Ukraine is recruiting new soldiers, fearing another violent Russian offensive. According to Kyiv, the date chosen by Putin could be symbolic: February 24, the first anniversary of the war that is bloodying Eastern Europe. The worst situation remains in Donbass, where 14 civilians died in an attack on a hospital yesterday. “Ukraine needs long-range missiles, especially to deprive the occupying forces of the opportunity to position their rocket launchers far from the front line and use them to destroy Ukrainian cities,” said the Ukrainian president. Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
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08:58 Scholz: “I will continue to speak to Putin”
North Korea denies arms sales to Russia
North Korea has denied supplying arms to Moscow, an accusation by the US that accused Pyongyang of sending rockets and missiles to Russia’s private military group Wagner, which Washington has described as a transnational criminal organization.
As the Guardian newspaper recalls, the White House showed US intelligence photos showing Russian train cars entering North Korea, picking up missiles and infantry missiles and returning to Russia.
Kim Jong Un (Portal) 09:09
GB: “Moscow conjures up USSR with military education in schools”
Moscow’s decision to include basic military training in the secondary school curriculum “underscores Russia’s increasingly militarized atmosphere of war and is an incantation of the Soviet Union: similar training was compulsory in schools until 1993. In recent weeks, the Russian Ministry of Education has provided more Details on the course, titled ‘Basics of Life Safety’, to be rolled out in schools, which the report says will be compulsory from September 1.
New sanctions against Russia and Belarus
Ukraine has imposed new sanctions on Russia and Belarus: 182 companies and three individuals are on the list. “Their assets in Ukraine are frozen, their property is used in our defense,” said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. According to the Kyiv Security and Defense Council, the sanctioned companies are mainly engaged in the transport of goods, vehicle rental and the manufacture of chemicals.
Scholz: “I will continue to speak to Putin”
“I will call Putin again because we need to talk to each other. It is up to Putin to withdraw troops from Ukraine and stop this terrible senseless war that has already claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people,” Chancellor Scholz said, stressing that the situation will not change as long as Russia continues the war with the current one continue aggression level. The Chancellor then recalled that previous phone calls with Putin “had not been rude”, but stressed that the Russian leader had repeatedly made it clear that he wanted to “forcibly annex parts of his neighboring country”, which he added was “unacceptable”.
Olaf Scholz (Portal)
Ukraine: “16 Russian attacks in Donetsk and Luhansk repelled”
Ukrainian forces repelled 16 Russian attacks in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts. This was reported by the “Kyiv Independent”, citing the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Kyiv, according to which the Ukrainian army repelled the Russian attacks near Dibrova and Bilohorivka in the Luhansk region and Yampolivka, Verkhnokamianske, Rozdolivka, Sil, Blahodatne , Paraskoviivka, Bakhmut , Ivanivske, Klishchiivka, Novomykhailivka, Vodiane, Marnka, Pobieda, Vuhledar in the Donetsk region. Ukrainian forces also attacked two Russian checkpoints, two air defense concentration areas, six temporary Moscow troop bases, an ammunition depot and an electronic warfare system.
The General Staff also reported that the Russian military launched one missile, 32 airstrikes and more than 65 MLRS strikes on Ukraine yesterday.
Mr. Scholz, we will do everything to avoid a Russia-NATO war
Chancellor Olaf Scholz has assured that his government will do “everything” to prevent an escalation of the war between Russia and NATO member states after Berlin this week approved the deployment of Leopard 2 tanks to Kyiv. “We have done everything to prevent an escalation of the Ukraine conflict leading to a war between Russia and the NATO countries. We will do everything to ensure that this does not happen,” said Scholz at a joint press conference with the Argentine President Alberto Fernández at the Palazzo San Martìn, seat of the Argentine Ministry of Foreign Affairs.