Delivery of long-range weapons to Kiev will lead to escalation, Kremlin warns

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov in Moscow, Russia, December 22, 2022. Sputnik / Reuters

SITUATION UPDATE – This statement is made when Sweden decided to hand over long-range self-propelled guns of the “Archer” model to the Ukrainian army.

Supply of Swedish long-range weapons to Ukraine, Kremlin warning, Wagner claimsthings to learnfrom ukraine… Le Figaro This Thursday, January 19 provides an update on the conflict in Ukraine.

Delivery of long-range weapons to Kiev will lead to escalation, Kremlin says

The Kremlin warned on Thursday, January 19, that the delivery of long-range weapons capable of striking deep into Russian territory by the West to Ukraine would lead to a dangerous escalation of the armed conflict between Kyiv and Moscow.

This is potentially very dangerous, it means that the conflict has reached a new level that does not bode well for the security of Europe.This was said by Dmitry Peskov, press secretary of the Russian president.

Sweden will donate Archer weapons and armored personnel carriers to Ukraine

Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson said at a press conference after the government meeting.The first decision to start the delivery of Archer artillery systems to UkraineTo help him against Russia.

Sweden, which left Ukraine with a doctrine of non-transfer of arms to a country at war, also announced it would send 50 CV-90 armored personnel carriers and NLAW man-portable anti-tank missiles. “Military support is crucialPrime Minister Kristersson said becauseWho takes the initiative in the coming winter may changeAt the front in Ukraine.

Zelensky criticized Germany’s hesitancy regarding the supply of tanks

For his part, Vladimir Zelensky criticized Germany’s reluctance to allow the supply of heavy tanks, saying it was “not an issue”.good strategy“.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky on screen via video link at the Congress Center during the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, January 18, 2023. FABRICE JOFFRINI / AFP

There are times when one should not hesitate and compare oneself. When someone says If someone else will, I will deliver the tanksThe leader of Ukraine, who intervened through a video conference during the breakfast within the framework of the Davos Forum, confirmed. The latter referred to press reports that Berlin would supply heavy tanks only if the United States handed over Abrams tanks.

‘Greatly boost’ arms supply

On Thursday, January 19, Ukraine urged its Western allies to “greatly strengthens“To confront the Russian military, their arms deliveries, especially the Leopard tanks targeting twelve countries, including Germany and Turkey, which are mediating in the conflict, are tirelessly demanded by Kiev,”is one of the most pressing and urgent needsfor the Ukrainian army.

We appeal to all Partner States that have already provided or plan to provide military assistance, and call on them to significantly increase their contributions.“This is stated in the joint statement of the Ministers of Defense and Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Alexey Reznikov and Dmitry Kouleban. “We call on all these countries and other countries with relevant capabilities to join the initiative of creating an international tank coalition in support of Ukraine.“Thus, on Thursday, he called two ministers.

Oleksii Reznikov, Minister of Defense of Ukraine, December 28, 2022 Sergey SUPINSKY / AFP

The call comes ahead of a crucial meeting of the Ukrainian Contact Group in Ramstein, Germany, to coordinate continued aid to Kiev, as the Russian military plunges its forces into the battle for Bakhmut (east). Therefore, there should be international military assistancehas been brought to a new level in terms of qualityasked Oleksiy Reznikov and Dmitry Kouleba.

At this stage, “Russia maintains a significant quantitative advantage in terms of troops, weapons and military equipment“, but they regretted it despite the already crucial financial and military aid of the West.

They also claimed thatto guarantee“he Ukraine”will use these weapons responsibly and exclusively for the purpose of protecting Ukraine’s territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders.“.

There are also Oleksii Reznikov and Dmitry Koulebagreeted“this”Brave and welcome from the UK“Announced last Saturday”Transferring the first squadron of Challenger 2 tanks to Ukraine“. “However, this is not enough to achieve operational goals“, they pleaded in a joint press release.”The Kremlin is determined to intensify military operations“and”He has not changed his goals regarding Ukraine (to destroy it)they warned.

Wagner’s chef says he “things to learn» Ukrainian army

At the same time, Yevgeny Prigozhin, the head of the “Wagner” mercenary group, said that his troops “things to learnThe Ukrainian army is in the middle of a fierce battle to take Bakhmout in eastern Ukraine.

Ukrainian servicemen stand near a residential building that was heavily damaged during a Russian military strike, in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, January 17, 2023, as part of Russia’s offensive against Ukraine. STRINGER / REUTERS

The Ukrainian army works efficiently and consistently. We have things to learn from them. But in any case, Wagner’s units are moving forward meter by meter“, he said in a message released by the press service on Thursday. He assured that “The Artyomovsk neighborhood (the name given to Bakhmut by the Russian authorities, editor’s note) will be taken.“.

Criminal investigation into the crash of the Interior Minister’s helicopter

Ukrainian authorities were continuing a criminal investigation on the orders of President Volodymyr Zelensky a day after the crash of Interior Minister Denis Monastyrsky’s helicopter that killed at least 14 people.

A helicopter crash site in Brovary, near Kyiv, Ukraine, on January 19, 2023. NACHO DOCE / REUTERS

The Security Service of Ukraine opened a criminal case on this terrible incidentUkrainian leader said in his speech on Wednesday evening. “I instructed the head of the Security Service of Ukraine, together with all other competent authorities, to clarify all the circumstances of the disaster.“, he further clarified.

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