Ukraine-News ++ Kyiv warns of fake recruitment letters in Germany ++

IIn Germany, according to information from Kyiv, fake recruitment letters for the International Legion, which consists of foreigners, are in circulation in Ukraine. “The Ukrainian consulate has not sent any such letters,” foreign ministry spokesman Oleh Nikolenko said on Friday Facebook.

Rather, the letters are part of a disinformation campaign against Ukraine. In Germany, recruiting citizens for service in a foreign army is punishable by up to five years in prison. The police were informed of the incidents.

The diplomat presented the scan of a letter to a man in Kamp-Lintfort. The Consulate General of Ukraine in Düsseldorf is listed as the alleged sender. The letter offers 5,000 euros a month for service in the legion and, in the event of death, another 100,000 euros for the bereaved. Officially, however, the soldiers deployed on the front line in Ukraine only get the equivalent of around 2,400 euros. Soldiers recruited from abroad are treated on an equal footing with Ukrainian soldiers.

The so-called International Legion was founded by President Volodymyr Zelenskyj after the beginning of the war. Several thousand foreigners are said to be fighting in it.

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1:02 p.m. – Russia: Prisoner exchange with USA no improvement in relations

According to Russia, the exchange of prisoners with the USA does not improve relations. “During the talks, it was all about the topic of exchange. It is probably wrong to draw any hypothetical conclusions that this could be a step towards overcoming the crisis in bilateral relations,” the TASS news agency quoted Presidential Office spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying. “The bilateral relations are still in a sad state,” said Peskow. On Thursday, US basketball player Brittney Griner, who was imprisoned in Russia, was exchanged for Russian arms dealer Viktor But, who was imprisoned in the United States.

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12:24 – Tass: Meeting of representatives of Russia and the USA in Istanbul

According to a Russian media report, representatives of Russia and the USA are to meet for talks in Istanbul on Friday. Both sides would discuss a number of “difficult issues” in the Turkish Bosphorus metropolis, the state news agency Tass reported, citing an insider, without giving details. Among other things, it is about entry permits and the size of the embassy staff. Both countries have expelled each other’s diplomats in the past and have kept bilateral contacts to a minimum.

12:18 pm – Russian opposition figure Yashin found guilty

Russian opposition politician Ilya Yashin has been found guilty by a Moscow court of spreading “false information” about the armed forces. As the RIA Novosti news agency reported on Friday, the prosecution calls for a nine-year prison sentence for the 39-year-old. The sentence should be announced by the court in the course of the day. Yashin is a local politician of the “Solidarity Movement” and calls for the departure of President Vladimir Putin. He has repeatedly criticized the war of aggression against Ukraine.

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Sergei Zuyev (l.) and Ilya Yashin (middle) are still in custody;  Dmitri Kolker died in Moscow in Lefortovo prison

12:06 p.m. – Agency: Modi cancels summit with Putin

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has ruled out meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin in person this year, according to an agency report. The reason for this is Putin’s barely veiled threat to use nuclear weapons in the war against Ukraine, reports the Bloomberg news agency, citing informed circles. Both heads of state usually hold a summit meeting once a year.

11:05 am – Erdogan announces new talks with Putin and Zelenskyy

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announces new talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. He wants to talk to Putin on Sunday about strengthening the agreement on grain exports from Ukrainian Black Sea ports. He also wanted to talk to Selenskyj about it. Erdogan announces this in a speech at a conference in Istanbul, to which Zelenskyj was also connected via video link. The grain agreement was mediated by Turkey and the United Nations (UN).

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10:24 a.m. – “Zeitenwende” is word of the year

“Zeitenwende” is the word of the year 2022. The decision of a jury was announced by the Society for the German Language in Wiesbaden. The word stands for the transition to a new era, and Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) used it in this sense: The Russian attack on Ukraine on February 24, 2022 marked a “turning point in the history of our continent”.

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09:16 – Russia appears to be attacking again with kamikaze drones

According to British information, after a break of several weeks, Russia has probably attacked Ukraine again with the help of Iranian drones. If reports are verified, it means Russia has received supplies, the UK Defense Ministry said in its daily intelligence report on Friday.

It is likely that Russia has previously used up its existing stock of hundreds of Shahed-131 and Shahed-136 drones – so-called kamikaze drones.

Official Ukrainian reports were referred to in London. Accordingly, the Ukrainian secret service announced on December 6 that 17 drones had been shot down, including 14 Shahed-136. On December 7, it was said that kamikaze drones had been used in attacks on Zaporizhia and Dnipro Oblasts.

A Shahed-136 was reported to have been shot down on November 17. If the new attacks are confirmed, “it is likely that Russia has resumed attacks using newly delivered kamikaze drones,” London said.

08:30 – The current situation in Ukraine

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The current situation in Ukraine

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07:05 – Artillery shelling and heavy fighting in Donetsk

According to the Ukrainian military command, Russian forces are shelling civilian infrastructure in the cities of Kupiansk and Zolochiv in the northeastern Kharkiv region and in Ochakiv in the Mykolaiv region with artillery.

Donetsk region governor Pavlo Kirilenko said in a TV interview that the fiercest fighting was taking place near the towns of Bakhmut and Avdiivka. The entire front line was under fire and Russian troops were also trying to advance near Lyman, which was recaptured by Ukrainian forces in November. The information could not be independently verified.

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05:04 – Zelenskyi: Russian troops have deliberately mined abandoned terrain

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has accused Russian forces of leaving landmines, tripwire mines and mined buildings, cars and infrastructure in places they were forced to leave under pressure from the Ukrainian military. “It’s maybe even worse and more insidious than rocket terror,” Zelenskyy said in a late-night video speech commemorating four police officers killed by landmines in the Kherson region.

4:10 a.m. – US plans sanctions against representatives of Russian defense contractors

The US wants to impose new sanctions on Russia, according to US government officials on Friday. The sanctions will primarily target a number of Russian defense company officials involved in the transfer of Iranian drones to Russia, the officials said.

00:37 – US sources: Further military aid to Ukraine

The US is providing Ukraine with additional military aid amounting to 275 million dollars (around 260 million euros). The package includes 80,000 rounds of ammunition for howitzers and an unspecified amount of ammunition for Himars multiple rocket launchers, US sources said on Thursday. The delivery also included high-tech systems for detecting and countering drones, air defense systems, as well as additional all-terrain vehicles known as “Humvee”, generators and other combat equipment.

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Ukrainian soldiers fire French platoon mortars at Russian positions near Bakhmut

In the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine, drone attacks on both sides have recently increased. The discovery of unmanned aerial vehicles is therefore of increasing importance for the Ukrainian troops. According to the US, Russia bought hundreds of attack drones from Iran in the summer. According to the latest US information, Moscow is planning further such purchases.

Along with the latest package, the United States has sent more than $19.3 billion worth of weapons and other equipment to Ukraine since the Russian invasion began in late February.

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