Updated on 01/23/2023 at 11:44 PM
- Russia and Ukraine report ongoing fighting around Pakmut and Avdiivka.
- EU countries have pledged new aid to Ukraine.
- Also visiting South Africa, Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov accused the West of waging war against Russia. The day at a glance.
Russian occupation forces and Ukrainian defenders engaged in heavy fighting again on Monday around Pakmut and Avdivka in the east. Ukraine provided. Russian offensives were repulsed with heavy losses, Ukrainian civil servants said Kiev In the evening, the Russian army attacked “regardless of their own losses” to capture the entire Donetsk region. The representation could not be independently verified initially.
Meanwhile, the Russian military spoke of an intensification of fighting in the central Zaporizhia region. After advances by Russian units in the past few days, regrouping and redeployment of units on the Ukrainian side is now being observed, state agency TASS reported.
Civil Rights Activist: Only 10,000 Conscript Prisoners in Operation
Russian civil rights activists present statistics on prison inmates used in attacks on Ukraine. Meanwhile, Russia’s foreign minister is repeating accusations that “the West” is waging war against his country in Ukraine.
According to civil rights activists, of the 50,000 people recruited into Russian prisons for the war in Ukraine, only 10,000 are still with the troops. “The rest are killed, wounded, missing, surrendered or deserted Russia With a gun in hand,” the non-governmental organization (NGO) “Rus Sidyashchaya” (“Post-Russia Bars”) said on its Telegram channel on Monday. The prisoners were mainly recruited by the mercenary “Wagner”.
Mercenary arrests in Norway
In Norway Police announced on Monday that they had arrested a mercenary on the run from Wagner’s group. The person has been arrested under the Norwegian Immigration Act. Whether to arrest him will be examined.
In particular, escaped prisoners and prisoners of war are a potential problem for the oligarch Yevgeny Prigozhin, head of the “Wagner” force, said Olga Romanova, the founder of the NGO. This figure allowed Prigozhin to the presidency of Russia
While in prison during the Soviet era, Prigozhin personally employed some of the prisoners. When he was recruited, he promised that the prisoners would be released after they completed their military service. At the same time he threatened to summarily kill the fugitives. A video circulated by Wagner’s team weeks ago was intended to demonstrate the seriousness of the threat: It showed a prisoner being beaten to death with a sledgehammer. The man was previously held as a prisoner of war by Ukraine but was returned to Russia as part of a prisoner exchange.
Prigozhin thanked the mercenaries for Solidar
Prigozhin spoke with a video on Monday. In it, he thanked his fighters for their efforts in the battle for the eastern Ukrainian city of Soledor. “Now we have half a year of war behind us like your grandfathers or great-grandfathers didn’t experience,” Prigogine said. Compared to the battles for Solidar, the Red Army’s battle of Stalingrad against the German Wehrmacht in 1942 was a “great holiday”. During weeks of intense fighting for the small town of Soledar in eastern Ukraine, mercenaries from Wagner’s troops spearheaded Russian attacks. The mercenaries suffered heavy casualties in capturing the city.
EU countries agree to more arms funding
A further 500 million euros should be made available in EU funds to supply weapons and equipment to the Ukrainian armed forces. Foreign ministers from the 27 EU countries reached a political agreement in Brussels on Monday, EU foreign policy chief Joseph Borrell announced in the evening. According to him, it provides an additional 45 million euros for a new EU training mission for the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
So far the EU For Ukraine’s defense against a Russian invasion, six deliveries of weapons and equipment were approved, each worth 500 million euros — a total of three billion euros. The money comes from the so-called European Peace Facility – a new EU funding instrument used to strengthen armed forces in partner countries.
Lavrov renewed accusations against the West
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov visited on Monday South Africa Accusations again of the West being at war with Russia in Ukraine. “When we talk about what’s happening in Ukraine, it’s not a hybrid war, it’s almost a real war, which the West has been preparing against Russia for a long time,” Lavrov said after meeting his South African counterpart, Naledi Bandor. State news agency Tass. The West wants to destroy everything from Russian language to culture, he said.
South Africa, part of the BRICS group of emerging economies along with Russia, China, India and Brazil, has taken a neutral position in the Ukraine conflict. Last year, South Africa abstained from a United Nations vote condemning the conflict in Ukraine. Nevertheless, South Africa has traditionally maintained close relations with Moscow, as the then Soviet Union supported the struggle against apartheid.
Moscow: Ukraine hides weapons in nuclear power plant complex
Russia’s foreign intelligence service has accused Ukraine of protecting Western-supplied weapons from destruction at its nuclear power plants. The head of foreign intelligence, Sergei Naryshkin, announced in Moscow that Russian troops would not attack nuclear power plants because of the risk of a nuclear holocaust due to Kiev’s calculations. This information cannot be verified. Naryshkin said there was credible information about Himar-type multiple rocket launchers and large-scale artillery.
London is suspicious of the new Russian commander-in-chief
Valery Gerasimov, the new Russian supreme commander in Ukraine, was suspicious of the British and Wagner’s personal army, in British estimation. Citing intelligence, Britain’s Ministry of Defense on Monday emphasized increasing morale. “A preference for primarily minor regulations should confirm the fears of many of his skeptics in Russia.” Gerasimov is concerned about non-compliant uniforms, use of mobile phones and civilian vehicles, and non-compliant haircuts. “But improving the quality of the troops’ shaving is a huge travesty.”
Money Laundering Investigation of Ex-FBI Officials
A former FBI agent and another American have been arrested in the US for illegally aiding a Russian oligarch. The two allegedly agreed to launder money with billionaire Oleg Deripaska to avoid sanctions imposed on him following the Ukraine conflict. On Monday, the New York prosecutor’s office issued an indictment with five charges — the suspects have been in custody since Saturday evening, the report said.
What is significant about this case is that he was in charge of investigations against oligarchs, including former FBI employee Deripaska, during his time in the federal police. Together with the second American, who is originally of Russian origin and worked as a court interpreter, he recently tried to lift sanctions against the billionaire.
Deripaska was charged with violating sanctions in the United States in September. If convicted, Deripaska, who is not in the U.S., could face up to 20 years in prison, the U.S. Department of Justice said. (dpa/cgo)
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