Fierce fighting has been going on for months in Donetsk and Soledar in eastern Ukraine. According to the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, Kyiv is holding its positions if the situation has become “difficult” in recent days. Of the town once known for its salt mines, nothing remains.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyi pledged on Thursday to provide “everything necessary” in terms of equipment to soldiers resisting Russian offensives in the two towns in the east of the country, Bagmouth and Soleder, under pressure from Moscow’s forces.
“I want to emphasize that the units defending these cities will receive ammunition and everything necessary quickly and without interruption,” Zelensky said on Facebook after a meeting with his staff.
Refusal to fight in Ukraine
A Russian court has sentenced a contract soldier to five years in prison for refusing to fight in Ukraine, AFP has learned from official judicial sources.
Marcel Kandarov, 24, did not show up at his workplace in May because he did not want to “participate in the Russian special military operation” launched in Ukraine last February. In September, he was “discovered” by law enforcement and found guilty of evading military service for more than a month during mobilization. The trial took place at a military court in Ufa, Republic of Bashkortostan (Urals).
Russia and Ukraine have not signed a new prisoner exchange deal, Moscow’s human rights ombudsman said, adding that his earlier comments on a possible deal had been misinterpreted.
“Someone misunderstood something,” Tatiana Moskalkova said after talks with her Ukrainian counterpart. “We are talking about the results of our past work. These exchanges have already happened”.
In Soledar, “A Difficult Situation”
Ukraine denies capture of Soledor by Wagner. Despite a “difficult situation on the ground,” Deputy Defense Minister Khanna Maliar acknowledged, the Ukrainian military continues to defend the town of 10,000 near Baghmoud, where fighting between Ukraine and Russia is ongoing.
“Fierce and violent fighting continues today in the Soledar area,” he told a press conference. According to him, “despite a difficult situation, Ukrainian soldiers fight tirelessly”.
Closer to the front, near Donetsk, Ukrainian soldiers are rejoicing in the onset of cold and frost. “It fundamentally changed the situation because it allowed the movement of heavy equipment,” said one of them in the report below.
Ukraine: Report on Ukrainian tanksSource: TF1 information
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Armed Russian ship near French coast
A spokesman for the Channel-North Sea Maritime Region confirmed to the LCI last night on the microphone that the ultra-modern Russian warship “Admiral Gorchkov” and its accompanying tanker passed off the French coast yesterday. If the ships were in international waters, they were closely monitored by NATO.
A Russian ship armed with missiles near our coastSource: TF1 information
During a meeting with his ministers broadcast on Russian television, Vladimir Putin attacked his deputy prime minister, accusing Russian companies of not getting contracts. Without saying so, the Kremlin leader announces to Russians that he has moved to a war economy.
Putin’s anger at his deputy prime ministerSource: TF1 information
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