The shelling in the Sumy region continues
In the early morning, the Sumy region was again bombed. 120mm shells were fired at the village of Bachivsk. According to the Ukrainian authorities, no one was injured when the infrastructure was damaged.
Money transfers from Russia to neighboring countries increased by 300-500% in 2022
According to central banks, money transfers from Russia to Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia and Georgia have reached a record level of around 300-500% compared to last year.
The deserter from the Wagner group claims to have seen his comrades being shot while fleeing the front
The former Russian Wagner Group mercenary who fled to Norway and has just been released by Norwegian police would have made a scathing statement. According to Portal, he said he saw some of his comrades being shot at as they tried to flee the Ukrainian front. In addition, Andrei Medvedev, 26, says he feared for his life after seeing Russian prisoners recruited by the Wagner group being killed or mistreated.
A bombed apartment building in Kostyantynivka
According to Ukrainian social networks, a residential building was bombed in Kostiantynivka. According to Donetsk Region Governor Pavlo Kyrylenko, three people were killed and two injured.
Power outages in Odessa and Donetsk regions
According to the energy supplier, there are difficulties with the electricity supply in Ukraine, especially in the Odessa and Donetsk regions. Some facilities were bombed. On the other hand, the situation in Kyiv and in the Dnipropetrovsk region has stabilized.
Warning of air strikes in Dnipropetrovsk, Zaporizhia, Poltava, Kherson, Kharkiv and Sumy region
Many cities were bombed during the night. Explosions were heard in Kostyantynivka in the Donetsk region or in Kramatorsk, Nikopol and Kryvyi Rih.
Ukraine wants to subpoena the Hungarian ambassador over Orban’s “unacceptable” statements
The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry will summon the Hungarian Ambassador to Ukraine. Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleg Nikolenko called Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s comments on Ukraine “completely unacceptable”. Orban said Ukraine is a no man’s land and compared it to Afghanistan. According to him, Budapest is taking a deliberate step aimed at “destroying Hungarian-Ukrainian relations”.
Croatia donates 1 million euros to buy generators for schools and hospitals
The Foreign Ministry has announced that it wants to buy generators for one million euros for schools and hospitals without electricity after the numerous bombings.
Zelenskyy denounces the CIO’s “hypocrisy” and invites his boss to Bakhmut to the front
In his recent video intervention, Ukrainian President Zelenskyy denounced the “hypocrisy” of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and invited its chairman Thomas Bach to visit Bakhmut, one of the hottest spots in the war with Russia.
“I invite Mr. Bach to Bakhmut so that he can see with his own eyes that there is no such thing as neutrality,” he said, adding, “It is obvious that every neutral flag of Russian athletes is stained with blood.” Despite repeated calls from Ukraine to ban Russian and Belarusian athletes from the Paris 2024 Olympics, the IOC said on Wednesday it was “investigating” the possibility of allowing them to compete under a neutral banner.
At least 300 Russian soldiers killed in Makiivka strike, British intelligence says
In its daily statement, the British Ministry of Defense returned to the bombing of the Russian barracks in Makiivka near the city of Donetsk on January 1, 2023. According to intelligence services, Russia most likely suffered more than 300 casualties from this bombing. “We estimate that the majority were probably killed or missing rather than injured.” The Russian Defense Ministry had admitted casualties and reported 89 dead.
“The difference between the number of victims recognized by Russia and the likely true total underscores the pervasive presence of disinformation in Russian public announcements,” the ministry said, adding, “This is usually the result of a combination of intentional lies perpetrated by senior leaders.” authorized and inaccurate reporting by younger officials who seek to downplay their failures in the Russian “blame and dismiss” culture.
Ukraine will receive Leopard tanks from Spain this spring
Spanish Defense Minister Margarita Robles has announced that the Leopard tanks, which Spain will send to Ukraine as part of the Western allies’ decision, will arrive in Ukraine as early as this spring, once development procedures are complete. According to her, these tanks are currently stationed in Zaragoza.
The documentary “20 Days in Mariupol” by Mstyslav Chernov, Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival
Mstyslav Chernov’s documentary 20 Days in Mariupol, about the first weeks of the Russian invasion, won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival in the United States. “The film captures the beginning of the Russian invasion, the bombing of a maternity ward and the rescue of the author and his Associated Press colleagues from the city surrounded by Russian troops,” said the film’s production team, which included photographer Evgeniy Maloletka and Field Producer Vasilisa Stepanenko.
North Korea says Washington is fomenting a “proxy war” against Russia
North Korea has condemned the US decision to send tanks to Ukraine. According to Kim Yo-jong, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, Washington is “further crossing the red line” by blaming the “archcriminal” United States for being responsible for the war in Ukraine. “Behind this decision is the United States’ sinister desire to achieve its goal of hegemony” by continuing to foment a “proxy war to destroy Russia,” she continued. She assured that Pyongyang will “always” stand by the Russians.
The 100 billion euros for the Bundeswehr “will not be enough”, according to the defense minister
The fund of 100 billion euros announced by Olaf Scholz after the Russian invasion of Ukraine to modernize the Bundeswehr “will not be enough,” Boris Pistorius warned on Friday. According to the minister, Germany, which announced on Wednesday the delivery of heavy tanks to Kyiv, is now faced with new procurement costs that were not planned at the beginning of the Russian attack.
Moscow urges Latvian ambassador to leave Russia ‘within two weeks’
“The Ambassador of Latvia, (Maris) Riekstins, has been instructed to leave the Russian Federation within two weeks,” Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Friday, deploring Riga’s “total Russophobia” toward which it “takes full responsibility for the current situation.” . Extreme diplomatic tensions have arisen between the two countries in recent days over the war in Ukraine.
Paris denounces Moscow’s ‘appalling’ statements on the Holocaust
“Having read some statements from Moscow, I want to say how appalling and shocking they are. This is an undignified provocation on a day like today,” French diplomatic chief Catherine Colonna said on Friday, referring to Vladimir Putin’s statements against “neo-Nazis in Ukraine.”
321 heavy tanks promised to Ukraine by westerners
Vadym Omelchenko, Ukraine’s Ambassador to France, on Friday night underscored the urgency for Kyiv to receive as soon as possible the heavy tanks promised by several countries to counter the Russian army.
Speaking to BFMTV, the ambassador announced that “many countries have officially confirmed their agreement to deliver 321 heavy tanks to Ukraine.” According to him, Kyiv needs this help “as soon as possible”. “If it waited until August or September, it would be too late,” he warned.
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