Moldova is not facing an “imminent military danger” but a “hybrid war” led by Moscow to “overthrow the power” pro-European, estimated Monday Anatolie Nosatii, the Minister of Defense in an interview with the AFP. “While there is currently no” military threat, the small country neighboring Ukraine is affected by “disinformation and tensions in society generated by Russia”, he added. .
“DEVASTATING” CONSEQUENCES ON ORPHANS
The NGO Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Monday denounced the “devastating” consequences of the Russian invasion on Ukrainian orphans and foster children, “thousands” of whom were “forcibly transferred” to Russia or territories under Russian occupation. “Russia must put an end to (these) deportations,” claimed the NGO, in a press release. “The return of children who have been illegally captured by Russian forces should be an international priority,” she said.
Since February 24, 2022, “more than 4,500” young Ukrainians who were placed “have been moved abroad”, according to HRW.
Senior Russian and United Nations officials are meeting in Geneva on Monday to discuss the renewal of the Ukrainian grain export deal. For now, it expires on March 18.
As a reminder, this bilateral compromise is vital for the world food supply, Ukraine remaining one of the main exporters. According to the UN, it has so far enabled more than 24 million tonnes of grain to be exported from Ukrainian ports.
The European Union “will make sure” to increase its production of ammunition for Ukraine, European Commissioner for Industry Thierry Breton said on Monday. “We have to move very quickly, the war in Ukraine, wanted by Vladimir Putin, tragic, now translates into trench warfare, face-to-face, and it’s obviously who sends the most ammunition, one side or the other,” he said on RMC.
IRAN AND BELARUS
Iranian Presidents Ebrahim Raisi and Belarusian Presidents Alexander Lukashenko affirmed Monday their desire to strengthen ties between the two countries, during a meeting in Tehran in the context of the war in Ukraine.
“30 years after the start of bilateral relations (…), the two countries have the will to strengthen cooperation” while they share “a common strategic vision”, announced President Raïsi at the end of the meeting. . “We could be very useful for each other if we really put our efforts together,” confirms Alexander Lukashenko.
DEFENSE OF BAKHMUT
Pressured by the joint efforts of the Russian army and the paramilitary group Wagner, the Ukrainian army resisted as best they could in Bakhmout. The Azom metallurgical complex is at the center of the defensive system in this city in the east of the country. A veritable fortress that recalls, in certain respects, that of Azovstal.
The Institute for the Study of War (ISW), an American think tank, believes that Moscow is continuing the bloody battle of Bakhmout to weaken the paramilitary group Wagner. The latter has been in competition for many months with the regular Russian army. The idea would therefore be to undermine it to limit the political ambitions of its leader, Evgueni Prigojine, accused of wanting to overshadow Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“VIOLENT FIGHTS” IN BAKHMUT
“Heavy fighting” is currently taking place for the center of Bakhmout, the Ukrainian army said on Monday. The Russians “attack from several directions” to “advance towards the central districts”, indicated commander of the Ukrainian ground forces Oleksandre Syrsky. “The closer we are to the city center, the harder the fighting,” echoed Evgeny Prigojine, head of the Russian paramilitary group Wagner.
AN HONORED SOLDIER
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced yesterday that he had posthumously granted “Hero of Ukraine” status to the prisoner soldier, who was filmed and shot dead after speaking the words “glory to Ukraine”. He is “a man that all Ukrainians will know, a man who will be remembered forever”, insists the head of state.
I conferred the title of Hero of Ukraine upon Oleksandr Matsiyevsky. A Ukrainian warrior. A man who will be known and remembered forever. For his bravery, for his confidence in Ukraine and for his “Glory to Ukraine!”. Glory to the Hero! Glory to the Heroes! Glory to Ukraine! pic.twitter.com/uKUKIhCfMp — Володимир Зеленський (@ZelenskyyUa) March 12, 2023
UPDATE ON THE SITUATION
The Ukrainian secret service has identified the soldier who was executed by Russian soldiers in a video that has gone viral. At the same time, preparations for the future kyiv counter-attack continue. TF1Info takes stock of the key events of the past 24 hours.
IDENTITY OF THE SHOT
His identity has until now been a mystery. In recent weeks, Russian soldiers have shot a Ukrainian soldier, raised by Volodymyr Zelensky to the rank of Hero of Ukraine. His identity was confirmed on Sunday by the security services.
Arms imports into Europe have almost doubled in 2022, driven by massive deliveries to Ukraine, which has become the world’s third largest destination, according to a report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (Sipri) published on Monday. “The invasion has really caused a significant surge in the demand for arms in Europe, which has not yet shown its full power and will in all likelihood lead to further increases in imports,” Pieter told AFP. Wezeman, co-author of the annual report for more than three decades.
Excluding Ukraine, the increase in European imports still reached 35% in 2022.
Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka, winner of the last Australian Open, qualified for the round of 16 of the WTA 1000. The player took advantage of the package of Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko, who withdrew “for personal reasons”.
Tsurenko has lost by forfeit or retirement in nine of the 18 tournaments she has competed in since Indian Wells last year.
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