War in Ukraine: Kremlin threatens Lithuania due to transit restrictions

Dhas the Kremlin Lithuania Restrictions on rail transit between the Baltic Sea Exclave belonging to Russia Kaliningrad and the Russian heart criticized as “illegal.” “This decision is truly unprecedented and a violation of everything,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday, according to Interfax. The EU’s decision to even impose sanctions on Russia is illegal. He spoke of a “more than serious situation.”

The Kaliningrad exclave around the former Königsberg lies between Lithuania and Poland. It is only about 500 kilometers from Berlin, but more than 1000 kilometers from Moscow.

Lithuania has banned the transit of goods on Western sanctions lists across its territory to Kaliningrad since Saturday. According to the head of the Kaliningrad regional administration Anton Alichanov, this affects 40 to 50 percent of all goods in transit, such as building materials and metals.

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Peskow spoke of the “elements of the blockade.” He did not want to say anything about possible countermeasures. Meanwhile, the Russian Foreign Ministry has summoned a Lithuanian Deputy Diplomatic Representative to Moscow due to transit restrictions – the ambassador was withdrawn in April due to the war in Ukraine. Moscow called on Vilnius to “lift the restrictions” immediately. Otherwise, Russia will “take measures to protect its national interests.”

Lithuania objected to the criticism. No further sanctions have been imposed on Russia, the Foreign Ministry told Russia’s diplomatic mission in Vilnius. The transit ban only applies to goods that have been sanctioned by the European Union.

In the talks of Russian state television, participants have repeatedly called in recent weeks for the creation of a “corridor” between the center of Russia and the Baltic Sea Exclave of Kaliningrad. That would be an attack on the transitional countries, Latvia and Lithuania.

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Russia’s difficulties in moving to Ukraine are estimated British intelligence expert and the weaknesses of his air force. It is very likely that this is one of the most important factors behind Russia’s very limited successes, the updated British Ministry of Defense said on Monday. So far, the air forces have tended to avoid risks during maneuvers and have failed to achieve air supremacy. This has increased the pressure on Russian ground forces, which are now increasingly exhausted.

According to British estimates, the Russians have combat-ready aircraft, but are not properly trained for modern air force operations. For years, it has been said that the training of the Russian Air Force focused more on impressing senior military officials than on training dynamic deployment scenarios for various units.

Battle of Sieverodonetsk

According to the latest analysis by the Institute for the Study of War (ISW), Russia’s superiority in artillery is not enough to capture the administrative center. Sheverodonezk in eastern Ukraine. “The concentrated capacity of the Russian artillery, together with the probably weakened infantry units, remains insufficient for the Russian advance in Sieverodonetsk,” military experts said. Russian troops continued to fight for control of the city, but made little progress on Sunday.

According to experts, Russia is likely to continue its efforts to encircle the former city and cut off supplies to the remaining Ukrainian forces, which are largely hidden in the Azot chemical plant. However, little progress is currently being made on this project. In addition, Moscow is preparing an offensive Slovenian before. The Slovyansk-Kramatorsk region is considered the center of the Ukrainian defense forces in the Donbas region.

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According to ISW, Moscow itself is defending the success of its invasion by continuing to talk about a “special military operation” instead of a war. This prevents Russia from mobilizing to build more forces. In addition, the Kremlin lacks legal means to punish soldiers who refuse to be deployed.

The situation in the chemical plant is “hell”

According to the governor, the situation in the last stronghold of Ukrainian troops in Sjevjerodonetsk is becoming increasingly desperate. “It’s just hell there,” Governor Serhiy Hajdaj reported of the fighting at the Azot chemical plant. “Everything’s on fire, the shelling won’t stop for an hour.”

Around 500 civilians have settled in the chemical plant in the Sievarodonetsk industrial zone with an unknown number of militants. It is the only place in the city of Sierodonetsk that the Russians do not yet have under their control, Hajday wrote to the AP news agency. Moscow is constantly sending new reinforcements there.

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The loss of the village on Monday was also acknowledged by the Ukrainian authorities Metjolkin, southeast of Sieverodonetsk. “Control of Metyolkin near Sierodonetsk has been lost,” Military Governor Haiday said on his Telegram channel.

Also a sister city of Seyerodonetsk, Lyssytschansk, on the west bank of the river Severskyi Donets came under fire. Evacuation operations for civilians took place in the city. According to Hajda, tough battles are also taking place around the suburbs Toschkivka and The institution“Because the orcs want to make a breakthrough there and for that purpose they concentrated a large amount of military equipment there,” he wrote.

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Ukrainian officials often use the derogatory term “goblins” from the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy for Russian troops.

One wounded in the resumption of shelling of the Russian border area

In western Russia Bryansk region According to official information, a man was injured during artillery fire on the border with Ukraine. “Location this morning Susemka was shelled by Ukrainian forces, “said Bryansk Governor Alexander Bogomas in his Telegram channel. One person was “injured” and several “objects” were damaged.

An employee of a local energy supplier should be injured. He suffered minor skin injuries from splinters. One family house and two apartment buildings were damaged. In addition, the municipality’s energy supply was partially paralyzed.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (left) and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz speak before a meeting at the Mariinsky Palace in Kiev on June 16, 2022. - This is the first time that leaders of three European Union countries have visited Kyiv since Russia's February 24 invasion of Ukraine.  (Photo: Sergei SUPINSKY / AFP)

Guessing in Eastern Europe

Russia, which launched an offensive war against Ukraine in February, has been lamenting weeks of shelling its own border areas. In this context, Bogomas’s formulation is spicy. “The shelling was retaliation,” but the source of the fire was quickly eliminated, the governor wrote. It follows that Ukraine was previously shelled from Russian territory.

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