No Ukrainian military equipment at nuclear power plants, says IAEA
Contrary to the assertions of the Russians, the inspectors of the International Agency of Atomic Energy (IAEA) in place on the majority of the nuclear sites in Ukraine did not find any military equipment of the Ukrainian army during the checks.
Germany wants to buy tanks from Qatar
While the German government has approved the delivery to Ukraine of Leopard 1 tanks from industrial stocks, according to the Sueddeutsche Zeitung, the German government is seeking to buy back Gepard tanks from Qatar. These fifteen tanks had been acquired by Doha before the World Cup to secure the stadiums.
Danone could sell part of its assets in Russia
The French company Danone is ready to cede control of part of its Russian assets to potential investors with the possibility of a buyout, according to the Russian site Kommersant. 75% of the assets could be sold but Danone would still like to keep a stake and a seat on the board of directors of the Russian company after the transaction. This agreement should only concern Russian brands like Prostokvashino, Rastishka and Tema.
Danone announced on October 14 that it had decided to initiate the transfer of effective control of its dairy and vegetable activities in Russia.
The Grain from Ukraine humanitarian initiative delivered 110,000 tonnes of grain
Four ships carrying a total of 110,000 tons of grain have already left Ukrainian ports as part of the Grains of Ukraine initiative, according to Ukrainian Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food Mykola Solsky. These cereals were sent to Ethiopia and Somalia. A new ship should leave for Kenya then others towards Sudan or Yemen. However, according to the Ukrainian minister, the Russian side partly hinders the operation of this aid with extensive inspections of ships.
Russia has lost nearly 200,000 soldiers according to the New York Times
Since the beginning of the conflict, Russia has lost around 200,000 soldiers in Ukraine. According to the newspaper, these losses in just eleven are “8 times higher than the American losses in two decades of war in Afghanistan” adding that the Russian army suffered particularly heavy losses during the battles of Bakhmut and Soledar. For its part, the Ukrainian army estimates the Russian losses at 129,870 soldiers.
Ukraine and its allies want to negotiate a multi-billion loan program with the IMF
Ukraine and its allies are pushing the International Monetary Fund to finalize plans for a multi-billion dollar loan program, according to the Financial Times. IMF officials plan to meet Ukrainian officials in mid-February. This loan could be 14 to 16 billion dollars.
Italian SAMP/T Mamba anti-aircraft system operational within two months
The SAMP/T anti-missile system should be operational within the next two months, according to Antonio Tajani, Italian Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister. This system is the result of a collaboration between Italy and France. In November 2022, kyiv had asked its Western allies to increase the supply of anti-missile systems, specifically mentioning the SAMP/T.
The toll worsened in Kramatorsk
A fourth body was found in Kramatorsk after Wednesday’s shelling of the city. “Rescuers recovered the body of a dead woman from under the rubble of a building,” according to the administration of Donetsk. Previously, the report showed three people killed and 21 others injured, including two seriously injured. Among those killed were a school headmistress, 47, and her 50-year-old husband.
No, the United States did not offer to cede 20% of Ukraine in exchange for the cessation of hostilities
According to the German newspaper Neue Zürcher Zeitung in Berlin, Joe Biden sent CIA chief Bill Burns to kyiv in January to offer to give 20% of Ukraine to the Russians in exchange for a cessation of hostilities. According to this newspaper, which cites two German government sources, Russia and Ukraine have refused this offer. Following this visit, Joe Biden would have decided to send the tanks to Ukraine. This information was denied by the Biden administration. “That’s completely untrue,” said CIA spokeswoman Tammy Thorp.
JO-2024: Washington supports the participation of Russian athletes under neutral banner
The United States supports the participation of Russian and Belarusian athletes in the 2024 Olympics under a neutral banner, but opposed to displaying their flags, the White House said Thursday.
An EU-Ukraine summit in Kyiv
European commissioners and diplomats arrived yesterday in kyiv for the EU-Ukraine summit which is taking place during the day. The objective is both to start talks for Ukraine’s entry into the European Union but also for the 27 to grant new aid for the country at war. New aid of 500 million euros has already been announced by Ursula Von der Leyen, the President of the European Commission.
For his part, President Zelensky in his daily address considered that Ukraine “deserves” to begin “this year” to discuss its accession to the EU.
kyiv accuses Moscow of sexually exploiting children abducted in Ukraine
Ukraine’s human rights commissioner on Thursday accused Russia of abducting children from his country to fuel sex trafficking.
“Accounts (on the application) Telegram reveal that the Russians kidnap Ukrainian children and make sex videos with them,” said Dmytro Lubinets, in a message on Telegram.
Scholz: “A war between NATO and Russia would be terrible”
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