Ukraine asks to join NATO timetable as shelling continues in eastern Ukraine and Russia exercises firing intercontinental ballistic missiles

2022-05-29 0 By

Sporadic artillery battles between Pro-Russian forces and Ukrainian government forces have continued in eastern Ukraine, killing at least two Ukrainian soldiers.Russia on The 19th held the “strategic deterrent force exercise”, mobilized the navy, army, air force, and strategic missile forces.Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, who is visiting Moscow, watched the exercises at the Kremlin.Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky urged the West to give Ukraine a timetable to join NATO while attending the Munich Security Conference on October 19, and offered to talk with Putin.Two Ukrainian soldiers were killed and four wounded in the past 24 hours, according to the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, as the number of exchanges of fire between the Ukrainian national Defense Forces and local civilian forces in eastern Ukraine increased.Ukraine’s military and interior minister took the media to the eastern front of Novorlohansk in the early morning of 19, when they were hit by a series of shells, forced to flee.Fortunately, the explosion was some distance from the inspection site and no injuries were sustained.The sound of explosions continued from early morning into the day.Days of shelling in the donetsk and Luhansk regions of eastern Ukraine, which are controlled by Pro-Russian militias, have damaged homes and left craters in the ground.Pro-russian militias and the Ukrainian government have accused each other of breaking the ceasefire.Pro-russian militias evacuated some people to Russia and ordered a general mobilization.The Ukrainian side accused the militia of spreading false information and creating panic.The west fears that the situation in eastern Ukraine will escalate and Russia will use this as an excuse to invade Ukraine.Russia denies this.Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Wednesday evening left for Germany to attend the Munich Security Conference and met with leaders of Britain, Germany and the United States as well as representatives of a number of financial institutions.At the conference, Zelensky stressed that Ukraine has been a shield against Russia since 2014, and for Europe against Russia, and he called for more favorable international support. He also called on the West to impose sanctions on Russia as soon as possible, which might dissuade Putin from invading Ukraine.Zelensky reminded the West of appeasement and insisted on joining NATO, urging the West to give Ukraine a firm timetable.But he also said he was willing to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin at any time to discuss ways to defuse the crisis.Russia held a strategic deterrent force exercise on Thursday, involving the army, navy and air force, as well as strategic missile units.Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, who is visiting Moscow, watched the exercises at the Kremlin.A number of ballistic and cruise missiles were launched, including the Yars intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), a mainstay of Russia’s strategic nuclear deterrent.The ships and submarines of the Northern Fleet and the Black Sea Fleet launched the “Zhuzhou” submarine-launched ballistic missile, the “Zircon” hypersonic missile and the “calibre” cruise missile respectively.The Air Force launched daggers hypersonic missiles from fighter towers and Tu-95 strategic bombers launched air cruise missiles.Russia said all the tasks set during the exercise were completed and the ballistic and cruise missiles fired hit their intended targets.The Russian side also stressed that the exercise is a test of the reliability of strategic nuclear forces and other military forces. It is part of routine training and should not cause any concern.The Russian side also said earlier that the current series of exercises conducted by the Russian military are absolutely transparent, and the ballistic missile firing exercise is just a part of routine training. Before the exercise, The Russian side will inform other countries through various channels, and everything is properly arranged, so there should not be any concern or fear.Source: Phoenix TV Information station editor: Yuan Shan