MainNews -

Scoop of the day: Russian troops in Belarus not enough for attack - Reznikov

Scoop of the day: Russian troops in Belarus not enough for attack - Reznikov


The concentration of Russian troops for the exercises in Belarus is not sufficient for a large-scale invasion of Ukrainian territory, Defence Minister Oleksiy Reznikov has said.

"The offensive from the Belarusian side has the lowest level of risk. We are closely following the exercises that have started in the territory of the Republic of Belarus, we analyse both through intelligence data and from open sources...Therefore, I am confidently telling you - for today, the concentration of Russian troops for the exercises in Belarus is such that they are not enough to conduct any offensive operation," Reznikov said at a briefing in Prypyat following joint tactical and special exercises of Interior Ministry units.

Polish aid

The first batch of military aid from Poland will be delivered to Ukraine next week, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has said.

"Today, in order for our Ukrainian neighbour to better defend itself, we are transferring defence weapons to Ukraine - several tens of thousands of artillery shells, we are also transferring mortars and grenade launchers," Morawiecki said.

German, French visits

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy will receive German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on his first official visit to Ukraine on 14 February.

Also, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock will be visiting Ukraine on 7-8 February. The foreign minister will meet Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and her Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba.

French President Emmanuel Macron will visit Kyiv on 8 February.

Talks with Putin

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has agreed to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Turkey and confirmed this yesterday during talks with Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan,

Zelenskyy's spokesman Serhiy Nykyforov told Suspilne.

"Turkey has already offered several times to mediate a meeting between Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Vladimir Putin, and Ukraine has already responded several times that we agree to any format of meetings that would yield concrete results," he said.


The Odesa Detached Aircraft Squadron today received three French AIRBUS H125 helicopters, which are being supplied under an agreement between the Ukrainian and French governments, the State Border Service of Ukraine has said.


An OSCE short-range monitoring drone came under small arms fire and jamming attempts near Pavlopil from the direction of the Russian armed forces, the Joint Forces Operation HQ has said.

Bot network dismantled

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) in Zhytomyr Region has neutralised a cyber group which was massively "producing" fake accounts ordered by Russia. Using them, Russians were sharing "destructive anti-Ukrainian content and carried out information sabotage".

According to the investigation, two residents of Zhytomyr Region set up serial registration of fake accounts in social networks, using special software made in Russia.

The hacker software allowed them to create virtual accounts without using mobile services.


National Police officers have exposed and dismantled a call-centre network employing more than 140 people.

The suspects rented premises in Kyiv, Lviv and Odesa. Employees of the centres phoned citizens and introduced themselves as employees of banking institutions or law enforcement agencies to cheat victims into disclosing personal data and passwords.


YouTube has blocked the channels UkrLive and Pershyy Nezalezhnyy, whose TV broadcasts have been under sanctions since last December, presenter Diana Panchenko said.

The channels continued broadcasting on YouTube after changing their addresses.

YouTube blocked a number of DPR and LPR accounts too.


Students have staged a protest outside the Education Ministry in Kyiv. They are unhappy with the Education Ministry's refusal to endorse Serhiy Kvit as elected president of the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy.

Read news on social networks Facebook, Twitter and Telegram