While Biden meets Scholz, the US disregards Russia’s warning on armaments
WASHINGTON: As President Joe Biden hosted German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in a show of unity against Moscow, the United States offered an additional $400 million in security assistance in response to a Russian warning against arming Ukraine.
In the meantime, the head of Russia’s Wagner mercenary group stated that Moscow’s forces had “practically encircled” Bakhmut, a city in eastern Ukraine that has seen the most intense fighting during the invasion.
The Kremlin has stated that Western military aid to Ukraine will only “prolong the conflict and have sad consequences for the Ukrainian people.” However, Kyiv’s ability to withstand Moscow’s military assault and even regain ground has been crucial.
Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for the Kremlin, stated that arms deliveries “place a significant burden on the economies of these countries and negatively affect the well-being of citizens of these countries, including Germany.”
That warning was ignored by Washington, who announced a new security package for Kiev that included ammunition for the HIMARS precision rocket system, which Ukrainian forces have used to devastating effect against Russian troops and supply dumps.
Biden hosted Scholz at the White House for his first trip to Washington since Russia’s invasion, demonstrating partnership after disagreements over tank supplies to Ukraine.
Told the media in a brief interview that when they last met, “Russia was amassing its troops” on the border. He also said that the West had promised to respond, and “together we made good on that promise.”
“We will continue to (support it) as long as it takes and as long as it necessary,” Scholz responded, emphasizing the significance of conveying this message to Ukraine.
That the bilateral relationship was “in a very good shape.” Despite the absence of a joint press conference, the two leaders attempted to dispel the impression that there were still issues.
Merrick Garland, the US Attorney General, paid a surprise visit to Ukraine on Friday to attend a conference on war crimes and justice as a further gesture of support for the nation.
An official from the Justice Department stated, “The attorney general held several meetings and reaffirmed our determination to hold Russia accountable for crimes committed in its unjust and unprovoked invasion against its sovereign neighbor.”
Battle for Bakhmut
In a video posted on Telegram on Friday, Battle for Bakhmut Wagner chief Yevgeny Prigozhin stated that the group’s units “have practically surrounded Bakhmut, only one road remains” to be captured.
The 61-year-old has routinely posted about the advances of Wagner, his once-shadowy power that has become the overwhelming focus in the battle in eastern Ukraine.
In recent weeks, he has stated that his troops have taken control of three villages north of Bakhmut: Yagidne, Berkhivka, and Paraskoviivka.
Ukraine has stated
that it will protect “fortress Bakhmut” for as long as possible; however, officials have stated that the situation is challenging this week.
Still up in the air to hold onto Bakhmut — a now-obliterated city once referred to for its shimmering wine — as a component of its more extensive point of catching the whole Donetsk locale.
The brutal artillery and trench warfare that Ukrainian troops have endured for months has flattened large portions of the city, and President Volodymyr Zelensky stated this week that the fighting is “only increasing.”
His remarks came in response to Oleksandr Syrskyi, the commander of Ukraine’s ground forces, who stated that the city was “extremely tense.”
Measures at the border
Both Russian and Ukrainian forces have reported a lot of casualties in the fight for control of Bakhmut, which is more symbolic than it is military.
Political rivalries between Prigozhin and Russia’s regular army have also been exposed by the battle.
He urged the defense ministry to share ammunition with his fighters and made an unprecedented call to Russians to join his side last week.
This week that a group of Ukrainian combatants had entered the southern Bryansk region, despite the fact that the area where the fighting is most intense is in the east of Ukraine.
The allegations were deemed a “deliberate provocation” by Kyiv.
Ukrainian rescue services reported that seven people have died as a result of a Russian strike that earlier this week struck an apartment building in the southern city of Zaporizhzhia.
Although the alleged incursion was a rare instance of fighting within Russia, Moscow claims that Ukrainian forces routinely shell its border regions.
On Friday, the Kremlin stated that it would take measures to stop two cross-border incursions that resulted in deaths.
Peskov, a spokesperson for the Kremlin, stated, “Measures will be taken to prevent similar events in the future.”