Fresh Russian shelling in the past 24 hours has killed at least 10 Ukrainian civilians and wounded another 20. “The situation at the front, and especially in the Donetsk region, remains extremely serious. The occupiers are destroying these cities and the surrounding villages in a targeted and systematic manner. The Russian army has no shortage of means of destruction. And it can only be stopped with violence,” said the Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelenskyy. The Italian government will launch the sixth delivery of weapons in the next few days: “The third world war would begin the moment the Russian tanks arrive in Kyiv and thus at the borders of Europe. Making sure that doesn’t happen is the only way to stop World War III,” the Secretary of Defense said Guido Crosetto
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Ukraine, two dead in yesterday’s bombing of Kherson
Two people were killed and seven others injured in yesterday’s Russian bomb attack on the city of Kherson and the region of the same name in southern Ukraine, the regional military administration said on Telegram, as local media reported. According to the government, the Russians opened fire on towns and villages with artillery, rocket launchers and mortars.
The Moscow army shelled Kherson itself five times, damaging residential buildings and medical facilities. “Yesterday, as a result of Russian aggression, two people were killed, seven residents of the Kherson region were injured,” the administration wrote.
Seoul is closing its doors to Russian deserters, five of whom have been living at the airport for months
Five Russian defectors have been stuck at South Korea’s Incheon International Airport for months after authorities in Seoul refused to accept them as refugees. These are Russian citizens who fled their country after President Vladimir Putin ordered a general military mobilization to fight in Ukraine. Three arrived in October and the other two in November, her attorney said Lee Jong Chan. Their applications for refugee status were rejected by South Korea’s Justice Ministry, leaving them stuck in the departures area for months awaiting a decision on their appeal, the lawyer told CNN. “They get one meal a day, which is lunch – said Lee – for the rest of the day they live on bread and drink.”
Vladimir Konstantino, head of the Crimean Parliament: “The extradition of the leopards takes the conflict to a new level”
The delivery of German-made Leopard tanks to the Kiev army “will take the conflict to a new level”. This was stated by the chairman of the Assembly of Crimea, the regional parliament desired by Russia. Vladimir Konstantin, during an interview with the Ria Novosti news agency. “The delivery of German and American offensive weapons, which will probably not be limited to tanks, will certainly lead (the conflict) into a new round,” Konstantinov said. “No leopard will stop Russia,” Konstantinov continued, confident that the pace of what he calls a “military special operation” in Ukraine will now accelerate.
Ukraine, Zelenskyy commemorates Holocaust: “Kill hatred and indifference”
“Today, as always, Ukraine honors the memory of millions of victims of the Holocaust. We know and we remember that indifference kills together with hate.” The Ukrainian President said Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
Strong explosion in Mariupol, Andryushchenko: “Increasingly frequent episodes”
A powerful explosion resounded in the city this morning Mariupol occupied by Russian forces, in Donetsk region (southeast). said the mayor’s adviser Petro Andryushchenko via telegram. The explosion occurred near the Azovmash (cargo) and Ilyich (steel) factories. “A powerful explosion in Mariupol twenty minutes ago. Also in the district of Kalmius, which borders on the settlements of Azovmash/Illich. We clarify the reasons. These episodes are becoming more and more common,” Andryushchenko wrote.
Ukraine, ISV: “The Kremlin is preparing decisive actions in the Donbass”
Vladimir Putin is preparing a new offensive in Donbass to regain control of the situation on the ground: According to the American Institute for the Study of War, this should take place within the next six months, probably in the Lugansk region. This analysis, ISW reports, aligns with rumors published by the Bloomberg agency, citing Kremlin sources, that the new offensive could begin shortly, in February or March. The aim would be to reverse Russia’s previous military setbacks and win the war in the longer term. The American analysis was also reported in the Ukrainian press.
Ukraine, the Ambassador of Kyiv in Paris
The West sends 321 tanks to Ukraine. This was stated by the Ambassador of Kyiv in Paris Vadym Omelchenko during an interview with CNN-affiliated BFM and French TV channels. “To date, several countries have officially confirmed their agreement on the delivery of 321 heavy tanks to Ukraine,” the diplomat said, without specifying which countries made the agreement, nor the delivery times.
From Leopard 2 to Armata, western and russian tanks compared
by Gianluca Di Feo, graphics by Paola Cipriani January 25, 2023
Kiev’s ambassador to France: “300 tanks will arrive from the west”
Western countries will deliver more than 300 tanks to Ukraine, Kyiv’s ambassador to France Vadym Omelchenko reported in an interview with French channels and CNN. Omelchenko did not specify which countries would send supplies or provide a breakdown of the models, according to the CNN website. Omelchenko’s words come after the US pledged to supply 31 M1 Abrams tanks and Germany agreed to send 14 Leopard 2 A6s. Britain had previously promised 14 Challenger 2 tanks, while Poland obtained approval from Germany to transfer some of its German-made Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine
The alarm from Kyiv: “Russia is preparing a major offensive for February 24”
Russia is preparing a new wave of offensives against Ukraine for February 24, exactly a year after the start of the invasion. With that in mind, Russian forces have been testing Ukraine’s defense capabilities near Zaporizhia for the past few days. This was stated by the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksii Danilov on Radio Svoboda, adding that the Russian goal is to expand the borders of the eastern Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts. According to Danilov, the coming months will be very difficult for Ukraine, “as Russia will step up its offensives and Ukraine awaits much-needed arms supplies recently promised by Western allies”