Russia’s stark warning about Crimea and the possibility of Kyiv retaking it
Russia’s stark warning about Crimea and the possibility that Kyiv intends to retake the peninsula annexed by Russia in 2014. For Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, the idea – and particularly the hypothesis that the United States could help the Ukrainians in this venture – is “extremely dangerous”.
“This will mean taking the conflict to a new level, which does not bode well for European security,” Peskov added.
Kyiv condemns Lavrov for comparing Russia to the Holocaust
Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry condemned yesterday’s statement by Russian Minister Sergei Lavrov comparing Russians to Jews in the Holocaust, speaking of the “final solution” and the actions of the United States and its allies against Hitler. Posing as a “victim” will not help him escape punishment, Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleg Nikolenko wrote on Facebook, Ukrainian media reported.
«The head of the Foreign Ministry of the Russian Federation compared Russians waging a war of aggression to millions of Jews killed by the Nazis during the Holocaust. Turns out it’s not Russian missiles firing at residential buildings in Ukraine, but the West, which formed a coalition to solve the “Russia question”. We strongly condemn Sergei Lavrov’s shameful statement, which will stain the memory of millions of Holocaust victims,” he said Nikolenko. The spokesman also reminded that the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Dmytro Kuleba, had already drawn attention to the ingrained antisemitism of Russian elites, as modern Russia is filled with hatred for other peoples. Lavrov said yesterday that the US and its allies want to put it into practice “a final solution” against Russia «like Hitler for the Jews».
The Kremlin: “Putin exists, Zelenskyy better accepts him”
“Russia and Putin exist and will exist” and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy should recognize this as soon as possible for the good of his country. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said this in response to Zelenskyy, who said in a video intervention at the Davos summit that he was “not entirely sure” whether Putin was still alive.
Zelensy: “I’m not entirely sure if Putin is alive”
Volodymyr Zelenskyy is not “quite sure” that Russian President Vladimir Putin is still alive and that he is the one making decisions in Russia, the Ukrainian leader said during his Videolink speech at the Davos Economic Forum. This was reported by the national media. “I don’t quite understand who and what to talk to. I’m not sure if the Russian president who sometimes speaks out against chroma key is really him,” Zelenskyy replied when asked about the possibility of peace talks.
Chroma key, mentioned by Zelensky, is a visual effects technique used to change the background around the subject of a video. Some believe that Putin uses it for his public television duties to make it appear as if he is visiting places when in reality he is in a safe place.
Poland: fast or forward agreement on Leopard without Berlin ok
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said Poland could deliver Leopard tanks without a Berlin permit. “The approval is secondary in this case. Either we will reach an agreement quickly, or we will do the right thing ourselves,” he said in a television interview, according to reports from the PAP agency.
Anti-aircraft alert throughout Ukrainian territory
An air raid alarm went off throughout Ukrainian territory this morning: the head of the Lviv military administration Maksym Kozytskyi announced this, national media reported. The alert was issued after 10:30 a.m. local time (9:30 a.m. in Italy).
From the US No to Atacm missiles
The United States has decided not to supply Ukraine with either the ATACM long-range missile systems or the ATACM missile systems for the time being Abrams tank: US Secretary of Defense Colin Kahl said so, as reported by Nbc News. “We believe the Ukrainians can change the dynamics on the battlefield and create the kind of effects they want to push back the Russians without the ATACM,” said Kahl, returning from a surprise trip to Ukraine. The Secretary of State then commented on this Washington is not yet ready to deliver Abrams tanks to Kyivstating that some systems are not useful if they are difficult to maintain or if troops are difficult to train to use them.
CNN, new US 2.5 billion weapons package
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.