War in Ukraine: Zelenskyy minister dies in helicopter crash, Canada supplies armored vehicles to Kyiv

War in Ukraine: Zelenskyy minister dies in helicopter crash, Canada supplies armored vehicles to Kyiv

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news of the day

Chaos in Brovary. This Wednesday, a helicopter crashed near a kindergarten and a residential building in the city of 100,000 on the outskirts of Kyiv. Ukrainian Interior Minister Denys Monastyrsky, who was on board, did not survive the crash. The plane had to approach a combat zone.

According to the various announcements made by the authorities, the number of victims has evolved throughout the day. The most recent notification of the accident reported 14 deaths, including a child. 25 people were injured, including 11 children, while there were nine people in the apparatus, including the minister and his deputy.

International leaders did not fail to react to this accident. “Sad about the tragic death of Ukraine’s Interior Minister Denys Monastyrsky. Thoughts for all the victims of this terrible event that happened near a kindergarten, for the children and the families. France sends its condolences to its Ukrainian friends,” commented Emmanuel Macron in a tweet published in French and Ukrainian.

EU Council President Charles Michel and Chancellor Olaf Scholz also reacted, while Volodymyr Zelenskyy lamented a “terrible tragedy”.

phrase of the day

A win is guaranteed, I have no doubt about that. »

These are the words of Vladimir Putin. Visiting an arms factory in Saint Petersburg on Wednesday, the Russian president reiterated his belief in his troops’ success in Ukraine, despite several severe setbacks since war broke out almost a year ago.

“The unity of the Russian people, the courage and heroism of our soldiers […] and, of course, the work of our military and industrial sector”, according to the leader, Russia could lead to success. The Kremlin lord reiterated his accusations against Ukraine, dubbed the “neo-Nazi” regime, and said he wanted to protect residents of Ukraine’s separatist east.

The number of the day

200 Like the number of light armored vehicles Canada promised Kyiv. “These vehicles are equipped with the most advanced technologies and can easily be armed,” said Canadian Defense Minister Anita Anand during her visit to the Ukrainian capital.

Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko, present at the forum in Davos, Switzerland, expressed confidence in the delivery of additional arms to Ukraine. “Unofficially I have very good and positive signals,” commented the former boxer.

While the UK has announced plans to deliver Challenger 2 armored vehicles, the first western-made heavy tanks, to Kyiv, pressure is mounting on Germany, which is currently not supplying heavy vehicles to its ally Ukraine.

But the lines could be rerouted on Friday in Ramstein, Germany, within the US-led Contact Group for Ukraine. NATO allies will supply Kyiv with “heavier and more modern” weapons, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg promised on Wednesday.

The tendency

Sberbank settles in Crimea. Despite American and European sanctions against the Ukrainian peninsula annexed by Russia in 2014, the first Russian bank will open offices there.

“Bank branches will be opened during the year, the first of them in the largest cities will start operating in the first half of the year,” Sberbank said, congratulating itself on having “already installed the first bank ATMs” at the Region.