February 3, 2023

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Night of war at a glance: Selensky: No Russian victory in the East – new money for Kiev

Night of war at a glance
Selenskyj: No Russian victory in the East – new money for Kiev

The war in Ukraine has been going on for more than 100 days. Street fighting continues in Donbass, and Russia wants to consolidate its position in the south. Overview of what happened at night and view of the day.

Fierce fighting continues in eastern Ukraine. Despite their superiority, Russian troops have not yet made any progress, says Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky. “The situation at the front has not changed significantly in the last 24 hours,” Zhelensky said in his evening video message. “The most heroic defense of the Donbass continues.” Today is Wednesday, the 105th day of the war in Ukraine.

Where is the fight?

Selenskyj named Sievjerodonetsk, Lysychansk and Popasna as focal points. “One can feel that the occupiers do not believe that the opposition will be so strong,” the president said. Oleksandr Arrestovich, an adviser to the Ukrainian president, made a similar point. Ukrainian artillery worked well, he said. At the same time, Arostovich acknowledged the problems. “We can wait a long time for a counter-attack,” he said. Some fighters will not accept the pressure. In addition, it is unclear when and to what extent the new arms supply will reach.

He was killed in an attack in the Kharkiv region

A Russian shelling in the Kharkiv region of eastern Ukraine has killed at least three people and wounded six, according to Governor Ole Sinyehbo. It said one more person was killed in the attacks in the evening. Two people were killed and three others were injured in a Russian rocket attack on the town of Pastanga in the southern Ukrainian region of Mykolayiv, according to the Office of the Ukrainian Attorney General. Violent eruptions are reported in the regional capital, Mykolayiv. Russian-backed separatists also announced casualties. One person was killed in a Ukrainian shelling in the town of Pervomaysk near the front line.

Zelenskyy: Ukraine launches war crimes information system

In his video message on Tuesday evening, Zelenskyi announced a new war crimes information organization. Confirmed information about war criminals and criminals in the Russian military is to be collected in the “Torture Book”. “I have repeatedly stressed that they should all be held accountable. And we are taking this step by step,” the president said. Not only direct criminals like soldiers, but also their commanders who made crimes possible should be held accountable – “in Pucha, in Mariupol, in all our cities”.

Russian occupation forces plan to hold a referendum in southern Ukraine

In areas occupied by Russian troops, new rulers plan to join Russia. Preparations for the referendum have begun, said Halina Danilchenko, pro-Russian governor of Melitopol. According to the Russian deputy official, Sergei Kryenko, the deputy head of the Russian presidential administration, was in Melbourne, the second largest city in the province of Saporisia, and in Kerson, the capital of the nearby region of the same name. According to Ukrainian sources, a referendum on amalgamation with Russia will be held in Gershon in the autumn.

Former President Merkel wants to prevent more against Russia

Former President Angela Merkel has argued that the military blockade against Russia should be strengthened. “It’s the only language Putin can understand,” Merkel said in an interview with the Phoenix television station in Berlin. He denied responsibility for the lack of investment in the Bundeswehr – and indirectly assigned it to his former ally, the SPD. “Now that there are armed drones around the world, I’m so glad we finally decided that we’re going to buy some too. And it’s not my fault that some things did not happen.” Merkel said. “Investing in military blockade was a very difficult struggle.”

The captured Ukrainian militants were brought to Russia

More than 1,000 Ukrainian prisoners of war have now been brought to Russia from the Azovstel steelworks captured in Mariupol. Russian law enforcement officials are currently dealing with them, the Russian state agency TASS reported overnight, citing security sources. There may be more than 100 foreign “mercenaries” among them. In all, more than 2,400 Ukrainian militants surrendered at the plant.

New money for Kiev

The World Bank is providing an additional $ 1.49 billion (€ 1.4 billion) in financial assistance to Ukraine. In view of the ongoing war, it has been suggested that the government could use this to pay the salaries of civil servants. It was not immediately clear whether the new financial aid would be cash or debt.

Russia-US relations no longer exist

According to Russian sources, bilateral talks between Moscow and Washington have almost come to a standstill. “Cooperation is broken, even in areas of mutual interest, communication between the two sides is poor and has often become a discussion of technical issues,” Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov told Russian state television. However, defense ministers and staff leaders will keep “occasional phone calls” – these are very important to prevent direct military confrontation.

It brings tomorrow

  • Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov wants to meet with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu in Ankara. It should also go to the output of the Ukrainian grain supply. Ukraine is one of the largest wheat exporters in the world. However, Russia has been besieging Ukrainian ports as part of its war of aggression. Experts and politicians warn of a global food crisis.
  • An international online conference on food security will also be held today under the chairmanship of the Italian President. EU Commissioner Janes Lenorsic visits Ukraine
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