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Putin threatens that the conflict will get worse if the United States sends air defense systems

Also on Tuesday, Russia directed robotic attacks against cities in western and central Ukraine. I’m Lviv Two power plants were hit, causing widespread power outages. The Ukrainian Defense Forces claim to have been able to shoot down 20 out of 28 robots and 13 unmanned vehicles.

bot attacks on monday He met, among other things, the visa office of the German Embassy in Kyiv and the building where an EU advisory office is located. In total, at least 19 people were killed and more than 100 were injured.

In a conversation between Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and US President Joe Biden, Biden pledged that the United States would send modern air defense systems to Ukraine. Germany will do this, too. Something that made President Putin respond:

The important thing for us is that we must achieve our long-term goals in the most effective way, and that is what is happening now. Now we are told that they will send air defense systems. It will not change Russia’s goals, but it will prolong the conflict and make it more painful for Ukraine. for the president Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Tuesday.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said at a press conference on Tuesday that NATO will conduct its annual nuclear exercises despite what can be interpreted as a provocation by Russia:

– Now is the time to show firmness. The exercise was planned even before Russia’s attack on Ukraine. Stoltenberg said that canceling a routine exercise would send a completely wrong signal.

Jens Stoltenberg also commented that Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said that Belarus would cooperate with Russian soldiers on the borders with Poland and Ukraine:

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President Lukashenko must end his participation in the conflict.

NATO has doubled its military presence in Eastern Europe, and according to the head of NATO, the number can be increased more quickly. In addition, NATO countries now have 30 warships in the North and Baltic Seas, as well as aircraft and submarines. Also doubling compared to the previous one.