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Russian diplomacy condemns Emmanuel Macron’s “ridiculous” comments

Update on the situation – The delivery of heavy weapons and aircraft would fuel the conflict, and the Kremlin estimated, for which “military action” would follow.

Proposals «RidiculousMacron’s investigation into corruption in Ukraine, Euro-Ukrainian summit, long-range missile delivery, jailed Russian journalist… Le Figaro Taking stock War in Ukraine 1 this WednesdayThere is February.

Moscow condemns Emmanuel Macron’s “ridiculous” comments

Russian diplomacy ruled this Wednesday that “RidiculousThe French president, Emmanuel Macron, may think arms deliveries to Ukraine do not constitute an escalation. “This is ridiculous“, the spokesperson of Russian diplomacy criticized in front of the press, Maria Zakharova. «Is the French President really sure that the supply of heavy weapons, aircraft to the Kyiv regime (…) will not lead to an escalation of the situation?“, she added. “I can’t believe this is advanced logic“, she let out.

At a press conference, the diplomat questioned Emmanuel Macron’s comments on Monday, January 30, about the delivery of fighter jets to Ukraine. The French president insisted that every decision to supply arms must respond to this.criteria“Especially not this one.”Do not increase“and”No chance of touching Russian soil». «By definition, nothing is excluded“, he added. On Tuesday, January 31, France announced that it would deliver 12 Cesar guns to Ukraine, in addition to the 18 already delivered, but Paris is refusing to deliver its Leclerc tanks at this point.

President Emmanuel Macron during a press conference in The Hague, Netherlands on January 30, 2023. Ludovic Marin / AFP

Arms Supply: Kremlin Warns Israel

Russia warned Israel on Wednesday not to supply arms to Ukraine after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.Explore the question». «Regarding arms supply (to Ukraine), countries are not classified by geography. We ask that all arms-donating countries understand that we consider (these weapons) legitimate targets for the Russian armed forces.Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said of the possibility of an Israeli supply.

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Monday, January 30, 2023. Poole/REUTERS

Ukraine tackles corruption’s ‘enemy within’ amid war

Ukraine’s administration on Wednesday launched a wave of searches targeting officials and figures, with officials confirming the fight against corruption is a priority in the context of war efforts and Western aid. Vassyl Maliouk, head of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), indicated that President Volodymyr Zelensky was conducting a campaign on orders. “A blow to the enemy within”. “This is only the first step”He said, “We’re not going to stop there.”He insisted on swearing “Handcuff” For those who have “Audacity to Hurt Ukraine”.

Ukrainian authorities said they raided the homes of billionaire Igor Kolomoisky, former Interior Minister Orson Avakov and Ukrainian tax officials, and the customs department was fired. Senior Defense Ministry officials also received visits from investigators. The raids come a week after a series of senior officials were sacked in the wake of a bribery scandal over military supplies, the first major scandal since the Russian invasion nearly a year ago.

On January 23, 2023, the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine was seized in Q, Ukraine. – / AFP

Delivering long-range missiles will not deter a Russian attack

«It does not change the course of events.The Kremlin was clear, it believed, a possible delivery Long-range missiles for Ukraine In no way will it affect the continuation of the Russian offensive in the country. A missile delivery with a range of up to 150 km will leadTowards increasing tensions, towards increasing levels of escalation. We are looking at it, it will be an additional effort for us, but it will not change the course of events, the special military operation will continueRussian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

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EU wants to train 30,000 Ukrainian soldiers, doubles initial target

The EU wants to train 30,000 Ukrainian soldiers, ie doubling its original purposeto help Kiev to deal with Russian aggression, a European official announced Wednesday. Twenty-seven set up a program in November with the aim of training 15,000 Ukrainians in its various member states. “This number will be reached by the end of the second quarter of this year and there will be a new training target of 15,000 Ukrainian soldiers by various European countries”The official said on condition of anonymity.

“This structure will increase the number of soldiers trained to 30,000”, he added. Training takes place in several European countries, with the main center of work located in Poland, which borders Ukraine. The new target, to be formally announced at an EU-Ukraine summit scheduled for Friday in Kyiv, comes as the US and Europeans step up military support for Ukraine.

Many hospitals in Europe have been targeted by “pro-Russian hackers”.

Dutch services A hospital in the Netherlands to fight against cybercrime, a victim said Wednesday Cyber ​​attack On Saturday, it was targeted by a group of pro-Russian hackers who also targeted hospitals in other European countries that support Ukraine. UMCG Hospital in Groningen, in the north of the Netherlands, announced on Saturday that its website had been blocked by a cyber attack on Saturday. “European hospitals, including Netherlands, may have been targeted by pro-Russian hacker group Gilnet”The Dutch National Cyber ​​Security Center (NCSC) said.

“This group reported DDoS attacks on hospitals (of countries) helping Ukraine” The same resource was added to protect against Russian aggression. A denial of service attack involves flooding a target with a large number of simultaneous connection requests to block a computer system. “DDoS attacks have so far been moderately successful and their impact is limited”, NCSC Hospitals in Britain, Germany, Poland, Scandinavian countries and the United States were also reported to have been targeted.

EU-Ukraine summit in Kyiv on Friday sends “strong signal” to Moscow

Ukraine and the EU will hold a summit in Kew on Friday, February 3, which the Ukrainian government welcomes “Signal FortSent to Moscow almost a year after the start of the Russian invasion. The summit is taking place despite what it says has been an attack by the Russian military in recent days Capture of a village near Bagmouth, a hotspot of fighting in eastern Ukraine. Such a meeting with the twenty-seven is an important step, several months after kyiv received the status of an official candidate for EU membership.

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