News Roundup 1/19/2023

by | Jan 19, 2023

News Roundup 1/19/2023

by | Jan 19, 2023

Russia

  • The US and its allies are holding a series of meetings this week in Europe where new pledges for military aid to Ukraine are expected to be made, and more countries might agree to arm Kyiv with tanks. AWC
  • Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley on Tuesday met with the commander of the Ukrainian armed forces, Valery Zaluzhny, at an undisclosed location in Poland near the Ukrainian border. AWC
  • The US has dipped into stockpiles of arms it keeps in Israel and South Korea to supply Ukraine with more artillery shells, The New York Times reported Tuesday, citing anonymous US and Israeli officials. AWC
  • Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger said in a video address to the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Tuesday that Ukraine joining NATO would be an “appropriate outcome” of the war, reversing his previous position that Kyiv shouldn’t join the Western military alliance. AWC
  • Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger said in a video address to the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Tuesday that Ukraine joining NATO would be an “appropriate outcome” of the war, reversing his previous position that Kyiv shouldn’t join the Western military alliance. AWC
  • Ukrainian volunteers detailed in comments to The Times how they were unprepared to fight Russian forces near the city of Bakhmut in the Donetsk Oblast, where the two sides have been locked in heavy battles for months. AWC
  • Oleksiy Arestovych submitted his resignation as an advisor to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Tuesday after comments he made about a Russian missile hitting an apartment building in Dnipro. AWC
  • The New York Times reported Wednesday that the US is warming to the idea of helping Ukraine strike Crimea, something the Biden administration has previously avoided due to the risk of provoking a major response from Russian President Vladimir Putin. AWC
  • In a video address to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told Kyiv’s Western backers to pick up the “speed” of their decisions on arms deliveries, a veiled reference to Germany’s hesitancy to send heavy tanks to the country. AWC
  • NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Wednesday called for a “significant increase” in military aid for Kyiv. AWC
  • Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Wednesday that the US should approve a $20 billion F-16 sale to Turkey despite objections from some members of Congress. AWC
  • Thousands of people from around the world have answered Ukraine’s call to arms and have traveled to the country to fight, with around 100 foreign nationals killed on the battlefield over the last year in addition to more than 1,000 wounded, the Washington Post reported. The Institute 

China

  • US and Taiwanese officials concluded four days of talks on trade on Tuesday as the two sides near a trade initiative that will likely anger Beijing. AWC
  • Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen met with China’s top economic official, Vice Premier Liu He, in Switzerland on Wednesday as Washington and Beijing continue to maintain high-level contacts. AWC

Yemen

  • According to numbers compiled by the Yemen Data Project, the US-backed Saudi-led coalition killed at least 155 Yemeni civilians in 2022 despite the ceasefire that took effect in April of that year. AWC

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