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What happened in Ukraine on the night of February 1


The most important news about events in Ukraine on the morning of February 1 is in the Tengrinews.kz selection.

Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmygal said that the summit between the EU and Ukraine will be held on February 3 in Kyiv. He stressed that the meeting is “very important” for Ukraine’s bid to join the European Union.

“The Ukraine-EU summit will be held in Kyiv on February 3. The fact that this summit will be held in Kyiv is a powerful signal for both partners and enemies,” he added.

It should be noted that Ukraine received the status of an EU candidate after the Russian invasion last year.

Russian terror must lose – Zelensky

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky stressed the need for victory as the anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine approaches.

“Russian terror must lose everywhere and in everything: both on the battlefield and in ensuring that not a single ruin remains in our country,” Zelensky said in his late-night video message.

Ukraine will receive 120-140 tanks in first deliveries – minister

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba said that Kyiv will receive 120-140 tanks in the “first wave” of deliveries.

“The tank coalition now has 12 members. I can note that in the first wave of deliveries, the Ukrainian armed forces will receive from 120 to 140 Western-style tanks,” Kuleba said.

The Minister noted that efforts are ongoing to obtain additional tanks.

“We continue to work both to expand the composition of the tank coalition and to increase the contributions of those who have already assumed obligations,” Kuleba said.

France to send additional artillery pieces to Ukraine

French Defense Minister Sebastien Lecornu said that Ukraine will receive an additional 12 Caesar howitzers. This will add to the 18 already delivered and will be financed from a 200 million euro fund set up by Paris to provide Kyiv with weapons. France will also send 150 troops to Poland to train up to 600 Ukrainian troops per month. Lecornu spoke after talks with his Ukrainian counterpart Oleksiy Reznikov in Paris.

Biden says the US will not provide military aircraft

The US has said it will not provide Ukraine with F-16 fighter jets as the country continues to fight invading Russian forces. Asked if the US would provide military aircraft, US President Joe Biden simply told reporters, “No.”

However, French President Emmanuel Macron announced his readiness to consider providing Kyiv with more weapons.

“In principle, nothing is prohibited, but it will be necessary to take into account a number of factors, first of all, to avoid an escalation of the conflict and to ensure that the planes do not touch Russian soil,” he said.

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki also said he was not opposed to the idea of providing Ukraine with fighter jets, but said that any transfer must be made “in full coordination” with NATO member countries.

Human Rights Watch accuses Ukraine of using illegal mines

The human rights group Human Rights Watch has accused Ukraine of using banned anti-personnel mines. The Ukrainian Defense Ministry has said it is in compliance with treaty obligations regarding mines, but will refrain from commenting on the weapons used to repel Russian invaders until the post-conflict stage is reached.

“Russian troops have repeatedly used anti-personnel mines and committed atrocities across the country, but this does not justify Ukraine’s use of these banned weapons,” said Human Rights Watch researcher Steve Goose.

Russia is conducting a large-scale attack on the eastern cities

The British Ministry of Defense said that Russian attacks around the eastern Ukrainian cities of Pavlovka and Vuhledar could be part of a larger offensive.

“Russian forces may be seeking to develop a new axis of advance into Donetsk to draw Ukrainian forces away from Bakhmut in the east of the country. There is heavy fighting in the city. There is a real possibility that Russia will continue to make local gains in the (Bakhmut) sector. However, it is unlikely that that Russia has enough idle troops in the area to achieve an operationally significant breakthrough,” the update reads.

Meanwhile, the Russian Ministry of Defense declared full control over the village of Blagodatnoye north of Bakhmut. This followed previous statements by the Russian PMC Wagner, which said it had taken control of Blagodatnoye.

Source: tengrinews