The Russian invasion of Ukraine has been going on for 329 days. After the declaration of the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, Ukraine has already been guaranteed three Patriot air defense batteries. But this is only the beginning, said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. He added that he hoped for greater support for the establishment of the Tribunal to judge Russian aggression. Here are the highlights of the last hours.
> Henry Kissinger, a former American diplomat, secretary of state and adviser to the president, said at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, that before war in Ukraine was against the country’s membership in FOR THISbecause he was afraid it would trigger the process we are seeing now. However, as he stated, neutral Ukraine concept “It doesn’t make sense anymore.” He added that after the peace talks, NATO should give Kyiv membership guarantees.
> The supply of arms to Ukraine is a sovereign decision of each state, the US Secretary of State said in Washington Anthony Blinken at a joint press conference with British Foreign Minister James Cleverly visiting the US capital.
> Generals Mark Milley and Valery Załużny – the highest-ranking US and Ukrainian military – for the first time they met in person. It happened on the territory of Poland. Załużny said on social media that he thanked for “unflagging support and help” and presented the “urgent needs” of the Ukrainian armed forces.
> After the declaration of the Prime Minister of the Netherlands Brand Rutte, Ukraine already has three Patriot air defense batteries guaranteed. But this is only the beginning, said the Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky. He added that he hoped for greater support for the establishment of the Tribunal to judge Russian aggression.
> A former commander of the mercenary Wagner Group fled Ukraine for Norway after witnessing “Russia’s killing and ill-treatment of new soldiers brought to the front”. Andrei Medvedev also said in a recording published on Gulagu.net that he feared for his life and intended to apply for asylum.
> Decision about transfer of tanks to Ukraine must be taken on Friday during a meeting of its allies in Germany, otherwise Ukrainian soldiers will not have time to learn how to use them before the expected Russian offensive, warned British military expert Prof. Michael Clarke.
> Russian troops, who carried out a tragic attack on a residential building in Dnieper on Saturday, did not intend to hit any specific target there. The enemy shelled the city blindly, so it was an ordinary act of terror, assessed the Ukrainian military expert Mykhailo Samus.
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