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Putin 'Ready to Do Everything' to Avoid Defeat in Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he is “ready to do anything” to avoid defeat in his war against Ukraine, including targeting civilians, as Moscow unleashes a new wave of attacks in many parts of the country.

A day after at least four people were killed in targeted attacks in Kiev on Monday morning, Russia carried out massive air strikes on residential areas and energy infrastructure in many parts of Ukraine, including the capital Kharkiv, Dnipro, Kryvyi Rih, Mykolaiv, Zaporizhzhia and Zhytomyr. .

On Tuesday morning, a weather alert was issued across Ukraine.

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at a press conference at the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) Summit in Astana, Kazakhstan, on October 14, 2022. The leaders of most of the post-Soviet states arrived in Astana for the first Russia – Central Asia Summit and the annual CIS Summit.
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Kyiv mayor Vitali Klitschko said Tuesday morning that a critical infrastructure facility was hit in the city’s Desnyansky district, while Kyrylo Tymoshenko, deputy head of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s office, said three explosions shook an energy supply facility.

In Kharkov, mayor Ihor Terekhov said two strikes hit a neighborhood surrounding an industrial plant.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian defense forces said they shot down eight Iranian-made Shahed-136 “kamikaze” drones on Monday evening.

Ukraine said Russia used so-called “kamikaze drones” in targeted attacks on Monday (October 10th) and October 10th. At least 19 people were killed and more than 100 injured in last week’s attacks.

Krista Viksnins, program assistant for the Transatlantic Defense and Security Program at the European Center for Policy Analysis (CEPA), said: News Week The latest attacks on Ukraine, he said, show Russia’s desperate efforts to stay up to date on this unprovoked war that Putin launched in Ukraine in February.

“It is clear that Russia has lost the war, so they are holding on to straws and are ready to do anything, including targeting Ukrainian civilians.”

Viksnins said that the Russian military is currently attacking civilian infrastructure as well as critical infrastructure such as power supplies, indicating Russia’s recent attempts to become a party to this war.

“His efforts are failing, but it’s only a matter of time before Russia makes concessions,” he said.

“Although it would make sense to withdraw and accept his troops, Putin now “seems to be willing to do anything,” Viksnins said.

“The morale of the Russian military is low and this war has cost them more lives than Putin had anticipated,” he said.

Joel Hickman, deputy director of the Transatlantic Defense and Security program at CEPA, agreed, citing that Putin is now trying to terrorize the civilian population into agreeing to a negotiated peace deal on his terms.

“Russia’s latest use of ‘kamikaze’ drones in Kiev can be seen as a metaphor for Putin’s overall approach to this conflict – reckless and ultimately self-defeating,” he said.

Hickman also suggested that the bombardment of Russian attacks in Ukraine could be a way for Putin to halt Kiev’s counterattack efforts and train reserves prepared as part of the September 21 partial mobilization order.

“Really this is a desperate attempt to buy time to train and equip its newly mobilized soldiers and renew their vulnerable supply lines to Ukraine,” he said. “Therefore, it is important that Ukraine does not give up at this critical stage as we enter a harsh winter conflict for which the Russians are poorly prepared.”

News Week Contacted Russia’s foreign ministry for comment.