News from Ukraine: Russian army ‘weaker’, says UK


What is happening in Ukraine today and how are the countries of the world reacting? Read live updates on Vladimir Putin and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.


LVIV, Ukraine – The British Army has said it believes the Russian military is now “significantly weaker” after suffering losses in its war against Ukraine.


The UK Ministry of Defense made the comment on Tuesday in its daily Twitter statement regarding the war.


He said: “The Russian military is now significantly weaker, both materially and conceptually, following its invasion of Ukraine. The recovery will be exacerbated by the sanctions. This will have a lasting impact on Russia’s ability to deploy conventional military force.


The ministry added that while Russia’s defense budget doubled from 2005 to 2018, the modernization program it undertook “did not allow Russia to dominate Ukraine”.


“Failures in both strategic planning and operational execution prevented it from translating numerical strength into decisive advantage,” the ministry said.


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LVIV, Ukraine — Satellite photos analyzed by The Associated Press show nearly 50 Russian military helicopters at a base near the Ukrainian border.


The image captured by Planet Labs PBC on Monday shows the helicopters in Stary Oskol, Russia, some 175 kilometers northeast of the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv.


Helicopters are parked on the tarmac, runway and grass of the otherwise civilian airport. Military equipment is parked nearby to support the aircraft.


Russia has used its military attack helicopters in its war against Ukraine, hovering low to the ground to try to avoid anti-aircraft missiles.


Meanwhile, another satellite image showed a bridge repeatedly targeted by Moscow near the Black Sea port city of Odessa, still standing around noon on Monday. This strategic bridge connects Odessa with the wider countryside and would be essential in defending the region.


A breakaway region of neighboring Moldova, home to nearby Russian troops, has seen a series of mysterious explosions in recent days, raising concerns about the widening conflict.


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ROME — Pope Francis told an Italian newspaper that he offered to travel to Moscow to meet Russia’s president about three weeks after the invasion began, but received no response.


Francis was quoted by the Corriere della Sera on Tuesday as saying his offer to visit Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow was made by Vatican No. 2 Cardinal Pietro Parolin 20 days after the invasion of the Ukraine by Russia.


He said: “Of course it would be necessary for the Kremlin leader to open a window of opportunity. But we still haven’t had an answer and we’re still pushing, although I’m afraid Putin can’t and won’t have that meeting right now.”


Francis said he spoke with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Cyril, for 40 minutes via videoconference and during the first half “with a paper in his hand he read all the justifications for the war. I listened and said to him: I do not understand any of this. Brother, we are not clerics of the State, we cannot use the language of politics, but that of Jesus. … For that, we must to find the ways of peace, to stop the shootings of weapons.


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OTTAWA — Ukraine’s designated ambassador to Canada says Russia must be held accountable for sex crimes committed by its troops, including against children.


Yulia Kovaliv told a Canadian House of Commons committee on Monday that Russia uses sexual violence as a weapon of war and said rape and sexual assault must be investigated as crimes of war.


She said Russia has also kidnapped Ukrainian children and taken them to Russian-occupied territories and now to Russia itself. Ukraine is working with partners to find the children and bring them back.


“The Russians a few days ago killed a young mother and taped her living child to her body and tied a mine between them,” the ambassador said. She said the mine had exploded.


All of Russian society, not just President Vladimir Putin “and his proxies,” should take responsibility for the war on Ukraine because more than 70% of Russians support the invasion, Kovaliv said.


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WASHINGTON — Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi arrived at the Capitol on Monday after leading a surprise delegation to Ukraine, swearing that the U.S. Congress has “more to do” to help the country fight coronavirus. Russian invasion.


Pelosi is the highest-ranking American elected official to have landed in kyiv since the start of the war and she called the congressional delegation’s meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy “instructive and inspiring”.


The trip with the Democratic lawmakers comes as Congress readies a $33 billion military and humanitarian aid package, but now some lawmakers are also discussing a ‘Marshall Plan’-style effort to possibly help rebuild Ukraine. as the United States helped Europe after World War II. .


Pelosi returned to the Capitol in Washington to sign and send President Joe Biden legislation passed by Congress last week that would update a World War II-era military lend-lease law and streamline the process for sending aid to Ukraine. Biden should sign it into law.


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