According to observers, this phase of the war between Russia and Ukraine has as its reference horizon March 17, 2024, the day on which Putin should be re-elected president of the Russian Federation for the fifth time. According to polls, 52% of Russians still support what the Russian government insists on calling a special military operation in Ukraine.
But the Russian population seems, according to observers, to be tired of the war. Especially the families of the reservists, who continue to die at the front. "This election is a means for Putin to legitimize his decision to go to war in Ukraine," Andrei Kolesnikov of the Carnegie Russia Eurasia Center told the British newspaper The Guardian.
500 missiles fell on Kiev
Meanwhile, 500 Russian missiles and drones have hit Ukraine in the past five days. Kiev calls this airstrike the most massive attack since the beginning of the war. President Volodymyr Zelensky revealed how defense systems arriving from the West have minimized casualties and damage.
Zelensky, according to observers, is dealing with worrying internal rifts within his government, in particular with some leaders of the armed forces. The number of wounded after the attack by Ukrainian forces on the Russian region of Belgorod, on the border with Ukraine, has risen to 11.
This was announced on Telegram by the governor of the Belgorod region, Vyacheslav Gladkov, according to reports Russian Tass agency.
Previously the Governor had spoken of a man who was killed while traveling in a car.
The French ambassador to the UN, Nicolas de Riviere, analyzed: "I don't see any hope of starting peace negotiations in the short term in Ukraine, but we must continue to push for this objective and we must do everything possible to bring the peace in this country.
The situation remains disastrous and is not improving, on the contrary it is getting worse in recent days Russian bombing has increased, Moscow is targeting civilian structures with a clear agenda designed to scare the population, and all this is against humanitarian laws, the whole war is a clear violation of the UN charter."