Russia talks about 6 conditions to end the war in Ukrainian as fierce battles continues in several fronts

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Russia announced its vision to resolve the Ukrainian crisis and the conditions in which it could use its nuclear weapons, while Ukraine confirmed that it had regained control of about 100 square kilometers of its territory.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that the use of nuclear weapons by Russia is possible only for defensive purposes.

She added, in a press conference, that Ukraine’s accession to NATO or the application of what is known as the Israeli model of cooperation between the two sides cannot help settle the situation in Ukraine.

And she talked about what could be described as Moscow’s conditions for resolving the crisis, saying that the settlement of the crisis in Ukraine would be by returning to what he described as a position of neutrality, confirming its non-nuclear status, recognizing new regions in accordance with current realities, and Kiev guaranteeing the basic rights of its citizens, the Russian-speaking population and representatives of minorities, including this gave the Russian language an official status, the cessation of hostilities, and the Western countries should stop supplying weapons to Kiev.

In the developments of the Ukrainian counterattack; a senior Ukrainian military commander said on Thursday, that Ukraine has regained control of more than 100 square kilometers of territory in its counterattack against Russian forces.

A spokesman for the Ukrainian General Staff, General Oleksiy Khrumov, confirmed in a press statement that in the first stages of the offensive, which Ukraine said began last week, 7 residential communities were liberated in Donetsk in the east of the country and in Zaporizhia in the south.

“We’re ready to continue fighting to liberate our lands with our hands only,” he added.

Military officials stated that the Ukrainian army advanced up to 3 kilometers near the village of Mala Tokmachka in the Zaporozhye sector, and up to 7 kilometers near the village in the south of Velika Novoselka in the Donetsk sector.

Russia didn’t recognize the Ukrainian progress, and each side says the other has suffered heavy losses since the counterattack began, and Moscow or Kiev rarely comment on their losses.

On the other hand, the Russian authorities in Crimea announced the downing of 9 Ukrainian drones over the peninsula.

The Russian authorities said that three of them destroyed by electronic equipment, while the rest shot down by air defense forces.

It indicated that one of the drones exploded in the village of Dokuchayevo, without causing any casualties.

The Russian state information agency also quoted the Russian Ministry of Defense as saying on Thursday, that Russian forces succeeded in bombing drone manufacturing facilities in Ukraine using high-precision and long-range weapons.

The Russian Ministry of Defense said that the Russian air defenses intercepted five missiles launched using the US-made HIMARS system, and shot down 25 drones.

For its part, the Kiev Air Defense Authority said that Ukrainian territory was attacked by cruise missiles and drones on Thursday.

According to the Ukrainian authorities, industrial targets in the Dnepropetrovsk region were attacked by three cruise missiles, and added that Ukrainian air defenses shot down more than 20 drones, 13 of them over Odessa on the Black Sea.

The head of the military department in Kryvyi Rih said that explosions heard in the city in southeastern Ukraine.

In turn, the spokesman for the forces of the Tavria region in southeastern Ukraine, Valery Shershin, said that the Ukrainian forces continue their combat operations in the region and carry out offensive operations and achieve successes, according to him.

He stressed that the progress of his forces comes in light of what he described as fierce battles and the intensity of artillery shelling and Russian air raids.

On the level of Western support for Ukraine, the Norwegian Ministry of Defense said in a statement on Thursday, that Norway and Denmark have agreed to donate 9,000 additional artillery shells to Ukraine.

Norway would provide the missiles, while Denmark would donate the fuses and propellant charges.

Norway will also donate 7,000 shells from its own stocks, which have already been sent to Ukraine, according to the ministry.

The Norwegian Ministry of Defense stated that the shells can be used in several types of cannons, including the M109 cannons, which Norway had previously donated.

In the same context, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said that Canada pledged to provide 500 million dollars in military aid to Ukraine, including surface-to-air missiles.

He added, “Our most important priority now is to provide Ukraine’s needs for air defense systems,” noting that his country has provided “distinguished training and great capabilities for the Ukrainian army in its war against Russia”.

For his part, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in an interview with NBC news that the success of the Ukrainian counterattack would mean Russia’s defeat in the war.

In response to a question about the extent of progress in the counterattack, Zelensky said, “Things don’t look bad… I can say that it’s generally positive, but it is difficult… Our forces stationed on the front now are facing very tough resistance”.

Zelensky added, according to the channel’s translation, “You understand the reason… I can say that losing this war campaign against Ukraine means, in fact, for Russia losing the war”.

For his part, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday that the counterattack launched by Ukrainian forces had “no chance” of success.

“Ukrainian forces don’t have any chance there, nor in other regions,” Putin told an economic forum in St. Petersburg in northwest Russia.

The Russian president was speaking at an economic forum that broadcast live by Russian television, and France Presse was unable to attend it due to lack of accreditation.

Putin said that the Ukrainian forces “used their so-called strategic reserves to penetrate Russian defenses, strengthen their capabilities and advance… None of these goals were achieved”.

Putin stressed that Ukraine is suffering “heavy losses” and considered that it won’t be able to fight “for a long time” due to the depletion of its military equipment.

Moscow constantly stresses that the current Ukrainian attack on the positions occupied by the Russians has failed.

For its part, Kiev says it liberated a few towns and an area of ​​100 square kilometers, especially on the southern front.

According to military analysts, Ukraine hasn’t yet used the bulk of its forces in its counter-offensive, and is still testing the front to identify its weak points.

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