A new chapter of tensions between He flies The West opened up around Kaliningrad, a Russian enclave between Poland and Lithuania, and thus confined between the territory of NATO. The Vilnius authorities decided to ban Russian trains carrying certain types of goods from entering the territory. and the Kremlin He shouted loudly, calling the decision “hostile” and “provocative”, declaring that if the measure was not canceled, Russia would take “measures aimed at defending its interests.” The Russian Foreign Ministry issued this warning, and summoned the Chargé d’Affairs at the Lithuanian Embassy.
Now, with some exaggeration due to propaganda, the script seems to lend itself to evoking the tragic siege that marked Soviet history (from Leningrad to Stalingrad), fueling the encirclement complex and the nationalist spirit of the Russians. The head of diplomacy in Vilnius, Gabrielius Landsbergis, made it clear that his government was doing nothing but implementing the sanctions decided by the European Union for the invasion of Ukraine. EU High Representative Josep Borrell confirmed an explanation.
The restrictive measures are expected to affect about 50% of products transported from Russia to Kaliningrad, starting with steel. However, the Lithuanian clarifications were not enough to quell Russian anger. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry said the decision in Vilnius PeskovIt is “unprecedented” and, above all, “unlawful” because it violates the 2022 agreement between Russia and the European Union. Therefore, the situation is “extremely dangerous” and Moscow will study countermeasures in depth. Currently, the Russian Baltic Fleet – which is headquartered in Kaliningrad – has announced that it will conduct new military exercises in the region, using the Grad and Uragan multiple launch systems.
Ukraine expressed its full support for the Vilnius Initiative. “Russia has no right to threaten Lithuania, and only Moscow itself bears responsibility for the consequences of the unjustified invasion of Ukraine,” said Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba. The region, after the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, remained under the control of Russia.
Lithuania, with the approval of the European Union, decided to “take the Kaliningrad province hostage,” denounced the head of the State Duma’s Committee on International Affairs, Leonid Slutsky. And although Moscow has not yet determined the nature of the retaliation, the region’s governor Anton Alikhanov warned that it might retaliate by blocking the transport of Lithuanian goods to the Baltic Sea. “If you look at the map – he said – you see that the Baltic states, their ports and their transport system cannot do without Russia.”
Meanwhile, the bombing continues. Looks like the Russians have brought attention back to that Odessa Which targeted, yesterday, several attacks destroyed a warehouse of foodstuffs. Moscow forces fired 14 missiles, many of which were repelled by the Ukrainians. According to the analysis of the Ministry of Defense in Kyiv, Russia plans to capture Lugansk by Sunday. Pro-Russians claimed the capture of Toshkivka, on the west bank of the Seversky Donets River. From there they can try to break the defense lines and launch a decisive attack on Lysekhansk, as President Volodymyr Zelensky made a secret visit yesterday “to see for himself how the situation is developing” and to encourage the troops at the front. On the other hand, Severodonetsk is now de facto in the hands of Moscow, although the armed stalemate remains with the defenders of the Azot chemical plant, holed up in bunkers along with more than 500 civilians, including about forty children.
Yesterday, the Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, confirmed what had been feared for days: the Americans captured in Ukraine are “mercenaries” – he froze the United States -. They have to pay for their “crimes” and “cannot count on the protection of the Geneva Convention” concerning prisoners of war.