German Minister Annalena Baerbock says at LCI that if Poland supplies Leopard tanks to Ukraine, her country will not oppose it.
Germany crosses an unprecedented threshold for @LCI by vote of Minister A. Baerbock. She “wouldn’t object” if Poland sends the leopards. – I heard you say, if the Poles send him, you wouldn’t oppose it? -A.Baerbock: You understood me well. pic.twitter.com/HGykBGhocL — Darius Rochebin (@DariusRochebin) January 22, 2023
THE BALANCE SHEET
In nearly a year of clashes, the war in Ukraine has left nearly 180,000 dead or wounded in the ranks of the Russian army and 100,000 on the Ukrainian side, not including 30,000 civilians killed, according to estimates given Sunday by the head of the Norwegian army.
“Russian losses are starting to approach around 180,000 dead or wounded soldiers,” Norwegian Chief of Staff Eirik Kristoffersen said in an interview with TV2, without specifying the origin of these figures. Norway, a country bordering Russia, has been a member of NATO since its founding in 1949.
“Ukrainian casualties are probably over 100,000 dead or wounded. In addition, Ukraine has around 30,000 civilians who died in this terrible war,” the Norwegian general added.
Russia and Ukraine have not given reliable accounts of their losses for months.
Asked about the delivery of Leopard tanks, Olaf Scholz gets in touch: “We have not delivered weapons for years to territories in conflict. We have changed our position, we will continue to do so. We are doing a lot, we have continued to expand our program (…) in consultation with our allies. We have supplied howitzers, missile launchers and quite recently we have supplied light armor. Our support is very broad. I am afraid that this war will last a long time, we will continue to help Ukraine, but we have one principle: we work together.
Regarding Leclerc tanks, Emmanuel Macron believes that “nothing is excluded.” Three rules are being studied”, assesses the president: “That this is not escalating; that this can provide real and effective support to Ukraine, (…) by looking at when this material can be used. And finally, not to weaken our own defense capabilities.”
🗣 @EmmanuelMacron at the end of the Franco-German Council of Ministers: “We have confirmed our unwavering determination to support #Ukraine in all areas and as long as necessary, to and continue to act in a closely coordinated manner.” 📺 #La26. pic.twitter.com/ngGgDyRF2N — LCI (@LCI) January 22, 2023
From the Elysée, where he receives Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Emmanuel Macron speaks of their “unfailing determination to support Ukraine in all areas.” “When it is necessary to rebuild the country, we will be there,” the French president said.
Ukrainians who fled to Spain after the Russian invasion, worked there, were “crammed” into temporary housing.
A senior Ukrainian ministry official suspected of embezzlement was fired on Sunday while an internal review was launched at the Defense Ministry following press revelations about an alleged contract signed at a high price.
“The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine orders the dismissal of VM Lozynkiy as Deputy Minister of Development of Society, Territories and Infrastructure of Ukraine,” Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmygal said on Telegram. On Saturday, the Ukrainian National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU) arrested Vasyl Lozynkiï on suspicion of embezzlement.
Mr. Lozynkiï, in office since May 2020, “received ($400,000) to facilitate the conclusion of contracts for the purchase of equipment and generators at high prices”, NABU had stated in a press release.
Spanish police announced on Sunday that they had dismantled a network that managed three tobacco factories where Ukrainians who fled to Spain after the Russian invasion worked, “crammed” into temporary housing.
The network is accused of smuggling “large quantities” of tobacco, which it turned into fake cigarettes sold throughout Spain as well as in neighboring countries, the Spanish Civil Guard explained in a press release. 27 people have been arrested in Spain as part of the investigation carried out with the help of the European police agency Europol.
The Russian army is advancing on two villages in the Zaporizhia region of southern Ukraine. This area is the scene of clashes with Kyiv troops, which have intensified this week. The front is mobile, especially in two directions: Orikhiv and Gulyaipole,” said Vladimir Rogov, head of the regional occupation authority installed by Moscow, quoted by the Russian news agency Ria Novosti. These two cities, each with around 15,000 inhabitants before the war, are respectively 65 km and 100 km southeast of Zaporijjia, the capital of the eponymous region controlled by Ukrainian troops.
Ukraine’s defense ministry on Sunday denied signing high-priced contracts for food intended for its soldiers and denied any accusations of corruption.
These remarks come a day after press reports in the national media accusing the Ukrainian ministry of striking a deal at prices “two to three times higher” than the current tariffs for basic foodstuffs. The signed contract in question, for 2023, would be for 13 billion hryvnias, or $350 million at the current exchange rate, according to the ZN.UA news site.
FRANCO-GERMAN SUPPORT WILL LAST “AS LONG AS NECESSARY”
“We will continue to provide Ukraine, as long as necessary, with all the support it needs,” German Chancellor Olaf Scholz pledged on Sunday alongside French President Emmanuel Macron.
THE RUSSIAN ARMY PROGRESS
The Russian army is advancing on two villages in the Zaporizhia region of southern Ukraine, where clashes with troops from Kiev have intensified this week, a head of the regional authority said on Sunday. “The front is mobile, especially in two directions: Orikhiv and Gulyaipole,” Vladimir Rogov told Russian news agency Ria Novosti.
These two towns, which each had about 15,000 inhabitants before the war, are located 65 km and 100 km respectively southeast of Zaporizhia, the capital of the region of the same name, controlled by Ukrainian troops.
GERMAN’S “UNACCEPTABLE” POSITION FOR POLAND
Poland’s prime minister on Sunday called “unacceptable” Berlin’s refusal to supply Leopard heavy tanks to Kiev, calling for them when the Russians are on the offensive.
“Germany’s position is unacceptable. It is almost a year since the war started. Innocent people are dying every day. Russian bombs are wreaking havoc in Ukrainian cities. Civilian objects are being attacked, women and children are being murdered,” Mateusz Morawiecki told the PAP news agency.
UPDATE ON THE SITUATION
Ukraine is still demanding the delivery of heavy tanks to its allies, so far to no avail. At the same time, Russia conducted air defense exercises in the Moscow region. Here are the highlights from the past 24 hours.
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