The Institute for the Study of War (ISW), an American think tank, believes that Moscow is continuing the bloody Battle of Bagmouth to weaken Wagner’s paramilitary group. The latter has been in competition with the regular Russian army for months. So the idea would be to undermine it to limit the political ambitions of its leader, Yevgeny Prigozhin, who has been accused of wanting to cover for Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“Violent Clashes” in Bagmouth
Ukraine’s military said on Monday that “heavy fighting” was currently taking place in the center of Baghmouth. The Russians are “attacking from several directions” to “advance towards the central districts”, Ukrainian ground forces commander Oleksandr Chirsky pointed out. Yevgeny Prigozhin, head of the Russian paramilitary group Wagner, echoed, “The closer we are to the city center, the more difficult it is to fight.”
An honorable soldier
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced yesterday that a prisoner soldier who was shot and killed after shouting the words “Glory to Ukraine” had been posthumously awarded the status of “Hero of Ukraine”. He is “a man known to all Ukrainians, a man who will be remembered forever,” the head of state insists.
Update on the situation
Ukraine’s secret service has identified a soldier who was hanged by Russian soldiers in a viral video. At the same time, preparations for a future kyiv counterattack continue. TF1Info captures the key events of the last 24 hours.
Identification of the shot
His identity has remained a mystery so far. In recent weeks, Russian soldiers shot and killed a Ukrainian soldier, promoted to the rank of Hero of Ukraine by Volodymyr Zelensky. His identity was confirmed by security forces on Sunday.
Import of arms
Arms imports to Europe will almost double by 2022, driven by massive deliveries to Ukraine, making it the world’s third largest, according to a report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (CIPR) published on Monday. “The invasion has actually caused a significant surge in demand for weapons in Europe, which has yet to show its full force, and will lead to a further increase in imports,” Peter told AFP. Wezeman, co-editor of the Annual Report for more than three decades.
Excluding Ukraine, the increase in European imports reached 35% in 2022.
Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka, who won the last Australian Open, qualified for the round of 16 of the WTA 1000. The player took advantage of the package of Ukrainian player Lesia Surenko, who withdrew for “personal reasons”.
Tsurenko has lost nine of his 18 matches since Indian Wells last year by forfeit or retirement.
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