Putin Says Russia Doesn't Seek to Occupy Kharkiv: Zelenskyy Introduces New Laws

Many are not sure about the sincerity of Vladimir Putin

by Sead Dedovic
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Putin Says Russia Doesn't Seek to Occupy Kharkiv: Zelenskyy Introduces New Laws
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Supreme Commander of NATO Armed Forces in Europe, General Christopher Cavoli, is not sure if the Russians have enough strength and power to achieve their goal in Ukraine, focusing on capturing Kharkiv and the Russian desire to occupy it. 

Cavoli believes that the main problem and obstacle for the Russians at the moment is the insufficient number of soldiers. Capturing Kharkiv would require a large number of troops, a clearly crafted plan, along with compliance with other factors. 

However, Cavoli is uncertain whether the Russians can truly achieve such a goal. 

On the other hand, the Supreme Commander of NATO Armed Forces in Europe is confident that the Ukrainians can resist and are observing the situation carefully. The Ukrainians are aware of the danger posed by opponents like Russia.

Russian President Vladimir Putin emphasizes that Russia's intentions are different, stressing that Russia has no plans to occupy Kharkiv. He stated this during a visit to China, where he and Chinese representatives discussed serious issues. 

Some are still unsure about the sincerity of Vladimir Putin's words, finding it difficult to assess the intentions of the Russian leader. However, Vladimir Putin stands firmly behind his statement but does not intend to elaborate too much on his views and statements.

This war differs greatly from wars of the past, primarily considering technology and weapon development. Starlink terminals of the Ukrainian army were disabled on the first day of the Russian offensive in the Kharkiv region on May 10th. They were disrupted by Russian electronic warfare systems. 

The Ukrainians were defending the area between Russia and the Kharkiv region, using drones. However, the Russians did a smart thing and thwarted the Ukrainians in their intentions. They were left without video recordings after being jammed by the Russians. One of the commanders highlighted that they were left completely blind and encountered huge issues afterward.

Looking at the war between these two states that has been ongoing for two years now, one can sense the immense difference between fighting in modern wars compared to those in the past. Technological advancements have resulted in situations where soldiers often don't need to react. Of course, we do not intend to diminish the horrors and chaos of war. On the contrary, modern wars can lead to even greater catastrophes, especially if they escalate into larger-scale conflicts.

Ukrainians are facing a huge problem with their military strength. The insufficient number of soldiers doesn't inspire confidence that Ukrainians can withstand the fierce attacks from the Russians. Despite everything, Ukrainians still hold hope and belief that with the help of the US and other countries, they will be able to resist in the coming period. 

Ukraine, of course, won't receive assistance in the form of soldiers, but aid in terms of weaponry could be crucial for defending key points in the country. 

Volodymyr Zelenskyy signed the new law 

Given such a huge problem, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has decided to take concrete steps. Specifically, he has decided to sign a law allowing some convicts to join the armed forces. The manpower problem is growing from month to month, and this was likely the last option for the Ukrainian leader. 

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Some believe that this could increase the number of soldiers to 20,000. 

Ukrainians have emphasized that individuals accused of serious crimes still won't have the opportunity to enlist in the army. 

Volodymyr Zelenskyy has warned Ukrainian citizens many times before that it is crucial to enlist in the army, considering it the only way to defend against the enemy. The Ukrainian president has also set penalties for those who evade military service. It's worth noting that Ukraine had previously lowered the age threshold for mobilization from 27 to 25 years.

All recent measures indicate that Ukrainians have a massive desire to confront their opponent and potentially launch an offensive in the future. Volodymyr Zelenskyy is ready to take further steps to demonstrate to the enemy how serious Ukraine is in its intentions.

The latest developments on the fronts in Ukraine do not inspire optimism, as the Russians have advanced and captured many villages. Zelenskyy could have expected such an outcome, given the lack of weaponry and soldiers. Now, with assistance possibly coming soon from the U.S., as well as changes in recruitment laws, things could look somewhat different.

Time will tell whether Ukrainians have the strength to resist the Russians in this year and beyond. However, we hope that the war will not last much longer and that a peace agreement will be reached between these two countries.

That's what the whole world hopes and expects, but most importantly, the leaders of both countries are ready for compromise and peace.

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