Russia is investigating the Makiivka explosion, the death toll has reached 89

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The Russian Defense Ministry said on Tuesday that a commission is investigating the “circumstances” of the attack near the Russian-occupied town of Makivka in Ukraine’s Donetsk region, which killed 89 people. . Follow the latest developments hour by hour.

  • 23:23: The number of people who died as a result of the strike in Makivka reached 89 people

After the Russian Defense Ministry said Monday that 63 people were killed in an attack near the town of Makivka in the Russian-occupied part of Ukraine’s Donetsk region, the Russian Defense Ministry said the latest figures showed 89 soldiers had died. The commission is investigating the “circumstances” of the attack.

The ministry added that officials responsible for the “tragedy” said the attack was made possible by the unauthorized use of mobile phones by Russian soldiers, which allowed the Ukrainian military to determine the location of the building.

  • 18:33: Vladimir Putin ordered the screening of documentaries about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered his government on Tuesday to arrange for cinema screenings of “documentaries” about Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine by February.

“To submit proposals to the Ministry of Culture to ensure the screening of national documentaries in cinema networks on the topics related to the special military operation and the fight against the spread of neo-Nazi and neo-fascist ideology,” we might read. the message was published on the Kremlin website.

  • 4:45 p.m.: Rally to commemorate Russian soldiers killed in Samara

It is unusual in Russia, where the authorities remain discreet about military casualties in Ukraine, about 200 people gathered in Samara (center), where some soldiers were killed in Makiivka, eastern Ukraine, with the consent of the authorities.

Some laid flowers in front of an eternal flame in one of the city’s main squares before paying their respects, an AFP reporter saw.

According to local media, rallies were also held in other cities of the region, especially Togliatti and Syzran.

  • 15:01: Ukraine announces chairmanship of EU/Ukraine summit on February 3 in Kyiv

Ukraine and the European Union will hold a summit in Kyiv on February 3 to discuss European financial and military support, President Volodymyr Zelensky’s office said. The EU confirmed the date of this meeting, but confirmed the location.

“I cannot confirm the location at this stage,” said Barend Leitz, a spokesman for the President of the Council of the European Union, Charles Michel. He noted that Vladimir Zelenskiy, Charles Michel and Ursula von der Leyen, the head of the European Commission, will participate in this summit, not the 27 heads of state and government of the member countries.

  • 14:41: France and Sweden reaffirm their support for Ukraine

French President Emmanuel Macron and Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson have reaffirmed their support for Ukraine as Sweden takes over the six-month presidency of the European Union.

The head of the Swedish government made his first visit to Paris since he assumed the presidency of Sweden on January 1.

“When winter comes and Ukrainians need our support more than ever, we will talk about our determination to continue to respond to Russian aggression against Ukraine,” Macron told the court before a business lunch with the Swedish leader at the Elysee Palace.

“Ukraine’s victory is existential for Europe and the whole world,” said Ulf Kristersson, speaking about the importance for the EU of responding to the energy crisis after the Ukraine conflict.

  • 12:20: Moscow faces internal criticism after the death of 63 Russian soldiers

Debris is cleared from a building in Makiivka, eastern Ukraine, after an attack on January 3, 2023 that killed 63 Russian soldiers in Ukraine. © Alexander Ermoshenko, Reuters

The announcement of these losses sent shockwaves through Russia, but also sparked criticism of the Russian military command, which has been embarrassed by a series of humiliating defeats on the Ukrainian front in recent months.

Boris Rozhine, a blogger close to Ukrainian separatist circles, criticizes the “incompetence” of high-ranking officers of the Russian army and says, “Despite several months of war, certain results have not yet been drawn.”

“Why do we continue to place (conscripts) in hotels, hostels and vocational schools…”, Russian war correspondent Alexander Kots wonders.

Igor Strelkov warns him that such a fatal blow could happen again “at any time”, regretting that the Russian generals “fail to learn in principle”.

According to the American Institute for the Study of War (ISW), the Russian Ministry of Defense will probably try to “shift operational security to officials (separatists) and mobilized personnel.”

  • 09:10: The death of 63 Russian soldiers: “the biggest failure for the Russian army in the occupied territories”, our special correspondent in Kiev emphasizes

  • 02:29: Ukraine and the EU will hold a summit in Kyiv on February 3

Ukraine and the European Union will hold a summit in Kyiv on February 3 to discuss European financial and military support, Volodymyr Zelensky’s office said in a statement on Monday.

According to this source, the President of Ukraine discussed the details of this high-level meeting with the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, during the first telephone conversation of the year.

Together, the leaders discussed the delivery of “appropriate” weapons and the launch of a new 18 billion euro financial aid program for Ukraine, which was approved by the European Parliament in December. The President of Ukraine insisted that the first contribution be made to his country within the month.

With Reuters and AFP

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