Ukraine war updates: Bakhmut comes under heavy shelling; ‘no sign’ Putin is preparing for peace, says NATO’s Stolte

It comes after the head of Russia’s mercenary Wagner Group said Sunday it had taken the village of Krasna Hora, on the northern edge of Bakhmut.

U.S. think tank the Institute for the Study of War said geolocated footage showed Russian forces have captured at least part of the village. However, the claims have not yet been independently verified.

Meanwhile, Poland’s president has said the decision over whether or not to supply Ukraine with fighter jets is “not easy.” He gave no confirmation over the likely outcome of the discussions.

NATO’s Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said the request for aircrafts would be discussed Tuesday, when ministers meet in Brussels for a two-day defense summit. In further comments, he said there was “no sign” that President Putin is preparing for peace.

Comments by SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell last week reignited the debate around how the company’s Starlink hardware and service should be used in the Ukrainian conflict – leading CEO Elon Musk and high-profile former NASA astronaut Scott Kelly to weigh in.
Kelly on Saturday called on Musk to “restore the full functionality of your Starlink satellites.”
“Defense from a genocidal invasion is not an offensive capability. It’s survival,” argued Kelly, whose twin brother, Mark Kelly, is a Democratic U.S. senator from Arizona.
In a pair of replies on Sunday, Musk tweeted that “Starlink is the communication backbone of Ukraine,” before saying that SpaceX “will not enable escalation of conflict that may lead to WW3.”
“We have not exercised our right to turn them off,” Musk noted in a separate tweet.

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