NATO ally to supply Ukraine with ‘heavier and more modern’ weapons
President Volodymyr Zelensky on Wednesday in Davos launched a “call for speed” in decision-making for aid to Ukraine, Germany is still hesitant to authorize the delivery of Leopard tanks to his country.
Fourteen killed in helicopter crash Ukraine’s Minister of the Interior, a NATO ally that will supply Ukraine with “heavier and more modern” weapons, Putin who has “no doubts” about Russia’s victory… Le Figaro take into account, this Thursday 18 January, the conflict in Ukraine.
At Davos, Zelensky found hope for a “heavier and more modern” weapon.
Weapons soon “heavier and more modern” for Ukraine: this was announced on Wednesday by the NATO Secretary General in Davos, where Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called for a quicker decision from his allies on the assistance provided to his country in the face of a Russian invasion. The contact group for Ukraine, which brings together some fifty countries led by the United States, met Friday at the American base in Ramstein in Germany to coordinate the continuation of aid to Kyiv. “The key message is increased support with heavier and more modern weapons”said Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary General of the Atlantic Alliance, during a World Economic Forum roundtable, which met this week in a Swiss ski resort.
Shortly before that, Volodymyr Zelensky stepped in via videoconference to launch a “ask for speed”, in which it is hard not to see an allusion to Germany’s hesitation to allow the delivery of Leopard tanks to its country. The latter is among the Western-designed modern heavy tanks that Kyiv has demanded from its allies and which experts say will be crucial in the coming battle in eastern Ukraine. “Tyranny advances faster than democracy”complained the president of Ukraine. “The time the free world thinks is used by terrorist nations to kill”he accused.
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Pressure has increased in recent days on German Chancellor Olaf Scholz to authorize the immediate delivery of the Leopard, a powerful battle tank, to Ukraine. Any shipment of war material made in Germany must get the green light from Berlin, and the leaders of Finland, Lithuania, Poland and Britain again called for a swift decision on Tuesday. Olaf Scholz, who was speaking before President Zelensky at the ski resort of Davos, made no such announcement in his speech.
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Fourteen died in a helicopter crash Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine
Ukraine’s Interior Minister Denys Monastyrsky died on Wednesday near Kyiv in his helicopter crash that killed at least 14 people, including a child from a kindergarten, while traveling to the front in a full-blown war with Russia. The aircraft, a Super Puma EC-225 (Airbus Helicopter, ex-Eurocopter) according to its State Service for Emergency Situations (SES), crashed at 8:20 am in Brovary, near Kyiv. “The kindergarten building was hit, and the fire then spread to the windows of the fourteen-story building and three cars,” indicates the SES on Telegram, mentions that there are 9 people in the apparatus including the minister and his deputies. 25 people were also injured and hospitalized, including 11 children.
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“Our pain is unspeakable”, President Volodymyr Zelensky said in an online message, referring to the fact that the accident had affected the kindergarten, and the deaths of the Minister of Internal Affairs, his deputy Yevgeny Lenin and State Secretary for Internal Affairs Yuriy Lubkovych. He said he ordered an investigation into the cause of the crash. The Security Service of Ukraine has indicated that they are considering all avenues, including a “deliberate destructive action”. German Interior Minister Nancy Faeser offered kyiv “support” Berlin is under this investigation. In a statement, US President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, welcomed “a reformer and a patriot” and criticize a “heartbreaking tragedy”.
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Putin has ‘no doubt’ about Russia’s victory
President Vladimir Putin thus assured on Wednesday that he had “without doubt” on Russia’s victory “ensure”, almost a year after the start of Russian operations on Ukrainian territory. He argued that Russia was facing a “neo-Nazi regime” in Ukraine and said he would continue“Help” East Ukrainian separatist population, during a trip to an arms factory in Saint Petersburg. His Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, went further, comparing the actions of Western countries against his country with “final solution” the Nazi regime to exterminate the Jewish people.
“Just as Napoleon mobilized almost all of Europe against the Russian Empire, when Hitler mobilized and conquered most of the European countries to launch an attack on the Soviet Union, today the United States has formed coalitions” against Moscow, he told a news conference. Their job issame: “final solution” to the Russian question. Just as Hitler wanted to settle the Jewish question, now Western leaders… are clearly saying that Russia must suffer a strategic defeat.”he added.
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Ukrainian president writes to Xi Jinping for ‘dialogue’
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky wrote to his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping “dialog”said his wife Olena Zelenska on Wednesday, who conveyed this official letter to the Chinese delegation present at the Davos Forum. “It is a gesture and a call to dialogue”, he stated during a press conference in Switzerland, having mentioned this letter a little earlier, adding that he “really hope there will be a response to this invitation”.
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Russia: a soldier dies after leaving a military base
Russian authorities announced on Wednesday that they had shot dead a soldier who had left a military base, some media reported that he had left his unit as part of an offensive in Ukraine. “Dmitry Perov, wanted for voluntarily leaving the military unit without permission, found and disappeared”, the government of the Lipetsk region in western Russia said in a statement on Telegram. This source did not specify where the man was killed and under what circumstances. The local branch of state media VGTRK reported that the 31-year-old soldier had left “Special military operations zone in Ukraine” and that he was wanted in both the Voronezh and Lipetsk regions.
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The new president of the Red Cross will go to Moscow this week
The new ICRC president, Mirjana Spoljaric, is traveling to Moscow on Thursday and Friday to meet Russian government officials and discuss access to soldiers held captive since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the organization said Wednesday. Urgent humanitarian needs and prisoners of war will “in the heart” his visit, which followed his mission to Ukraine in December, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said in a statement. In Moscow, Mirjana Spoljaric, who took office last October, will do so “to discuss pressing humanitarian issues with representatives of the government and the Russian Red Cross Society.”
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