There is no doubt about the outcome of the Russian presidential election, but it was necessary to find opponents of Vladimir Putin: the submission of candidacies is now finished, and we know the people who will be responsible for opposing them, without making too many waves, to Putin next March.
In Ukraine, the victims of the Russian drone attack on a gas station have been named: among them are a 35-year-old prosecutor, her husband and three children. They burned to death in the fire.
As the possibility of Donald Trump’s return to the White House looms ever larger, the North Atlantic military alliance is preparing to take over coordinating aid to Ukraine if the United States decided to withdraw its support.
This morning we return to the highlights of the war in Ukraine spotted during the night.
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A prosecutor, her husband and her three children killed in Kharkiv
The Russian drone strike which destroyed a gas station in Kharkiv, causing a huge fire, killed at least seven people in the surrounding area this Friday, February 9, including a prosecutor, her husband and their three children.
According to the Attorney General’s Office cited by the Ukrainian English-language newspaper The Kyiv Independent (link in English), Olha Putiatina, 35, had worked for twelve years in the district prosecutor’s office in a city in the Kharkiv region. She died alongside her husband and three young sons aged 7 years, 4 years and 10 months. Two other victims, a couple, are being identified.
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57 people were also injured in this deadly strike, with the mayor of Kharkiv declaring this Sunday, February 11, as a day of mourning for this city regularly targeted by the Russian army. Despite numerous civilian casualties since the start of the war, Russia continues to strike military targets in Ukraine.
End of submission of candidacies for the Russian presidential election
The submission of candidacy documents for the Russian presidential election has been closed, the Russian News Agency reported Tassrelayed by the Canadian-British press agency Reuters.
President Vladimir Putin, who is expected to win the election, and three politicians who all support the war in Ukraine are on the list of candidates for next March’s election.
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In addition to Vladimir Putin, the electoral commission authorized Vladislav Davankov, deputy speaker of the Duma and member of the New People party, Leonid Slutsky, head of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia, loyal to the Kremlin, and the candidate of the Communist Party, Nikolai Kharitonov .
Vladimir Putin, 71, in power since 1999 as head of state or government, is seeking a new six-year term as an independent candidate and not as a candidate of the ruling party, United Russia.
For the head of the Kremlin, the election is a formality. With the support of the state, public media and the almost total absence of dissent in public opinion, he is certain to win.
NATO to coordinate Ukrainian aid instead of the United States?
THE german economic daily Handelsblatt (link in English), citing internal sources in the Ukraine Defense Contact Group, says it will allow NATO to coordinate military aid for Ukraine instead of the United States.
The recent blockages in the House of Representatives, orchestrated by Donald Trump, on aid to Ukraine to block any political victory for Joe Biden before the elections next November, would push Ukraine’s allies to modify their strategy. Also a way of anticipating a potential return of Trump to the White House, which would go with a weakening of American support for Ukraine.
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For the moment, the countries of eastern Europe as well as France and the United Kingdom would agree with this project supported by Jake Sullivan, American national security advisor, and Jens Stoltenberg, secretary general of NATO. On the other hand, Germany would be concerned about a risk of escalation, with Russia regularly accusing NATO of wanting to provoke a war.