Here is the situation on Tuesday, December 13:
- Ukraine’s allies will meet in the French capital, Paris, as part of the “Standing with the Ukrainian people” conference, where they have pledged to support the resilience of Ukrainian civilians to get through the winter.
- The Group of Seven (G7) nations said they will create a multi-agency platform to coordinate aid to Ukraine and support its repair, recovery and reconstruction, with top representatives meeting as soon as possible in January.
- The world’s economic powers also pledged to boost Kiev’s military capabilities “with an immediate focus” on providing air defense systems, a White House statement said.
- US officials plan to hold talks with Moscow this week to discuss the case of American Paul Whelan, who is imprisoned in Russia.
- Russian President Vladimir Putin will not hold a year-end press conference this year, the Kremlin said, ending a tradition dating back to the early years of his presidency.
- European Union foreign ministers agreed to put another 2 billion euros ($2.1 billion) into a fund used to pay for military aid to Ukraine. They also tried to agree more sanctions on Russia and Iran.
- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addressed the G7, asking allies for natural gas for winter heating and long-range weapons. He also asked for support for the idea of calling a special “Global Peace Summit”.
- The head of the Norwegian Refugee Council said he expected another wave of refugees from Ukraine in Europe this winter due to “unlivable” conditions.
in the fight
- Ukraine’s General Staff said Russian artillery had hammered about 20 front-line positions around the eastern city of Bakhmut, which Moscow wants to capture but is now largely in ruins due to ongoing shelling.
- At least two people were killed and five wounded in the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson after what the regional governor said was “massive shelling” by Russian forces.
- Russia is turning to decades-old munitions with high failure rates, a senior US military official said.
- Russian-appointed deputy governor Vitaly Bulyuk of Ukraine’s Kherson region was injured when his car exploded, Russia’s Interfax news agency reported.
- British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace has said he is considering supplying Ukraine with longer-range missiles to target Russian drone launch sites if Moscow continues to target civilian areas.