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Ukraine Russia, war news today. NYT: US will help Kyiv retake Crimea. Lavrov: "I know…

The United States would be determined to do so to give Ukraine more power of fire to give her the ability regain full control of Crimea. The New York Times reports, citing sources in the Biden administration. Interior Minister of Ukraine Denys Monastyrskyi died in the crash of the helicopter that crashed near a kindergarten in Brovary, Kyiv region. Among the 14 victims, including children, his deputy Yevhen Yenin and the undersecretary of the Interior Ministry.

“It was a surprise for us to see how Italy became one of the leaders of the anti-Russian front,” said the Russian foreign minister. Sergey Lavrov, during his annual press conference in Moscow. “I like Italians, they are very similar to Russians, and Russians like the Italian way of life. I can’t see them as people building walls and barriers. The attitude of confrontation (with Russia) was imposed on Europe”, and thus also on Italy.

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  • 03:45 New York: The US is open to the possibility of aid for the strike against Crimea


Kremlin, new supplies to Kyiv escalate conflict

Western shipments of new weapons to Ukraine could take the conflict to a new level. This was stated by Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, quoted by Tass.


Michel in Kyiv: “May 2023 be the year of victory”

“Back to Kyiv to discuss all areas of cooperation. May 2023 be the year of victory and peace.” European Council President Charles Michel wrote on Twitter, posting a photo of him at the Kiev train station. Michel is on a mission in Kyiv at the invitation of President Volodymyr Zelensky; The agenda includes a speech to the Rada and a meeting with the Prime Minister of Ukraine. A visit by Michel to a rehabilitation center for war veterans is also planned.


Zelensky criticizes German hesitation in supplying Leopards

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has criticized Germany’s reluctance to supply German-made Leopard tanks to Kyiv, arguing that this is not the “right strategy”. “There are moments when we shouldn’t hesitate or confront each other when someone says, ‘I won’t supply tanks unless someone else does…’ Critically citing rumors in the US press that Berlin will only deliver its Leopard main battle tanks, which are among the most modern in the world, if the USA cedes its Abrams tanks to Kyiv. Zelenskyi spoke via video conference during a working lunch organized on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos

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Medvedev: ‘Russia’s defeat could lead to nuclear war’

Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council and close Putin ally, Dmitry Medvedev, on the eve of the Contact Group meeting at the Ramstein military base in Germany, once again raises the specter of a nuclear war in Ukraine. “Tomorrow at the NATO base in Ramstein, the major military leaders will discuss new tactics and strategies, as well as the delivery of new heavy weapons and attack systems to Ukraine,” the former Russian president and prime minister wrote on Telegram. “And that was right after the Davos Forum, where the patrons of underdeveloped political parties repeated like a mantra: ‘To win peace, Russia must lose.’ And it never occurs to any of them to draw the following elementary conclusion: the defeat of a nuclear power in a conventional war can lead to the outbreak of a nuclear war,” stresses Medvedev. “Nuclear powers have not lost any major conflicts on which their fate depends. But that should be clear to everyone. Even a Western politician who has retained at least a trace of intelligence.”


CNN: “New US arms package will cost $2.5 billion”

The new US mega-military aid package to Ukraine will be worth a total of about $2.5 billion, reports CNN, citing two well-informed sources. This is one of the largest packages announced by Washington since the war began last February. The package, which has not yet been finalized, will include Stryker combat vehicles for the first time. The new help, the American broadcaster writes on its website, could be completed by the end of the week.


GB: Russia is evaluating the use of some T-14 Armata tanks

Russia is likely considering sending a small number of its new T-14 Armata main battle tanks to Ukraine. This was reported by a tweet from the UK Ministry of Defense in an intelligence update, which explained that some images showed T-14s at a training area in southern Russia in late December: the site has been linked to preparations for operation Ukraine. Later, “pro-government Russian media claimed that the T-14s were being prepared for deployment,” the intelligence agency said. “However, it is unclear whether Russia has already moved the type to Ukraine. Any deployment of T-14 is likely to be a high-risk decision for Russia’s fleet and reports of production 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,” the update reads. If Russia deploys the T-14, “it will likely be used primarily for propaganda purposes,” the report explains. Production will likely be a few dozen units, while commanders are unlikely to trust the vehicle in combat.


Police investigation into the helicopter crash

– Ukrainian authorities have opened a criminal investigation ordered by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy into the helicopter crash that killed at least 14 people, including Interior Minister Denys Monastyrsky.
“The Security Service of Ukraine has opened a criminal investigation into this terrible incident,” said Zelenskyy.
“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,” he added.


Nyt: The US is open to the possibility of assistance in the strike against Crimea

The Biden administration is beginning to admit that Kyiv may need military might to attack Crimea, the Ukrainian peninsula annexed by Russia in 2014. The New York Times writes. For years, the US insisted that Crimea was still part of Ukraine. But the White House has taken a firm line since Russia invaded Ukraine, refusing to supply Kyiv with the weapons it needs to retake the peninsula that Moscow has used as a base for devastating attacks. Now, according to the newspaper, that line is gradually softening, although the supreme commander does not yet appear ready to supply Ukraine with the long-range missile systems that Kyiv would need to attack Russian facilities in Crimea.

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Kyiv: “Russians have destroyed 200 medical facilities since the start of the war”

“Russia destroyed nearly 200 medical facilities in Ukraine, while around 1,000 were damaged.” This was stated by Minister of Health of Ukraine Viktor Lyashko. Ukrinform reports this.


Boris Johnson made honorary citizen of Kyiv

Kiev Mayor Vitaly Klitschko spoke to Boris Johnson in Davos and presented him with an award from the Ukrainian capital – the title of honorary citizen of the city of Kyiv. Klitschko himself announced it via his Telegram channel. “Boris repeatedly visited the Ukrainian capital, both in peacetime and at the most dramatic moment of our fight against the Russian aggressor. As Prime Minister of Great Britain, Johnson did everything to help Ukraine. And to continue to support us and convince the civilized. ” the necessary support in the world,” stressed Klitschko.


Russian raids on the Sumy region

Russian forces are shelling the municipalities of Krasnopil and Shalygin in the Sumy region “all day long” with mortar fire. This was reported by Ukriform, citing the head of the local regional military administration, Dmytro Zhivytskyi. There are no casualties or injuries.


White House: “German tanks? Every country should decide sovereignly”

“President Biden believes that each country must make its own sovereign decisions about what types of military assistance and equipment it can provide to Ukraine,” White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre said when asked the position of Berlin, which would subordinate the dispatch of its Leopards to those of US tanks.

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Zelensky: Thanks to the kindergarten staff for their courage

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy gave further details of the rescue operation at the Brovary helicopter crash site, during which kindergarten teachers and local residents helped evacuate and rescue the injured. The rescue operation lasted more than nine hours and the Security Service of Ukraine is conducting a criminal investigation into the incident, Zelenskyy said in his nightly video address.
“Hundreds of people were involved in putting out the fire, searching and recovering the wounded and conducting initial investigative measures: our first responders, police officers, soldiers of the National Guard, doctors, psychologists, employees of the Security Agency of Ukraine,” Zelenskyy said. “Thank you to everyone who took part in today’s rescue.”