The Russian attacks are aimed exclusively at military installations in Ukraine, not civilian targets, the Ministry of Defense in Moscow claims. This radar facility outside Mariupol was bombed on Thursday morning. Photo: AP / NTB
ABC Nyheter - Fredrik Sveen - Feb 24 2022 16:29 - Updated 24 Feb. 2022 19:15
This is how two Norwegian experts believe the Russian attacks on Ukraine will unfold in the future. 64
Gunhild Hoogensen Gjørv, professor of critical peace and conflict studies at UiT Norway's Arctic University, answers both "yes" and "no" to whether she was surprised by Russia's attack online until Thursday. Gjørv believed that Putin would stick to the Ukrainian breakaway regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, which the Russian president recognized earlier this week as independent states.
News: This led to Russia's attack on Ukraine
- At the same time, it was logical that Putin should take this further because the rest of Ukraine is very, and will be even more, positive towards NATO and the West. Putin has long stated that Ukraine is actually part of Russia, and belongs there. He must take over the whole of Ukraine, or put in place a Russian-sympathetic government in Ukraine to achieve his goal, she tells ABC News.
Gunhild Hoogensen Gjørv says the situation between Ukraine and Russia may escalate. Photo: UiT Norwegian Arctic University
- Do you fear that this could develop into a major war?
- Nobody wants that, but it can unfortunately escalate. What I think is that it will be an attempt to keep the conflict to Ukraine. NATO will probably do even more to protect NATO countries that are neighbors of Ukraine and Belarus, among others. Some NATO countries have already and will continue to, support the Ukrainian military with equipment at least. By "conquering" Ukraine, Putin has achieved an important goal for himself and his demonstration of power, Hoogensen Gjørv believes.
No Chinese criticism of Russia's attacked
Think the attacks will last until the government falls
Russia's attack on Ukraine on Thursday night has been met with strong condemnation from the outside world. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said at a press conference on Thursday afternoon that peace in Europe has been shattered by Russia's attacks.
Gjørv believes the Russian attacks can last a long time.
- As of today, I think it will be until the current Ukrainian government falls. It may take time, but it looks like Russia and Putin will do what it takes to make it happen. Then I think it will be a conflict area characterized by resistance movements, both civilian and military. This can last a long time, the professor predicts.
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Graphics show the areas affected in Ukraine. Photo: Graphics / Dennis Labourée Fossen / ABC News
Experts: Ukraine could be a bloodbath - Putin has four goals with the war
- I do not know if Putin will achieve this
Karen-Anna Eggen, the researcher at the Department of Defense Studies, says there is little reason to fear that Norwegians will be involved in the war.
- The attack on Ukraine is changing the European security picture and we are facing a time of increased militarization. That is, increased preparedness and investment in the Armed Forces, and in particular, the Baltic countries and Poland will probably receive increased military support. But, focus and thoughts should today go to the Ukrainian people, says Eggen to ABC News.
- How long do you think the attacks will last?
Karen-Anna Eggen, a researcher at the Department of Defense Studies, says Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to change the regime in Ukraine. Photo: The Armed Forces
- Unsure. Putin wants another quick invasion and change of regime in Kyiv. I do not know if he will achieve this. There is a great will to fight in Ukraine, but they are inferior to the Russian military and they also do not have military support from NATO. But Russia's actions will have major ripple effects and affect us all for a long time to come, Eggen answers.
- What will Putin achieve with the attacks?
- Putin wants to change the regime in Ukraine and he undermines Ukrainian sovereignty. He wants to take back what Russia sees as its legitimacy and as the demands he made before Christmas, change European security architecture in Russia's favor. That is, Russia is respected as the great power Putin believes the country should be treated as, with associated spheres of interest and legitimate demands.
Eggen believes that the sanctions and condemnations from the West do not work.
- Prime Minister Støre has been clear that Norway condemns the attacks and is united in its reactions together with the EU and NATO. This is good, but it does not help Ukraine, which is now the victim of a large-scale invasion.
Former KGB agent on Putin's behavior: - He has fallen into his own trap
Silje Robertsen - March 14, 2022 20:48 - Updated March 14, 2022, 20:48
This image from when Putin welcomed French President Emmanuel Macron to Moscow in February has shocked many. Photo: Sputnik / Kremlin Pool / AP / NTB
German-American IT specialist and former KGB agent Jack Barsky believes Putin has fallen into a classic trap.28
For a period of ten years between 1978 and 1988, German-American Jack Philip Barsky spied on the United States on behalf of the Soviet Union. He turned the tables when he was exposed after the Cold War and has since worked for American intelligence. Therefore, he has also been allowed to stay in the United States.
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He published the biography "Deep Undercover" in 2017 where he tells about his journey from an IT specialist to an expert on espionage, where Russia is his area of expertise.
"Putin in Wonderland"
Now he claims that Putin has fallen into a classic presidential trap, in what CNN refers to as "Putin in Wonderland". Many have reacted to how isolated Putin lives, and the huge table he has received from other world leaders around, several meters away.
Jack Barsky was a so-called sleeping agent for the KGB for ten years, and claims to have met "several like Putin". Photo: Global Speakers Bureau
"A dictator like Vladimir Putin and Adolf Hitler, without claiming that the situation is the same, has an unshakable belief in himself," Jack Barsky said in a video interview with CNN .
- He has fallen into a classic trap
In the interview, he points out that this is not the first time that a "bizarre picture" of Russia's current president has appeared, where he mentions, among other things, a topless picture of Putin riding a horse. Barsky believes this is an indication that no one is questioning Putin's election, not unlike North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, who is also considered a dictator.
- There is no one who questions him, neither now nor before. Remember that I have met many people like Putin, people who always think that they are the smartest person in the room, and that is the biggest trap a leader can fall into. Putin has already fallen into it, says Barsky.
This is the picture from 2009 Barsky refers to. Photo: Alexei Druzhinin / RIA Novosti / Reuters / NTB
He Throws FSB under the bus
The former KGB agent considers it very likely that Putin has ignored warnings from Russian intelligence, where he cites Putin's accusations against the FSB as an example.
It was last week that Ukrainian intelligence went out and claimed that at least eight Russian generals had been fired as a result of the weak progress in the war in Ukraine. Putin is said to be furious at the Federal Security Service in Russia (FSB) for failing intelligence and poor strategic advice.
It is the head of the Ukrainian National Security Council, Oleksiy Danilov, who claims that the generals had to pay the price for the failed tactic as Russian forces met far stronger resistance and were far less organized than expected when the country invaded Ukraine 15 days ago.
BBC: Frustrated and suspicious Putin has put top spies under house arrest.
Barsky believes the information from Ukrainian intelligence is correct, but he considers it unlikely that the generals actually underestimated Ukrainian forces.
- I do not believe at all that the generals were not aware of how the Ukrainian military and people were going to react to this. Then Putin is more likely to dismiss them simply because "he knows better," Barsky said.
He, therefore, considers it more probable that the generals warned against just this, but that they are not heard and have now been thrown under the bus by their own president. He is far from the first to question Putin's behavior.
Security sources in the intelligence alliance Five Eyes claim, among other things, that Putin suffers from a serious illness, and that the side effects as a result of the treatment he has received may be the reason for his behavior. Serious illness will also provide a possible answer to why Putin keeps such a distance from other people, even when he has received them in Moscow.
France: Putin does not want to end the war
Poland's Deputy Foreign Minister: - Russia wanted to send a message that threatened NATO
This picture shows major destruction after the Russian attack on the Ukrainian military base outside Lviv on Sunday. Photo: Reuters / NTB
Fredrik Sveen - March 14, 2022 17:29 - Updated March 14, 2022 17:43
Russia's hostilities near the Polish border are provoking strong reactions from its deputy foreign minister. 189
On Sunday, Russia attacked the Ukrainian military base outside Lviv in the far west of Ukraine. The base is located only a few miles from the border with the NATO country Poland.
Poland's Deputy Foreign Minister Marcin Przydacz described the Russian attack as "very provocative".
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Of course, the Russians knew what they were hitting
At least 35 people were killed and 134 injured in the attack, according to Ukrainian authorities.
- Of course, the Russians knew what they were hitting, and they wanted to threaten NATO. They wanted to send a message that threatened NATO, says Przydacz.
Russian authorities, for their part, claim that several "foreign soldiers" were killed in the attack.
Up to 180 foreign mercenaries and a large stockpile of foreign weapons were destroyed, said Igor Konashenkov, a spokesman for Russia's Defense Ministry in a statement on Sunday afternoon. The information has not been confirmed by independent sources.
AP: Mother and child died after bombing a hospital
UD: Does not know that Norwegians are injured in the attack
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed on Monday to TV 2 that they do not know that Norwegians are injured or dead after the attack on Sunday night.
As far as the channel knows, several Norwegians have stayed at the facility in the time before the attack, and Swedish Jesper Söder wrote in a post on Facebook on Sunday that he helped Norwegians evacuate from the facility.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs further tells TV 2 that they do not have an overview of Norwegian citizens who have signed up for military service in the country.
According to the BBC, the military base outside Lviv was established in 2007 to train Ukrainian soldiers. Both the United States and NATO have often sent instructors to the base.
Russia attacked the base after threatening to fire on foreign arms supplies a few days earlier to help the Ukrainians defend themselves against the Russian war of aggression.
NATO and the United States say they do not currently have personnel in Ukraine, but Russia claims that "foreign mercenaries" were among those killed.
BBC: Frustrated and suspicious Putin has put top spies under house arrest
The United States fears that China will support Russia
March 14, 2022 7:27 PM - Updated March 14, 2022, 7:31 PM
On Monday, US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan again warned China against supporting Russia in the war against Ukraine. Photo: Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP
On Monday, US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan met with President Xi Jinping's close adviser Yang Jiechi in Rome to discuss the war in Ukraine.51
The United States fears that China will support Russia militarily in the war, but the Kremlin leadership denies that it has asked for such support.
The White House also fears that China will use the war in Ukraine as part of its rivalry with the United States, and what the Americans fear is a long-term strategy on the part of Beijing to deprive them of the economic and political hegemony in the world.
Russia denies requesting military assistance from China
This will be expensive
President Joe Biden's national security adviser Jake Sullivan warned Yang on Monday that it would cost China dearly if they supported Russia in the war, either militarily or by helping Moscow circumvent international sanctions.
China has not commented on what was said during the meeting in Rome.
On Monday, Yang Jiechi, a close foreign policy adviser to Chinese President Xi Jinping, discussed the war in Ukraine with President Joe Biden's National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan. The two met in Rome. Photo: Frederic J. Brown / AP
- The United States is spreading disinformation
A spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry denied before the meeting that Russia had asked China for arms support.
- The United States has recently spread disinformation directed at China in the Ukraine issue. This is malicious, said spokesman Zhao Lijian.
- It is now absolutely crucial that all parties show restraint and try to cool down the situation, instead of nurturing it. We must promote diplomatic solutions instead of escalating the situation further, he said.
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The Spaniards stock up on flour and sunflower oil - NTB
March 14, 2022 6:48 PM - Updated March 14, 2022, 6:50 PM
Residents walk along the streets of Barcelona. Photo: Emilio Morenatt / AP / NTB
Spanish grocery stores begin to run out of flour and sunflower oil as a result of Russia's invasion of Ukraine.16
Ukraine has previously covered as much as 62 percent of Spain's demand for sunflower oil, and the country is also one of the world's largest exporters of wheat and maize.
In the last week, the Spaniards have hoarded large amounts of flour and sunflower oil, and in more and more grocery stores, the shelves are now empty both for this and for oatmeal and cereal products such as pasta. Some stores have introduced a limit and sell only 5 liters of sunflower oil per person.
Spain is itself a major producer of olive oil, but this is far more expensive. Many Spanish consumers are also very skeptical of rapeseed oil as a result of a poisoning scandal that cost thousands of lives in 1981.
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Ukraine wants answers as to why there are German parts in Russian tanks - NTB
March 14, 2022 9:18 PM - Updated March 14, 2022, 9:18 PM
Ukraine claims to have found parts of German Bosch in destroyed Russian tanks, but it is unclear how these parts ended up there. Photo: Vadim Ghirda / AP
Ukraine claims to have found parts of German Bosch in Russian tanks, something Bosch and the German authorities do not understand.
The claim about the German parts was made by the Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, who on Sunday said that control systems from Bosch have been found in Russian tanks.
Since Germany is assisting Russia in this way, they should also assist the Ukrainian defense more, he said.
- Maybe it's time we get what we need to be able to defend ourselves, Kuleba said.
Germany has, among other things, contributed Stinger rockets and anti-tank weapons to Ukraine, but according to the foreign minister, the country expects more military aid.
Bosch denied on Monday that he had sold parts to the Russian military, but confirmed that the parts pictured in the Russian tanks were produced by them. How the company ended up in Russia, the company has no answer.
The German government is also investigating the case but only confirms that they have been made aware of the Bosch parts found in the Russian tanks.
Erdogan and Scholz are calling for a ceasefire in Ukraine
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