The tension in the skies of Europe does not abate. After the accident that resulted in the destruction of an American drone over the Black Sea, Russian and NATO planes crossed paths again today. Two fighters, one British and one German, intercepted a Russian military refueling plane that was flying near Estonia. But in the evening, in an attempt to mitigate the climate, there was a phone call between the defense ministers of Moscow and Washington.
The United Kingdom increases its funding to Moldova and Georgia against the Russian threat
The United Kingdom increases its financial support to Moldova and Georgia against the Russian threat that has grown after the invasion of Ukraine by Russian forces. This is what we read in a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs about the visit made today and tomorrow by Secretary of State James Cleverly to the two countries, who should announce 10 million pounds in aid to strengthen economic and administrative management reforms in Moldova and new funding worth 500,000 pounds in Egypt. In order to strengthen the security of next year’s elections in Georgia against possible “external interference”. “Few companies understand the underhand tactics of malign Russian activity better than Moldova and Georgia,” Cleverly said. He added: “The United Kingdom will not stand by as Moscow flagrantly undermines its democracy, sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
Moldova, in a confidential document, outlines Russia’s plan to take back the country by 2030
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Ukraine, Isw Institute: “Wagner’s attack on Bakhmut subsides”
Experts from the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) believe that Russian forces have slowed down their forward operations in Ukraine compared to previous weeks. They argue that the group attack Wagner to Bakhmut He appears to be nearing the end of a series of difficulties such that, as the American Institute notes, “Russian forces will likely commit significant reserves” to support Wagner’s encirclement.
Poland: “dismantling a Russian spy network”
“Poland dismantled Russian spy network”. Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said this today in Warsaw, citing Radio Pr1.
A clash in the Black Sea: a highly tense dialogue between the United States and Russia
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Ukraine, Russia with bombs on 7 regions, one dead
One person was killed and 14 others were injured as a result of the Russian attacks in the past 24 hours, which affected seven Ukrainian regions: the local authorities announced, according to the British newspaper The Guardian. Kyiv Independent. The affected areas are DonetskAnd KhersonAnd KharkovAnd ChernihivAnd SumyAnd Zaporizhia and Lugansk in eastern, southern and northern Ukraine. The victim was in Bakhmut, according to the governor of the Donetsk region, Pavlo Kirilenko, where more than 25 houses, five apartment complexes, two schools and some cars were damaged.
Pro-Russian Ukraine: “Kiev forces will not withdraw from Bakhmut”
The Armed Forces of Ukraine are not going to withdraw their units from Bakhmut, and there are no prerequisites for this. said so Dennis Pushlin, acting head of the Donetsk Republic on the Russia 24 TV channel, as reported by the TASS agency. Pushlin added that the supply of Ukrainian soldiers with ammunition, food, and reinforcements was still very complicated, as the only road in the town had become “under Wagner control”.
Ukraine, Kiev: “20 Russian ships in the Black Sea, unusual activity”
The statement said that the Ukrainian army records “atypical activities” of the Russian Navy in the Black Sea, counting 20 ships, including 4 missile carriers. Natalia HomenyukThe spokesman for the southern forces, as reported by UNIAN. According to the spokeswoman, the presence of Russian ships is linked to preparations for missile attacks on Ukraine and the incident of Russian fighters shooting down an American drone in international waters.
Ukraine, Schultz: “We will make sure that Kiev receives ammunition”
“Ukraine will be supported for as long as necessary. We will work with EU partners to make sure that Kiev receives the ammunition.” This was stated by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in his speech to the Bundestag on the occasion of the upcoming European Council. Scholz said the European Council would also discuss how to get a “continuous and better supply” of ammunition to Ukraine. The German chancellor said the EU should also discuss how to provide more assistance to Kiev, and ensure that sanctions against Russia cannot be circumvented by third countries.
Zelensky remembers the victims of the theater attack
“Step by step, we are moving to ensure the terrorist state’s full responsibility for what it has done against our country and our people”: the Ukrainian president wrote on Telegram, Volodymyr ZelenskyIn memory of the bombing of the Mariupol theater by Russian troops, where hundreds of people, including children, were hiding.
“A year ago, Russia deliberately and brutally dropped a powerful bomb on the Drama Theater in the center of Mariupol. There was an inscription“ Children ”next to the building, which it was impossible not to notice. Hundreds of people were hiding there from the city center of Mariupol. Zelensky recalls. He concluded. We will not forgive the occupiers any devastating fate. We remember all those whose lives were taken by Russian terror.” According to the Mariupol City Council, about 300 people were killed in the attack on the theater, while the number of victims, according to other sources, ranged from 600 to 1,200, including those in the adjacent buildings.
From the invasion of Donbass to today, the timeline of the war in Ukraine
CNN: Russian forces have arrived at the crash site of the US drone
The Russians have arrived at the crash site of the Russian plane and the American MQ-9 drone in the Black Sea CNN Quoting two US officials. The Russian Navy has several ships in the Black Sea, including units stationed in Crimean ports, which put it in an advantageous position to try to recover the US MQ-9 Reaper drone after it collided with Russian fighters. One of the officials said the drone crashed in international waters about 70 miles southwest of Crimea. It is unclear whether Russia was able to recover the drone wreckage.
Moscow: Kiev will not return Crimea
Ukraine has no chance Reoccupation of Crimea Because of the fortification of the region: the governor of the peninsula annexed by Moscow in 2014, Sergei Aksyonov, told the Russian news agency TASS, as reported guardian. “They understood that they had no chance of regaining Crimea, subject to the measures that are being carried out on behalf of the President (Vladimir Putin, ed.) – said Aksionov -. In this region, Crimea is not threatened and the Crimeans can sleep peacefully. Measures have been taken 100% and its implementation will minimize possible damages.” Aksionov then accused Kiev of using drones bought from the West to try to probe Russian defenses in Crimea.
Russian bombs on Belopol in the Sumy region
Belopol locality, In the Sumy region, eastern UkraineThis morning I was attacked by Russian forces with artillery and grenade launchers: this was announced by the regional military administration, local media reported.
“Three enemy shells (two from artillery and one from grenade launchers) were recorded at the Bilopol community this morning,” the statement read.
In all, 23 artillery hits and 110 AGS grenade launcher hits were recorded. There were no injuries or damages.
Isw: Wagner failed to break through Bakhmut, and the offensive ended
The number of Wagner Group attacks on Bakhmut has decreased significantly, especially in recent days. This is what the Institute for the Study of War notes in its latest update on the Russia-Ukraine conflict. Wagner Group financier Yevgeny Prigozhin recently confirmed that reported shortages of ammunition had affected the militia’s ability to follow up attacks on Bakhmut, and stated that due to a shortage of ammunition and heavy fighting, Wagner had to loosen its encirclement of the city.
However, the American think tank, Prigozhin says, said Wagner captured Zaleziansk, a small rural settlement about nine kilometers northwest of Bakhmut, noting that “Wagner’s forces are likely to launch opportunistic local attacks against settlements in the extreme North Bakhmut which is relatively small and accessible.
Wagner’s recent successes north of Bakhmut indicate that losses in manpower, artillery, and equipment in the fighting for Bakhmut will likely limit his ability to complete a close siege of the city. “It is unlikely – as the ISW asserts – that the capture of Zalizianske and other small towns north of Bakhmut would increase Wagner’s ability to capture Bakhmut itself or achieve other important successes in practice. It is therefore probable that Wagner’s attack on Bakhmut came closer than any time past to peak.”
CNN: A “redirected and armed” Chinese civilian airliner was shot down in eastern Ukraine
a Chinese civilian droneThe Kiev army was shot down in eastern Ukraine on the night between last Friday and Saturday. This was announced by CNN, which was able to witness the wreckage of the drone, which was hit by an A-47 automatic weapon. The drone was a Mugin-5, a commercial drone made by a Chinese company based in the port city of Xiamen on China’s east coast. Some tech bloggers say the machines are known as “Alibaba drones” because they were available for sale for around $15,000 on Chinese marketplace sites including Alibaba and Taobao. Mugin Limited confirmed to CNN that the product was theirs, calling the incident “extremely unfortunate”. It is the latest example of a civilian drone that has been adapted and weaponized since the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Al-Assad recognizes new borders for Russia with its annexed areas
“Damascus recognizes Russia’s new borders with the regions that joined after the results of the referendums.” This was stated by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in an interview with RIA Novosti regarding the declared republics of Donetsk and Luhansk and the Ukrainian regions of Kherson and Zaporizhia.
“These are Russian lands, and even if the war does not happen, these are historically Russian lands,” he said.
Media: “Israel approves licenses for the sale of anti-drone systems in Kiev”
Israel has reportedly agreed to export licenses for the potential sale of drone jamming systems that could help Ukraine counter Iranian drones that Russia is using in the conflict. bring it back Ukraineska Pravda Citing the news portal Axios, which states that it has obtained confirmation of the news from Israeli and Ukrainian officials. According to Axios, the approval of the export licenses by Defense Minister Yoav Galan and Foreign Minister Eli Cohen was to arrive in mid-February, but a final decision has not yet been made. In any case – according to Israeli officials – it will not be a question of a change in policy because the regimes are defensive in nature.
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