Day of Unity
Ukraine celebrates Unity Day on January 22nd. An inevitably special event in these times of war that prompted the Ukrainian Defense Minister to go there with his tweet. To remind how united Ukrainians are and how they will “win” this war.
The image of the hole in the hull of the boat
Mykhailo Podolyak, an adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, uses the image of a hole in the hull of a boat to describe the situation. “The boat has a hole. The Ukrainians in the team struggle to keep him afloat. Waiting won’t work. Everyone should behave the same. That means tanks, missiles, guns, money and more for Ukraine. »
Johnson meets Zelenskyy
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has uploaded a video of his meeting with Boris Johnson. “I feel so honored. You are so generous,” said the former British Prime Minister while shaking hands. The Ukrainian leader called him a “true friend of Ukraine” in a message on Telegram.
Supported by Rishi Sunak
Current British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak says he supports Boris Johnson’s visit to Ukraine. Its secretariat, in a statement picked up by the Guardian, says it is “friendly to anyone showing that the UK is behind Ukraine and will continue to support it”.
Boris Johnson’s visit
Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was in office when war broke out in Ukraine. In particular, he went to Boutcha, where a massacre was committed early in the conflict. He also visited the town of Borodyanka (photo below) near Kyiv, which was badly hit by the conflict.
The latest Ukrainian report
Ukrainian authorities estimate the number of Russian soldiers killed in combat since February 2022 at 120,760, or 600 more in 24 hours. 3145 tanks would have been destroyed as well as 6268 armored vehicles, 2144 artillery pieces, 1892 drones or 287 airplanes and 277 helicopters.
Threat in Russia ‘for years’
In its daily update, the British Ministry of Defense addresses the restructuring of the Russian army and defense announced this week, in particular the increase in the number of Soviet-era soldiers or a similar organization in certain regions. “Leaders most likely believe that a conventional military threat will remain for many years after the war. But Russia may struggle to meet its human and material needs. »
Dmitri Medvedev, former President of Russia (2008-2012) and current Vice-President of the Security Council of the Russian Federation, gives his vision of how the conflict will develop. In a Telegram message referring to the delivery of heavy weapons to Ukraine, he judges that “our enemies will try to destroy us indefinitely.” “A new military alliance will form out of the countries that the Americans and their pack of castrated dogs received (…) And then the states will throw away old Europe and the remnants of the unfortunate Ukrainians, and the world will return to a state of equilibrium . »
Macron: France and Germany’s ‘unwavering support’ for Ukraine
“After February 24, our union was neither divided nor evaded its responsibilities,” said Emmanuel Macron after a ceremony at the Sorbonne to mark the 60th anniversary of the reconciliation treaty between Germany and France. “Like the past, the future is based on the cooperation between our two countries as the engine of a united Europe,” adds Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz, who describes the “German-French engine” as a “compromise machine”. makes it possible to “convert controversies and diverging interests into convergent action”.
An investigation and audit in the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense
Regarding the corruption allegations, the Ukrainian defense announces the “preparation of documents” with the aim of opening an investigation into the “dissemination” of “misleading” information that “harms the interests of the defense during a particular period”. The Ministry therefore recalls “its principle of zero tolerance towards corruption” and stresses that “controls” are carried out on the signed contracts.
However, the ministry announces “an internal audit” and an “emergency meeting” surrounding Ukraine’s Defense Minister Oleksiï Reznikov to take place on Monday to “fully shed light on the process (and) circumstances surrounding the purchase of food for military personnel for 2023”.
The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense has denied corruption allegations
Ukraine’s defense ministry denies signing contracts at inflated prices, “two to three times higher” than current tariffs, for food destined for its soldiers. The signed contract in question for 2023 would amount to 13 billion hryvnia, or $350 million at the current exchange rate, according to news site ZN.UA. “The ministry procures the relevant products in accordance with the procedure established by law,” Ukraine’s defense ministry replies, denouncing the “false” information published in the press, which is “spread with the intention of deliberate manipulation.”
“We want to be sure that Ukrainians will triumph and that it will happen soon”
In an interview with Sky News, British Foreign Secretary James Cleverley assured him: “We want to be sure that the Ukrainians will triumph and that it will happen soon because it is the best way to save as many lives as possible (…) but they will all support Ukraine as it suits them.” The minister adds: “I have spoken with my international partners about the supply of armored vehicles, including Leopard 2 tanks, which are particularly effective. I want Ukraine to have such weapons.” And to state that he “will continue to negotiate with NATO allies” to ensure that the “best types of weapons” and military equipment are transferred to Ukraine.
France and Germany will support Ukraine “as long as necessary”.
Chancellor Olaf Scholz spoke this Sunday on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Franco-German friendship treaty. “We will provide Ukraine with all necessary support for as long as necessary,” promised the German Chancellor alongside French President Emmanuel Macron. “Together as Europeans to defend our European peace project,” added Olaf Scholz at a ceremony at the Sorbonne.
15 places near Zaporizhia attacked by the Russians
In its morning bulletin, the Ukrainian army announced that “more than 15 places were attacked by Russian artillery” in the Zaporizhia region on Saturday.
The line of contact between the Ukrainian and Russian armies in the Zaporijia region, unlike in the Donetsk and Kherson regions, has been stabilized for several months without major fighting.
Russia says progress is being made towards two villages in the Zaporizhia region
“The front is mobile, especially in two directions: Orikhiv and Goulyaïpolé,” the head of Moscow’s regional occupation authority Vladimir Rogov told Russia’s Ria Novosti news agency.
According to Vladimir Rogov, “the initiative is in our hands,” and fighting continues in these areas.
The West warned of a “tragedy of global proportions that will destroy countries”.
Vyacheslav Volodin, the speaker of the Russian parliament, calls on the leaders of the West to shoulder their responsibilities to humanity. “By their decisions, Washington and Brussels are leading the world into a terrible war: a type of hostilities very different from today, where strikes are carried out exclusively against military and critical infrastructure used by the Kiev regime. “, denounced the parliamentarians on Telegram. “Given the technological superiority of Russian weapons, foreign politicians making such decisions must understand: this could result in a tragedy on a global scale that will devastate their countries.”
Moscow threatens “global catastrophe”
State Duma President Vyacheslav Volodin warns that if NATO continues to supply arms to Ukraine, Russia will wreak havoc on the world. “The delivery of offensive weapons to the Kiev regime will lead to a global catastrophe,” the Russian parliamentarian announced on Telegram. If Washington and NATO countries provide weapons to attack civilian cities and attempt to conquer our territories, there will be retaliation with powerful weapons.”
German tanks: Warsaw demands “a clear statement” from Berlin.
Mateusz Morawieck, Poland’s prime minister, says he is waiting for a “clear statement” from Berlin authorizing the shipment of Leopard tanks it makes by countries that have them.
Poland, which has agreed to ship 14 Leopards to Kyiv, says it is in talks with about fifteen countries on the subject.
If Berlin refuses to deliver Leopards to Kyiv, “we will set up a small coalition of countries that are willing to donate some of their modern equipment, their modern tanks, to a fighting Ukraine,” the Polish head of government assured.
Exercises near Moscow
Russia announced yesterday that it has been conducting air defense exercises in the Moscow region to protect its critical infrastructure in the event of “air strikes”.
Homage to the Minister of Interior of Ukraine
Seven coffins of the victims of a helicopter crash, including Ukraine’s Interior Minister, were carefully placed in the hall of a building in central Kyiv by soldiers in ceremonial dress to the sound of a trumpet on Saturday, while the whole country paid tribute to them.
Citizens dressed in black earlier rushed to Maidan Square, rose in hand, to bid farewell to Ukraine’s Interior Minister Denys Monastyrsky and his colleagues, who died in Wednesday’s helicopter crash.
RT France has closed its doors
The French branch of the Russian channel made the announcement after the European Union decided to freeze its assets on Community territory. Moscow has promised retaliation against French broadcasters in Russia.
Warsaw calls Berlin’s attitude “unacceptable”
The Polish prime minister described Berlin’s refusal to deliver heavy Leopard tanks to Kyiv as “unacceptable” on Sunday. “Germany’s attitude is unacceptable. Almost a year has passed since the beginning of the war. Innocent people die every day. Russian bombs devastate Ukrainian cities. Civilian objects are being attacked, women and children are being murdered,” Mateusz Morawiecki told the PAP agency.
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