Soledar: Fate of contested town unclear
15 January 2023 | 5:05 pm
The Russian Wagner Group claims to have taken the gateway town of Soledar, while Kyiv denies the capture. Meanwhile Russian strikes hit Kharkiv after a visit by Germany's foreign minister.
Ukraine said it downed 16 "kamikaze" drones that targeted the capital and other cities. Meanwhile, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said military support for Ukraine "is the fastest way to peace." DW rounds up the latest.
Few recent meetings had been as highly anticipated as the meeting of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).
The Ukrainian leader delivered a defiant New Year's message, calling 2022 the "year of Ukrainians" and vowing to fight on in 2023.
The Ukrainian capital has been targeted by Russian air strikes for the fifth consecutive night, with the city's mayor claiming Ukraine shot down 40 drones.
In Ukraine the start of the year was as dramatic as most days of 2022 with large scale attacks of missiles and drones on the capital. At the same time, in Kyiv’s hospitals, new lives were born. Solomya and Lev are two of the babies.
Much of the fighting on the Ukrainian front is old-fashioned trench warfare. The front line often barely moves at all. Shelling is causing heavy losses, and medics do everything they can to save lives. DW joined an evacuation team on the eastern front.
Over recent weeks, Russia has been using more and more drones to attack Ukrainian targets. While Ukraine insists there is mounting evidence that those drones were manufactured in Iran, both Russia and Iran deny Iran is supplying Russia with drones.
About 200 people gathered in the Russian city of Samara on Tuesday to hold a vigil for soldiers killed by a Ukrainian rocket strike in Makiivka, eastern Donetsk, on New Year's Eve. Mourners laid wreaths and roses in Samara's central square, while priests recited prayers for the dead.
Russia's war on Ukraine and its economic fallout are likely to stay at the top of Germany's political agenda in 2023. But the economic pinch could undermine support for the government's Ukraine policies. What challenges will Chancellor Olaf Scholz face?
Russia has unilaterally called for a cease-fire from noon local time on January 6 to midnight on January 7, the same time as Orthodox Christmas celebrations. Ukraine dismissed Putin's proposal as "hypocrisy."
There have been reports of shelling amid the 36-hour unilateral truce, which has been met with skepticism by Ukraine. Meanwhile, some German politicians are calling for battle tank deliveries to Ukraine. DW has more.
Ukrainian forces are repelling frequent offensives by invading Russian troops in the Donbas region, Kyiv officials say. And doubts surround Russian claims of a massive hit on Ukrainian soldiers. DW has the latest.
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