During a visit to Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky declared that it is “absolutely fair” for Ukraine to attack targets within the Russian mainland. This statement comes in the aftermath of a recent drone attack on Moscow, which was attributed to Ukrainian forces.
Ukraine’s Shift in Rhetoric on Drone Strikes
President Zelensky’s remarks represent a departure from Ukraine’s usual rhetoric regarding drone strikes and explosions in Russia. Previously, Ukraine had denied involvement and attributed such actions to Russian citizens attempting to overthrow the Putin regime, allowing for plausible deniability.
Unveiling of Remote-Controlled “Sea Drones”
In addition to the recent drone strikes on the Russian mainland, Ukraine has revealed remote-controlled “sea drones” designed to target the Russian Navy in the Black Sea. These small unmanned motor-boats are equipped with explosives to attack warships.
Optimism about the Current State of the War
Despite some observations that the anticipated counter-offensive has been less successful than expected, President Zelensky expressed optimism about Ukraine’s position in the war, asserting that “Russian aggression has gone bankrupt on the battlefield.” However, he also cautioned about potential attacks on Ukraine’s energy sector and critical facilities.
Putin’s Stance on Cease-Fire Discussions
Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed his willingness to engage in cease-fire discussions with Ukraine but only if Ukraine’s forces halt their offensive actions. He stated that the Ukrainian army is on the offensive, and Russia cannot cease fire while under attack.
Peace Talks and International Involvement
A summit is reportedly being planned in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, to discuss the conflict, with representatives from various countries expected to attend. However, Russia has not been invited to the talks, and it remains uncertain what potential outcomes can be achieved without their involvement.
Western Capitals’ Position
The Biden administration recently announced additional military aid to Ukraine, indicating ongoing support for Ukraine in the conflict. In contrast, Saudi Arabia has taken an unexpected role as a potential peace broker in the situation.