Cover image: German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Berlin, February 3, 2023 Michael Sohn / AP
No attack on Russian territory with Western weapons, says Scholz. The German Chancellor spoke on the subject in an interview published on Sunday February 5 in the weekly Bild am Sonntag. “Together with our allies, we are providing combat tanks to Ukraine so that it can defend itself. We carefully weighed each arms delivery, in close coordination with our allies, starting with America. This common approach makes it possible to avoid an escalation of the war”, assures the German Chancellor.
Canada shipped the first of the Leopard 2 tanks on Saturday February 4 promised to Ukraine, announced Defense Minister Anita Anand. A Canadian Air Force plane “took off from Halifax with the first Leopard 2 battle tank we are donating to Ukraine,” the minister said in a tweet.
Sabotage actions by Ukrainian commandos behind Russian lines. The Guardian published an article on Saturday about the Bratstvo battalion (“brotherhood”, in French), a group of Ukrainian special forces volunteers who operate behind Russian lines. Their missions range from kidnapping Russian or pro-Russian officials to destroying military infrastructure on Russian or Russian-controlled territory.
Power outage in Odessa: nearly 500,000 people affected. A fire that broke out on Saturday at an electricity substation in Odessa deprived nearly 500,000 people of electricity, announced the governor of the Odessa region, Maksym Marchenko. The director of the national electricity network operator, Ukrenergo, Volodymyr Kudrytskyi, explained that the equipment of the station, already damaged during Russian strikes, very stressed, had caught fire.
Some 7.5 million Ukrainian refugees displaced across Europe, WHO estimates. WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus presented a report on the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine on Saturday to the organization’s board of directors, which includes both Russia and the United States. This report covers the events of the first nine months of 2022 and classifies the situation in Ukraine as one of eight acute global health emergencies.
Volodymyr Zelensky thanks Rishi Sunak for UK military support. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky spoke on Saturday with his British counterpart, Rishi Sunak. Mr. Zelensky particularly thanked the British Head of State for the training of Ukrainian troops which will enable them to handle the Challenger tanks. “We discussed the expansion of the capabilities of the Ukrainian army, the comprehensive, short and long-term support” of the country, summed up the Ukrainian president.
The Ukrainian president also returned to Russia’s participation in the next Olympics of 2024. “Representatives of the aggressor have no place in Paris 2024”, he hammered.
The bodies of two Britons killed in Ukraine repatriated. The bodies of Christopher Parry and Andrew Bagshaw, two Britons killed in Ukraine where they had gone as volunteers, were recovered on Saturday as part of a prisoner exchange between kyiv and Moscow.
Portugal willing to send Leopard tanks to Ukraine. On the sidelines of a trip to the Central African Republic, Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa said on Saturday that Portugal was ready to send Leopard 2 heavy tanks to Ukraine, but that it must first work with the Germany to restore some of its armored vehicles to working order.
Russian losses are approaching 200,000 men according to Westerners. While Russia and Ukraine have not given reliable casualty accounts for months, Western officials estimate that Russian forces have lost nearly 200,000 men killed and wounded in the war in Ukraine, noted the Institute for the Study of War on Friday.
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