Wednesday is the 658th day of the Russian war against Ukraine. US intelligence declassified data related to Russian losses on Tuesday. They show that Vladimir Putin’s army has already lost 315 thousand soldiers. Soldiers. According to Politico, the declassification of this data on the day of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s visit to the United States is not a coincidence. The aim was to strengthen President Joe Biden’s administration’s efforts to push through Congress to adopt a package worth more than $61 billion in aid-related spending for Ukraine. Unfortunately, Zelensky’s meeting with House Speaker Mike Johnson did not achieve much. Johnson said: “I told President Zelensky that we stand with Ukraine in the face of brutal Russian aggression.” But he stressed that US border security comes first and that it is necessary to present a clear victory strategy before Congress passes additional measures regarding Ukraine. Follow live coverage of Wirtualna Polska.
More photos from Kyiv.
Kiev Mayor Vitali Klitschko announced via the Telegram application that at least 25 people have already been confirmed injured as a result of the night attack launched by the Russians on the Ukrainian capital.
Consequences of the Russian missile attack on Kiev. A fire broke out in one of the areas.
At least five people were injured after a Russian missile attack on the Ukrainian capital, Kiev. Dnieper Mayor Vitali Klitschko said: “So far, at least five people have been injured in the Dnieper region. Three were taken to hospital, and two received medical assistance immediately.”
A series of loud explosions were heard this Wednesday morning in the center of the Ukrainian capital, Kiev. Warnings and calls to hide in shelters were not announced until after the explosions. According to online communities monitoring Russian attacks, the ballistic missiles, which are difficult to detect, were heading towards the city.
The first official information says that the explosions were the result of an air defense attempt to shoot down enemy missiles. Serhiy Popko, head of the Kiev Municipal Military Administration, said: “Many pieces of debris fell on the left bank of the city. (…) In the Dnieper region, a fire broke out in a multi-storey building.” cable.
The Ukrainian ambassador to Poland informed in an interview with Wirtualna Polska that the Ukrainian authorities are already inviting Donald Tusk to visit Kiev. – The invitation is already there. “We really hope the prime minister will take advantage of this,” Wasil Zuarić told us.
The Ukrainian ambassador stressed that he appreciated the fact that Donald Tusk devoted so much attention to Ukraine in his presentation. – I am very grateful for these words about supporting Ukraine and explaining why Ukraine is fighting and bleeding. These are values shared by Ukraine, Poland and the entire European Union. We hope that cooperation will develop successfully on the basis of mutual respect and support, the diplomat said.
Joe Biden stressed during a press conference that his administration would support Ukraine as much as it could, but he warned again that money was running out without Congress approving another funding package. He also expressed his anger at the position of Republicans who are blocking the package, demanding in return a significant tightening in immigration policy.
– It is surprising that we have reached this point (…) We must be aware of how it is viewed in the world. Biden said: How does Russia view this? – A TV presenter in the Kremlin recently said, and I quote, “Good job, Republicans” (…) If Russian propaganda celebrates you, it may be time to rethink your approach.
The European Union reached an agreement on Tuesday on rules to make freezing and confiscating criminal assets more effective, including increasing the ability of EU countries to identify the property of sanctioned Russians and Belarusians.
– Today the fate of Ukraine’s freedom hangs in the balance, but if we do not stop Putin, freedom everywhere will be in danger – US President Joe Biden said on Tuesday during a joint press conference with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
He again called on Congress to allocate funds to support Ukraine, adding that the Kremlin was publicly happy with the Republicans’ stance. Preventing the adoption of funds. In turn, President Zelensky said that agreeing to cede territory to Russia would be “insanity.”
The European Commission announced on Tuesday in Brussels preliminary legislative proposals that may in the future enable income from the Russian Central Bank’s frozen assets in Europe to be used for the benefit of Ukraine. The Russian assets themselves will not be affected.
Canadian media, referring to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s visit to the United States on Tuesday, point out that in Canada, like American Republicans, they are opposed to providing more aid to Ukraine.
The Canadian daily newspaper The Globe and Mail wrote that in the United States, Zelensky managed to change the minds of a few opponents of more aid to Ukraine. In Canada, the Ukrainian president’s talks in Washington are under close scrutiny because the Canadian Conservatives voted last Friday against funding further training of Ukrainian soldiers by the Canadian military, but failed to gain majority support in the House of Commons.
It is not the right time to start negotiations on Ukraine’s accession to the European Union because the European Commission was not able to adequately prepare the matter for the European Council meeting in December, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán wrote in a letter to the Hungarian community in Ukraine. Transcarpathia.
Latvian Defense Minister Andris Sprudus, who visited Kiev on Tuesday, proposed creating an “international drone coalition” to help Ukraine — similar to previous similar initiatives, referred to as the Ukrainian “tank coalition” and “aircraft coalition.” The Ministry of Defense reported.
“I would like to express my gratitude to the Latvian side for the initiative to create a ‘UAV Alliance’. The course of the war (with Russia) proves that the advantage (in this regard) is often decisive on the battlefield,” the Ukrainian noted. Quoted by Defense Minister Rustam Umarov in the ministry’s Telegram profile.
Sprudes emphasized that efforts to provide the Ukrainian army with drones are an investment in technologies that help protect the lives of soldiers. “This is the main direction of our work,” a representative of the Latvian government said.
International projects known as the “Tank Alliance” and “Aircraft Alliance”, which were mainly discussed in the first months of 2023, led to the transfer to Kiev of modern Western tanks, such as, among others, the Leopard, Abrams and Challenger, as well as the decision to start To train Ukrainian pilots to operate American F-16 multirole aircraft with the aim of subsequently delivering these machines to Ukraine.
He also announced that they would talk with Biden about strengthening air defense and “the ability to destroy Russian logistics,” as well as accelerating plans for joint production of weapons in Ukraine by American and Ukrainian industries.
Despite subsequent reminders from President Biden and Zelensky’s visit to Congress, the impasse over the appropriation of additional funds needed to continue US aid to Ukraine has not yet been broken. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday that it was “almost impossible” to pass it before Christmas.
I don’t want you to lose hope; US President Joe Biden said, on Tuesday, at the beginning of his meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, “We will not allow Vladimir Putin to succeed.” He also announced that he had approved another batch of weapons for Ukraine worth $200 million.
-We will stay by your side. The decisions we make today will define the decades ahead, especially in Europe. This is one of those moments, Biden said, welcoming his Ukrainian counterpart to the White House on his fourth visit to the United States. “Congress must approve additional funding for Ukraine before the holiday break, before they give Putin the biggest Christmas present they can give,” he added.
On Tuesday, the Ukrainian president headed to Washington. He met, among others, with House Speaker Mike Johnson. This meeting was an attempt to break the deadlock surrounding the money package to support Ukraine for next year. Everything indicates that Zelensky’s mission ended in failure.
– I told President Zelensky that we stand with Ukraine in the face of brutal Russian aggression, said Mike Johnson after his meeting with the Ukrainian president. But he stressed that US border security comes first and that it is necessary to present a clear victory strategy before Congress passes additional measures regarding Ukraine.
US authorities estimate that more than 13,000 people have been killed since October in the main part of the front in eastern Ukraine, on the Novopalivka-Avdiivka axis. Russian soldiers; The invaders also lost more than 220 combat vehicles there, Politico revealed on Tuesday, citing declassified US intelligence data.
Russia is determined to continue its attack despite these heavy losses. National Security Council spokeswoman Adrienne Watson, quoted by Politico, said that it is more important than ever to maintain Washington’s support for Ukraine so that the country can effectively defend itself and regain occupied territories.
The portal noted that the declassification of intelligence data about the situation near Avdiivka on the day of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s visit to the United States is not a coincidence. As emphasized, this advances President Joe Biden’s administration’s efforts to push through Congress for approval of a package worth more than $61 billion in aid-related spending for Ukraine.
According to declassified US intelligence findings, Russia’s losses in the war it is waging with Ukraine amount to 315,000 soldiers. Killed or injured. That’s almost 90 percent. Reuters reported on Tuesday that military personnel were sent by Russia to Ukraine at the beginning of the conflict.
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