KYIV/BUDAPEST (Worthy News) – Ukraine claims to have killed 109 Russian troops in a one-day battle in its eastern Donetsk, while wounding 188 Russians. News of the casualties, which Moscow has not confirmed, came after at least 11 people died in massive Russian strikes on Ukraine, prompting at least some Russian troops to surrender.
Yet some Russian soldiers want to escape, with footage emerging Friday of troops calling the Ukrainian surrender hotline. “I am not alone; a group of soldiers wants to surrender,” a soldier said, who claimed to call from the Kherson area. “But they say we can be imprisoned in Ukraine for ten years.”
Mateusz Morawiecki noted that Warsaw had positioned itself as one of Kyiv’s staunchest allies after pressing for Germany to send Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine and allow other countries to do the same.
Berlin agreed to that demand Wednesday, prompting Morawiecki to say that delivering the 60 more tanks would come after his country had already “sent 250 tanks as the first country half a year ago or earlier.”
But with the death toll mounting, the European Union Justice Ministers said Friday they want swift accountability for what they called “horrific” crimes in Ukraine committed mainly by Russia.
But the member states differ over the methods in a debate about how to bring prosecutions, seek evidence, or fund war damage repairs.
There are also tensions about new sanctions against Russia.
The Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán said Friday that Hungary would veto any EU sanctions against Russia affecting nuclear energy.
Ukraine wants the 27-nation bloc to include Russian state nuclear energy company Rosatom in sanctions.
But EU member Hungary, which has a Russian-built nuclear plant it plans to expand with Rosatom, has blocked that.
With billions in military aid and other support flowing into the country, Ukraine is under pressure to tackle notorious corruption, seen as its other enemy.
However, on Friday, Kyiv confirmed that already 11 officials have either resigned or been sacked as the government tackles government corruption.
That seems urgently needed, as some politicians in the United States are calling for aid to Ukraine to be restricted. The U.S. is among the Western countries providing the most assistance to Ukraine.
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