“The struggle for Donbass continues, and although the occupiers have now concentrated their greatest efforts on Soledar, the result of this difficult and protracted struggle will be the liberation of our entire Donbass.” Soldiers resist the increasingly fierce Russian attacks in Bakhmut and Soledar, Kreminna and Svatov. “In these places – he added – everything is completely destroyed, there is almost no life left and the whole earth under Soledar is covered with corpses.” The Kremlin is questioning Italy by showing photos of “Italian-made mines” defused by the Russians on Ukrainian territory, but already in the last few days Minister Crosetto had explained the fake news: “The photo of the Russian Embassy in Italy – he repeats – with Italian mines hypothetically defused in Ukraine, this only shows the “long-term” effect of weapons (especially some), but it has nothing to do with recent military supplies», as well as from the Italian campaign to ban mines. According to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, the supply of tanks and other weapons to Ukraine announced by several Western countries last week would only “prolong the suffering of the Ukrainians” and not “change the balance of power”. Last week, the US and Germany said they would supply tanks for the infantry, while France said it would send light tanks to Kyiv. The supply of arms to Ukraine in the sixth aid package that the Meloni government will develop in the coming weeks remains a mystery. Meanwhile, Russia’s human rights commissioner Tatyana Moskalkova plans to meet her Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Lubinets in Turkey this week. The meeting is to take place on the sidelines of a summit that will be attended by human rights representatives from different countries from Thursday to Saturday.
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Ukrainian media: i. Used to dispatch Stryker armored vehicles to Kyiv
According to sources familiar with the dossier cited by Politico, the United States is considering sending Stryker armored fighting vehicles to Ukraine in an upcoming aid package to help Kyiv repel an expected Russian spring offensive. The news follows the Biden administration’s announcement last week that it would send 50 Bradley Fighting Vehicles, a powerful tracked armored personnel carrier carrying an autocannon, machine gun and towed missiles. According to US newspaper sources, the Strykers could be part of the next tranche of military aid. The US government could announce the package late next week at a meeting of Ukraine’s Defense Contact Group in Germany.
Zelensky: Our soldiers are resisting Bakhmut and Soledar
«The fight for Donbass continues. And although the occupiers have now concentrated their greatest efforts on Soledar, the result of this difficult and protracted struggle will be the liberation of our entire Donbass.” This was stated by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in the usual evening video address. “In Soledar we gained additional time and forces for Ukraine,” Zelensky explained, adding that in these areas “everything is completely destroyed, there is almost no life left. All the land below Soledar is covered with the corpses of the invaders.’
Pentagon: fierce fighting in Donbass
Although the front lines between Russian invaders and Ukrainian defenders have not “changed much”, fighting in the Donbass region has been “bitter”. This was reported by a senior Pentagon official, who stressed that fighting in the Bakhmut sector in the Donetsk region “devastated the area with tens of thousands of artillery shells.” Three Russian warships capable of firing Kalibr cruise missiles are in the Black Sea, and airspace over Ukraine remains disputed.
White House: Aid to Kyiv for 2023 rock solid
“Solid as rock.” This is how National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan defines the financial and military aid already allocated to Ukraine for 2023, despite the majority change in the House of Representatives, which is now led by a Republican. Answering journalists’ questions during Joe Biden’s visit to Mexico, Sullivan recalled that Congress has already approved $45 billion for Ukraine, a sum higher than the $37 billion requested by the White House -Dollar. The chamber’s new speaker, Republican Kevin McCarthy, has repeatedly reiterated that the new majority in Kyiv will not sign blank checks and has hinted that he could block approval of new aid packages.