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War towards Ukraine: This is the state of affairs

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyj calls for further Western support for his country.  Photo: Sven Hoppe/dpa

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyj requires additional Western help for his nation. picture

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Western arms deliveries to Ukraine have been stalling for months. President Zelenskyj admits huge issues and warns of an erosion of solidarity. The overview:

After a go to to the entrance, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyj described the state of affairs there as “extremely difficult.” There are issues on sections of the entrance the place the Russians have concentrated the most important reserves, Zelensky stated in his every day video tackle. “They are taking advantage of delays in aid to Ukraine.”

Zelensky complained in regards to the lack of artillery shells, anti-aircraft techniques close to the entrance and long-range missiles. Kiev is working exhausting to renew support from its Western companions, the Ukrainian head of state assured his compatriots.

Zelensky had beforehand visited the Kupiansk sector of the entrance within the Kharkiv area. The Russians, who had been pushed out of the town in autumn 2022, have been advancing on the small city with the railway junction, which is taken into account strategically vital, for weeks, additionally as a result of the Ukrainians have too little ammunition. In his speech, the President thanked the Ukrainian corporations that had been driving ahead arms manufacturing in their very own nation. However, the nation is at present not but capable of present itself with weapons and ammunition and continues to be depending on support, he stated.

In his speech, Zelensky additionally addressed the protests of Polish farmers towards Ukrainian agricultural exports. The blockade of border crossings by Poles was a devastating sign of the “erosion of solidarity,” he stated. Since solely 5 p.c of Ukrainian agricultural exports cross the Polish border, the issue shouldn’t be with grain, however with politics. Joint choices aimed on the widespread good are wanted to resolve the state of affairs, he stated.

Withdrawal from Avdiivka formally ended

The Ukrainian armed forces have now declared their withdrawal from the town of Avdiivka within the east of the nation, which was closely fought over for months, to be over. After the seize, Russian troopers allegedly shot a number of critically wounded Ukrainians who remained there, opposite to an settlement, in response to data from Kiev. The enemy agreed to evacuate the wounded, present them with help and later alternate them, the one hundred and tenth Brigade, which was withdrawn from Avdiivka within the Donetsk area, stated on Facebook. However, at the least 5 of those that remained had been later recognized as useless in movies posted by the Russian aspect. One soldier's whereabouts are unsure.

The General Staff in Kiev spoke of a troublesome operational state of affairs on the fronts within the east and south of Ukraine. A complete of 56 battles had been registered on varied sectors of the entrance, the army management reported on its Facebook web page. During the course of the Russian assaults, residential areas additionally got here underneath artillery and rocket fireplace. There had been deaths and accidents among the many civilian inhabitants. This data couldn’t be instantly independently verified.

Putin sees conflict in Ukraine as a “matter of life or death”

According to Kremlin chief Putin, Russia considers the state of affairs round Ukraine to be “vital.” For the West, nonetheless, it’s only a query of ways, stated Putin in an interview on state tv, from which the state company Tass quoted.

While the West is taking tactical positions round Ukraine, for his nation it’s “a matter of fate, a question of life or death.” If the West didn't get entangled, “the war would have ended a year and a half ago.”

Defected Russian helicopter pilot reportedly useless

A Russian helicopter pilot who defected to Ukraine is useless, in response to data from Kiev. “We can confirm this fact,” Ukrainian army intelligence spokesman Andriy Yusov informed public tv on Monday. He didn’t present any additional details about the circumstances of his loss of life.

According to media reviews, the physique was present in Spain. “He brought his ex to him and was found shot,” wrote the web portal Ukrayinska Pravda, citing its personal intelligence sources. There was no affirmation from Spanish authorities.

The pilot flew from Russia to Ukraine in August final 12 months with a completely geared up Mi-8 military helicopter. After touchdown at a Ukrainian army airfield, the opposite two crew members had been shot whereas making an attempt to flee, in response to Ukrainian sources. The Russian obtained the equal of over 460,000 euros from Kiev for the crime. State tv in Moscow reported within the fall that the Russian secret service had obtained the order to kill the person who was thought of a traitor.

Long-range weapon techniques from Germany?

The coalition factions wish to name on the federal authorities to provide further, long-range weapons techniques to Ukraine. In the draft for a joint coalition proposal, the Taurus cruise missiles, which Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) has up to now resisted, should not talked about by title. The paper by the group leaders, which is out there to the journal “Stern” and the German Press Agency, requires “the delivery of additionally necessary long-range weapon systems and ammunition in order to enable Ukraine (…) to carry out targeted attacks in accordance with international law to strategically relevant targets far in the rear area of ​​the Russian aggressor”.

According to “Stern”, the proposal from the SPD, Greens and FDP can be put to a vote within the Bundestag this week. The formal event is the tenth anniversary of Russia's invasion of the Ukrainian Black Sea peninsula of Crimea.