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One year of war in Ukraine: Kremlin announces Putin speech - Lavrov draws parallels to "Napoleon and Hitler"


Macron is open to the delivery of fighter jets. Vladimir Putin planning his State of the Union address. The news ticker on diplomacy in the Ukraine war.

Macron is open to deliveries of fighter jets.

Vladimir Putin planning his State of the Union address.

The news ticker on diplomacy in the Ukraine war.

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Update from February 10, 2:45 p.m .:

Italy’s Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni has renewed her criticism of Emmanuel Macron and Olaf Scholz’s separate meeting with Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyj.

The meeting in Paris one day before the EU summit was "politically wrong", said Meloni in Brussels.

She said the appointment could weaken the cohesion of Europe.

In the current situation in the Ukraine war, it is crucial that Europe aligns itself with Kiev and against the aggressor Russia.

This unity then underlined the joint photo of the 27 heads of state and government with Selenskyj.

"This impression of strength must not be weakened under any circumstances," said Meloni.

Additionally, she claimed of the Paris dinner, "If I had been invited, I would have considered not going."

Tanks, drones, anti-aircraft defenses: weapons for Ukraine

Tanks, drones, anti-aircraft defenses: weapons for Ukraine

Ukraine News: Putin's foreign minister draws parallels to World War II

Update from February 10, 1:05 p.m .:

Vladimir Putin’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov sees Russia in a war like that against the French general Napoleon in the 19th century and against Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler.

"Calls for the dismemberment of our homeland are getting louder and louder," Lavrov said on Friday at a ceremony marking Diplomat's Day.

The 73-year-old did not say who specifically called for this.

Russia sees itself in a global conflict with the US, the EU and NATO.

“Those who are trying to control the entire international agenda, world economic relations and all international politics have decided to inflict a strategic defeat on Russia.

They decided to live the sad experience of Napoleon and Hitler by openly declaring the goal of wiping out or maximally weakening Russia,” Lavrov claimed.

Russia, which attacked Ukraine almost a year ago, has repeatedly portrayed itself as a victim, for example with regard to EU and US sanctions. According to the state agency TASS, Putin himself said on Thursday that Russia had not started the Ukraine war , it tries to "end him".

One year of war in Ukraine: Kremlin now announces controversial Putin speech

Update from February 10, 12:15 p.m .:

Russian President Vladimir Putin will give his state of the nation address on February 21, shortly before the anniversary of the Ukraine war.

This was announced by Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Friday.

Putin will address the current situation and comment on the economy and social policy, said Peskov.

There has been speculation in Moscow for days about the date of Putin's long-awaited speech.

This year's speech is being eagerly awaited worldwide, and not only because of Putin's war against the neighboring country.

Presidential elections are scheduled in Russia in just over a year.

Observers assume that the 70-year-old will run for office again in 2024 after more than 20 years in power.

Putin had changed the constitution and can therefore remain head of the Kremlin until a maximum of 2036 if he is elected in 2024 and 2030.


Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a ceremony at the Kremlin to mark the centenary of Russian civil aviation.

(archive photo)

© Sergei Karpukhin/Imago

Ukraine-News: Selenskyj meets Polish counterpart Duda

Update from February 10,

11:23 a.m .: On the return journey from the EU summit in Brussels, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyj met his counterpart Andrzej Duda in Poland.

The meeting in the southern Polish city of Rzeszow took place late Thursday evening, Dudas foreign policy adviser Marcin Przydacz told the PAP news agency.

Selenskyj reported to Duda on the results of his meetings in Brussels, Paris and London.

Other topics were the current situation at the front, security in the region and the joint Western efforts to provide military support to Ukraine.

Ukraine News: Macron is open about fighter jet deliveries

Update from February 10, 9.40 a.m .:

French President Emmanuel Macron does not rule out fighter jet deliveries to Ukraine.

However, these should “definitely not take place in the coming weeks”.

The reasons include the necessary lead times and training requirements, he said early Friday morning after the end of the EU summit in Brussels, which Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy also attended.

Macron emphasized that fighter jets are not what Ukraine needs in the war against the aggressor Russia.

Additional artillery, for example, is more important, he said.

Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) said at a press conference after the summit about possible fighter jet deliveries: "That was not a topic of conversation here."

Ukraine-News: Lithuania announces energy infrastructure aid package

Update from February 9, 6:09 p.m .:

Lithuania is helping Ukraine, which was attacked by Russia, to rebuild its destroyed energy infrastructure.

Electricity grid operator Litgrid on Thursday announced an aid package worth around 3.6 million euros worth of plants and equipment, including isolators and surge arresters.

The first piece of equipment is expected to be shipped in the coming weeks, the statement said. 

According to Litgrid CEO Rokas Masiulis, the company is holding some viable equipment in reserve after upgrading its power infrastructure.

It is now to be handed over to the energy supplier Ukrenerho.

Lithuania is one of the few countries that still has Soviet-designed equipment used in the Ukrainian energy sector.

Massive rocket attacks by Russia on Ukraine's energy infrastructure have repeatedly caused power outages in the country.

Ukraine news: Moscow calls Biden a 'terrorist'

Update from February 9, 3:15 p.m

.: The Kremlin has supported a report by US investigative reporter Seymour Hersh as “very serious”, according to which the US is said to have blown up the Nord Stream gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea last year.

The leadership in Moscow took the opportunity to make serious allegations against US President Joe Biden.

For example, the head of the Russian parliament, Vyacheslav Volodin, wrote in his Telegram channel that “Biden will go down in history as a terrorist.”

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov also commented.

The report is based on a "deep analysis," said Peskow.

"It would be unfair not to pay attention to him." Unfortunately, Western media would not have spread him further.

Moscow has information that "the Anglo-Saxons were involved in the organization of this act of sabotage."

Russia had made this accusation before, but without publicly presenting any evidence.

Western countries suspected Russia of being behind the pipeline explosions, while Moscow accused the West of sabotage.

The 85-year-old Hersh, who became known decades ago when US troops uncovered the My Lai massacre in Vietnam, is considered an experienced investigative journalist, but has recently also repeatedly attracted attention with questionable research.

He has also been accused of spreading conspiracy theories.

The source situation for Nord Stream is uncertain, the USA and Norway have sharply rejected the report.

"This is completely false and a complete fabrication," said US National Security Council spokeswoman Adrienne Watson.

Ukraine news: Meloni calls Macron-Zelenskyj-Scholz meeting "inappropriate"

Update from February 9, 12 noon:

Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni criticized the Paris tripartite meeting of French President Emmanuel Macron, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SDP) as "inappropriate".

"I understand that (...) public opinion in one's own country sometimes takes precedence, but there are also moments when this is counterproductive.

I think that was the case here," Meloni said in Brussels.

"Honestly, I found this invitation inappropriate," she said upon arrival at the EU special summit.

Shortly before, Macron and Zelenskyj had arrived together by plane from Paris.

After the meeting in Paris the previous evening, Scholz traveled further to Brussels.

Zelenskyi had spoken of a "spontaneous idea" upon his arrival in Paris, reinforcing the impression that the meeting had been organized at the last minute.

Macron rejected the allegation.

"I wanted to receive Selenskyj, together with Chancellor Scholz," he said.

"I think that's our role.

Germany and France have had a special role on this issue for eight years,” he added.

Ukraine-News: Russian ambassador in London warns of ending relations

First report from February 9:

Munich – According to the US think tank Institute for the Study of War (ISW), the spring offensive of Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin's troops in Ukraine has already begun.

Great Britain in particular is supplying powerful weapons to prepare the Ukrainian military for new attacks.

In Moscow, this triggers resentment.

The Russian ambassador in London, Andrei Kelin, warned of an impending end to relations.

Putin ambassador outraged by Britain – 'misconception'

"Relationships are now close to zero," Kelin said, according to the Russian state agency Tass.

With the start of the Ukraine war, London cut off the last strands of economic and cultural relations, he emphasized.

He accused London of having "destroyed the entire architecture of relations between countries".

Apparently, Russia is in no hurry to improve relations.

Kelin said no action would be taken until the British side saw the need for this.

Kelin's anger applies in particular to the arms deliveries.

"London is now second in NATO in terms of military support to Ukraine," he underlined.

The British government buys ammunition from third countries in order to supply Ukraine with it.

"There is a misconception here that supplying tanks is the way to peace," the Russian diplomat said.

Kelin emphasized that this would only lead to a further escalation of the situation.

London delivers Challenger 2 tanks to Kyiv.

In addition, the Russian ambassador complained that London had only limited its work with the Russian embassy to the bare minimum.

"The British think they already understand everything, but that is a deep illusion," said Kelin.


Rubric list image: © Gavriil Grigorov/TASS Host Photo Agency

Source: merkur

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