Russia Geopolitical Watch – from 7 January to 13 January 2023

Russia Watch Team: Arnaud Huss, Nicolas Girard, Corentin Delon, Anastasia K., Erwann Leyral, Olga Shevchuk, led by Ilinka Léger and Enzo Padovan.


07/01/2023: Russia and Ukraine accuse each other of violating the ceasefire proposed by Patriarch Kirill – Enzo Padovan

On 7th January, both Ukrainians and Russians accused each other of conducting artillery strikes on the frontline, despite the ceasefire proposition voiced by Patriarch Kirill. As a reminder, two days earlier, Moscow’s Patriarch had proposed an interruption of hostilities for 36 hours, on the Christian orthodox day of Christmas. Vladimir Putin approved the idea, but according to a Facebook publication by the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, more than 20 Russian bombings have occurred all across the frontline. In parallel, TASS, one of the Russian government’s main press agencies, released an article reporting that Ukraine also led attacks on its enemy, as it never accepted the ceasefire in the first place. 178 shells have thus been fired on the Donetsk Republic from their positions, wounding two civilians, still according to TASS.

This ceasefire announcement (and, by extension, its failure) was commented upon in the international community. On the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website, a statement called the proposition a “coarse attempt by Russian to mask its responsibility”, and “an additional proof of Russia’s cynicism”. In a tweet posted on 6th January, Josep Borrell, high diplomatic representative of the European Union, condemned the truce. “Cynical, unilaterally announced ceasefire is neither serious nor honest”, he stated in his publication.

09/01/2023: Russia announces its withdrawal from the Criminal Law Convention on Corruption – Enzo Padovan

On 9th January, Russia announced that its Parliament was preparing a bill denouncing the Criminal Law Convention on Corruption. Said Convention, proposed by the Council of Europe, had been signed on 27th January, 1999, by Moscow

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