Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that the outcome of the battle for the Donbass region will determine the course of the war.He added that Ukrainian forces were suffering “painful losses” in Severodonetsk and Lyschansk. The Battle of Sievierodonetsk from Luhansk is now the biggest battle in Ukraine as its defenders are trying Repelling a fierce Russian attack in the eastern twin cities.
Russia told Ukrainian forces holed up at the Azot chemical plant in Severodonetsk to lay down their weapons early Wednesday.. Mikhail Mizintsev, head of the Russian National Defense Administration Center, told Interfax news agency that the fighters should “stop their foolish resistance and lay down their arms” as of 8 a.m. Moscow time (5 a.m. GMT).
Russia said it will establish a humanitarian corridor on Wednesday For trapped civilians seeking to escape heavy fighting in Severodonetsk. Serhiy Haiday, governor of the Luhansk region, said about 500 civilians, 40 of them children, were sheltering from heavy Russian attacks at the Azot chemical plant.
Zelensky reiterated his call for the West to intensify the provision of heavy weapons to Ukraine. Ukraine’s Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Maliar said that the country received only 10% of what it requested and there was no path to victory without help: “No matter how hard Ukraine tries, no matter how professional our army is, without the help of Western partners we will not be able to win this war ” . Zelensky added that Ukraine does not have enough anti-missile systems to shoot down Russian projectiles targeting its cities. “Our country does not have enough of it…there can be no justification for delaying in providing it.”
NATO must build “higher readiness” and enhance its weapons capabilities along its eastern bordersThe head of the military alliance said on Tuesday before the Madrid summit at the end of the month. Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said the coalition needed “a more robust and combat-ready forward presence, higher readiness and more pre-existing equipment and supplies.”
The leaders of seven European members of NATO have pledged to support the applications of Sweden and Finland to join the alliance. “My message about Swedish and Finnish membership is that I very much welcome that. It is a historic decision. It will strengthen and strengthen them,” Stoltenberg told reporters after a meeting in The Hague on Tuesday.
US President Joe Biden said temporary silos will be built along the border with Ukraine, including in Poland, in an effort to help export more grain.. Referring to the 20 million tons of grain seized in Ukraine, Biden said at a union conference in Philadelphia: “It can’t come out through the Black Sea because it will come out of the water … So we will build silos, temporary silos, on the borders of Ukraine, including Poland.”
Jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has He was reportedly transferred to a maximum security prison. Russian news agencies quoted Sergei Yazan, head of the Regional Public Monitoring Committee, transporting Navalny to the IK-6 prison in the village of Melikhovo in the Vladimir region.
Russia British journalists bannedincluding Guardian reporters and defense industry figures from entering the country, describing it as a response to Western sanctions and pressure on state-run media abroad.
Pope Francis said Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine was “Maybe provocative somehow“ He recalls a conversation in the run-up to the war in which he warned that NATO was “barking at Russia’s doors.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin may still want to take over much if not all of Ukraine But he had to narrow his tactical goals in the war, said the Under Secretary of Defense. “I still believe he has designs on a large part of Ukraine, if not the entire country,” Colin Kahl said while speaking at an event hosted by the Center for a New American Security. “Having said that, I don’t think he can achieve those goals.”
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