LIVE. War in Ukraine: Zelensky said he wants to take back Crimea, “our lands”.
Zelensky intends to take back Crimea, “our land”.
Ukraine’s president said Thursday that he intends to retake Crimea, which was annexed by Russia in 2014, and called on his Western partners to supply him with more weapons.
“Our goal is to liberate all our territories,” the leader said during a video conference during breakfast at the Davos Forum. “Crimea is our land, territory, sea and mountains. “Give us your weapons and we will take back our lands,” he said.
Zelensky criticized Germany’s hesitancy regarding the supply of tanks
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky criticized Germany’s reluctance to allow the supply of heavy tanks, saying it was not a “correct strategy”. “There are times when you should not hesitate and compare yourself. Speaking via video conference over breakfast at the Davos Forum, he said when someone said, “If someone else delivers the tanks, I won’t deliver the tanks.”
Bombed building in Bachmut
The images were captured by the camera of the Al-Jazeera channel. This video was posted by the channel on Wednesday afternoon.
Charles Michel in Kiev
The President of the European Council, Charles Michel, will go to Kyiv in the next few hours.
He must discuss new support measures for Ukraine with President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who has demanded faster arms supplies.
The two leaders will discuss “concrete steps to ensure that Ukraine becomes stronger and stronger.”
In Norway, Wagner is ready to reveal his secrets about the fugitive Russian group
After escaping to Norway in epic circumstances, the former Wagner mercenary is today a valuable witness who can shed light on the brutality of the Russian paramilitary group in Ukraine and feed the prosecution case against Moscow.
Andrey Medvedev, 26, managed to illegally cross the Pasvik, a now-frozen river that marks the Russian-Norwegian border in the Far North last week.
He claims that Wagner fought in Ukraine as the leader of a ten-man unit.
Alexei Medvedev says he is aware of ten executions by Wagner of mercenaries who refused to return to battle. He would have a video of two of them being killed. According to his lawyer, he is ready to testify about the actions of this mercenary gang.
Ukrainian refugees were soon forced to leave their residences in Val-de-Marne
Ukrainian families living in the former gendarmerie building in Sucy-en-Brie received a note last December asking them to vacate the premises in the coming months. The municipality is sure to be ready to accompany them. But they are afraid of becoming homeless. Read our article
If the US sends Abrams tanks, Germany will give the green light to Leopard tanks
Germany will give the green light to send German-made Leopard tanks to Ukraine if the US agrees to send its Abrams tanks, a government official told Reuters. According to information, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has repeatedly made this request behind closed doors in recent days as he is facing pressure from other European countries to supply tanks to Ukraine. But for now, the US does not intend to supply these tanks.
The city of Marinka has become a ghost town
Recent drone footage posted on YouTube shows the city completely in ruins. Marinka and its surroundings are one of the hot spots on the front line. Before the war, about 9 thousand people lived in this commune.
The next conference on the reconstruction of Ukraine will be held in London on June 20 and 21
The Ukraine Reconstruction Conference (URC 2023) will be held in London on June 21-22. The conference will be part of the continuation of the annual series of events last organized by Switzerland and Ukraine in Lugano.
Night explosions in Nikopol
According to Valentin Reznichenko, the Russians shelled the Nikopol region with artillery fire at night.
The US will release 125 million dollars for the purchase of materials for the restoration of the energy system
US Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Samantha Power announced that “the Biden administration will provide $125 million for electrical parts and other supplies to help repair teams in Ukraine deal with Russian strikes that have hit the country’s electrical system.” This funding will also help increase the stock of gas turbines, transformers and other vital electrical equipment. This department has already provided Ukraine with about 1,500 generator sets and invested $55 million in the country’s heating infrastructure.
According to the Americans, the Russians do not fully control Soledar and Bakhmut
US intelligence reports that the Russians do not have full control over Soledar and Bakhmut and that major battles are taking place. According to John Kirby, the National Security Council’s strategic communications coordinator at the White House, the American side does not consider these two cities to have been unilaterally captured by the Russians, even though the Russians have made progress. These battles are mainly waged by Prigogine and his group Wagner.
Biden commemorates the victims of the accident
In a press statement, the presidential couple said they “believe dozens of civilians have been killed or injured” in the crash.
A criminal case was opened after the death of Minister of Internal Affairs Denis Monastyrsky as a result of a helicopter crash
After the death of at least 14 people as a result of the crash of the helicopter of the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Denis Monastyrsky, the Ukrainian authorities started a criminal case on the instructions of the President Volodymyr Zelensky.
President Zelensky said in his final video message: “The Security Service of Ukraine has opened a criminal case regarding this terrible incident. “I instructed the head of the Security Service of Ukraine together with all other competent authorities to clarify all the circumstances of the disaster.”
In addition, President Zelensky announced that “the head of the national police of Ukraine will be the head of the ministry for the time being.” “We also divided the responsibilities of the minister within the framework of our defense operation and state security,” added the president. Read our article