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7 mins ago
Fierce fighting continues in eastern and southern Ukraine as authorities report more casualties
By Radina Gigova, Kostan Nechyporenko
Emergency crews examine a residential building damaged after a Russian shelling in Kherson, southern Ukraine, on January 29.
(Photo: Genya Savilov/AFP/Getty Images)
Fighting continues in southern and eastern Ukraine, while authorities report more casualties and damage to civilian infrastructure on Monday.
The Donetsk region continues to be the scene of some of the most intense fighting.
On Monday, the Ukrainian army stated that Russian forces are trying to advance towards Lyman, Bakhmut and Avdiivka.
At least one person was killed in the city of Krasnohorivka, said Pavlo Kyrylenko, head of the Donetsk region's military administration.
Russian forces have fired 42 times in the region in the past 24 hours, the regional military administration reported Monday.
"The enemy attacked civilian settlements in the region with artillery, MLRS, mortars, tanks and infantry fighting vehicles," he said.
At least three people were killed this Sunday by Russian shelling in the city of Kherson and eight civilians suffered injuries of varying severity, according to the regional military administration.
This Sunday, at least one person was killed and three were injured in the city of Kharkiv, said Oleh Syniehubov, head of the military administration of the Kharkiv region.
Preliminary investigations suggest the missile was fired from an S-300 air defense system, it said.
"The missile hit a four-story residential building in the Kyivsky district," Syniehubov said.
"The upper floors and the roof of the building were destroyed, and a large-scale fire broke out."
Kupiansk, Vovchansk, Strilecha, Dvorichna and other cities came under enemy fire, Syniehubov added, and private homes, shops and other buildings were damaged.
In Kupiansk, a 41-year-old man was injured as a result of enemy shelling, it said.
The situation remains relatively stable as Russian forces are concentrating on holding the occupied territories in the region, the military administration of the Zaporizhia region said Monday.
Russian shelling damaged residential houses and buildings in various parts of the region, regional police said.
9 mins ago
Russian forces establish their presence in the eastern part of the strategic city of Vuhledar, claims the separatist leader
By Radina Gigova
A house burns after a Russian military attack near the city of Vuhledar, Ukraine, on January 27.
(Photo: Oleksandr Ratushniak/Reuters)
Russian forces have established their presence in the eastern part of the city of Vuhledar in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine, the leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) told Russian state media on Monday. .
"Our units continue their advance towards Vuhledar. Now we can say that the units have gained a foothold in the east of Vuhledar, and work is also underway on its outskirts," Denis Pushilin told Russia 24 state channel, adding that the fighting continue near the city.
Pushilin said it is too early to say when Vuhledar might come under Russian control.
Vuhledar has been the scene of heavy fighting between Ukrainian and Russian forces as the city is a major logistics center and its capture would help cut off supplies to the Ukrainian army, Pushilin said.
Yan Gagin, Pushilin's adviser, earlier told the Russian state news agency TASS that the seizure of Vuhledar would allow attacks against the Ukrainian army to be launched in various directions.
11 minutes ago
Talks on the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant "are not easy", according to the Russian deputy foreign minister
By Josh Pennington
View of the Zaporizhia Nuclear Power Plant on November 24.
(Photo: Alexander Ermochenko/Reuters)
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov says Ukraine is "procrastinating" on negotiations to create a security zone around the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant.
"The negotiation process is not easy. We have forwarded our proposals to Rafael Grossi, director general of the [International Atomic Energy Agency]. As far as we know, Kyiv has not yet given a clear response to the IAEA director's initiative. For It looks like he's just dragging his feet," Ryabkov said in an interview with Russia's state-run RIA Novosti news agency published Monday.
Since last fall, Grossi has reiterated the urgency of creating a security zone around the southeastern Ukraine power plant, which has been under the control of Russian forces since March last year.
Ukraine has repeatedly accused Russian forces of storing heavy weapons inside the complex and using it as cover to launch attacks, knowing that Kyiv forces cannot return fire without risking hitting one of the plant's reactors.
According to RIA, Ryabkov accused Kyiv of giving "the impression that it is using this facility for nuclear blackmail" and claimed that the IAEA has no right to interfere in its security.
12 mins ago
Russia's deputy foreign minister says talks with Ukraine 'useless' after US agreed to send tanks
By Josh Pennington, Jake Kwon
The decision by the United States and its NATO allies to send tanks to Ukraine has made it "useless" for Moscow to enter into talks with Kyiv, Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told the RIA Novosti state news agency. in an interview published this Monday.
"In the current conditions, when Washington announced the decision to supply tanks, and its vassals, including Ottawa, are competing over who will supply armored vehicles, especially old ones, to Ukraine, and how many of them... there is no point in talking," he said. Ryabkov, accusing Washington of using Ukraine as a "testing ground" for its weapons.
"We are ready to consider any serious initiatives to resolve the Ukrainian crisis, but so far no one has properly articulated them," he added.
Ukraine received a boost last week when Germany said it would send 14 of its Leopard 2 tanks to Kyiv, while allowing other Leopard-owning countries, including Norway, to supply them.
In addition to the Leopards, Ukraine will receive heavy armor from the United States, which will send 31 M1 Abrams tanks, and the United Kingdom, which has promised 14 Challenger tanks.
Ryabkov also said Russia and the US will continue negotiations on prisoner swaps, but such an ultra-sensitive issue "loves silence," he said, adding there are few realistic options for an "all-for-one" prisoner swap. everyone," RIA reported.
15 mins ago
NATO Secretary General urges South Korea to allow direct export of arms to Ukraine
By Brad Lendon
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks to the media November 15 in Brussels, Belgium.
(Photo: Thierry Monasse/Getty Images)
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called on South Korea on Monday to reconsider its policy not to export arms to countries in conflict so that it can help arm Ukraine to repel a Russian invasion.
"I urge the ROK to continue and intensify the specific issue of military support," he said in a question-and-answer session after a speech at the Chey Institute for Advanced Study in Seoul.
"Several NATO allies who had a policy of never exporting arms to countries in conflict have now changed that policy," Stoltenberg said, citing NATO candidate Germany, Norway and Sweden as those who have changed. its arms export policy to help Ukraine.
"After the brutal invasion of Ukraine, these countries changed their policy because they realized that when you're faced with a brutal invasion where one great power—Russia—blatantly invades another like we've seen in Ukraine, if we believe freedom, if we believe in democracy, if we don't want autocracy and tyranny to win, then they need weapons.
"When the full-blown invasion took place last year, many countries changed their policy because they realized that the only way to defend democracy, to help Ukraine prevail and to create the conditions for a lasting peace was to support military man".
A South Korean presidential decree enforcing the country's Foreign Trade Law says its exports can only be used for "peaceful purposes" and "shall not affect international peace, maintenance of security and national security."
South Korea is also a signatory to the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty, ratified in 2014 with the intention of keeping tight control over who gets weapons and under what conditions they can be used.
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