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Critics argue that allies' reluctance to supply F-16 fighters and long-range ATACMS missiles to Ukraine will prevent Kyiv from launching a major offensive and liberating Ukrainian territory.

鈿★笍Poland denies discussing delivery of F-16 aircraft to Ukraine. Poland is not discussing giving its F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine, Polish Deputy Defense Minister Wojciech Skurkiewicz wrote on Twitter.

鈿★笍France to provide more radar systems, missiles, artillery to Ukraine. France will help Ukraine acquire Ground Master 200 radar systems for air defense, French Defense Minister Sebastien Lecornu said on Jan. 31.

Ukraine moves up in global corruption perception rating. "Russia's war pointed to the need to continue overcoming the internal enemy 鈥 corruption," Executive Director of Transparency International Ukraine Andrii Borovyk(@Borovyk_UA) writes in opinion.

鈿★笍Media: Incumbent top official at Ukraine's Defense Ministry supported Russia in Crimea. Oleksandr Liyev, who is in charge of arms procurement at Ukraine's Defense Ministry, has supported Russia and its proxies in Crimea, according to media reports.

鈥淚鈥檓 convinced that new DFC investments here will mobilize well over $1 billion in private capital to support the economy of Ukraine," Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said on Jan. 31. 2/2

鈿★笍France promises to send 12 additional CAESAR self-propelled howitzers to Ukraine. French Minister of the Armed Forces S茅bastien Lecornu added that 150 French soldiers would train 2,000 Ukrainian troops in Poland this summer.

鈿★笍UK government rules out sending fighter jets to Ukraine. The U.K. Prime Minister's spokesman said on Jan. 31 that "it is not practical" to send British fighter jets to Ukraine as they "are extremely sophisticated and take months to learn how to fly," as quoted by Sky News.

In this edition, discover the Kyiv Independent鈥檚 exclusive on how Western companies make a fortune on brokering deals for Ukraine, and more.

鈿★笍Budanov: Approximately 326,000 Russian soldiers currently fighting in Ukraine. Chief of Defense Intelligence Kyrylo Budanov said in an interview with the Washington Post that only 9% of Russia's long-range Kalibr missiles remain. Those numbers can't be independently verified.

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