Withthe adviser to the head of Zelensky’s office Podolyak: Ukraine does not strike on the territory of Russia Podolyak also asked the West for longer-range missiles and aircraft for a “successful counteroffensive”
Ukraine uses weapons provided by the West “for defense, de-occupation of Ukrainian territories and destruction of enemy warehouses,” Mikhail Podolyak, adviser to the head of the office of the Ukrainian president, said on Twitter. According to him, Ukraine does not strike at the territory of Russia.
“Once again about the basic things for our partners. Ukraine does not strike at the territory of Russia,” wrote Podolyak.
According to him, the AFU needs longer-range missiles and assault aircraft for an “effective counteroffensive”.
At the same time, the secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine, Alexey Danilov, in an interview with Reuters, said that Kiev should attack objects in Russia that cause damage to Ukraine. «If there is an object (on the territory of Russia.—RBC), which is causing damage to our country, we must destroy these objects,— said Danilov.
Ukraine and Western countries do not recognize the annexation of Crimea to Russia in 2014, as well as the DPR, LPR, Zaporozhye and Kherson regions in 2022. Moscow has repeatedly said that Ukraine and other states should recognize these established territorial realities. Deputy Chairman of the Security Council Dmitry Medvedev noted that if the Ukrainian side strikes the territory of Crimea, which is part of Russia, it will face “inevitable retaliation”.
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In January, the Pentagon approved a new $2.2 billion package of military assistance to Ukraine, which included GLSDB (Ground Launched Small Diameter Bomb) homing missiles with a firing range of more than 150km. The Russian Foreign Ministry warned that in the event of the start of deliveries of longer-range missiles to Ukraine, the United States would cross the “red line” and turn into one of the parties to the conflict. The Kremlin ruled out that the supply of new missiles would change the course of events of the military operation.
Russian regions have repeatedly come under fire from Ukraine. Thus, the border Belgorod, Bryansk and Kursk regions have been regularly reporting artillery attacks since the beginning of the military operation. In addition, several times objects on the territory of Russia were attacked from drones. So, in December, air defense systems shot down a Ukrainian drone while approaching the Engels military airfield in the Saratov region, three Russian military personnel were killed due to the fall of drone debris.
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DJoe Biden: The United States is “in the best shape” to win the competition with China, the US President believes that victory over China will help rally Americans. Washington and Beijing will cooperate, but at the same time the US will not tolerate threats and intend to defend itself, as in the case of the Chinese balloon, he stressed
US President Joe Biden delivered his second message to the US Congress, in which he stated that the country is in the “best shape” to compete with anyone in the world, including China. The speech was broadcast on the White House website.
“Today we are in the best shape in recent decades to compete with China or anyone else in the world. <..."Let's be clear: winning the competition with China should unite us all," Biden said.
The President added that Washington will work with Beijing in terms of promoting “American interests” and benefits for the whole world. However, if China threatens the sovereignty of the United States, they will defend themselves, Biden stressed. He recalled that this is exactly what Washington did last week when a Chinese balloon was shot down in the sky over the United States.
The Pentagon announced on February 2 that it was tracking a Chinese surveillance balloon. At first, the agency stated that they would not shoot down the object, since its debris could cause damage on the ground.
Kkitai stated that the balloon is a civilian object used for meteorological purposes. The balloon deviated from the course and therefore ended up in the sky over the United States, the Chinese Foreign Ministry explained.
First, the balloon was observed over Montana, then over North and South Carolina. On February 4, the airspace over both was partially closed, and then the balloon was shot down off the coast of North Carolina.
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Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Xie Feng said afterwards that Washington “abused military force” and shot down a civilian balloon. He called it an overreaction and a violation of international law.
On February 5–6, American Secretary of State Anthony Blinken was scheduled to visit China. However, due to the situation with the balloon, he decided to cancel the trip, since the appearance of such an object in the sky over the United States was a violation of sovereignty and international law.
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GLava of the German Defense Ministry Pistorius: “the world would be better without Putin,” the head of the German Defense Ministry made this statement in an interview during a visit to Kiev. Pistorius refused to predict whether Ukraine will be able to return Crimea and Donbass and how Moscow and Kiev can come to a peaceful resolution of the conflict
Boris Pistorius (right)
The head of the German Defense Ministry, Boris Pistorius, who is on a visit to Kiev, in an interview with Bild newspaper spoke sharply against Russian President Vladimir Putin. “Without hesitation and without compromise, the world would be better without Putin,” he said in an interview with the newspaper.
Pistorius also confirmed to the publication that by the end of March Ukraine will receive the first Leopard tanks from Germany. He said that he met with Ukrainian soldiers who went to Germany to learn how to use these machines. The minister, in response to a question about the supply of fighters or submarines to Kiev, said that this was not discussed in the negotiations. According to him, it is now more important to provide air defense, “this seems to be the number one priority for the next few months,” the head of the military department noted.
Speaking about whether Ukraine will be able to regain Crimea and Donbass, Pistorius said that this is a “difficult question and a look into a crystal ball”. He also refused to predict how Moscow and Kiev could come to start peace talks. Berlin will continue to support Kiev, the minister stressed this in an interview more than once.
Pistorius, who became head of the German Defense Ministry in January, came to Kiev for the first time. He met with the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, the head of the country’s military department Alexei Reznikov, as well as the mayor of the Ukrainian capital Vitali Klitschko and his brother Vladimir.
Other Western politicians have previously made critical statements against Putin. For example, in March 2022, American leader Joe Biden called a Russian colleague a “war criminal”. The Kremlin considered that such rhetoric is “unacceptable and inexcusable”.
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WSJ: China has overtaken the United States in the number of ballistic missile launchers, the number of ICBM launchers in China has become more than in the United States, but many of them are empty, writes WSJ. In addition, Washington still surpasses Beijing in the number of missiles and nuclear warheads themselves
China has surpassed the United States in the number of land-based launchers of intercontinental missiles (ICBMs), the US military has notified Congress about this, writes The Wall Street Journal (WSJ).
“The number of stationary and mobile land-based ICBM launchers in China exceeds the number of ICBM launchers in the United States,” the commander of the US Strategic Command told the relevant congressional committees on January 26.
However, in terms of the number of missiles and nuclear warheads on these missiles, the United States still surpasses China, the military said. According to officials, many of the Chinese launchers are empty, writes the WSJ. In addition, Washington does not take into account in this case its missiles, which are launched from submarines and bombers.
The newspaper points out that after the appearance of this information, the head of the Armed Forces Committee of the House of Representatives, Mike Rogers, said that Washington could not allow “parity” on ICBMs with Beijing, so it was time for the United States to “increase the capabilities to counter this threat”.
However, the number of such warheads is regulated by the treaty between Russia and the United States on strategic offensive Weapons (START-3). The contract expires in 2026. Both countries noted that it is necessary to start discussing a new document, but so far there are no active negotiations.
Moscow and Washington signed the START-3 treaty in 2010. According to it, the parties are obliged to reduce the number of deployed nuclear warheads to 1.5 thousand, and ICBMs, ballistic missiles on submarines and strategic bombers-missile carriers to 700.
According to the WSJ, supporters of arms control consider it necessary for the United States not to try to surpass the nuclear forces of China and Russia, but to continue the dialogue with the latter and try to negotiate with the PRC on the limitation of nuclear warheads.
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MAccording to the US Department of Justice, Viktor Voronchenko paid $4 million to service Vekselberg’s apartments and houses in New York and Florida for 20 years in prison for helping Viktor Vekselberg circumvent sanctions. According to the US Department of Justice, Viktor Voronchenko paid $ 4 million to service Vekselberg’s apartments and houses in New York and Florida after the businessman was sanctioned. Voronchenko faces up to 20 years in prison
In the United States, Russian and American resident Vladimir Voronchenko was accused of trying to help circumvent sanctions to Russian businessman Viktor Vekselberg, according to the website of the US Department of Justice.
“He was charged with participating in a scheme to pay more than $4 million to service four properties in the United States that belonged to Viktor Vekselberg, an oligarch under sanctions, as well as trying to sell two of these properties,” the Ministry of Justice said.
The agency recalled that Vekselberg has been under sanctions since 2018, and restrictions against him were tightened in 2022. From 2007 to 2018, the businessman, according to the US Department of Justice, purchased four real estate objects in the USA: an apartment in New York City, a country house in the state of the same name and two apartments in Florida. The estimated value of all objects is $75 million
Before Vekselberg was sanctioned in 2018, various payments related to these apartments and the house were made by “shell companies owned by Vekselberg”, and then began to come from accounts associated with Voronchenko’s companies, the Ministry of Justice indicates. In addition, Voronchenko tried to sell both properties in New York.
He is accused of “conspiring to violate and evade US sanctions” and money laundering. The Russian faces up to 20 years in prison, the Ministry of Justice clarifies. In addition, the agency intends to “confiscate from Voronchenko the proceeds of his crimes, including property.”
RBC sent a request to Vekselberg’s representative.
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In January, the US Department of Justice indicted two more persons who, according to the agency, helped Vekselberg to circumvent sanctions. We are talking about Russian businessman Vladislav Osipov and British Richard Masters. They, the Ministry of Justice believes, tried to withdraw the Tango yacht, which allegedly belongs to Vekselberg, from sanctions.
Osipov and Masters tried to hide the yacht’s ownership and ensure its operation through the company and the US financial system, the Ministry of Justice said. An arrest warrant was issued against the Russian, and the Briton was detained in Spain, he faces extradition.
Prigozhin: the fighters of the Wagner PMCs are ready to “pack up and go to Africa” when they are not needed In the Wagner PMCs, they attach more importance to what benefits they bring than to how their actions are covered, said the founder of a private military company
The PMCs «Wagner » do not pay attention to how their activities are covered, the company concentrates on business, said the founder of the PMCS Evgeny Prigozhin. This is how he reacted to the question of why the role of a private military company in the capture of settlements is not indicated in some reports about the capture of the settlements of Kleshcheyevka and Soledar, according to the telegram channel of the businessman’s press service.
“Me and my fighters are not up to studying applications. In this life (and in that one, too), it’s not the statements that matter, but the deeds that we do. Someone considers the PMCs “Wagner” a criminal organization, someone considers them terrorists, and it doesn’t matter either.
We have been given the right to defend our homeland, to save it at a critical moment, and we are using it. Such a right and the trust of the people is worth a lot,” Prigozhin said.
He stressed that when the services of PMCs fighters are no longer needed, the company will curtail its activities in Ukraine. “When we are no longer needed, we will pack up and go back to Africa. In the meantime, it is not the statement that is important to us, but what benefits we will bring to our country,” his press service quotes the words of the founder of the PMCs.
The Ministry of Defense announced the capture of Soledar on January 13. In the first statement about the control of the settlement, the fighters of the PMCs “Wagner” were not mentioned. “The capture of Soledar was made possible thanks to the constant fire defeat of the enemy by assault and army aircraft, rocket troops and artillery groups of Russian troops,” the Defense Ministry said. The agency also specifically mentioned the role of airborne units in the storming of the city.
After that, Prigozhin said that they were trying to steal the victory from the soldiers of the military company and belittle the merits within the framework of the Russian special operation. He reported on the control of the city two days before the Ministry of Defense, on January 11. Prigozhin stressed that no units participated in the assault, except for the fighters of the PMCs “Wagner”. Shortly after that, the Ministry of Defense published an updated message stating that the task of “directly storming the city blocks of Soledar” was solved “by the courageous and selfless actions of the volunteers of the assault squads of the PMCs “Wagner”.
On January 20, the Ministry of Defense reported on the capture of the village of Kleshcheyevka in the DPR. The PMCs “Wagner” was not mentioned in the summary, although the military department noted that the settlement was stormed by “volunteers of assault detachments”. Prigozhin. as in the case of Soledar, the capture of the settlement was reported a day before the Ministry of Defense, stating that it was the merit of the PMCs exclusively.
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Pavel Chikov reported on the first case in Russia of non-fulfillment of the duties of a foreign agent, Tver activist Artem Vazhenkov became a person involved in the case, who was included in the register of foreign agents in the fall of 2021. He was fined twice for unmarking posts. Now the activist is not in Russia
The Department of the IC for the Tver region has opened the first case in Russia under Part 2 of Article 330.1 of the Criminal Code (violation of the procedure for the activities of a foreign agent committed by a person after being brought to administrative responsibility for non-fulfillment of the duties of a foreign agent), lawyer Pavel Chikov said in his telegram channel. Under this article, he faces up to two years in prison.
The person involved was Tver activist, presenter of the Avtozak LIVE channel Artem Vazhenkov, whom the Ministry of Justice added to the register of foreign agents in September 2021. Dmitry Kachurin, the activist’s lawyer, got acquainted with the resolution. Vazhenkov collaborated with “The Voice” (also recognized by the Ministry of Justice as a foreign agent), along with him, 19 more people associated with the movement were included in the list.
RBC turned for comment to the Department of the Investigative Committee for the Tver region and to Dmitry Kachurin.
In March 2022, Vazhenkov was fined 10 thousand rubles for the absence of labeling in an Instagram post (owned by Meta, whose activities are recognized as extremist in Russia and banned), and in August – 50 thousand rubles for unmarking posts in Telegram. Now Vazhenkov is not in Russia. He stated that the initiation of a criminal case did not come as a surprise to him. According to the activist, this is due, among other things, to the fact that he is engaged in covering such a shameful phenomenon as foreign agents in Russia.
In the spring, the activist filed a complaint against his inclusion in the register of foreign media agents in the ECHR, the court registered it in August (since mid-September, Russia has ceased to be a party to the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), thus, it also withdrew from the jurisdiction of the ECHR).
President Vladimir Putin approved amendments to Article 330.1 clarifying the norms on criminal liability for violation of the legislation on foreign agents at the end of December. Chikov notes that the only criminal case under the old version of this article was opened in 2016 against the head of the human rights organization “Union of Women of the Don” Valentina Cherevatenko (the organization was added to the register in 2015), but later it was discontinued without finding the corpus delicti.
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Nand new presidential elections are scheduled for May, now they can be postponed What political consequences a powerful earthquake in Turkey will have In Turkey, one of the most destructive earthquakes in recent history occurred. The consequences of the disaster will overlap with the ongoing economic crisis, but are unlikely to have an impact on the outcome of the upcoming elections, experts believe
More than 3.7 thousand people, according to the Turkish authorities, died as a result of two earthquakes and more than a hundred aftershocks that occurred on February 6 in the provinces of Gaziantep and Kahramanmarash; the number of injured exceeded 20 thousand people, more than 6 thousand buildings collapsed.
The main region affected by the earthquake was Southeastern Anatolia. The destruction affected at least 11 of the 81 Turkish provinces: in addition to Gaziantep and Kahramanmarash, these are Hatay, Adiyaman, Diyarbakir, Malatya, Osmaniye, Elazig, Kilis, Sanliurfa and Adana. On February 7, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan introduced a three-month emergency regime in ten of them. According to him, the disaster affected 13 million people.
The Turkish government calls this earthquake the strongest in modern history, surpassing the 1939 Erzincan earthquake with a magnitude of 7.9, which killed more than 30 thousand people. The tragedy occurred during a difficult period for a country experiencing one of the strongest economic crises,— inflation in 2022 was 64.3%.
The problem of elections
The main political event of 2023 in Turkey was to be the presidential and parliamentary elections, which are held on the same day. Last year, Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag announced that they would be held on June 18. However, experts and the opposition have suggested that the elections will be held earlier. In January, Erdogan said that they would be on May 14. However, this date has not been approved.
According to national legislation, the date of the elections is determined by the parliament, but if the deputies do not agree, it is possible to appoint it by presidential decree. In principle, the transfer of elections to an earlier date was beneficial to the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), as it left the opposition less time to mobilize the electorate. However, it is still possible to hold elections in June, as originally planned, or to postpone them to a later date.
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If Erdogan wins, he will take the highest post in the country for the fourth time. Since 2014, the President of the Republic of Turkey has been directly elected, his term of office is five years, one person cannot hold this post for more than two terms. However, Erdogan’s re-election became possible due to a change in the Constitution in 2017, which “reset” his previous terms. He will run as a representative of the AKP.
The alliance of six opposition parties has not yet named its candidate. The head of the Republican People’s Party (CHP), Kemal Kilicdaroglu, said that a decision could be made at a meeting of the six leaders on February 13, the day after the end of national mourning in connection with the earthquake. But whether this meeting will take place is not yet reported. Opposition politicians have left for the affected areas.
The date of the elections will depend on whether there will be conditions for their holding in the destroyed provinces and whether Erdogan considers this time appropriate or decides to use the emergency regime to postpone them for the period after June 18, writes the US-based Al Monitor.
“You can forget about the elections this year,” Zia Meral, an expert at the British Royal United Services Institute, is sure.
“These tragic events had a great impact on the whole of Turkey, on the economy, on the population. People are in a state of shock, so the question arises as to how morally correct it will be to conduct campaigning and election events at this time, it may not be well received,” explained the director of the Center for the Study of Modern Turkey, Amur Hajiyev. He assumes that some compromise solution will be found – the authorities will either limit campaigning activities, or the election date will be postponed.
The earthquake in Turkey is unlikely to lead to the cancellation or postponement of the presidential elections scheduled for May 2023, President of the Institute of World Politics, Professor of the Department of International Relations of the Middle East Technical University of Turkey Huseyin Bagji told RBC. “It will definitely have an impact on the election process, but I don’t expect them to be postponed or canceled. They will take place because only one region of Turkey was affected (Southeastern Anatolia.—RBC),— said Baggi.Turkey has accepted international assistance, and we will survive this catastrophe over time. But it will have a significant and lasting economic, political and social impact on the country.
Disasters and politics
As for the forecasts regarding the results of the parliamentary elections, the affected areas, with rare exceptions, support the President’s party or the Nationalist Movement Party allied with it. The largest number of deputies to the 600-seat national Parliament are elected from districts located in the provinces of Adana (15) and Gaziantep (14). At the last parliamentary elections of 2018 in Adana, five deputies were elected from the AKP, four from the Republican People’s Party, in Gaziantep, eight deputies from the AKP, the rest from various, including opposition, parties.
Currently, the AKP has 290 parliamentary mandates, the Nationalist Movement Party has 49, and the largest opposition Republican People’s Party has 144.
At the local elections held in 2019 in seven of the 11 provinces where voting took place, the AKP received the majority, in one (Osmania)The party of the Nationalist Movement. In Adana and Hatay, the Republican People’s Party enjoys support, and in Diyarbakir, the Democratic Party of Peoples, which supports ethnic minorities, primarily Kurds.
Al Monitor points out that after the Izmit earthquake of 1999, when, according to official data, more than 17 thousand people died, the inability of the ruling alliance to cope with the consequences of the disaster led to an increase in the popularity of the AKP, which won the elections for the first time in 2002. This time, the population will also be very attentive to how the government will provide assistance, the publication warns.
The end of the 1990s was a period of unstable government, it was not exclusively associated with an earthquake, so this is a strained example, Hajiyev disagrees. According to him, it is premature to predict now whether political preferences in the country will change. “Turks, as eastern and emotional people, are united by such events; it is premature to say that the political race will intensify or someone will change their political views,” the expert concluded.
Reconciliation on the external front
On Monday, the Turkish President had his first conversation with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis since March 2022. Relations between the countries are going through a protracted crisis, and after the visit of the Greek prime minister to Washington, where, according to media reports, he complained about Turkey’s behavior in the Eastern Mediterranean, the Turkish president said that his colleague “no longer exists”. On February 6, the Turkish President accepted Mitsotakis’ condolences and an offer of assistance.
The Swedish Government also sent its condolences and expressed its readiness to help. Sweden currently holds the presidency of the European Union. Stockholm’s relations with Ankara are also not in the best condition after Turkey reiterated its disagreement with Sweden’s membership in NATO.
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February 7 Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on a conference call that the fighting was “successfully developing” in the areas of Artemovsk and Ugledar. He also said that the Ukrainian Armed Forces lost more than 6.5 thousand soldiers in January. He did not name the Russian losses.
February 6th The Ministry of Defense reported that during the successful offensive actions of volunteers, assault detachments with fire support of rocket troops and artillery of the “Southern” grouping of troops under the control of Nikolaevka in the DPR. The occupation of this locality was previously reported by Yevgeny Prigozhin.
February 4th the authorities of the Belgorod region announced the introduction of an indefinite yellow level of terrorist danger.
The Ministry of Defense reported that as a result of the negotiations, 63 Russian soldiers returned from captivity, including persons of the “sensitive category”, their exchange became possible thanks to the mediation of the UAE authorities, the department noted. Kiev said that as a result of the exchange, 116 soldiers returned to Ukraine.
In the morning on February 3 A car exploded in Energodar. According to preliminary data, a police officer was killed.
The authorities of the Bryansk and Kursk regions have established an indefinite yellow level of terrorist danger. For the first time in these and several other regions, such a regime was established in April. It was regularly extended, since by law its maximum period could be 15 days. On January 31, Vladimir Putin lifted this restriction by his decree.
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February 2 the mayor of Kramatorsk (the city is located in the Kiev-controlled part of the DPR) reported a strike on the city. On the eve of the evening, the President of Ukraine, Vladimir Zelensky, said that a four-storey residential building partially collapsed in Kramatorsk as a result of rocket fire. According to the regional police, three people were killed and 20 others were injured.
The Russian authorities have repeatedly stated that the military does not strike civilian targets. In a summary on February 2, the Ministry of Defense reported that HIMARS and MLRS launchers were destroyed in the Kramatorsk area.
On February 1, the DPR announced that Artemovsk (Ukrainian name – Bakhmut) was taken into the operational environment.
January 31 The Ministry of Defense announced the taking of Blagodatny under control in the DPR.
January 30 The DPR reported that Russian troops had gained a foothold in the eastern part of Ugledar.
On the night of January 30, an air alert was announced in a number of Ukrainian regions. Kharkiv authorities reported a strike in one of the districts: the mayor of the city said that, according to preliminary data, a S-300 missile hit a residential building. One person was killed and three were injured.
January 29 when the APU hit the bridge over the Molochnaya River near Melitopol, five people were killed.
January 28 The Ministry of Defense reported that in the morning the AFU struck from the HIMARS MLRS at the hospital in Novoaydar (LNR). 14 people were killed and more than 20 people were injured.
January 27 The Ministry of Defense reported on a massive strike the day before “on the objects of the energy system that ensured the functioning of enterprises of the military-industrial complex and the transport system of Ukraine”.
The DPR reported that Russian troops had gained a foothold in the area of dacha settlements near Ugledar.
January 26 The President of Ukraine, Vladimir Zelensky, in an interview with Sky News, reiterated his unwillingness to negotiate with Vladimir Putin. The press secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov, commenting on this statement, said that Zelensky himself had long ceased to be a possible interlocutor for Putin.
Earlier in the morning, an air alert was declared throughout Ukraine. Explosions thundered in Vinnitsa, Odessa and Kiev.
January 25 Germany still decided to send Leopard tanks to Ukraine and approve their re-export from other countries. Russian Ambassador to Germany Sergey Nechaev assessed such a step as “extremely dangerous”.Later that day, US President Joe Biden announced the delivery of Abrams tanks to Ukraine. He also said that the APU is preparing for a counteroffensive with the approach of spring.
January 24 The Ministry of Defense reported on the continuation of the offensive in the Donetsk direction. Earlier on this day, the acting head of the DPR, Denis Pushilin, said that Russian units are making progress in the area of Velikaya Novoselovka, and there are constant artillery battles and positional fighting in the Pavlovka and Ugledar area.
January 21 The Ministry of Defense announced the capture of the village of Dvurechye in the DPR. Since 1999, this point has been included in the city limits of Soledar. On January 23, the agency announced the capture of Krasnopol in the DPR. In both cases, it was about “volunteers of assault detachments” with the fire support of operational-tactical and army aviation, missile troops and artillery.”
January 20 The Ministry of Defense announced the capture of two settlements: Kleshcheyevka in the DPR by volunteers of assault detachments and Pubkovoye in the Zaporozhye region.
January 19 The press secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov said that the Ukrainian authorities need to realize that “Russia and Putin are and will be” and that Kiev needs to be ready to take into account Russia’s demands. This is how he responded to the words of Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky, said at a forum in Davos, that he would not hold talks with Russia because “he does not understand with whom and about what to conduct them.”
On January 18, the Ministry of Defense announced that the settlement of Sol near Soledar had been taken under control.
January 17th in Dnipro, search and rescue operations have been completed at the site of the collapse of the entrance, which occurred on the evening of January 14. According to the latest data from the authorities, 44 people were killed, including five children.
On the same day, the office of the President of Ukraine announced the dismissal of Alexei Arestovich from the post of freelance adviser: he resigned amid a scandal after his words about the missile shot down in the Dnieper. He called his statement a serious mistake and apologized.
January 16 The governor of Sevastopol, Mikhail Razvozhaev, said that the air defense and the Black Sea Fleet shot down ten out of ten drones flying in the direction of the city, over the sea.
The press secretary of the Russian president Dmitry Peskov, commenting on the tragedy in the Dnieper, said that the Russian military does not strike at residential buildings and social facilities. “The strikes are aimed at military targets that are obvious and disguised. You yourself have seen the conclusion of some representatives of the Ukrainian side, where it was said that this tragedy was the result of the action of the air defense counter-missile,” he said.
January 15th The Russian Defense Ministry reported on the missile strike carried out the day before “on the military command system of Ukraine and related energy facilities”.
In the evening on January 14 in Dnipro, after the explosion, the entrance of a high-rise building collapsed. Before that, an air alert was declared throughout Ukraine. The President of the country, Vladimir Zelensky, called the cause of the collapse a rocket hit the house. Adviser to the office of the head of state Alexey Arestovich said that a rocket shot down by the Ukrainian air defense hit the high-rise building. These words caused a scandal in Ukraine, and Arestovich himself later called them a mistake.
On January 13, the Ministry of Defense announced the taking of Soledar under control.
January 12 The commander of the Russian Ground Forces, General Oleg Salyukov, arrived in Belarus to inspect the Russian units of the joint group of troops.
Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Defense Andrei Kartapolov said that the transition to a new system may begin already during the next spring draft (they want to change the age of conscripts from 18 to 27 to 21 to 30 years).
January 11 Sergei Shoigu replaced the commander of the united group of troops in Ukraine, the Chief of the General Staff Valery Gerasimov was appointed to this position. Generals Sergey Surovikin, Oleg Salyukov and Alexey Kim became Gerasimov’s deputies.
The Ministry of Defense reported taking control of the settlement of Podgorodnoye (the village is located northeast of Artemovsk, a few kilometers southwest of Soledar). The department also announced the blocking of Soledar. Yevgeny Prigozhin said that the fighters of the PMCs “Wagner” took control of the entire territory of the city.
January 10th It became known that Colonel-General Alexander Lapin was appointed Chief of the General Staff of the Ground Forces.
The acting head of the DPR Denis Pushilin said that Soledar is “close to release”.
January 9th The DPR defense headquarters reported that Russian troops had taken control of the village of Bakhmutskoye near Soledar.
January 8 Ministry of DefenseThe “retaliation operation” was reported in response to the AFU strike on Makeyevka: according to the ministry, a massive missile strike was carried out on two points of temporary deployment of AFU units, as a result of which more than 600 Ukrainian military were destroyed. Kiev did not confirm this information. The Kremlin subsequently declared “absolute confidence” in the information of the Ministry of Defense.
The Ministry of Defense also announced the first prisoner exchange in 2023, as a result of which 50 Russian soldiers returned. Kiev confirmed the exchange: they also reported the return of 50 Ukrainian soldiers who were captured in various places, including the Kiev and Chernihiv regions, Mariupol and the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.
January 5th Vladimir Putin instructed the Russian military to introduce a ceasefire regime along the entire contact line from 12:00 on January 6 until the end of January 7. Patriarch Kirill made a proposal for a Christmas truce earlier. Advisor to the Office of the President of Ukraine Mikhail Podolyak called these actions a “trick”. The DPR representative office in the JCCC reported on the morning of January 7 that on Christmas Night the AFU fired on the republic seven times.
On January 4, the Ministry of Defense announced that the number of military dead in Makeyevka had increased to 89.
January 2 The Ministry of Defense of Russia reported on the AFU strike in the area of Makeyevka (DPR). According to the ministry, Russian air defense shot down two HIMARS rockets, four reached the target. As a result of the strike, 63 Russian servicemen were killed.
On this day, the authorities of the Voronezh region reported on the work of the air defense— a drone was shot down on approach to Voronezh. Another drone was shot down near Berdyansk (Zaporozhye region), the city’s CAA reported.
January 1st The Russian Defense Ministry reported on the strike on the eve of the attack on the objects of the military-industrial complex of Ukraine, manufacturing drones. The ministry said that Kiev’s plans to commit terrorist attacks against Russia in the near future have been thwarted.
December 30 The Russian Defense Ministry reported on the massive strike on Ukraine. According to the ministry, all designated targets have been hit, production and repair of military equipment have been stopped, and the transfer of reserves of the Armed Forces of Ukraine has been stopped.
The Russian IC stated that after the examination of Mariupol, more than 3 thousand bodies of murdered local residents were found. The UK opened a criminal case under Part 1 of Article 356 of the Criminal Code (the use of prohibited means and methods of warfare), the defendants of which were Ukrainian military commanders.
The Belgorod region was shelled twice a day. In the morning, the Shebekinsky city district was shelled, and later the village of Vyazovoye of the Krasnoyaruzhsky district. In both cases, no one was injured. In the Bryansk region, the village of Kister of the Pogarsky district was under fire. People were not injured, but the electricity supply of the village was disrupted.
And in Donetsk, the deputy head of the department of the military investigation Department of the IC for the united group of troops, Lieutenant Colonel of Justice Yevgeny Rybakov, was killed in the shelling.
December 29 The air defense of Belarus shot down a Ukrainian missile of the S-300 system, its fragments fell in the Brest region. Regarding the incident , the military commissar of the region Oleg Konovalov said:”There is absolutely no need for residents to worry, such cases, unfortunately, happen.”
The governor of the Saratov region, Roman Busargin, said that the air defense system worked in the Engels district, which shot down a drone. According to the official, people were not injured.
The settlements of Tetkino and Guevo in the Kursk region came under mortar fire. In Tetkino, six houses were damaged, one partially destroyed.
December 28 Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Moscow will not recognize the peace plans from Ukraine if they do not take into account “today’s realities with the Russian territory” with the entry of four new regions into Russia.
The deputy head of the administration of Kiev, Pyotr Panteleev, said that the regime of emergency blackouts in the city will continue throughout the winter.
December 27 Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said that there may be a “gap” in the issue of achieving peace in Ukraine through diplomatic means. The office of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that he could become a mediator in the negotiations on Ukraine, provided that all parties to the conflict agree to it. A day earlier, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba said that Ukraine hopes to hold a peace summit at the UN in February 2023.
On December 26, the Defense Ministry reported an attack by a Ukrainian drone on the Engels airfield in the Saratov region, the air defense system worked, three soldiers were killed.
december 24 Russia and Ukraine have blamed each other for the shelling of Kherson, in which ten people were killed and more than 50 were injured.
December 23 The FSB reported on the detention of Russians and Ukrainians in the Perm Region, the Jewish Autonomous Region and the Rostov Regions on charges of helping the SBU and the AFU.
Dmitry Peskov spoke about “significant progress in the demilitarization of Ukraine”. The head of the European Council, Charles Michel, said that the EU should continue negotiations with Russia on Ukraine in order to avoid a serious escalation of the conflict and the nuclear threat. He also added that the UN Security Council needs to be reformed by suspending Russia’s membership in it.
December 22 The ex-head of Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin and two other victims of the Ukrainian shelling were taken to the military clinical hospital of Rostov-on-Don. Rogozin was wounded above the right shoulder blade the day before during the shelling of a hotel in Donetsk, where, according to him, a working meeting was held.
On this day, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu arrived in the zone of his own, where he checked the placement of personnel and talked with the military on the front line.
During his visit to the United States, Vladimir Zelensky discussed with Joe Biden the “formula for peace”, and also enlisted the support of the US Congress. The American “Law on Additional Appropriations to Ukraine” establishes assistance for 2023 in the amount of $45 billion.
December 21 Vladimir Putin at the board of the Ministry of Defense said that Russia will not engage in the militarization of its economy. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that the number of military personnel in the Armed Forces should be increased to 1.5 million, including 695 thousand contract soldiers, adding that the draft age of citizens in the army should be changed from 18 to 21 years, and the age limit – up to 30 years.
On this day, the State Duma adopted amendments to the Criminal Code in the third reading, according to which the punishment for organizing and financing sabotage can be up to life imprisonment.
December 20th The Russian Defense Ministry reported on the continuation of the offensive in the Donetsk direction. The ministry also reported the destruction of Ukrainian aerial military equipment: two MiG-29 aircraft, a Su-25 aircraft and two Ukrainian Mi-8 helicopters.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky arrived on an unannounced visit to Artemivsk (Bakhmut), where he visited the advanced positions and awarded the Ukrainian military.
December 19th The Ministry of Defense reported that four American HARM missiles were shot down in the airspace of the Belgorod region. They also said that in the Donetsk direction, the troops occupied “more favorable borders”. The day before, the department reported on taking control of Yakovlevka in the DPR.
On the night of December 19, the Kiev authorities reported on the work of the air defense. An air alert was sounded in other parts of Ukraine. Later, “Ukrenergo” reported that emergency blackouts were being carried out in Kiev, the region and other regions.
The governor of the Belgorod region Vyacheslav Gladkov said that on December 18 “it was an extremely difficult day”: as a result of the shelling of the AFU region, one person was killed and 10 were injured.
The leadership of the DPR reported that during the shelling of Donetsk, shells hit the Kalinin hospital, one person was killed.
Advisor to the office of the President of Ukraine Alexey Arestovich confirmed that the Ukrainian military tried to kill the head of the Russian General Staff Valery Gerasimov when he came to the front line in the spring. Earlier, The New York Times reported that American intelligence learned about Gerasimov’s upcoming trip, but did not transmit this information to Ukraine. Nevertheless, according to the NYT, the Ukrainian side found out about these plans, and then Washington asked Kiev not to attack the head of the General Staff out of fear that this would lead to a greater escalation, but the attack has already begun, the publication said.
December 16 An air alert was declared throughout Ukraine. The authorities of the country’s regions reported explosions, the operation of air defense systems and power outages: sections of railways were de-energized in the Kharkiv, Kirovograd, Donetsk and Dnepropetrovsk regions; the metro was stopped in Kiev, Kharkiv and Dnipro. The next day , the Russian Defense Ministry reported on a massivethe impact “on the systems of military control, the military-industrial complex and the energy facilities providing them”. As explained in the department, as a result, the transfer of foreign weapons and ammunition was disrupted, the advance of reserves to combat areas was blocked and defense enterprises for the production and repair of weapons were stopped.
December 15th Donetsk Mayor Alexei Kulemzin said that in the morning the city was subjected to the most massive blow since 2014. Acting head of the DPR Denis Pushilin reported taking control of more than 80% of Marinka (DPR). According to him, this will help stop the shelling of the Petrovsky district of Donetsk.
The Russian Defense Ministry reported that an attempt to attack the APU was thwarted in the Kupyansk direction, and an attempt to counterattack the APU in the Krasno-Limansky direction.
December 14th Russian troops again took control of the main part of the settlement of Vodiane (DPR).
Vitali Klitschko announced the explosions in Kiev. Later it became known that Ukrainian air defense systems shot down 13 drones over the capital, their debris damaged one administrative building and four residential buildings, there were no casualties.
The Ukrainian authorities reported the return of 64 AFU servicemen and one American from captivity. The Russian side has not yet announced anything about the new exchange.
December 12 as a result of the explosion, a bridge in the village of Konstantinovka, Zaporozhye region, was damaged, two spans sank. The representative of the regional administration, Vladimir Rogov, said that, according to preliminary data, explosives were planted at the bridge support. The same evening, the acting head of the Kherson region, Vladimir Saldo, reported that an attempt had been made on his first deputy, Vitaly Bulyuk, in Skadovsk. When the car exploded, the driver was killed, Bulyuk was injured.
The head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrel, said that the EU countries have not yet been able to agree on the ninth package of sanctions against Russia.
Vladimir Zelensky held telephone talks with Joe Biden. The President of Ukraine announced the destruction of 50% of the country’s energy infrastructure.
The Russian Defense Ministry reported on the continuation of the offensive of Russian troops in the Donetsk direction, as well as on the suppression of an attempt by the AFU brigade to counterattack Russian positions in the direction of the village of Peski (DPR).
December 11 Acting Governor of the Zaporozhye region Yevgeny Balitsky said that as a result of the AFU strike on the recreation center in Melitopol on December 10, two people were killed, ten were injured.
December 10 Vladimir Rogov, a member of the main council of the administration of the Zaporozhye region, said that the AFU fired at the coastline of Energodar from heavy weapons. On this day, the head of the IAEA, Rafael Grossi, said that a safety zone in the area of the Zaporozhye NPP could be established in the near future.
December 9th The Russian Defense Ministry reported that six MLRS and MARS-II multiple rocket launchers were defeated in the area of the settlement of Shevchenkovskoye, Zaporozhye region. The ministry also reported on the continuation of the offensive by Russian troops in the Red-Liman direction.
The court sentenced Ilya Yashin (listed in the register of foreign agents) to eight and a half years in a general regime colony for spreading “fakes” about the Russian army.
December 8th The Russian Defense Ministry announced the destruction of MLRS, MARS-II and HIMARS multiple rocket launchers in the Zaporozhye region and the DPR, as well as the continuation of offensive actions in the Krasno-Limansky direction.
December 7th The Russian Defense Ministry reported on the strike on the missile and artillery weapons depot at the ArcelorMittal plant in Krivoy Rog. The ministry also reported on the continuation of the offensive by the Russian military in the Red-Liman direction. An officer of the People’s Militia of the LPR, Andrei Marochko, with reference to intelligence data, reported that Ukraine was pulling additional troops to Artemovsk.
A member of the Main Council of the administration of the Zaporozhye region, Vladimir Rogov, reported on the attempted assassination of the deputy head of Melitopol, Nikolai Volyk, on the eve.
December 6 The Russian Defense Ministry announced the return of 60 Russian servicemen from captivity. The head of the DPR Denis Pushilin wrote in his telegram channel that the exchange of prisoners with Kiev took place according to the formula “60 to 60”.
The Russian Defense Ministry reported on the application of on December 5 a massive strike on the military and related energy facilities of Ukraine. According to the ministry, the purpose of the strike was achieved, the production and repair of Ukrainian weapons was stopped, the transfer of reserves of the Armed Forces of Ukraine was difficult.
The governor of the Belgorod Region Vyacheslav Gladkov said that the formation of territorial defense detachments had begun in the region.
December 5th The Russian Defense Ministry reported on the continuation of offensive actions in the Donetsk direction. The ministry also reported on attempts by the Ukrainian Armed Forces to counterattack in the direction of the settlement of Nikolskoye (DPR), Ukrainian troops were pushed back to their original positions.
December 4th The representative of the Turkish President Ibrahim Kalyn said that Turkey continues to work on the organization of Russian-Ukrainian negotiations.
December 3rd Defense Ministers of Russia and Belarus Sergei Shoigu and Viktor Khrenin signed a protocol between the countries on amendments to the agreement on joint provision of regional security in the military sphere.
December 2nd The Ministry of Defense reported on taking control of Kurdyumovka (DPR). The ministry also reported two downed Ukrainian aircraft: a MiG-26 in the area of Ukrainka (DPR) and a Su-25 in the area of Nikolsky (DPR).
On this day, the Border Committee of Belarus reported that on December 1, an unmarked drone was forcibly planted over the Mokran checkpoint on the Belarusian-Ukrainian border. The department noted that similar cases were also on November 2 and 16.
December 1st The Russian Defense Ministry reported on taking control of the settlement of Andreevka (DPR).
The head of the DPR Denis Pushilin announced the exchange of prisoners of war. According to him, the exchange took place according to the formula “50-50”.
November 30th The Russian Defense Ministry announced the taking of control of the settlements of Belogorovka and Pershe Travnya in the DPR. Later that day, the department reported on the capture of Andreevka (DPR) and the continuation of offensive actions by Russian troops in the direction of the settlement of Vodiane (DPR).
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that over the past two months, more than 300 thousand reservists have been trained at more than 100 training grounds in Russia and Belarus.
An explosion occurred at the Embassy of Ukraine in Madrid, as a result of which an embassy employee was slightly injured.
November 29 The Russian Defense Ministry reported on the continuation of the offensive in the Donetsk direction. The headquarters of the territorial defense of the DPR reported taking control of the settlements of Pershe Travnya and Andreevka.
November 28 The FSB reported on the prevention of a series of terrorist attacks in Melitopol and the detention of three saboteurs.
November 28 The head of the LPR Leonid Pasechnik announced the return of 23 soldiers from Ukrainian captivity. On November 26, the Defense Ministry announced that nine servicemen had returned to Russia during the exchange. The head of the office of the President of Ukraine, Andriy Ermak, confirmed the information about the exchange and announced the return to Ukraine of 12 people, including nine military and three civilians.
November 27 Vatican Foreign Relations Secretary Paul Richard Gallagher said that the Vatican is ready to become a platform for peace talks between Russia and Ukraine. Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov said that the Kremlin welcomes the initiative of the Vatican, but believes that Kiev will not go to a dialogue in this format.
November 25 Vladimir Putin held a meeting with the mothers of the participants of the military operation.
The head of the DPR Denis Pushilin reported on the exchange of prisoners with Ukraine according to the formula “9 to 9”. A day earlier, he reported on the exchange according to the formula “50-50”, this information was confirmed by the Ministry of Defense. On November 23, the Russian Defense Ministry and the head of the office of the President of Ukraine, Andriy Ermak, also reported on the exchange of prisoners, according to which 36 people returned to Ukraine, 35 to Russia.
November 24 The Russian Defense Ministry reported on a massive strike on military and energy facilities on the territory of Ukraine a day earlier. The strikes disrupted Ukrainian military logistics. The department stated that there were no targets in Kiev.
Earlier, the mayor of Kiev Vitali Klitschko wrote in his telegram channel that after the strikes, 70% of the city remains without electricity.
November 23 “Energoatom” reported that the power units at three Ukrainian nuclear power plants were automatically turned off. The Ministry of Energy of Ukraine announced emergency power outages for most residents of the country.
November 23 The Russian Defense Ministry reported five downed drones near gas condensate fields in the Black Sea and Sevastopol.
November 22 The Russian Defense Ministry reported on the continuation of the offensive and the repulse of the enemy’s counterattack in the Donetsk direction. The ministry also reported that over the past day, the Armed Forces of Ukraine fired eight shells at the industrial zone of the Zaporozhye NPP.
The authorities of the Belgorod region reported on the construction of a zasechnaya line on the border with Ukraine.
November 21 The Russian Defense Ministry reported on the defeat of two installations of the multiple launch rocket system “Hurricane” in the area of Dusty (Kharkiv region). According to the department, they fired at the territory of the Belgorod region.
November 20 The Russian Defense Ministry said that during November 19 and in the morning of November 20, the Ukrainian Armed Forces fired at the Zaporozhye NPP. According to the agency, the radiation situation in the area of the NPP remains normal. The head of the IAEA, Rafael Grossi, said that the shelling of the NPP should be stopped immediately.
November 19th The deputy official representative of the UN Secretary General, Farhan Haq, said that the organization called for investigating information about the shooting of military personnel in Ukraine. Members of the HRC Commission on Relations with International Organizations joined the UN appeals. A day earlier, on November 18, the Russian IC opened a criminal case on the fact of the mass shooting of captured Russian servicemen.
November 18 The Ministry of Defense reported on taking control of the settlement of Opytne (DPR), as well as on the eve of strikes on military command facilities and fuel and energy infrastructure. President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky reported that as of the evening of November 17, more than 10 million people in Ukraine remained without electricity.
The head of the Crimea, Sergey Aksenov, said that fortification works are being carried out on the territory of the peninsula.
On November 17 the parties extended the grain deal for 120 days.
The authorities of the Dnipropetrovsk and Odessa regions announced damage to infrastructure facilities after the shelling.
The Ministry of Defense of Russia reported on the destruction of the workshops of the defense enterprise for the production of fuel and rocket engines in Pavlograd (Dnipropetrovsk region) and the workshops of the scientific and production complex “Iskra” in Zaporozhye.
November 16 The Russian Defense Ministry reported on a massive strike on the military command system of Ukraine and related energy facilities. The ministry noted that the strikes were carried out only on targets in Ukraine, no closer than 35 km from the Ukrainian-Polish border. The Ministry of Defense also clarified that it did not launch missile strikes against targets in Kiev.
Polish President Andrzej Duda called the fall of the rocket in Poland “an accident”, specifying that the Polish authorities have no evidence that the missile was fired by the Russian side. On this day, Reuters, citing a NATO source, reported that US President Joe Biden called the work of the Ukrainian air defense system the cause of the explosions in Poland.
November 15th the Ukrainian authorities reported explosions and the work of air defense almost throughout the country. Due to the shelling, emergency power outages began in the country. On this day, the Polish authorities announced the fall of two missiles on the territory of the country 8 km from the border with Ukraine.
The acting governor of the Kherson region, Vladimir Saldo, announced the termination of the work of the Kakhovskaya HPP and the evacuation of residents deep into the region. On this day it became known that the employees of the administration of Novaya Kakhovka left the city, the crews of municipal enterprises and services of the city are working in a standby mode.
November 14th President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky visited Kherson and addressed Ukrainian servicemen at the city administration building.
The Russian Defense Ministry has reported on taking control of Pavlovka (DPR). A day earlier, the department reported that the village of Mayorsk in the Donetsk direction had been taken under control.
November 13 Dmitry Peskov said that Vladimir Putin instructed to demobilize students from the DPR and LPR.
November 11 The Russian Defense Ministry reported on the completion of the transfer of units of Russian troops to the left bank of the Dnieper. It passed without loss of personnel and military equipment. The ministry also noted that over the past two days, the advance of the Ukrainian military in certain directions amounted to no more than ten km.
Acting Governor of the Zaporozhye region Yevgeny Balitsky said that an attempt was made on the Deputy Minister for Culture, Sports and Tourism of the region Andrey Boyk in Melitopol.
In the evening of November 9th The Ministry of Defense announced the withdrawal of troops from Kherson to the left bank of the Dnieper. The commander of the group of troops in the special operation zone, Sergei Surovikin, called it a “very difficult decision” and explained that it was necessary to preserve the lives of the military and the combat capability of the group, “it is hopeless to keep it on the right bank, in a limited area.” The General noted that 115 thousand residents were evacuated from Kherson and neighboring districts.
In the morning of November 9th The deputy head of the administration of the Kherson region, Kirill Stremousov, said that Ukrainian attacks were repulsed in all directions of the Kherson region. The day before, he reported on heavy fighting in the area of the settlement of Snigirevka, as well as attempts by the AFU to conduct reconnaissance by combat in the Posad-Pokrovsky and Berislavsky sections.
In the middle of the day Kirill Stremousov died in an accident near Genichesky.
November 8th Kirill Stremousov said that “in the coming days, events are expected to come to an end in Kherson.” “We are ready for any solutions, even the most difficult ones,” he added. According to him, the mass evacuation of the right bank has been completed, residents of Kherson can then evacuate themselves privately.
November 7 The Governor of Primorsky Krai Oleg Kozhemyako instructed to check the messages in social networks about the “large unjustified losses” of the 155th Separate Guards Brigade of the Pacific Fleet Marines in the battles in the Pavlovka area in the DPR. Later that day, the Russian Defense Ministry reported that “the losses of the Marines for this period do not exceed 1% of the combat personnel and 7% of the wounded”.
November 6th the dam of the Kakhovskaya HPP came under fire from the AFU. Ruslan Agayev, a representative of the administration of Novaya Kakhovka, said that there was no critical damage due to a shell hit. On this day, Vladimir Rogov, a member of the Main Council of the administration of the Zaporozhye region, announced the construction of fortified areas in the north of the region in case of an attack by the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
November 6th Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said that due to Russian strikes on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure, Kiev may be left without electricity, water supply and heating.
November 3rd The Ministry of Defense reported that 107 soldiers returned from captivity. Earlier, the head of the DPR Denis Pushilin announced that Ukraine will be given the same number of prisoners.
On November 3, Deputy Head of the administration of the Kherson region Kirill Stremousov admitted that Russian troops would leave for the left-bank part of the region. He advised the residents of Kherson, who have not yet managed to move out of the city, “as soon as possible” to go to the left bank. He also said that the APU fired at the administration of the city of Naked Pier at night. The building is completely destroyed, there are no victims or injured, Stremousov said. This city is located south of Kherson.
On November 3, the Russian Foreign Ministry summoned British Ambassador Deborah Bronnet and protested to her in connection with the drone attack on the ships of the Black Sea Fleet in Sevastopol on October 29. Moscow accuses London of involvement in this attack. Britain denies these accusations.
November 2nd The Ministry of Defense announced that Russia is resuming participation in the grain deal. The agency explained this by the fact that Kiev gave Moscow guarantees that the humkoridor would not be used for military purposes.
November 4th Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that he had agreed with Vladimir Putin on free grain supplies to countries in need, “especially in Somalia, Djibouti and Sudan, which in July faced a serious food crisis and famine.”
November 1st Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that the army continues to hit military infrastructure facilities and facilities that affect the reduction of Ukraine’s military potential with high-precision weapons.
Presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said that an additional decree on the abolition of mobilization is not needed and this was confirmed by the state legal department of the president. The day before, Vladimir Putin said that partial mobilization has been completed, “the point has been set.”
In the Kherson region October 31 they announced the expansion of the evacuation zone by 15 km from the Dnieper. 70 thousand people are going to be resettled there, the reason was called possible damage by Ukrainian troops to the Kakhovskaya hydroelectric dam, which could cause flooding of the left bank.
October 31 The Ministry of Defense again reported strikes on the military control and energy systems of Ukraine. Prime Minister of Ukraine Denis Shmygal reported in the afternoon that 18 objects in different regions were damaged.
October 30 Turkey, the UN and Ukraine have decided to continue sending grain from Ukrainian ports. They resumed inspections of vessels. On October 31, the UN announced the passage of 12 vessels along the humanitarian corridor.
October 29 The authorities of Sevastopol reported an attack by Ukrainian drones on military facilities of the Black Sea Fleet. Later, the Defense Ministry clarified that the attack occurred early in the morning, nine UAVs and seven autonomous marine drones were involved in it. Minor damage, according to the department, was received by the sea minesweeper Ivan Golubets and a boom in the Yuzhnaya Bay. After that , the Ministry of Defense announcedthe suspension of participation in the grain deal, explaining this by the attack of drones on ships involved in ensuring the security of the gumkoridor. The same evening, Russia notified the UN of its decision and requested a meeting of the organization’s Security Council. On October 31, Russia’s permanent representative to the UN, Vasily Nebenzia, said that the agreements on the passage of ships through the Black Sea without Moscow’s participation should not be fulfilled.
October 29 there was an exchange of prisoners according to the formula “50-50”. 50 Russian military decided to deliver to Moscow for treatment and rehabilitation, the Ministry of Defense reported. The head of the office of the President of Ukraine Andriy Ermak said that Kiev received 52 people.
October 28 Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported to Vladimir Putin that the task of conscripting 300 thousand people as part of partial mobilization has been completed. No additional tasks are planned, he noted. On October 31, the Ministry of Defense announced the termination of the delivery of subpoenas. In the future, military enlistment offices will be engaged in the reception of volunteers and contract candidates, the department noted.
October 28 it became known about the new shelling of the Antonovsky Bridge in Kherson. Earlier this day, the authorities of the Kherson region announced the end of the evacuation from the right bank of the Dnieper.
October 27 Ramzan Kadyrov said that as a result of shelling in the Kherson region, 23 Chechen soldiers were killed and 58 were injured.
October 26 President of Guinea-Bissau Umaru Sisoku Embalo at a press conference conveyed to Vladimir Zelensky a message from Vladimir Putin about the need for negotiations between Moscow and Kiev. On October 27, Dmitry Peskov said that the Russian president had not conveyed any “specific message”. According to him, the President of Guinea-Bissau expressed a desire to convey Putin’s position to the Ukrainian side.
October 26 Sergei Shoigu held telephone talks with colleagues from India (Rajnath Singh) and China (Wei Fenghe), during the talks the minister expressed concern about possible provocations by Ukraine with the use of a dirty bomb.
Morning October 25 it became known about a powerful explosion near the building of the TV company “ZaTV” in Melitopol. According to the UK, five people were injured.
October 23 Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu held telephone talks with the defense ministers of France, Turkey and the United Kingdom. With each of them, he discussed possible provocations by Ukraine using a dirty bomb. On this day, Sergei Shoigu discussed the situation in Ukraine with the US Secretary of Defense.
The governor of the Kursk region, Roman Starovoit, announced the completion of work on staffing and construction of two reinforced defense lines in the region. He also added that the third line will be ready by November 5.
October 22 The governor of the Belgorod region Vyacheslav Gladkov announced the installation of protective structures in the regions of the region. Earlier, he reported on the shelling of the city of Shebekino: on October 19, civilian infrastructure facilities came under fire, on October 20, three shells flew into the territory of an agricultural enterprise, on October 21, an industrial enterprise, on October 22, two people were killed as a result of the shelling.
October 21 The UK has opened a criminal case in connection with the shelling of the crossing near the Antonovsky Bridge in Kherson. Four people were killed and 13 were injured. Among the dead and wounded were children and journalists, the ministry noted. According to the investigation, the APU struck at the crossing from the HIMARS MLRS.
In the evening October 19 The adviser to the Minister of Energy of Ukraine reported that about 40% of the energy infrastructure was damaged. From October 20 in Ukraine, an electricity saving mode has been introduced.
October 19th Vladimir Putin signed a decree on the introduction of martial law in the territories of the DPR, LPR, Zaporozhye and Kherson regions from October 20. Another presidential decree establishes different levels of response in the regions of Russia.
October 18 The Ministry of Defense announced the taking of Gorobyivka under control in the Kharkiv region.
On October 18 The acting governor of the Kherson region, Vladimir Saldo, announced the organized relocation of residents of the right-bank districts of Kherson to the left bank of the Dnieper. On the same day, the commander of the grouping of troops in the SVO zone, Sergei Surovikin, announced a “difficult situation” in Kherson and did not rule out making the “most difficult decisions”.
October 17th The head of the DPR Denis Pushilin reported on the exchange of prisoners between Moscow and Kiev. Russia received 110 people, Ukraine – 108. As Pushilin explained, two women refused to go to Ukraine and decided to stay. According to the Ministry of Defense, 72 sailors from civilian vessels were among those who returned to Russia.
October 14th Vladimir Putin said that massive strikes are no longer necessary, and the military is gradually finishing off those objects that are left to hit.The Ministry of Defense reported on the continuation of strikes with precision weapons on military control and energy systems in reports and on other days until October 20.
October 13 The Ministry of Defense reported on the exchange of prisoners with Kiev. According to the ministry, 20 Russian servicemen have been returned from the territory of Ukraine. Earlier, on October 11, the head of the office of the President of Ukraine, Andriy Ermak, said that Moscow had returned 32 soldiers and the body of an Israeli to Kiev.
October 10th The Russian Defense Ministry reported on the massive strike on the objects of the military command, communications and energy systems of Ukraine. In the morning of the same day, the authorities of several regions and cities of the country, including Kiev, reported about the explosions. In some cities, electricity and water supply were lost, communications were disrupted, and transport was suspended. The Ministry of Defense reported massive strikes on military administration and energy facilities in the following days.
October 8th it became known about the explosion of a truck on the Crimean Bridge, automobile and railway traffic on it was suspended. The UK opened a criminal case under Part 2 of Article 205 of the Criminal Code (terrorism). Putin said that Russia’s responses to the terrorist attacks will be tough.
October 8th It was announced that Sergei Shoigu appointed General of the Army Sergei Surovikin as the commander of the Combined Group of Troops in the area of the SVO.
September 30th Vladimir Putin and the leaders of the LPR, DPR, Zaporozhye and Kherson regions signed agreements in the Kremlin on the entry of new territories into Russia. On October 5, Vladimir Putin signed laws on the ratification of treaties, as well as a decree on the publication of the text of the Constitution with amendments related to the admission of new regions into the country. The integration of the new territories into Russia will last until January 1, 2026.
The heads of the LPR, DPR, Zaporozhye and Kherson regions appealed to Putin to consider their accession to Russia after the referendums that took place in these territories from September 23 to 27. Before the referendum, the Kherson Regional State Administration reported that residents of the city of Snegirevka and the village of Alexandrovka in the Mykolaiv region asked to join them to the Kherson region.
September 30th Vladimir Rogov, a member of the Main Council of the CAA, reported on the shelling of a convoy of refugees who were leaving the car market on Orekhovsky Highway (Zaporozhye) towards the territory controlled by Russia. 23 people were killed. During the night shelling of Kherson, the first deputy head of the Kherson Regional State Administration for Security, Alexey Katerinichev, was killed.
September 29 The LNR ambassador to Russia, Rodion Miroshnik, reported on the shelling of a convoy of civilians who left Kupyansk, Kharkiv region, for Russia. More than 30 people were killed. Later in the day, the head of the CAA of the Zaporozhye region, Yevgeny Balitsky, reported the crash of a drone on the territory of the NPP. According to him, the radioactive background remained normal.
September 26 Deputy head of the CAA of the Kherson region Kirill Stremousov announced a new shelling of the Antonovsky Bridge in Kherson. On this day, the Ministry of Defense reported the shelling of the dacha village “Volna”, which is located in the immediate vicinity of the Zaporozhye NPP.
September 25 The head of the CAA of the Kherson region, Vladimir Saldo, reported on the shelling of a hotel in Kherson. Journalists and other civilians lived in the hotel. Two people were killed. Among them – former deputy of the Verkhovna Rada from the Party of Regions Alexey Zhuravko.
September 22 The Ministry of Defense reported on the exchange of 55 servicemen of the Armed Forces of Russia, the DPR and the LPR. The head of the DPR Denis Pushilin said that Ukraine also handed over Viktor Medvedchuk among them. According to Kiev, as part of the exchange, 215 prisoners were handed over to Ukraine.
September 21 Vladimir Rogov, a member of the General Council of the Zaporozhye region CAA, said that the cooling system, transformers, and an open switchgear were disrupted at the NPP due to shelling.
September 21 Vladimir Putin signed a decree on partial mobilization. He also said that Russia will support the choice of residents of the LPR, DPR, Zaporozhye and Kherson regions, which they will make at their referendums. Representatives of these Territories announced plans to hold referendums on September 19-20.
After the announcement of partial mobilization, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu explained that 300 thousand people were planned to be called up. Putin said that we are talking only about those who are in the reserve, first of all, who have served, have the appropriate military accounting specialty and experience. Later, speaking about the course of mobilization, the Presidenthe said that there were questions about the organization of the process and demanded that all errors be corrected. On October 14, Putin said that he would instruct the Security Council to check how the training of the mobilized was going. At a press conference, he was asked about the news about the deaths of those mobilized at the front just three weeks after the announcement of mobilization.
September 19 The DPR reported the death of 13 civilians during the shelling of the Kuibyshev district of Donetsk.
September 16 A missile strike was launched against the administration of the Kherson region. During the shelling, the head of the Department of Labor and Social Policy of the region, Alla Barkhatnova, was wounded, her driver was killed. On this day, an explosion occurred in the building of the Prosecutor General’s Office in Lugansk, which killed Prosecutor General Sergei Gorenko and his deputy Ekaterina Steglenko. It also became known about the murder of the deputy head of the Berdyansk Regional State Administration Oleg Boyko and his wife Lyudmila Boyko, who headed the city territorial election commission for the referendum. A member of the Zaporozhye CAA, Vladimir Rogov, reported on the new shelling of the Energodar, where the Zaporozhye NPP is located.
September 15th The head of the LPR Leonid Pasechnik said that the AFU tried to go on the offensive along the entire front line in the LPR. He also noted that there is no reason to panic. On the same day, the deputy head of the CAA of the Kherson region, Kirill Stremousov, said that the forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were pulling together on the highway between Nikolaev and Kherson.
September 14th The headquarters of the DPR defense Ministry reported that the settlements of Nikolaevka and Nikolaevka Two were taken under control. On the same day, the People’s militia of the LPR stated that the contact line came close to the borders of the republic, but the allied forces control the territory.
Vladimir Zelensky said in his Telegram channel that he had arrived in the Izyum of the Kharkiv region.
On September 14, the Ministry of Defense reported on the losses suffered by the Ukrainian army in the Mykolaiv-Krivoy Rog direction during unsuccessful offensive actions.
On September 10 The Ministry of Defense decided to regroup troops in the areas of Balakleya and Izyum “to increase efforts in the Donetsk direction.” The operation for folding and transfer took place within three days. The agency explained that this is necessary “to achieve the stated goals of a special military operation to liberate Donbass”. At the same time, the troops continued to strike at the units and reserves of the Ukrainian troops in the Kharkiv region.
September 9th The Kharkiv military-civil administration reported that they were evacuating the civilian population of cities that were being shelled by Ukrainian artillery, among them Kupyansk and Izyum. On the same day, the Russian Defense Ministry published a video of the transfer of troops to the Kharkiv direction.
September 9th The head of the IAEA, Rafael Grossi, announced the increased risks of an emergency due to the shelling around the Zaporozhye NPP, as they led to a complete power outage in the Power Plant, and also pose dangers to personnel. On September 8, he said that the agency offers Russia and Ukraine to conclude a “simple agreement” on the inviolability of the NPP.
According to the Ministry of Defense from September 9, The APU lost three tanks, other armored vehicles and more than 270 military personnel in the Mykolaiv-Krivoy Rog direction during the day. The department began to report on the attempts of the offensive of Ukrainian forces in the south from the end of August.
September 7th The Ministry of Defense announced the taking control of the village of Kodema in the DPR.
September 6th an explosion occurred in the center of Berdyansk (Zaporozhye region). According to the city authorities, the car of the city commandant Artem Bardin was blown up near the CAA building, he was hospitalized in serious condition.
September 1st The mission of the IAEA experts arrived at the Zaporozhye NPP. The road from Kiev to Energodar took the experts almost two days: at the demarcation line, their motorcade joined the queue of others entering the part of Zaporozhye occupied by Russian forces. The mission’s visit was associated with regular reports of shelling of the NPP and became possible after receiving clear security guarantees from Russia and Ukraine. On September 5, the IAEA mission left the station. Two representatives of the delegation remained there on a permanent basis.
August 28 it became known about the shelling of Novaya Kakhovka and Kakhovskaya HPP. On August 29, the head of the civil-military administration, Vladimir Leontiev, announced the evacuation of city residents from their workplaces to bomb shelters.
August 23 The Ministry of Defense announced the taking under control of the settlements of Komsomolskoye and Blagodatovka. The Ministry also reported on taking control of 36 sq. km of the Kherson region and 12 sq. km of the Mykolaiv region.
On August 19 the DPR territorial defense headquarters announced the capture of the settlements of Zaitsevo and Dacha.
On August 14, the Ministry of Defense announced that the Russian military had taken control of the settlement of Udy, Kharkiv region.
On August 13, it became known that the settlement of Peski (DPR) had been taken under control.
August 11 The head of the civil-military administration of the Zaporozhye region, Yevgeny Balitsky, reported at least three strikes in the area of the radioactive isotope storage. On the same day, a meeting of the UN Security Council was held in connection with the shelling and their possible catastrophic consequences. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for “agreeing on a secure demilitarization perimeter at the technical level to ensure the security of the area.” Vladimir Rogov, a member of the main council of the military-civil administration of the region, said that if the shelling continues, the NPP will be mothballed.
August 8th The Ministry of Defense reported that the Zaporozhye NPP came under fire, it also became known that another blow was struck on the Antonovsky Bridge in Kherson.
August 1st The first grain merchant ship left the port of Odessa after the signing of grain export agreements by representatives of Russia, Turkey, Ukraine and the UN. The Razoni vessel under the flag of Sierra Leone is to deliver a cargo of corn to the port of Istanbul the next day, the Defense Ministry said. The documents on grain export were signed by the parties on July 22.On June 30, the Russian Defense Ministry announced that it had withdrawn the military from the island of Zmeiny in the Black Sea to demonstrate the absence of obstacles to the organization of a humanitarian corridor for the export of grain from Ukraine.
July 29 The Ministry of Defense and the DPR authorities reported the shelling by the AFU from the HIMARS MLRS colony in Yelenovka, where Ukrainian prisoners of war were being held. According to the Ministry of Defense, 50 prisoners were killed in the strike, and more than 70 were injured.
July 16 Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu gave instructions to increase the actions of Russian groups of troops in all operational areas. In a statement, the Ministry of Defense noted that this is necessary to “exclude the possibility of the Kiev regime to inflict massive missile and artillery strikes on civilian infrastructure and residents of settlements in Donbass and other regions.”
July 3 The Ministry of Defense reported the capture of the settlements of Verkhnekamenka, Zolotarevka and Belogorovka. Later that day, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that control had been established over the city of Lisichansk and a number of nearby settlements: Belogorovka, Novodruzhesk, Maloryazantsevo and Belaya Gora. In his report to President Shoigu, he also reported on the liberation of the LPR.
July 1st The Ministry of Defense announced the capture of the Lisichansk oil refinery, the Matrosskaya mine, the Gelatin Plant and the village of Topolevka.
On June 25, the Ministry of Defense reported that the cities of Severodonetsk and Borovskoye, as well as the settlements of Voronovo and Sirotino, were taken under control.
June 24 The Defense Ministry reported progress in the Luhansk direction in five days: several settlements in the Popasnyansky district, including Loskutovka and Nyrkovo, were taken under control.
June 21 The Defense Ministry reported on an attempt by Ukrainian troops to take the island of Zmeiny on June 20, during which drones and artillery were involved. As noted in the department, “convinced of the failure of the attempt to capture the island,” the APU struck at drilling platforms in the Black Sea. This was announced on the morning of June 20 by the head of the Crimea Sergey Aksenov. According to him, seven people are missing after the strike.
On June 20 the head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov announced the capture of Toshkovka in the LPR.
June 19 The Ministry of Defense reported taking control of Metelkino in the Severodonetsk direction.
June 9th The headquarters of the DPR defense Ministry reported about the battles for Slavyansk – this is one of the transport hubs of the region, it is located about 100 km north of Donetsk.
On June 9, the Ministry of Defense announced the beginning of work on clearing roads and forests in the national park “Holy Mountains” (in the areas of the settlements of Svyatogorsk, Yarovaya, Studenok and Sosnove). The head of the Defense Ministry, Sergei Shoigu, announced on June 7 that Svyatogorsk and other places had been taken under control. According to him, a significant part of the DPR and LPR along the left bank of the Seversky Donets River is occupied. Residential quarters of Severodonetsk have also been taken under control, the struggle for the industrial zone and the nearest settlements continues.
May 28 The Ministry of Defense reported taking control of the city of Krasny Liman (Estuary). It is located 60 km northwest of Donetsk, in the Kramatorsk district, near Slavyansk. The day before, his capture was reported at the headquarters of the DPR. May 28 The head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, announced the capture of Severodonetsk (in the LPR). He later reported that by the evening of May 29, about 70% of the residential sector had been cleared of mines in the city.
May 20 Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported to Putin on the complete takeover of Mariupol, including the territory of the Azovstal plant. According to the Ministry of Defense, since May 16, 2,439 soldiers of the AFU and the Azov regiment have surrendered (its symbols are recognized as extremist in Russia). Earlier in the day, Shoigu announced the proximity to the completion of the operation to liberate the LPR. May 25 The Ministry of Defense announced the completion of mine clearance and demilitarization of the seaport of Mariupol. The port began to function in a daily mode.
The battles for Mariupol were going on almost from the very beginning of the military operation. Shoigu reported to Putin about the capture of the city back on April 21. At that time, according to the minister, the remnants of nationalist formations were hiding on the territory of the Azovstal plant. Putin called the storming of the plant impractical, ordered it to be canceled, and the territory of the plant to be blocked.
April 11 The Ministry of Defense reported that Russian tank crews took the village of Kamenka. The ministry noted that this is one of the most fortified defense lines in the Izyumsky district. Tankers were awarded state awards after the battle.
April 8th The Ministry of Defense denied involvement in the missile attack on the station in Kramatorsk. The ministry said that on this day the Russian army had no firing tasks in this city, and the tactical missiles “Dot-U”, the wreckage of which was found at the train station and the pictures of which were published by eyewitnesses, are used by the Ukrainian military. Kramatorsk is under the control of Ukraine.
April 3 The agency called the published photos and videos a provocation, “allegedly testifying to some “crimes” of Russian servicemen in the city of Bucha, Kiev region.” The footage in question began to appear on the night of April 3. Photographers of foreign agencies Reuters and AFP began to publish pictures with the bodies of people in civilian clothes on the streets of the city. The Defense Ministry claims that during the time that the settlement was under the control of the Russian military, not a single local resident was injured.
March 30 The Ministry of Defense reported on “planned regrouping of troops in the Kiev and Chernihiv directions”. At the first stage of the operation, it was planned to force the Ukrainian army to concentrate forces and resources on major cities, including Kiev, the ministry explained. The tasks in these areas have been completed, and the purpose of the regrouping is to activate actions in priority areas and complete the operation to liberate Donbass, the military said. The reduction of military activity in the Kiev and Chernihiv directions was announced following the results of the Russian-Ukrainian talks in Istanbul on March 29.
March 25 The military department reported that during the first stage of the special operation, the Ukrainian Navy was destroyed, most of the aviation was disabled.
March 24 The Defense Ministry said that the Russian armed forces took full control of the city of Izyum in the Kharkiv region of Ukraine.
According to the Ministry of Defense, hypersonic missile systems “Dagger” were used in the operation. So, March 21 It was said about the destruction with their help of underground storage facilities of Ukrainian aircraft destruction and combat units for missile systems “Tochka-U” in Delyatin, Ivano-Frankivsk region. Sea-based cruise missiles “Caliber” March 24 the largest fuel base of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the village of Kalinovka near Kiev was destroyed.
March 15th The Ministry of Defense announced the taking under full control of the entire territory of the Kherson region, as well as the city of Balakleya in the Kharkiv region. Also, the military previously reported that they had established control over Melitopol, Berdyansk, Vasilevka (Zaporozhye region), the Chernobayevka airfield near Kherson, the city of Energodar and the Zaporozhye NPP.
February 24 the agency reported on the unblocking of the North Crimean Canal. The dam, which blocked the supply of Dnieper water to the Crimea, was blown up by the military, said the head of the Crimea Sergey Aksenov.
The Ministry of Defense reported three times about losses during the military operation. march 2 The agency announced 498 dead and 1,597 wounded. According to information on on March 25, 1,351 servicemen were killed, 3,825 wounded. September 21 Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that during the special military operation, losses on the part of Ukraine amounted to more than 100 thousand people (among them more than 61 thousand were killed and more than 49 thousand wounded). On the part of Russia, the losses amounted to 5,937 dead.
At the request of Roskomnadzor, RBC provides data on the details of the military operation in Ukraine based on information from Russian official sources.
ZDeputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine Melnyk: arms supplies to Kiev will push Moscow to peace Kiev is ready for peace, and supplies of Western weapons will help stop the armed conflict, Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine Andriy Melnyk believes. The Russian authorities say that, on the contrary, it delays the fighting
Kiev wants the conflict to end, but Moscow is not ready for this, Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine, former Ukrainian ambassador to Germany Andriy Melnyk said in an interview with ZDF.
“Today we want peace, but [Russian President Vladimir] Putin does not seem to be ready, and therefore we need weapons to push him to this,” Melnik believes.
According to the Deputy minister, in the current conditions, it is pointless to talk about the possibility of dialogue with Russia: “Two people are needed for dancing, two for peace talks.”
The diplomat expressed hope that Germany “will play a leading role” in the issue of supplying fighters to Ukraine, as it was with Leopard tanks. Berlin was hesitant to approve their shipment for a long time, but on January 25 agreed to transfer 14 Leopard 2 to Kiev and allowed the allies to supply this equipment. On the same day, the US authorities announced the delivery of 31 M1 Abrams tanks to Ukraine. At the same time, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and US President Joe Biden oppose sending fighter jets to the Ukrainian military.
The Russian authorities have repeatedly criticized the supply of Western weapons to Kiev, pointing out that this drags out the conflict and does not contribute to negotiations.
At the end of January, the deputy head of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Sergei Vershinin, said that there are no compelling prerequisites for dialogue with Ukraine now. A similar statement was made by the head of the department, Sergey Lavrov, saying that “there can be no talk of negotiations with [Ukrainian President Vladimir] Zelensky, well, at least because he legally prohibited negotiations withthe Russian government». The minister is referring to Zelensky’s decree that dialogue with Vladimir Putin is impossible. It was signed after the referendums on the accession of four regions to Russia were held at the end of September. Its results are not recognized by most states, and Moscow rules out further discussion of the status of these territories.
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In autumn, the Ukrainian authorities called the conditions for starting negotiations: “restoration of territorial integrity, respect for the UN Charter, compensation for all losses caused by the war, punishment of every war criminal and guarantees that this will not happen again.” Zelensky also proposed a “formula for peace” that includes the withdrawal of Russian troops. Moscow considers these conditions unacceptable. The Kremlin noted that the Ukrainian authorities should take into account the current realities and the emergence of new subjects in Russia. At the same time, the Foreign Ministry believes that Kiev could clarify through intermediaries how it presents possible negotiations with Moscow.
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