kyiv’s allies consult, Moscow denies any general mobilization

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Ukraine’s allies gathered at the military base in Ramstein, Germany, around US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and NATO boss Jens Stoltenberg, who had just returned from Kiev. The meeting, where some fifty countries are represented, began with discussions between Lloyd Austin and his Ukrainian counterpart Oleksiï Reznikov, which the latter considered “fruitful”. The issue of “ammunition and air defense tools” is at the heart of the day’s discussions, said the American official. Between insufficient stocks, fear of escalation and logistical problems, Europeans and Americans have been more cautious than kyiv would have liked.

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I am confident that they (the Ukrainians) will now be able to clear even more ground. »

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Friday he was “confident” that Ukraine, in the process of preparing a counter-offensive, could regain ground against the Russians. After resisting Russian assaults on the eastern front all winter, Ukrainian forces say they are preparing their own offensive for spring or summer.

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8. Like the number of Shaded drones, of Iranian manufacture, that the Ukrainian army announces to have shot down this night during an attack on kyiv. “After a 25-day respite, the Ukrainian capital has experienced a new enemy air attack,” said Kiev military administration chief Sergei Popko on Telegram. Eight drones were shot down “on the approach” to the city, without causing casualties or destruction according to preliminary data, he said. Four other drones hit their targets.

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The Kremlin once again denied on Friday any intention to launch a second mobilization campaign to send men to Ukraine. “There are no discussions in the Kremlin about any wave of mobilization,” presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. He was responding to a question about reports in Russian media about university students receiving military conscriptions in Moscow and other cities in Russia. “Honestly, this is the first time I’ve heard of this,” he insisted.

In September 2022, the Kremlin announced the mobilization of several hundred thousand men of fighting age to give new impetus to its struggling offensive in Ukraine. Since then, rumors of a new wave of summons have been rife, especially since Vladimir Putin last week signed a law hastily passed by Parliament facilitating the mobilization.

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