Live – War in Ukraine: Russians seek to seize eastern city, Kiev seeks heavy weapons

8,000 Ukrainian prisoners of war were held in Donbass

There are about 8,000 Ukrainian prisoners of war in the Russian-backed self-proclaimed republics of Lukansk and Donetsk, Lukansk official Rodion Miroshnik was quoted by DOS news agency on Thursday.

“There are a lot of prisoners. Of course, there are more people in the territory of the Donetsk Republic, but they are also large enough. Now the total number is about 8000. It is a lot, and hundreds more are added. Every day,” Miroshnik said.

Macron / Erdogan interview this Thursday at 11:30 p.m.

The French president will meet with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan at 11:30 this Thursday, threatening to veto Finland and Sweden’s entry into NATO if he does not receive “firm action” from them over his security concerns.

Thales equipment was found in Russian tanks

French equipment from the Thales group was found in Russian tanks. However, the export of security equipment to Russia has been banned since 2014.

Revelations of the Ukrainian media and RevealIn April, a French intelligence agency reported that the company had sold used weapons and equipment by Russians in Ukraine. However, these agreements were signed between 2007 and 2012, before the 2014 ban.

Severodonetsk in trouble, Russian “blackmail” … Situation on the 91st day of the Russian invasion of Ukraine

This Thursday marks the 92nd day of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Russia, through its “simplified procedure”, accused Ukraine of “doing absolutely nothing” with NATO.

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More than 40 cities were bombed in Donbass

The Ukrainian military says Russian forces have shelled more than 40 cities in the Donbass region of Ukraine. Acquired by ReutersThreatening to close the last major escape route for civilians trapped in their invasion, now in its fourth month.

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

The city of Kharkiv, Rassopil is trying to destroy traces of Russia

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

Issuance of Russian passports: Washington condemns plot to “subjugate” Ukrainians

The United States on Wednesday condemned Russia’s decision to facilitate the issuance of Russian passports to residents of southern Ukraine as an attempt to “subjugate” its now-controlled population.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Netflix told a news conference that the plan was “a Russian ploy to subjugate the Ukrainian people – to force their will” and that the United States would “vehemently reject” such a plan.

After the controversy, Russian soprano Anna Netrepko received applause in Paris

Russian star Soprano Anna Netrebko stood up and applauded for returning to the stage in the western capital on Wednesday evening after being criticized after the war in Ukraine at the Philharmonic de Paris. Entering the stage, he was greeted with a standing ovation by the public for a long time.

Laughing casually, dressed in a long black and white dress and flashing from time to time, he stood up at the end of the show and explained the pieces to Rashmaninoff, Debussy or Tchaikovsky before getting applauded.

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In Davos, Ukraine is demanding more heavy weapons

Ukraine needs mobile units capable of launching multiple rockets simultaneously and must have equivalent weapons against Russian firing, the Ukrainian Foreign Minister stressed in Davos on Wednesday.

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

He explained that in this part of Ukraine “some villages and towns are no more”, which has experienced serious bombings in recent days. “They were shot down by Russian artillery and several Russian rocket launchers.”

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