Russia announces the interception of a German fighter, and Ukraine talks about its "absolute priority" in the war 4/13/2023 – | Last updated: 4/13/2023 02:39 AM (Makkah) Russia announced the interception of a German fighter that was approaching its borders over the Baltic Sea in the northwest of the country, while Ukraine renewed its demand for the Allies to provide it with warplanes in preparation for a counter-attack it is preparing for soon in the east of the country. The Russian Ministry of Defense said via the Telegram application that on April 12, 2023, Russian air surveillance devices over the Baltic Sea detected "an air target approaching the Russian borders." She added that immediately a "Sukhoi-27" fighter took off and found out that the target was "a German Navy B-3C Orion basic patrol plane." She explained that as soon as the Russian fighter arrived, "the foreign military aircraft moved away from Russia's borders, and the Russian fighter returned safely to its base." The statement stressed that the flight of the Russian plane took place in full accordance with international law and international rules, and without any "dangerous maneuvers." More weapons In the developments of the Russian-Ukrainian war, Ukrainian Prime Minister Denis Shmyhal called on Wednesday the United States to provide his country with warplanes. Shmihal stressed his country's need for more heavy weapons and armored vehicles in order to make its counter-attack against the Russian army a success, as he put it. Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov with his Spanish counterpart Margarita Robles (Reuters) For his part, Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov said during a visit to Madrid on Wednesday that he had asked his Spanish counterpart to supply his country with air defense systems, including F-16 fighters, and more ammunition to repel the Russian attack. "For us, the absolute priority is air defense," the Ukrainian defense minister said in a press conference with his Spanish counterpart, Margarita Robles. Reznikov explained that he had also requested 150 mm and 105 mm artillery shells and amphibious vehicles from Madrid. Robles said that the six Leopard tanks that Madrid had pledged to supply to Kiev would arrive in Ukraine "before the end of the month." She added that Spain would send 20 armored personnel carriers with the tanks. Bakhmut battles On the ground, the Interfax agency quoted the Russian Ministry of Defense as saying that its forces had repelled a Ukrainian army reserve unit that tried to penetrate into Bakhmut in eastern Ukraine. The Russian Defense Ministry said that Wagner's special military forces had taken control of three new districts in Bakhmut. The ministry spokesman also announced that the Ukrainian forces had suffered heavy losses on a number of fronts. In the opposite camp, the Ukrainian General Staff announced that its forces had repulsed more than 50 attacks on the fighting axes in eastern Ukraine, twenty of them towards Bakhmut. The General Staff indicated that the Russian forces carried out a failed attempt to attack the town of "Bagdanivka" northwest of Bakhmut. HTS also announced that its forces had launched thirteen air raids targeting Russian forces, in addition to bombing sites containing weapons and equipment, and shooting down two drones. Russian war correspondents showed pictures of destroyed Ukrainian military vehicles on the only supply route for Ukrainian forces to the city. The commander of the Wagner Group, Yevgeny Prigozhin, had confirmed that the Russian forces had tightened their control over more than 80% of the city, where the fiercest battles have been taking place for months.

Russia announced the interception of a German fighter that was approaching its borders over the Baltic Sea in the northwest of the country, while Ukraine spoke of what it called its "absolute priority" in preparation for a counterattack it is preparing for soon.

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