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Air raid sirens heard in Ukraine despite Russian call for ceasefire

Russian soldiers step over the bodies of soldiers from their own unit in the war in eastern Ukraine, where fighting has accelerated, especially in Soledar and Bakhmut, as Moscow has deployed more fighters with help from the Wagner group.

“The enemy is literally stepping over the corpses of its own soldiers, using massive artillery, MLRS systems and mortars,” Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Malyar said.

A large number of Wagner group units have made a quick comeback in Soledar and deployed more soldiers using heavy artillery cover, the deputy defense minister said.

Soledar, a critical strip of land in the industrial Donbas region, has seen bitter fighting between soldiers from Ukraine and Russia, along with some of their heaviest losses in warfare.

The fighting in Bahkmut and Soledar is “the most intense of the entire frontline,” with little progress on either side in the freezing cold, Ukrainian military analyst Oleh Zhdanov said.

He added: “So many (pro-Russian fighters) remain on the battlefield… dead or wounded.”

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Senator: Ending US aid to Ukraine would be a historic mistake

The US would allow the spread of extremism in Europe if it stopped supporting Ukraine in its war with Russia, Maine’s independent senator said Monday after a meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

Senator Angus King of Maine and Jack Reed of Rhode Island, who serve on the US Senate Armed Services Committee, traveled to Kiev last week to meet with Zelenskyy. King said he came back with more assurance that US aid to Ukraine is vital.

Ukraine is expected to receive $44.9 billion in US aid as part of the recent government spending bill. The US should continue to support Ukraine until Russian President Vladimir Putin is no longer in power, King said. He characterized Putin as “a dictator.”

Eleanor Noyce10 January 2023 06:15

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Two British nationals missing in Ukraine after assisting civilian evacuation

The men, aged 28 and 48, were last seen on January 6 on their way to the town of Soledar, where fighting has been particularly fierce in recent days. There has been no contact with the pair since they left Kramatorsk at 8am on Friday.

The two missing men have been identified TBEN as Andrew Bagshaw, 48, and Christopher Parry, 28.

Arpan RaiJanuary 10, 2023 06:07

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Moscow threatens Russian actor with criminal prosecution over Ukraine war criticism

A famous Russian actor is threatened with criminal prosecution by Russian authorities after he openly criticized the war in Ukraine.

The search for Artur Smolyaninov, a prominent film and theater actor, was announced Monday by Russia’s top investigator in conjunction with a second investigation against a philanthropist who supports the Russian opposition.

In a statement, Russia’s Commission of Inquiry said its chief Alexander Bastrykin had ordered the launch of a criminal case against Mr Smolyaninov, who fled the country after Moscow’s forces invaded Ukraine.

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Arpan RaiJanuary 10, 2023 06:06

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US could send Stryker combat vehicles to Ukraine – report

The Pentagon wants to send Stryker armored fighting vehicles to Ukraine in the upcoming tranche of aid, it reported Politics.

A defense department official who was aware of the internal deliberations said the Strykers — an eight-wheeled armored fighting vehicle built by General Dynamics Land Systems — could be part of the next batch of military aid shared with Ukraine, the report said.

Another US military staple, the Strykers can operate in snow, mud and sand, but have limited off-road mobility due to a lack of tracks.

Arpan RaiJanuary 10, 2023 5:41 AM

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Russia launches criminal investigation into prominent Kremlin critics

Russian authorities on Monday announced parallel criminal investigations against a famous actor critical of the war in Ukraine and a philanthropist who supports the Russian opposition.

The Russian Commission of Inquiry said in a statement that its chief Alexander Bastrykin had ordered a criminal case to be launched against Artur Smolyaninov, a prominent Russian film and theater actor who left the country after Moscow’s forces invaded Ukraine and repeatedly spoke out against the war.

Eleanor NoyceJanuary 10, 2023 5:15 AM

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Russia prepares new troops for massive attack on Kiev – officials

Russia is preparing fresh troops for a renewed major assault on Ukraine and likely its capital Kyiv, Ukrainian officials led by Supreme Commander General Valery Zaluzhniy have warned.

Ahead of a larger military offensive, Volodymyr Zelensky appears to be relying on securing more and advanced weapons from Ukraine’s western allies to repel these attacks and inflict damage on Russian forces.

Mr. Zelensky assembled another round of diplomatic efforts with European ally and Czech President Petr Fiala, who is also the current president of the 27-member European Union.

“I’m sure our soldiers at the front will get these weapons and equipment. Very soon,” Zelensky said.

Ukraine is already getting Patriot anti-missile defense systems and Bradley fighting vehicles from the US in a major arsenal boost, along with lightweight tanks from France as reluctant aid as Emmanual Macron insists on not getting into direct conflict with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.

Britain is also considering supplying Ukraine with tanks for the first time, Sky News reported, citing a source.

Arpan RaiJanuary 10, 2023 4:49 AM

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No more whole walls in Soledar, says Zelensky

Volodymyr Zelensky has said that there is no life and no whole wall left in Soledar, where Russia is said to have concentrated its military power now in the 11th month of the war.

“Bakhmut and Soledar, Kreminna and Svatove, general outlook in Donbas for the coming weeks. The battle for Donbas continues. And although the invaders have now concentrated their greatest efforts on Soledar, the result of this difficult and long battle will be the liberation of our entire Donbas,” Zelensky said in his nightly speech.

He said that Ukrainian fighters in Soledar are resisting new and even harder attacks from the Russian soldiers.

“And what did Russia want to achieve there? Everything is completely destroyed, there is almost no life left. And thousands of their people were lost: the whole land near Soledar is covered with the corpses of the occupiers and the scars of the strikes. This is what madness looks like,” Zelensky said.

Arpan RaiJanuary 10, 2023 4:20 AM

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Two British nationals missing in Ukraine after assisting civilian evacuation

Two Britons who helped evacuate civilians in Ukraine are missing in the Donetsk region.

The men, aged 28 and 48, were last seen on January 6 on their way to the town of Soledar, where fighting has been particularly fierce in recent days. There has been no contact with the pair since they left Kramatorsk for Soledar at 8am on Friday morning.

The two missing men have been identified TBEN as Andrew Bagshaw, 48, and Christopher Parry, 28. Mr. Bagshaw was born in the United Kingdom but now lives in Christchurch, New Zealand.

A Ukrainian friend and former flatmate of Mr Parry in eastern Ukraine said the pair received a call on Friday to help evacuate civilians.

The route they should take, which one TBEN has seen bypassing the edge of the city close to Russian positions and may have penetrated areas overrun by a moving frontline, when Moscow launched a major attack.

Eleanor NoyceJanuary 10, 2023 4:15 AM

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Russian soldiers ‘step over the corpses of their own soldiers’ in a blood-curdling battle

Russian soldiers step over the dead bodies of soldiers from their own unit in the war in eastern Ukraine as heavy fighting ravages the region, especially in Soledar and Bakhmut.

“The enemy is literally stepping over the corpses of its own soldiers, using massive artillery, MLRS systems and mortars,” Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Malyar said.

Ukrainian military analyst Oleh Zhdanov also called the fighting in Bahkmut and Soledar “the most intense on the entire frontline”, with little progress on either side in the freezing cold.

“So many (pro-Russian fighters) remain on the battlefield… dead or wounded,” he said.

Arpan RaiJanuary 10, 2023 4:09 AM

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