January 31, 2023

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Live – War in Ukraine: RT France announces channel closure



RT France, the French branch of RT, the Russian channel suspended in the EU, announced its “closure” on Saturday, a day after its bank accounts were frozen.

“After a 5-year hiatus, the authorities in power have reached their decision: the closure of RT France (…) The General Directorate of the Treasury has decided to freeze the bank accounts of RT France, so that we cannot continue our account. Activity”, the channel’s president and director, Senya Fedorova, announced on Twitter.

Russian Air Defense

The Russian military said on Saturday it had carried out “offensive operations” in the Zaporizhia region of southern Ukraine, helping it take “advantageous positions”.

“In the direction of Zaporizhzhya, as a result of offensive operations, units of the Eastern Military District took more favorable lines and positions,” the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement, without providing further details.

“Uncertainty Killings” of Ukrainians

Ukraine regrets the “common indecisiveness” of its Western allies, which refused to deliver heavy tanks the day before, a decision that “killed our fellow citizens even more”, says an adviser to the Ukrainian president.

“The instability of these days is killing more of our fellow citizens,” lamented Mykhailo Podoliak, who called on Q’s allies to “think fast.” “You will help Ukraine anyway with the necessary weapons and realize that there is no other way to end the war.”

Sars the leopard

The foreign ministers of the three Baltic states called on Germany on Saturday to “immediately” supply Panther heavy tanks to Ukraine to help stop Russian aggression.

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“We, Latvian, Estonian and Lithuanian foreign ministers, ask Germany to supply Panther tanks to Ukraine,” Latvian minister Edgars Ringkevics said on Twitter. “It is necessary to stop Russian aggression, help Ukraine and quickly restore peace in Europe,” he said, adding, “Germany as the leading power in Europe has a special responsibility in this regard.”

Maintenance Challenge

Ukraine continues to ask its allies to provide heavy tanks for its counteroffensive. A demand remained a dead letter, with Westerners particularly highlighting the difficulties of maintenance.


RT France

Moscow on Saturday vowed to take retaliatory measures against French media in Russia after the bank accounts of RT France, the French branch of RT France, a Russian channel suspended in the European Union, were frozen.

“The blocking of RT France accounts will lead to retaliatory measures against French media in Russia. French authorities will be remembered if they do not stop threatening Russian journalists,” Russian diplomatic sources warned, as cited by Russian news agencies RIA Novosti and TASS. .

Update on the situation

At a meeting in Germany, Ukraine’s allies disagreed on the delivery of heavy tanks requested by Volodymyr Zelensky. On the ground, fighting is intensifying in the Zaporizhia region, according to Russian occupation officials. Here are the highlights from the last 24 hours.


Intensification of fighting, indecision on tank deliveries... Update on the situation in Ukraine

Aid to Ukraine without heavy tanks

Ukraine’s allies have announced significant new arms deliveries to Ukraine, but have not agreed to supply heavy tanks. A decision that will boost Kyiv’s confidence that it urgently needs them, but will now have to wait for further discussions, and a green light from Germany.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky stressed that allies who had promised to support Ukraine “to the extent necessary” would inevitably have to face reality.

Former US soldier killed in Dnipro

A former US soldier, a member of an elite commando unit and who defected in 2019, was killed in Ukraine this week, the US Navy announced.

“The Navy can confirm that a former sailor was killed in Dnipro on January 18,” a spokesman said in a statement, adding that nothing could be added to “the reasons why this former sailor was in Ukraine.” The soldier, Daniel Whitney Swift, belongs to a prestigious elite unit of Navy Seals attached to the United States Navy.

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