Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky reiterates that the end of the war depends both on the unified position of the West regarding assistance to Ukraine, and on Russia’s willingness to sit down at the negotiating table.
During his virtual participation in the “Ukrainian breakfast” at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Zelensky asked about the end of the war, assuring that “when this war can end, I think it depends on some things, on specific things.” “.
It depends, “first of all, on the will of different parties, on the will of the united West in terms of the armed and financial power of Ukraine and on the will of the united West not to be afraid to fight against Russia, to fight in this hybrid fight in different ways, mostly not with their own people “.
Hungary has been in a state of emergency since Wednesday due to a war in neighboring Ukraine, as Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government says the conflict is a “permanent threat to Hungary.”
Orbán took the move hours after Parliament, in which his Fidesz party has a two-thirds majority, approved a constitutional amendment to Article 53 that regulates the exceptional circumstances under which the system is called “vanishing status.”
La Vanguardia Berlin correspondent Maria Paz Lopez reports this.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said this Wednesday that Finland and Sweden will eventually join the Atlantic Alliance, despite the vetoes Turkey and Croatia currently place on this integration.
The Norwegian politician made it clear that “all allies agree that the door to NATO is open and that Finland and Sweden are mature and developed countries that meet NATO standards.”
On the other hand, he explained that on Tuesday he had a “constructive” conversation with Croatian President Zoran Milanovic, who is threatening to veto an invitation to Finland and Sweden to join NATO until the election law in Bosnia and Herzegovina is changed . which, in his opinion, discriminates against Bosnian Croats.
Stoltenberg noted that they are in “regular and constant dialogue with Sweden and Finland”, as well as “in close contact” with allied Turkey.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba ended his stay in Davos somewhat disappointed that he had not received concrete results in his request for heavy weapons and new sanctions against Russia.
“I had many bilateral meetings. They say that Davos is a place where people come just to talk, but we agreed on some things. First of all, I came to convey a sense of urgency as the offensive escalates in the Donbass. ,” he said.
Thus, he expressed two main requests: the urgent receipt of heavy weapons by Ukraine and the introduction of new, tougher sanctions against Russia.
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree Wednesday simplifying the process of applying for Russian citizenship for residents of the Kherson and Zaporozhye regions of Ukraine who have been captured by Russian forces since the start of the war.
The decree includes amendments to an April 2019 document that lowers the barriers for residents of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk republics to apply for citizenship.
On February 21, Putin signed a decree recognizing the independence of these republics, located in the Donbas region (east) and shaken by armed conflict since 2014. Just three days later, he ordered the invasion of Ukraine, a conflict that has been active for more than three months.
The State Duma (the lower house of the Russian parliament) has abolished the maximum age for conscription into the armed forces as a contract soldier.
Until now, Russian citizens wishing to become professional soldiers had to be between the ages of 18 and 40; from 18 to 30 foreigners.
This measure, in theory, will allow to receive more applications for conscription into the army at a time when the Kremlin’s military operation in Ukraine lasts more than three months.
For its part, Ukraine is trying to maintain control of the key road to the city of Severodonetsk, on the front line of the war against Russia.
The representative of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine Oleksandr Motuzyanyk explained that there are alternative ways of supplying Ukrainian units in Severodonetsk, which is surrounded by Russian troops on three sides.
Motuzyanyk stated that Russia’s goal is to completely encircle Ukrainian units in the city, as well as in nearby Lysichansk.
The acceleration of Russia’s offensive in the Donbas threatens to turn Severodonetsk, a key stronghold of the encirclement of Ukrainian troops in the Donetsk region, into a second Mariupol.
“Russian troops have decided to completely destroy Severodonetsk, they are simply wiping it off the face of the earth,” said Serhiy Gaidai, governor of the Luhansk region.
According to Gaidai, the intensity of the attacks no longer allows the evacuation of more than 10,000 people who still remain in the city, which once had more than 100,000 inhabitants.
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