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Putin’s state TV puppet reveals ‘second Ukraine’ will be next on Russian invasion target list | World | News

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A close ally of President Vladimir Putin has warned that the international community could soon see a “second Ukraine” as he hinted at the possibility of another European country becoming the target of Russian aggression.

Former Russian commander Andrey Gurulyov has suggested that new NATO member Finland could be next on Moscow’s blacklist over the construction of a new Russian military base near the border with Russia. EU member state.

The Republic of Karelia was previously part of Finland but was seized by Russia at the start of the Winter War, the name used for the Soviet invasion of the European nation, in 1939.

Gurulyov said he had been monitoring Finnish media in recent months, detecting growing claims about Karelia’s capital, Petrozavodsk.

The capital is only 173 kilometers from the border and, according to Finnish reports, this is where Moscow has decided to build a new military base.

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Gurulyov made the comments during his latest appearance on Russian state television and BBC Monitoring reporter. Francis Scarr shared the clip online.

Scarr accompanied the video with the following caption: “Russian MP Andrei Gurulyov says Finland is becoming a “second Ukraine” and says the Finns have growing territorial claims to Petrozavodsk.

The Russian lawmaker said: “We understand very well that they are turning Finland into a second Ukraine. It is impossible not to notice these processes.

“Today the atmosphere is heating up in Finland, I have given my colleagues a specific instruction to look at what the Finns write – and it is horrible!

“They happily say: ‘Petrozavodsk is ours!’ and all the rest.”

The comments come just weeks after geopolitical analysts warned that Russia could be preparing for a possible clash with the Baltics.

The Russian Defense Ministry presented a new presidential decree on October 8 that would strip the Northern Fleet of its status and transfer its constituent regions to the control of the reformed Leningrad Military District.

The district is a key part of the Russian armed forces and is closest to Finland and the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

All four countries have strengthened their defenses following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, and Finland even applied and was welcomed into NATO after years of being in limbo.

Russian military analyst Yuri Fedorov told independent investigative publication Agentstvo that the district was designed to be activated in a “specific theater of operations.”

Fedorov said: “The Leningrad Military District has two theaters: the Baltics and Finland.

“For the district to have enough connections, it must be saturated with troops. As a result, troops stationed in these areas are transferred to (the district).”

He also suggested that the redistribution of troops on the Finnish border highlights Russia’s efforts to prepare for a future war once the conflict in Ukraine ends.

He added: “Russia will face an even more difficult task, because the army is beaten, modern weapons are exhausted and the war has exposed many weak points in the army.

“They will work to recreate armed forces capable of waging war in Europe and with Ukraine and NATO in the Western theater.”

The Institute for the Study of War also suggests that moving troops to the 1,287 km border Russia shares with Finland reveals Moscow’s posturing strategy.

They said: “Although it remains unclear how Russia will be able to mobilize, train and organize these forces into new formations at the military district level. »



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