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Putin announces "modern weapons" - Russia transfers more troops to Belarus


Putin announces "modern weapons" - Russia transfers more troops to Belarus Created: 12/21/2022, 7:42 am By: Franziska Schwarz, Fabian Müller Russian President Vladimir Putin toasted with soldiers at an awards ceremony on Thursday. They were honored in Moscow as "Heroes of Russia". © Mikhail Metzel/imago The counter-offensive is troubling the Russian armed forces. Kremlin chief Putin is now app

Putin announces "modern weapons" - Russia transfers more troops to Belarus

Created: 12/21/2022, 7:42 am

By: Franziska Schwarz, Fabian Müller

Russian President Vladimir Putin toasted with soldiers at an awards ceremony on Thursday.

They were honored in Moscow as "Heroes of Russia".

© Mikhail Metzel/imago

The counter-offensive is troubling the Russian armed forces.

Kremlin chief Putin is now appealing.

News ticker on military events in the Ukraine war.

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December 21 update, 7:32 a.m

.: Washington wants to deliver the Patriot air defense system to Kiev to defend against Russian air attacks.

US President Joe Biden will announce this at a meeting with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the White House said.

Update from December 20, 9:29 p.m

.: Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the current situation at the front in Moscow on Tuesday with the occupation chiefs he appointed for the eastern Ukrainian regions of Luhansk and Donetsk.

As the day before, Putin emphasized the extremely difficult situation in the two regions, as reported by the state news agency Tass.

In the talks with the Donetsk occupation chief Denis Puschilin and his Lugansk colleague Leonid Paschetschin, Putin first wanted to deal with "vital issues" about the supply of water, heating and health services to the civilian population in the two occupied areas, it was said.

"Only after that will we move on to security issues."

Ukraine war: Putin meets with occupation chiefs of occupied territories

The city of Donetsk in particular, the center of which is less than ten kilometers from the front line, has repeatedly been hit by Ukrainian artillery attacks.

Putin recently gave the Russian security forces the task of better protecting the population of the "new areas" of the Russian Federation.

These "new territories" refer to the occupied regions in the south and east of Ukraine, which Russia annexed in violation of international law.

Ukraine's military, in turn, has set itself the goal of liberating these regions, as well as the Crimean Peninsula, which Russia annexed back in 2014.

Urkaine war topical: Putin announces "modern weapons" - Russia transfers more troops to Belarus

Update from December 20, 7.40 p.m .:

According to Ukrainian media reports, the Russian military has again started moving stronger troop formations to the Belarus-Ukraine border.

In addition to tanks, armored personnel carriers and transporters, various military equipment was also brought near the border, Ukrajinska Pravda and the Unian agency reported on Tuesday, citing the Belarusian hacker collective "Hajun Project".

The group follows all the actions of the Russian troops stationed there.

The observers assumed that it was either a transfer of Russian troops from the north and center of Belarus or a short-term transfer to joint maneuvers with the Belarusian army on the border with Ukraine.

The units that have been moved to the border are currently not strong enough for offensive actions, it said.

Ukraine-News: Russia moves troops to Belarusian-Ukrainian border

The Ukrainian military leadership has suspected for some time that Russia could again try to advance into Ukraine from Belarus.

At the beginning of the war ten months ago, a Russian combat group advancing from Belarus had reached the outskirts of Kyiv, but was then fiercely fought by the Ukrainians and forced to retreat.

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Update from December 20, 5:05 p.m .:

According to the Kremlin, Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet high-ranking military representatives on Wednesday to set his army’s goals for the coming year, almost nine months after the start of the Ukraine war.

At the meeting, in which around 15,000 people take part via video conference, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu is to provide information "on the status of the military special operation" in Ukraine and on arms deliveries to the armed forces.

Ukraine war: Putin wants to set goals for the coming year with military representatives

In recent months, Russia has suffered major setbacks in its major military offensive against Ukraine, which it began in February.

Among other things, the Russian army had to withdraw from the north-eastern region of Kharkiv and from the city of Cherson in the south of the country during the war in Ukraine.

In the past few months, Moscow had mobilized around 300,000 reservists.

The partial mobilization was marked by mistakes and attacks, which the Kremlin also acknowledged.

Thousands of Russian men fled the Russia-Ukraine war abroad.

Putin himself said on Tuesday that the situation in the four regions in southern and eastern Ukraine that Moscow claims to annex is "extremely difficult".

Ukraine war: Putin sees "new threats" and announces "modern weapons" in annexed areas

Update from December 20, 2:50 p.m .:

A twelve-meter high Christmas tree was inaugurated in the center of Kiev – as a symbol that Ukraine does not want to let Russia “steal” the holidays.

"We will not give them (the Russians) a chance to steal the most important holidays, New Year and Christmas, from our children," Mayor Vitali Klitschko said at the inauguration of the tree.

The artificial tree is decorated with white doves of peace and illuminated in the colors of the Ukrainian flag - blue and yellow.

The lights are powered by a generator.

"We christened it the 'Christmas tree of Ukraine's invincibility'," Klitschko said, adding that everything is being done to ensure that Ukrainian children can have a happy holiday despite the difficult times.

Mayor Vitali Klitschko (left) takes a selfie during the inauguration of the Christmas tree in Kyiv.

© Sergei Chuzavkov/SOPA Images via ZUMA Press Wire/dpa

Ukraine-News: Zelenskyy visits Bakhmut and honors soldiers

Update from December 20, 1:32 p.m

.: Selenskyj visited the hard-fought city of Bakhmut.

The Ukrainian President spoke to military officials there and presented the soldiers with awards.

Russian forces have been trying to take the city since the summer - so far without success.

According to Selenskyj, Bakhmut is currently the center of the fighting on the front in the east of the country - the visit is considered Zelenskyj's most dangerous front visit to date.

Update from December 20, 12:02 p.m

.: After the recent Russian drone attacks, the city of Kiev, which has a population of three million, continues to struggle with the power supply, despite constant repairs.

Parts of the subway system were now at a standstill again, according to Mayor Vitali Klitschko on Telegram.

The cause is "strong voltage fluctuations".

Klitschko announced the day before that only 50 percent of the electricity demand could be covered.

Putin wants to “quickly identify traitors, spies and saboteurs” in the Ukraine war

Update from December 20, 10:19 a.m

.: In his appeal to the Russian security forces, Putin also called for “maximum concentration” in Russia’s counterintelligence.

It is necessary to "strictly suppress the activities of foreign intelligence services and quickly identify traitors, spies and saboteurs".

In September, Putin announced the annexation of four regions in southern and eastern Ukraine.

Moscow officials had previously held “referendums” there, which the West and Ukraine called fraud.

At no time did Russia have control over all areas of the four Ukrainian regions.

Last month there was a successful Ukrainian counter-offensive in Kherson.

Ukrainian military intelligence on the first days of the war: "We got so many tips"

Update from December 20, 9:29 a.m

.: A statement by Vadym Skibitsky, Deputy Head of the Ukrainian Military Intelligence Service HUR, caused a stir.

"We received so many tips, practically every Ukrainian with a telephone reported where Russian soldiers were currently deployed," he said in an interview with


about the first days of the war.

Allies even asked whether Ukraine received the data in "real time," he said.

However, Skibitsky emphasized the Kremlin's "main mistake": the Russian invasion was probably postponed three times.

First report from December 20th

: Kiev - How many people die in the Russian attack on Ukraine?

For security reasons, the two sides are not providing precise information on the losses of the Russian and Ukrainian armed forces.

Western military officials recently estimated the number of Russian soldiers killed and wounded at well over 100,000.

Zelenskyj on killed Russian soldiers: "So far there are almost 99,000"

Volodymyr Zelenskyj made a similar statement.

"So far there are almost 99,000 soldiers, in a few days the occupiers' losses will increase to 100,000," said the Ukrainian President in his most recent video address (December 19).

"And for what?

No one in Moscow has the answer and will not (in the future) have it,” he added.

Putin sees "new threats": Kremlin chief appeals to Russian security forces

Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin is demanding more action from his country's security forces, especially to protect the citizens of the "new territories", as he calls the areas of Ukraine annexed by Moscow in violation of international law.

"Today we have a dynamically changing situation in the world, new risks and threats bring increased demands on Russia's entire security system," Putin said in a video address on Tuesday night (December 20).

The reason for the speech was the so-called Day of the Security Forces of Russia.

In fact, the situation in the Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhia regions is difficult, Putin stressed.

"But the people living there, all Russian citizens, hope for their protection." Russia will therefore "equip new units with the latest technology and weapons, as well as with experienced personnel".

Russia has occupied large parts of these areas and is now trying to defend them against Ukrainian counterattacks.


Source: merkur

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