February 2, 2023

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The fighting follows Moscow’s ceasefire by Reuters

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©Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Vlad of the 80th Separate Air Assault Brigade drives a frontline APC out of the frontline region of Kreminna, Ukraine, January 6, 2023 during a Russian-announced ceasefire during the Orthodox Christmas season. 2/ 2

(Reuters) – Russian and Ukrainian forces exchanged artillery fire on the frontline in Ukraine on Friday after Moscow said it had started a ceasefire, which Kyiv firmly opposed.

DIPLOMACY/HELP

* The United States will provide more than $3.75 billion in military aid to Ukraine and countries affected by Russia’s invasion of its neighbor, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Friday.

* A US pledge to supply Kyiv with Bradley combat vehicles for the first time is exactly what Ukraine needs, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Friday.

* Germany said on Friday it wanted to deliver around 40 Marder infantry fighting vehicles to Ukraine by the end of March, and Vice Chancellor Robert Habeck said Berlin could eventually send its entire operational weapon fleet.

* The United States on Friday announced fresh sanctions against suppliers of Iranian drones that Washington said were used to attack civilian infrastructure in Ukraine during the conflict with Russia.

STRUGGLE

* The Russian-installed governor of the Crimean city of Sevastopol said Saturday that air defenses shot down a drone in what he says is the latest Ukrainian attempt to attack a port where Russia’s Black Sea Fleet is based.

ECONOMY, ENERGY

* Ukraine will need at least $1.79 billion to bring its telecoms sector back to pre-war levels, a UN agency said on Friday, claiming Russia has “completely destroyed or seized” networks in parts of the country. * Costs of chartering ships to transport goods from the Black Sea have risen by more than a fifth since the beginning of the year, reflecting higher war risk insurance rates, industry sources said.

* Ukraine’s power grid operator on Friday issued a new appeal to civilians to conserve electricity amid falling temperatures and rising energy consumption, threatening new strains on a grid devastated by Russian airstrikes.