Russia condemns Western arms sales to Ukraine
In a phone call yesterday with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Russian President Vladimir Putin denounced Kiev’s “destructive” policies and the increase in western arms supplies to Ukraine, the Kremlin said.
The Kremlin said: “Vladimir Putin pointed out the destructive line of the Kiev regime, which is counting on the intensification of hostilities with Western support, which will improve the supply of arms and military equipment to Ukraine.
On the other hand, the two leaders raised the issue of prisoner exchanges, “primarily the wounded,” between Moscow and Kyiv.
For his part, Erdogan stressed that Turkey is “ready to act as a mediator for a lasting peace between Russia and Ukraine.”
In this regard, the Russian and Belarusian Air Forces began joint maneuvers yesterday amid fears in Ukraine of possible new Russian attacks from Belarus. The Ministry of Defense in Minsk said that the air bases, military training areas and air defense of Belarus will take part in the maneuvers, adding that the aim of the joint exercises is to improve combat coordination.
In this regard, the Kremlin yesterday promised to “burn” the tanks that Western capitals, especially London and Warsaw, want to supply to Ukraine, and warned the West that supplying Ukraine with more advanced weapons will not change the situation on the ground , while a defense sources said Russia produced the first nuclear warheads. To deliver the super torpedo “Poseidon” for use in the Belgorod nuclear submarine. Britain promised to send 14 Challenger 2 heavy tanks to Ukraine in the coming weeks. ‘ and British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak confirmed that this shipment ‘reflects the UK’s intention to step up its support for Ukraine.
Yesterday, Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: “The special military operation continues. These tanks burn and will burn.”
He added that the plans of some Western countries, such as Britain and Poland, to send tanks to Ukraine “will not change the situation on the ground, but will only prolong this story”.
Since the beginning of the crisis, the Europeans have delivered almost 300 modernized Soviet tanks to Kyiv, but they have yet to deliver any Western-made heavy tanks, despite repeated requests from Ukraine.
Referring to Russia’s military hardware, the Tass news agency said yesterday, citing an unidentified defense source, that Russia has manufactured the first batch of giant “Poseidon” torpedoes capable of carrying nuclear warheads being developed for use in the Belgorod nuclear submarine will.
“The first batch of Poseidon torpedoes has been manufactured and will be received by the Belgorod submarine in the near future,” TASS quoted the source as saying.
President Vladimir Putin first announced the so-called Poseidon torpedo in 2018, saying it is an entirely new type of strategic nuclear weapon with its own nuclear power source.
Putin continued: “His voice is very low, his maneuverability is high, and the enemy practically cannot destroy him. No weapon in the world can oppose him today.”
A report prepared by the US Congressional Research Service last April stated that the “Poseidon” torpedoes were intended as retaliatory weapons intended to respond to an enemy following a nuclear attack on Russia, adding that the submarine “Belgorod” will be able to carry 8 torpedoes while its cargo experts will be reduced to 6 torpedoes.
In addition, the death toll from the Russian strike that demolished a building in Dnipro in eastern Ukraine on Saturday rose to as many as 35 people, including two children, in addition to dozens of wounded, according to the region’s governor Valentin Reznichenko. announced yesterday while the Kremlin denied that Russian forces had attacked residential buildings in Dnipro and stressed that Moscow was only bombing military targets.
The governor of the Dnepropetrovsk region said “39 people were rescued, 75 were injured, and the fate of 35 residents of the building is still unknown” while rescue operations continue.
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