British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak will urge world leaders to ensure a “lasting peace” for Ukraine with the launch of a new NATO charter to help him defend himself “again and again” against future declarations of war by Russia. At the Munich conference, Sunak is expected to call on countries to “double our military support” and warn that “every nation’s security and sovereignty” is at stake.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the US was inciting Ukraine to attack Russian territory directly. following comments by US Undersecretary of State Victoria Nuland on Crimea. Nuland had said the US was backing Ukraine in attacking targets in Crimea, which Russia annexed in 2014 in a move recognized by only a handful of mostly rogue states.
Up to 60,000 Russian soldiers have been killed in less than a year of Russia’s war in Ukrainesaid the British Ministry of Defence. The casualty rate “has increased significantly since September 2022, when ‘partial mobilization’ was imposed.” Convict recruits employed by Wagner may have had a casualty rate of one in two men.
This was confirmed by the website of the Russian Defense Ministry Lt. Gen. Andrey Mordvichev is the new head of the Central Military District, replacing Lt. Col. Alexandr Lapin, who was appointed chief of staff of Russia’s ground forces in January. Mordvichev’s appointment follows further sweeping changes in Russia’s military leadership.
Russia’s foreign ministry said it summoned the Dutch ambassador over what it described as “obsessive attempts” by authorities in the Netherlands to blame it for crashing flights MH17 in Ukraine in 2014. In a statement, Russia accused the joint investigative team set up to determine who was responsible for having been “politicized”.
The World Health Organization has asked for more funding to support Ukraine’s healthcare sector. which was severely damaged by the war. Ukraine needs more funding to ensure mental health, rehabilitation and community access to health services, WHO Regional Director for Europe Hans Kluge said at a briefing in the Ukrainian city of Zhytomyr.
A British embassy guard has been in prison for more than 13 years after a judge told him his “betrayal” put spying for Russia at “maximum risk” for his former colleagues. David Ballantyne Smith, 58, originally from Paisley, Scotland, copied classified documents he found in unlocked filing cabinets and on desks at the embassy, including a letter to then Prime Minister Boris Johnson about the war against Ukraine.