Tuesday, November 29, 2022

WWIII, should it break out, will be ‘nuclear and devastating’: Russia

Russia intensifies bombardment of Ukrainian cities

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Wednesday warned that a third World War, should it break out, will be “nuclear and devastating”, amid spiralling tensions with the West over Moscow’s ongoing massive military operation against Ukraine.
“A third World War would be a devastating nuclear war,” Russia’s longtime top diplomat said in an interview to the Al Jazeera television channel, according to state-owned TASS news agency. Also, Lavrov stressed US President Joe Biden’s remark that a third World War would be an alternative to Washington’s tough sanctions against Moscow.
Lavrov said Russia was ready for sanctions that were imposed against it but was surprised that the penalties affected athletes and journalists.“…Did not expect that they would affect athletes, intellectuals, actors and journalists,” he said, referring to the ban and sanctions by Western countries.
Lavrov said the special operation against Ukraine was launched with the aim preventing Kyiv from obtaining nuclear weapons.
Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky said that Kiev might revise its obligations under the Budapest Memorandum, by which Ukraine had agreed to give away nuclear weapons in exchange for security guarantees.
Russia renewed its assault on Wednesday on Ukraine’s second-largest city in a pounding that lit up the skyline with balls of fire over populated areas, even as both sides said they were ready to resume talks aimed at stopping the new devastating war in Europe.
It was also not clear when second round of talks might take place– or what they would yield.
Lavrov said that Russia is ready for the second round of talks, but the Ukrainian side is delaying the process under command from the Americans. The Kremlin said that Russian delegation was “ready to continue talks” with Ukrainian negotiators on Wednesday evening.
The bombardment continued Wednesday. A blast blew the roof off of the five-story police building and set the top floor alight, according to videos and photos released by the service. Ukrainian UNIAN news agency quoted the health administration chief of the northern city of Chernihiv as saying two cruise missiles hit a hospital there.
Roughly 874,000 people have fled Ukraine and the U.N. refugee agency warned the number could cross the 1 million mark soon. Countless others have taken shelter underground.
Russian Ministry of Defence spokesperson Igor Konashenkov said on Wednesday that 498 Russian military personnel have been killed since the invasion of Ukraine and 1,597 have been wounded, reports the Guardian. On the other hand, Ukrainian emergency service said 2,000 civilians have been killed so far.
The U.N.’s nuclear watchdog Wednesday warned Russia’s onslaught of Ukraine is raising the risk of nuclear accidents, calling for restraint from all actions that could jeopardize the safe operations of Ukraine’s nuclear facilities.

Kremlin plans to declare ex-Prez Yanukovych as new head of Ukraine

Viktor Yanukovych

IANS: Fugitive former Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych is currently in Minsk, and the Kremlin is currently preparing him for a special operation, according to Ukrainian intelligence.
Reports state that Russian President Vladimir Putin is preparing to announce Yanukovych as the new President of Ukraine, a post held by Volodymyr Zelenskyy presently.
The information obtained indicated that the Kremlin may be preparing an informational operation or action to return former President Yanukovych to Ukraine or to publish an appeal on his behalf to the Ukrainian people in the near future, the report added.
There are reports emerging that the Russian forces have been shelling Mariupol with various weapons continuously for 12 hours.
Vadym Boichenko, Mayor of Mariupol, on the unified TV and radio broadcast of the Ukrainian media said, “We have been flattened non-stop for 12 hours. The racist-fascist troops are razing my hometown to the ground.”
According to Boichenko, there has been total destruction of residential infrastructure.
There are dead and wounded, but they cannot be taken from the streets, houses and apartments due to the ongoing shelling, Ukrainska Pravda reported.
At the same time, the mayor thanked the Armed Forces, the National Guard and all defenders of the city who are holding their ground.

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