The fight for Bakhmut continues….
Russian troops making small gains….
Can we believe peace call’s are serious right now with the Ukraine getting ready to try to regain territory?….
Will Ukraine children of war be returned from Russia?
More Ukraine troops getting Western combat training…
Working to keep the Ukraine’s Nuclear power plane in one piece…..
The Brits and poles will building housing for soem displaced Ukrainians in the Ukraine….
Ukraine forces are shooting down incoming Russian drone’s…
As pointed out here yesterday….
The Ukraine has received US/NATO tanks and armored vehicles…….
US Sec of State meets with Belarus opposition leader…..
Moscow has struggled to capture new ground in eastern Ukraine but its bombardment has laid waste to cities and towns. Here is what we’re covering:
A rare glimpse of Avdiivka reveals a ruined city where residents huddle in basements.
Blinken warns that calls for a cease-fire in Ukraine by Russia’s partners may be ‘a very cynical trap.’
Over 4,300 Ukrainian children have been deported to Russia or Russian-occupied areas, a Ukrainian official says.
Moscow still aims to capture Bakhmut even as fighting elsewhere escalates, Ukraine says.
A Russian father flees before a conviction that may keep his daughter in an orphanage.
For 20 years, Marina Ovsyannikova worked for Russian state TV, but after the invasion of Ukraine she couldn’t keep quiet.
Olympic officials have created a path for Russian athletes to qualify for the Paris Olympics….
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the Russian occupation of the plant was “the worst thing that could happen in the history” of European nuclear energy. Russia is using the facility for “radiation blackmail,” he said Monday. Russia claimed to annex the Zaporizhzhia region, in violation of international law, late last year, even though parts of the region, including its capital, remain under Ukrainian control.
Here’s the latest on the war and its ripple effects across the globe.
- Zelensky met with Grossi in the Zaporizhzhia regionon Monday, touring areas near the Russian plant, the president’s office said in a statement. They also visited a hydroelectric station on the Dnieper River that helps maintain operations at the plant. Grossi is preparing a visit to the nuclear plant this week, according to the IAEA. Crossfire during the conflict has threatened to shut down the reactors’ cooling system, heightening the risk of a nuclear meltdown.
- A Russian court on Tuesday ordered a two-year jail sentence for the single father of a 13-year-old girl who drew an antiwar picture in art class at school, in a case that led to the daughter being seized by authorities and placed in an orphanage, The Washington Post’s Robyn Dixon writes. But in a stunning turn, the father, Alexei Moskalyov, 54, escaped from house arrest on Monday night, opting not to wait for the almost-certain guilty verdict after the state prosecutor on Monday demanded the two-year prison term.
- Britain and Poland will build two temporary housing villages in Ukraine, the British government announcedTuesday. The shelters, in Lviv in the west and Poltava in the east, will provide accommodation to about 700 displaced Ukrainians. The two countries are also providing generators to power schools, hospitals and community centers in Ukraine. “This is one of our many humanitarian responses to Russia’s attacks on civilian infrastructure, mounting evidence of which appears more and more clearly to constitute war crimes,” the statement said.
- Russian officials expressed defiance after the West threatened more sanctions should the Kremlin proceed with plans to deploy tactical nuclear weapons to Belarus. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Monday that Russia’s plans wouldn’t be affected by Western sanctions.
- Zelensky, in his nightly address, thanked anyone who “reminds the world that Russian aggression can end much faster than is sometimes said. Faster, if the world is faster, if the world is more determined.”
- Russia has probably lost a “large proportion of its tanks” while attempting to encircle the front-line town of Avdiivka in the Donetsk region, Britain’s Defense Ministry said Tuesday. It noted that Russia has only made “marginal progress” during its assault operation.
- Kyiv’s air defenses shot down multiple drones on Monday night, Mayor Vitali Klitschko said in a Telegrampost. There were no immediate reports of casualties.
- Russian forces have made gains in and around Bakhmut in recent days, the Institute for the Study of War, a Washington think tank, said late Monday. It cited geolocated footage that showed members of the Kremlin-backed Wagner mercenary group at locations inside the embattled city.
- Ukraine received its first batch of British Challenger tanks, Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov saidMonday. Ukraine has also received Stryker armored vehicles and Cougars, a mine-resistant ambush-protected infantry mobility vehicle, from the United States, as well as Marder infantry fighting vehicles from Germany, he said. Chancellor Olaf Scholz also confirmed a delivery of 18 Leopard tanks to Ukraine….
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