Panic stricken Washington calls Moscow
With Russia continuing to make strategic gains in Ukraine, panic stricken US defence secretary Lloyd Austin called his Russian counterpart General Sergei Shiogu, Friday to plead for an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine. The call initiated by Austin was received by Shiogu, marks the first time since they spoke since February 18 a few days before Russia launched its “special military operation” in Ukraine.
“I spoke with Russian Minister of Defense Sergey Shoygu today for the first time since February 18th. I urged an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine and I emphasized the importance of maintaining lines of communication.” Austin said in a tweet.
“Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu had telephone talks with US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin at the initiative of the American side. The sides discussed current issues of international security, including the situation in Ukraine,” Russian Defence Ministry said.
According to a US official the hour long call was professional and did not lead to any new solutions. The call came before the Russian Defence Minister briefed the Kremlin on progress in Ukraine. According to a Russian MoD briefing today. “High precision of the Russian Aerospace Forces have destroyed the headquarters of the territorial defence and battalion of the 24th Mechanized Brigade near Zolotoe and Vrubovka, Lugansk People’s Republic. In addition, 32 areas of manpower and military equipment concentration and 1 ammunition depot near Krasnopavlovka, Kharkov Region, have been hit. The attacks have resulted in the elimination of more than 300 nationalists and up to 37 armoured and motor vehicles.”
Meanwhile against the backdrop of Russia’s strategic gains in the Donbass, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz called Vladimir Putin and pleaded for an immediate ceasefire. “The chancellor and the Russian president also discussed the global situation with food products which has particularly worsened over Russia’s offensive war,” he said. “The chancellor reiterated that Russia carries a special responsibility in this matter,” “unequivocally rejected the accusation that Nazism is rampant in Ukraine.” In light of the serious military situation and the consequences of war in Ukraine, especially in Mariupol, in the conversation with the Russian president, the chancellor insisted on achieving a ceasefire” The Reich Chancellery spokesman said on the 75 minute phone call between Putin and Scholz.
At the United Nations Security Council, Friday the Deputy Representative of the US to the UN Richard Mills denied the US was running a bio warfare programme in Ukraine prior to the Russian invasion. “We heard this morning fanciful claims about poisoned banknotes, secret treatment of psychiatric prisoners, non-disclosure agreements as if the Russian delegation talking points came from a bad spy novel,” he said. “Even the documents Moscow circulated don’t support their allegations.”