► Fighting continues for control of Soledar and Bakhmout
Fighting for control of Soledar and Bakhmout, in eastern Ukraine, is the “bloodiest” for Russian and Ukrainian forces since the start of the Russian invasion, estimated Wednesday January 11 Mykhailo Podoliak, adviser to the Ukrainian presidency.
Earlier in the day, the Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister announced that “heavy fighting” continued in Soledar, stating that the Russians had “attempted to break through the Ukrainian defense” and “completely capture the city, but without hit “. The Russian army had also confirmed fighting in this small town in the Donetsk region on Wednesday.
► kyiv wants long-range missiles and tanks to end the war in 2023
Ukraine will be able to win the war within the year if the West increases the supply of weapons, in particular longer-range missiles, Mykhailo Podoliak said on Wednesday, promising that these systems will not be used to attack Russian territory.
“Only missiles with a range of more than 100 km will allow us to significantly accelerate the disoccupation of the territories,” he said in an interview with AFP. He judges that the amplification of Western arms deliveries will lead to the end of the war “either at the end of the spring, or at the beginning of the summer, or in the summer, or probably in the fall”.
► Poland ready to deliver Leopard tanks to Ukraine
Poland announced on Wednesday that it was ready to deliver Leopard tanks requested by kyiv to Ukraine, as part of an international coalition, the Polish president said on Wednesday. “A company of Leopard tanks (14 armored vehicles, editor’s note) will be transmitted as part of a coalition that is being built”, assured Andrzej Duda, during a joint press conference with his Ukrainian counterparts and Lithuanian, in Lviv in western Ukraine.
► Kyiv and Moscow call for Erdogan’s humanitarian intervention
Ukrainian and Russian human rights mediators called for Turkey’s intervention to establish a “humanitarian corridor” and allow the exchange of around 40 prisoners from the two countries, during a meeting Tuesday and Wednesday in Ankara . Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan assured in return that he was “ready” to play this role.
“We exchanged lists of military prisoners and we decided to return more than forty,” Russian representative Tatiana Moskalkova told the press.
► Kharkiv bombarded by the Russians on Tuesday evening
Russian bombardments hit Kharkiv on Tuesday evening, hours after the surprise visit to this city in northeastern Ukraine by the head of German diplomacy, Annalena Baerbock. She was accompanied by her Ukrainian counterpart who urged Germany to provide heavy armor.
“Stay in the shelters. The occupiers bomb again! “warned Oleg Synegoubov, the governor of the Kharkiv region.
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