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At the borders of the EU, Fighting a war against Russia

Already more than 2.4 million Ukrainians lost their homes due to Russia’s invasion.

More than 4,500 private and high-rise buildings were damaged in the Kyiv region alone. One of the options for temporary housing is modular settlements. These are containers from metal and plastic that can be quickly placed anywhere. Such settlements have been built since 2014 for residents of the Luhansk and Donetsk regions. Now they exist in Zaporizhzhia, Kyiv, Lviv, Chernivtsi, and Chernihiv regions.

Destroyed buildings is Borodianka. – Photo: Dmytro Vaha
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Orihiv Shevchenka 16 Zhinocha Gimnazia before it was destroyed by the Russsian troops – Photo Nataliya Shestakova

Russian forces may have carried out localised, probing attacks near the city Orikhiv in Polohy Raion, Zaporizhzhia Oblast, where on 7 May 2022 the hospital was already shelled by Russian forces and 14 days later the gymnasium, and the building of the city executive committee were destroyed.

During the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, the coal mining city Vuhledar also in Donetsk Oblast was hit for the first time by a Russian ballistic missile carrying a cluster munition on February 24, 2022. The missile struck outside a hospital and killed four civilians and injured another 10. This week Russian forces attacked the city anew but it is “highly unlikely” they made any significant progress there, despite recent claims by Russian bloggers.

Acting Zaporizhzhia Mayor Anatolii Kurtiev said Russian forces struck several infrastructure sites, injuring at least one. The fire broke out at one site after the attack, Kurtiev wrote in a Telegram post on Jan. 27. The injured man has been hospitalised.

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Pyatnytska Church, constructed at the turn of the 12th and 13th centuries, and view of ancient Chernihiv now again seriously damaged.

Ukraine’s Northern Command reported that Russian forces 49 times shelled the city Chernihiv which was designated as a Hero City of Ukraine by the Ukrainian government during the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The Sumy oblast, also referred to as Sumshchyna, in the northeastern part of Ukraine and borders the Russian Bryansk Oblast having been one of the first regions where Russian and Ukrainian forces clashed, now got under fire again.

The military said that the Russian troops shelled bordering districts in two northern regions with 120 mm mortars and the town of Hai in Sumy Oblast with artillery.

In its latest mass attack on Ukraine, Russian troops struck critical infrastructure sites in Kyiv and Zaporizhzhia with Kinzhal missiles, Yurii Ihnat, the spokesman of Ukraine’s Air Force, said on Jan. 27. Ukrainian air defense is currently unable to shoot down this type of missile, according to Ihnat.

On the 27th of January the German government has transferred to Ukraine a new military aid package. In particular, it includes Iris-T SLM missiles; 13 trucks; 2 load-handling trucks 15t; 12 truck tractor trains and 4 semi-trailers; 12 border protection vehicles; and 2 Pick-ups. After the U.S., U.K., and Germany announced the delivery of main battle tanks to Ukraine Zelenky thanked partners but added that they couldn’t waste time in getting tanks to the front line.

According to president Zelensky, this war is a fundamental battle for our generations,

for whether common European values will really work and for whether true equality and diversity will be preserved on our continent, and for whether Europe will be able to be peaceful.

he said.

According to the Head of the State, peace, security, freedom, democracy, protection of human rights, and social justice are things that should be fought for decisively, showing leadership. Especially when these values are threatened by totalitarian systems. Now there is a war going on in Europe, and Russia is implementing a genocidal policy. That is why it is important to continue the struggle for the preservation of European values and the institutions that protect them, the President said.

“You and I have no other way than to win the battle for Europe. The same way as we have united Europe. The same way as we are strengthening Europe. The same way as we guarantee freedom and security to Europe. Long term. Of course, with Ukraine as part of the European Union. Another is impossible,”

Zelensky said.

“Fierce fighting is ongoing,”

Ukrainian military spokesperson Serhii Cherevatyi said in comments to Ukrinform on Jan. 27.

“The enemy is indeed trying to achieve an intermediate success there, but thanks to the efforts of our defenders, they are unsuccessful.”

Already for a long time, Zelensky had asked the West to provide his country with modern weaponry to stop the bloodshed at the borders of the European Union. At the Ramstein-8 meeting in Germany on Jan. 20, Zelensky asked ‘his partners’ to give Ukraine longer-range missiles and F-16 fighters during his speech.

Scholz added he wouldn’t allow the “escalation” of a war between Russia and NATO after German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said at the Council of Europe on Jan. 24 that the West was

“fighting a war against Russia and not against each other.”

After long hesitation and a lot of talks, Western government leaders finally decided to provide more advanced weaponry for Ukraine.

The U.S. has been reluctant to supply ATACMS due to the fear of escalation and the concerns that they may be used to attack Russian territory. Supporters of supplying ATACMS to Ukraine argue that Kyiv’s inability to strike targets far from the frontline results in the deaths of numerous Ukrainians and makes it harder for Ukraine to expel Russian troops from its territory.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz managed to secure the international NATO alliance he wanted before sending tanks to Ukraine. Though, his hesitation has raised questions about whether Germany can be counted on to lead. In the end, Germany and the US agreed to give Ukraine the modern NATO-standard battle tanks Kyiv has been requesting for months so that it can better defend and take back territory from Vladimir Putin’s invading troops.

The decision marked a reversal for US President Joe Biden, whose administration had said it wasn’t thinking of sending M1 Abrams tanks. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz also invited criticism and may have suffered reputational damage for dragging his feet on the decision.

The priority for Ukraine is to acquire American F-16s, however, they are also considering French Rafale and Swedish Gripen fighter jets. At the moment Belgium is not thinking to provide such F-16s and pilots.

In a Jan. 28 speech at an event of her party, the CDU, in Düsseldorf, Germany, von der Leyen said that Ukraine needs to prevail against Russian attacks in order to defend European values.

“We stand by Ukraine’s side without any ifs and buts,”

she said and added that Ukraine

“is fighting for our shared values, it is fighting for the respect of international law and for the principles of democracy, and that is why Ukraine has to win this war.”

The General Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces reported on Jan. 29 that Russia had lost 126,160 troops in Ukraine since the beginning of its full-scale invasion on Feb. 24. An estimated 650 Russian troops were lost over Jan. 28 alone.

According to the report, Russia has also lost 3,197 tanks, 6,366 armoured fighting vehicles, 5,037 vehicles and fuel tanks, 2,195 artillery systems, 453 multiple launch rocket systems, 221 air defence systems, 293 airplanes, 284 helicopters, 1,947 drones, and 18 boats.

Even though Belgium will not provide tanks and F-16s it will provide anti-aircraft guns and trucks. Without cargo vehicles to supply the necessary equipment, an army with many tanks cannot do much either, so in that respect Belgium does benefit Ukraine.

Germany’s Defense Minister Boris Pistorius said that sending fighter jets to Ukraine is

“out of the question.”

In his opinion

“Fighter aircraft are much more complex systems than main battle tanks and have a completely different range and firepower. We would venture into dimensions I would currently warn against.”

The U.S.-made F-16 fighter jets could be the best option for Ukraine’s Air Force, spokesperson Yurii Ihnat said during a briefing. So far, the U.S. has refused to supply F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine or authorise their transfer by third countries.

In the Netherlands Dutch Foreign Minister Wopke Hoekstra seems not to mind looking into providing Ukraine with F-16 fighter jets

“if Kyiv asks for it.”

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Find out more on the Ukrainian-Russian war on this site:

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  2. Lisa Rozner reports how Russian troops have begun moving into Ukraine
  3. Catholic University students take shelter in Ukraine
  4. USSR – USA – Cold-, Hot Wars and memorandi
  5. Ukraine keeps standing strong despite Russian predictions
  6. People in Ukraine standing up to Russian troops – BBC News
  7. Zelenskiy: Russia aims to obliterate Ukraine
  8. Cold War over and back again to bring a war in Ukraine as the end of the liberal world order
  9. The moral failure of considering Ukraine for NATO
  10. Anno 2022, Neutrality or action
  11. Trade surpluses vs Most sweeping set of sanctions ever aimed at a country since World War 2
  12. The first week of March 2022 looked at by the Guardian
  13. No-fly zone needed over Ukraine to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe 
  14. The First Great Information War 
  15. Ukraine From March the 4th up to now
  16. What are Russia’s four key demands it wants Ukraine to follow?
  17. Indy briefing for the second week of March 2022
  18. Churches as Waystations on the Refugee Road from Ukraine
  19. Go Ahead. Pray for Putin’s Demise.
  20. Ukraine has proven to be a self-confident nation
  21. Hundreds of Russian Pastors Oppose War in Ukraine
  22. Cool hand Vlad or Crazy Ivan?
  23. Some highlights of the invasion of Ukraine March 9-16
  24. Thought for 2022 March 18
  25. Conscientious objection and Ukraine
  26. To governments everywhere: Stop this war
  27. Ukraine from 2022 March 16-20
  28. The Telegraph looking at the third week of March 2022
  29. Selection from The Week: 2022 3rd week of March
  30. Allegedly false death numbers
  31. The war goes beyond Ukraine – The sword of Damocles hanging over the global economy
  32. Russian doctors plead for end to war
  33. The health consequences of war in Ukraine will be catastrophic
  34. Adar Aleph the month Russia invaded Ukraine
  35. Ukraine’s week of 2022 March 21-27 in view
  36. Deceived Russian boys and mothers
  37. Russia-Ukraine war: the vulnerabilities of strategic thinking in Europe
  38. The Guardian looking at Ukraine one month after the invasion
  39. Christians on the Left Statement on Ukraine April 2022
  40. How the war in Ukraine will lead to the fulfilment of many Bible prophecies
  41. UK giving £100m more in lethal aid to Ukraine
  42. Does the population of Russia know what the Russian soldiers are doing in Ukraine
  43. Hidden away in the mountains of the Zakarpattia region of Ukraine
  44. The Guardian’s view on Ukraine for the first half of April 2022
  45. President of Ukraine met with the Secretary of State and Secretary of Defense of the United States of America
  46. Has Ukraine become a Symbol of ‘Freedom’
  47. The Guardian’s view on Ukraine for the second half of April 2022
  48. Russia seeks to capture all of southern Ukraine in major expansion of war goals
  49. Has Russia already started World War Three?
  50. Asking God to give Ukrainians strength and courage to go on with their lives
  51. Russia ‘liberates’ Mariupol as last defenders surrender
  52. Bloomberg’s view on Ukraine at the beginning of June 2022
  53. Kremenchuk Russian blot
  54. Russian Protestants and a conflict of fratricide
  55. Russian and Ukrainian Orthodox churches and synagogues feeling pressure from above
  56. The New York Times from July 11 – July 17
  57. Our selection of Things you need to know The Week: July 18 – July 24
  58. Many churches in Ukraine robbed and destroyed by the Russians
  59. 216 days the war in Ukraine goes on
  60. Putin was so afraid of the democracy that was beginning to flourish in Ukraine that he decided to invade Ukraine
  61. Bloomberg looking at the 4th week of August 2022
  62. The Week for 2022 August 29 – September 04
  63. Why Russia’s October 10 attacks on Kyiv were not about the Crimean Bridge
  64. The Week of 2022 September 05 – 11
  65. Sixth commandment of Biblical law illegal in Russia
  66. Russia’s retreat from Kherson
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  68. 2022 towards its end
  69. Russia War Crimes document circulating in EU, opposed by ICC chief prosecutor
  70. Put Putin on trial!
  71. Launched ill-judged invasion of Ukraine
  72. The push for peace
  73. Ukraine attacks Russian air base
  74. Situation in Ukraine 2022 December 28
  75. Simplifying the construction of overhead power lines and substations
  76. Russia not at war with Ukraine claims Kremlin hardliner
  77. Europe sucked into a war against Russia
  78. Scholz gives the green light on tanks – but why did it take so long?
  79. Ukraine War: Those who fail to call for negotiations, fail to understand the dangerous predicament that faces the planet!

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Additional reading

  1. Watch Crisis in Crimea & Ukraine – talk from 2014!
  2. A useless but very dangerous challenge game
  3. Looking at a “Man from the North” endangering the world
  4. Putin’s Moves Toward War in Ukraine Show How Dangerous He Has Become
  5. Putin threatens nuclear strikes if West intervenes
  6. ‘Desperate’ Vladimir Putin may use tactical nuclear weapons, warns CIA chief
  7. Putin puts Russia’s nuclear force on high alert
  8. A Jew who would be a Nazi who has to be killed according president Putin
  9. Overcoming The Terror Of War
  10. Ukraine war is veering fast towards a big power conflict
  11. Yulia Tymoshenko: We are in World War Three already
  12. Signs of the Times – On manoeuvres
  13. Nations being Prepared for Christ’s Appearance
  14. Our Ukrainian brothers and sisters
  15. Our brothers in Kyiv’s northwest suburb Irpin

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Published by Marcus Ampe

Retired dancer, choreographer, choreologist Founder of the Dance impresario office and archive: Danscontact-Dansarchief plus the Association for Bible scholars, the Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" and "From Guestwriters" and creator of the site "Messiah for all". - Gepensioneerd danser, choreograaf, choreoloog. Stichter van Danscontact-Dansarchief plus van de Vereniging voor Bijbelvorsers, de Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" en "From Guestwriters" en maker van de site "Messiah for all".

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