The new year in Ukraine It began with Russian bombings and attacks throughout the country, a product of the war that is almost two years old. However, the government of Volodymyr Zelensky He has already announced that in 2024 he will focus his war strategy on three fundamental axes, with which he will seek to take advantage of Moscow and put an end to the conflicts.
The Kiev Army, which managed to recover part of the occupied territories during the summer counteroffensive, will now seek to weaken the enemy with other strategies since it will not be possible to advance as it had been doing, due to the adverse weather conditions, typical of the harsh winter. . That is why, as the president commented to The Economistpart of the efforts will be destined to isolate Russian troopsmainly to those who are in Crimea“cutting” the roads that connect the peninsula with Russia.
Thus, the Kerch bridge It will be “a military objective” for kyiv, which will not cease its attempts to destroy this infrastructure. “Russia must know that, for us, it is a military objective,” he warned about this step inaugurated in 2018, which was already damaged in the past by Ukrainian offensives but Russia always managed to restore.
At the same time, will keep the pressure on the eastern and southern regions of the country, such as Kharkiv, Dnipro, Zaporizhzhia, Kherson and Mykolaiv, to try to “save” them.
On the other hand, Ukraine will continue with the attacks on the Russian border territories, such as that of the last hours on Belgorodwhich left at least one dead, five injured and about 60 homes damaged, reported the local mayor, Valentín Demídov.
The Russian Defense Ministry also confirmed the offensive and added two other attempts by kyiv in the region, although it noted that its systems had managed to neutralize some 17 missiles. On Saturday, Ukraine had ordered more maneuvers there, which left another 25 dead and more than a hundred injured, a fact that President Vladimir Putin promised to respond to.
The Kremlin’s warning did not take long to come true and this Tuesday Ukraine registered intense bombing over different regions of the country, which claimed the lives of four people and injured more than 90. According to the commander of the Ukrainian Air Force, Mikola Oleschuk, It was an episode very similar in magnitude to that of December 29which was considered the largest since the start of the war.
“So far, 92 people are known to have been injured. Everyone is getting help. Unfortunately, four people died, my deepest condolences to their families and friends,” Zelensky wrote in a message on Telegram in which he specified that the enemy had directed “almost a hundred missiles of various types” against his territory.
However, the president celebrated that, thanks to the Patriot, Iris and Nasams systems, supplied by Western partners, almost 70 of those 100 rockets were shot down. They have already saved “hundreds of lives,” he added in his message and stressed that during 2024 he will continue working together with the international community to “further strengthen” his air shield and his attack capacity.
In this way, the President has already announced that he will not lower his arms and will continue to insist on the partners with arms shipments, at a time when the wear and tear of the long months of war begins to call into question the continuity of assistance.
As part of these efforts, Zelensky held a conversation with the Canadian Prime Minister in recent hours, Justin Trudeau, with whom he discussed ways to “strengthen the defense” of his country. “I thank Justin for his willingness to help strengthen the defense of the Ukrainian sky, in particular by supplying additional Nasams,” he commented after the call.
Also, Foreign Minister Dimitri Kuleba urged the international community to respond decisively to the latest Russian “terrorist” attacks and to take measures in this regard, such as accelerating the supply of anti-aircraft systems, combat drones, missiles. long-range and enabling the use of frozen Russian assets to cover its expenses.
(With information from EFE)