DIRECT. War in Ukraine: The UK will send a squadron of tanks to Kyiv


Explosions heard in Odessa


Turkey wants local ceasefire

According to an adviser to President Erdogan, the first objective is to obtain a local ceasefire. According to Ibrahim Kalin, neither Russia nor Ukraine “are in a position to win militarily”, he explained.


Zelensky at the United Nations General Assembly?

According to the Associated Press, Ukrainian President Zelensky intends to attend the United Nations General Assembly meeting scheduled for February 23, almost a year after the Russian offensive in his country.


New air strike warnings issued in large parts of the country


In Moldova, a lion was seen on the banks of the Dniester River

In Moldova, in the southwest of the country, a young lion was found walking with its owner in the forest. It turned out that the lion from the Odessa zoo was given to the man for helping Ukrainian refugees, according to the European Truth website. A video with the young predator was published by the portal.


Power cuts in eleven regions

Power cuts were introduced in 11 regions of Ukraine due to exceeding electricity consumption limits. The Ukrainian public energy company Ukrenergo has just announced on Telegram. “As of 12 noon on January 14th, electricity consumption is lower than yesterday due to heating and the day off. However, there is a lack of electricity in the electrical system in the morning and in the evening”.


Will Russian gas return to Europe?

Currently, that prospect seems as remote as it is unlikely, but Qatar’s energy minister believes in it. “Russian gas will return, in my opinion, to Europe”, even though there is now “a much greater diversity” of supply sources, said Saad Sherida al-Kaabi, also responsible for QatarEnergy, a national flag company in the gas sector. gas. rich Gulf emirate. “The Europeans say today that it is out of the question” but “things will be corrected with time”, added the official during an energy forum organized in Abu Dhabi.


Battle of Soledar

While Russia claimed to capture this small town in Donbass on Friday night, on the contrary, it would always be “under the control” of Ukraine, according to a Ukrainian official this afternoon. “Soledar is under the control of the Ukrainian authorities, our forces control it,” said the governor of the Donetsk region, Pavlo Kyrylenko, adding that this locality and the neighboring town of Bakhmout were the “hottest” spots on the forehead.


President Zelensky thanks the UK

Following the UK’s decision to send tanks to Kiev, President Zelenky welcomed “the UK’s continued strong support. “I thank Rishi Sunak for decisions that will not only make us stronger on the battlefield, but also send the right signal to other partners,” he tweeted.


78,000 tons of humanitarian aid materials delivered to Ukraine by the European Union

Since the beginning of the conflict, 78,000 tons of equipment have been delivered to Ukraine by the EU through the Civil Protection Mechanism.


Traffic on the restored Crimean bridge

The Crimean Bridge, symbol of the annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula of the same name, was partially destroyed in October. According to the Tass agency, the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation announced that the circulation of cars and buses is already reestablished.


Several regions placed on alert

According to Ukrainian authorities, 17 Russian planes are flying over the country.


18 houses damaged during bombing in Kyiv

According to military officials, 18 houses were damaged in this morning’s attack in Kyiv. In addition, the fire that broke out after the bombing in a “critical” infrastructure was brought under control.


Explosions heard in Kyiv

Several regions have just been placed on alert for air strikes. In Kyiv, an alert was heard followed by shelling in the Dniprovskyi district. Authorities urged residents to seek shelter. According to the first to be confirmed, a missile landed in this non-residential area without causing casualties.


The IAEA will strengthen its presence at five nuclear power plants

The IAEA is preparing to strengthen its presence at five nuclear power plants, including Chernobyl, to help prevent a nuclear accident. Agency head Rafael Grossi will travel to Ukraine next week to start the operation, the agency added in a statement. Currently, only the Russian-controlled Zaporizhia plant, which is close to the front line, has a permanent IAEA presence.

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Russian inspections delay departure of grain-laden ships: US

According to US Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Russia’s blockade of Ukrainian Black Sea ports and deliberate slowdown of ship inspections are delaying grain shipments worldwide. According to her, Russia deliberately delays ship inspections to slow grain shipments in an effort to discredit the Black Sea Grains Initiative. Dozens of ships are waiting to depart. And dozens more are awaiting inspections before they can bring their grain cargo into the world. She asked the United Nations to put pressure on Russia to speed up these inspections.


UK will send tanks

According to The Independent, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has agreed to send a squadron of tanks to Ukraine. Four tanks will be sent immediately to Eastern Europe. Eight armored vehicles will be delivered later.


More than 300,000 generators delivered to Ukraine in December

More than 300,000 generators of varying capacities were delivered to Ukraine in December 2023 to keep the country running despite Russian attacks on power infrastructure, Kyrylo Tymoshenko, deputy head of the president’s office, reported on Telegram. Additionally, Elon Musk’s 8,000 SpaceX Starlink terminals for internet connections also arrived in December. According to the Ukrainian Minister of Digital Transformation, Mykhailo Fedorov, Ukraine has received around 22,000 Starlink antennas since the beginning of the conflict.


Who is Valery Gerasimov, the new commander of the Russian offensive?

General Valéri Guerassimov, hybrid war singer and number two in the military hierarchy, replaces Sergei Surovikin at the head of the Russian offensive in Ukraine. A choice that says a lot about the Kremlin’s new intentions.


Fire on an infrastructure near Kyiv

Around 6 am, explosions were heard in the Kyiv region, according to Kyiv regional military chief Oleksii Kuleba on Telegram. “One of the critical infrastructure objects caught fire. The services involved are working on the spot”, explains Kuleba, adding that these explosions were not linked to any military action.


Heavy explosions reported in Melitopol

Loud explosions were heard in Russian-occupied Melitopol, in the Zaporizhia region of southeastern Ukraine, according to Melitopol Mayor Ivan Fedorov.

Other explosions were heard in Nikopol in the Dnipropetrovsk region or in Berdiansk and Kharkiv as four missiles landed on the cities. However, there is still not a price for all these attacks.


Soledar, a week of confusion around a deadly battle

For a week now, the situation has been more than confused in this part of Donbass, for which the Ukrainian army and the Wagner militia are fighting for Moscow.


Russia claims to have taken Soledar, Kyiv denies it

Russia said on Friday it had taken control of Soledar after a fierce battle, an announcement denied by Kyiv that fighting was continuing in this small town in eastern Ukraine.

“The fight for Soledar continues,” the Ukrainian general staff said in its nightly report, without further details.


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