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Ukraine says Russians endure deadliest day, Germany and allies to supply tanks By Reuters



© Reuters. Members of the third Separate Assault Brigade (Azov Unit) of the Armed Forces of Ukraine put together to fireplace 152 mm howitzer 2A65 Msta-B, amid Russia’s assault on Ukraine, close to Bahmut, in Donetsk area, Ukraine, February 6, 2023. REUTERS/Marko Djurica

By Asia Stefan

NEAR MARINKA, Ukraine (Reuters) -Ukraine mentioned on Tuesday the final 24 hours have been the deadliest of the warfare to this point for Russian forces as Moscow pressed on with an intensifying winter assault within the east, bringing tens of 1000’s of freshly mobilised troops to the battlefield.

The Ukrainian declare of greater than 1,000 Russian troops killed over a day couldn’t be independently verified, and Russia has additionally claimed to have killed giant numbers of Ukrainian troops in latest weeks.

German Defence Minister Boris Pistorius visited Kyiv on Tuesday as Berlin, Denmark, and the Netherlands mentioned they’d pool funds to revive Leopard 1 tanks from business shares and provide them to Kyiv within the coming months.

Pistorius introduced the availability of about 80 Leopard 1s this yr and about 100 in 2024, greater than beforehand introduced. German Vice Chancellor Robert Halbeck mentioned individually on a go to to Washington that he anticipated Ukraine to have a double-digit variety of Leopard 1 tanks by March however he was unsure how lots of the 178 tanks approved could be despatched in complete.

Because the New Yr, Western nations have pledged lots of of tanks and armoured autos to Ukraine to provide it the firepower and mobility to push by Russian strains and recapture territory later this yr.

A brand new U.S. bundle of weapons is predicted to incorporate longer-range rockets, which might give Ukraine the power to hit Russian provide strains in all the territory it occupies in Ukraine’s mainland and elements of the Crimea Peninsula.

Ukrainian International Minister Dmytro Kuleba mentioned on Twitter he spoke on Tuesday with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken about new navy help, sanctions on Russia and “the preparations of vital occasions” as Russia’s invasion nears its one-year anniversary on Feb. 24.

However it’ll take months earlier than new weapons arrive, and in the meantime Russia has replenished its manpower by calling up reservists. The Kremlin says Western provides of arms solely widen and prolong the battle.

“The U.S. and its allies are attempting to delay the battle as a lot as attainable,” Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu mentioned on Tuesday in a convention name with navy officers.

“To do that, they’ve began supplying heavy offensive weapons, brazenly urging Ukraine to grab our territories. In actual fact, such steps are dragging NATO nations into the battle and will result in an unpredictable stage of escalation.”

His use of the phrase “our territories” appeared to consult with 4 Ukrainian provinces Russia claimed to have annexed final yr, in addition to Crimea, which it seized from Ukraine in 2014.

Individually, Russia demanded that the U.S. embassy in Moscow cease spreading what Moscow regards as pretend information in regards to the navy operation in Ukraine and has threatened to expel U.S. diplomats, the TASS information company reported on Tuesday.


The Ukrainian navy elevated its operating tally of Russian navy lifeless by 1,030 in a single day to 133,190, describing the rise as the best of the warfare to this point and amongst 1,900 over two days. For its half, Russia mentioned it had inflicted 6,500 Ukrainian casualties within the month of January.

Though tallies of enemy casualties from both aspect have usually been seen as unreliable, and Kyiv provided few particulars of the newest battles, Ukraine’s assertion that the combating was the deadliest day to this point for Russian troops matches descriptions from each side of escalating close-contact trench warfare.

Near the city of Marinka, some 30 km (18.6 miles) from the jap metropolis of Donetsk, a marine unit of Ukraine’s armed forces fired rockets on Russian positions from a Soviet-era launch system. Troopers mentioned Russians had modified techniques since arriving in automobile columns initially of the invasion.

“They storm in small infantry teams, attempting to creep in additional and additional,” mentioned a soldier who gave his identify solely as Ievhen. “The enemy tailored fairly properly, they study as quick as we do. They adopted completely different sorts of techniques,” he added.

Kyiv and the West say Russia has been pouring troops and mercenaries into jap Ukraine in latest weeks in hopes of with the ability to declare new positive factors by Feb. 24.

The warfare is coming into its second yr at a pivotal juncture, with Moscow attempting to regain the initiative whereas Kyiv holds out for Western tanks to mount a counter-offensive later in 2023.

After Russia did not seize the Ukrainian capital Kyiv final yr and misplaced floor within the second half of 2022, Moscow is now making full use of lots of of 1000’s of troops it referred to as up in its first mobilisation since World Battle Two.

The previous few weeks have seen Russia boast of its first positive factors for half a yr. However the progress has nonetheless been incremental, with Moscow but to seize a single main inhabitants centre in its winter marketing campaign regardless of 1000’s of lifeless.

Preventing has centered for months round Ukrainian-held Bakhmut in jap Donetsk province, a metropolis with a pre-war inhabitants of round 75,000. Russia has made clear progress in the direction of encircling it from each the north and south, however Kyiv says its garrison is holding quick.

Moscow has additionally launched an assault additional south towards Vuhledar, a Ukrainian-controlled bastion additionally in Donetsk province on excessive floor on the strategic intersection between the jap and southern entrance strains.

Ukraine’s nationwide safety chief Oleksiy Danilov mentioned Russia is predicted to incorporate the northeastern Kharkiv or southern Zaporizhia areas as targets of an anticipated offensive.



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