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As of: February 13, 2024 6:30 p.m

Ukrainian President Zelensky has thanked the US Senate for approving an help bundle. Ukraine accuses Arab nations of permitting Starlink gear to be delivered to Moscow. The developments within the reside weblog.

6:30 p.m

More than 340 cultural websites broken by Ukraine conflict

Since the start of Russia's conflict of aggression towards Ukraine, 341 cultural websites have been broken within the Eastern European nation. UNESCO stated that probably the most severely broken buildings was the Transfiguration Cathedral within the Old Town of Odessa, which is a World Heritage Site. The cathedral was destroyed in 1936 below the Soviet ruler Josef Stalin and rebuilt true to the unique between 2000 and 2002. The harm to the 341 websites couldn’t be quantified. Overall, nevertheless, the overall harm to cultural and vacationer constructions for the reason that conflict started on February 24, 2022 is estimated at round $3.5 billion.

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Russian conflict opponent Kagarlizki sentenced to 5 years in a camp

The distinguished Russian sociology professor and conflict opponent Boris Kagarlizki has been sentenced by an appeals court docket in Moscow to 5 years in jail for allegedly justifying terrorism. The verdict got here into impact instantly at this time, and the 65-year-old defendant was arrested within the courtroom, because the Interfax company reported.

Kagarlizki, a former professor on the University of Economics and Social Sciences, is taken into account one of many few left-wing thinkers in Russia considering labor and commerce union points. At the tip of 2022, he uploaded a video to the Rabkor (Workers Correspondent) portal he runs in regards to the Ukrainian try and blow up the Russian bridge to the annexed Crimean peninsula. The Russian safety authorities interpreted this video as a justification for terrorism on the Internet and took him into custody.

In a primary trial in December 2023, Kagarlizki was unexpectedly not sentenced to jail, however was as a substitute sentenced to a high-quality of 600,000 rubles (round 6,000 euros). The professor was launched and paid the high-quality. But the general public prosecutor's workplace challenged the decision and imposed a way more extreme sentence on enchantment.

5:49 p.m

Biden appeals to the House of Representatives for an help bundle

US President Joe Biden has referred to as on the Republican-dominated House of Representatives to shortly cross a invoice containing billions in help to Ukraine. “I call on the House of Representatives to take urgent action on this matter,” stated the Democrat.

“We cannot afford to wait any longer.” Biden warned that the results could be notably devastating for Ukraine if nothing was completed. “We are already seeing reports that Ukrainian troops on the front lines are running out of ammunition while Russian forces continue to attack.” The regulation should be on his desk as shortly as potential in order that he can signal it.

After the Senate authorized an help bundle for Ukraine, the discharge of the funds additionally requires the consent of the House of Representatives. However, that is thought-about questionable by the Republican majority.

3:13 p.m

Lithuania: Inclusion on Russian needed listing is “a kind of award”

Lithuania's Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis has described the inclusion of Estonia's Prime Minister Kaja Kallas and different high-ranking Baltic politicians on a Russian needed listing as an honor. “The political assessment is, of course, that it is a kind of award for people who support Ukraine and support the fight of good against evil,” stated Landsbergis in Vilnius, based on the BNS company.

Russia had beforehand put Kallas, Lithuanian Culture Minister Simonas Kairys, Klaipeda Mayor Arvydas Vaitkus and a number of other different Lithuanian politicians on a needed listing.

2:42 p.m

Zelensky thanks the US Senate for approving the help bundle

After the US Senate authorized a brand new billion-dollar help bundle, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky expressed his gratitude. “For us in Ukraine, continued US support helps save lives from Russian terror,” Zelensky wrote on the X platform (previously Twitter).

“American assistance brings a just peace in Ukraine closer and restores global stability,” he added.

12:48 p.m

US Senate approves help to Ukraine

The US Senate has authorized a legislative bundle that gives help for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan price a very good $95 billion. The senators had beforehand debated the plan all through the evening.

However, the approval of the House of Representatives can also be required to launch the funds. This is taken into account questionable. The Republicans make up the bulk within the second chamber of the US Congress, and President Joe Biden's Democrats have a really skinny majority within the Senate.

11:45 a.m

Russia places Estonian head of presidency on needed listing

Russia has put Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas on a needed listing. The head of presidency's title was on the Russian Interior Ministry's register of individuals needed in reference to felony allegations. What Kallas is accused of was not clear from the entry.

It was the primary time that the ministry put a overseas head of state or authorities on a needed listing. Kallas has labored arduous to extend navy help to Ukraine, which is below assault by Russia, and to tighten sanctions towards Russia.

Frank Aischmann, ARD Moscow, tagesschau, February 13, 2024 11:58 a.m

Ukraine accuses Arab nations of permitting the supply of military-critical gear to Russia for using the US Internet service Starlink. “The occupiers in the Arab countries are buying the Starlink terminals,” wrote the Ukrainian navy intelligence service HUR on its Telegram channel, citing intercepted conversations of Russian troopers. These aren’t official deliveries, however smuggling.

The Starlink satellite tv for pc community, operated by billionaire Elon Musk, supplies web entry and can also be utilized by Ukraine to manage weapons methods in its protection towards the Russian invasion. This communication was thought-about one of many few benefits that Kiev had over the extremely geared up Russian military in the course of the conflict. Last week, nevertheless, Ukrainian navy intelligence introduced that the Internet connection was now additionally being utilized by the Russian navy within the frontline space. Both SpaceX and the Kremlin have now denied official deliveries of the system.

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CDU politicians open to growing the Bundeswehr's particular funds

Better gear for the Bundeswehr has been a transparent purpose of the Federal Government for the reason that Russian assault on Ukraine. But there are nonetheless huge query marks about how this can be financed in the long run. The CDU protection politician Roderich Kiesewetter has proven himself open to a big improve within the 100 billion euro particular pot for the Bundeswehr, he informed the “Süddeutsche Zeitung”.

“It is completely clear that we need 300 billion instead of 100 billion so that the Bundeswehr can become combat-ready,” stated Kiesewetter. However, he demanded that misappropriation of the cash to plug funds holes should be dominated out, and {that a} everlasting protection funds of a minimum of two p.c of financial energy should nonetheless be achieved in parallel.

8:05 a.m

US Republicans block additional help

According to its chairman Mike Johnson, the Republican-dominated US House of Representatives doesn’t need to approve the Senate's present invoice for brand new help to Ukraine and Israel.

Johnson's reasoning was that the draft didn’t deal with “the most pressing issue facing our country” – referring to securing the US border with Mexico. The Senate, for its half, may vote on the help bundle as early as Tuesday – approval is taken into account doubtless. The legislative bundle with a complete quantity of 88 billion euros, which is able to be voted on within the Senate, incorporates navy help for Ukraine price round 60 billion {dollars}.

12:23 a.m

Ukraine studies Russian assaults on Dnipro

Russia has apparently attacked civilian infrastructure in Ukraine once more. The mayor of the central Ukrainian metropolis of Dnipro, Borys Filatov, wrote on Telegram that because of Russian assaults, electrical energy and water provides have been interrupted in some areas. According to the Ukrainian Air Force, there was a mixed drone and missile assault on town.

12:13 a.m

Zelensky holds first assembly with new navy management

After the restructuring of the navy management, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyj held a gathering of the excessive command with the brand new members for the primary time. Among these current on the assembly was Colonel General Olexander Syrskyj, who was appointed commander-in-chief final week, as Zelenskyj stated in his night video deal with. It was in regards to the scenario on the entrance within the east and south of the nation, he added. It was additionally mentioned how the vital infrastructure – resembling electrical energy and water provides – could possibly be protected in the very best approach.

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Monday's reside weblog

Germany, France and Poland need to take joint motion towards Russian cyber assaults. The EU has created the idea for utilizing the proceeds from frozen funds from the Russian central financial institution. Monday's reside weblog for studying.