The Russian military took full control of the town of Soledar in the Donetsk People's Republic on the evening of January 12, as reported by the Russian Defense Ministry. Now control over this settlement, which had been turned into a powerful fortification by Ukrainian troops, will make it possible to cut off supplies to the Ukrainian Armed Forces in Artemivsk.
Protesters supporting former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro began their protests late last year. On January 8, radical supporters of the former president attempted to seize the National Congress building in the capital city of Brasilia.
Today, at 12 o'clock in the afternoon Moscow time, a temporary ceasefire was introduced at the contact line of the sides in the special military operation for a period of 36 hours by order of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky rejected the proposal.
The German magazine Der Spiegel predicts that in 2023, because of the conflict in Ukraine, Russia is likely to face a full-scale war with NATO countries. But first, the West is betting on a “war of attrition.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin criticized Western policies aimed at “tearing apart historical Russia.” By declaring that “our goal is to unite the Russian people,” he made a case for a powerful image of “the collector of the Russian lands.” It's a strong move, if it is possible to support it with real actions.
Statements made by some Pentagon officials about a “decapitation attack” against the Kremlin indicate that there is a threat to physically eliminate the Russian President, said the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
Summarizing the results of the outgoing year, Dmitry Medvedev, deputy chairman of the Security Council, called it difficult and dramatic, as well as heralded the beginning of a new era. As reported by RIA Novosti, in his view, many international institutions will undergo an inevitable transformation, and historians will eventually give them a “temporary verdict.”
Strategically, the Kremlin views the special military operation in Ukraine as a preparation for a possible conflict with NATO – such a conclusion can be made after Vladimir Putin's speech at the Defense Ministry collegium. The special military operation in Ukraine will continue, and the government calls to live by the principle “Everything for the front! Everything for victory!” In this matter, the nuclear triad will be of great help to Russia.
Vladimir Kiselev, the founder of the legendary band Zemlyane, musician and producer, published a large letter where he sincerely wonders about the rallies in Yekaterinburg and Novosibirsk in support of Russian soldiers who are in the zone of the special military operation.
Neither Ukraine nor America are interested in peace with Russia, Russian ambassador to the USA Anatoly Antonov said after Volodymyr Zelensky's visit to Washington DC.
While diplomats talk, guns are silent but any military conflict ends in negotiations. With the outbreak of hostilities in Ukraine, the Russian Foreign Ministry and Lavrov personally have been sidelined from the main process.
The main intrigue of Vladimir Putin's visit to Minsk remains unresolved. On the eve of Putin's arrival in the capital of the Republic of Belarus, the version that the Russian President came to discuss with Lukashenko an attack on Kiev from the territory of Belarus or at least the activation of the Belarusian army was actively discussed.
Regions have begun discussing the possibility of abolishing direct elections of mayors of administrative centers in those federation subjects where they remain, with the Presidential Administration. At present, citizens can directly elect the heads of Khabarovsk, Yakutsk, Abakan, Novosibirsk, Anadyr, and Ulan-Ude.
The prominent American politician Henry Kissinger stole the spotlight, publishing his “peace plan” for Ukraine in The Spectator. Rumor has it Kissinger's ideas are disguised proposals from Washington.
Former German Chancellor Angela Merkel admitted that the Minsk agreements were not a peace plan, but a deceptive maneuver to deceive Putin and prepare Ukraine for large-scale military action against Russia with the help of NATO.