MOSCOW WOULD HAVE “THE FREE WAY”, IF BAKHMOUT FALLS
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky warns that if Bakhmut, the epicenter of deadly fighting, is taken, the Russian army will have “the free way” to seize towns in eastern Ukraine, in an interview with CNN aired Wednesday.
“We understand that after Bakhmout they could go further. They could go to Kramatorsk, they could go to Sloviansk, the way would be clear for the Russians (…) to other cities in Ukraine”, a- he told CNN. “It’s strategic for us,” insisted the Ukrainian president, stressing that his troops were determined to defend the city.
kyiv DENY BEING BEHIND SABOTAGE OF NORDSTREAM GAS PIPELINES
kyiv on Wednesday denied any involvement in the sabotage last year of the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea that the New York Times attributed to a “pro-Ukrainian group”, on the basis of information obtained by American intelligence. The data collected suggests that the perpetrators behind the sabotage of the two gas pipelines were “adversaries of Russian President Vladimir Putin”.
Since Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022, the two pipelines have been at the heart of geopolitical tensions, stoked after Moscow’s decision to cut off gas supplies to Europe in alleged retaliation for Western sanctions. . On September 26, 2022, four huge gas leaks preceded by underwater explosions were detected on the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines connecting Russia to Germany, all in international waters.