April 14, 2024

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War in Ukraine live: Group Wagner claims capture east of Bagmouth

War in Ukraine live: Group Wagner claims capture east of Bagmouth


Nano drones for the Ukrainian military

850 Norwegian “PD-100 Black Hornet” nano-drones equip the Ukrainian military. Extremely lightweight, virtually silent, and with a 25-minute travel time, this pocket-sized Black Hornet transmits live video and HD still images to the operator. This allows for spying behind the front lines.


President of the European Commission pays tribute to Ukrainian women fighters

On Women’s Day, Ursula van der Leyen congratulated women in Ukraine. “By joining the army, they broke a glass ceiling above the heads of the Russian invaders,” he said.


An explosion was heard in Gerson


Switzerland opposes arms transfer to Ukraine

Switzerland, which wants to protect the neutrality granted by its constitution, opposes the transfer of weapons to this country in the war, confederation president Alain Perset confirmed during a visit to the UN.

ā€œThe debate on arms exports cannot be done until we have a legal framework in Switzerland. We want the government and the Federal Council to maintain this legal framework and operate within this framework,” he said.

Switzerland, however, accepted all financial sanctions taken by Brussels against Moscow because “these sanctions are fully compatible with neutrality”.


South Korea allows Poland to supply howitzers to Ukraine

The South Korean government has approved export licenses for Poland to supply Krapp self-propelled howitzers built with South Korean components to Ukraine.


Ukrainian vineyards were reduced by 14,000 hectares in nine years

According to the Ministry of Agriculture, Ukrainian vineyards have decreased by 14,000 hectares since 2014 and total wine production has decreased by 171.5 thousand tons. This decline in production accelerated with the war.



Wagner’s group reportedly began recruiting patients from psychiatric hospitals

After the prisoners, Wagner’s mercenary team would return to psychiatric hospitals to recruit new soldiers. On social networks, one of Wagner’s groups posted an announcement that a psychiatrist’s and drug specialist’s certificate was not required to join the mercenary group. Journalists from the independent publication Moscow Times tried this experiment. They said they were being treated at a neuropsychiatric hospital for nervous breakdown. In response, Wagner Services sent a self-assessment questionnaire. “Read the instructions, if everything goes well, we are waiting for you”, is written at the end of this document.


EU will never accept Russian threats, says European Commission president

Addressing the Canadian Parliament, Ursula von der Leyen said Europe would never accept Russian threats to its security. “We will never allow a military power with imperial pretensions to roll its tanks across international borders,” he said.


Canada Expands Training Mission

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced that Canada will extend its mission to train Ukrainian engineers and provide combat medical training until October.

He noted that Canada has pledged $3 million to help with demining in Ukraine and generators in cooperation with the European Union.

“Canada will stand with the people of Ukraine for as long as it takes,” he concluded.



Protest movements in Georgia

Protests break out in Georgia against Kremlin-inspired “foreign agent” law Demonstrators gather in front of parliament to demonstrate against the Foreign Influence Transparency Bill in Tbilisi, Georgia. Georgian police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse thousands of protesters. This “Foreign Influence Transparency” Act requires companies that receive more than 20% foreign funding to register as “foreign agents”. Many non-governmental organizations have criticized the law, saying it violates international human rights law.


Telephone interview between Emmanuel Macron and Joe Biden

In a phone call on Tuesday, US President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron discussed their support for Ukraine and the challenges posed by China. According to the White House website, “the two leaders discussed their support for Ukraine as Russia’s brutal invasion enters its second year, including continued defense assistance to Ukraine and imposing costs on Russia for its aggression”.


Kyiv denies being behind the sabotage of Nord Stream gas pipelines

Kyiv has denied any involvement in last year’s sabotage of the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea. The New York Times called the operation a “pro-Ukrainian group” based on information obtained by US intelligence. Data collected by US intelligence services suggests that the perpetrators behind the sabotage of two gas pipelines are “enemies of Russian President Vladimir Putin,” the New York Times explains.

“While I love to collect funny conspiracy theories about the Ukrainian government, I must say that the Baltic Sea accident has nothing to do with Ukraine and there is no information about pro-Ukrainian sabotage groups,” tweeted Mykhailo Podoliak, an adviser to President Zelensky.

At the time of the events, both gas pipelines contained significant amounts of methane.


The EU wants to produce more bombs

EU defense ministers are meeting on Wednesday to prepare a plan to supply ammunition to Ukraine, with a first emergency component worth a billion euros, despite stocks under pressure.

The aim is to advance to adoption at a meeting of European diplomatic leaders on March 20.

The project aims to meet Kiev’s immediate needs and boost the capabilities of the European defense sector in the long term, based on large collective procurement to assure manufacturers about the continuity of orders.


Taking Buckwheat would leave Moscow with a ‘free path’ in eastern Ukraine, says Zelensky

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has warned in an interview with CNN that the Russian military has a “liberal way” to capture cities in eastern Ukraine, especially if Bagmouth, the epicenter of months of deadly fighting, is taken. “We understand that after Bagmouth they can go further. They can go to Gramadores, they can go to Slovians, the way will be clear for the Russians (…) to other cities in Ukraine,” he added. According to him, this city is “strategic”. He insisted that he was committed to protection.


Guterres visits Kiev

United Nations President Antonio Guterres arrived in Ukraine. He is due to meet President Volodymyr Zelensky at the Q this Wednesday. It was his third visit to the war-torn country more than a year after the Russian invasion.


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