New military aid will allow Ukraine to advance – NATO Secretary General


Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary General of NATO, who participated in the Ramstein Format Meeting, has welcomed the announcement of new weapons’ deliveries to Ukraine.

Spiegel writes about it.

The fact that Ukraine will receive hundreds of new armoured vehicles, infantry fighting vehicles, and tanks will be of great importance for the country, said Stoltenberg.

This support will not only allow the Ukrainians to defend themselves against new Russian offensives, but will also allow them to launch their own offensive actions to gain control over the territory back, added Stoltenberg.

Answering the question whether Germany is harming European unity because it has not yet agreed to the supply of Leopard 2, Stoltenberg said that “discussions will continue”.

He recalled that the types of support were constantly changing since the beginning of the war. The Secretary General also emphasised that Germany is one of the allies that supports Ukraine the most.

“Artillery, ammunition, air defence systems, and now Marder infantry fighting vehicles: Germany is truly a leader in supporting Ukraine in many, many spheres,” he said.

Russians hit multi-storey residential building in Ukraine: 5 dead, 64 wounded

On Saturday, Russians hit a multi-storey house in Dnipro city; 5 people were killed and 64 were wounded.

Quote from spokesman of Office of the President of Ukraine Kyrylo Tymoshenko: “Savages, at least one building section was destroyed, people who stayed at home for the holiday are trapped under the rubble.”

Details: Later, Tymoshenko reported that as of 16:20, 15 people have been rescued from the destroyed section of the nine-storey residential building in the city of Dnipro.

Later, Head of Dnipropetrovsk Oblast Military Administration Valentyn Reznichenko reported that 5 people died and 39 were injured in the missile attack. Among the injured are seven children, the youngest of them is three years old. A nine-year-old girl is in critical condition.

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a photo of a destroyed house in Dnipro city on January 14

As of 19:40, Reznichenko reported that the number of wounded had increased to almost 60 people, including 12 children. The search and rescue operation is ongoing.

The National Police reported that as of 20:00, 5 people were killed and 64 injured as a result of the missile hit on the apartment building in Dnipro. Thirty five people were rescued from the rubble, including six children.

In turn, Dnipro Mayor Borys Filatov said that an entire district of the city and its utility services have been cut off the grid because of the strike.

The EU reduced gas supplies from the Russian Federation by 80% – von der Leyen


Since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, the European Union has reduced gas supplies from Russia by 80%. This was announced on January 13 by the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, at a press conference in Sweden with the Prime Minister of the country, Ulf Kristersson.

The video of the conference was published on YouTube by the EC press service.

“Of course, before the war, we were too dependent on Russian fossil fuels. Russia took advantage of this dependence and turned energy into a weapon,” she said.

According to von der Leyen, Russia tried to “blackmail Europe”, but failed “thanks to the unity of the EU”. She noted that the union was able to compensate for the reduction in the supply of Russian gas without any power outages by turning to “reliable suppliers”.

“This hard work has paid off. Gas prices are lower today than they were before the Russian invasion,” von der Leyen added.

It should be noted that EU gas storage facilities are now 83.5% full.

In the Czech Republic, a gas station customer bought a lighter to defrost the gas tank cap


In the Czech Republic, a woman arrived at a gas station, but could not open the gas tank due to a cap frozen in the cold. To solve her problem, she went to the trading floor and asked to sell her a lighter. Gas station workers told the Právo newspaper about the curious case.

The incident occurred on the motorway between Prague and Beroun in early December, when the Czech Republic was freezing cold.

Fortunately, the woman herself said what she needed a lighter for, and the staff were able to prevent a very dangerous situation. They explained to the client all the danger of the procedure she had planned and advised her to buy a tool for defrosting locks for 40 kroons instead of a lighter.

“However, the lady insisted on buying a lighter for 15 crowns. I told her that in that case she should leave the territory of the gas station. She actually drove into the parking lot, where she used a lighter to heat the castle. At the same time, she looked normal, ”said one of the employees of the gas station.