February 3, 2023

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At a glance the day of the war: the burning of a chemical plant in Zverodonetsk – Poland disappointed by the Scholes

War day at a glance
Chemical plant in Svizerodonetsk burns down – Polish disappointed by the Scholes

A major fire broke out at a chemical plant in Siverodonetsk, but Ukrainian troops continued to resist, Ukrainian civil servants said. Although Russia is already issuing passports to its citizens, it is said that there are setbacks for the Kremlin troops in the southern part of the country. EU Commission Chairman von der Leyen makes a surprise visit to Kyiv, while President Scholz may have planned to do so. Warsaw is dissatisfied with the federal government. A look at the 108th day of the war.

The Ukrainian military opposes

According to the Ukrainian military, fighting continues in the eastern Ukrainian city of Zhivorodonetsk. Ukrainian military civil servants have said on Facebook that the Russian military has shelled civilian infrastructure in the city and in neighboring Lisiansk and three other locations. Ukrainian soldiers are engaged in the task of countering Russian attacks on the Siverodonetsk. In the suburb of Metelkino, the attack was successfully repulsed and the Russian army retreated, the situation report says. Fighting continued in another suburb.

Governor: “The Russians have Siverodonetsk destroyed “

Luhansk Governor Sergei Kaitoi told the Telegram that Sverdlovsk was “destroyed” by Russian forces. “That’s their ploy – no need for people, no need for infrastructure, no need for housing, everything will be ruined.” The number of civilian casualties is “huge and terrible”. The Russian shell attack led to a major fire at the Azote chemical plant. Earlier, Kaidoi reported on state television that tons of oil had leaked from the plant. According to Ukrainian sources, there are still hundreds of civilians in the factory. Kaidai did not say whether the fire had already been extinguished.

Vitaly Kim, governor of the city of Mykolayiv, south of the front line, appealed to the West to extend more military support to his country. “The Russian army is strong, it has a lot of artillery and ammunition,” Kim said. Fighting in Ukraine is currently “artillery war” – “we have run out of ammunition.”

Signs of ammunition shortage of Kremlin troops

However, there are indications that Russian ammunition will not last forever: according to British sources, the Russian armed forces are now using old anti-ship missiles to bomb Ukraine. Since April, Russian bombers may have fired dozens of inaccurate Kh-22 (NATO designation: AS-4 Kitchen) cruise missiles at land targets, according to intelligence sources in London. The deputy head of the Ukrainian military intelligence service finds no ammunition on the Russian side. In the first month of the war, Moscow continued to launch missile strikes against Ukraine, but Vadim Skipitsky told the British Guard that the shelling had subsided somewhat over the past two months.

Regional gains for southern Ukraine

In the south, the Ukrainian military was able to record small regional gains. The “New York Times” reported, citing local Ukrainian officials, that Ukrainian troops had attacked Russian troops in several locations in the Gerson area. They took the village of Tavriske and advanced on many more. It was also claimed that Ukrainian attack helicopters had “destroyed” a group of Russian troops. In another battle, a section of Russian parachutes were killed.

The Russians distribute the passport at the checkpoint

Meanwhile, Russia issued the first Russian passport to residents of the occupied Ukrainian city of Chershen. The official Russian news agency TASS reported that 23 residents of the city in southern Ukraine received their identification documents during the ceremony this Saturday. At the beginning of the Russian offensive in Ukraine the Kherson area was almost completely captured by the Russian army.

Surprising visit: Van der Leyen in Kiev

The EU Commission wants to present an assessment of whether Ukraine should be granted candidate status by next weekend. This was announced by the President of the European Union Ursula Van der Leyen during a surprise visit to Kiev this afternoon. Arriving in the Ukrainian capital, Van der Leyen, along with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky, said he “wanted to take the necessary joint efforts for reconstruction and progress on Ukraine’s European path.”

After meeting with Zelenskyy, he said Ukraine had “done a lot to strengthen the rule of law, but reforms still needed to be made, for example to modernize this administration, which is better at fighting corruption or attracting investors.”

Unconfirmed report: Scholes travel plan with Macron and Tracy

According to a press release, President Olaf Scholes is scheduled to pay a joint visit to Kiev with French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi ahead of the G7 summit in late June. “Built on Zondak” reported, citing Ukrainian and French government sources. A government spokesman in Berlin did not want to confirm this when asked by ntv in the evening.

Warsaw misses good option on German tank deliveries

Poland has accused the federal government of lacking commitment in delivering the promised tanks. “Negotiations are stalled. We see no goodwill. We hope it will change,” Pavel Soloch, head of the president’s national security office, told Rmf.fm. The Ministries of Defense are in touch. Berlin has asked that the tanks be used instead of the tanks that Poland supplied to Ukraine, Soloch said. “German military assistance – whether it is for Ukraine or the support of the countries providing this assistance – has fallen short of expectations.”

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