While the Russian army is struggling with outdated equipment and a lack of material, the next round of mobilization is looming in Russia. This is reported by the think tank “Institute for the Study of War” and refers to Russian media. According to the ISW, some Russian media are already reporting on a second wave of mobilization. Russian news sites would report official actions that “point to a likely second wave of mobilization for which the Russian military system is grossly unprepared.”
It is a well-known problem that the Russian armed forces repeatedly have to struggle with equipment bottlenecks and the supply of the troops. A Russian military blogger, meanwhile, claims that the Russian army should use obsolete, substandard WWII military equipment and artillery to address Russian army supplies.
Russia has postponed the much-anticipated exchange with the US on arms control items. The meeting “will not take place on the specified dates,” the Russian Foreign Ministry told the TASS agency. Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova complained of “hostility” in the US and accused Washington of waging a “hybrid war” against Russia. The talks were supposed to take place in Cairo by December 6th. Options for a nuclear disarmament treaty and inspections within the framework of the New Start treaty should be discussed.
Foreign Minister Baerbock was shocked by the Russian strategy on the fringes of a meeting of NATO ministers. “I could never have imagined that this brutal break in civilization would be led in this way in recent years,” said the minister. “If infrastructure is bombed in a targeted manner, then you wantonly accept that children, the elderly, families will freeze to death, that they will die of thirst, that they will starve.” Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin uses “cold as a weapon of war”.
The term “rupture of civilization” is often used to describe the Holocaust, the term used almost worldwide for the genocide of Europe’s Jewish population by the Nazis, which killed around six million people.
According to the Ukrainian General Staff, the Russian military shelled numerous civilian infrastructure objects in Ukraine on Tuesday. A total of 26 airstrikes and one rocket attack were registered. “And there is still a risk that the enemy will launch missile attacks on critical infrastructure facilities deep in the rear.” The General Staff once again criticized the fact that neighboring Belarus continued to support Russia’s war of aggression and continued to make its territory and airspace available for missile and air attacks Job.
“The situation at the front is difficult,” Zelenskyj said in the evening. “Despite extremely large Russian losses, the occupiers are still trying to advance into the Donetsk region, gain a foothold in the Luhansk region, advance into the Kharkiv region, they are planning something in the south.” “This year Russia will lose hundreds of thousands of soldiers killed and God knows how many mercenaries,” prophesied the president. As the American Institute for War Studies (ISW) reports, the Russian armed forces have made small gains in territory near the embattled town of Bakhmut. According to geolocated film material, the large gains in territory reported by the Russian side are “unlikely”, according to the analysts.
In Russia’s Kursk Oblast, which borders Ukraine, several unspecified attacks led to temporary power outages. A total of eleven attacks were registered, which hit several power supply systems, Governor Roman Stawrowojt said on Telegram. There were initially no reports of possible victims.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has reiterated his call for a special tribunal over Russia’s war of aggression against his country. Ukraine is already working with many countries and organizations such as the International Criminal Court “so that every Russian murderer receives the punishment he deserves,” he said in his daily video address on Tuesday evening. “But unfortunately the available international legal instruments for justice are not sufficient.”
“Even before the International Criminal Court it is still impossible to try the highest political and military leadership of Russia for the crime of aggression against our state – for the main crime,” Zelenskyy said. Therefore, in addition to the International Criminal Court, a special tribunal is needed. “And we are doing everything we can to create such a tribunal.” The Ukrainian head of state had already campaigned for a special tribunal before the UN General Assembly in September.
In cooperation with Western partners, the necessary legal architecture must be developed so that the tribunal can function, so that justice can really be ensured after the Second World War, Zelenskyj demanded.
Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) has renewed the offer to station German Patriot anti-aircraft systems in Poland. “Our offer to the Polish government to protect our own country is still not off the table,” Scholz said in Berlin on Tuesday. Ukraine promised Scholz further support of a different kind to ward off air attacks. “We’ve just launched new delivery options for Gepard,” he said, without giving details. Germany has already made 30 Gepard anti-aircraft vehicles available to Ukraine.
After a missile hit Polish territory in mid-November, the German government offered the NATO partner Patriot anti-aircraft batteries to secure its airspace. However, Warsaw believes it makes more sense to station it on Ukrainian soil. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said Tuesday on the sidelines of a NATO foreign ministers’ meeting in Bucharest: “Patriots and transformers are what Ukraine needs most.”
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