Kyiv – Ukrainian forces reported a symbolic success in their counterattack in the eastern region of Kharkiv: they advanced at least at one point to the border with Russia.
President Volodymyr Zelensky wants to increasingly ask in Africa and Asia for help in Russia’s aggressive war against his country. The Ukrainian Post is planning to issue a postage stamp in honor of the Kaluch Orchestra’s unprecedented victory in the Eurovision Song Contest.
Ukrainian forces advance to the Russian border
The Ukrainian Defense Ministry has released a video showing dozens of soldiers standing next to a border post in blue and yellow patriotic colours. According to the information, they belong to a volunteer brigade from the city of Kharkiv. Another video posted online shows soldiers fetching the stake and placing it in front of a ditch marked by Russian border signs.
The Ukrainian army had already reported in the past few days that it was gradually pushing the Russian forces back near Kharkiv. Russia had already withdrawn its forces in northern Ukraine after stopping them in front of the capital, Kyiv. Russia is currently focusing on the eastern Ukraine regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, where pro-Russian separatists have been in control of some areas with Moscow’s help since 2014.
He was wounded again after a Russian missile attack near Odessa
According to Ukrainian military information, a Russian missile attack on a tourist accommodation near the coastal city of Odessa in southern Ukraine destroyed. The Southern Command of the Ukrainian Armed Forces reported on Monday that at least three civilians were injured. In addition, a fire broke out. So the target was a former bridge that was attacked and damaged over the mouth of the Dniester. At first there was no confirmation from the Russian side.
Meanwhile, Moscow’s Defense Ministry reported more than 100 airstrikes on Ukraine’s military infrastructure on Monday night. In addition, missiles were fired at more than 300 targets, said ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov. The information cannot initially be verified independently.
British intelligence: Belarus links Ukrainian forces
According to estimates of British intelligence services, Belarus is likely to link the military forces of the neighboring country by deploying troops on the border with Ukraine. Minsk wants to send special forces, air defense, artillery units and missile launchers to training areas in the west of the country, according to a report by the Ministry of Defense in London on Monday. This will likely constrain Ukrainian forces so that they cannot be deployed in support of Donbass.
Contrary to initial speculation, Belarusian forces have not yet taken part in combat operations, according to the report. However, the area there was used as a springboard for Russian advances in Kyiv and Chernihiv as well as for air strikes. President Alexander Lukashenko balances support for Russia with the desire to avoid direct military intervention. This intervention could lead to more Western sanctions, retaliatory strikes from Ukraine, and dissatisfaction within the country’s military.
The Polish border guards number 3.4 million entrances
Since the start of the Russian offensive on Ukraine, Polish border guards have recorded 3.4 million arrivals from the neighboring country to the east. On Sunday, 19,800 people crossed the border into Poland, the authority announced on Twitter on Monday.
32,400 people crossed the border into Ukraine on Sunday. A total of 1.3 million people have entered Ukraine from Poland since the start of the war on February 24. According to the authorities, most of these were Ukrainian citizens. They mostly travel to areas where the Ukrainian army has regained control. There is no official information about how many war refugees remained in Poland and how many traveled to other EU countries
Governor: Ukraine controls 10 percent of Luhansk
Despite heavy Russian attacks, the Ukrainian army still controls about ten percent of eastern Ukraine’s Luhansk region, according to the region’s governor. Serhiy Hagdai stressed that the Russians in particular could not capture the outskirts of the cities of Rubyshyn, Severodonetsk, and Lysechhansk. Also in eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk region, three civilians were killed and 13 injured in Russian attacks on Sunday, according to the regional administration.
Ukraine: Putin prevents the rescue of wounded from Azovstal
According to the Ukrainian government, the rescue of at least one of the injured defenders from the Azovstal steel plants in Mariupol failed because of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The plant is under heavy fire from the Russian army – and some critics at home accuse Kyiv of abandoning soldiers. Deputy Defense Minister Anna Maller stressed that a military operation to liberate the besieged is not possible at the present time. They are working on proposals for their release – but “Putin just doesn’t agree.”
Ukraine wants to seek support from Africa and Asia
Zelensky wants to address parliaments in African and Asian countries, he said in his daily video address. In the past few months, the Ukrainian president, among other things, has asked parliamentarians in Europe via a video link for support. He hopes, among other things, that this will speed up Ukraine’s accession to the European Union. In a week, he also wants to speak at the World Economic Forum in Davos, where, among other things, post-war reconstruction will be discussed.
Silinsky stressed that one of the goals is also to tighten sanctions against Russia. “The occupiers must constantly feel the increasing price of war on them.” The oil embargo on Russia is a priority. “No matter how Moscow tries to block this decision, the period of Europe’s dependence on Russian energy resources is coming to an end. And that will not change either,” Zelensky said.
Lviv city hall hacking
The administration of the city of Lviv in western Ukraine has become the target of a cyber attack by suspected Russian hackers. Deputy Mayor Andrei Moskalenko wrote on Facebook that as a result of the attack on Friday, some city services were no longer available. Part of it was recovered by Sunday. Moskalenko wrote that the attackers also stole data from the city administration, which was then posted on the Telegram chat service. Ukraine has long been at the center of hacker groups, which Western IT security experts attribute to the environment of Russian secret services.
Ukrainian Post plans to postage stamps for ESC’s Triumph
The head of the Ukrainian Post, Igor Smilianskej, announced a quick decision on a postage stamp in honor of the ESC’s winning Kalush Orchestra. The last Ukrainian winners of ESC – singers Ruslana and Jamala – were also honored with stamps. Recently, the Ukrainian Post received a blow with a stamp intended for Ukrainian soldiers from a Black Sea island who, using vulgar language, refused to surrender to a Russian warship.
The Kalush Orchestra apparently won the ESC title on Sunday night thanks to the unprecedented response from TV viewers. Ukraine now wants to host the Economic and Social Council next year regardless of the current Russian war of aggression in its country. Meanwhile, Oli Syuk, the band’s leader, announced that the band intends to auction its trophy and donate the proceeds to Ukraine and the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
That will be important on Monday
EU foreign ministers want to discuss the latest developments in the Ukraine war in Brussels. Disagreement within the European Union over the ban on the import of Russian oil overshadowed the meeting. Plans for this are on hold because Hungary is not ready to support them. In Sweden and Finland, the two parliaments meet to discuss whether the two countries should join NATO. A decision on the Swedish government’s membership application is expected on Monday. The European Union Commission presents its economic forecast for the spring in Brussels. The prospects for the European economy are uncertain due to the war.