“Putin will not get to Moldova”

“There is no chance to save them because we are having heavy fighting in Donetsk, Luhansk and Kharkov.” That is the answer given by a Ukrainian colonel who is in a place in eastern Ukraine – which he has not wanted to reveal – when he is asked about the situation in the city of Mariupol, a key port on the Sea of ​​Azov. The colonel, who has asked that his identity not be revealed, has agreed to speak with La Información to describe the current fronts of the war, the atmosphere between the different battalions and Putin’s strategic plans. The war has already lasted two months. During that time, the Russians have regressed in their positions, until they are located far to the east of the country. But when it seemed that the Ukrainian troops were cornering the Russians, a new factor has appeared in the war: Transnistriathe separatist territory of Moldova (in the southwest of the country), where Putin now focuses his sights.

The war today is concentrated in the Donetsk-Lugansk-Kharkov-Kherson axis. Right now there is the Ukrainian line of defense and the objective to be beaten by Putin’s army. As in any front, the Russians attack with all kinds of artillery -especially aerial-, while the Ukrainians fall back in the trenches. “Our defense is secure. In some directions we are making counterattacks to liberate certain small towns.” that improve our tactical position“, points out the colonel. In recent days -again- the city of Kherson (in the south of the country) has been bombed again. A plan that points to the new Russian military maneuver of advancing along the southern flank until taking Mykolaiv, a place a few hundred kilometers from the great Ukrainian port on the Black Sea: Odessa.

“Putin has a lot of war material. That means that no one knows how long the war will last. Only Putin has that answer. His plan is to control all of the east and south of our territory until reaching Transnistria. It is a dream for him. He has been with this idea eight years (2014). But it cannot get it with the troops you have now and with the losses we have caused him. Now we have entered a hot phase of the war,” says the colonel, who throughout the conversation has remained on a cot.

“I can assure you that 99% of the people are sure that we are going to win”

His deep voice makes it impossible to recognize if there is fear behind that human face, which keeps his gaze fixed on the lens of his mobile under the dim light of his room. “There is optimism among us because It is our land and no one is going to defend it.. We know that there are many people who want to help us by giving us rifles, for example, but the reality is that it is only us. But here I can assure you that 99% of the people are sure that we are going to win.”

The reopening of embassies and the visit to kyiv of European leaders -such as Boris Johnson or Pedro Sánchez- gives hope to the soldiers. Although that does not blind them to what they are still living. “For us, the Russians are only good when they are dead.” A phrase that describes the accumulation of emotions that thousands of soldiers and civilians have been suffering in the last two months after the Russian invasion. This perception that already existed in some parts of the country towards Russia, seems to have increased. “I carry a kalashnikov, but we need a complete defense system (that acted against tanks, ships and planes). Apart from our will and our patriotism, we need weapons“.

Regarding the latter, some controversy has been generated in Spain because the government’s coalition partner criticizes that instead of betting on dialogue, weapons have been sent. “It is their right to say what they want, but if I see any of those Spanish politicians I would invite Bucha or Irpín to see the result of the visit of the Russian troops. When you have weapons and do the terrible things they have done to women and children, you cannot consider yourself a soldier representing your country, what you are is a bandit. If they want dialogue, first they have to pay attention to what their troops and interlocutors have done.”

Mariupol, the last bastion of the Sea of ​​Azov

This city has become the symbol of what the Ukrainians have shown so far in the war, their eternal resistance. A city besieged by Russian aviation and artillery, which is already 90% controlled by Russia. However, there is a metallurgical plant – called Azovstal – that has not yet concluded the battle. “Parts of the Azov unit, the marine infantry and other brigades are there. The situation is very serious. There are also civilians inside and there is no food, no water and less and less ammunition. In addition, there are many patients who need medical intervention. Our troops are demanding a humanitarian corridor to get civilians and other wounded out.”

This little piece of toast is what Mariupol soldiers eat all day.

Putin’s plan, according to the colonel, is to blockade the plant without any kind of military intervention and wait for everyone inside to starve to death. The reason is, as he explains, because “they have lost a significant number of military since our troops are very well prepared. We estimate that they can last for days. There’s no chance of saving them.” He doesn’t think now is the time to talk about politics. “Right now the important thing is war. There is no right, left or center in Ukraine. There are only Ukrainians. Zelensky is in an unprecedented situation and no one can say whether he is doing the right thing or the wrong thing. Right now he is doing what needs to be done, being in his position running the country.”

Source: LA INFORMACIÓN – Lo último by www.lainformacion.com.

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