These are the primary developments because the battle enters its 697th day.
Right here is the scenario on Sunday, January 21, 2024.
- A hearth broke out at a pure gasoline terminal within the Russian Baltic Sea port of Ust-Luga, the regional governor stated early on Sunday. A excessive alert regime has been launched within the Kingiseppsky district, which incorporates the port, and no casualties have been reported, in keeping with the AFP information company.
- Russia’s parliament will consider a law permitting for the confiscation of cash, valuables, and different property from these deemed to unfold “intentionally false data” about Moscow’s navy actions, a senior lawmaker stated on Saturday.
- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy stated on Saturday that he anticipated plenty of new Western defence packages for Ukraine to be signed this and subsequent month. “We’re making ready new agreements with companions – sturdy bilateral agreements,” Zelenskyy stated in his nightly video handle.
- The spouse of a Russian soldier delivered an emotional enchantment for his return from Ukraine on Saturday on the election headquarters of President Vladimir Putin, a defiant gesture in a rustic the place open criticism of the battle is banned.
- The Ministry of Defence in the UK acknowledged on Saturday that Ukraine sustains a navy presence alongside the left financial institution of the Dnipro River and persists in keeping off Russian assaults regardless of logistical challenges.
- Russia has misplaced 375,270 troopers in Ukraine for the reason that starting of the battle, together with 750 over the previous day, the Common Workers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine claimed on Saturday. The quantity has not been independently verified.
Diplomacy and politics
- Zelenskyy stated in an interview aired on Friday that he was fearful on the prospect of Donald Trump returning to the White Home, branding the previous US president’s declare that he might cease Ukraine’s battle with Russia in 24 hours as “very harmful”.
- Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico instructed public broadcaster RTVS on Saturday that neighbouring Ukraine was not a sovereign nation however was below absolutely the management of the USA.
- North Korea stated on Sunday it has agreed to additional strategic and tactical cooperation with Russia to determine a “new multi-polarised worldwide order” as the 2 nations work to construct a united entrance within the face of their separate, intensifying tensions with the US.
- Putin might go to Pyongyang quickly, North Korea’s state media KCNA reported on Sunday.
- The size of NATO’s Steadfast Defender 2024 workouts mark an “irrevocable return” of the alliance to Chilly Struggle schemes, Russia’s Deputy Overseas Minister Alexander Grushko instructed the state information company RIA in remarks revealed on Sunday.