Russo-Ukrainian War Alive: Wagner ‘Could Be a Quarter of Russian Soldiers’; Zelensky deprived Kremlin allies of citizenship Ukraine

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Western intelligence officers believe Wagner’s group is playing an increasingly important role in the Russian campaign, and an official told the Guardian on condition of anonymity that “Wagner’s staff may now make up a quarter or more of them.” Russian soldiers”. “.

Another front-page story this morning: President Volodymyr Zelensky stripped four prominent politicians of their Ukrainian nationality on Tuesday, including pro-Kremlin politician Viktor Medvedchuk, who was transferred to Russia last year as part of a prisoner swap deal.

Here are some other recent highlights:

  • Wagner, the leader of the Russian mercenary group, claimed that his forces had completed the invasion of the city of Ukraine Soledar, which, if confirmed, would be Moscow’s first major battlefield success since last summer. “Wagner’s units have taken control of the entire territory of Soledar,” Yevgeny Prigozhin said in an audio message broadcast on the Telegram channel on Tuesday evening. Soledar, home to large salt mines, has symbolic, military and commercial value for Russia.

  • President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyi thanked the defenders of “Kharman” Soledar but gave no update on martial law in a speech on Tuesday night.

  • Russian troops practiced tank, mortar and artillery fire at AvdiivkaUkraine’s armed forces have said to Russia that the house, south of Bakhmut and not far from the city of Donetsk, is the second house owned by Russian proxies since 2014.

  • Russian artillery fire in Ukraine has fallen sharply from record wartime levels, in some places by as much as 75%. According to US and Ukrainian officials. The drop in shells is further evidence of Russia’s weakened battlefield position nearly a year after the invasion, officials told CNN. Officials did not offer a specific or unique explanation for the sharp drop in artillery fire.

  • Western officials have warned that Ukraine will not be able to retake significant territory from Russia unless it increases its military capabilities, including tanks and armored vehicles. A Western official said Tuesday that Russian and Ukrainian forces were too close for the Ukrainians to mount a major offensive. They said Ukraine’s call for 300 tanks was “not a crazy number” to create the force mass needed to continue the offensive.

  • Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday that his government will buy an American air defense system to donate to Ukraine.. The US-made air defense system cost C$406 million (US$302 million), Defense Minister Anita Anand said. “Canada will continue to stand with the people of Ukraine in their fight against Russia’s illegal and unjustified invasion,” Anand said.

  • The Ukrainian military is expected to begin training on the Patriot missile system in the United States next week. US officials said. The training will take place at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and the program is expected to last for “several months.”

  • Russia appointed Colonel-General Alexander Lapin Chief of the General Staff of the Ground Forces of the countryState news agency TASS reported despite criticism of Hawks’ performance in Ukraine.

  • The family of one of two Britons missing in Ukraine have said they are “extremely concerned and worried” for his health. Chris Parry, 28, was last seen on Friday traveling to Soledar, in eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk region, with British national Andrew Bagshaw, 48. The men volunteered to help evacuate people from the front lines.

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