The Czech Army warned that the West should prepare for a “bad scenario” if the Ukrainian counteroffensive is unsuccessful.

This image taken from video and provided by the Press Service of the Russian Defense Ministry on Thursday, May 25, 2023 shows a Russian soldier firing a Fagot anti-tank system missile at a Ukrainian position at an undisclosed location. Press Office of the Russian Ministry of Defense via AP) (Uncredited/)

The Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Czech Republic, General Karel Rzehkahas warned the international community of the possibility of having to deal with the “bad scenario” of a long war if Ukraine if kyiv’s recently started counteroffensive is unsuccessful.

“The outcome of the war depends not only on tanks and armored vehicles. There are too many unknowns here”, said Rzehka, who added that “now no one” can predict how the vaunted Ukrainian offensive will end.

“Personally, I think we need to prepare for a bad scenario. A long war”, said the head of the Czech Republic Armed Forces in an interview for the German tabloid Bild, where he has highlighted the more than 250 vehicles, including tanks, armored vehicles, infantry and helicoptershanded over to Ukraine since the start of the invasion fifteen months ago now.

“The Russians believe that time is on their side. We must prove that they are wrong”, Rechka has remarked, who, however, has exposed the need for the Western ruling classes to prepare their societies for the fact that this war could drag on for years.

Russia shelled the Ukrainian city of Dnipro with missiles that hit a clinic and accused Ukraine of having carried out a dozen attacks in Russia’s Belgorod region, near the border between the two countries.

According to the Ukrainian authorities, at least 2 people died and about 30 were injured in the shelling of Dnipro, located 125 km from the front line.

In Moscow, the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, received the Chinese emissary Li Hui to discuss possible solutions to the conflict, although he stated that he sees “serious obstacles” to peace created by Ukraine and the Western powers.

In Belgorod, the governor accused the Ukrainian military of having carried out dozens of artillery shots in the last 24 hours, which caused material damage, without victims.

In Dnipro, the head of the military administration, Serguii Lysak, I affirm that Russia launched missiles at a residential areain which there is a medical clinic and a veterinary clinic.

In this photo released by the Ukrainian State Emergency Service, firefighters pour water on a polyclinic after a Russian attack on the city of Dnipro, Ukraine, Friday, May 26, 2023. (Ukrainian State Emergency Service via AP)
In this photo released by the State Emergency Service of Ukraine, firefighters pour water on a polyclinic after a Russian attack on the city of Dnipro, Ukraine, Friday, May 26, 2023. (State Emergency Service of Ukraine via AP) (State Emergency Service of Ukraine/)

According to Ukrainian sources, at least two people died and some 30 were injured in the bombing of that city, which before the Russian invasion in February 2022 was an industrial center of about a million inhabitants.

Ukrainian President, Volodimir Zelenskyposted a video showing badly damaged buildings, from which columns of smoke are coming out.

Zelensky claimed that by attacking civilian medical facilities, “Russian terrorists once again confirm their status as combatants against everything humane and honest”.

The Russian Defense Ministry confirmed carrying out nighttime bombing raids in Ukraine, but said it had targeted “munitions storage places.”

Ukraine said this week it had repelled a large-scale Russian bombardment of Dnipro, in which 16 missiles and 20 drones.

(With information from Europa Press and AFP)

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