DGermany to deliver promised Marder armored personnel carriers to Ukraine “in time” It is not yet clear where exactly Martens is coming from, but there is close contact with industry and international partners, a spokesman for the Ministry of Defense said. Training for Ukrainian players will begin soon. One wants to keep the taxes from Bundeswere’s shares as low as possible. Government spokesman Steffen Hebstreit said he was not aware of any requests from NATO partners to supply the Cheetah 2 tanks to Ukraine.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has meanwhile condemned Western arms supplies to Ukraine. These will “deepen the suffering of the Ukrainian people” and not change the course of the conflict, Peskov said. Last week, the federal government promised to provide Marder armored personnel carriers and a Patriot air defense system. America wants to offer Bradley armored personnel carriers, France wants to offer AMX-10 RC armored personnel carriers.
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11:50 am – Pesco clears doubts about retaliation
Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for the Russian government, backed the defense ministry as a demonstration. “The Kremlin has absolute confidence,” Peskov said. “I would like to recall the words of the President (Vladimir Putin) that the main source of information is the Ministry of Defense.” The ministry said 600 Ukrainians were killed in the strike in retaliation for the Ukrainian missile attack. Russian casualties. A Reuters study contradicts this information. Russian bloggers also expressed doubts about the ministry’s portrayal.
11:02 am – Putin wants to scrap anti-corruption pacts with Europe
Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin wants Russia to withdraw from the Council of Europe’s criminal law convention against corruption. According to the law database, the President introduced the bill in Parliament. Putin justified the dismissal with anti-Russian bias.
The Council of Europe cut Russia’s full membership in the Group of States Against Corruption (GRECO). “According to this decision, Russia’s GRECO membership will be suspended, except in cases where GRECO conducts its observer mission in accordance with our country’s obligations, Russia will lose its right to participate in discussion or adoption of statements and vote,” says the explanatory letter to the law. This discrimination is unacceptable to Russia.
Since the start of its war of aggression against Ukraine, Moscow has already suspended its membership in several international organizations and reneged on international agreements. Russia has left the Council of Europe, for example, and no longer recognizes judgments of the European Court of Human Rights.
10:18 am – Governor: 60-year-old man killed in rocket attack in eastern Ukraine
A 60-year-old woman was killed in a Russian rocket attack in the town of Shevchenkov in eastern Ukraine, according to officials. Oleh Sinehupov, the governor of the Kharkiv region, said several people were injured. They will be treated in hospitals. Suspilne Broadcasting is broadcasting videos showing rescue workers clearing debris and a large crater.
09:39 am – New attack on district military exchange office in Russia
According to media reports in Russia, another attack was carried out on the district military exchange office against the background of the war in Ukraine. “In Bratsk, an unknown person set fire to a military commission using a Molotov cocktail, damaging two floors,” Lenta.ru said. Bradsk is a large city in Siberia.
A fire broke out at night. Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire before it spread throughout the building. The area of the fire is 50 square meters and the extent of property damage is not yet known. Police are on the lookout for the alleged culprit caught on surveillance camera.
Since the war of aggression against Ukraine began at the end of February at the behest of Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin, there have been a series of attacks against military assets in Russia. In particular, district military exchange offices, responsible for mobilizing Russians for war, have been the target of repeated attacks. Dozens of arson attacks have been officially recorded since February.
07:46 – Ukrainian civil servants: Russian offensive repelled in 14 places in Donbass
According to the Ukrainian Armed Forces, they repelled Russian offensives in 14 towns and cities in the Donbass region in the east of the country. The city of Bachmut, in particular, continues to compete, public servants said in a situation report. Earlier in the day, the Russian military launched seven rocket attacks, 31 air strikes and 73 multiple rocket launcher attacks. Russian troops are currently ramping up attacks on eastern Ukraine. For months she and the Russian mercenary Wagner had been trying to capture the small town of Bagmut.
6:30 am – “Bachmut is on hold,” Zelenskyj says
Despite heavy fighting in eastern Ukraine, President Volodymyr Zelenskyj sees no way out for Russian attackers and is promising reinforcements to defenders. “Bachmut is holding on,” the 44-year-old said in his daily video message. The city is still devastated, and even though the situation is dire, neighboring Solitaire is holding back.
“This is one of the bloodiest places on the front,” he said, describing the area around two small towns that are part of Ukraine’s defensive wall in front of the cities of Sloviansk and Kramatorsk in Donetsk region.
According to Zelenskyy, on Sunday Oleksandr Syrskyi, the commander of the Ukrainian army, visited the troops in Pakmut and Soledor to direct the defense, organize reinforcements and increase firepower against the enemy. Sirskij is considered a hero in Ukraine for his success in defending Kiev and recapturing the Kharkiv region. Ukrainian Defense Minister Hanna Malzar had previously spoken of a difficult situation in Soledor.
In addition, Zelenskyy again criticized the Russian shelling of Ukrainian cities in the Donbass. The city of Kramatorsk was reportedly fired upon during the Christmas truce, and Cherson was allegedly shot with incendiary ammunition shortly after Orthodox Christmas. Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin announced a 36-hour unilateral ceasefire for the Orthodox Christmas period between midday on Friday and overnight between Saturday and Sunday. Kiev has repeatedly called this “hypocrisy” and “propaganda”.
Selenskyj addressed his speech at the prisoner exchange on Sunday. 50 soldiers including 33 officers were brought back. All Ukrainians will be freed, the president promised. He called on soldiers to take more prisoners to increase the possibility of future prisoner exchanges.
05:02 – OSCE Chairman: Russia still “makes sense” as a member
Helga Maria Schmidt, Secretary General of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), spoke out against the expulsion of Russia from the group. Keeping diplomatic channels open does not mean there is an agreement, Schmid told WELT. “From today’s perspective, I think it makes sense for Russia to be a member of the OSCE.” Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba called for Moscow’s withdrawal, given Russia’s war of aggression against his country. “One day we will need communication channels again,” said the top German diplomat.
According to Schmidt, the OSCE is the only security organization where everyone important to the European security architecture sits at the same table. The OSCE emerged from the conflict during the Cold War and was founded by countries with very different interests but wanted to prevent escalation.
8:46pm – Bosnian Serbs give Putin their highest order
The Bosnian Serb leadership has handed its highest command to Russian President Vladimir Putin. “Putin is responsible for developing and strengthening cooperation and political and friendly relations between the RS (Republika Srpska) and Russia,” said the head of the Serbian part of the Croatian-Muslim Party, which openly supports Bosnia-Herzegovina’s breakaway from the existing Balkan state. , Milorad Todic, at a ceremony in Banja Luka.
The West has accused Moscow of working to destabilize Bosnia-Herzegovina, considered a three-nation state since the war that ended in 1995 and killed at least 100,000 people. At least implicitly, Moscow has supported Todic’s separatist aspirations.
The timing of the medal was a provocation for two other Bosnian ethnic groups: the occasion was “Republika Srpska Day”, which the Bosnian Constitutional Court has classified as illegal. It commemorates the day in 1992 when the Bosnian Serbs announced their secession from the former Yugoslav republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina. Major celebrations are set for Monday around the capital Sarajevo, which has been besieged by Bosnian Serb forces for three years.
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