Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu announced, on Friday, that Moscow would create new military bases in western the country in response to the expansion of NATO.
“By the end of the year, 12 military units and divisions will be established in the Western Military District,” Shoigu said at a meeting in televised remarks.
In addition, Shoigu noted that the army expects to receive more than two thousand units of military equipment and weapons.
On his part, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy affirmed that Russia turned the Donbas region into “hell”, and killed many people in the Chernihiv region in northern Ukraine.
Zelenskyy accused Moscow of committing genocide, saying it is engaged in a “deliberate and criminal attempt to kill as many Ukrainians as possible.” There was no “military explanation” for the killing and destruction, he said.
“The brutal and absolutely pointless bombing of Severodonetsk … 12 dead and dozens wounded in just one day,” he indicated. “The bombing and shelling of other cities, the air and missile strikes of the Russian army – all this is not just hostilities during the war.”