War in Ukraine 13 dead in Donetsk Putin in North

War in Ukraine: 13 dead in Donetsk, Putin in North Korea, fire at a Russian gas terminal… an update on the situation

Every day Midi Libre takes stock of the situation in Ukraine. This Sunday, January 21, 2024, discover the latest news surrounding this conflict.

13 dead in Donetsk after Ukrainian bomb attack

The bombing killed at least 13 people and injured at least ten people this Sunday, January 21, when it hit a market in Donetsk's Textilchchik district.

This city in eastern Ukraine came under Russian control long before the Russia-Ukraine war. In fact, in 2014 it came under the control of pro-Russian separatists led by Moscow.

It was the head of the Russian occupying force in the area, Denis Pushilin, who stated that this Ukrainian attack was fatal for at least 13 people.

Fire at the Russian gas terminal

A fire has broken out at a Baltic Sea terminal of Russia's largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) producer Novatek, a regional official said on Sunday (Jan 21).

According to the Ria news agency, citing local officials, the disaster was caused by two explosions, the origin of which is unknown. The port of Ust-Luga, home to the terminal where the incident occurred, is located in the Russian part of the Gulf of Finland, about 170 kilometers west of Saint Petersburg.

Alexander Drozdenko, the governor of the Leningrad region, said on Telegram that a “high alert regime” had been introduced in the region and officials had held an emergency meeting.

The Russian president says he is ready to visit Pyongyang soon

Russian President Vladimir Putin said he was ready to visit Pyongyang soon as he met North Korean Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui, North Korea's official KCNA news agency reported on Sunday (Jan 21).

Choe Son Hui paid an official visit to Russia last week, meeting with Vladimir Putin and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

The two countries also expressed serious concerns about provocations by the United States and its allies against North Korea's sovereign rights and agreed to cooperate on regional affairs, the North Korean news agency said.