After a Russian missile attack in Dnipro, which killed at least 40 residents of an apartment block in Dnipro, Ukraine appealed to the West for faster weapons supplies. Meanwhile, the west is putting increasing pressure on Ukraine’s troops.
On Tuesday (17 January), the General Staff of Ukraine’s Army stated that Russia had launched more missile attacks than usual over the last 24 hours.
According to the report Russian forces attacked more 15 settlements in eastern Donetsk, including Soledar (a salt-mining community), where Russia and Ukraine waged trench warfare over several weeks.
Russian bombardment completely destroyed Bakhmut. The centre of Donetsk, Avdiivka was also badly damaged.
Oleh Zhdanov is a Ukrainian military analyst who stated on YouTube that “very heavy combat continues in the two key segments of… Bakhmut & Avdiivka.”
“The enemy is always attacking, and around the clock. We are working to defend our positions. Russian troops are active at night so we require night vision equipment.”
Volodymyr Zelenskiy (the Ukrainian president) stated Monday (16 January) in a video address that Russia’s attempts to take the initiative in the conflict highlighted how the West must “speed up decision making” in relation to weapons supply.
The West has been supplying Ukraine with weapons since the Russian invasion on February 24, 2014. Zelenskiy’s government insists they still require tanks.
Britain announced Monday it will send 14 Challenger 2 tanks and additional hardware, as well as hundreds of additional armoured vehicles.
Germany is under pressure to send Leopard 2 tankers into Ukraine. However, its government insists that these tanks should only be sent if there is agreement among Kyiv’s main allies, particularly the United States.
Oleskiy Dlylov, Secretary of Ukraine’s Security Council, stated Monday night that there was an urgent need to accelerate weapons supplies as Russia is expected “to make a so-called final push.”
Danylov suggested that the event be held either on the anniversary or in March.
“We need to be ready for such events every day. Already, we are preparing for such events. Danylov said that the first and final questions always concern weapons and aid in defeating this aggressor.
The US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin was due to meet with his allies at an Air Base, Germany, on Friday to discuss further aid for Ukraine.
Russia refers to its actions as “special military operations” in order to protect its security since its neighbor became more close to the West. Russia and its allies accuse Ukraine, in an unprovoked military operation, of waging war against Russia to seize territory from Ukraine and remove independence from the former Soviet republic.
Russia’s invasion in Ukraine resulted not only in the displacement of millions but also the death of thousands of civilians. Many Ukrainian cities, towns, and villages have been left in ruin by the invasion. Russia is also being accused by Kyiv and its allies of mass deportation.
Zelenskiy called on the Organization for Security and Cooperation Monday to do more regarding Ukrainians he claims were forcibly sent to Russia.
The OSCE is the most important international security organization. It is composed of 57 countries, including all European states and the United States and Russia.
“None of the international organizations has been able yet to gain access to the detention centres of Russian prisoners.” This must be corrected,” Zelenskiy said.
According to the U.S. State Department 900,000. to 1.6 Million Ukrainian citizens including 260,000 children were deported into Russian territory last year.
Russia denies deportations and claims that those who come to Russia are fleeing war-related refugees. According to the Russian emergency ministry, 4.8 million Ukrainians have arrived in Russia since February, with 112,000 children.
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