Update on the situation, Monday February 12 at 9 p.m.
- Donald Trump’s remarks questioning NATO sparked criticism from Western leaders
The American president, Joe Biden, wrote on “any individual who questions the sustainability of this vow [une attaque contre un seul membre est une attaque contre tous] constitutes a danger to our security.” The German Chancellor, Olaf Scholzestimated that a “Relativizing NATO’s guarantee of assistance is irresponsible and dangerous, and only serves Russia’s interests.” Josep Borrellthe head of European diplomacy, called for “ [être] serious ! NATO cannot be an à la carte alliance”.
- According to Norwegian intelligence, Russia is on the verge of gaining military upper hand over Ukraine
Russia is gaining the upper hand militarily in Ukraine, Norwegian military intelligence chief Nils Andreas Stensoenes warned, presenting the annual risk assessment report by the Norwegian security services. “In this war, Russia is currently in a stronger position than a year ago and is gaining the advantage.”
- Warsaw, Paris and Berlin gathered to discuss European defense
With the meeting of Donald Tusk and Emmanuel Macron this Monday, and that between the heads of French, German and Polish diplomacy that same day, Warsaw wishes to warm up its relations with its Western allies. Between 2015 and 2023, the nationalist and populist Law and Justice (PiS) party was at the head of the Polish government. Since December, Donald Tusk has become prime minister again, realigning Warsaw with a pro-European policy.
- Russia may have used Zircon, hypersonic missile, Ukrainian scientists say
Experts from the kyiv Scientific Research Institute of Forensic Expertise are studying Russian missiles sent to Ukraine on February 7. According to preliminary information, “there is evidence of the use of a missile 3M22 ZIrcon »wrote the institute on Telegram. Named after the mineral used in jewelry, this missile manufactured by the Russian company KB Mashinostroyeniya could have a maximum range of 1,000 kilometers and a cruising speed greater than Mach 6, or more than 7,400 kilometers per houraccording to a source contacted by the TASS news agency in 2017 after a test flight.
- Spill of Ukrainian grain on the Polish-Ukrainian border: Poland opens investigation
Polish prosecutors announced Monday that they had opened an investigation into an incident on the Polish-Ukrainian border, where Polish farmers blocking crossing points dumped grain from Ukraine destined for the European Union onto the road. “We are gathering documents, interviewing witnesses and preserving footage that will likely be key evidence.”the spokesperson for the Lublin prosecutor’s office, Agnieszka Kepka, told Agence France-Presse.
- According to CNN, 15,000 Nepalis left to fight for the Russian army
In December 2023, Nepalese Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal made public the enlistment of Nepalese fighters by Russia. Two months later, in February 2024, CNN, according to its information, reports that 15,000 Nepalis went to fight for Russia. The American media reports that enlistment includes a monthly salary of $2,000 and an accelerated path to obtaining Russian citizenship.