DIRECT.  War in Ukraine: The delivery of long  range weapons to Kyiv would lead to an escalation, according to the Kremlin  Archide

DIRECT. War in Ukraine: The delivery of long range weapons to Kyiv would lead to an escalation, according to the Kremlin Archide

11:39

Russia should be responsible for every burned Ukrainian city and village, Zelenskyy says

In another speech, President Zelenskyy said Russia should be held responsible for every life destroyed. “For every Ukrainian family destroyed by Russian missiles, bombs and mines. Justice must be restored. We must punish the evil,” he said.

11:34

Russia wants to use its new battle tanks for propaganda purposes

According to the British MoD, Russia plans to deploy a small number of its new T-14 Armata main battle tanks in Ukraine. According to intelligence agencies, however, this could be mainly for propaganda purposes. “Any deployment of T-14s is likely a risky move for Russia. After 11 years of development, the program was hampered by delays, a reduction in the size of the planned fleet, and reports of manufacturing problems. An additional challenge for Russia is adapting its supply chain to the T-14, as it is larger and heavier than other Russian tanks. If Russia uses T-14s, it will probably be mainly for propaganda purposes,” the report said.

11:29

The former Naftogaz CEO is suspected of embezzling funds

The former head of the gas supplier in Ukraine is suspected of having embezzled 5.76 million euros. If found guilty, he faces 7 to 20 years in prison with confiscation of property and no right to hold certain positions or engage in certain activities for up to 3 years.

11:22

The Kremlin warns that supplying long-range weapons to Kyiv would lead to an escalation

The Kremlin has warned that the supply of long-range weapons from the West to Ukraine, capable of penetrating deep into Russian territory, will lead to a dangerous escalation of the armed conflict between Kyiv and Moscow.

“It is potentially very dangerous, it would mean that the conflict would reach a new level that would not bode well for European security,” said Russian Presidency spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

11:00 a.m

Ten adults and six children remain in the hospital after the helicopter crash

According to the authorities, 16 people, including six children, are still in hospital after the helicopter crash that claimed the life of the interior minister. Others are treated on an outpatient basis. In addition, financial support is provided to the victims’ families. The site where the helicopter crashed has now been cleared of debris. In addition, children from the damaged kindergarten were diverted to neighboring kindergartens.

10:54

Charles Michel arrived in Kyiv

The President of the European Council is to discuss new support measures for Ukraine with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who has called for faster arms deliveries.

10:51

Sweden donates long-range weapons

Sweden has decided to supply the Ukrainian army with long-range Archer guns, a mobile and modern howitzer. This weapon has been claimed by Kyiv for many months.

10:15

Wagner Force Chief announces closure of YouTube in Russia

According to Evgueni Prigojine, the head of the Wagner forces, the YouTube page will be closed. And according to him, those who seek a connection will be “detected and punished.”

09:46

The Ministry of Defense of Belarus announces the start of joint activities with the Russian military

Belarus has become a Russian base in the conflict. The Ministry of Defense of Belarus announces the start of joint activities with the Russian military. Officially, these are exercises.

09:29

The whole country is now on alert

Explosions have just been heard in several cities across the country. No information is given for the balance sheets.

09:27

Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson does not believe in Russia using nuclear weapons

Boris Johnson, who has just been made an honorary citizen of the city of Kyiv, explained in Davos why he does not believe in the use of nuclear weapons by Russia. According to him, this use would lead to economic paralysis in Russia. Above all, states like China or India would turn massively against Putin. This statement comes as Medvedev repeated the threat.

09:16

Several cities such as Dnipropetrovsk, Vinnytsia, Kharkiv and the Zaporizhia region, but also Kyiv were put on alert because of air raids

09:11

Explosions heard in Kherson

09:09

459 children killed and more than 909 injured

Since the beginning of the conflict, according to the Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine, “as of January 19, 2023, more than 1,368 children in Ukraine have been affected by Russian armed aggression. 459 children were killed and over 909 injured of varying degrees of severity,” the report said. Also, across Ukraine, a total of 3,126 educational institutions were damaged and 337 of them were completely destroyed.

08:31

Zelenskyi intends to reconquer Crimea, “our country”.

Ukraine’s president said Thursday he intends to retake Crimea, annexed by Russia in 2014, and urged his western partners to supply him with more arms.

“Our goal is to liberate all our territories,” said the leader, speaking via video conference during a breakfast on the sidelines of the Davos Forum. “Crimea is our land, territory, sea and mountains. Give us your guns and we’ll get our land back,” he said.

08:23

Zelenskyy criticizes German hesitation in tank deliveries

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has criticized Germany’s reluctance to allow heavy tank deliveries, saying it is not the “right strategy”. “Sometimes you shouldn’t hesitate or compare yourself. When someone says “I will not deliver tanks if someone else does,” he said during a breakfast video conference at the Davos Forum.

08:15

A bombed building in Bakhmut

The images were captured by an Al Jazeera camera. This video was posted by the channel on Wednesday afternoon.

08:02

Charles Michel in Kyiv

EU Council President Charles Michel is traveling to Kyiv in the next few hours.

He must discuss new support measures for Ukraine with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who has called for faster arms deliveries.

The two leaders will “discuss concrete steps to ensure Ukraine becomes stronger and more powerful,” he said.

07:47

In Norway, a Wagner deserter is ready to reveal his secrets about the Russian group

After fleeing to Norway in epic conditions, a former Wagner mercenary is now a valuable witness who could shed light on the brutality of the Russian paramilitary group in Ukraine from the inside and fuel the prosecution against Moscow.

Andrei Medvedev, 26, last week managed to illegally cross the Pasvik, a currently frozen river that marks the Russian-Norwegian border in the far north.

He claims to have fought in Ukraine as head of a detachment of ten men within Wagner.

Alexei Medvedev says he knows of 10 executions by Wagner of mercenaries who refused to return to combat. He would have a video in his possession showing the murder of two of them. According to his lawyer, he is ready to testify about the practices of this mercenary group.

07:36

Ukrainian refugees soon had to leave their accommodation in Val-de-Marne

The Ukrainian families housed in the former gendarmerie building in Sucy-en-Brie received a note last December urging them to evacuate the site in the coming months. The town hall assures its willingness to accompany you. But they fear being homeless. Read our article

07:31

Germany gives green light to Leopard tanks if US sends Abrams tanks

Germany will give the green light to send German-made Leopard tanks to Ukraine if the United States agrees to send its own Abrams tanks, a government official told Portal. Chancellor Olaf Scholz has reportedly made the request behind closed doors repeatedly in recent days, amid pressure from other European countries to supply the tanks to Ukraine. But at the moment the United States has no intention of supplying these tanks.

07:28

The town of Marinka turned into a ghost town

Recent drone footage posted to YouTube shows the city completely in ruins. Marinka and its surroundings are one of the hottest places on the front line. Before the war, about 9,000 people lived in this municipality.

07:21

The next conference on Ukraine’s reconstruction will take place in London on June 20-21

According to the conference website, the Ukraine Reconstruction Conference (URC 2023) will take place in London on June 21-22. The conference will be part of the continuation of the cycle of annual events, the last of which was organized by Switzerland and Ukraine in Lugano.

07:16

Bomb attacks on Nikopol at night

According to Valentyn Reznichenko, the Russians shelled the Nikopol region with artillery fire during the night.

07:03

US releases $125 million to buy materials to restore power system

United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Samantha Power announces that “the Biden administration will allocate $125 million for electrical parts and other supplies to help repair teams in Ukraine deal with the Russian strikes help who have hit the country’s electrical system”. This funding will also help replenish inventories of gas turbines, transformers and other vital electrical equipment. This division has already delivered about 1,500 generator sets to Ukraine and invested US$55 million in the country’s heating infrastructure.

06:58

According to Americans, the Russians do not fully control Soledar and Bakhmut

US intelligence says Russians do not have full control over Soledar and Bakhmut and major battles are taking place. According to the National Security Council’s White House Strategic Communications Coordinator John Kirby, the American side does not consider these two cities unilaterally captured by the Russians, even if they have made progress. These fights are mainly fought by Prigozhin and his group Wagner.

06:43

Biden commemorates the victims of the accident

In a press release, the presidential couple said they were “commemorating the dozens of civilians killed or injured in this accident.”

06:43

A criminal investigation into the death of Home Secretary Denys Monastyrsky in his helicopter crash

Ukrainian authorities are launching a criminal investigation ordered by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy following the death of Interior Minister Denys Monastyrsky in the crash of his helicopter, which killed at least 14 people.

“The Security Service of Ukraine has opened a criminal investigation into this terrible incident,” President Zelenskyy said in his latest video message. “I instructed the head of the Security Service of Ukraine to clarify all the circumstances of the disaster in cooperation with all other authorized bodies.”

In addition, President Zelenskyy announced that “the head of the National Police of Ukraine will be the head of the ministry for the time being”. “We have also distributed the responsibilities assigned to the minister within the framework of our defense operation and ensuring state security,” added the President. Read our article

06:40