukraine in the coming days.
Belgium announced a new package of military aid, promising cash, missiles, machineguns and armoured vehicles, but had to admit it has no main battle tanks to match the offers from its Nato allies.
Ukraine is also seeking Western fourth-generation fighter jets such as the US F-16, although this remains an unlikely prospect.
Mr Sannino said Ukraine’s allies had been forced to increase and upgrade their military support to Kyiv in response to Moscow shifting the focus of the war to the West.
Addressing reporters in Tokyo, he said: ‘I think that this latest development in terms of armed supply is just an evolution of the situation and of the way Russia has started moving the war into a different stage.’
He added that Russia was making ‘indiscriminate attacks’ on civilians and cities. The country was desperate to gain momentum on the battlefields of eastern Ukraine before the Western tank squadrons arrive.
In the past 48 hours, Moscow’s forces have been attempting to break through Ukraine’s frontlines in the Donbas region. From Thursday night into yesterday morning Russia also subjected Ukrainian cities to more bomb attacks.
Some 47 of the 59 missiles were intercepted but 11 people are understood to have been killed in explosions caused by the Russian ordnance which penetrated Ukraine’s air defence systems. Russia also launched 37 air strikes.
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