A high-ranking US diplomat has stated that Russian President Vladimir Putin is not sincere about peace talks with Ukraine while escalating the conflict to a new level of “barbarism.”
The reduced pace of fighting in Ukraine is expected to continue for several months, according to US intelligence.
Following a deal that was reached by Western powers and aims to limit a key source of funding for the war, Russia is analyzing how to respond to a price cap on its oil.
Europe must address Putin’s fear that “NATO comes right up to its doors” and the deployment of weapons that could threaten Russia, according to French President Emmanuel Macron.
In the coming weeks, a lot of Ukrainians are likely to flee to Germany: Ambassador
According to the German ambassador to Britain, a significant number of Ukrainian refugees are likely to flee to Germany in the coming weeks.
“We are very concerned about that, because these attacks on the energy infrastructure mean that many people in freezing temperatures might be forced to leave Ukraine. So, we expect another wave of refugees in the coming weeks.”
Since the invasion began on November 30, more than one million people have left Ukraine and entered the country, according to the Berlin-based German Interior Ministry.
The ambassador stated that there was no reason to be hopeful that the war could be ended diplomatically.
Auction of rare emeralds to support Ukraine: New York Times
The New York Times reports that in order to assist Ukrainians, the owner of an emerald ring that is valued between $50,000 and $70,000 has put the family heirloom up for auction.
The chicken magnate’s widow, Mitzi Perdue, stated that the proceeds from the sale would be donated to aid in humanitarian efforts in Ukraine, where she traveled this year during the Russian invasion.
“I wanted to do more after five days, and then I started thinking, ‘What can I do to be most helpful?'”The Times quoted her as saying, “and then I thought, ‘I own something that’s of historic significance.'”
When Frank Perdue proposed to her in 1988, he gave her the ring.2005 saw his passing.The ring was found in a Spanish galleon that went down in a hurricane in 1622 near the Florida Keys. The shipwreck contained the ring.
Concerns grow regarding Germany’s plan to purchase F-35 aircraft
According to documents seen by AFP, Germany’s defense ministry has expressed serious concerns regarding the planned purchase of F-35 fighter jets made in the United States as part of the nation’s effort to modernize its military.
In response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Berlin announced in March that it would purchase 35 Lockheed Martin warplanes to replace its aging Tornado fleet.
In a secret letter to the budget committee of the parliament, however, the defense ministry stated that it was concerned about “delays and additional costs” associated with the purchase of the nearly 10 billion euros ($10.5 billion).
According to the report, the risk factors include the necessary upgrades at the airfields that will house the F-35s, security requirements, and potential issues with Germany’s approval for flight operations.
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Last Updated on December 23, 2022 by Tadese Faforiji