‘We will beat Russia’, says Zelensky
Russia has warned that more US weapons aiding the war in Ukraine will worsen the siege, issuing a direct threat to the war-torn country on the sidelines of Volodymyr Zelensky’s visit to Washington yesterday.
The flow of Western arms supplies to Ukraine has caused “an aggravation of the conflict and, in fact, does not bode well for Ukraine,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov warned yesterday, adding that Russia now sees no possibility of peace talks with Kyiv.
His comments came just hours before Zelensky was scheduled to address the US Congress to a standing ovation and support for the nation under Russian invasion. The Ukrainian president was also seen holding back tears as all members of the US House of Representatives gave him a standing ovation.
The high-level diplomatic visit between Zelensky and Joe Biden has not gone down well with Russia, which has warned it will backfire.
And Putin is now considering a new Sarmat ICBM in the Russian military to replace the old Soviet-era missile.
Good morning, welcome to our coverage of the war in Ukraine on Wednesday, December 21.
Arpan RaiDecember 21, 2022 03:36
Zelensky on his way to the US to meet Biden after Putin met Lukashenko: report
Volodymyr Zelensky is likely to arrive in Washington today and meet Joe Biden, making his first visit from Kyiv after Vladimir Putin launched an invasion of Ukraine in February.
The Ukrainian president is already on his way to the US, according to two sources, CNN reported.
The two leaders are expected to meet at the White House as Ukraine insists on its demand for more air defense systems to counter Russian missile attacks.
Biden has not visited Ukraine since the war began, but the first lady visited the besieged country in May and met with several people affected by the war.
The high-level visit of the year will come just two days after Vladimir Putin met his Ukrainian war ally and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, raising concerns that Minsk could help Russia prolong the invasion during the difficult winter months.
The Biden administration plans to send the most advanced air defense missile systems to Kyiv to thwart attacks by Russian forces, officials announced earlier this month.
Arpan RaiDecember 21, 2022 04:15
Zelensky visits ‘Bakhmut fortress’ to meet soldiers
Volodymyr Zelensky visited soldiers on the eastern front line yesterday, boosting the morale of troops defending the hottest spot of fighting between Russian and Ukrainian soldiers from Ukraine.
“I have returned from the Donetsk region, from our Bakhmut fortress. I was there today to support our fighters, to present state awards, to express my gratitude to them. To all our heroes, those who defend not only Bakhmut there, and not only our Donbas, but also the whole of Ukraine. We should all understand this,” he said after returning to his late-night speech.
He added: “You know, on the way to the front, today I also passed through Slovyansk, Kramatorsk, Druzhkivka, Kostiantynivka… Cities, villages near them, which are now literally fighting for life. Life for all of us, for all Ukrainians and for everything Ukrainian, and even more so, for everything and everyone who preserves humanity within.”
“Look at the Russian offensive, which leaves where its flag leads. Scorched earth, life destroyed… Pain, ruins and graves: this is the so-called ‘Russian world’. This is what our heroes stop,” he said.
Arpan RaiDecember 21, 2022 04:25
Zelensky is expected to address the joint session of Congress today
His plans to travel to Washington were a closely guarded secret and were first announced Tuesday afternoon. Ms. Pelosi, in a separate letter to House members, wrote that the House would “focus on democracy” to mark the end of the 117th Congress.
As such, Mr. Zelensky’s speech will mark the end of Democratic control of the House of Representativesas lawmakers will soon be heading home for the holidays until the next Congress is sworn in. It will be the Ukrainian leader’s first visit to the US Capitol in person since the Russian invasion of his country began earlier this year.
Arpan RaiDecember 21, 2022 04:30
The World Bank authorizes a package of 610 million dollars for Ukraine
The World Bank has authorized a new funding package worth $610 million (£501 million) for Ukraine’s urgent needs to boost relief and recovery efforts in the war-affected country.
“Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues to have devastating economic and humanitarian consequences, affecting the health sector, critical energy infrastructure and transportation networks,” said the head of the global bank, David Malpass.
“We welcome today’s financial support from our partners. The World Bank has mobilized $18 billion in emergency financing in support of the people of Ukraine since the start of the war, including pledges and pledges from donors, of which $15 billion has been disbursed,” said the president of the banking institution. .
The World Bank will also provide additional financing of $500 million (£410 million) through an IBRD loan backed by a UK guarantee for the same amount and mobilized under the Public Expenditure for Resiliency of Administrative Capacity Project ( PEACE), read a statement. .
Arpan RaiDecember 21, 2022 05:05
Next week is extremely important for Ukraine, says Zelensky
The week before Christmas is important for war-torn Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky said as the Russian siege moves into winter and power supplies in the capital Kyiv remain at a critical level. The Ukrainian president also heads to Washington on Wednesday in a bid to further increase support for the country.
“This week is extremely important for Ukraine, to be able to get through this winter and next year. To get the necessary support and so that the Ukrainian flag finally prevails on all sections of our border, the border of Ukraine, ”the wartime leader said in his evening address.
He added: “We will do everything possible and impossible, expected and unexpected, so that our heroes have everything they need to prevail. To get the results that all Ukrainians expect. That all our cities and towns on the front lines are waiting.”
“This is Maryinka, this is Vuhledar, this is Toretsk, this is Soledar, Klishchiivka… This is our Lugansk region, this is our southern Ukraine, this is our Crimea. Ukraine will not leave anything of its own to the enemy, ”he said.
Arpan RaiDecember 21, 2022 05:33
Putin and I are the two ‘baddest and most toxic people on the planet,’ says Lukashenko
Rosenberg tweeted Monday night: “Sitting next to Putin, Lukashenko jokes (at least I think he jokes): ‘We are both co-aggressors: the baddest, most toxic people on the planet. We only argue about who is worse. Vladimir Vladimirovich says that I am. I’ve started to believe that he is. We decided that we are the same.’”
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Arpan RaiDecember 21, 2022 05:56
Belarus blocks access to parts of the border region with Ukraine and Russia
Belarus has temporarily restricted access to parts of the southeastern Gomel region that borders Ukraine and Russia in an order issued today.
Officials will “temporarily restrict entry, temporary stay and movement in the border area within the Loevsky, Braginsky and Khoiniki districts of the Gomel region,” the government order said on its website.
It is not immediately clear how long the restrictions will last, but he added that these restrictions will not apply to officials, workers and residents in these areas.
The Russian ally has been conducting anti-sabotage exercises in the Gomel region since October 11. The Russian military arrived in Belarus four days later to join a regional grouping that the neighbors have set up.
Arpan RaiDecember 21, 2022 06:06
‘Road to America,’ Zelensky tweets
Volodymyr Zelensky has said he will travel to the US today to speak with the Biden administration about Ukraine’s defense capabilities and deliver a speech in Congress, in addition to multiple bilateral meetings.
“On my way to the US to build the resilience and defense capabilities of [Ukrainian flag] . In particular, @POTUS and I will discuss cooperation between the US and Ukraine. I will also have a speech in Congress and a series of bilateral meetings,” he said in a tweet today.
Arpan RaiDecember 21, 2022 06:10
Putin ‘trying to deflect responsibility for military failure’, UK says
Vladimir Putin has tried to divert responsibility for its diseased war on Ukraine arranging a “choreographed” televised meeting with senior Russian officials who are also involved in the invasion, the UK suggested.
As his war enters its 10th month, with the arrival of winter, the Russian president visited what Russian media reported to be his command headquarters in Ukraine last Friday, the location of which was not disclosed.
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Arpan RaiDecember 21, 2022 06:35