February 3, 2023

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Ukraine-News ++ Russian Defense Minister Shoigu Visits Headquarters of Ukrainian Troops

DRussian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu visited the headquarters of a military unit stationed in Ukraine on Tuesday, according to Moscow.

The commander of the Vostok Group and commanders of other units briefed Shoigu on “progress in achieving combat objectives,” the Defense Ministry said. Whether the Vostok group is headquartered in Ukraine or Russia remains open.

A video released by the ministry with the statement shows Shoigu speaking to military commanders, some of whom are linked by video. Also joined via video was Chief of Staff Valery Gerasimov, who was recently appointed Supreme Commander of the Russian Armed Forces in Ukraine.

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu at headquarters

Source: via REUTERS

The video also shows awarding of Shoigu players. “They serve with dignity, protect our motherland, help those in need and do everything to bring Victory Day closer,” Shoigu said.

According to the ministry, Shoigu traveled twice to the area of ​​Russian military operations in Ukraine in December, among other things to visit troops at the front.

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11:36 am – Mayor: Death toll rises to 44 in Dnipro

According to the city mayor, the death toll in Dnipro has risen to 44 after being hit by a Russian rocket. Boris Filatov’s Facebook post did not say how many people were still missing.

11:27 am – Sweden wants Ukraine “victory” over Russia and Marshall Plan

According to the Swedish EU Council Presidency, Ukraine can continue to count on the EU’s massive support in its war of aggression against Russia. “We have to do everything we can to ensure that Ukraine succeeds and that its future is in the EU,” Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristerson said in Strasbourg about his country’s priorities for the six-month period.

This includes “sustained economic, political, humanitarian and military” assistance, Christensen said in his speech to the European Parliament. He insisted that Ukraine’s post-war reconstruction required a Marshall Plan of sorts after World War II. Russian funds frozen in the EU should also be used for this.

10:28am – Pistorius to be sworn in as new Defense Minister

According to WELT, Lower Saxony Interior Minister Boris Pistorius (SPD) is set to follow Christine Lambrecht. Chancellor Scholz wants to officially announce the successor of the resigned defense minister today.

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Boris Pistorius (SPD) has been the Interior Minister of Lower Saxony since 2013.

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10:25 a.m. – Zelensky’s adviser resigns

Oleksiy Arestovich, an adviser to Ukraine’s president, has resigned after criticism of his comments on the Dnipro airstrike. He said the Kh-22 may have been shot down by Ukrainian anti-aircraft guns after a Russian missile struck the apartment complex, killing at least 41 people. This caused an uproar. On Facebook, he is now apologizing to the victims, their relatives and the people of Dnipro for his wrong comment. According to Ukraine, Russian missiles of this type cannot be intercepted.

10:21 am – Russia announces reform of armed forces

Russia has announced “major changes” to its armed forces over the next three years. According to the Department of Defense, the number of soldiers will be increased to 1.5 million between 2023 and 2026. There will also be changes in management. “Only by strengthening the main structural elements of the armed forces can we ensure the military security of the state and protect new territories and important facilities of the Russian Federation,” Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu was quoted as saying.

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This photo from the Russian Defense Ministry shows an exercise in Belarus in late December.  New maneuvers are underway now

10:20 am – Shoigu visits invasion force headquarters

According to Moscow, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has visited the headquarters of a military unit stationed in Ukraine. The commander of the Vostok Group and commanders of other units briefed Shoigu on “progress in achieving combat objectives,” the Defense Ministry said. Whether the Vostok group is headquartered in Ukraine or Russia remains open.

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu at the headquarters of the invasion forces

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu at the headquarters of the invasion forces

Source: via REUTERS

A video released by the ministry with the statement shows Shoigu speaking to military commanders, some of whom are linked by video. Also joined via video was Chief of Staff Valery Gerasimov, who was recently appointed Supreme Commander of the Russian Armed Forces in Ukraine.

09:52 – Attack on high-rise in Dnipro leaves many missing

Emergency services are still searching for more than 20 people missing after a Russian missile hit a high-rise building in the Ukrainian city of Dnipro. Valentyn Resnichenko, the military governor of Dnipropetrovsk region, said 90 percent of the house’s rubble had been removed.

There may still be people lying there. So far 40 people have died from the rubble; 80 people including 16 children were injured. Another 28 people were injured and are being treated in hospitals, many of them in critical condition. A large part of the nine-story skyscraper collapsed in a rocket attack on Saturday. 200 houses were damaged.

8:20 am – Selenskyj gives early warning when deciding on a main battle tank

In view of the Russian rocket attack on the industrial city of Dnipro, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has requested heavy weapons from the West and therefore praised Great Britain. “A new security assistance package has been announced – exactly what is needed: main battle tanks, other armored vehicles and artillery,” the 44-year-old said in his daily video address on Monday evening.

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He is awaiting decisions on further arms deliveries from the World Economic Forum in Davos and the Ukraine Contact Group conference in Ramstein. According to Zelensky, around 40 people were killed when a Russian missile struck a residential building in the industrial city of Dnipro over the weekend. About two dozen people are still missing. Ukraine will do everything in its power to find those responsible and bring them to justice.

At the same time, the President warned the Western countries to take immediate action to supply the necessary tanks. Russia’s offensive on the Dnipro and its new attempts to take the initiative in the war required “new solutions” and quick decisions. Zelenskyy pointed to strong Russian troop concentrations in the Donbass, particularly around the towns of Pakmut and Soledar, and in southern Ukraine. “We will see what Russia is preparing here,” the president said.

03:33 – Sherman pledges ‘unwavering’ US support during Kiev visit

Two days after a deadly attack on an apartment building in eastern Ukraine’s Dnipro, US Deputy Defense Secretary Wendy Sherman has again pledged “unwavering” support for Ukraine. Sherman traveled to Kiev and met with both Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov, the State Department said in Washington. Talks were primarily about strengthening Kiev’s defense capabilities in the face of Russian aggression.

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02:38 – Ukraine is once again pushing for faster arms exports from the West

Ukraine’s Security Council Secretary Oleskyi Danilov said on Ukrainian television that his country expects a “final push by Russia” on February 24 or the anniversary of the invasion in March. Therefore, arms deliveries from the West should be accelerated. “We have to prepare for such events every day. And we prepare. The first and last question is always for arms, to help defeat this invader who has invaded our country.

02:05 – Ukrainian army: many cities in the north-east and south are engulfed in flames

According to the General Staff of the Ukrainian Army, about 25 towns and villages around Bakhmut and Avdiivka in the Donbass region are under Russian artillery fire. In addition, Russia continued to shell more than 30 settlements in the northeastern Kharkiv and Sumy regions near the Russian border. Several cities in the south, including the regional capital Kherson, were also hit by mortar and artillery fire. Reports could not be independently verified.

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