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According to Russian authorities, 600 Ukrainians died as a result of the terrorist attack in Kramatorsk.

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According to Russian authorities, 600 Ukrainians died as a result of the terrorist attack in Kramatorsk.

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It has been 319 days since Russia invaded Ukraine. This Monday, the day Zelenskiy spoke to António Costa, the weekend attack on Kramatorsk marked the day due to different versions of what happened. Moscow says about 600 dead Ukrainians, Kyiv says that no one died.

The Kremlin claims with “absolute certainty” that 600 Ukrainians died. Videos and photos of journalists in Kramatorsk say otherwise

In the past few hours, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said Kyiv forces are resisting “new, even more brutal attacks” in Soledar, a town near Bakhmut that Moscow has been trying to capture for months. The UK is considering sending Challenger 2 tanks to Ukraine for the first time.

Here are the main events of the 316th day of the war in Ukraine:

What happened in the afternoon and early evening?

  • Polish President Andrzej Duda met with Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and some ministers to discuss security issues. One of the topics on the agenda was the possibility of sending German-made Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine, which Poland has in stock. According to Politico, Poland and France are pressuring Germany to send modern main battle tanks to Kyiv.
  • Newly appointed Chinese Foreign Minister Qu Gang spoke with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov. During the call, one of the topics discussed was the war in Ukraine. Diplomats exchanged views on the “Ukrainian crisis”.
  • According to the Ukrainian authorities, Russia continues its attempts to seize Soledar in the Donetsk region. The city, located near Bakhmut, has been marred by fierce fighting in recent months. “After an unsuccessful attempt to capture Soledar and retreat, the enemy regrouped, recovered from losses and mobilized additional units,” Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Maliar said.
  • The European Commission condemned the awarding of a medal to Russian President Vladimir Putin by President of the Serbian entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina Milorad Dodik and warned of the consequences of ties to the Kremlin.
  • It is reported that Russian troops took up a position in the Donetsk region. “Since January 9, 2023, the Bakhmutskoye settlement on the territory of the self-proclaimed Donetsk Republic has been liberated by the Russian Armed Forces,” the separatist authorities confirmed, CNN quotes.
  • President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy received Frans Timmermans, Vice President of the European Commission for Climate Issues, in Kyiv. The meeting discussed the situation with Ukraine’s energy system, which has become the target of several Russian bombing raids in recent months.
  • Russian and Ukrainian human rights commissioners will meet this week, possibly to discuss future prisoner exchanges. Russian Commissioner Tatyana Moskalkova said that she would meet with her Ukrainian counterpart Dmitry Lubinets during the international forum in Turkey from Saturday to Sunday.
  • There is no final decision, but the UK is considering supplying tanks to Ukraine to fight Russian forces. For “several weeks” British officials have been discussing sending the British Army a Challenger 2, sources told Sky News. If the green light is given, it will be the first time a Western country has provided Ukraine with modern main battle tanks since the invasion began.
  • NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said it was time for Sweden to guarantee access to the military alliance, as it had already met the necessary criteria to approve Turkey’s entry. “I have already mentioned that the time has come to complete the Swedish ratification process,” Stoltenberg said in an interview with the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet.

What happened in the morning and early evening?

  • The President of Ukraine wrote on Twitter that he had spoken with António Costa. “I spoke with the Prime Minister of Portugal,” Volodymyr Zelenskyy said. “We talked about cooperation in the field of security. I am grateful for their willingness to provide effective support to the energy system of Ukraine.”
  • In an interview, the Prime Minister of Ukraine says that Russia has created the world’s largest minefield in Ukraine. The area, according to Denis Shmyhal, is 250,000 square kilometers, which is almost the size of the United Kingdom.
  • “We don’t know when the war will end, but we will definitely take back all our lands,” Denys Shmygal also said in the same interview with the South Korean Yonhap news agency.
  • Kramatorsk. Russia claims that 600 Ukrainian soldiers were killed in a retaliatory strike on Makiivka. The problem is that everything points to the falsity of the numbers, which caused discomfort among Russian military bloggers (milbloggers) talking about “fraud”.
  • This Monday, Dmitry Peskov insisted on maintaining the official figures, which are contradicted by the reports of several journalists on the spot.
  • Yevgeny Prigozhin, founder of the Wagner group, wants to extract salt from the Bakhmut mines for personal gain. A White House source is quoted in the latest report from the Institute for the Study of War (ISW).
  • Russia will blacklist certain maps, such as those where Crimea is not considered part of the national territory. According to TASS, maps challenging Russia’s official “territorial integrity” are now considered extremist materials.
  • At least two women died on Monday in the Kharkiv region after a rocket attack on the Shevchenko market.

Source: Observador

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