Russia announced to the press the decision to reduce military activity around Kyiv and Chernihiv. Many consider that this is a “light at the end of the tunnel” and that it would be a de-escalation of aggression against Ukraine; however, there is countless evidence that Putin’s government is lying and that it will continue with the war.
Alexandr Fomin, Russian Deputy Minister of Defense indicated that Russia took the step when it realized that negotiations on “neutrality and non-nuclear status” of Ukraine have entered “a practical plane.”
For his part, the head of the Russian delegation, Vladimir Medinsky, raised the possibility of an “agreement” between Moscow and Kyiv after negotiations which he described as “constructive,” and emphasized Putin’s willingness to take “two steps towards Ukraine on the issue of de-escalation,” one military and the other political.
The Russian statements seem to give hope for an eventual pause in the war if Putin’s government really keeps its word, but recent events show us that he cannot be trusted.
Putin said he would not invade
In January 2022, the United States warned of an imminent invasion while Putin assured the world that he had no intention of invading Ukraine; however, on February 24 he not only invaded but attacked just as he had assured he would not act.
“We have no plans, no intentions to attack Ukraine… no reason to fear any escalation scenario in this regard,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov went so far as to say a month before the war began.
He said he would not attack civilian facilities
Putin has also starred in other lies that brazenly reveal that his words are worthless. At the beginning of the invasion, he said he would only attack military targets because they allegedly posed a threat to Russia’s security; however, the evidence shows another reality: not only did he attack military targets, but he also attacked hospitals, schools, and shelters where Ukrainian women and children were staying.
He said he would not attack nuclear plants
Another Putin lie that proves once again that we should not believe in the alleged “de-escalation,” is when he assured French President Emmanuel Macron that he would not attack nuclear facilities in Ukraine; and yet hours later he attacked the Zaporizhia nuclear plant, the largest nuclear power plant in Europe.
Following the new Russian information that it will allegedly reduce its military activity in Ukraine, already the United States warned that this is not true and that Putin is “reorganizing” his forces.
“We believe this is a repositioning, not a real withdrawal, and the world should now be prepared for a major offensive against other areas of Ukraine,” Department of Defense spokesman John Kirby told during a press conference.
“No one should be fooled by the Kremlin’s claim that it will just suddenly reduce military attacks near Kyiv or reports that it will withdraw its forces,” he added.
“We are not naive people”: Zelenski
“Ukrainians are not naive people,” President Zelensky said Tuesday night. “Ukrainians have already learned during the 34 days of the invasion and during the past eight years of war in the Donbas that you can trust only concrete results.”
For its part, British military intelligence said Wednesday that Russian contingents that suffered heavy losses in the fighting were forced to return to Russia and Belarus to reorganize and resupply.
Russia may try to compensate for the reduction in its movements with massive missile and artillery strikes, the British Ministry of Defense added, a day after talks between Moscow and Kyiv seemed to be progressing.