Moscow has accused Ukraine of a deadly attack on an air base that killed three people Russian soldiers on Monday. The Russian Defense Ministry said a Ukrainian drone was shot down on the approach to the Engels base, about 300 miles from the Ukrainian border, but the falling debris killed three service members. The Ukrainian government has not commented on the reported attacks.
The Ukrainian military announced that Russian forces shelled dozens of towns in the regions of Lugansk, Donetsk, Kharkiv, Kherson and Zaporozhye. In the Kherson region, Russia shelled populated areas along the right bank of the Dnieper River, the Ukrainian military said. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in his address on Monday evening that the front line in Bakhmut, Kremina and other areas of Donbass “now requires maximum strength and concentration”.
Zelensky said that power shortages are still present, with nearly nine million people without electricity. “Deficiencies still exist.” Power outages continue,” he said in a video address on Monday night. “But the numbers and the length of blackouts are gradually decreasing.
Ukraine needs to fulfill Moscow’s proposals for a solution for its own good, or the Russian military will decide, the Russian foreign minister said. “Our proposals for demilitarization and de-Nazification of the territories controlled by the regime, eliminating threats to Russia’s security coming from there, including our new countries, are well known to the enemy,” Lavrov said, according to the state news agency Tass. on Monday. “The point is simple: fill them in for your own good.” Otherwise, it will be decided by the Russian army.
Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted leaders of other former Soviet states in St. Petersburg on Monday. In televised statements, Putin said that threats to the security and stability of the Eurasian region are increasing. “Unfortunately, the challenges and threats in this area, especially from the outside, only grow every year,” he said. “Also, unfortunately, we have to admit that disagreements also occur between Commonwealth member states.
Ukraine’s foreign minister said that Kiev intends to hold a peace summit by the end of February. Dmytro Kuleba suggested that UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres could be a possible mediator in peace talks with Russia, although Russia could only be invited if the country first faces a war crimes tribunal. “The United Nations can be the best place to hold this summit, because it is not about doing a favor to a particular country. “This is really about getting everyone involved,” he said.
Zelensky also said he sought India’s help in implementing the “peace formula” in a telephonic conversation with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday. “I had a phone conversation with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and wished him a successful G20 presidency,” Zelenskiy wrote on Twitter. “On this platform, I announced the peace formula and now I am counting on India’s participation in its implementation.” The Indian government said in a statement late Monday that Modi “strongly reiterated” his call for an immediate end to hostilities in Ukraine and conveyed India’s support for all peace efforts.
The Russian security service FSB informed the Ukrainians four people The “subversive group” was “liquidated” during an attempt to enter the Bryansk region on Sunday, Russian state media announced. The alleged saboteurs were armed with foreign-made weapons and four improvised explosive devices, the FSB said. So far, there has been no comment from Ukraine about the incident.
Ukraine has called for Russia to be removed as a permanent member of the Security Council. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that Russia illegally occupied “the seat of the USSR in the UN Security Council since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 and that its three-decade presence in the UN was “marked by wars and the seizure of the territory of other countries.”.
A video has emerged purportedly showing members of the private Russian mercenary company Wagner Group calling the chief of the general staff of the Russian armed forces “shit”. Bellingcat’s Christo Grozev reports that Yevgeny Prigozhin, the Russian businessman and founder of the Wagner Group, said he had “nothing to say about this video,” which Grozev writes means the Putin ally is essentially backing the attack on Gerasimov.