Tragic heli crash kills child, Interior Minister, German Leopards only for U.S. Abrams

19 January, 03:53 PM

Your slice of the top headlines in Ukraine. Daily. Thursday, January 19th, 2023.

14 people were killed in the incident, including nine people on board the helicopter and a child from the kindergarten. The officials killed include Interior Minister Denys Monastyrskyi, First Deputy Minister Yevhen Yenin, and Interior Minister State Secretary Yuriy Lubkovych. The reasons behind the crash are yet to be uncovered, Ukraine’s Air Force said. National Police Chief Ihor Klymenko has been appointed as acting Interior Minister in the meantime.

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That’s according to Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. “The Russian autocrat is not alone in his reactionary desire to split the world and turn back time,” Sánchez said. “He has many allies in Europe, who are now hiding their sympathies for Putin, but only a year ago they came to him and praised his methods.”

The Kafka-esque proposal drew immediate criticism from pro-Ukrainian voices, who pointed out that the German leader had earlier predicated German tanks on a number of different conditions, all of which were met. The United States is preparing another package of security assistance to Ukraine, which will include Stryker armored vehicles and GLSDB rockets – but no Abrams tanks, Politico reported on Jan. 18, citing U.S. officials.

Czech Finance Minister Zbyněk Stanjura expressed the opinion during an interview with the Euractiv TV channel. “When you see today and every day the brutal attacks by the Russian army, the more and more damage they are doing to Ukraine’s infrastructure, but also to residential areas, I assume that the need for this money will be even higher than we thought in November or December,” he said.

“We’ve got to give Ukraine the weapons to eject Russia. Russia is not relenting on what it’s doing, Putin is mobilizing more forces. He is planning for another offensive,” Clark said. “It’s great, we are giving them 10 tanks from Britain. Ten tanks? Ukraine needs 300, 500 tanks.”

Latvian Defense Minister Inara Murniece thanked her Ukrainian colleague Oleksiy Reznikov in a post on Twitter for their Jan. 17 meeting in Kyiv. She said Latvia remains a strong ally of Ukraine and will continue to support the Ukrainian military with weapons and training.

Speaking at Davos, Naftogaz CEO Oleksiy Chernyshov said that he’s working to restructure Naftogaz’ outstanding debts, and plans to finalize this process within the next two weeks. The state-owned fossil fuel company defaulted in August, after bondholders rejected an earlier offer from Naftogaz.

The Russian diplomat said Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy was putting forward "some absolutely ridiculous initiatives.” In response, Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleg Nikolenko said that Lavrov had once again articulated Moscow's real intentions. "Moscow is categorically not interested in peace,” he wrote on Facebook.

Serbia is considered to be one of Russia’s closest European allies, so the statement came as a surprise to many observers. At the same time, during an interview with Bloomberg, Vucic claimed to not have spoken to Putin in months, and that “For us Crimea is Ukraine, Donbas is Ukraine – it will remain so.”

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