Pope Francis congratulates the wives of the Ukrainian army guarding Mariupol Steel missions.
Pope Francis today greeted the wives of two Ukrainian soldiers guarding a steel plant in Mariupol, a symbol of protest against the Russian invasion.
The Pope briefly greeted Katrina Brokopenko, the wife of Denise Prokopenko, commander of the plant’s defense force; And Yulia Fedisuk, wife of Arseni Fedisuk, a member of the Azov Battalion of the Ukrainian Army in Mariupol.
Prokopenko and Fedesuk were specially invited to see the audience in the front row and to make a brief exchange with the Pope with a note from the Vatican State Secretariat last week.
Along with them, wives of the Ukrainian military and film director Pedro Versilov also greeted the Pope.
Follow the Russian attack on Donbass
The Russian offensive continues to focus on the pro-Russian Ukrainian region of Donbass (east), the neighboring Kersen region and the south of the country, particularly Mariupol, Ukrainian Armed Forces civil servants said on Wednesday.
Russian invading forces are conducting offensive operations in the Eastern Operational Zone, establishing complete control over the Donetsk and Lukansk regions and the Kerson region, and maintaining the land corridor between these territories and Crimea.
Ukraine suspends a portion of gas transported from Russia to Europe
The company that operates the Ukrainian gas pipeline network today announced that it has stopped transporting one-third of Russia’s gas purchases to Europe due to the actions of invading Russian forces.
This is the first time that the supply of essential gas from Russia to Europe has been affected by the war that began in Ukraine last February following the Russian military invasion.
The move could force Russia to divert through Ukraine-controlled territory, thereby delivering it to its customers in Europe.
“The actions of the occupiers led to the disruption of gas traffic through the Sojranivka Link Point,” Gtsou said in a statement.
He said the Novopskov summit in the eastern province of Lukansk in Russian-occupied territory and on the Russian border, “Force Mazur Gas” could not continue to carry gas through that area.
Ukrainian counter-attack on Kharkov
A recent report by the U.S. Institute of War Research says that Ukrainian counter-insurgency forces are pushing north of the city of Kharkiv towards the Russian-Ukrainian border.
Ukrainian forces advanced north, liberating several cities north of the city.
Lavrov assured that Russia was trying to thwart Western efforts to create a unified world in Ukraine.
During his visit to Oman today, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Russia hopes that its military struggle in Ukraine will put an end to US efforts to promote a one-world world of domination.
“We hope that Russia’s move to achieve all the planned objectives will lead the West (…) to promote a single polar world dominated by the United States and its allies,” he told a news conference. Omani, Badr al-Fusaidi.
In addition, he expressed hope that the West would stop “undermining international law and ignoring and violating UN law.”
America expects a long and unpredictable war
According to US Director of National Intelligence Avril Haynes, the war in Ukraine could enter unpredictable, turbulent and bloody stages in the coming months, and could extend beyond what now appears to be Russia’s intention of controlling only the Donbass in eastern Ukraine.
Appearing before the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, Haynes said, “The uncertainty of the war is compounded by the fact that Putin is facing a mismatch between his ambitions and Russia’s current conventional military capabilities, which could turn into a war. And increase. “
According to the US media, Haynes estimates that President Putin is preparing for a protracted conflict in Ukraine, during which time he wants to achieve even greater goals.
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