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President Vladimir Putin Will Not Attend Late Gorbachev’s Funeral

President “Vladimir Putin” will not participate in the funeral session “late. Mikhail Gorbachev”, the last Soviet Union’s leader, the Kremlin has confirmed.

According to spokesman “Dmitry Peskov” said president Putin’s work schedule would not allow him to attend the event scheduled to hold on Saturday.

He said the Russian leader had earlier paid his ultimate respect at the Moscow hospital where Gorbachev died on Tuesday, aged 91.

Late. Gorbachev’s transition helped end the Cold War, but still caused the collapsed of the Soviet Union, which Mr Putin has lamented.

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In 2005, the Russian president said the break-up of the USSR was “the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the [20th] Century”.

However, in his telegram of condolences to Gorbachev’s family on Wednesday, Mr Putin struck a more conciliatory note, describing him as “a politician and statesman who had a huge impact on the course of world history”.

On Thursday, Russian state television showed Mr Putin placing red roses beside Gorbachev’s coffin in Moscow’s Central Clinical Hospital.

“Unfortunately, the president’s work schedule will not allow him to do this on 3 September, so he decided to do it today,” Mr Peskov told reporters.

Gorbachev’s funeral, which will be open to the public, will take place in Moscow’s Hall of Columns.

Afterwards, he will be buried at the city’s Novodevichy cemetery, next to his wife Raisa, who died in 1999.

Mr Peskov said Gorbachev’s ceremony would have “elements” of a state funeral and that the state was helping to organise it.

Furthermore, president Putin will not be the only high absentee from the funeral session. Many foreign leaders who might have been expected to attend are currently banned from Russian land, and this is in retaliation for Western sanctions imposed because of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Top government dignitaries and politicians from the US, UK, EU, Japan and Canada are among those on the exclusion list, including US President “Joe Biden” and UK Prime Minister “Boris Johnson”, as well as the two candidates vying to succeed him, “Liz Truss” and “Rishi Sunak”.

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Russia-Ukraine  Tensions: Ukraine Attacks In Russia Are Legitimate – UK minister

 

According to BBC reports, it would be acceptable for Ukrainian forces to use Western weapons to attack military targets on Russian soil, a UK defence minister has said.

James Heappey said strikes to disrupt supply lines were an “entirely legitimate” part of war.

Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov has accused Nato of engaging in a proxy war and said weapons delivered by the West to Ukraine would be fair targets.

The UK announced it will give Ukraine a small number of anti-aircraft vehicles.

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Western countries have donated hundreds of millions of pounds of military aid to Ukraine since Russia launched its invasion back in February and Nato and European Union officials are meeting in Germany to discuss further military assistance.

It comes as Russia has focused its forces on the eastern Donbas region of Ukraine, with the UK’s Ministry of Defence reporting the city of Kreminna, in Luhansk, has fallen.

Russia has accused Ukraine of attacking targets within its territory, including an oil depot in Belgorod, but Ukrainian forces have not confirmed any strikes.

Mr Heappey was asked on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme about reports that Ukraine had targeted a fuel depot on Russian territory.

The armed forces minister said: “The question is, is it acceptable for our weapons to be used against legitimate Russian military targets by the Ukrainians?

“Firstly, it’s Ukrainians that take the targeting decision, not the people who manufacture or export the kit in the first place. And secondly, it is entirely legitimate to go after targets in the depth of your opponents to disrupt their logistics and supply lines.”

He added that it was also a “perfectly legitimate” part of war for Russian forces to be striking targets in western Ukraine to disrupt Ukrainian supply lines as long as they avoided targeting civilians – “which unfortunately they have no taken much regard for so far”.

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