invasion of Ukraine
Ukraine receives a boost with the arrival of the first German Leopard tanks, as the Russian army increases pressure on enemy positions on the outskirts of Donetsk, the most militarized area of the Ukrainian front.
The EU says to give Ukraine the weapons it asks for and rejects that they are outdated
The European Union (EU) is providing Ukraine with the arms and ammunition that the country is requesting, and rejects that it is outdated material, a community spokesman said on Tuesday. “We are not giving outdated equipment. What we are giving to Ukraine, or what the EU is reimbursing and what member states are giving is, first of all, based on the needs defined by the Ukrainian defense forces,” he said. the community spokesman for Foreign Affairs Peter Stano, during the daily press conference of the European Commission. “We give Ukraine what it asks for, if we have it available,” he stressed, adding that “as long as the weapon fires, it is effective,” it is valid and, in turn, “responds to the needs of the Ukrainians.” (EFE)
Putin’s squire has become a “hawk”
Russian President Vladimir Putin has had many allies and confidants since coming to power, but only one faithful squire, Dmitri Medvedev. Converted into a “hawk” since the beginning of the military intervention in Ukraine, he now seems the only safe bet for the head of the Kremlin and the perfect scapegoat in case of defeat on the battlefield. “Let’s be honest, Ukraine is part of Russia. But for geopolitical reasons… for a long time we were content to live in different apartments,” Medvedev said in a recent interview with Russian media. He arrived in Moscow a quarter of a century ago as Putin’s assistant, became his dauphin, kept the Kremlin seat for him (2008-12), headed the Government and the presidential party, and now he is in charge of directing the military industry and, in his spare time, to intimidate Western leaders through social media. (EFE)
The EU is “prepared for all scenarios”
Vladimir Putin’s announcement that Russia to Deploy Tactical Nuclear Weapons in Belarus is of great concern to the international community. From the European Union, the spokesman for Foreign Affairs, Peter Stano, insists that the 27 are “prepared for all scenarios“, but they warn that if these missiles are finally deployed in Belarus, the Russian action will not go unanswered.
Belarus Justifies Russia’s Deployment Of Tactical Nuclear Weapons
The Government of Belarus has justified the need to strengthen its defensive capabilities given the “legitimate concerns” it has in terms of security and has described as “exaggerated” the international reactions to the deployment of Russian tactical nuclear weapons, announced on Saturday by the president of Russia, Vladimir Putin. The Belarusian Foreign Ministry has stated in a statement that, “during the last two and a half years”, since the controversial elections of August 2020 that revalidated the mandate of Alexander Lukashenko amid suspicions of fraud, the country has been the victim of pressure “unprecedented” political and economic situation for which he blames the NATO and EU countries.
Pro-Russian authorities in Donetsk claim Russian forces control the Bakhmut industrial zone
The pro-Russian authorities of the Ukrainian region of Donetsk (east) have assured that Russian forces have taken full control of the industrial zone of the city of Bakhmut, one of the main objectives of the offensive in recent months. The leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, Denis Pushilin, has indicated in statements to the Russian journalist Vladimir Soloviov that “there has been a major cleanup in the industrial zone of the AZOM plant.” “They are finishing off the militiamen, isolated groups remain,” he said.
These are the four countries that have US nuclear weapons
Putin has argued that supplying other countries with nuclear weapons, as he wants to do with Belarus, is not unusual. And it is that the United States has been doing this for decades. Specifically, there are four European countries that currently store US nuclear weapons on their territory: Italy, which would have 70 weapons; Belgium and Germany with 20; and the Netherlands with 24.
Ukraine asks the European Olympic Committees for a “clear” position on Russia
The president of the Ukrainian Olympic Committee and Minister of Sports of the country, Vadym Huttsait, has asked the body that groups the European Olympic Committees to adopt a “common and clear” position on the participation or not of Russian and Belarusian athletes in the Olympic Games of Paris 2024. Huttsait’s demand comes weeks after the Asian and African Olympic Committees ruled in favor of athletes from Russia and Belarus – whom Kiev wants to exclude due to their countries’ participation in the invasion of Ukraine – compete in the Games.
Poland denounces an attack by migrants against a patrol on the border with Belarus
The Polish Border Guard has reported an attack allegedly perpetrated by migrants trying to cross the border from Belarus against a patrol that was working in the area. “The Dubica Tserkevna checkpoint, where Polish agents are located, has been attacked by a group of men from the Belarusian side,” the Border Guard said in a statement posted on Twitter.
Russia conducts anti-ship missile test in the Sea of Japan
The Russian Armed Forces have carried out a test with anti-ship missiles in the Gulf of Peter the Great, located in the Sea of Japan, as confirmed by the Russian Ministry of Defense, which have indicated that two vessels have carried out practices against an enemy. simulated. Thus, it has indicated in a statement published on its website that two vessels, part of the Pacific Fleet, have participated in “planned combat training activities” in which they have launched two ‘Moskit’ cruise missiles, known as ‘ SS-N-22 Sunburn’ within NATO.
The Ukrainian front lines, without moving for four months
The front lines in Ukraine have hardly moved for more than four months despite the Russian winter offensive. The Ukrainian army aims to wear down the Russian forces before mounting its own attack. Russia’s Wagner mercenary force, fighting alongside Russian forces in eastern Ukraine and believed to have suffered heavy losses, is trying to replenish its ranks ahead of any Ukrainian counteroffensive.
Russians remain unsuccessful in their bid to control Bakhmut, according to Kyiv
The Russian Army continues in its effort to control the strategic city of Bakhmut, on the eastern front of Ukraine, without success and assuming great human and material losses, Ukrainian military sources say. Faced with this situation, the priority task of the Ukrainian military forces “is to exhaust the Russian army and inflict heavy losses on it,” Oleksandr Syrskyi, commander of the Ukrainian Land Forces, explained in his Telegram account.
Zelensky accuses Russia of holding the Zaporizhia nuclear plant ‘hostage’
Ukraine’s president claims that Russian troops were holding the Zaporizhia nuclear plant “hostage” and that its safety could not be guaranteed until they left it, while his forces closed off the frontline town of Avdiivka as they plan their next move. Russian troops have occupied the nuclear power plant, the largest in Europe, since the first weeks of the invasion of Ukraine and have shown no inclination to cede control.
Ukraine evidenced the “double standards” of the international system, denounces AI
The response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine has shown that the international system is not prepared to deal with global crises, the world’s “double standards” on human rights and an international community unable to unite around universal values, Amnesty denounced. International (IA).
In its annual report on the global situation of human rights, presented this year from Paris, the organization highlighted that “the large-scale invasion of Ukraine by Russia in 2022 triggered numerous war crimes, generated a global energy and food crisis and sought to further disrupt a weak multilateral system.”
The first Leopards arrive in Ukraine from Germany
Analysts believe that Ukraine could mount a counter-attack in earnest between April and May, when the weather improves and more military aid arrives, including Leopard and Challenger main battle tanks. For now, the 18 Leopard 2 tanks, the workhorse of armies across Europe, promised by Germany, have arrived in Ukraine. “I am sure they can make a decisive contribution on the front,” German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius said on Twitter.
An NGO collects bicycles to send to the territories hardest hit by Russian bombing
A Danish NGO collects used bicycles from all over Europe to send them to the territories liberated or hardest hit by Russian bombing in Ukraine, where social workers and civil society activists use them to reach those who live in the most remote places and need help.
Zelenski will intervene in the Summit of Democracies promoted by the United States
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky will discuss his vision for a “just and lasting” peace ending the war at the US-led Summit of Democracies.
Ukraine destroys 14 Russian drones launched towards Kyiv
Ukrainian authorities say air defenses have shot down Russian drones near kyiv and report that falling debris has set a non-residential site on fire, leaving no casualties. Serhiy Popko, head of the Kyiv city military administration, claims that Russia launched 15 drones towards Kiev, but that Ukraine’s air defense forces identified and destroyed “all enemy targets” in the airspace around the capital. Except for one, whose remains fell in the western district of Kyiv. EFE reports.
Russia fails to get the Security Council to approve its plan to investigate the sabotage of the Nord Stream
The UN Security Council has rejected a resolution proposal presented by Russia to launch an international investigation into the sabotage of the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines that took place last September. Russia has only received the support of China and Brazil, while the other twelve member states of the Security Council abstained, which meant that the text fell far short of the nine favorable votes required to be approved.
United Nations warns that nuclear risks “are alarmingly high”
The General Secretariat of the United Nations has warned that the nuclear risks, after the announcement of the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, to transfer nuclear weapons to Belarus, “are alarmingly high” and urges to avoid an escalation. The spokesman Stéphane Dujarric has indicated that the “general state of tensions around nuclear weapons” is “very worrying”, for which he has urged to avoid “all actions that could lead to a miscalculation or an escalation with catastrophic consequences.” Reports Europa Press.
Ukraine already has German, British and US tanks
Ukraine receives a boost with the arrival of the first German Leopard tanks. The British Challenger tanks and the United States’ Stryker and Cougar are already in the country. Meanwhile, the Russian army increases the pressure on the enemy positions on the outskirts of Donetsk.