What to remember from Tuesday
► Research Suspension: Heavy loss of Russian strike on Dnieper
Ukrainian aid announced the end of rescue operations on Tuesday afternoon. “Search and Rescue” amid the rubble of a building destroyed by Russian strikes in the Dnieper on Saturday.
Three days after the strike that caused the collapse of the residential building, a total of 44 bodies, including 5 children, were found, 79 people, including 16 children, were injured, and 20 people were missing. It is one of the deadliest attacks on civilians since Russia began its invasion of Ukraine nearly 11 months ago.
► 3 billion euros paid to Ukraine
“Ukraine received the first three billion euros of the new macro-financial program of 18 billion euros” Support for the Ukrainian economy, President Volodymyr Zelensky welcomed.
Ukraine received the first 3 billion euros from the new 18 billion euro macro-financial program. I am grateful to the EU and the President @wonderleyen for strong support. Protecting ??’s financial stability is vital to our collective victory over the aggressor #RazomPeremojemo#StandWithUkraine
— Volodymyr Zelensky (@ZelenskyyUa) January 17, 2023
He thanked the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen and “Twenty Level”. “strong support” In Kiev, about 11 months after the start of the Russian occupation.
Specifically, the Europeans have committed to allocate 1.5 billion euros per month to Ukraine to finance its public spending through 2023. Support is provided in the form of zero-interest loans for 35 years with the option to cancel the debt. The European envelope should help keep Ukraine’s national budget afloat, which Volodymyr Zelenskiy estimates will need about $45 billion by 2023.
► Europe’s support is undeniable
Europe will continue to support Ukraine “how much do you need” President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, spoke against Russia during her speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos (Switzerland) on Tuesday.
“Our unwavering support to Ukraine will never stop. Be it to help restore energy, heat and water supplies, or to prepare for long-term reconstruction efforts.” she insisted.
In turn, the head of British diplomacy, James Agilly, on Tuesday justified the sending of tanks to Ukraine in order to help the country. “push back” Russians. “Our message to (Russian President Vladimir) Putin (…) We are committed to defending Ukrainians until they win.”he said during his visit to Washington. “What Putin needs to understand is that we will have the strategic stamina to stick with them until the job is done.”James Smart added.
► At least 7 Russians were killed as a result of an ammunition explosion near the Ukrainian border
Last weekend, at least seven people were killed in an ammunition explosion caused by an accidental grenade explosion in Russia’s Belgorod region near the Ukrainian border.
According to Interfax, the sergeant exploded “on purpose” exploding a grenade in the dormitory and causing a fire. On Telegram, the Baza media, known for its closeness to the Russian security services, claimed that all the victims were soldiers mobilized to go and fight in Ukraine.
► The first meeting between the commander-in-chief of the Ukrainian army and the American chief of staff
The commander-in-chief of the Ukrainian army, Valery Zalouzhny, announced that he met with the American chief of staff, Mark Milley, for the first time against the background of intense negotiations on increasing the supply of weapons to Kiev.
“I had my first face-to-face meeting with General Mark Milley today in Poland”Valery Zaloujny reported in a Telegram message and thanked the American for his support. “fixed” of the country and listed “urgent needs” Ukrainian army.
► Visit of the great American diplomat to Kyiv
Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman met with Volodymyr Zelensky and other senior Ukrainian officials. “Reaffirming the strong and unwavering commitment of the United States to Ukraine and its defense against unjustified Russian aggression”a State Department spokesman said Tuesday.
In late December, Vladimir Zelensky visited President Joe Biden at the White House, where he requested more than 41 billion euros in emergency military and economic aid for Ukraine.
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