Live – War in Ukraine: the Russians seek to seize the eastern city, Kyiv demands heavy weapons

8000 Ukrainian prisoners of war held in Donbass

The TASS news agency quoted an official in Luhansk, Rodion Miroshnik, as saying on Thursday that the number of Ukrainian prisoners of war being held in the Russian-declared Lugansk and Donetsk People’s Republics is about 8,000.

“There are a lot of prisoners. Of course, there are more on the territory of the Donetsk People’s Republic, but we also have a sufficient number of them, and now the total is about 8000. This is a large number, and literally hundreds are added. ” said Miroshnik.

Macron/Erdogan interview on Thursday at 11:30 a.m.

The French president will meet this Thursday at 11:30 am with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is threatening to veto Finland and Sweden joining NATO if he does not get “concrete measures” from them regarding his security concerns.

Thales equipment found in Russian tanks

French equipment from the Thales group was found in Russian tanks. However, exports of defense equipment to Russia have been under embargo since 2014.

As revealed in April by Ukrainian media and Disclose, a French investigative website, the company was to sell weapons and equipment used by Russians in Ukraine. However, the contracts were signed between 2007 and 2012, before the ban in force since 2014.

Severodonetsk in trouble, Russian “blackmail” … The situation on the ninety-first day of the Russian invasion of Ukraine

As this Thursday marks the 92nd day of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, a look back on Wednesday when Russia continued its bombing of eastern Ukraine and issued a decree allowing residents of several regions to apply for passports. Russia via “simplified procedure”, while Ukraine accused NATO of “doing nothing strictly”.

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Bombing more than 40 cities in Donbass

Reuters quoted the Ukrainian military as saying that Russian forces bombed more than 40 towns in Ukraine’s Donbass region, threatening to close the last major escape corridor for civilians trapped in its fourth-month invasion.

After failing to capture the Ukrainian capital Kyiv or the second city Kharkiv, Russia is trying to take full control of Donbass, made up of two eastern provinces claimed by Moscow on behalf of the separatists.

Karkhiv, the Russian city trying to erase the traces of Russia

In Kharkiv, some Russian street names were erased and European flags were sometimes hung on the windows. The Russian city wants to show its opposition to the Kremlin by trying to erase all traces of Russia.

Granting Russian passports: Washington denounces the plan to “subjugate” the Ukrainians

The United States on Wednesday denounced Russia’s decision to facilitate the granting of Russian passports to residents of southern Ukraine as an attempt to “subjugate” the population now under its control.

State Department spokesman Ned Price told a news briefing that the plan was “a Russian tactic to subjugate the Ukrainian people – to impose their will by force,” adding that the United States would “strongly reject” such a project.

After the controversy, Russian soprano Anna Netrebko received a standing ovation in Paris

Russian soprano Anna Netrebko received a standing ovation at the Philharmonie de Paris on Wednesday night for her return to the stage in a Western capital, after she came under fire since the war in Ukraine. The audience gave him a warm welcome when he entered the stage, and applauded for long minutes.

Smiling and relaxed, in a long black and white dress, she fluttered from time to time, she interpreted pieces to Rachmaninoff, Debussy or Tchaikovsky, before receiving a standing ovation at the end of the show.

In Davos, Ukraine calls for more heavy weapons

Ukraine’s foreign minister insisted in Davos on Wednesday in Davos that Ukraine urgently needs mobile units capable of sending several missiles simultaneously, to have equal weapons against Russia’s firepower.

“The battle for Donbass is very similar to the battles of World War II,” Dmytro Kuleba told reporters after a series of talks in Davos with government officials and businessmen.

He explained that “some villages and towns no longer exist” in this region of Ukraine, which has suffered intense bombardment in recent days. It was reduced to rubble by Russian artillery fire with multiple Russian rocket launchers.”

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