Cover photo: “Russia is paying a heavy price today, as our sanctions are eroding its economy and setting it back a generation,” argued the European Commission President from the Ukrainian capital ahead of an EU-Ukraine meeting scheduled for Friday. SERGEI SUPINSKY / AFP
- In Kyiv, Ursula von der Leyen promises a tenth package of sanctions against Russia before February 24. “Russia is paying a heavy price today because our sanctions are undermining its economy and setting it back a generation,” argued the European Commission President from the Ukrainian capital ahead of an EU-Ukraine summit scheduled for Friday.
- At least three people were killed and around 20 injured when a Russian missile fired on a residential building in Kramatorsk on Wednesday (February 1). in eastern Ukraine, according to the Ukrainian authorities. “At least eight homes were damaged, including one completely destroyed. People could be lying under the rubble,” Donetsk police said.
- Ukraine launched a major anti-corruption operation on Wednesday. Searches targeted administrations, officials and personalities. “Justice will be served,” President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in his daily message. The head of the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU), Vasyl Maliouk, specified that this is a campaign to “deal a blow to the internal enemy”.
- Kyiv is hosting an EU summit on Friday that made the fight against corruption a condition of Ukraine’s entry into the European bloc. It is preceded by a meeting between members of the European Commission and the Ukrainian government.
- Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has announced his willingness to deploy F-16 fighter jets in the event of a consensus on this issue within NATO, in an interview with the German daily Bild.
- On the ground, the Russian army, allied with the Wagner paramilitary group, intensified the fighting, particularly to capture Bakhmout, City in the east that’s been pounding since the summer. Further south, Moscow also undertook an offensive on Vouhledar.
- Russia is celebrating the 80th anniversary of the Soviet victory in the Battle of Stalingrad on Thursday. important turning point of the Second World War and a symbol of patriotism, which Vladimir Putin fought for with redoubled strength in full offensive in Ukraine. The Russian president will travel to Volgograd to attend the celebrations, according to the Kremlin.
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