[Voice of Hope November 7, 2023](Comprehensive report by our reporter Tang Xin) The Russia-Ukraine war has lasted for more than 20 months. It was previously reported that Putin had a heart attack and died suddenly. New news revealed that the Kremlin secretly held a memorial service for him. However, it was also rumored that Putin would participate in next year’s election. Whether Putin is alive or dead, even the Russians are not sure. Doubtful. The Russian army’s new cruise missile frigate was bombed by the Ukrainian army, and satellite photos and photos of the wreckage were exposed one after another. On the other hand, it was reported that the chief of staff of the Ukrainian Commander-in-Chief was killed by a birthday gift bomb, and at least 19 Ukrainian officers and soldiers were killed in an air strike while receiving honors on the front line. Zelensky announced a change in strategy and denied the commander-in-chief’s “frontline stalemate theory.” Foreign media believe that differences in Ukraine’s leadership have surfaced. The Israel-Kazakhstan war distracted international attention from the Russia-Ukraine war. Zelensky denied being pressured by Europe and the United States to engage in peace negotiations, but his visit to Israel was disrupted by leaks in advance. The G7 Foreign Ministers’ Summit was held in Tokyo, and Japan’s Foreign Minister stated that it would continue to support Ukraine and impose sanctions on Russia. The President of the European Commission visited Kiev again to discuss Ukraine’s timetable for joining the EU.
Participate in the general election or die suddenly from illness?Putin’s life and death are in doubt, new revelations claim that the Kremlin held a secret memorial service
According to Reuters, six sources in Russia revealed on November 6 that Russian President Vladimir Putin has decided to participate in the presidential election in March next year because the Kremlin boss believes that he must lead Russia through decades of The most dangerous period we have ever faced.
The sources spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitive political environment in the Kremlin. They revealed that news about Putin’s intention to run has spread and aides are already planning the campaign; one of them noted that a carefully arranged reminder that Putin intends to run will be released in the next few weeks. This statement confirms a report by the Russian media “Kommersant” last month.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov declined to comment on the incident, but Peskov said in September that if Putin decided to run, no one in Russia could compete with him.
Putin celebrated his 71st birthday on October 7. He took over the Russian presidency from Boris Yeltsin on the last day of the last century and won two consecutive presidential elections. In 2008, in order to circumvent the constitutional limit on re-election, Putin nominated Dmitry Medvedev, First Vice Chairman of the Security Council of the Russian Federation, to take over as president. However, Medvedev only served one term before returning the presidency to Russia. Putin.
Putin’s term has surpassed Leonid Brezhnev, becoming the longest-serving Russian leader after Josef Stalin. Russia has passed a constitutional amendment in 2020 to relax presidential term limits, making Putin may remain president until 2036.
However, other news came out that Putin had died suddenly of a heart attack. According to the British media Daily Star, there have been reports that Putin had multiple stand-ins, was critically ill, and was dead, but these were all denied by the Kremlin. However, according to reports from Kremlin insiders, Putin died suddenly of a heart attack at his villa in Valdai a few days ago, and his body has been stored on ice. Moscow adopted a non-public approach to deal with Putin’s sudden death. In November A secret memorial service was held in the Kremlin on the 6th, attended by former Russian President Medvedev, strongman leader of the Chechen Autonomous Republic Ramzan Kadyrov, and Secretary-General of the Russian National Security Council Nikolai Patrushev ). The report pointed out that Russia is currently ruled by Patrushev, a close confidant of Putin.
Shortly after Putin returned to Beijing to participate in the “One Belt, One Road” summit in October, it was reported that he suffered a cardiac arrest and fell into coma on October 22. He was sent to the hospital for rescue, which triggered heated discussions. Afterwards, the Kremlin came forward to refute this rumor on the 24th, claiming that Putin Currently very healthy. However, shocking news later emerged that Putin was still declared dead after five days of treatment and passed away at his villa in Valdai, and the doctor had not yet left the residence.
In fact, this is not the first time news of Putin’s death has spread. In recent years, Putin’s health has been exposed, and there have been reports of his own death. There are even rumors that Putin has passed away long ago and that the current Putin is actually a stand-in. However, these news are all reported by Kremlin spokesman Peskov has repeatedly refuted this, saying that this is a ridiculous information war and that such news will only make people laugh. However, the Kremlin has yet to provide any further response to the latest news of his death.
It is worth noting that Andriy Yusov, spokesman of the Ukrainian Defense Intelligence Service, said in an interview with “Ukrainian Pravda”: “There are many people on the Internet searching for this matter, including Russia. This situation is very interesting. . On the one hand, I also want to say, “Don’t read Soviet newspapers at dinner.” Even if you don’t have other reading materials, don’t do it, especially Russians.” This remark has also been interpreted by the outside world as not only the outside world, but also the Russians are also interested in Putin The news of his death was taken with a pinch of salt.
Satellite photos and wreckage photos of Russia’s new cruise missile frigate being bombed have been exposed one after another
According to the “Ukrainian Pravda” report, the “Project 22800” cruise missile frigate “Askold”, which was launched by the Russian military in 2021, is one of Russia’s main combat ships equipped with the “Kalibr” cruise missile. 1. Satellite photos of the ship after it was recently attacked were exposed on November 5. Several Russian military self-media released photos of the damaged wreckage of the frigate on the Telegram channel on the 6th, which showed that the damage was quite serious.
Earlier, Reuters reported that Ukraine launched cruise missiles on the evening of November 4 to attack the BEButoma shipyard and port infrastructure in the city of Kerch on the east coast of the Crimean Peninsula, successfully damaging one of the most modern Russian military units. A cruise missile frigate was bombed before it was officially commissioned.
Lieutenant General Mykola Oleshchuk, commander of the Ukrainian Air Force, previously hinted that the attack used France’s “SCALP-EG” cruise missile, which has a range of more than 250 kilometers and is a Storm Shadow cruise missile provided by the United Kingdom. A twin version of the missile.
Ukraine’s Southern Combat Command assessed that the ship was severely damaged, which means that this cutting-edge frigate, which can carry eight 3M54 “Caliber” cruise missiles at a time, will definitely not be put into battlefield use in the near future.
The Russian “Type 22800” (also known as the “Karakut-class”, “Poisonous Spider-class”) light frigate is mainly used as the launch pad for the “Caliber” cruise missile. It is considered to be one of the newest and most modern ships of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, and also Ukraine’s most wanted target.
Shocking news broke that the chief of staff of the Ukrainian commander-in-chief was killed by a birthday gift bomb. 19 officers and soldiers were killed in an airstrike while receiving honors on the front line.
According to the Guardian, Commander-in-Chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Valery Zaluzhny sadly revealed on the messaging software Telegram on November 6 that his adviser and friend Gennadiy Chastiakov was checking his birthday. He was killed while delivering gifts, and his son beside him was also seriously injured.
When the news of Chastyakov’s death first came out, there was news that he was assassinated by a booby trap as a birthday gift. Later, Ukrainian Interior Minister Igor Klymenko issued a statement revealing that Chastyakov was using a booby trap as a birthday gift. I took out the gift box to show my son, which contained a “gift grenade”, which is a novelty gift that looks like a grenade.
Klimenko said that Chastyakov’s 13-year-old son took out the item to look at it and turned the ring. When Chastyakov took the “gift” over, he moved the ring and an explosion immediately occurred. The police are currently The identity of the soldier who sent the gift was confirmed and 2 similar grenades were seized.
In addition, according to Reuters, the 128th Mountain Assault Brigade of the Ukrainian Army stated on November 6 that 19 officers and soldiers were killed by Russian air strikes last week, but did not mention many other details. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy pointed out that this was “an avoidable tragedy.”
Earlier Ukrainian media reported that officers and soldiers of the 128th Mountain Assault Brigade were killed at a medal ceremony held on the front line in the Zaporizhzhia region in southeastern Ukraine on November 3.
The Ukrainian Defense Minister stated on the 4th that an investigation has been launched into the Russian attack. The Ukrainian military also said that the Russian army used Iskander ballistic missiles.
Reuters has not been able to independently verify the details of the Russian airstrike. The Russian Ministry of Defense claimed that Russian troops attacked local Ukrainian troops, killing as many as 30 military personnel.
Denying the commander-in-chief’s “frontline stalemate theory”, Zelensky announces strategic change New York Times: Leadership differences surface
Ukrainian President Zelensky pointed out on November 5 that Ukraine was considering changing its military strategy, but “the war has not yet reached a stalemate.”
In an exclusive interview with the US media NBC talk show “Meet the Press,” Zelensky said, “Our military is formulating different plans and different actions in order to move forward faster and launch an unexpected attack on the Russian Federation. blow.”
Zelensky acknowledged that Ukraine’s progress in the war has been slow and that the long conflict is “tiring.” But he insisted that the Ukrainian army “is still more motivated than any Russians who come to Ukraine to kill us.”
“The Economist” published an article on the 1st by Commander-in-Chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Zaluzny, pointing out that the Russia-Ukraine war has “reached a stalemate” and entered a war of attrition, and Russia may have room to regain its strength.
Zaluzny’s “stalemate theory” is the first time the Ukrainian military has publicly conducted a comprehensive assessment of the Russia-Ukraine war. In response to this, the New York Times reported that Zelensky responded at a press conference in Kiev on the 4th, “As time goes by, everyone will feel tired of the war. This is understandable, but I want to emphasize again that the battle has not fallen into disarray. There is a stalemate, Russia still controls the sky, and our minds are still tied to this war.” He pointed out that the Ukrainian army has no other alternative but to keep fighting. At the same time, the Ukrainian army needs more assistance from Western allies, especially It is air defense assistance and increases air defense capacity.
On the 4th, Ihor Zhovkva, deputy chief of staff of Zelensky’s office, accused Zaluzny of not disclosing what happened on the front line. The letter may show a “very in-depth strategic plan” and will contribute to the Russian military’s war situation. , causing panic among Ukraine’s Western allies and possibly affecting foreign aid. He said the letter prompted many foreign officials to call him and ask him, “How are we going to report to our leaders? Are you really at a deadlock?”
The New York Times pointed out that this eye-catching public condemnation shows that at an already challenging moment in Ukraine, rifts are emerging between the military and civilian leadership.
Two days after Zaluzny’s article was published, Zelensky fired Major General Viktor Khorenko, commander of the Ukrainian special operations forces. Zaluzny said he was “blindsided” by the replacement of key deputies. However, he did not explain whether the Presidential Palace informed him or consulted him before issuing the removal order.
The report pointed out that even if the Uzbek presidential palace is no longer dissatisfied, the replacement of Special Operations Forces Commander Horenko has greatly puzzled experts. Horenko has a string of successful records in attacking the Russian rear, including attacking Russian Black Sea Fleet ships and infrastructure, as well as long-range attacks on oil storage tanks and military facilities in Russia, boosting Ukrainian morale several times.
The report quoted U.S. military officials as saying that U.S. officers who had worked with General Horenko were surprised by the news of his dismissal and described a close and effective working relationship with him.
Under Ukraine’s constitution, the president has the power to appoint and remove the commander of the special forces, but the position is directly subordinate to the commander-in-chief of the army, and the dismissal appears to have weakened General Zaluzny’s authority.
Commentators, including members of Ukraine’s parliament, said Maj. Gen. Horenko’s firing appeared to be the most significant and potentially damaging political intervention in the war yet. The New York Times also mentioned that frontline commanders and military analysts pointed out that there were complaints within the Ukrainian army about some “politically guided” decisions.
Denying pressure from Europe and the U.S. to negotiate peace talks, Zelensky’s visit to Israel was leaked in advance
In addition, according to Reuters, in response to NBC’s previous report that U.S. and EU officials began discussing with Ukraine the possibility of holding peace talks with Russia, Zelensky reiterated his position, saying that now is not the time to negotiate with Russia. He also denied being pressured by any Western leaders.
He said: “There are many different voices around us, and I heard many different voices and emotions, but no specific suggestions. As of now, I have no contact with the Russians, they know my position, this is our country , the position of our people, we do not want to have any dialogue with terrorists, because their words are worthless. We cannot trust terrorists, because terrorists always come back. “
Zelensky said: “Everyone knows my attitude, which is the same as that of Ukrainian society. Today no one is pressuring me (to negotiate), not the leaders of the EU or the United States. So sit down with Russia Talk and give him something, nothing like this can happen.”
The Reuters report also emphasized that it could not confirm NBC’s report.
Zelensky stressed that he was “not ready” to negotiate with Moscow unless Russian troops withdraw from Ukraine’s borders.
The latest poll released by the US polling agency Gallup on October 9 shows that Ukrainians still firmly believe that they will win the war. 60% of Ukrainians surveyed in July and August said they hope Ukraine will continue fighting until victory. This figure is also double the number of people (31%) who hope Ukraine will end the war through negotiations as soon as possible. The poll showed that nearly all Ukrainians agreed that winning the war would mean Russia returning all Ukrainian territory it has controlled since 2014.
In addition, the Israel-Kazakhstan war that broke out in the Middle East on October 7 distracted international attention from the Russia-Ukraine war. In the first week of the Israel-Kazakhstan war, it was reported that Zelensky intended to visit Israel, but was rejected. Israeli TV Channel 12 reported on November 4 that the two sides were having in-depth discussions on this matter. Once an agreement is reached, Zelensky will visit Israel on the 6th or 7th.
However, according to the Times of Israel, the visit has been put on hold due to leaks from Israeli TV channel 12. The report quoted an anonymous Ukrainian diplomat as saying that Zelensky wanted to make the trip known to the public when he set foot on Israeli soil. He added that Zelensky was now allegedly “very disappointed”.
The Times of Israel reported that in the past year, Israel has refused to get too close to Ukraine to avoid angering Russia. Russia controls the skies over Syria, and the Israel Defense Forces conduct operations over Syria to prevent Iran from establishing fortifications in Syria. Israel’s stance has angered Washington and, at times, Kyiv, and Ukraine’s requests for weapons and equipment have been repeatedly rejected by the Israeli government.
Both Russia and Ukraine have large Jewish populations. It is estimated that 1/5 of Israel’s population has a connection with Russia and Ukraine. Therefore, Israel responded cautiously to the Russia-Ukraine war. Although Israel did not provide Ukraine with weapons, it still provided key resources.
According to Reuters, the Foreign Ministers’ Summit of the Organization of Seven Major Industrial Countries (G7) was held in Tokyo, Japan, on November 7 and 8. The participants discussed issues including the Russia-Ukraine war and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
In this regard, Japanese Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa said that the G7 foreign ministers are expected to arrange an online virtual meeting with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba during the Tokyo meeting. She emphasized that “even if the situation in the Middle East intensifies, we will continue to impose sanctions on Russia.” , and its commitment to continued support for Ukraine remains unwavering.”
A senior U.S. official revealed after the G7 foreign ministers’ meeting in New York in September that the G7 countries have recognized that Russia and Ukraine will be a long-term war, and therefore need to provide Kyiv with lasting military and economic support.
The report analyzed that since Russia invaded Ukraine in February last year, the G7 group has continued to be at the forefront of sanctions against Russia, including plans to ban Russian diamonds from entering the G7 market from January 1, 2024.
European Commission President’s visit to Kyiv may become a stumbling block for Hungary in discussing Ukraine’s accession schedule
According to Reuters, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen arrived in Kyiv on the 4th to meet with Zelensky to discuss the procedures and progress of Ukraine’s accession to the EU, and is expected to submit an EU assessment report on the 8th. Details Describe Ukraine’s progress in various aspects including economic, legal and other standards.
Shortly after Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022, Ukraine applied to join the EU and set EU membership as its main goal. The 27 EU member states will hold a summit in December to decide whether Ukraine can join the EU. This negotiation requires the unanimous support of all member states to pass. The current pro-Russian Hungarian authorities will be a stumbling block for Ukraine’s accession to the EU.
Von der Leyen happily posted on the social platform “X”: “I am very happy to return to Kiev for my sixth wartime visit.” She made her position clear: “I am here to discuss Ukraine’s path to EU membership. The EU has provided financial support to assist Ukraine in rebuilding it into a modern, prosperous democracy. We will continue to discuss how to make Russia pay the price for its war aggression.”
Negotiations on EU membership usually take several years as many factors at different levels, including legal, political, and economic, must be taken into consideration. The situation in Ukraine is made even more difficult by the fact that the war in eastern and southern Ukraine continues with no end in sight.
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