Some Russian military units suffering heavy losses in Ukraine have been forced to return to Belarus and Russia for resupply, putting further pressure on Russia’s already strained logistics, the UK Ministry of Defense said in a statement on Wednesday. Evaluation.
The problems demonstrate Russia’s difficulties in reorganizing its units in forward areas of Ukraine, according to the assessment. Russia will likely continue to compensate for its reduced ground force capability “with mass artillery and missile strikes”, according to the assessment.
Also on Wednesday, President Joe Biden spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, informing him that the United States intends to provide the Ukrainian government with $500 million in direct budgetary assistance, the White House said. .
Russia announced this week its intention to reduce its military activities in and around Kyiv, but Ukrainian authorities say the city continues to be battered by artillery assaults.
Russian military leaders said last week that the first phase of its military operation was almost complete and that forces would focus on the “liberation” of the breakaway people’s republics of Lugansk and Donetsk in the eastern Donbass region. from Ukraine.
“Russia’s stated emphasis on an offensive in Donetsk and Luhansk is probably a tacit admission that it is struggling to maintain more than one significant axis of advance,” the UK assessment reads.
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► Poland has announced measures to end all imports of Russian oil by the end of the year. Earlier this week, Poland banned coal imports.
► More than 4 million refugees have now fled Ukraine, around 10% of the population, according to a UN refugee agency.
► No significant breakthrough has taken place in talks with Ukraine aimed at ending the Russian invasion, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Wednesday.
► Ukraine asked Norway for long-range weapons to protect beaten Ukrainian towns.
Biden speaks with Zelensky
President Joe Biden spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Wednesday, informing him that the United States intends to provide the Ukrainian government with $500 million in direct budgetary assistance, the White House said. The two leaders also reviewed additional sanctions and humanitarian aid announced last week.
Zelenskyy tweeted that he shared an assessment of the situation on the battlefield and at the negotiating table with Biden during the hour-long call.
“Talked about specific defensive support, a new package of tougher sanctions, macro-financial and humanitarian aid,” Zelenskyy wrote.
The call came after negotiators from Russia and Ukraine failed to make a breakthrough at peace talks in Turkey on Tuesday.
– Joey Garrison
US official: Tension is rising between Putin and Russian military leaders
US intelligence officials have determined that Russian President Vladimir Putin was misinformed by his advisers about the performance of Russian forces in Ukraine, according to a US official. The official, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity on Wednesday to discuss the discovery of the recently declassified intelligence, said Putin felt misled by the Russian military and that there there was now tension between him and his military leaders. The official did not detail evidence of how US intelligence made the decision.
The results demonstrate a “clear break in the flow of accurate information” to Putin and show that Putin’s top advisers are “afraid to tell him the truth”, the official said.
An American astronaut returns to earth in a Russian capsule
NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei landed in a Soyuz capsule in Kazakhstan after a US-record 355 days on the International Space Station. Vande Hei returned alongside Pyotr Dubrov from the Russian Space Agency, who also spent the last year in space, and Anton Shkaplerov. The wind tipped the capsule on its side after landing, and the trio emerged one by one into the late afternoon sun.
Vande Hei, the last out, smiled and waved as he was carried on a lounge chair in the open Kazakh steppes.
“It’s beautiful here,” said Vande Hei, who planned to return to Houston immediately with a team of NASA doctors and other personnel.
The Kremlin says there are no breakthroughs – and Crimea is not on the table
No significant breakthrough has taken place in talks with Ukraine aimed at ending the Russian invasion, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Wednesday. Negotiators from the two countries met for about three hours on Tuesday in Istanbul, Turkey. Russia later said its military was reducing operations around the capital of kyiv – but US and Ukrainian officials say missile attacks on the city continue unabated.
Peskov said the Kremlin will not discuss issues that are “essentially on the negotiating table.” He said social media posts by representatives of Ukraine, including those not involved in the talks, do not contribute to the success of the negotiations.
“No one said the parties had made progress. Who said the parties had advanced? Peskov said, adding that none of the officials involved in the talks described them as positive.
Peskov also rejected a Ukrainian proposal to negotiate the status of the Crimean peninsula within the next 15 years. “Crimea is part of the Russian Federation,” Peskove said.
Estonia wants to rebuild Ukraine with Russian energy funds
Estonia wants Europe to help build Ukraine – with the money Europe is willing to pay Russia for its energy. The funds should be deposited in a bank in Ukraine “to have an immediate impact and make Russia pay for what has been done,” Estonian Foreign Minister Eva-Maria Liimets said on Wednesday.
But there are also fears that Russia will reject any late payments and sell to other countries. European Union leaders have been unable to impose sanctions on Russian energy exports, fearing such a move could hurt member states heavily dependent on fossil fuel supplies from Moscow.
Liimets also stressed the importance of the EU’s commitment to cut its fossil fuel supplies from Russia by two-thirds before the end of the year, saying that “the price of military action for Russia must be very high”.
Estonia, with a population of around 1.5 million, shares a border with Russia and was part of the Soviet Union until its declaration of independence in 1991. Estonia became a member of NATO in 2004.
Ukrainian envoy: Russia’s demilitarization ‘on track’
Russia’s demilitarization is ‘on track’, Ukraine’s UN ambassador Sergiy Kyslytsya told the UN Security Council on Tuesday as the conflict in Ukraine entered its second month . Russian President Vladimir Putin has claimed that his invasion was aimed solely at the “demilitarization and denazification” of Ukraine. But according to Kyslytsya, Russian forces lost more than 17,000 servicemen, over 1,700 armored vehicles and nearly 600 tanks during the invasion.
Russia announced on Tuesday that it would reduce military operations near kyiv, the Ukrainian capital. But Ukrainian military officials said they were wary of Russia’s announced withdrawal, and US officials remained skeptical.
Inside the frantic march of a convoy to save refugees in Ukraine
USA TODAY travels with Ukrainians in a convoy out of their war-torn homeland, crossing the border into Moldova. Some will stay there, hoping for a quick end to the war and a safe return. Others head further west to the European Union, which offers assistance and work permits to some Ukrainian refugees. Salam Aldeen, 39, drives one of the buses taking women and children to safety. Aldeen is also the founder of the international non-profit rescue organization Team Humanity, which organized the convoy. Learn more here.
“Those with cars left alone,” Aldeen says. “That leaves the poor.”
– Trevor Hughes
The war in Ukraine will have a global food impact not seen since World War II
Ukraine and Russia together produce 30% of the world’s wheat supply. They contribute 20% of the world’s corn supply and 75-80% of sunflower oil.
Now the war in Ukraine is threatening the world’s food supply, the UN food chief warned on Tuesday. He said the global impact will be the worst the world has seen since World War II and that the invasion has created “one more disaster than one disaster”.
Many Ukrainian farmers, sometimes called “the breadbasket of the world”, have left their farms and are fighting Russian soldiers when food prices are already high.
David Beasley, executive director of the United Nations World Food Programme, told the UN Security Council on Tuesday that his agency had already started cutting rations due to rising costs of food, fuel and food. shipping for millions of families around the world.
– Celina Tebor
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