January 31, 2023

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Biden has no intention of talking to Putin at this time, the White House makes clear

The White House on Friday clarified Joe Biden’s comments, insisting that he had no plans to discuss the Ukrainian file with US President Vladimir Putin.

“He has no intention of speaking with Mr. Putin at this time,” said John Kirby, a spokesman for the National Security Council, briefing the White House on Friday. “As (Mr. Biden) added, Putin is completely uninterested in any conversation — it’s actually the opposite,” he told reporters.

Russian oil price ceiling: Good news for White House

The White House on Friday “welcomed” news of an agreement by the European Union (EU) to cap Russian oil prices at $60 a barrel.

“We continue to believe that the price cap will help limit Mr. (Vladimir) Putin’s ability to use the oil market to continue to finance the war machine that continues to kill innocent Ukrainians,” he told AFP. National Security Council spokesman John Kirby. .

“Animal eyes” received in Ukrainian embassies in Europe

Ukraine said on Friday that several of its diplomatic missions in Europe had received parcels containing “animal eyes”, denouncing a “planned terrorist campaign” from Moscow, two days after a letter bomb wounded one of its staff in Madrid.

The bloody packages arrived at embassies in Hungary, the Netherlands, Poland, Croatia, Italy, Austria, the consulate in Naples and Krakow, and the consulate in Brno, said Oleg Nikolenko, a Facebook spokesman for the Ukrainian embassy.

“There were animal eyes on the packages,” he said. Before adding, without giving further details: “The packages were soaked in a certain colored liquid and had a similar smell”.

“Inevitable” strikes

According to the Kremlin, Vladimir Putin told German Chancellor Olaf Scholes to denounce the West’s “line of destruction” in Ukraine. Strikes against Ukrainian infrastructure were also “inevitable,” he said during the two-hour meeting between the two leaders.

“Military action continues”

Following US President Joe Biden’s statements on a possible meeting with Vladimir Putin subject to conditions, the Kremlin rejected the offer. “Biden said negotiations would be possible only after Putin leaves Ukraine,” which Moscow “flatly rejects,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. “Military action continues,” he added.

Russian oil prices at capping point

On Thursday evening, a ceiling deal on Russian oil prices was almost sealed by the ambassadors of the EU member states in Brussels, coordinating the package with their G7 allies, especially the Americans and the British and Australia.

Diplomatic sources said the mechanism under consideration plans to cap the price of Russian oil sold to third states at $60 per barrel, in addition to the EU ban that will take effect on Monday.

Poland’s approval on Friday was not the only one, as the country considered the equipment too scarce and demanded a much lower price. Sources cited the plan at $30 a barrel.

Reorganization of Russian logistics points

According to the British Ministry of Defence’s Daily Update, Russia’s withdrawal from the west bank of the Dnieper last month gave Ukrainian armed forces an opportunity to attack other Russian logistics points and lines of communication.

The threat often prompted Russian logistics experts to move supply points, including rail transfer points, further south and east.

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“Russian logistics units will have to undertake additional labor-intensive loading and unloading to switch from rail to road transport. After that, road movements will be affected when Ukrainian artillery passes. Russian forwards will move to provide defensive positions,” the statement added.

“Russia’s munitions shortage (exacerbated by these logistical challenges) is one of the main factors currently limiting Russia’s ability to revive effective, large-scale offensive ground operations.”

Europe “not strong enough”

Finland’s Prime Minister Sanna Marin gave a ‘very honest’ assessment of Europe’s capabilities in light of Russia’s war on Ukraine, bluntly saying it was ‘not strong enough’ to stand up against Moscow.

During a visit to Australia, the leader of the candidate country for NATO membership underlined that Russia’s invasion and occupation of neighboring Ukraine exposed Europe’s weaknesses and strategic errors in the face of Vladimir Putin’s Russia.

Update on the situation

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International

13,000 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed since the conflict began

As many as 13,000 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed since Russia invaded their country in February, an adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Thursday.

On Ukrainian Channel 24, Mr. One of Zelensky’s advisers, Mykhailo Podoliak, said, “Official estimates from civil servants (…) they are between 10,000 (…) and 13,000 dead. According to him, the head of state will make public the official data “at the right time”.

On the other hand, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said in September that 5,937 Russian soldiers had been killed since the conflict began on February 24. Both adversaries are suspected of minimizing their human losses to avoid weighing on the morale of their troops.

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Many losses in the Russian army

US Chief of Staff General Mark Milley estimated in November that more than 100,000 Russian soldiers had been killed or wounded since the invasion, and that losses could be in the same order on the Ukrainian side.

These figures – which cannot be confirmed from independent sources – are the most accurate to date provided by the US government. Thousands of civilians have been killed in Europe’s most violent armed conflict in decades.

Thousands of Ukrainian soldiers were killed

As many as 13,000 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed since Russia invaded their country in February, an adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Thursday.

On Ukrainian Channel 24 Mr. One of Zelensky’s advisors, Mykhailo Podoliak, said, “Official estimates from civil servants (…) that they were 10,000 (…) to 13,000 dead.”

According to him, the head of state will make public the official data “at the right time”.

Support Ukraine “Until It Takes,” Pledge to Biden and Macron

During the French president’s state visit to the United States, Joe Biden and Emmanuel Macron pledged in a joint statement to support Ukraine “as long as needed.”

According to the document, the US and French presidents “reaffirm their countries’ continued support for Ukraine” and specifically undertake to “provide political, security, humanitarian and economic assistance as needed.”

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