Austrian leader Karl Nehammer met with Vladimir Putin last week and said the Russian president believed victory in Ukraine was based on his own logic.
According to the last Western leader to meet with him, Russian troops have suffered heavy losses and retreated from the north of the country, but Vladimir Putin believes that he is winning the battle in Ukraine.
During the aggression that began on February 24, Russia, with its army and armaments, was unable to enter Ukraine quickly.
Under the enthusiastic leadership of Volodymyr Zelinsky, Ukrainian troops fought for every inch of territory, hampering Russia’s progress.
Putin’s troops have withdrawn from large parts of northern Ukraine, including near Kiev, and now appear to be focusing on ending the offensive in the eastern part of the country.
Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer says he remains confident that Putin’s successful invasion of Ukraine after meeting with him last week was a success and that it was a necessary war to protect Russia’s interests.
“I think he now has his own war logic,” Mr. Nehammer said in an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “I think he believes he’s winning the war.”
He told Putin that he had seen hundreds of civilians killed in the northern city of Bucha after the withdrawal of Russian troops, suggesting that he had committed war crimes.
“I told him what I saw. I saw the war crimes. I saw the Russian army suffer a lot,” he told NBC.
“And I told him that cities like Mariupol or Kharkov, for example, need humanitarian corridors. Ordinary people need water, and we need to take care of the wounded there.”
Recalling Putin’s response, Nehammer said, “He told me, on the one hand, that he would cooperate with the international investigation. On the other hand, he said he did not trust the Western world. That would be the problem now. The future.”
He reiterated the CIA chief’s recent concern that Putin might use nuclear weapons to find his way to Ukraine.
Mr Nehammer said: “He knows he has such a weapon. And he knows the threat of this weapon. So he doesn’t know if he will actually use it.”
Meanwhile, Zelensky said in a video on Monday that the Russian army had launched the “Battle of Donbass” after senior officials said Moscow had launched a new offensive covering much of Ukraine’s eastern wing.
“A large part of the entire Russian army is now focusing on this attack,” he said. “No matter how many Russian troops they send there, we will fight. We will defend ourselves.”
The White House has promised to ban anti-satellite missile tests
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Biden administration announced Monday that the United States has banned anti-satellite missile tests in a bid to prove its hopes for a new military standard in space, White House officials said.
The United States has strongly criticized Russia and China for testing anti-satellite missiles, but a US naval missile launched 14 years ago also used missiles to destroy faulty reconnaissance satellites.
The issue is exacerbated in November after Russia launched a missile to destroy a Soviet-era wrecked satellite. Speaking at Vandenberg Space Base on California’s central coast, Vice President Kamala Harris highlighted the administration’s move, criticizing Russia’s actions as “impossible” and “irresponsible.”
The strike, which created more than 1,500 space debris, increased the risk for US and Russian astronauts at the International Space Station and China’s Tiangong space station, the U.S. Space Command said.
“Simply put, these experiments are dangerous,” Harris said. “And we won’t let them go.”
The experiment was conducted while the Russians were gathering troops before invading Ukraine. The war, which lasted more than seven weeks, killed thousands and led the United States and its allies to impose major economic sanctions on Russia.
In 2007, China conducted a similar weapons test and generated a large amount of waste.
Harris said the debris from the missile test could not only threaten the interests of astronauts and the US military, but also affect commercial satellites that provide global weather forecasts, GPS systems that help drivers navigate the streets, television broadcasts and critical infrastructure.
“Basketball debris the size of a basketball, traveling at thousands of miles per hour, can destroy a satellite. Even a particle as small as sand can cause serious damage,” Harris said.
The announcement of the ban on anti-satellite missiles comes after Harris said during a meeting in December that White House National Security Council officials would work with Pentagon, the State Department and other US national security agencies to develop a national security proposal. came out a few months later. cosmic norms.
The United States was the first country to impose such a ban. Harris said he hopes other countries will follow suit soon.
The direct-to-launch weapon, which the Biden administration has promised not to launch, is based on a fighter-missile that moves from the Earth’s surface and strikes a satellite target hundreds of miles into space.
Since the 1960s, the United States, China, India and Russia have conducted more than a dozen anti-satellite tests in space, destroyed satellites and created more than 6,300 pieces of orbital debris, according to the Secure World Foundation. In order to use space for sustainable and peaceful purposes.
At least 4,300 of these wastes are still in orbit and pose a long-term threat to human spaceflight, science, national security goals and the future economic development of space, the foundation said.
In 2008, the United States and in 2019, India tested anti-satellite missiles aimed at satellites at a height significantly lower than the space station, at a distance of about 260 miles (420 km).
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that the rocket’s destruction of a low-Earth orbiting satellite is intended to show that India is a “space power” alongside the United States, Russia and China. He ordered the launch a week before the national election.
The Cosmos 1408 satellite, which ceased operations in Russia, was in orbit at an altitude of 40 miles (65 km) and was destroyed in November by a missile fired from northern Russia.
Brian Wieden, director of program planning at the Safe World Foundation, called the Biden administration’s move an important step in pushing China and Russia to take similar action.
“In the last decade, they have made a lot of diplomatic noise about testing their (anti-space) weapons and creating orbital debris while preventing space arms races,” Viden said of Russia and China.