DIRECT. War in Ukraine: “We are on the verge of World War III”, warns Donald Trump

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10:43

Explosions heard in Kherson

10:39

European Commission accuses Kremlin of spreading disinformation to manipulate public opinion

According to the European Commission, Moscow is spreading disinformation in an attempt to justify Russian aggression against Ukraine. The site https://euvsdisinfo.eu makes it possible to contradict the Kremlin’s arguments.

10:14

Emergency power cuts continue in the Odessa region

Work in a damaged thermal power plant is underway. This partly explains the decline in electricity production according to the Ukrainian energy supplier.

09:54

German Chancellor Scholz wants to continue talking to Putin

Despite the announcement of the supply of Leopard tanks to Ukraine, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz wants to continue to dialogue with Vladimir Putin. “I will also be on the phone with Putin again because it is necessary to talk to each other,” he said, adding that it was up to Putin to withdraw the troops from Ukraine and end this “terrible war and absurd”.

09:46

Ukraine celebrates Kruty Battle Heroes Remembrance Day

In December 1917, the government of Soviet Russia launched open aggression against the Ukrainian People’s Republic (UPR), which had just declared its independence. The Battle of Kruty took place on January 29, 1918, between Nizhyn and Bakhmach in the Chernihiv region, 130 kilometers northeast of kyiv. Two days earlier, students from the University of Ukraine had arrived as reinforcements. Faced with the Russian onslaught, the Ukrainians had been forced to withdraw. But later, a group of 27 students returned to Kruty station to sabotage the tracks. These twenty-seven students were captured and shot. The youngest of the missing was 16 years old.

09:15

Ukraine imposes sanctions on 182 Russian and Belarusian companies

To block Moscow and Minsk’s connections to his country, President Zelensky imposed new sanctions on companies and three individuals. “Their assets in Ukraine are blocked, their properties will be used for our defense,” Zelenskiy said in his final video address. The sanctioned companies are mainly engaged in cargo transportation, vehicle rental and chemical production, according to the list published by the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine. The list includes fertilizer producers, Belarusian railways or transport rental companies.

09:08

Regular Russian troops replace Wagner’s mercenaries around Bakhmut

According to the US War Institute, Russian regular forces are replacing mercenaries around Bakhmut. “The Wagner Group’s assault on Bakhmut probably culminated in their push on Soledar. The Wagner Group forces at Bakhmut had made no significant gains since capturing Soledar around 12 January. Conventional Russian units are now taking part in the fighting at Bakhmut to reinvigorate the Russian offensive there,” according to the ISW, adding that Wagner’s forces suffered heavy losses during the fighting.

08:58

A military training program for students in Russia

In its latest daily update, the British Ministry of Defense returns to the plan to include military training in the Russian secondary school curriculum. According to the intelligence, this plan will include training with assault rifles and AK-series hand grenades, military drills and salutes as well as the use of personal protective equipment.

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08:45

Petr Pavel, the new president of the Czech Republic plans to visit Ukraine

The newly elected President of the Czech Republic, Petr Pavel plans to visit Ukraine. During his campaign, Petr Pavel claimed that the Czech Republic would remain pro-Western and would maintain its strategic relations with the EU and NATO and would side with Ukraine. President Pavel is to meet with President Zelensky during the day. The date of his trip to Ukraine has not yet been set.

08:37

North Korea denies supplying arms to Russia

North Korea has issued a denial of Washington’s claims that the Pyongyang regime was supplying weapons to Moscow. On January 20, White House Security Council spokesman John Kirby released US intelligence footage showing alleged Russian train cars from North Korea loaded with military equipment for the paramilitary group Wagner engaged in Ukraine. According to the official KCNA news agency, the director general of the North Korean American affairs department, Kwon Jong-un, dismissed this “trumpeted rumor” and warned the United States that they would expose themselves to a “truly undesirable result” if they continued to spread it.

08:16

“We are on the brink of World War III in Ukraine. And we need a peace deal now,” says Donald Trump.

In a speech in South Carolina, Donald Trump, the former President of the United States who launched his campaign for the presidential election of 2024 said: “We are on the verge of World War III”. According to him, we must find “a peace agreement now”. In his speech, he repeated that with him this conflict would never have happened. But also that he would only need 24 hours to find this peace agreement.

07:51

300 missiles and artillery shells on the town of Vouhledar

Located about 40 kilometers southwest of Donetsk, the town of Vouhledar has become a strategic point in the front line that the Russians are seeking to retake. The city has been under fire from more than 300 missiles and shells in the past 24 hours, according to spokesman for the Eastern Group of Ukrainian Armed Forces, Serhii Cherevatyi.

07:29

Russian strike kills 3, injures 14 in Donbass

A Russian strike killed at least three people and injured fourteen on Saturday in Konstantynivka, according to local Ukrainian authorities who initially reported six injured. “The Russians fired on a residential area, damaging four-storey buildings, a hotel, garages and vehicles,” said the regional governor of Donetsk.

07:14

Moscow accuses kyiv of bombing a hospital

On Saturday morning, “the Ukrainian armed forces purposely hit the local hospital building with Himars rocket launchers” in the locality of Novoaidar, in the Lugansk region, the Russian army said yesterday in a press release. The strike “leaved 14 patients and medical personnel dead and 24 injured”, she said.

07:00

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And welcome to this direct dedicated to the war in Ukraine.

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