LIVE – New US arms deliveries to Ukraine will “exacerbate” the conflict, Kremlin warns

PUTIN’S EXPECTED SPEECH

Vladimir Putin is expected to deliver an “important and significant” speech to the Defense Ministry’s board shortly, according to the Kremlin. The Russian president has planned to set his military goals for 2023 in a meeting with defense officials.

ASSESSMENT OF UKRAINIAN LOSSES

According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, since February 24 and the invasion of Ukraine (which it still describes as a “special military operation”), the Russian Armed Forces have disabled 347 aircraft, 186 helicopters, 2,689 drones, 398 air defense systems. missile systems, 931 multiple rocket launchers, 7,168 tanks and other armored vehicles, 3,693 field artillery pieces and 7,674 vehicles”.

AID TO UKRAINE

Volodymyr Zelensky will be received on Wednesday 21 December in the White House by Joe Biden during an already historic visit. This trip will be accompanied by the announcement of new US aid, including in particular a Patriot anti-aircraft system. Back to this defense system claimed by Ukraine.

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UKRAINIAN CHILDREN TAKEN TO RUSSIA

As Le Monde tells it, a group of French academics is asking the International Criminal Court (ICC) to open an investigation into the forced deportation of Ukrainian children to Russia. “The most vulnerable among them, minors, are victims of deportations; teenagers reluctant to sing the Russian national anthem taken to re-education camps. So many facts that under the Rome Statute constitute genocide and crimes against humanity.” , argues lawyer Emmanuel Daoud.

In an exclusive interview given to LCI, the Ukrainian president once again mentioned the fate of these children. “We are talking about 50,000 to 200,000 children of whom we know the details: names, dates of birth, etc.,” Volodymyr Zelensky said in an interview that can be found here.

KREMLIN REACTION

The Kremlin has assessed that new US arms deliveries to Ukraine will only “exacerbate” the conflict with Russia, while Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is expected in Washington today.

“All this is definitely leading to an escalation of the conflict and does not bode well for Ukraine,” Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, referring to new arms deliveries to Kiev. He also said he did not expect a change of heart from Mr. Zelensky on his refusal to negotiate with Vladimir Putin after this visit.

SECURITY ZONE AROUND ZAPORIJIA

The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Grossi, will travel to Russia on Thursday to negotiate the creation of a safety zone around the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine, the Ria Novosti news agency reports.

NORTH STREAM LEAK INVESTIGATION

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov blamed Europe’s investigations into the leaks of the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines last September. “After the explosions on the Nord Stream – which it seems no one in the EU will objectively investigate – Russia has stopped the transportation of gas through northern routes,” commented
Sergei Lavrov.

IN THE FIELD

Conversations were intercepted by the Guardian between Russian soldiers and their relatives. They transcribe the particularly difficult conditions under which they struggle in Ukraine.

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VISIT OF ZELENSKY AS SEEN FROM RUSSIA

How does the Russian press view the Ukrainian president’s visit to Washington? If Ria Novosti, the country’s news agency, treats this visit in a matter-of-fact way by taking information from CNN, it also maintains the criticism of a US representative. Marjorie Taylor Green, known in France for her closeness to the QAnon ideology, called “absurd” the upcoming speech of “shadow president” Zelensky in Congress.

FROM THE RUSSIAN SIDE

To recruit men for battle, Moscow is putting its hands in the purse. On TV it is explained that Russians’ purchasing power can be improved by enlisting in the army, as Benjamin Cruard explains on LCI.

To recruit, Moscow sets the priceSource: TF1 News

ATTACK ON KHARKIV, DONETSK AND LUGANSK

According to the Ukrainian General Staff, the Russian army launched five missiles, 16 airstrikes and more than 60 rocket attacks in Kharkiv, Donetsk and Lugansk oblasts in the past 24 hours.

LAST VISIT IN SEPTEMBER 2021

First official visit for Zelensky to the White House since the February 24 invasion of Ukraine. As a reminder, the Ukrainian president had already visited Washington on September 1, 2021… after two consecutive postponements. At the time, when Crimea had already been under Russian occupation since 2014, Joe Biden had assured America’s determination “to support the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine in the face of Russian aggression”.

ZELENSKY ON THE ROAD TO WASHINGTON

According to our journalist Margot Haddad“Volodomyr Zelensky would already be out of Ukrainian Ukrainian territory”, while “senior US officials refuse to say whether he would have taken a US military plane”.

ZELENSKY ON THE ROAD TO WASHINGTON

We know more about the Ukrainian head of state’s visit to Washington. Volodymyr Zelensky meets his American colleague at 2 p.m. The two leaders will hold a bilateral meeting at 02.30 in the Oval Office before a press conference at 04:30 according to the schedule sent by the White House and passed on by our colleague Gregory Philipps.

“SIGNIFICANT HELP” FROM WASHINGTON

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will be received this Wednesday at the White House by Joe Biden before addressing the US Congress, the presidency confirmed in a press release.

The US president intends to announce “significant” new aid to Ukraine, which a senior US official said would include a battery of Patriot missiles, advanced anti-aircraft equipment. The visit confirms that the United States will support Ukraine “for as long as it takes,” the president’s spokeswoman added.

MARIOUPOL, AFTER

Russian propaganda broadcasts images of rebuilt neighborhoods in Mariupol. After three months of siege and bombing, Moscow’s army took control of a city in ruins last May. On the spot, the forced reconstruction is condemned as a mirage.

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War in Ukraine: Mariupol, the city in ruins that Russia claims to be rebuilding

BELARUS MILITARY?

According to the Kyiv Independent, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko confirmed that Russia had “given” Belarus an unspecified number of S-400 air defense systems during his meeting with Putin in Minsk on December 19. This confirms the predictions of the Institute for the Study of War, according to which Russian-made S-400 systems will begin to operate in the country.

ZELENSKY ON THE ROAD TO WASHINGTON

The Ukrainian president has just confirmed himself that he will address Congress when he arrives in Washington. A first official visit since the invasion of Ukraine last February. “On my way to the United States to strengthen Ukraine’s resilience and defense capabilities. In particular, the president and I will discuss cooperation between Ukraine and the United States. I will also have a speech at the Congress and a series of bilateral meetings.”

REVIEW OF THE LAST 24 HOURS HIGHLIGHTS

After a series of Russian military setbacks in northeastern and southern Ukraine, the bulk of the fighting is now concentrated in the eastern part of the country. Despite the risks involved, Volodymyr Zelensky traveled there on Tuesday, while his Russian counterpart decorated pro-Russian separatist soldiers and leaders inside the Kremlin walls. TF1 Info takes stock.

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Zelensky in Bakhmout, delivery of weapons by France in early 2023... Update on the situation in Ukraine

PUTIN SETS RUSSIAN MILITARY GOALS FOR 2023

The Russian president is preparing to draw conclusions from the past year and will set his army’s goals for 2023 during a meeting with senior Russian military officials on Wednesday, the Kremlin said.

In particular, its defense minister, Sergei Shoigu, will report on the “progress of the special military operation” in Ukraine during this meeting involving some 15,000 officials.

ZELENSKY ON THE ROAD TO WASHINGTON, A FIRST

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is expected in Washington on Wednesday for his first international trip since the start of the war on February 24, several US media reported on Tuesday, specifying that he would address Congress and meet Joe Biden at the White House.

This visit, if confirmed, comes at a time when US parliamentarians are preparing to vote on a new massive aid package for Ukraine. The US president should give the green light to send Patriot missiles, a particularly sophisticated anti-aircraft system, to Ukraine.

Welcome everyone to this Wednesday, December 21 live stream, dedicated to the war in Ukraine.

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