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DIRECT. War in Ukraine: Russia threatens major offensive, Kiev could run out of ammunition

From The Parisian

February 14, 2023 at 6:17 am, modified February 14, 2023 at 9:42 am

The essential

  • Fighting in eastern Ukraine, particularly near Bakhmout, continues to rage. The Wagner militia announced that they had taken control of the nearby village of Krasna Hora, which Kiev was denying.
  • Ukraine could soon run out of ammunition for NATO, putting the western defense industry “under pressure”.
  • Ukrainian soldiers are already being trained in Poland to use Leopard 2 tanks, which will arrive in Ukraine in April.
  • Because of the strikes in the country’s energy infrastructure, Kiev needs “thousands of generators,” the mayor announces.
  • For Norwegian intelligence, Russia is preparing to become an even more “authoritarian and militarized” state.


Paris aid in war crimes

French diplomacy reports that Ukrainian prosecutors and police officers are currently being trained in Paris on war crimes. Since the conflict began, Russia has been accused of perpetrating it on a large scale, and investigations have already begun.


The results of the year on the civilian side

According to Western sources, in almost a year of war in Ukraine, between 30,000 and 40,000 civilians have lost their lives, 20,000 of them in Mariupol alone.

A view of Mariupol port in May 2022. Portal / Pavel Klimov


The balance of the year on the army side

As the first anniversary of the start of the war in Ukraine approaches — the invasion took place on February 24 — it’s time to take stock: In almost a year, the conflict has killed or injured 180,000 soldiers on the Russian side and 100,000 on the Ukrainian side after Norway. Other Western sources mention 150,000 casualties on each side.


Moscow rejects allegations about Moldova

In a statement released on Tuesday, the Russian Foreign Ministry has denied Moldova’s allegations that Moscow is preparing “attacks on state buildings and hostage-taking” in the country. “Such claims are completely unfounded,” sweeps Russian diplomacy, picked up by Portal. This Monday, the Moldovan President confirmed the fears of a Russian coup attempt, voiced by Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Brussels last week.


Nationwide flight alert

The entire Ukraine is under air alert this Tuesday morning, the special website and the authorities of the different regions report on Telegram.


Try further north

According to the British Ministry of Defense, Russian forces continue their offensive in the north-west of the Luhansk region on the Kremina-Svatove line, but do not achieve a real breakthrough. However, according to the data, there is “a realistic possibility” that Moscow intends to retake the cities captured by Ukraine between September and November last year towards the Zherebets River, further west of the current line. The current situation suggests that “Russian forces have orders to advance in most sectors, but lack sufficient clout to have a decisive effect,” concludes the UK MoD.


Some victories for Wagner

According to the daily report of the British Defense Ministry, the Wagner group has “certainly made small advances” in the outskirts of Bakhmout and “in particular the village of Krasna Hora” in the past three days, which the militia claims to have taken this Sunday. But “the Ukrainian defense continues its efforts in this area,” British intelligence agencies say.


Bakhmout still under fire

“The city, its outskirts, the entire perimeter and more generally the Bakhmut and Konstantinovka region (Donetsk region) are being chaotically and senselessly bombed,” said Volodymyr Nazarenko, one of the Ukrainian military officials, Portal revealed. The presidency had already recognized the day before that the situation in this area was “complicated”.


Russian planes intercepted near Poland

Two Dutch F35 fighter jets intercepted and escorted three Russian military planes approaching Poland, according to a late statement by the Dutch Defense Ministry Monday night, picked up by Portal on Tuesday. The machines left the Kaliningrad enclave between Lithuania and Poland.


Finally a solution for two Russians who didn’t want to fight

Two Russian nationals who fled their country after refusing to fight in Ukraine and have been stranded at a South Korean airport since October have finally been allowed to apply for refugee status in the country. So far, South Korea has not recognized the will to avoid mobilization as sufficient reason to apply for asylum. But the men had taken the case to court.


Why the United States refuses to deliver ATACMS

Website Politico reveals that the Biden administration recently warned Kiev it would not supply it with long-range ATACMS missiles, particularly for fear they might run out in the event of possible future fighting. The other argument put forward is the fear that Ukraine will use these weapons to attack the territory.


Ukrainian soldiers trained in Poland

105 Ukrainian soldiers, who arrived straight from the front in Ukraine, are undergoing intensive training in Poland at a specialized base on Leopard tanks under the watchful eyes of Polish, Canadian and Norwegian instructors.

Germany expects to train its allies and supply Ukraine with a first battalion of these modern German-made tanks by April, German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius said last week.


Controversial naval exercises in South Africa

The Russian military frigate Admiral Gorshkov docked in Cape Town on Monday for joint naval exercises off the South African coast, the Russian Consulate General in South Africa said, amid criticism of the training.

The South African country announced in January that it would welcome the Chinese and Russian marines for a 10-day period starting Friday for a “multilateral exercise” and “strengthening ties” between the three countries. Pretoria has maintained a neutral stance since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began on February 24, refusing to join Western calls to condemn Moscow.


NATO meeting on weapons

Members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization meet on Tuesday to discuss arms supplies to Ukraine in particular.

On Monday, the organization’s secretary-general sounded the alarm, saying that “Ukraine’s current ammunition consumption (was) much higher than our current production rate.” “That puts our arms industry under pressure,” added Jens Stoltenberg.


Good morning

And welcome to this new directive dedicated to the Russian offensive in Ukraine, which is in its 356th day.

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