Russia loses in Donbass … and a discussion about extending travel ban for Taliban leaders

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June 19, 2022 7:46 AM GMT

Date of update: June 19, 2022 8:05 AM GMT

International newspapers published today, Sunday, covered the latest developments in the war in Ukraine, amid talk of massive Russian casualties among its soldiers as a result of resistance by Ukrainian forces in the Donbas region; This slowed the advance of the Russian army in the eastern region of Ukraine.

Newspapers have warned of “catastrophic health conditions in the coastal city of Mariupol, in southeastern Ukraine”, with reports of an outbreak of “cholera” due to water and air pollution, in addition to the lack of readiness of hospitals.

The newspapers highlighted discussions within the US administration over whether to extend the decision to cancel the travel ban for the leaders of the Afghan Taliban movement, which dates back to 2019 and ends on Monday.

Russia..human suffering

The Wall Street Journal reported that Russia is suffering heavy losses in the ranks of its forces as a result of the war in Ukraine, at a time when Moscow is trying to take the initiative in eastern Ukraine and achieve its goals. checking “Donbass”.

The newspaper said that since the beginning of what it calls a “special military operation”, and despite its gains in the east and south of the country, Russia has lost a large number of soldiers in its initial attempt to capture the Ukrainian capital, Kiev. .

“The Russian leadership has been reluctant to take the step of declaring war, which would allow it to order a full mobilization, as analysts believe that this would very closely link the fate of Russian President Vladimir Putin to the outcome,” she added. .

Instead, Moscow has introduced a series of interim measures to strengthen its ranks, offering lucrative short-term contracts, to allow the registration of those over 40; That could put tens of thousands of soldiers on the waiting list. “

Meanwhile, Phillips O’Brien, professor of strategic studies at St Andrews University in Scotland, is quoted as saying: “There are strong indications that the Russians have major problems in generating the kind of manpower they need, without being met. mobilization ”.

This comes as analysts claim that Ukrainian forces, thanks to Western weapons, have killed between 10,000 and 15,000 Russian soldiers and wounded others on the battlefield. The first “Guard Tank Army”, for its failure to conquer the city of Kharkiv. , and other leaders.

According to the American newspaper, analysts said that “units that suffered heavy losses withdrew to rebuild or reunite their soldiers with other units before returning them to Ukraine to continue fighting in the east.”

All of the above forced the Kremlin to find new manpower, as the Russian military began taking short-term contracts for months to help replenish its combat units, and recruiting officers began sending orders to veterans. . “To report on their whereabouts if a wider mobilization is launched.”

In an effort to save the situation, the newspaper said: “The Russian military decided to increase the monthly salaries of contract soldiers to nearly $ 4,000 a month, about four times the average salary in Russia.”

“Military analysts believe that such steps are not ideal for Moscow’s military goals and objectives,” he said, noting that “this kind of short-term contracting with soldiers undermines the unit’s cohesion and cohesion on the battlefield.”

Analysts say Russia’s slow progress in the war is due to a number of factors, including the lack of troops to break Ukraine’s lines, explaining that this is why Moscow chose to rely on artillery to weaken Ukrainian defenses before to progress.

“Cholera” in Mariupol

The British newspaper “Daily Express” reported that the Ukrainian city of Mariupol is suffering from another crisis, as many residents there complain of “cholera” symptoms every day.

This comes at a time when both the Red Cross and the United Nations confirmed that much of the city’s infrastructure was damaged or destroyed and water mixed with sewage, as “cholera” and other diseases are commonly caught eating contaminated food or drink. water, and is associated with Close to poor sewers.

“The bodies and uncollected debris add to the unsanitary conditions,” British newspapers quoted Ukrainian officials as saying, noting that there had been an outbreak of the disease in Mariupol earlier and isolated cases were reported last month.

In this regard, the adviser to the mayor of Mariupol, Petro Andryushenko, told the Daily Express that “hospitals in the city occupied by Russia are poorly equipped and do not have test kits for reagents and antibiotics.”

The official added that “there are no reagents in hospitals to perform tests, not even antibiotics, because the Russians took everything”, stressing that “instead of treatment, people are sent to their homes”.

Extending travel ban for Taliban leaders

The American magazine “Foreign Policy” reported that the administration of US President Joe Biden has been involved in a fierce internal debate whether it will extend the decision to “lift the travel ban” for the leaders of the Afghan “Taliban” movement, which dates back to before. . until 2019.

The UN Security Council had imposed a long-term international travel ban on Taliban leaders, but it was lifted to allow foreign powers to take part in peace talks at the time with the militant movement and the Afghan government led by Ashraf Ghani. . The exemption expires on Monday; This puts Washington and other Western powers in a diplomatic dilemma.

And “Foreign Policy” saw that this leniency with the “Taliban” strengthens its control over power in Afghanistan, despite its lack of international recognition as a legitimate government.

The magazine said Western powers could extend the ban to continue dealing with the Taliban, but considered such a move could be seen as a “reward” for the movement accused of launching massive crackdowns on its opponents and curtailing the rights of human. files.

“The administration of US President Joe Biden has not decided whether to support an extension of the travel ban,” she said, quoting a US National Security Council spokesman, saying discussions were still ongoing and “no decision official has not been received. “

“Human rights groups are pressuring the US administration to reinstate the travel ban, while Washington’s key allies at the United Nations are hinting that they will support an extension of the waiver,” she added.

The magazine noted, “There are officials within the US State Department and the National Security Council who think that Washington should stop traveling with Taliban militants, citing the lack of any real progress in the talks to facilitate the suppression of the movement against women and girls. or the fulfillment of any promise. “

“The US president is facing increasing political pressure not to be seen as lenient with the Taliban, especially by his critics in the Republican Party, as his decision to withdraw from Afghanistan led to chaos, the downfall of the Afghan government. “and the victory of the Taliban.”

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