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War in Ukraine: NATO allies will supply Ukraine with "heavier and more modern" weapons


President Volodymyr Zelensky on Wednesday in Davos launched a "call for speed" in decision-making for aid to Ukraine, Germany still hesitating to authorize the delivery to his country of Leopard tanks.

Fourteen dead in the crash of the Ukrainian Interior Minister's helicopter, the NATO allies who are going to supply "heavier and more modern" weapons to Ukraine, Putin who has "no doubt" about a Russian victory...

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NATO allies to supply Ukraine with 'heavier and more modern' weapons

NATO allies will provide Ukraine

with "heavier and more modern" weapons

to help it stand up to Russian offensives, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced on Wednesday.

“We will meet (Friday) in Ramstein (Germany) in the contact group for Ukraine led by the United States and the main message will be increased support with heavier and more modern weapons

,” he said. he told the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

President Volodymyr Zelensky on Wednesday in Davos launched a

"call for speed"

in decision-making for aid to Ukraine, Germany hesitating for example to authorize the delivery to his country of Leopard tanks.

“Tyranny is advancing faster than democracies,”

he lamented during a videoconference intervention at the meeting of the World Economic Forum which is taking place this week in Switzerland.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, in a hurry to give the green light to the delivery of tanks to kyiv, promised him Wednesday to continue his support for Ukraine, without however mentioning the sending of tanks.

Read alsoWar in Ukraine: the mayor of kyiv confident about arms deliveries

Fourteen dead in Ukrainian Interior Minister's helicopter crash

Ukrainian Interior Minister Denys Monastyrsky was killed on Wednesday near kyiv in the crash of his helicopter which killed at least 14 people, including a child from a kindergarten, while traveling to the front line in full war with Russia.

The aircraft, a Super Puma EC-225 (Airbus Helicopters, ex-Eurocopter) according to the State Service for Emergency Situations (SES) to which it belonged, crashed at 8:20 a.m. in Brovary, near kyiv.

"The kindergarten building was hit, and the fire then spread to the windows of a building with fourteen floors and three cars,"

said the SES on Telegram, adding that there were 9 people at on board the aircraft, including the minister and his deputy.

Read alsoWar in Ukraine: who was Denys Monastyrsky, the Minister of the Interior killed in a helicopter crash?

“Our pain is unspeakable,”

President Volodymyr Zelensky said in an online message, referring both to the fact that the crash affected a kindergarten and the death of the Minister of the Interior, his deputy Yevgeny Lenin and the secretary. State Interior Yuriy Lubkovych.

He said he ordered an investigation into the causes of the crash.

Ukraine's security services said they were considering all avenues, including

"deliberate destructive action."

The German Minister of the Interior, Nancy Faeser, offered Kiev the


of Berlin in these investigations.


War in Ukraine: the Minister of the Interior killed in the crash of a helicopter near Kiev

Putin has 'no doubt' about a Russian victory

President Vladimir Putin thus assured Wednesday that he had

"no doubt"

about a Russian victory which is


, almost a year after the start of the Russian operation on Ukrainian territory.

He maintained that Russia was confronting a

“neo-Nazi regime”

in Ukraine and said it would continue to


the population of the Ukrainian separatist east, during a trip to an arms factory in Saint- Petersburg.

His Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, went even further, comparing the actions of Western countries against his country to the

Nazi regime's

"final solution" to exterminate the Jews.

"Just as Napoleon mobilized almost all of Europe against the Russian Empire, just as Hitler mobilized and conquered most European countries to launch against the Soviet Union, today the United States has assembled a coalition"

against Moscow, he said at a press conference.

Their task is “

the same: the 'final solution' to the Russian question.

Just as Hitler wanted to resolve the Jewish question, now Western leaders...are saying unambiguously that Russia must suffer a strategic defeat

,” he added.


War in Ukraine: Putin says he has “no doubt” about a victory for Russia

Ukraine's president wrote to Xi Jinping to 'dialogue'

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has written a letter to his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in order to


, his wife Olena Zelenska said on Wednesday, who passed this missive to the Chinese delegation present at the Davos Forum.

“It is a gesture and an invitation to dialogue,”

she declared during a press conference in Switzerland, after having referred to this letter a little earlier, adding that she

“ sincerely hope that there will be a response to this invitation".

Read also"Putin's patent failure in Ukraine pushes Xi Jinping to measure his words towards the West"

Russia: a soldier killed after deserting a military base

Russian authorities announced on Wednesday that they had shot dead a soldier who had deserted a military base, several media reporting that he had left his unit deployed as part of the offensive in Ukraine.

"Dmitry Perov, wanted for having voluntarily left a military unit without permission, has been found and eliminated,"

the government of Lipetsk region in western Russia said in a statement on Telegram.

This source did not specify where the man was killed and under what circumstances.

The local branch of state media VGTRK reported that the 31-year-old soldier had deserted the

"special military operation area in Ukraine"

and was wanted in both the Voronezh and from Lipetsk.

Read also“Sanction the traitors”: Russia divided on the question of the sanctions to be applied against dissidents in exile

The new president of the Red Cross will go to Moscow this week

The new ICRC president, Mirjana Spoljaric, is traveling to Moscow on Thursday and Friday to meet with Russian government officials and discuss access to soldiers taken prisoner since Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the organization said. Wednesday.

Urgent humanitarian needs and prisoners of war will be

"at the heart"

of his visit, which follows his mission to Ukraine in December, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said in a statement.

In Moscow, Mirjana Spoljaric, who took office last October, will

“discuss pressing humanitarian issues with representatives of the government and the Russian Red Cross Society”.

Read alsoThe Red Cross claims to be the victim of misinformation in the conflict in Ukraine

Source: lefigaro

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