Cover Photo: Downtown Bakhmout was bombed by the Russians on Sunday February 12, 2023. LIBKOS / AP
- Members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) are meeting in Brussels this week discuss the next deliveries of weapons and ammunition to Ukraine. “No decision is expected for fighter jets on Tuesday,” assured several delegations. But “the delivery of combat aircraft is being discussed,” promised the Secretary General of the transatlantic organization, Jens Stoltenberg.
- President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy reported on Tuesday about an “extremely difficult” situation in eastern Ukraine: Russian troops who have gained ground, especially at Bakhmout. “The situation at the front, especially in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, remains extremely difficult. It’s literally a fight for every meter of Ukrainian land,” Zelenskyy said during his evening video address.
- On Monday, Kiev recognized a situation “complicated” near the village of Paraskoviïvkaabout ten kilometers from the center of Bakhmout, which is “intensively bombed and attacked” by the Russians.
- The Russian army claims to have taken the village of Krasna Hora, in the immediate vicinity of Paraskoviïvka. She thus continues her attempt to surround Bakhmout. The fortress city of Donbass has acquired the status of a symbol of the struggle between Moscow and Kiev for control of this industrial region in the east.
- In Koupyansk, a liberated city, the fear of a return of the Russians. The Ukrainians retook this eastern Ukrainian city in September after a lightning-fast counteroffensive. But with the Russian military just 10 miles northeast of it, Ukrainian forces are on high alert.
- Silvio Berlusconi blames Volodymyr Zelensky for the war in Ukraine. On Monday, the former Italian prime minister blamed the Ukrainian president for the almost year-long Russian invasion, opposing the unconditional support of Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni in Kiev.
- Olympia 2024: According to the mayor of Kiev, Russian athletes should only take part if they denounce the war. Russian athletes should take a public stand against the war in Ukraine if they want to compete in the Paris 2024 Olympics, Kyiv mayor and former world boxing champion Vitali Klitschko said on Monday. “Russian and Belarusian athletes cannot compete in the Paris Olympics unless they say ‘no’ to the war. If they say it publicly, they can, but they’re scared,” he said in an interview with Agence France-Presse.
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