Vladimir Putin ‘lives in fear of his life when the army withdraws’, Zelensky aide says

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Russian President Vladimir Putin “lives in fear of his life” as his army retreats, a senior Ukrainian military aide said.

Earlier this month, Russia announced it was withdrawing from Kherson region, marking one of the most embarrassing defeats for Mr Putin and a potential turning point in the war, which has entered its ninth month.

The loss of Kherson, the only regional capital Russia had captured in the conflict, dealt a heavy blow to plans to establish a land corridor to Crimea and secure a water supply to the Russian-controlled peninsula.

“[Putin] are very afraid because there is no forgiveness in Russia for tsars who lose wars, says Oleksiy Arestovich, adviser to the chief of staff of the Ukrainian president. The times.

“He is fighting for his life now. If he loses the war, at least in the minds of the Russians, that means the end. The end of him as a political figure. And possibly in a physical sense.”

Ukraine’s victory over Kherson came after a series of humiliating retreats by Kremlin forces in the Kharkiv and Donbas regions.

“This has forced even people who are very loyal to Putin to doubt that they can win this war,” Arestovich said.

He said Kherson’s liberation had sparked renewed Russian attacks on the country’s infrastructure and plans for a new offensive by Belarus, a Russian ally in northern Ukraine. Putin’s troops advanced on Kiev from Belarus in the early stages of the war, but were forced to retreat after fierce resistance.

The Ukrainian authorities have begun evacuating civilians from recently liberated parts of the country Kherson and Mykolaiv regions, feared a shortage of heat, power and water due to Russian shelling will make living conditions difficult for this winter.

Residents have been evacuated from liberated Kherson due to strikes on energy infrastructure

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The World Health Organization (WHO) says that millions of people are in Ukraine will face “life-threatening” conditions over the coming months, with residents in the southern regions being urged to move to safer areas in the central and western parts of the country.

Sir. Arestovich reiterated Ukraine’s goal of recapturing all its land seized by Russia, including Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula annexed by the Kremlin in 2014.

Meanwhile, Mr Putin this week touted Russia’s Arctic might at a flag-raising ceremony and port for two nuclear-powered icebreakers that will ensure year-round navigation in the western Arctic.

As chairman via video link from the Kremlin at the launch ceremony in the former imperial capital of St. Petersburg in northern Russia, Mr Putin said such icebreakers were of strategic importance to the country.

“Both icebreakers were decommissioned as part of a large serial project and are part of our large, systematic work to re-equip and rebuild the domestic icebreaker fleet to strengthen Russia’s status as an Arctic superpower,” Putin said.

Vladimir Putin is under increasing pressure after the loss in Kherson

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The Arctic is gaining greater strategic importance due to the climate crisis, as a shrinking ice sheet opens up new sea lanes. Vast oil and gas resources lie in Russia’s Arctic regions, including a liquefied natural gas facility on the Yamal Peninsula.

Putin smiled as the Yakutia nuclear icebreaker was launched into the water in the harbor and stood as the Russian national anthem adorned the Russian flag on the Ural icebreaker, which will begin work in December.

The Russian president also announced plans to meet the mothers of reservists drafted into combat in Ukraine.

According to the US, the war has killed and wounded tens of thousands of soldiers on both sides, and the Russian invasion has triggered the biggest confrontation between Moscow and the West since the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962.

The meeting with soldiers’ mothers, first reported by the Vedomosti newspaper, was confirmed by Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov. Russia celebrates Mother’s Day on November 27.

“Such a meeting is indeed planned, we can confirm that,” Peskov told reporters when asked if Mr Putin would hold a meeting with families of those mobilized.

“Such a meeting is being prepared.

“The president often holds such meetings, not all of them are public. In any case, the president receives first-hand information about the real state of affairs.”

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