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UPDATE ON THE SITUATION – The Finnish president, on a surprise visit to kyiv, suggested on Tuesday using his country’s significant capabilities to train Ukrainian soldiers on the Leopard 2 battle tank.

Series of resignations in Ukraine, NATO declarations, reaffirmation of Berlin’s support, expulsion of Russian ambassadors… Le Figaro provides an update on the war in Ukraine this Tuesday, January 24.

Germany to deliver Leopard tanks to Ukraine, according to German weekly Spiegel

In a spectacular reversal, Germany finally decided to deliver Leopard tanks directly to Ukraine and also to authorize the re-export to kyiv of the same tanks that allies, such as Poland or Finland, have in their own stocks. The information was announced by the Spiegeland the German initiative comes after Washington would have accepted, for its part, to deliver Abrams tanks, according to the wall street journal and Reuters. Thus Olaf Scholz’s demand for a common initiative in which Berlin would not “solo riderwould be satisfied.

Tanks: Finland suggests training the Ukrainian army

The Finnish president, on a surprise visit to kyiv, suggested on Tuesday to use his country’s significant capabilities to train Ukrainian soldiers on the Leopard 2 battle tank, which Ukraine has insisted on several European countries including Germany. . As part of the ongoing discussion in Europe about the possibility of sending tanks from several countries, “there are several possibilities on the role of Finland”President Sauli Niinistö told a press conference his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky, promising that Helsinki would be “constructive”.

“We talked about creating a separate platform to reinforce Ukraine with armor, including tanks. I am very happy that Finland is taking its proper place there,” affirmed the Ukrainian head of state. The President of Finland, whose army is equipped with more than 200 Leopard 2 tanks, mentioned a possible contribution, insisting on a training role on the Finnish side. “I want to highlight our training because Finland is one of the few countries that still has conscription”, he pointed out. The Finnish military “welcome beginners every year, train them, with very experienced training and buildings for conscripts”added the Finnish president.

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Corruption: unprecedented wave of resignations in Ukraine since the Russian invasion

A series of senior Ukrainian officials were dismissed from their posts on Tuesday in the wake of a corruption scandal over army supplies, the first scandal of this magnitude since the start of the Russian invasion. A total of five regional governors, four deputy ministers and two heads of a government agency will leave their posts, in addition to the deputy head of the presidential administration and the deputy attorney general. President Volodymyr Zelensky had announced on Monday evening “personnel decisions” re “managers of different levels in the ministries and other structures of the central government, in the regions and in the law enforcement system”.

This wave of departures comes at a time when kyiv is asking its Western allies, whose military and financial support is crucial, for hundreds of modern tanks and other armaments for a new offensive on the front. At the origin of the reshuffle, a scandal relating to a contract signed by the Ministry of Defense at an allegedly overvalued price and relating to food products intended for its soldiers. According to a survey by the news site ZN.UAthis contract for 13 billion hryvnias (about 324 million euros) was awarded with prices “two to three higher” than current tariffs for basic foodstuffs. As a result, Deputy Defense Minister Vyacheslav Shapovalov, in charge of logistical support for the armed forces, was dismissed from his post on Tuesday.

However, on Monday, Minister Oleksiï Reznikov had assured that the scandal was a matter of “artificial informational attack” based on a “false pretense”. If no link has been established between the other officials on departure and this scandal, some have been accused in recent months of other offenses or missteps. Deputy head of the presidential administration Kyrylo Tymoshenko, one of the few aides to the president present since his election in 2019 and who has overseen reconstruction projects in particular, was accused in October of using an all-terrain vehicle donated to Ukraine by the American group General Motors. After these revelations, he assured to have transmitted the vehicle to the needs of the front. Deputy Prosecutor General Oleksiï Simonenko has been accused of having recently gone on vacation to Spain while travel abroad, except for professional purposes, is prohibited for men of fighting age.

» SEE ALSO – Ukraine: five governors and four deputy ministers dismissed

25 dead in the Russian border region of Belgorod since the start of the offensive

Twenty-five people have been killed and nearly 100 others injured in Ukrainian strikes on the Russian border region of Belgorod since the start of Moscow’s military intervention in Ukraine, its governor announced on Tuesday. “Ukraine, the enemy, is bombing peaceful villages. We have 25 people killed and 96 injureds,” Vyacheslav Gladkov told President Vladimir Putin in an interview broadcast on Russian public television. This is the first time in eleven months that a death toll for a region has been officially given by the Russian authorities.

Russia has not changed its objectives, according to NATO

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Tuesday that there was “no indication“showing that Russia had”changed his goalsin his war against Ukraine, during a visit to Berlin. The NATO chief reaffirmed the importance of supplying more heavy weapons to kyiv to help repel Russian forces, and said to himself “confident» that a solution will be «soonfound on the delivery of tanks claimed by Ukraine.

» SEE ALSO – In Moscow, Russians continue to fuel an improvised memorial to victims in Ukraine

Germany questioned at the Council of Europe

“Freedom has a name: Leopard”: the head of German diplomacy, Annalena Baerbock, was questioned on Tuesday by a Ukrainian elected member of the Council of Europe who asked her if, “Yes or no”Berlin was going to authorize the delivery of armored vehicles. “The Council of Europe deals with peace and justice, it is very important, but today, peace and justice have a name: Leopard”launched the Ukrainian elected Oleksiy Hontcharenko, member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE).

“So please tell us clearly: yes or no, and when” Germany will give the green light to the delivery of German-made armored vehicles that kyiv insistently demands to resist Russian aggression, he added. “I understand your question” but “peace is not only about tanks, even if it is a crucial point, that is why we are discussing it intensely, including within my government”retorted Annalena Baerbock.

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