Russian President Vladimir Putin called the sanctions imposed by Western countries on Russia over its attack on Ukraine “crazy and reckless.” Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visited the city of Mykolaiv in southern Ukraine.
Putin also said at the International Economic Forum in St. Petersburg for sanctions “more harmful” for those who introduced them, and he also marked them for “economic blitzkrieg v. Russia”who never had a chance of success. Blitzkrieg was an offensive military tactic of Nazi Germany in World War II.
The Russian president also claimed that the EU could lose more than 380 million euros due to its sanctions against Russia. He mentioned rising inflation in the Union and said that the real interests of Europe’s people were being sidelined, but did not elaborate.
But as reported by the BBC, Russian senior officials have also warned that the Russian economy is suffering severe damage from sanctions. Central Bank Governor Elvira Nabiulina said on Thursday that 15 per cent of gross domestic product was threatened by the foreign response to the war in Ukraine.
Nabiulina is pessimistic about the possibility of a rapid recovery of the Russian economy. As she said, she is “It is clear to everyone that it will not be as it was”.
On Friday, the management of Russia’s largest bank Sberbank warned that the return of the Russian economy to the 2021 level would take more than a decade.
Antonov: Stop cultivating the illusion of Russia’s defeat
Russian Ambassador to Washington Anatoly Antonov he, meanwhile, called on countries to stop sending weapons to Ukraine, as this would only provoke friction between the US and Russia. He called on the states, “let them stop cultivating illusions about Russia’s defeat“.
“The short-sightedness of Americans is obvious in the current circumstances (…) It is clear enough that this is the path to a military conflict between the two largest nuclear powers in the world, which would have unpredictable consequences.“Antonov wrote for Newsweek.
Russia still has military supremacy
Just a few days ago, he was the U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin in Brussels, a meeting of NATO defense ministers called on European allies in NATO to speed up the sending of weapons to Ukraine to defend against Russian aggression. The United Kingdom has announced that it will soon supply missile launch systems to Ukraine, and Ukrainian forces in the east of the country are already shelling Russian positions with French-made howitzers.
Nevertheless, Kiev emphasizes that Russia still has a great advantage in armaments on the battlefield, so they are asking for faster help. Secretary General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg admitted that it will be some time before heavy weapons are installed and Ukrainian forces trained to use them.
“As for Ukraine itself, the development of events related to this country is a litmus test that will show the readiness of Western countries to take into account Russia’s concerns. Further progress towards stabilizing European security will thus depend on resolving the crisis in Ukraine“Antonov added. He added that Russia is ready to discuss security guarantees.”Of course, at the end of a special war operation, their content will have to be adapted to reality.“
Russian forces are expected to encircle Severodonetsk soon
Meanwhile, clashes continue in Ukraine in the east of the country. In Lisichansk, Russian forces destroyed the main road from the city, which connects residents with Bakhmut. Regional Governor of Lugansk Sergey Gaidai stated that Lisichansk is still under the control of Ukrainian forces.
British intelligence, meanwhile, has released a report that Russian forces aim to encircle Severodonetsk and penetrate deep into the Donetsk Basin, which is expected to happen within the next 48 hours.
77 miners trapped in mine due to power outage
From the coal mine in Donetsk in eastern Ukraine reported an accident in which due to power outages in the mine Zasyadko caught 77 miners. Russia’s state news agency blamed Ukrainian forces for the incident.
“As a result of attacks (by Ukrainian forces), the Zasyadko mine in Donetsk was left without electricity,” reported by the RIA, citing the territorial defense of the separatist region, which is supported by Russia.
The Ukrainian authorities have not yet responded to the allegations, and the BBC has not been able to independently verify the information.
Zelenski visited Mykolaiv
Ukrainian President Zelensky, meanwhile, visited the city of Mykolaiv in southern Ukraine, which lies on the front line, and presented medals to the governor of the region and the mayor of the city, according to a video posted on the Telegram channel. In the description, he wrote that he discussed in the city about “the state of the economy, the restoration of water supply and the agricultural situation”.
“We have paid special attention to threats from land and sea. We are not stopping our efforts to win,” he said. he wrote in the description of the recording. The video also shows that he is the governor of the region Vitaly Kim He showed Zelensky damage to an apartment building in which a Russian missile explosion made a big hole.
Zelensky visited the city only a day after the Russian attack, in which two people were killed and 20 wounded. This is one of the rare visits of the Ukrainian president outside Kiev, and the first such visit was made in late May in the eastern city of Kharkov.
The clashes are taking place along the provincial borders of Mykolaiv and Kherson, but the front line has largely stabilized. Mykolaiv has been the target of Russian attacks since the beginning of the Russian invasion on February 24, as it represents the defense center of southern Ukraine and lies on the way to the strategically important Black Sea port of Odessa, writes the French news agency AFP.