The Kremlin declares that it is studying the Chinese plan with “great interest”, but repeats that “there are no conditions for peace” and that Crimea will never be able to return to Ukraine because it is “an integral part of Russia”. Fighting continues on the ground and Zelensky speaks of an “increasingly complex situation” in Bakhmut. Russian drones also targeted Kiev again.
Wagner on the offensive The situation around Bakhmut is getting worse
“The situation around Bakhmut is very tense. Despite suffering heavy losses, the enemy has sent its assault units from the Wagner Group to try to break through the defenses of our forces and surround the city,” the commander said on social media. Ukrainian Ground Forces Oleksandr Sersky. Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, had previously said that the situation in Bakhmut was “increasingly difficult”.
Reopening of Saint Petersburg Airport
Russia’s Saint Petersburg Pulkovo Airport has reopened for flights. Traffic was suspended without an official explanation, but local news channels reported the presence of an unidentified flying object.
Saint Petersburg closes Pulkovo Airport to all flights
Pulkovo airport Saint Petroburgo Suspension of all incoming and outgoing flights at the airport without giving reasons. According to Russian news channels, the reason was the sighting of an “unidentified aircraft”, possibly a drone. This was reported by the city administration on Telegram. Airspace within a 200km radius around the airport is expected to remain closed until 1.20pm local time, Tass reports.
Blinken in Astana: “The United States supports the independence and sovereignty of Kazakhstan”
As you well know, the United States strongly supports Kazakhstan’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity. “This was confirmed by the US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, during his visit to Astana, within the framework of a tour he will visit Uzbekistan and India with the aim of confronting Russian influence. And the head of US diplomacy stressed, referring to the war In Ukraine: “Sometimes we say these words but in reality they have no meaning and of course we know that at this very moment they have a greater resonance than usual,” referring to the war in Ukraine. Blinken then reiterated the US’s “determination” to make relations With Kazakhstan “stronger than ever”.
Russia: “The United States is preparing a provocation with chemical weapons”
Russia accused the United States and its allies of preparing a provocation with toxic chemical agents in Ukraine and confirmed that a shipment of these materials arrived on February 10 in Kramatorsk, the main Ukrainian stronghold in the Donetsk region, which Moscow annexed last September. 30. According to the commander of the chemical and biological protection forces of the Moscow defense, Igor Kirillov, preparations for this provocation are “in full swing.”
Kiev: “Russian forces are trying to break through the defenses of Bakhmut”
The situation around the besieged city of Bakhmut in eastern Ukraine is “extremely tense”: despite heavy losses, “the enemy has launched the most prepared offensive units of (the Wagner group), who are trying to break through the defenses of our forces and surround the city.” make it known in cable, As mentioned before guardian, Commander of the Ukrainian Ground Forces, General Oleksandr Sersky.
Japan announces new sanctions on Moscow
Today, the Japanese government announced new sanctions against Russia “aimed at contributing to international peace efforts.” The Tokyo Foreign Minister said that he would freeze the assets of 39 individuals, 73 entities from the Russian Federation, one bank and nine people in the occupied regions of eastern and southern Ukraine, for their involvement in the annexation of these regions. In addition, a ban was imposed on the export of 21 entities that could contribute to the improvement of Russia’s industrial capabilities. Among those sanctioned by Tokyo are the deputy defense minister, Viktor Goremykin, and Kalashnikov’s major shareholder, Alan Luchnikov.
Zelensky: “The situation in Bakhmut is getting more and more difficult”
The situation in Pakhmut, a strategic location in the Ukrainian region of Donetsk that has been surrounded by the Russians for several weeks, is “increasingly difficult”. This was recognized by the Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky. The enemy is constantly destroying everything that can be used to protect our positions, gain a foothold and ensure defense.
Moscow: The United States is preparing a chemical provocation in Ukraine
The Russian Defense Ministry said that the Americans are planning a chemical provocation in Ukraine
Head of Ukrainian Intelligence: No indications of Chinese weapons in Moscow
The head of Ukraine’s intelligence service, Kirillo Budanov, sees “no indication” that China will deliver weapons to Russia. He said this in an interview broadcast yesterday on Voice of America. “I do not share this view,” Budanov said, referring to US allegations – which Beijing has vehemently denied – that China is considering supplying arms to Russia to aid its attack on Ukraine. “At the moment, I don’t think China will agree to arms transfers to Russia… I don’t see any indications of discussing these matters,” he said.
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Moscow will not reactivate START if the United States does not listen to its reasons
Russia will not return to implementing the START treaty on nuclear weapons until the United States seriously considers Moscow’s positions. This was stated by Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov
USA: There will be consequences if China supplies arms to Moscow
It is “not in China’s interest” to supply weapons to Russia, and the US has said “clearly there will be consequences”. This was stated by National Security Council spokesman John Kirby in an interview with CNN when answering a question about the possible US reaction in the event that Beijing supplies Russia with weapons for the war in Ukraine.
The Kremlin: Putin is open to contacts, but France and Germany are not neutral
Russian President Vladimir Putin “was and remains open to any contacts that could help Russia achieve its goals, preferably by peaceful means.” This was stated by Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov in an interview with the Russian newspaper Izvestia. Peskov noted that German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron have repeatedly confirmed that they will try to contact the Russian president, but Peskov argues that “there were no requests.” He stressed that France and Germany are indirectly participating in the hostilities on the side of Ukraine, which calls into question their role as potential mediators in the negotiations.
Sanchez: Sending fighters to Kiev is not an option on the table
Sending military fighter jets to Ukraine “is not currently an option” in discussions between NATO and EU countries that support Kiev: this was stated by the Spanish Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez, in an interview broadcast in the evening of the Telecinco TV channel. “On the other hand, there is the option of providing Leopard tanks, artillery, ammunition and economic resources to help the Ukrainian state itself pay teachers or health workers, reconstruction work and humanitarian aid.” Last week, Sanchez said after a meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kiev that Ukraine’s request to take in troops from other countries should be “considered”.
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