DAccording to British military experts, the Russian armed forces now rely heavily on the help of Belarusian trainers for recruiting training. This emerged from the Defense Ministry’s daily intelligence update in London on Thursday.
According to this, thousands of Russian recruits are being prepared for a mission by the Belarusian army. The background is the absence of Russian trainers, many of whom were either deployed during the invasion of Ukraine or died there. It’s a sign of how strained the Russian armed forces are right now, the British report continues.
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9:00am – Russia’s ambassador accuses US of ‘proxy war’ in Ukraine
Moscow’s ambassador to Washington has accused the US of waging a “proxy war” against Russia over the supply of a Patriot anti-aircraft system to Ukraine. The US is about to win over Russia, Russian Ambassador Anatoly Antonov said in Washington on Thursday. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s visit to Washington was staged “Hollywood-style.” It shows that Washington’s assurances that it is not seeking a confrontation with Russia are “empty words”. Zelenskyj met US President Joe Biden on Wednesday.
Zelenskyj’s visit to the US shows that neither Washington nor Kiev is ready for peace. Instead the ‘lie’ is being spread that Russia is not interested in finding a peaceful solution. According to a message posted on Facebook by the embassy, Antonov said the US would be guided by the “bad idea of victory against the Russians on the battlefield”. This will involve enormous financial resources, weapons and intelligence.
At the same time, the diplomat again warned that Russian forces would destroy the patriotic organization like other Western weapons. Since the Ukrainians cannot do this, Russia assumes that the weapons will be operated by specialists from the Americans or other NATO countries. “The United States bears full responsibility for the outbreak of the conflict in Ukraine in 2014,” Antonov said. He said Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin had repeatedly offered talks to resolve the conflict.
7:54 am – Biden says modern weapons for Ukraine could split NATO
US President Joe Biden has been reluctant to provide Ukraine with the advanced weapons Kiev wants to deter a Russian invasion. The deployment of long-range missiles and other sophisticated equipment risks dividing the United States and its allies.
“We will give Ukraine what it needs to defend itself and win on the battlefield,” he said when asked by a Ukrainian journalist why the United States would not provide the country with everything Kyiv wants, including tactical missile systems.
Kyiv has repeatedly asked for more advanced weapons, including missiles with longer ranges than its current artillery — perhaps even as far as Russia. Moscow has declared that it will consider Ukraine’s allies a direct party to the war if such weapons are provided and has threatened to escalate. Some European countries and NATO members fear being drawn into a wider conflict with Moscow.
07:00 – Russia and Iran break barriers on new trade route
Russia and Iran are building a new 3,000-kilometer trade route from the eastern edge of Europe to the Indian Ocean. It crosses rivers and railways connected by the Caspian Sea, an inland body of water ruled by Russia and Iran.
Ship tracking data collected by Bloomberg shows that dozens of Russian and Iranian vessels — including those subject to sanctions — are already on the route.
Ships plying the Don and Volga traditionally traded energy and agricultural products. Iran is the third largest importer of Russian grain. The two countries have announced several new trade deals including turbines, polymers, medical products and auto parts.
US officials are also keeping a close eye on the corridor because it could also be used to transport Iranian weapons used in Russia’s war against Ukraine.
6:00 am – Lingae boss Shirdevan: Lift sanctions if Russia withdraws
Leftist leader Martin Shirdevan wants to use economic incentives to persuade Russia to end its war of aggression against Ukraine. “One lever is that if Russia meets certain demands of the international community, such as withdrawing from territories occupied since the beginning of the war, the imposed sanctions can be suspended,” Shirdevan told the German Press Agency in Berlin.
A few days ago, the left presented a peace plan for Ukraine. In it he proposes immediate negotiations between Ukraine and Russia. “We need to increase diplomatic pressure so that it happens properly,” Shirdevan said in a DPA interview. “Of course, Ukraine will ultimately have to decide, but we in Europe have a responsibility to take initiatives and make offers and recommendations to end this miserable war on our continent as quickly as possible.” The federal government should advocate for a coalition. An EU initiative involving the United Nations, China and India. “General Leverage Economic Pressure.”
Shirdevan called arms deliveries to Ukraine a “real dilemma” for the left. Ukraine has the right to self-defense and has been more successful militarily than expected. “Of course it has to do with arms supply from the West, that is obvious,” the party leader said. “But you also have to point out that the arms supply carries the risk of escalation – and some arms companies are not interested in a quick end to the war.” The Left focuses on diplomatic efforts.
Part of the left-wing peace plan is to demilitarize the conflict-ridden areas of eastern Ukraine before February 24 and put them under international control. The Black Sea peninsula of Crimea, later annexed by Russia in 2014, remains a sore point. Shirdevan said that Ukraine and Russia should also hold talks on this.
1:40 am – Strack-Zimmermann: Ukraine needs Western tanks
After the Ukrainian president’s visit to the US, Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmerman, head of the defense committee in the Bundestag, is again advocating for Western main battle tanks to be delivered to Ukraine. “Strategically, we must finally get ahead of the curve and not just react when the situation worsens,” the FDP politician tells D-online news portal. “Germany should finally deliver the Marder infantry fighting vehicle and deliver it alongside its European partners, the Leopard 2.” In view of Vladimir Putin’s new threats and the dramatic situation in Ukraine, he welcomes what the United States wanted to offer the patriots. . Germany’s task was to provide “sufficient ammunition for existing weapon systems”. “Ukraine Finally Needs More Western Tanks.”
01:26 am – Covert Operation USA Visit: This is how Selenskij’s journey began
Zelenskyy’s surprise visit to Washington began with a secret train trip to Poland late Tuesday. The next morning he arrived in the southern Polish city of Peremischel, where he was seen at a train station with Bridget Brink, the US ambassador to Ukraine, according to footage released by private broadcaster TVN. In Poland, he boarded a US government plane that landed at Andrews US Army Airfield in Maryland, nearly 20 kilometers southeast of Washington, on Wednesday afternoon (1700 GMT). “Of course, the trip was ultimately his (Zelensky’s) decision. He concluded that all security parameters were met,” said a US government official familiar with the matter.
9:52 pm – US Senate confirms new ambassador to Russia
The US Senate has overwhelmingly confirmed a new ambassador to Moscow amid Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine. This office will be manned by experienced diplomats in future Lynn Tracy to wear US President Joe Biden appointed the diplomat in September.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat, said Ambassador Tracy would play a key role in confronting Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Tracy, who speaks Russian, was previously the U.S. ambassador to Armenia. Previously, he was senior adviser on Russia in the US State Department’s Office of European and Eurasian Affairs and deputy ambassador to Moscow, the White House said.
John Sullivan, the previous US ambassador to Moscow, left Russia to retire in early September. The diplomat repeatedly highlighted authoritarian tendencies, judicial autocracy and human rights violations in Russia.
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