Early on the morning of February 24th, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on state television that Russia will carry out a 'special military operation' in eastern Ukraine.
Moscow claims the 'operation' is aimed at 'denazification and demilitarization' of Ukrainian territory at the request of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk 'people's republics', and is based on the right to self-defence. Russia also says that it does not attack the civilian population.
But, the fact is, Russian armed forces have killed innocent people, including children and the elderly. Russia deliberately targets civilian infrastructure and falsely claims that it is Ukraine's army that puts people's lives at risk.
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Our news at 21:03
The Russian army shot down several of its own planes in the first days of the full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Because of this, Russia lacked pilots with combat experience, reports the Financial Times, citing its own sources.
The G7 increased aid to Ukraine to $39 billion for 2023 and called on the IMF to launch a program for the country by the end of March.
In occupied Mariupol, explosions have been heard for several days in a row. The Mariupol City Council announced that Russian occupiers had hit warehouses and bases. The occupation administration of the city announces the work of the Air Defense Forces.
Tanks. The first tanks from Germany and Spain will arrive in Ukraine in March, said Anka Feldhusen, the German ambassador to Ukraine. Also, Sweden is ready to send Leopard tanks to Ukraine, the country's Defense Minister Pal Johnson said. Finland also announced that it will send three Leopard tanks to Ukraine. Great Britain may offer Ukraine more of its main tanks in addition to the 14 already promised, and the first Challenger 2s may arrive in Ukraine in the spring.
Volodymyr Zelenskyi believes that it would be desirable for Ukraine to meet with China and noted that at the level of diplomats such a signal was conveyed to the Chinese leader Xi Jinping.
The Ukrainian Parliament approved sanctions against Russian banks and financial companies for 50 years.
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Our news at 22:31
There will be decisive battles in the war in Ukraine from the middle to the end of spring, the stockpile of artillery shells in Russia has decreased to 30%, the remaining missiles are almost exhausted, and the maximum of Russian production is about 40 cruise missiles per month, said the head of the Main Directorate of Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine Kyrylo Budanov.
Russia conducted an unsuccessful test of the Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile when US President Joe Biden visited Ukraine on February 20. This was reported by CNN with reference to two high-ranking US officials.
Spain will hand over six updated Leopard 2 A4 tanks to Ukraine, confirmed the Minister of Defense of Spain, Margarita Robles.
Volodymyr Zelenskyi plans to attend the NATO summit in Vilnius, Ukrainian Ambassador to Lithuania Petro Beshta said. For this, he must receive an invitation to the summit, because Ukraine is not a member of the Alliance.
Ukraine will boycott the World Boxing Championships due to the admission of athletes from Russia and Belarus, the Boxing Federation of Ukraine reported.
Ukraine wants to extend the annual grain agreement with new ports, writes Reuters with reference to the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine. The department believes that the agreement should be extended for a year, not for 120 days, and to expand it to the Mykolaiv port.
Russian Ombudsman Tetyana Moskalkova and employees of her office may be involved in the deportation of Ukrainian children, said Dmytro Lubinets, the Commissioner of the Verkhovna Rada for the Protection of Human Rights. In particular, it is about the removal of two Ukrainian children from the territory of Austria to Moscow.
There are 4.6 million Ukrainians in Europe, Deputy Prime Minister Yulia Svyridenko said. Due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the departure of citizens abroad, the population of Ukraine could decrease to 33.5 million people.
Every tenth hospital in Ukraine has been damaged due to attacks by the Russian Federation, according to research by the organizations eyeWitness to Atrocities, Insecurity Insight, Physicians for Human Rights, the Media Initiative for Human Rights, and the Ukrainian Center for Health Care.
Our news at 21:05
Putin addressed the Russian Federal Assembly for the first time since April 2021, accused the West of "tearing Ukraine from Russia", denied that Russia is at war with the people of Ukraine and stated that the Russian Federation is suspending its participation in the Strategic Offensive Arms Treaty. This is the only agreement that regulates the world's two largest nuclear arsenals of Washington and Moscow.
US President Joe Biden delivered a speech in Poland. He addressed the people of Russia, denied Putin's claims about the West's alleged plans to attack the Russian Federation, and he noted that the United States had assembled a coalition of more than 50 countries to obtain weapons and deliver them to Ukrainian fighters on the front lines.
Russian troops shelled a public transport stop in Kherson. 16 people were injured. Five more died.
Russia is launching a new offensive, mobilizing more troops and reaching out to North Korea and Iran. NATO is also concerned that China may be planning to provide military support to Russia, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said
In Ukraine, the activities of the "Party of Regions", whose leader was ex-president Viktor Yanukovych, were banned. The property of the political forces will be transferred to state ownership.
Since the beginning of Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the UN has recorded 18,955 civilian casualties. This is connected with the indiscriminate use of artillery and other weapons systems by the Russian Federation, according to the British intelligence report.
Prime Minister Dorin Rechan confirmed the words of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyi that the Russian Federation plans to seize the airport in Chisinau in order to transfer troops to Moldova. However, he assured, the Moldovan authorities are ready to cope with these challenges.
Sociological group "Rating" conducted a study "How the war changed me and the country. Results of the year." Belief in Ukraine's victory is 95% of respondents.
Our news at 23:40
US President Joe Biden came to Kyiv. He met with Volodymyr Zelenskyi and announced a new aid of 500 million dollars. It will include artillery ammunition for HIMARS and howitzers, more Javelin and armored systems, surveillance radars. Shortly before Biden's visit, "basic communication with the Russians to ensure the avoidance of conflict" took place, AR writes about this with reference to the White House.
The administration of US President Biden calls on Ukraine to prepare a counteroffensive against the backdrop of a possible re-offensive by Russia, Politico writes. It is noted that the White House insists on this, in particular, because the level of support currently shown by Ukraine's partners may decrease after some time, and the flow of Western weapons to Ukraine may be limited.
Japan will allocate $5.5 billion in aid to Ukraine. The money will be used to restore infrastructure, said Prime Minister of Japan Fumio Kishida.
Italy is ready to supply Ukraine with five Tornado and AMX combat aircraft, but does not want to do so first for reasons of political expediency, writes the Italian publication La Republica, citing its own sources.
The King of Great Britain, Charles III, visited the training base in the south-west of England, where the Ukrainian military is trained. The king, accompanied by the Chief of the General Staff, General Patrick Sanders, observed how Ukrainian soldiers learn to attack enemy positions.
As of the morning of February 20, more than 1,387 children were injured in Ukraine as a result of the armed aggression of the Russian Federation. 461 children died and at least 926 were injured in varying degrees of severity. Data — Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine.
Our news at 09:00
The threat of Russian missile strikes remains very high throughout the territory of Ukraine, the main efforts of the Russian army are concentrating on the Donbas — on the offensive in the Kupyansk, Lymansk, Bakhmutsk, Avdiivsk and Shakhtarsk directions and are suffering significant losses, the Ukrainian General Staff reports.
The Netherlands, together with Germany and Denmark, will provide Ukraine with 100 Leopard tanks, said the head of the Dutch government, Mark Rutte.
The Czech Republic will manufacture air defense systems for Ukraine. The Netherlands will pay for the assembly of hundreds of modified Toyota all-terrain vehicles equipped with two rapid-fire machine guns capable of hitting drones, among others. Other necessary ammunition will be purchased by Czech companies.
Volodymyr Zelenskyi spoke at the Munich Security Conference and compared Russia's war against Ukraine to the story of David and Goliath and thanked the partners who provide Ukraine with weapons and financial support, comparing it to "David's sling".
Russian Auchan probably supplied goods to the Russian military in the temporarily occupied Ukrainian territories in the form of "humanitarian aid" for free. This is reported in the investigative The Insider, Le Monde and Bellingcat. Ukrainian Auchan demands clarification from the French office.
Latvia will hand over cars confiscated from drunk drivers to the Armed Forces. The Seimas of the country introduced amendments to the law on support of the civilian population of Ukraine.
Law enforcement officers are investigating 67,000 war crimes committed by the Russian Federation, and there are already 25 verdicts against Russian war criminals, the Prosecutor General of Ukraine, Andriy Kostin, said.
Our news at 10:39
100 Ukrainian soldiers and one civilian were released from Russian captivity. 94 of them are defenders of Mariupol, including 63 soldiers from Azovstal.
At night, Russia fired 32 cruise missiles at critical infrastructure facilities in Ukraine. The Armed Forces shot down 16 of them. Debris of one of the rockets was found in Moldova.
France sends the first batch of AMX-10RC armored vehicles to Ukraine. It is about 14 armored personnel carriers.
The president of Belarus, Oleksandr Lukashenko, who is not recognized by a number of countries, said that he is ready to fight with the Russians only in the event of an invasion of Belarus by neighboring countries.
The Parliament of Slovakia recognized the current Russian regime as terrorist, and Russia as a state that supports terrorism.
Norway will allocate more than $7 billion to Ukraine over five years. Only the Norwegian Socialists, who have eight seats in the parliament, opposed the proposal. The funds will go to military and humanitarian aid at the rate of $1.5 billion per year.
MEPs called to consider the issue of supplying Ukraine with fighter jets, helicopters, appropriate missile systems and a significant increase in ammunition. This is discussed in the resolution dedicated to the anniversary of Russia's war against Ukraine.
Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen arrived in Kyiv on his first visit since the start of the full-scale war and declared that Israel would support Zelenskyi's "peace formula".
Our news at 19:42
Russia failed to "penetrate" the defense of Ukraine, even though 97% of the Russian army is on Ukrainian territory, said the head of the Ministry of Defense of Great Britain, Ben Wallace.
Ukraine will need several months to prepare for the de-occupation of the temporarily occupied territories, Defense Minister Reznikov said.
In the morning of February 15, the Russians shelled a house in Pokrovsk in Donetsk region, there are wounded and people under rubble. According to preliminary data, the Russians fired from the Smerch MLRS. In the city, an operational headquarters to help the victims was deployed.
State concern "Ukroboronprom" announced the first product of joint production with one of the NATO member countries — 120-mm mortar mines.
Sweden will transfer 51 self-propelled artillery units and Archer self-propelled artillery to Ukraine, as well as anti-tank weapons, Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson said.
The Canadian Armed Forces have trained more than 35,000 Ukrainian military and security service personnel, Canadian Defense Minister Anita Anand said.
About a third of Ukrainians are ready to take part in lawsuits and demand compensation from Russia for war crimes. 75% believe that court cases to investigate war crimes of the Russian Federation should be started as soon as possible. This is evidenced by the results of a study conducted by the Rating Sociological Group.
The tenth package of sanctions against Russia will cover the banking sector, access to dual-use technologies and advanced technologies. It is also proposed to introduce sanctions against almost 100 additional individuals and legal entities responsible for military activities, political decisions, propaganda and disinformation, the European Commission reported. The EU plans to introduce the 10th package of sanctions on February 24.
Our news at 13:50
The Russian Federation is likely to bet on aviation and plans to use aircraft and military helicopters to support the ground offensive, the Financial Times reported, citing sources close to Western intelligence. At the same time, an official from Joe Biden's administration noted that Russia's ground forces are currently exhausted, which is why Russia can bet on aviation.
The US government has signed a defense contract worth more than $500 million for the production of artillery ammunition for the Ukrainian army. The first ammunition should be delivered next month. The contract is financed by the Pentagon's Ukraine Security Promotion Initiative.
The Russians, despite significant losses, do not give up their intention to enter the administrative borders of Donetsk and Luhansk regions and have focused on the offensive in the Kupyan, Lyman, Bakhmut, Avdiiv and Shakhtar directions, reports the Ukrainian General Staff.
The ninth meeting in the Rammstein format took place in Belgium on February 14. Italy and France announced the provision of air defense equipment to Ukraine, France, together with Australia, will launch the production of 155 mm ammunition, Norway has allocated a total of 75 billion euros for various forms of support for Ukraine. There will be no fighter jets yet.
Germany, Poland, Canada, Portugal, Spain, Norway, Denmark and the Netherlands are working on providing Ukraine with Leopard battle tanks, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said during a Ramstein-style meeting.
Germany will start production of projectiles for the Gepard self-propelled anti-aircraft systems transferred to Ukraine, German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius said.
18 prosecutors and police officers of Ukraine started a training course on war crimes investigation in Paris, the representative of the Embassy of Ukraine in France Kostyantyn Albazov said.
Ukraine needs 40 to 48 billion dollars in financing this year, the IMF said. It is noted that the fund is working on an aid program for Ukraine and supports it in managing the "war economy".
The US is preparing a $10 billion aid package for Ukraine, The Washington Post reports. In addition, the US is expected to announce another major military aid package and impose additional sanctions against Russia next week.
Our news at 19:59
The tenth package of EU anti-Russian sanctions may include four banks, including the largest private bank of the Russian Federation, Alfa-Bank, about 130 organizations and individuals, bans on the import and export of a number of goods, Politico writes with reference to EU officials and diplomats. The ambassadors will discuss the 10th package of sanctions this week.
Minister of Defense of Ukraine Oleksiy Reznikov went to the meeting of the Contact Group on Defense of Ukraine in the Ramstein format, which will take place on February 14. Among the main topics is the provision of fighter jets, tanks and ammunition to Ukraine.
Ukrainian tankers began training in Germany and Poland to operate Leopard tanks.
Denmark transferred all its CAESAR self-propelled howitzers to Ukraine.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that Russia's war against Ukraine is now a "logistics competition", called on countries to provide military aid to Ukraine as soon as possible and stressed that "Putin is not preparing for peace".
1,765 drones worth 3.4 billion hryvnias have already been purchased for the Ukrainian "Drone Army" and more than 3,500 military personnel have already been trained on them, the Minister of Digital Transformation of Ukraine, Mykhailo Fedorov, said.
Russia plans to carry out a coup d'état in Moldova with attacks on government buildings and hostage-taking, the country's president, Maya Sandu, said. Also, the Information and Security Service of Moldova confirmed that the Moldovan side received data from Ukraine about Russia's intentions to conduct a campaign to destabilize the situation in the state.
Our news at 20:18
Russian missile attack on Ukraine. The Air Force of Ukraine shot down 61 cruise missiles and 5 drones during the night and morning. The Russians hit energy infrastructure facilities in 6 regions, emergency shutdowns began. Two Russian missiles crossed the air borders of Moldova and Romania, the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valeriy Zaluzhnyi reported. It was confirmed in Moldova, denied in Romania.
On February 10, Ukraine returned the bodies of 61 dead soldiers. In total, since the beginning of the full-scale invasion, it was possible to return 888 dead Ukrainian servicemen.
Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Maloni confirmed the delivery of SAMP/T air defense systems to Ukraine.
A group of Ukrainian servicemen arrived in Belgium as part of a training mission of the European Union, the Minister of Defense of the country Lyudivin Dedonder reported. They will learn how to operate underwater drones.
The EU did not agree on joint procurement of ammunition for Ukraine, said Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.
Russia did not mobilize 500,000 because of a "hole in the budget". The monthly budget deficit of the Russian Federation is about 900 billion hryvnias. For comparison, the annual budget of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine for 2023 is 857 billion, reports Forbes Ukraine.
A quarter of the population of Ukraine is at risk of developing serious mental conditions due to the full-scale invasion of Russia — WHO.
Our news at 21:00
Russian troops have launched a major offensive operation in the Luhansk region, according to an analytical report by the American Institute for the Study of War. Analysts note certain Russian successes in the Dvorichny region northwest of Svatovo. In addition, over the past week, the pace of operations along the Svatove-Kreminna line in the west of Luhansk region has increased.
SpaceX has limited the use of the Starlink Internet by the Ukrainian military — the corporation believes that the Armed Forces should not use the system as a weapon, in particular, control drones using Starlink.
The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, announced that in the next few days the European Commission will present the 10th package of sanctions against the Russian Federation. It will include restrictions on exports worth 10 billion euros, as well as sanctions against the Russian military and political command and Kremlin propagandists.
More than 60% of losses during the war were caused by artillery, the Ukrainian General Staff analyzed.
The concern Ukroboronprom and one of the NATO member countries began to jointly produce mines of caliber 120 mm. Production facilities are scattered, in particular, part of them is located in one of the European countries, the concern reported.
As of February 9, 17,000 Ukrainians have applied to join the Offensive Guard. The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine began forming these assault brigades on February 3. The project aims to gather motivated volunteers for training and participation in offensive operations.
Ukrainian engineers have developed Spire drones. They are able to intercept Iranian Shahed kamikaze drones, which Russia uses in the war against Ukraine.
Last year, after internal audits, 621 officials from the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the Ministry of Defense were prosecuted, Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov said.
President Zelenskyi arrived in Brussels for the EU summit, spoke at a meeting of the European Parliament, and then at the Eurocouncil, where he called for more weapons to be provided to Ukraine.
Our news at 07:48
The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) has published the results of its investigation into those responsible for the downing of flight MH17 by a Buk missile in 2014 over Donetsk region. It states that Russian President Vladimir Putin gave the order to hand over the missile system to the DPR militants.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyi spoke before the Parliament of Great Britain. In particular, he thanked the British for military assistance, presented the Speaker of the House of Commons with a Ukrainian pilot's helmet and called for airplanes. Prime Minister of Great Britain Rishi Sunak instructed to check which combat aircraft Britain can transfer to Ukraine. Also Zelenskyi met with Charles III.
The Ukrainian military will receive the first Leopard 1 tanks by the summer, and the Leopard 2A6 at the end of March, announced the Minister of Defense of Ukraine, Oleksiy Reznikov.
Germany has increased the amount of aid to the Ukrainian army. The updated list includes, in particular: 32 GEPARD self-propelled anti-aircraft guns, 120 units of border guard vehicles, 245 generators.
Great Britain introduced a new package of anti-Russian sanctions, which apply in particular to six organizations that supply the Russian army with military equipment used during Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
Ukraine is withdrawing from the European Ombudsman Institute due to the fact that the secretary general of the organization, Josef Zigele, took two Ukrainian refugee children to the territory of the Russian Federation, Ukrainian Ombudsman Dmytro Lubinets said. According to him, the Austrian authorities have launched an official investigation into Siegele's actions.
Our news at 13:16
The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine extended martial law and general mobilization for 90 days from February 19.
Germany has approved the supply of 178 Leopard 1 tanks to Ukraine. The first tanks should be delivered to Ukraine in the summer of this year, but most of them — not earlier than next year.
Denmark plans to transfer Leopard 1A5 tanks to Ukraine, which are no longer part of the country's armed forces, DR Nyheder reports. They should be prepared and sent to the battlefield in Ukraine.
Russia is trying to resume major offensive operations in Ukraine from early January 2023, but it is unlikely that the Russian Federation will be able to build up the forces necessary to significantly affect the outcome of the war in the coming weeks, according to British intelligence.
As of the morning of February 7, the Embassy of Ukraine in Turkey found 9 out of 27 Ukrainians who were in the earthquake zones. Their lives are not in danger. However, two Ukrainians are believed to have died, four others were injured, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry reported.
The UN Development Program will repair 50 schools in Ukraine damaged by the Russian Federation. About 21,000 students will be able to return to education.
The Security Service of Ukraine revealed that the companies of the wife of Vladimir Putin's daughter godfather, suspected of high treason, ex-deputy Viktor Medvedchuk, who was deprived of Ukrainian citizenship, financed the Russian Guard and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation.
The Ukrainian Parliament introduced transparency in defense procurement. 290 people's representatives voted for the adoption of the document. The new procedure provides for reporting on purchases, with the exception of goods and services that are state secrets.
87 Ukrainian rescuers will arrive in Turkey to help after the earthquake.
Our news at 22:54
Russian troops used about 660 Iranian Shahed-131/136 drones in the war against Ukraine and are expecting new deliveries of drones, according to the intelligence of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.
More than two thousand people signed up for the ranks of the "Offensive Guard" per day. The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine started recruiting for these assault units on February 2. Among other things, the detachments will perform tasks within the framework of the Ukrainian counteroffensive and the liberation of the territories of the country captured by Russia.
Russia plans to launch a new offensive within the next 10 days. The Kremlin wants to seize the initiative in the war and seize the rest of Donbas, writes the Financial Times with reference to the comment of the adviser of the Defense Forces of Ukraine. Also, Ukrainian intelligence predicts a Russian offensive in Donetsk, Luhansk regions and Zaporizhzhia.
Ukrainian servicemen have arrived in Great Britain for training. According to the Ministry of Defense of Britain, the fighters will familiarize themselves with the AS90 armored self-propelled guns.
The first batch of Bradley fighting vehicles went to Ukraine, the US Department of Defense reported. The cargo contains over 60 Bradleys.
Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Haar Støre has proposed that his country provide about $7.3 billion in aid to Ukraine over five years. According to the Prime Minister, in 2023, half of the aid will go to military needs, and the rest to humanitarian needs, although this distribution may change in the coming years.
Poland advocates that at the Munich Security Conference, Western leaders not only discuss the possibility of providing Ukraine with fighter jets, but also make a unanimous decision on this issue, Polish Ambassador to Germany Dariusz Pawlos said.
The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine recognized PVK Wagner as an international criminal organization.
Ukraine nationalized factories and agricultural holdings of sanctioned Russian oligarchs for 2 billion hryvnias. We are talking about Russian billionaires Mykhailo Shelkov and Sergey Chemezov.
Our news at 22:04
The USA announced the allocation of a $2.2 billion military aid package to Ukraine. It includes, in particular, anti-tank missiles, artillery ammunition, as well as conventional and long-range missiles for HIMARS.
The President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyi, said that Russia "wants revenge where it didn't work out" and is concentrating its forces to "take away the east of Ukraine." In Donbas, Russian troops continue to conduct offensive operations in the Lyman, Bakhmut, Avdiiv and Novopavliv areas, the Ukrainian General Staff said.
The amount of restrictions within the framework of the tenth package of sanctions against Russia will amount to 10 billion euros. This was announced by the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, during the Ukraine-EU summit in Kyiv. According to her, a new package of sanctions is planned to be introduced on February 24.
The German government has allowed the transfer of Leopard 1 tanks to Ukraine, government spokesman Steffen Hebeshreit said. Deliveries of tanks from industrial warehouses can be made as soon as these tanks are repaired.
Oleksiy Reznikov, an adviser to the Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine, is suspected of embezzling 1.7 billion hryvnias that were supposed to be used to purchase goods for the military, the Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine reports.
The SBU announced the liquidation of the scheme of embezzlement of funds for food of the Armed Forces for more than UAH 100 million.
The Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine informed Yevhen Prigozhin of the suspicion of the head of the Russian private military company "Wagner".
Economic activity in 2023 will remain weak, and real GDP will grow by only 0.3% — the National Bank of Ukraine has analyzed how the shortage of electricity will affect economic activity in 2023.
Our news at 11:52
Putin ordered Russian troops to seize the entire territory of Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine by March, Ukrainian intelligence said.
On the evening of February 1, the Russians hit Kramatorsk with rockets. An apartment building was destroyed, at least three people died and more than twenty were injured. On February 2, the Russian military launched two more rocket attacks on the city center. Six people were injured.
On February 3, the Ukraine-EU summit will be held in Kyiv. The leaders of the European Union, headed by the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, have already arrived. The delegation also included 15 European Commissioners.
The EU will additionally train 15,000 Ukrainian soldiers in the use of Western military equipment. In this way, the total number of soldiers trained under the EUMAM program will increase to 30,000, said the head of EU diplomacy, Josep Borrell.
The EU Council supported further military aid to Ukraine. It is the seventh package worth 500 million euros and a new aid measure of 45 million euros.
As of February 2, the National Police of Ukraine has initiated more than 60,000 criminal proceedings based on the fact that crimes were committed on the territory of Ukraine by the Russian military.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine has protested against the inhumane treatment of Ukrainian citizen Mikheil Saakashvili, who is being held behind bars in Georgia. "In the worst traditions of the NKVD of the USSR, the Georgian authorities are using psychological and physical violence against Mikheil Saakashvili," the statement reads.
The decline of the Ukrainian economy in 2022 amounted to more than 30%. 0.3% growth is expected in 2023, said Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal.
More than 1,378 children were injured in Ukraine as a result of the armed aggression of the Russian Federation. As of the morning of February 3, the official number of dead children is 459. The number of injured is at least 919. Data - Prosecutor General's Office.
Our news at 20:03
Russia and Iran agreed on the Shahed drones back in 2021, there was also talk of missiles, but there is no fact of transferring a large number, said the executive director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies Ihor Semivolos.
According to the Ukrainian General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the Russians are actively conducting reconnaissance along the front line and, with heavy losses, are continuing their attempts to advance in Donbas region — in the Lyman, Bakhmut, Avdiiv and Novopavliv directions.
Bulgaria recognized the Holodomor as a genocide of Ukrainians.
Japan provided 170 millions US dollars for the reconstruction of Ukraine. The funds plan expenses for the implementation of projects of emergency recovery and reconstruction of critical infrastructure.
Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu said that he is ready to become a mediator in the negotiations between Ukraine and the Russian Federation. According to him, he "does not name his candidate", but will consider the offer if it comes from Moscow, Kyiv or Washington. Netanyahu said that he had already received such an offer shortly after the start of the war. Then he refused, leaving no official status.
Ukraine now needs 400-500 ambulances in the de-occupied regions, President Volodymyr Zelenskyi said.
The SBU and OGPU conducted searches of several high-ranking officials. The suspicion was reported, in particular, to several employees of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine. We are talking about corruption cases.
The Security Service of Ukraine reported the discovery of the ex-head of the Department of the Ministry of Defense for embezzlement of over 100 million hryvnias. It is about the purchase of low-quality body armor.
Our news at 21:01
The Russian army continues to conduct offensive operations in Donbas — in the Lyman, Bakhmut, Avdiiv and Novopavliv areas. In other directions, it is being defended, the Ukrainian General Staff reported.
Russia announced the transfer of additional forces to the border with Ukraine. It is about the Kursk region of the Russian Federation, the governor of the region, Roman Starovoyt, said.
British Challenger tanks will be on the front line in Ukraine until the summer, British Defense Minister Ben Wallace said.
Poland can transfer its F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine, but only in coordination with NATO, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said.
Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that Russian President Vladimir Putin threatened him with a missile strike during a phone call in February on the eve of Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
NATO does not see signs that Russian President Vladimir Putin and the military leadership are preparing for peace, but the Alliance sees that Russia is preparing for further war, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said.
The European Union supported the decision to provide tanks to Ukraine in response to the escalation by the Russian Federation. This was stated by the official representative of the EU foreign policy service, Peter Stano.
The EU has introduced sanctions against the Iranian state corporation Iran Aircraft Manufacturing Industries Corporation, which produces unmanned aerial vehicles. Drones manufactured by this company are used by Russia in particular in the war against Ukraine.
During the next week, the EU will agree on a new package of sanctions against Belarus, and in two weeks it will present the 10th package of sanctions against Russia, Radio Svoboda journalist Rikard Jozwiak reports.
Ukraine hopes to join the European Union in two years, Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said.
Our news at 20:38
Russian President Vladimir Putin is planning a new offensive against Ukraine in February and March and is preparing his country for a conflict with the US and its allies that he expects will last for years. This is reported by Bloomberg with reference to sources close to the Kremlin.
The Russians are exaggerating their successes near Orichov in Zaporizhzhia and Vugledar in Donbas, reports the Ministry of Defense of Great Britain. According to British intelligence, Russian units probably carried out test attacks near Orichov and Vugledar, but it is unlikely that they actually achieved any significant success.
"Shahed hunters are already in Ukraine and protecting energy facilities from Russian drones," Minister of Digital Transformation Mykhailo Fedorov said. We are talking about complexes of radars and jammers that detect and block Russian UAVs and release their drones.
Belgium allocated military aid to Ukraine in the amount of 92 million euros, the Prime Minister of the country Alexander de Croo said. It will include, in particular, AMRAAM missiles, light anti-tank weapons, anti-tank grenades and guns.
Poland will provide Ukraine with 60 tanks, including 30 PT-91 Twardy tanks, in addition to the announced delivery of 14 Leopard 2 tanks, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said.
Germany has expanded the list of military aid that the state provides to Ukraine. Among the equipment planned for transfer are Leopard 2 tanks, Bergepanzer 3 repair and evacuation vehicles and missiles for IRIS-T SLM air defense systems.
The Spanish government will send Leopard 2 A4 tanks to Ukraine in the spring, their exact number has not yet been announced. This was announced by the Minister of Defense of the Kingdom, Margarita Robles.
The EU has extended economic sanctions against Russia for another 6 months.
As of the morning of January 27, more than 1,376 children were injured in Ukraine as a result of the armed aggression of the Russian Federation. 459 children died and at least 917 were injured of various degrees of severity. Data — Office of the Prosecutor General.
Our news at 19:58
Russia's massive missile attack. On the night of January 26, the Russians released 24 "Shahed-136/131" kamikaze drones over the territory of Ukraine. All of them were destroyed by the Ukrainian military. In the morning, the Russian military launched 55 air and sea-based missiles on the territory of Ukraine. They were launched from planes and ships from the waters of the Black Sea. 57 missiles were shot down by the Ukrainian air defense, said the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valery Zaluzhnyi. 11 people died as a result of rocket attacks.
Poland will be able to hand over Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine within a few weeks, said Wojciech Skurkiewicz, Deputy Minister of National Defense of Poland. We are talking about 14 tanks — one company. Great Britain hopes that 14 Challenger 2 tanks will arrive in Ukraine already in March this year, said Deputy Defense Minister of Great Britain Alex Chalk.
Canada is considering the possibility of transferring Leopard tanks to Ukraine and determining the exact amount of equipment that can be allocated from its reserves, reports the Canadian publication Ottawa Citizen with reference to its own sources in the government.
The United States recognized the Russian private military company "Wagner", which is fighting in Ukraine, as a transnational criminal organization.
Ukrainian military will undergo training in Norway. For the first time, the country will offer Ukrainian military personnel training on sanitary measures, shooting, and a command management course, the country's Defense Minister Bjorn Arild Gram said.
In Ukraine, 30% of the territory is mined, demining will take tens of years, stated the State Emergency Service of Ukraine.
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The United States will transfer 31 M1 Abrams tanks and spare parts to Ukraine. This was announced by US President Joe Biden.
The German government has agreed to transfer Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine and allows re-export to other countries. This was stated by Chancellor of Germany Olaf Scholz. As a first step, Germany will provide 14 Leopard 2 A6 tanks from Bundeswehr warehouses, and the goal is to quickly assemble two tank battalions for Ukraine.
Portugal will send four Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine after Germany agreed to transfer these tanks to Kyiv, Correio da Manhã reports, citing a source close to the government. Also, Spain is ready to send Leopard tanks, Defense Minister Margarita Robles said.
The Ukrainian military withdrew from Soledar, Donetsk region, to "save the lives of personnel," the Ukrainian General Staff reported. But they added that after the departure of the Armed Forces, they were entrenched on pre-prepared defense lines. Also, the General Staff announced that the Armed Forces will not leave Bakhmut.
Next Friday, the Minister of Defense of Belgium Ludivine Dedonder will propose to the government to allocate a new package of military aid to Ukraine: anti-aircraft defense, anti-tank weapons and ammunition.
In Spain, a 74-year-old pensioner from Miranda de Ebro in Burgos was arrested, who allegedly sent letters with explosives to the Ukrainian missions in Madrid and Barcelona, the Prime Minister of Spain Pedro Sanchez, and the Ministry of Defense of the country. The Spanish publication LaSexta writes about it.
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, under the guarantee of the Netherlands, will provide Ukraine with 25 million euros to support the agricultural sector, the press service of the institution reported.
As of the morning of January 25, more than 1,375 children were injured in Ukraine as a result of the armed aggression of the Russian Federation. 459 children died and at least 916 were injured of various degrees of severity. Data — Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine.
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The administration of US President Joe Biden this week may announce the transfer of a "significant number" of Abrams M1 tanks to Ukraine, reports The Wall Street Journal with reference to American officials.
Leopard tanks. Germany will send Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine, Spiegel reports. Also, Finland is discussing the possibility of forming a division of Leopard tanks in Europe for Ukraine, said the President of Finland, Sauli Niinisto. Spain is ready to repair its Leopard 2 tanks for Ukraine in a month, writes El Mundo with reference to Defense Minister Margarita Robles.
The Ukrainian military aircraft daily conducts 10-20 airstrikes against the positions of the Russian army along the entire front line, the Ukrainian General Staff reported.
Ukraine handed Russia a list of 748 seriously ill and seriously wounded prisoners of war for verification of their health and whereabouts, Ombudsman Dmytro Lubinets said.
The president of Belarus, Oleksandr Lukashenko, who is not recognized by a number of countries, said that the Ukrainian authorities seem to be offering him to conclude a "non-aggression pact". Volodymyr Zelenskyi commented on this statement, noting that Ukraine is not going to attack Belarus.
The soldiers of one of the brigades of the Armed Forces of Belarus have started the deconservation of equipment from long-term storage, the Ministry of Defense of Belarus reports.
As a result of Russia's full-scale invasion, about 5.3 million children in Ukraine face barriers to education, including approximately 3.6 million directly affected by school closures, according to a report by the United Nations Children's Fund.
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The Council of Foreign Ministers of EU countries in Brussels approved a new tranche of military aid to Ukraine in the amount of 500 million euros through the European Peace Fund.
In Russia, units of the airborne troops are being re-grouped and plan to use them more actively in Ukraine, the Main Intelligence Directorate of Ukraine said.
The next two to three weeks in the war in Ukraine will be decisive, so the Ukrainians must be given more weapons, in particular tanks, said the head of the European Council, Charles Michel.
Attempts to attack the Russians in the direction of Zaporizhzhia failed, the front in the Kamianskyi region did not advance, the Ukrainian General Staff announced. Also, Russia continues its offensive attempts in Donbas — in the Bakhmut and Avdiiv directions.
Estonia handed over all its 155 mm howitzers to Ukraine so that other countries would not have any excuses why they cannot provide Ukraine with the necessary weapons, Estonian Ambassador to Ukraine Kaimo Kuusk said.
A meeting of EU foreign ministers is taking place in Brussels. On the agenda of the discussion of further military support to Ukraine, in particular, it will be about the possible provision of German Leopard tanks to Ukraine, said the High Representative of the European Union Josep Borrell. Ukraine asked Germany for tanks on the seventh day of the full-scale invasion, Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Andrii Melnyk said.
Ukraine is completing the implementation of the recommendations of the European Commission and is waiting for a positive assessment, which will make it possible to start negotiations on Ukraine's accession to the EU as early as 2023, said the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Dmytro Kuleba.
The Russians have destroyed more than 1,200 objects of cultural infrastructure since the beginning of the full-scale invasion, said Oleksandr Tkachenko, Minister of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine.
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Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov named the priority weapons that Ukraine needs from Western partners following the eighth international meeting in the Ramstein format: more air defense systems, weapons for offensive operations (tanks, howitzers, ammunition), maintenance and repair of weapons and equipment.
The head of the US Ministry of Defense, Lloyd Austin, explained why they decided not to provide Ukraine with Leopard tanks at the eighth "Ramstein" — the allies "focused on making sure that Ukraine has the capabilities necessary for success right now."
The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the United States, General Mark Milley, said at the final conference after the meeting in the Rammstein format that now is not the time to sit down at the negotiating table with the Russian Federation due to the difficult conditions of hostilities — the front line "goes from Kharkiv to Kherson."
The US plans to begin transferring frozen Russian assets to Ukraine. This will be handled by the KleptoCapture task force of the US Department of Justice. The process will begin in the coming weeks and months, said Andrew Adams, a spokesman for the US Department of Justice.
The USA announced a new package of military aid to Ukraine worth $2.5 billion. In particular, it includes 59 Bradley BMPs, 90 Stryker BMPs, 53 MRAP BMPs, Avenger air defense systems, HARM missiles, ammunition for NASAMS and HIMARS.
Finland will allocate to Ukraine the twelfth package of military aid worth more than 400 million euros, the country's Ministry of Defense announced.
In Germany, a new spring aid package for Ukraine worth over 1 billion euros was announced, said the Minister of Defense of Germany, Boris Pistorius.
The head of the US Central Intelligence Agency, William Burns, secretly came to Kyiv at the end of last week, where he met with Volodymyr Zelenskyi and gave him information about the future plans of the Kremlin in Ukraine.
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The European Parliament adopted a resolution on the creation of a special tribunal to prosecute the crime of Russian aggression against Ukraine.
During an online speech at the economic forum in Davos, President Volodymyr Zelenskyi said that there are no responsible people in Russia with whom it would be possible to discuss a peaceful solution to the armed conflict in Ukraine.
Help from partners. Sweden will transfer Stridsfordon 90 (CV90) infantry fighting vehicles, Archer self-propelled artillery systems and grenade launchers to Ukraine. Estonia — howitzers, grenade launchers and ammunition. Great Britain — 600 Brimstone missiles. Denmark — 19 Caesar howitzers.
The French government is considering the possibility of transferring its main Leclerc tanks to Ukraine, in particular, to encourage Germany to transfer Leopard 2 tanks, Politico reports, citing its own sources among French officials.
Poland may send Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine without Germany's permission if Germany does not respond soon, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said.
Russia is considering deploying a small number of its new T-14 Armata main tanks in Ukraine for propaganda purposes, the British Ministry of Defense reports.
Iran does not recognize the annexation of Crimea and the occupation of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, said the country's Minister of Foreign Affairs Husein Amir Abdollakhian.
A member of the Ukrainian delegation at the negotiations between Ukraine and Russia, Denys Kireev, who was killed in March 2022, probably by the SBU on suspicion of espionage for Russia, warned the head of military intelligence, Kyrylo Budanov, about Russia's intentions to start a full-scale war, as well as an attack on Kyiv. This is stated in the investigative article of the American edition of The Wall Street Journal.
The ex-head of Ukrainian Naftogaz, Andrii Kobolev, was charged with embezzling over 229 million hryvnias.
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A helicopter crashed near a kindergarten in Brovary, Kyiv region. As a result of the plane crash, 14 people died, including 1 child, and 25 people were injured, including 11 children. Among the victims are the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Denys Monastyrskyi, First Deputy Minister Yevgeny Yenin, State Secretary of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Yuriy Lubkovich, their assistants, and the helicopter crew.
The defense forces of Ukraine, most likely, left the city of Soledar in the Donetsk region, and created new defensive lines to the west of the settlement, British intelligence reported.
The number of injured as a result of a rocket attack on a high-rise building in Dnipro on January 14 has increased to 80 people, the Dnipropetrovsk regional administration reported. According to updated data, 45 people died, 12 bodies are unidentified. Also, 17 residents of the building are considered missing.
Help from partners. Canada will hand over 200 Senator armored vehicles to Ukraine, the country's Defense Minister Anita Anand said. Latvia will transfer helicopters, drones and "Stingers" to Ukraine, the country's Ministry of Defense announced.
The Minister of Defense of Ukraine, Oleksiy Reznikov, said that he hopes that Germany will agree to transfer Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine during the next meeting of the contact group on the defense of Ukraine in the "Ramstein" format.
In Russia, they are preparing for a new wave of mobilization, the military commissars will pay attention to the residents of the central regions, in particular, Moscow and the Moscow region, the Ukrainian General Staff reports. According to Ukrainian intelligence, groups of military commissar employees are arriving at Moscow enterprises to carry out agitation.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov declared the "unacceptability" of the peace plan proposed by Ukraine. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine replied that this shows that the Russian leadership is not interested in ending the war.
The IAEA mission is starting work at the Chornobyl NPP, said the Agency's general director, Rafael Grossi.
As a result of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, at least 459 children died, and another 909 were injured. Data — Prosecutor General's Office.
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In Dnipro, a rescue operation was completed after a Russian rocket hit a residential building on January 14: 45 people were killed, more than 70 were injured, and 20 are missing. British intelligence reported that Russia hit Dnipro with an inaccurate anti-ship missile.
Ukraine received the first tranche of macro-financial assistance from the European Union in the amount of 3 billion euros out of 18 billion euros. This was reported to the European Commission.
On January 17, the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valery Zaluzhnyi met with the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the United States, General Mark Milley, in Poland.
Poland is gathering a coalition of countries that will provide Ukraine with German Leopard 2 tanks and hopes that it will be possible to form at least an armored brigade, Polish President Andrzej Duda said.
As of January 15, 2023, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights recorded 18,358 victims among the civilian population in Ukraine. The confirmed death toll exceeded seven thousand.
The President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vucic, called on the Russians not to recruit them to the "Wagner" PMC to participate in the Russian war against Ukraine.
The number of Russian Armed Forces will be increased to 1.5 million servicemen, two new military districts will be created, and a new army corps will be formed. This was stated by the Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation Sergey Shoigu.
In the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, more than 150 signatures were collected under an appeal to the Speaker of the Parliament, Ruslan Stefanchuk, regarding the removal of the powers of deputies from banned pro-Russian parties.
During the year, the Russian Federation carried out more than two thousand cyberattacks on the state bodies of Ukraine, the State Intelligence Service said.
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Russian troops may launch a new offensive against Ukraine at the end of February or at the beginning of March, while the most likely is an attempt to strike from the occupied Ukrainian territories in the south and east, Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov said.
According to Ukrainian military intelligence, Russia is trying to create an army of two million. Probably, the leadership of the Russian Federation will announce the next wave of mobilization in the coming days. Another 500,000 Russians will join the Russian armed forces.
The Ministry of Defense of Russia announced the capture of Soledar. The Armed Forces reported that the fighting continues. During the day, the Russians fired more than 200 times on the Ukrainian military in the direction of Bakhmut, say the Ukrainian General Staff.
Poland and Lithuania will initiate EU sanctions against Russia's nuclear sector before the anniversary of the Russian aggression, high-ranking diplomats of the two countries said.
Weapons from partners. France will hand over AMX-10 RC armored vehicles to Ukraine within the next 2 months, the country's Ministry of Defense says. Israel will provide Ukraine with smart alert systems for drones and missiles, Ukrainian Ambassador to Israel Yevhen Korniychuk said.
Next week, IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi will visit the South Ukrainian and Rivne NPPs, as well as the Chernobyl site to launch missions with two IAEA experts at each of the facilities. A group of two people will also be stationed at the Khmelnytskyi NPP in the coming days.
The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, announced that in January 2023, they will start considering the first tranche of the 18 billion package for Ukraine.
The Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine reported that about 30,000 Starlink terminals are currently operating in the country.
Almost 4,500 unemployed people from nine regions of Ukraine have already joined the implementation of socially useful works within the framework of the "Recovery Army" project, the Ministry of Economy of Ukraine announced. Most often, people are involved in clearing rubble and restoring residential buildings and premises damaged as a result of hostilities.
More than 1,333 children were injured in Ukraine as a result of the full-scale aggression of the Russian Federation. As of the morning of January 13, the official number of dead children is 453. The number of wounded is at least 880. Data - Prosecutor General's Office.
Former Prime Minister of Great Britain Boris Johnson plans to visit Volodymyr Zelenskyi in Ukraine. The British publication The Guardian writes about it. This trip will be Johnson's fourth visit since the beginning of the war in Ukraine.
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Russian armed formations are increasing pressure on the Defense Forces of Ukraine in Donetsk region, while Russia may launch an offensive on the left-bank part of Zaporizhzhia, the Ukrainian General Staff reports. Currently, the fiercest fighting is going on in Donetsk region, in the areas of Soledar, Paraskoviivka, Bakhmut and Klishchiivka. Since the beginning of the week, there have been 355 combat clashes in the Bakhmut direction, 42 of them in the last day.
The summit on the Ukrainian "peace formula" is scheduled for February 24, 2023. It should take place at the UN headquarters in New York with the mediation of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. This was announced by the Ambassador of Ukraine to Turkey, Vasyl Bodnar.
Russia's failure to address its ammunition shortage will hamper the ability of Russian forces to sustain offensive operations in eastern Ukraine in 2023. This is stated in the analytical report of the American Institute for the Study of War.
German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht does not rule out the transfer of Leopard 2 main battle tanks to Ukraine, but the country will take such a step only in cooperation with other allies.
Almost 60% of Ukrainians consider President Volodymyr Zelenskyi to be the main politician in 2022, followed by the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Valery Zalyzhnyi, who was named by 10% of respondents. This is evidenced by the survey conducted by the sociological service of the Razumkov Center.
At least 2 billion hryvnias are needed to restore medical facilities destroyed by Russia, Minister of Health Viktor Lyashko said.
From February 24 to October 1, 2022, 4,661 children were left without parental care, including 250 children who became orphans or were left without care because their parents died or went missing, the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine reported.
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Ukroboronprom launched serial production of 82-mm fragmentation mines in one of the NATO countries, the Ukrainian concern reported.
President Volodymyr Zelenskyi met with the President of Poland Andrzej Duda and the President of Lithuania Gitanas Nauseda in Lviv. Duda said that Poland would hand over a company of Leopard tanks to Ukraine, and Nauseda promised to provide air defense equipment.
Heavy fighting continues in Soledar, Donetsk region. Russian troops suffer losses, but continue to storm the city. The Ukrainian military is on the defensive, Deputy Minister of Defense Hanna Malyar said. During the day, the Russians shelled Ukrainian positions in this direction 249 times.
The Defense Forces of Ukraine record the preparation of the Russian army for a new massive missile attack: Russia uses drones for reconnaissance and has sent ships for re-equipment, the Ukrainian General Staff reported.
Germany will provide Ukraine with another 20 million euros. These funds will be used to purchase Starlink terminals. A third of them will be transferred to the Armed Forces, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany reported.
Volodymyr Zelenskyi held a coordination meeting in Lviv, the main topic of which was the security situation in the northwestern regions of Ukraine, on the border with Belarus.
Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu removed General Sergey Surovikin from the post of commander of Russian forces in Ukraine, appointing in his place the head of the General Staff of the Russian Federation Valeriy Gerasimov.
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Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said that Turkey supports the peaceful settlement of the war in Ukraine proposed by President Volodymyr Zelenskyi. This point in particular provides for the withdrawal of Russian troops from the territory of Ukraine.
During the day, the occupiers shelled Soledar 86 times with artillery. Also, the most combat-capable Russian units of the "Wagner" PMC are concentrated under Soledar. The Ukrainian military is on the defensive and trying to wear down the Russian forces as much as possible, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Germany, Annalena Burbok, visited Kharkiv. She said that Kharkiv was "a symbol of the absolute madness of Russia's war of aggression in Ukraine" and promised more humanitarian aid from Germany.
The Russians have reduced the intensity of artillery fire on some areas of the front by almost 75%, reports CNN citing data from US and Ukrainian officials. The publication's sources do not yet have a clear explanation for this phenomenon.
The Ministry of Defense of Georgia stated that it received "Buks" from Ukraine not for free. Earlier, the temporary charge d'affaires of Ukraine in Georgia, Andriy Kasyanov, said that Ukraine asked Tbilisi to return the Buk complexes, which were given to Georgia during the 2008 war, and was refused.
Citing two American officials, CNN reports that the Ukrainian military will begin training with the Patriot air defense system next week. The training program will take place at Fort Sill in Oklahoma.
The US Ministry of Defense signed a contract for the supply of 14 VAMPIRE missile systems intended for Ukraine. The first four systems will be handed over to Ukraine by the middle of the year, another 10 — by the end of 2023.
Despite increasing pressure on Bakhmut, the Russian army is unlikely to surround the city in the near future. The nearest target of the Russian Federation is Soledar. The Ministry of Defense of Great Britain informs about this.
The IAEA will deploy monitoring missions at nuclear power plants controlled by Ukraine, the Nuclear and Radiation Safety Inspection of Ukraine reported. The purpose of these missions is to monitor the state of security in conditions of military influence.
Latvia may once again provide Ukraine with Stinger anti-aircraft missile systems as part of military aid, the country's Defense Minister Inara Murniece said.
The police discovered 21 mass burials in the de-occupied territories and exhumed more than a thousand bodies from the mass burial sites, the National Police of Ukraine reported.
Since the start of the full-scale war, the SBU has exposed more than 600 Russian agents and spies, the agency said.
More than 1,332 children were injured in Ukraine as a result of the full-scale aggression of the Russian Federation. As of the morning of January 10, the official number of dead children is 453. The number of wounded is at least 879. Data from the Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine.
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The Russian army shelled Ochakiv in the Mykolaiv region. Eight people were injured, about 50 objects, including residential buildings, were damaged. Also, Russia shelled a residential quarter of Kherson with artillery: one person died, another woman was injured. The Russians fired S-300 missiles at Shevchenkiv, Kharkiv region. Hit the market. There are wounded and dead. At least three pavilions, non-residential buildings and a shopping center were damaged.
The Russians threw reserve groups of Vagners into the assault of Soledar, Donetsk region. According to data as of the evening of January 9, heavy fighting continues. During the day, there were 106 shellings of Ukrainian positions by the Russian army and 22 combat clashes in the area of the city, reports the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Reinforcements have already been sent to the Ukrainian fighters in Soledar.
For the first time since the beginning of the war, Britain is considering the possibility of providing Ukraine with 10 Challenger 2 tanks, Sky News reports with reference to a source close to the negotiations.
The situation on the border with Belarus remains under control, however, the enemy is resorting to provocations that do not allow the transfer of Ukrainian forces to other directions, the Ukrainian border service reports.
The Human Rights Commissioner of the Verkhovna Rada Dmytro Lubinets will meet with the Russian Ombudsman Tetiana Moskalkova on the territory of Turkey on January 12-14.
The troops of the Russian Federation are preparing for a possible counteroffensive of Ukraine in Zaporizhzhia or Luhansk region, according to the report of the American Institute for the Study of War. In recent weeks, Russian troops have expanded defensive fortifications in the Zaporizhzhia region. Previously, ISW noted signs of preparations for allegedly defensive actions by Russia along the Svatove-Kreminna line in the Luhansk region.
Since the beginning of Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the number of cases of human trafficking has increased, particularly pregnant women and refugees. Searches on the Internet for sexual services and pornographic images of Ukrainian women and children have increased by 600 percent since the beginning of the war, the OSCE said.
Ukraine expects that the 10th package of EU sanctions against Russia will contain restrictions against the Russian nuclear industry, in particular Rosatom, said Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal.
The cargo ship MV Glory, which is carrying more than 65 thousand tons of corn from Ukraine to China, ran aground in the Egyptian Suez Canal.
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Putin instructed Russian troops in Ukraine to cease fire on Christmas Day. Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation Sergey Shoigu said that the executive order. The Office of the President of Ukraine called it a propaganda gesture.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan offered Volodymyr Zelenskyi the mediation of Ankara to establish peace between Ukraine and the Russian Federation.
The White House does not confirm the statement of the Russian Federation about the destruction of HIMARS in Ukraine. On January 3, the Russian Ministry of Defense said that the Russians had destroyed "two launch pads for the American-made Himars multiple-launch rocket systems."
The Russian army destroyed Bakhmut in the Donetsk region by 60%, said the head of the Donetsk regional military administration, Pavlo Kyrylenko.
Joint air-tactical exercises with the Russian Federation will be held in Belarus, the country's Ministry of Defense reported.
Russia is increasingly relying on Iranian-made Shahed-131/136 drones in its campaign against Ukraine's critical infrastructure and has likely depleted its supply of these systems, according to a report by the US-based Institute for the Study of War.
Germany handed over a new package of military aid to Ukraine. It includes missile systems, various types of transport, systems for combating drones and generators. Norway delivered another 10,000 shells to Ukraine, which can be used in several types of artillery.
More than 1,329 children were injured in Ukraine as a result of the full-scale armed aggression of the Russian Federation. The official death toll is 452. The number of wounded is at least 877. Data Prosecutor General's Office.
Due to the Russian shelling, Ukraine lost about 90% of wind generation and up to 40% of solar generation: as a result, heat generation will carry more of the load, said Energy Minister of Ukraine Herman Galushchenko.
As a result of the war in Ukraine, 1,189 objects of cultural infrastructure were damaged, the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy reported.
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Ukraine is planning a major offensive in the spring, said the head of the Main Directorate of Intelligence, Kyrylo Budanov, and the fiercest battles are expected in March.
In the direction of Bakhmut, the border guards, together with the Armed Forces, launched a counterattack immediately after repelling the assault of the occupiers. As a result, the Defense Forces of Ukraine knocked out the Russians from advanced positions and are entrenched on a new line of defense, the State Border Service of Ukraine reports.
Russian troops hit Nikopol, Dnipropetrovsk region. A 64-year-old man was injured, up to 20 homes were damaged.
The details of 13 American companies were found in Iranian Shahed-136 drones, which are used by Russia to fire at Ukraine, reports CNN with reference to information from Ukrainian intelligence.
The founder of the private military company "Wagner" Yevhen Prigozhin is trying to transfer the failures of the Russian armed forces in the attempts to take Bakhmut, Donetsk region, to the Ministry of Defense of Russia, according to the American Institute for the Study of War.
France intends to hand over Bastion light tanks and armored personnel carriers to Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyi said.
Preparations for the transfer of the Patriot air defense system to Ukraine have begun, Minister of Foreign Affairs Dmytro Kuleba said. "We expect the Patriot air defense system to be deployed as soon as possible," he added.
Germany provided over 12 billion euros in aid to Ukraine during the 10 months of the war. The amount was reported to the Federal Government of the country.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Dmytro Kuleba named the priority of Ukraine's foreign policy for 2023: relations with the countries of Latin America.
Ukraine criticized the new head of the Israeli Foreign Ministry, Eli Cohen, with the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Sergey Lavrov. According to the Ambassador of Ukraine to Israel Yevhen Korniychuk, this is evidence of a change in Israel's policy.
The politician of 2022 in the world is President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyi, and in Poland — President Andrzej Duda. This is evidenced by the results of a survey conducted by the Polish Public Opinion Research Center from November 28 to December 11.
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Damages caused to Ukraine as a result of the war exceed 700 billion dollars, said Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal.
Since September, the Ukrainian military has destroyed about 500 Iranian drones, 84 of them in the first two days of January, the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported.
Germany has started production of RCH-155 self-propelled guns for Ukraine. This is a 155-mm self-propelled artillery installation with remote control.
61 military personnel have gone missing since the beginning of the full-scale invasion of the Russian Federation in the Kharkiv region, the National Police reported.
Russia is unlikely to make a significant breakthrough near Bakhmut in the coming weeks — over the past ten days, Ukraine has deployed significant reinforcements to defend the sector and the frequency of Russian attacks has decreased compared to its peak in mid-December, British intelligence says.
Russia does not plan to end the war against Ukraine, it will try to advance again, the Russians are making efforts to preserve the land corridor to Crimea, but Ukraine will strike the positions of the Russian army throughout the occupied territory of the country, Ukrainian intelligence said.
The Russian Federation is planning a new wave of mobilization that will affect the residents of the occupied territories, the Center of National Resistance said.
Russia slows down inspections of ships moving along the "grain corridor". As a result, they have to wait an average of a month for their turn, the Administration of Sea Ports of Ukraine reported. Currently, 94 vessels are awaiting inspection in the Bosphorus: 69 are empty for loading, 25 are already loaded with agricultural products.
In the USA, the Ukrainian nanosatellite PolyITAN-HP-30 was launched from Cape Canaveral. It was created by Ukrainian scientists for the 30th anniversary of Ukraine's independence.
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On the night of January 1-2, the Russians launched a massive attack with Iranian-made Shahed-131/136 kamikaze drones. All 39 UAVs were destroyed by the Ukrainian military.
For the past five days, Russian and Ukrainian troops have been fighting for control of the P66 highway north of Kreminna in the Luhansk region. If Ukrainian troops manage to secure the route, it will most likely undermine Russian defenses in Kreminna even more, according to British intelligence.
As of January 2, 2023, the active front line with the Russian army is 1,500 km, and the Ukrainian military has liberated 40% of the territories captured after February 24, said the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valery Zaluzhnyi.
In the occupied Makiivka, an explosion destroyed the school building where the Russian occupiers were staying. The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation announced the attack of "HIMARS" by Ukraine and the death of 63 Russian soldiers.
The Ukraine-EU summit will be held in Kyiv on February 3, the Office of the President of Ukraine reported, based on the results of negotiations between President Zelenskyi and the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen.
Russia does not plan to end the war against Ukraine, will try to carry out new offensives on the front and may simultaneously withdraw from the north or east, say Ukrainian intelligence.
85% of Ukrainians are categorically against territorial concessions, according to a survey by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology.
The head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, announced a €18 billion support package for Ukraine in monthly installments.
Kyiv received the first two high-power generators (300–800 kVA) under an agreement with Taiwan. In general, the project envisages the transfer of about 20 generators to power the capital's critical infrastructure facilities.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine announced a "reset" of relations with Africa. "The new Ukrainian policy in this priority area, defined by the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyi, is based on the Strategy for the Development of Relations with African States, approved in January 2022," the agency noted.
In Ukraine, the situation with the coronavirus is dangerous, from 50 to 70 people die a week, said Fedir Lapii, the head of the National Group of Experts on Immunoprophylaxis.
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More than 27,000 infrastructure objects were damaged or destroyed in Kyiv region due to the war. Almost 24,000 are in the residential sector, Kyiv authorities reported.
There are 3,400 Ukrainian servicemen and at least 15,000 missing servicemen in Russian captivity, said Alyona Verbytska, the representative of the President of Ukraine on issues of ensuring the rights of defenders.
Estonia sent to Ukraine equipment for demining ammunition left by Russian troops in the de-occupied territories. The equipment was financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country, its cost is 337,216 euros.
The US is considering the possibility of providing Ukraine with Bradley fighting vehicles, writes Bloomberg. They are armed with a 25-mm cannon and anti-tank missiles. "Bradley" will provide a significant increase in ground combat potential, because it is, in fact, a light tank," explained former White House defense budget analyst Mark Kancian.
11,500 "points of invincibility" have become operational in Ukraine, the Office of the President announced. These are places where, in the event of a long blackout due to shelling, you can recharge your mobile devices, warm up and drink hot drinks.
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Russia fired 69 missiles at Ukraine. Ukrainian military shot down 54 of them. 10 regions of the country were hit.️
The Ministry of Defense of Belarus announced that the Belarusian air defense forces shot down a missile of the S-300 complex, allegedly fired from Ukraine, over the territory of the country. The country's Foreign Ministry handed the note to the Ukrainian ambassador. An investigation into the incident is currently underway.
During the week, the Ukrainian military advanced to a distance of 2.5 km in the direction of Kreminnaya, Luhansk region, the General Staff of the Armed Forces reported.
Russian troops in Belarus are half as many as were used for the offensive on Kyiv in February 2022, they say in the Ukrainian Genshtay.
Britain will allocate 2.3 billion pounds of aid to Ukraine in support next year, the United Kingdom's Defense Minister Ben Wallace said. Part of this money is non-military aid.
Since the beginning of de-occupation measures in the Mykolaiv, Donetsk, Kherson and Kharkiv regions, the Ukrainian police have discovered 1,116 bodies of dead civilians, the National Police reported.
The head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, Andriy Yermak, said that the "peace formula" proposed by Volodymyr Zelenskyi was supported by Ukraine's main partners. It is about the continued support of Ukraine by allies and the territorial integrity of the country. Russia refused to negotiate with Ukraine on the basis of the "peace formula", said the head of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sergey Lavrov.
On the night of December 29-30, Russia attacked Ukraine with 16 Iranian-made kamikaze drones "Shahed-131/136". All drones were destroyed by the Ukrainian military.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called on Germany and other NATO countries to continue supplying arms to Ukraine and said that this is "the fastest way to peace."
Biden signed the 2023 budget. Tens of billions of dollars from the US budget, which totals 1.7 trillion dollars are directed to help Ukraine to fight the Russian occupation forces.
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Ukrainian prisoners sent 2,102 letters to their relatives, and their relatives, in turn, sent 2,800, the National Information Bureau of Ukraine reported. The distribution of letters began in August.
Since the beginning of autumn, the Air Defense Forces of Ukraine have destroyed 420 Russian missiles and drones, the Ukrainian General Staff reported.
The Russian army in the Bakhmut direction has probably exhausted its offensive potential and may repeat the "Kherson scenario", i.e. retreat, the American Institute for the Study of War reports.
Recently, Russia has probably strengthened its sector of the front line in the Luhansk region, as it is under constant pressure from the Ukrainian military, the British Ministry of Defense reports in a daily report. The Ukrainian General Staff stated that Russia evacuated the occupation command from Kreminnaya in the Luhansk region, but it is still too early to talk about the de-occupation of the city.
Ukraine has purchased about 1,400 drones, mainly for reconnaissance, and plans to develop combat models capable of attacking Russian drones, Minister of Digital Transformation Mykhailo Fedorov said.
More than 45 proceedings against collaborators were registered in Kyiv region. Suspicions have already been announced on the 13th, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine reported.
French Defense Minister Sébastien Lecornu arrived in Kyiv for talks with his Ukrainian counterpart.
The majority of countries do not support the exclusion of Russia from the UN Security Council, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia said. Therefore, according to the department, this issue is currently hopeless.
In France, law enforcement officers detained the Ukrainian oligarch Konstantyn Zhevago. He is involved in a number of criminal proceedings, so Ukraine requested Zhevago's extradition.
The Guardian has announced the best photos of 2022. Among them, three about Ukraine — from The Washington Post photographer Salvan Georges, Azovstal defender Dmytro "Orest" Kozatsky and Kharkiv photojournalist Serhiy Bobok.
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The US has developed a plan for the accelerated deployment of the Patriot air and missile defense system in Ukraine. The system will be deployed in less than half a year, Minister of Foreign Affairs Dmytro Kuleba said.
The bodies of 42 dead soldiers were returned to Ukraine.
More than 700 fighters of "Azov" have been in captivity in Russia for the eighth month, representatives of the NGO "WOMEN OF STEEL" reported.
The Security Service of Ukraine said that since the beginning of 2022, it neutralized "hundreds of Russian cyberattacks and cyber incidents" on Ukrainian energy facilities, of which almost 30 could become "supercritical".
Russia bought about 250 kamikaze and Shahed-136 drones from Iran, the Ukrainian General Staff said.
The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine announced the number of Russians who want to surrender under the "I want to live" program: 4,500 soldiers of the Russian Federation have already applied to the project.
Sweden allocated $19.2 million in military aid to Ukraine.
Russia dispersed its planes after the explosions at the Engels airfield in the Saratov region, the Ukrainian General Staff reported, and the explosions in Engels also led to a decrease in the activity of Russian aviation.
In Ukraine, the property of Russian oligarch Alisher Usmanov in the amount of almost UAH 2 billion was seized, the country's Security Service reported.
The Constitutional Court of Ukraine recognized that the law, which requires changing the name of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate with an indication of its affiliation to Russia, complies with the norms of the Constitution. Therefore, the church must officially change its name within 4 months, indicating its affiliation to the Russian Orthodox Church.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said that he is interested in Russia not posing a threat to Europe, but does not want to sever economic ties with the Russian Federation. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine declared Orban's "pathological contempt" for Ukraine.
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Ukraine officially demands the exclusion of the Russian Federation from the UN Security Council. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine accepted the corresponding statement.
In Russia, the missile will be enough for two or three massive strikes on Ukraine, Ukrainian intelligence said.
On the night of December 26, two explosions rang out at the strategic airfield in the Russian city of Engels in the Saratov region. An aerial alert was announced in the city, according to preliminary data, 3 people were killed, and the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation announced the "fall of a Ukrainian drone".
"Belarusian Volunteer Corps" appeared in Ukraine. Its purpose, the statement of the corps states: "the de-occupation of Ukraine and Belarus from Russian captivity."
Ukraine is preparing sanctions against Russian security forces and representatives of the IT sector. The list included more than 1,300 representatives of the Russian law enforcement agencies: the FSB, the Foreign Intelligence Service, the National Guard of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation, and the judiciary.
Defense positions that Russian troops are building along many areas of the front line in Ukraine will not be effective, the British Ministry of Defense reports.
Ukraine will return the temporarily occupied Crimea by a combination of military force and diplomacy, the head of the Main Intelligence Department of the Ministry of Defense Kyrylo Budanov said.
The Japanese telecommunications business company "NTT Group" allocated one million US dollars to support the digital educational environment of Ukraine. The Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine, Serhiy Shkarlet, said this.
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In the de-occupied territories of Ukraine, the prosecutor's office discovered 54 torture chambers and recorded 5,079 cases of torture, the Human Rights Center ZMINA reported.
The Netherlands will provide Ukraine with a new aid package worth 2.5 billion euros. It will include military and humanitarian equipment, as well as equipment to restore critical infrastructure. Also, another package of military aid will be provided by Estonia. It will include drones, personal protective equipment and winter uniforms.
89% of Ukrainians believe in the return of all occupied territories. This is evidenced by the results of the "Post-war future of Ukraine" survey conducted by the Kharkiv Institute of Social Research.
Iran plans to transfer advanced military developments to the Russian Federation, Mossad head David Barnea said. According to him, at the same time, Iran is trying to increase its nuclear potential.
The head of the Italian government, Giorgia Meloni, plans to come to Ukraine on an official visit in early 2023.
The Armed Forces have approved a list of military personnel who will learn to operate Patriot air defense systems in one of the NATO countries.
The Government of Ukraine has allocated 400 million hryvnias for granting grants to entrepreneurs, Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said.
Volodymyr Zelenskyi announced the creation of the Ukrainian International Aid Agency. According to the president, it should create additional lines of cooperation with Western partners.
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Ukraine will receive another 900 generators from the European Union to power critical infrastructure, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said.
The Minister of Energy of Ukraine Herman Galushchenko stated that, provided that there are no more missile strikes, the supply of light in Ukraine will be stabilized until the summer of 2023.
The UN Fund allocates $20 million to support Ukrainian volunteers who provide assistance to victims of the war in Ukraine, announced Denise Brown, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Ukraine.
The spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran, Nasser Kanaani, criticized the statements of the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyi in the US Congress, which related to the military support of Russia in the war. According to Kanaani, the Iranian side "has not supplied any side with any military equipment for use in the war in Ukraine."
The G7 has collected more than 32 billion dollars to help Ukraine in 2023, according to the joint statement of the G7 ministers.
36 graves were discovered at the cemetery in the settlement of geologists in Kherson, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine reported. This is a mass grave, where there are bodies of servicemen of the Armed Forces, in particular, of the Territorial Defense. Also, the ministry added, in the village of Pravdyno, Kherson district, burials were discovered in the yard of a private house, where the remains of six people with traces of torture and gunshot wounds were found.
German Rheinmetall will hand over 26 HX 8x8 military trucks with a hook load to Ukraine, the concern reported.
Dmytro Rogozin, the former director of the Roscosmos corporation, was wounded in the shelling of the Shesh-Besh restaurant in Donetsk, where he was celebrating his birthday, his aide stated that Rogozin would probably be left with a fragment of a mine in his spine.
Russia sometimes deliberately takes out Ukrainian prisoners allegedly for exchange, and then returns them to the colony and says that Ukraine refuses to exchange them, said Dmytro Lubinets, the human rights commissioner of the Verkhovna Rada. But he added that Ukraine regards this as "a form of torture."
The EU and Ukraine will hold a joint summit on February 3, 2023, said the press secretary of the President of the European Council, Barend Leits. The topic of the summit will probably be how the EU can continue to support Ukraine in the face of a full-scale invasion by the Russian Federation.
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Volodymyr Zelenskyi went on a visit to the USA. The President of Ukraine plans to meet with Joe Biden, address the Congress and hold a series of bilateral meetings. This is Zelenskyi's first trip abroad after the start of a full-scale war.
The White House confirmed that they plan to transfer the Patriot air defense system to Ukraine. It will be part of a new nearly $2 billion aid package to be announced by US President Joe Biden.
Russian President Vladimir Putin held a meeting of the Ministry of Defense, at which Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced the continuation of the so-called "special operation" next year "until the tasks are fully completed" and instructed to increase the number of contractors until the end of 2022.
The head of the IAEA, Raphael Grossi, is scheduled to visit Moscow on December 22 and discuss the creation of a safety zone around the Zaporizhzhia NPP, writes the Russian publication "RIA Novosti". Neither the IAEA nor the Ukrainian side have yet commented on this information.
The special services of the Russian Federation have repeatedly tried to eliminate the head of Ukrainian intelligence, Kyrylo Budanov, and the Minister of Defense of Ukraine, Oleksiy Reznikov, the Security Service of Ukraine said.
Gennady Afanasyev, a former political prisoner from Crimea, one of the participants in the case of the so-called "Sentsov group", in which the Russian occupation forces persecuted Crimeans opposed to the annexation of the peninsula, died at the front.
In the week since the introduction of sanctions, oil exports from Russia by sea fell by more than 50% and set an absolute minimum for the year, writes Bloomberg.
Iceland handed over 12,000 sets of winter clothing to the Armed Forces, including socks, underpants and sweaters made of merino wool, hats, winter gloves, shoes, and outerwear.
As of the morning of December 22, the Defense Forces of Ukraine have eliminated about 100,400 occupiers since the beginning of the full-scale invasion of the Russian Federation into Ukraine on February 24, the General Staff of the Armed Forces reported.
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Zelensky visited the front line in Bakhmut, Donetsk region. This is the hottest point of the front. There, the president presented state awards to military personnel.
The Russian attack on Ukraine by Iranian Shahed-136 kamikaze drones on December 19 was the largest since the beginning of the full-scale invasion, the Armed Forces said. But they added that in November and December, the Russian Federation launched 127 Shahed-136 and 300 cruise missiles over the territory of Ukraine.
Ukrainian military shot down two Russian helicopters in the Donetsk region. This is reported by the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
The head of the Luhansk Regional Military Administration, Serhii Gaidai, said that the Ukrainian military had a few kilometers left to reach Kreminna, Luhansk Oblast — one of the important nodes of the front.
Ukraine became the country of the year 2022 according to The Economist magazine. The publication noted that usually authors and editors argue when making decisions, but this year the choice was obvious.
The State Budget of Ukraine received grant funds in the amount of 2 billion dollars from the United States from the Trust Fund of the World Bank. This is the second tranche of the grant totaling $4.5 billion. The funds will be used to provide pension payments and salaries to civil defense workers, as well as to pay for medical services under the medical guarantee program.
Ukraine is launching a political process to exclude Russia from the UN Security Council, which should lead to the deprivation of the Russian Federation's place in the organization, said the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Dmytro Kuleba.
Ukraine signed an agreement with Space Exploration Technologies Corp. of Elon Musk and is about to receive additional Starlink terminals. Over 10,000 antennas will be sent to Ukraine in the coming months.
The deputy head of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine, Dmytro Bondar, was suspended due to the explosion of a "Ukrainian gift" in Poland. He was responsible for presenting a gift to the Polish police commander, General Szymczyk.
The International Criminal Court in The Hague did not find Russia guilty of the war in Georgia in 2008.
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Russia is preparing about 200,000 new soldiers and will try to attack Kyiv again, said the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valeriy Zaluzhnyi. According to him, this may happen at the end of January or in the spring. Russia can launch an offensive from Donbas in the east, the south, or from Belarus and make a second attempt to capture Kyiv.
Belarus is preparing to participate in the war, while the probability of an attack from its territory remains low, the Ukrainian General Staff said.
RF troops again shelled the center of Kherson. The projectile hit the place where the point of medical aid and humanitarian aid is located. Two people died.
The European Parliament recognized the Holodomor of 1932-1933 as a genocide of Ukrainians. 507 deputies voted "for", 12 voted against.
In an interview with The Economist, Volodymyr Zelenskyi emphasized that Ukrainians do not want to make compromises regarding the territory and noted that a difficult situation has developed in the south of the country, in the occupied territories, in Zaporizhzhia and in the Azov region. There is no electricity or water in the settlements there.
Germany handed Ukraine a new batch of military aid — equipment and ammunition, in particular, for the IRIS-T air defense complex.
The Sejm of Poland recognized Russia as a sponsor of terrorism, and also declared that the Russian Federation had committed an act of international piracy, "by militarily blocking Ukrainian ports without declaring war."
In the Russian Federation, in the first reading, a draft law was adopted, which abolishes criminal responsibility for crimes committed by Russians in the occupied territories of Ukraine, if they were committed "for the sake of protecting the interests of Russia." The Office of the President of Ukraine emphasized that this is a step towards the legalization of looting, rape and murder committed by the Russian military.
In 2022, the UN provided more than $4.5 billion in aid to the population of Ukraine, Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal and UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Martino Griffiths announced during a joint press conference.
The Verkhovna Rada adopted a draft law on strengthening the responsibility of the military for the use of drugs and alcohol.
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In the morning, the Russians attacked Kyiv and the region with 13 Iranian-made Shahed-136 kamikaze drones. All drones were shot down by the Ukrainian military. Debris from downed drones hit one administrative building, four more residential buildings in the Shevchenko district of the capital suffered minor damage. People were not injured.
The European Parliament approved €18 billion in aid to Ukraine after Hungary vetoed the initial proposal.
US President Joe Biden will approve the transfer of Patriot air defense systems to Ukraine only after the Pentagon answers questions about the training and maintenance of the systems, the legality of their transfer and the impact of this decision on US military readiness, writes The Washington Post, citing sources.
On December 14, another exchange of prisoners took place. 64 servicemen who fought in the Donetsk and Luhansk areas, in particular, participated in the defense of the city of Bakhmut, returned to Ukraine.
According to the results of the energy "Ramstein", which took place in Paris, Ukraine attracted about 1.5 billion dollars for the reconstruction of the energy infrastructure, Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said.
Temporarily occupied Melitopol of the Zaporizhzhia region may be the "next important stage" of the war — a counteroffensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine for the deoccupation of the south of Ukraine. The New York Times writes about it.
The Czech Republic will start producing weapons for Ukraine in large quantities. In particular, this will also apply to heavy weapons, said the country's Deputy Minister of Defense Tomas Kopechny. According to him, thousands of Ukrainians will also come to the Czech Republic to work at weapons factories.
The European Commission announced the payment to Ukraine of another 500 million euros — another tranche within the framework of macro-financial assistance in the amount of five billion for 2022.
184 athletes and coaches died in Ukraine due to the war, Volodymyr Zelenskyi said.
As a result of the war, 4.9 million citizens of Ukraine became internally displaced persons, another 7.9 million went abroad, said Dmytro Lubinets, the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Verkhovna Rada.
Verkhovna Rada supported all European integration draft laws recommended by the European Commission, said Verkhovna Rada Chairman Ruslan Stefanchuk.
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Britain may consider transferring long-range weapons to Ukraine if Russia continues to strike Ukrainian civilian targets, the kingdom's Defense Minister Ben Wallace said.
Volodymyr Zelenskyi gave an interview to the American TV presenter David Letterman in the Netflix show "My next guest needs no introduction". The President of Ukraine talked about the death of Putin, nuclear weapons, the end of the war and the presidency until victory.
On the Lyman, Bakhmut, Avdiyiv and Zaporizhzhia directions, Russian troops are trying to advance, on the rest of the front they are defending, reports the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. During the day of December 11, the Russian army hit the civilian infrastructure of the city of Kherson and the positions of the Defense Forces troops more than 60 times with rocket salvo fire systems.
On December 10-11, the Ukrainian army struck three "important objects" of the Russian troops in the temporarily captured Melitopol, Zaporizhzhia region, and near the city. "Dozens of Russian soldiers have been killed and at least 200 wounded," Melitopol mayor Ivan Fedorov said.
In the morning, the Russians fired on the city of Hirnyk, Donetsk region, with Uragan surface-to-air missiles. Two civilians died, ten were injured.
Russia still retains the ability to produce new high-precision Kh-101 and Kalibr missiles, while the Russian military currently has enough missiles for 3-5 mass attacks, said Vadym Skibitsky, a representative of the Main Intelligence Directorate.
The embassy of Ukraine in Greece received a bloody package, said the spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Oleg Nikolenko. In recent weeks, 33 cases of threats to Ukrainian diplomats in 17 countries have been recorded.
Slovakia is ready to send MiG-29 fighters to Ukraine. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Slovak Republic Rastislav Kacher said that this issue was discussed with the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyi.
The EU Council agreed to increase the financial ceiling of the European Peace Fund by 2 billion euros in 2023, with the possibility of further increases at a later stage. This is a fund from which the EU reimburses member states for supplying arms to Ukraine.
Almost 4.9 million displaced people were registered in Ukraine, including 3.5 million who moved after February 24, 2022, the Ministry of Social Policy reported.
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Germany plans to transfer to Ukraine 18 RCH-155 self-propelled artillery units, 80 pickup trucks, 7 trucks and 90 units of anti-drone equipment, the country's embassy reported. Also, during the last week, Ukraine received 20 Dingo armored vehicles and 2 M1070 Oshkosh heavy-duty tractor units from Germany.
Commanders from "Azovstal", who are in Turkey under the terms of the exchange, can meet with their families before the holidays, the President's Office reported.
Over 60% of Russian missiles were fired at civilian objects in Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyi said.
The US announced a new package of military aid worth 275 million dollars. Also, in the coming weeks, new anti-aircraft weapons and short-range anti-aircraft missiles will arrive in Ukraine from Great Britain, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said.
Norway will allocate one billion kroner for the restoration of damaged infrastructure in Ukraine. The country's government signed a corresponding agreement with the World Bank.
Great Britain introduced new sanctions against Russian and Iranian officials responsible for the Russian invasion of Ukraine and human rights violations. Restrictions are also being imposed on two Moldovan politicians. Also, Canada introduced new sanctions against the Russian Federation, Iran and Myanmar for human rights violations.
Approximately 30% of the territory of Ukraine is currently contaminated with explosive objects, which are planned to be cleared in ten years, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine reported.
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Washington is not against Germany's transfer of Leopard 2 heavy tanks to Ukraine, but has left it up to Berlin, said the head of the Defense Committee of the German Bundestag, Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann. Germany's leadership is hesitant to provide Leopard 2, citing the fact that none of Ukraine's partners have yet supplied such tanks.
Over the past 30 days, 7 samples of Ukrainian-made drones have been put into operation in the Armed Forces, Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov said.
The EU approved a decision not to recognize documents issued by Russia in the occupied territories of Ukraine and Georgia.
Russian troops shelled Toretsk in Donetsk region: one person was killed, two others were injured. Shells hit the private sector, at least 12 houses were destroyed or damaged.
On the territory of the captured Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, the Russian military brought several Grad multiple rocket launchers (RSZV), Energoatom announced.
The Security Service of Ukraine completed searches in the churches of the UOC of the Moscow Patriarchate in the Kherson, Cherkasy, Zhytomyr and Volyn regions. According to the results of the searches, Russian passports, "passes of federal advisers of the Russian Federation" and the flag of "Novorossiya" were found.
According to forecasts of the National Bank of Ukraine, by the end of the year, the volume of international aid will exceed 31 billion dollars, said the head of the National Bank Andriy Pyshnyi.
American basketball player, Olympic champion Brittney Greiner, who was arrested in the Russian Federation for importing cannabis oil cartridges into the country, was released from Russian prison. She was exchanged for arms dealer Viktor But.
The Italian La Scala opened the season with the Russian opera "Boris Godunov" by Modest Mussorgsky. The premiere was attended by the President of Italy Sergio Mattarella, the Prime Minister of Italy Giorgia Meloni and the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen. The Ukrainian community of Milan protested near the theater.
A petition to block Russian content in Ukraine received 25,000 votes. Now it should be considered by President Volodymyr Zelenskyi.
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The European Commission has prepared the ninth package of sanctions against Russia, said the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Layen. Almost 200 individuals and legal entities, three Russian banks were added to the sanctions list, and restrictions on Russia's access to drones were also introduced.
Russia is trying to "freeze" the war and will try to launch a new, larger offensive against Ukraine in the spring, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said.
The Russians have already released 400 Iranian Shahed-136 drones over Ukraine, and they need a week to prepare a massive missile attack, the Ukrainian General Staff said.
Russian military shelled Kurakhove in Donetsk region. A market, a bus station, gas stations, and residential buildings came under fire. At least 8 civilians were killed, the Office of the President of Ukraine reported.
The government of the Czech Republic has approved the transfer of about 2 million euros to Ukraine, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the country Jan Lypavskyi said. The money will be used for mobile medical assistance and housing boxes.
Ukrainian diplomats continue to receive threats, a total of 31 cases have already been recorded in 15 countries, and all envelopes have the same address of the sender: the Tesla car dealership in the German town of Sindelfingen, the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Dmytro Kuleba, said.
The UN documented the killing of at least 441 Ukrainian civilians by the Russian military. The organization emphasized that 57 murders mentioned in the report were arbitrary executions. Mostly men and boys were executed, who made up 88 percent of all victims of arbitrary executions.
The decrease in profits in the creative industries of Ukraine due to the war amounted to 63%, while 20% of the representatives of the industry went abroad, reported the Minister of Culture and Information Policy Oleksandr Tkachenko.
The President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyi and the Spirit of Ukraine became the "person of the year 2022" according to Time magazine.
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Ukraine conducted another exchange — 60 soldiers returned from Russian captivity. Among those released are defenders of Mariupol, in particular "Azovstal". There are also those who were kept in the colony in Olenivka in Donetsk region.
On December 6, another transfer of the bodies of fallen Ukrainian servicemen took place — 49 dead were returned to Ukraine.
On December 5, Russia launched missiles at Ukraine with a total cost of 400-500 million dollars, Forbes Ukraine calculated. The General Staff reported that on that day, the Ukrainian military shot down 60 out of 70 missiles.
The stockpile of high-precision weapons in the Russian Federation is nearing completion, but Russia still has missiles for several more massive strikes, Ukrainian intelligence said.
The reason for the explosions at two Russian airfields on December 5 was an attack carried out by Ukraine using drones. At the same time, in at least one case, the strike was carried out by a group of special forces in the immediate vicinity of the target, writes The New York Times with reference to sources among high-ranking Ukrainian officials.
Hungary has blocked the allocation of 18 billion euros of macro-financial assistance to Ukraine in 2023, the Minister of Finance of Hungary, Mihai Varga, announced. The EU said that they are currently looking for another mechanism to start allocating these funds to Ukraine.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Dmytro Kuleba, reported on new cases of threats to Ukrainian embassies — dangerous packages were sent to diplomatic missions in Denmark and Romania.
Since the beginning of the war, the Cabinet of Ministers has allocated 1 trillion 130 billion UAH for financing the army and the security sector, Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said.
At least 3,300,000 Ukrainian children are in need of humanitarian aid, said Nicolas de Riviere, Permanent Representative of France to the UN. "Two-thirds of children in Ukraine have been displaced since February. 2.5 thousand schools were destroyed or damaged. 5 million children do not go to school," the diplomat emphasized.
More than 14 million Ukrainians were forced to leave their homes because of the war, according to the UN.
Eight Ukrainian women were included in the list of the most influential women by the BBC. Among them are the first lady of Ukraine Olena Zelenska, paramedic Yulia Paevska (Tyra), human rights defender Oleksandra Matviychuk, mathematician Maryna Vyazovska.
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Ukraine received $1.5 billion from the United States — this is the first part of a $4.5 billion grant that the United States recently announced. The Ministry of Finance of Ukraine says that the money will be used to pay pensions, social assistance, in particular to displaced persons, payment of medical services, etc.
The spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Oleg Nikolenko, reported that the embassies of Ukraine in Hungary, the Netherlands, Poland, Croatia, Italy, the consulates general in Naples and Krakow, and the consulate in Brno received bloody packages, and they contained animal eyes.
During the day, the Ukrainian aviation carried out 8 strikes on the areas where Russian army personnel are concentrated, and units of missile troops and artillery of the Defense Forces hit 5 control points, the General Staff reports.
Head of EU diplomacy Borrell visited one of the training grounds in Poland, where the EU training mission for the Ukrainian military is taking place. Borrel said that currently 1,100 Ukrainian soldiers are already undergoing training. It is planned that a total of 15,000 military personnel should be trained during the mission.
Hungary does not support the European Union's plans to provide Ukraine with an 18 billion euro aid package planned for 2023, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said. According to him, he does not want "the EU to become a community of debtor states".
The Security Service of Ukraine has completed inspections of UOC MP churches located in Zakarpattia, Rivne, and Zhytomyr regions. During the inspections, they discovered "warehouses" with pro-Kremlin literature, Nazi symbols, "teachings about Satanism" and texts of prayers for the Moscow Patriarch Kirill.
The IAEA hopes to reach an agreement with Russia and Ukraine on the creation of a protective zone at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant by the end of the year, IAEA head Raphael Grossi said. Earlier, the press secretary of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Dmytro Peskov, said that the withdrawal of Russian troops from the territory of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant "cannot happen".
The EU agreed to set the maximum price for Russian oil at $60 per barrel. This is reported by The New York Times with reference to the statement of Polish Ambassador to the EU Andrzej Sados, as well as other EU diplomats and officials who spoke on condition of anonymity.
As of the morning of December 2, electricity producers provided 83% of consumption, Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal said.
The government of Ukraine has allocated over 5 billion hryvnias to the regions most affected by hostilities, Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said.
In Gostomel, Kyiv region, attackers cut Banksy's painting from the wall of the house. Eight people were detained on the spot. Criminal proceedings have been opened for intentional damage to property.
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Ukraine conducted another large exchange of prisoners with the Russian Federation. 50 defenders of Ukraine have been released, the head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, Andriy Yermak, said.
US President Joe Biden has asked Congress to provide an additional 37 billion dollars to support Ukraine.
On November 30, the Embassy of Ukraine in Spain received an envelope that exploded in the commandant's hands during the inspection. Later, the same envelopes with explosive devices were also received by the local company Instalaza, which produces weapons, a base of the Spanish Air Force and the Prime Minister of the country, Pedro Sánchez. It is currently known that the letters were written by the same person. The incident involving envelopes with explosives in Spain will be investigated as an act of terrorism.
Two more embassies of Ukraine abroad, in addition to the embassy in Spain, received letters with "very specific threats", said the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba. However, he did not reveal details and said that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will soon issue an official comment on this matter.
In the east and south of Ukraine, the Russian military went on the defensive in the Kupyan, Lyman, Novopavliv and Zaporizhzhia directions, the General Staff reports. The Russians are also preparing to evacuate the population from temporarily occupied settlements in the Zaporizhzhia region.
The total irreversible losses of the Russian army in the war with Ukraine amount to approximately 200,000 Russian soldiers, and Russia lost almost 90,000 servicemen killed, said Mykhailo Podolyak, adviser to the head of the Office of the President of Ukraine.
Germany approved a new military aid package for Ukraine. It includes seven Gepard anti-aircraft guns and 100,000 first-aid kits. In addition, according to the German government, this week Ukraine received 3 BEAVER bridge-laying tanks, 8 unmanned surface ships, 12 border security systems, 4,000 sleeping bags, spare parts for Mi-24 helicopters and 30 ambulances.
The Netherlands, Estonia and Norway will hand over a mobile field hospital to Ukraine. It is equipped with an intensive care unit and an operating room, said the head of the Dutch Ministry of Defense Kaisa Ollongren.
The EU will allocate 1 million euros for demining in Ukraine, EU High Representative Josep Borrell said.
Ukraine has made great progress in carrying out the reforms necessary for joining the EU, so negotiations on this issue can begin in the near future, said State Minister for Climate and Europe at the German Foreign Ministry Anna Lührmann.
As of December 1, 1,057 "points of invincibility" have already been deployed in Ukraine. They have heating, water, light from generators, communication.
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During the day, units of the Defense Forces of Ukraine repelled the attacks of the occupiers in the areas of the settlements of Stelmakhivka in the Luhansk region and Bilogorivka, Bakhmutske, Pervomaiske, Nevelske and Maryinka in the Donetsk region. The General Staff of the Armed Forces informs about this in the morning summary.
The Russian army carried out 47 airstrikes and 35 attacks from rocket salvo systems on the positions of our troops.
On the morning of November 30, the Russian military shelled the center of Kherson. Several residential buildings and medical facilities were damaged, a gas pipe was hit, the head of the Kherson Regional State Yaroslav Yanushevich reported, a 70-year-old resident of Kherson died in her own apartment due to shelling. During the day, explosions were heard in Kherson.
Russian troops shelled Bakhmut eight times last night, Donetsk police reported. Two people died, eleven were injured, including a 5-year-old boy.
On the morning of November 30, the city of Bilopylla, Sumy Region, was shelled from Russian territory. As a result of shelling, the hospital was destroyed, a teenager died.
On the outskirts of Kherson, in the village of Pravdyne, a new mass grave of people killed by the Russian military was discovered. The bodies were found with their hands tied and blindfolded. All were shot at close range in the back of the head, according to The New York Times.
During the 9 months of the large-scale war, the radio engineering troops of the Air Force detected and escorted more than 240,000 air targets of the occupiers. About 80% is destroyed by Ukrainian firearms. This was announced by the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, General Valeriy Zaluzhnyi.
The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, said that during the war in Ukraine, more than 20,000 civilians and more than 100,000 Ukrainian soldiers died. The President's Office informed the public that only the Commander-in-Chief, the Minister of Defense, or the President himself can provide information on losses. Subsequently, the EU explained that the data on losses also apply to the wounded.
Electricity producers provide 73% of consumption in Ukraine. At the same time, the capacity deficit still remains and amounts to 27%.
The government of Ukraine is negotiating the possibility of buying a new large batch of thousands of Starlinks for Ukraine and has allowed them to be imported without VAT and customs duties.
The justice ministers of the G7 countries adopted the "Berlin Declaration" and agreed to closely coordinate cooperation for the purpose of investigating war crimes in Ukraine and to help bring the perpetrators to justice. The text of the declaration is published on the website of the Ministry of Justice of the Federal Republic of Germany.
On November 29-30, a ministerial meeting of NATO member states is taking place in Bucharest. The head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Dmytro Kuleba, and his foreign colleagues are discussing further military aid to Ukraine and the restoration of Ukrainian energy infrastructure.
Russia has caused damage to Ukraine in the amount of 600 billion euros, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, said. She also proposed to create a specialized court with the support of the UN to investigate the crimes of the Russian Federation.
The Odesa City Council supported the decision to dismantle and move the monument to the "Founders of Odesa" in the center with the sculpture of Catherine II.
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US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken announced a new aid package to Ukraine in the amount of 53 million dollars. This money will be directed to the restoration of the Ukrainian energy network, which is being systematically destroyed by Russian troops.
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki called on Germany to transfer Patriot air defense systems to Ukraine to help protect at least part of Ukrainian skies. This is reported by Polish publications wPolityce and PAP. Earlier, on November 21, Germany offered Poland Patriot anti-missile defense systems for airspace security after a missile fell in the village of Przewodow. Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak asked Germany to send these systems to Ukraine. German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht said that this should be coordinated with NATO.
In Donetsk region, the Russian military concentrated on offensive attempts in the Bakhmut and Avdiiv directions. They continue to shell Ukrainian military positions and populated areas, the General Staff reports.
Russian troops with "Grad" self-propelled grenade launchers fired at the residential sector of Lyman in Donetsk region. 1 person died, 3 were injured, Deputy Head of the Office of the President Kyrylo Tymoshenko reported.
Germany will transfer THeMIS ground drones to Ukraine. They are designed to transport the wounded and clear traffic routes. Seven of them will arrive in Ukraine by the end of this year. Others will be delivered in the second quarter of 2023.
France handed over to Ukraine the LRU rocket launcher system — the modernization of the American M270 MLRS on a tracked platform, Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov said. And the government of Slovakia handed over 30 BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicles to Ukraine.
Ukraine and France signed an agreement to provide Ukraine with a loan of up to 100 million euros from the French Development Agency. The funds will be used to finance priority expenses, the press service of the Ministry of Finance of Ukraine reported.
The International Atomic Energy Agency will strengthen its presence at all nuclear power plants in Ukraine, IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi said.
Since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Russian military has committed more than 47,900 war crimes, said the head of the President's Office Andriy Yermak. In addition, the Russian military destroyed 46,000 houses and tens of thousands of civil infrastructure objects, including 14,000 institutions for children. 11,400 children were forcibly taken out of the country.
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Since the beginning of the full-scale invasion of the Russian Federation, 101 Ukrainian servicewomen have been killed, 50 others are considered missing, Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said. About 5,000 Ukrainian women take part in the combats directly.
Since the beginning of the invasion of Ukraine, Russia launched more than 16,000 missile strikes on the Ukrainian territory, 97% of their targets are civilian objects, the Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said.
Russians banned the access to the Zaporizhzhia NPP to those station staff who refused to sign contracts with Russian "Rosatom", the General Staff reports. Also, President Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the withdrawal of Russia's troops from the territory of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant "can not be". The day before, Energoatom President Petro Kotin said that there were signs that Russian invaders could leave a Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant.
The Czech Republic transferred two metal bridges to Ukraine, which will be installed in the Kherson region. In Ukravtodor, it was reported that the blown bridges are the main obstacle to the restoration of transport connections on the territories liberated from the occupiers. Thanks to the previously sent 4 structures, traffic in the Kyiv, Kharkiv and Cherkasy regions were managed to start.
The Russians are preparing to close coal mines in the temporarily occupied territory of Donbass. This is due to mobilization (65% of employees are mobilized) over a half of employees and the fact that non-working enterprises are unprofitable, the Eastern Human Rights Group reports.
Ukraine imported electricity from Romania in the test mode, the Energy Company of Ukraine reported. Earlier, Ukraine imported electricity from Slovakia on October 27 and November 19, 2022.
Lithuania sent six trucks to Ukraine with 114 transformers. In total, the country plans to transfer more than 200 units, the Minister of Defense of Lithuania Arvidas Anushauskas has said.
99.7% of boiler houses started working in Ukraine, 99.6% of the housing stock was provided with heating, Naftogaz of Ukraine reported. Also, 316 heating supply facilities have been restored to the fighting. It is 53.3% of the total number of affected objects, said in Naftogaz.
In Ukraine, as of November 28, 996 "Independence Centres" were launched, Oleksandr Khorunzhyy, a presenter of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine, said. These are places where Ukrainians can recharge phones and warm up in the event of long -term effects of Russian attacks on energy and long -range lights.
The Ukrainians began to donate twice as much as recent Russian rocket attacks. At the same time, this trend was also traced during the previous Russian massive blows, according to Openatabot, platform for working with open data. According to the service, the largest fees are recorded on the United24 platform. In total, over UAH 6.8 billion has entered the NBU's accounts in half a year.
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During the day, the aviation of the Defense Forces carried out 14 strikes on the areas of concentration of personnel, weapons and military equipment of the Russian occupiers, as well as four strikes on the positions of anti-aircraft missile systems of the Russian Federation, the General Staff reported.
The Russians are regrouping their troops to strengthen their groups in Donetsk region, and in Luhansk region they are suffering heavy losses, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine informs. Also, the Russian army does not stop striking civilian objects, restraining the actions of units of the Defense Forces.
Russia is likely removing nuclear warheads from old nuclear cruise missiles and firing unarmed munitions into Ukraine, the British Ministry of Defense reports, citing intelligence. This is evidenced by the image of one of the missiles shot down in Ukraine.
On the afternoon of November 26, the Russian army shelled the Dnipro. As a result of the explosion, seven private houses were partially destroyed - a woman was pulled out from under the rubble, she was hospitalized, the head of the regional administration said. Currently, 13 are known to be injured.
The Institute for the Study of War believes that the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation has increased the frequency of the exchange of prisoners of war in order to appease dissatisfaction among Russians due to "low-key attention to Russian prisoners of war."
The command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine told the Russian military about the rules of surrender in accordance with international humanitarian law. The official video message in Russian was published on the Telegram channel of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Ukraine freed 12 people from Russian captivity. Among them are nine military personnel who defended Mariupol, Chornobyl NPP and Snake Island, as well as three civilians, the head of the President's Office Yermak said. According to him, over the past week, 98 Ukrainians were returned from captivity.
15 people died, 35 were injured as a result of Russian shelling of the liberated Kherson from November 20 to 25. The data was reported by the city authorities.
Kherson has been connected to the electricity supply, reported the deputy head of OP Tymoshenko. First, power will be supplied to critical infrastructure facilities, then to the population. In general, about 75% of energy consumption needs are provided in Ukraine. Another nuclear unit has been put into operation, capacity is being increased to the planned level at others as well. Due to the shortage of electricity, all regions are in the mode of limiting consumption.
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki arrived in Kyiv and honored the memory of the Holodomor victims. In addition to the Prime Minister of Poland, the Prime Minister of Lithuania Shimonite also arrived in Kyiv. Together with the Prime Minister of Ukraine Shmygal within the Lublin Triangle, they signed a joint statement in which they specifically supported the start of negotiations on Ukraine's accession to the EU immediately after a positive assessment of its implementation of the recommendations regarding the application for membership.
Ukraine has launched the "Grain From Ukraine" initiative — the supply of food to countries suffering from its shortage, President Zelenskyi said during a joint press conference with Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo. Belgium became the first country to join the initiative and provide funding for humanitarian food supplies.
International partners are sending equipment to Ukraine to help survive the blackout and prepare for winter. In particular, France sent a hundred powerful generators, Prague - heaters and medical equipment, Riga - heat guns, USAID handed over blankets for Ukrzaliznytsia. The Canadian government allocated 10 million dollars for the purchase of generators.
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As a result of Russian missile strikes on Ukrainian territory on November 23, 55 people were injured and another 10 people were killed, said Oleksandr Khorunzhy, the Spokesman of the State Emergency Service. On November 23, Russia launched 67 missiles on energy facilities. Some Ukrainians were left without electricity and water supply. Due to the impact, there was no electricity in Moldova.
On the morning of November 24, specialists managed to restore power supply to critical infrastructure facilities, Ukrainian nuclear power plants should resume work by the evening. It was also possible to partially restore electricity supply in 10 regions.
Zelenskyy announced the deployment of more than 4,000 "invincibility centres" across the country in case of new massive Russian attacks and serious problems with energy supply. These places will be provided with communication, the Internet and other necessary things. The centres will work free of charge, around the clock at government buildings, fire and rescue units, schools, etc.
The Ministry of Defense of Great Britain, with reference to intelligence data, assumed that over the past two weeks, Russia has redeployed its main units to the Donetsk and Luhansk directions in Donbas.
Thus, military analysts note that from September to October, most of the weakened Russian units of the airborne troops were directed to the defense of the Russian-controlled territory west of the Dnieper in the Kherson region.
Militants of the so-called DPR declared that they "formed a battalion" of captured Ukrainian servicemen. The Main Directorate of Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense stressed that such actions are a violation of the laws and customs of war.
Prosecutors found nine torture chambers on the territory of the liberated Kherson region. Also, 432 bodies of civilians who were killed were found, said General Prosecutor of Ukraine Andriy Kostin.
The European Parliament recognized Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism and a state that uses the means of terrorism.
The European Parliament approved the allocation of 18 billion euros for Ukraine, its president Metsola said. The decision must now be approved by the European Council.
On November 23, President Joe Biden instructed the State Department to allocate an additional $400 million for military aid to Ukraine. The new aid package will include ammunition for NASAMS anti-aircraft missile systems; 150 large-caliber machine guns with thermal imaging sights to counter unmanned aerial systems; ammunition for high-mobility HIMARS missile and artillery systems.
After the shelling of Ukraine on November 23, the Minister of Defense of Poland Blaszczak asked Germany to transfer to Ukraine the Patriot air defense systems, which it had previously offered to Poland to strengthen its air defense.
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The military of the Russian Federation in the Kryvyi Rih and Kherson areas are strengthening their defenses, according to the report of the General Staff. Also, the Russian army continues to bombard settlements on the right bank of the Dnipro River. Due to worsening weather conditions, attacks by the Russian Federation have decreased, but the number of Russian shelling remains extremely high. The fiercest fighting continues in Donetsk region.
In the city of Orihiv, Zaporizhzhia, the Russian army fired at a humanitarian aid delivery point: a social worker was killed, and two more women were injured, the head of the regional administration said.
As a result of shelling by the Russian army in Kherson, two people were killed and seven others were injured. Also, in a comment to Suspilne, the head of the city's military administration, Luhova, said that as a result of the morning attacks, glass was blown out of some houses and the post office was damaged.
The army of the Russian Federation in the Kherson Region has set up a torture chamber on the territory of a recreation center in the village of Strilkove in the Heniche district. Ukrainians are illegally detained and tortured there, the General Staff reported.
At night, the Russian army from "Hrady" and heavy artillery shelled several villages of the Marganets community of Dnipropetrovsk region.
The Institute for the Study of War suggests that Russia is preparing a series of steps to strengthen control over the information space in the country.
Ukraine returned 33 bodies of dead soldiers. In total, the Office of the Commissioner for Missing Persons managed to return 696 dead servicemen.
Russia damaged almost all TPPs and large hydroelectric power plants with massive attacks on Ukraine's critical infrastructure, said the head of Ukrenergo Kudrytskyi.
IAEA experts assessed the extent of damage caused by intense shelling of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. Despite the severity of the strikes, key equipment remained intact and there are no immediate nuclear safety or security concerns.
According to the WHO, approximately one in five residents of Ukraine have problems with access to medicines, while Russia's attacks on the Ukrainian health infrastructure have also affected the availability of medical services.
Iryna Vereshchuk, the Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories, called on vulnerable categories of citizens to evacuate from Kherson: women with children, the elderly, the sick, and those with reduced mobility.
The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, announced that Ukraine will receive another 2.5 billion euros.
In 2023, Ukraine plans to increase the fee for the transit of Russian oil through the Druzhba pipeline to Europe against the background of Russian attacks on the Ukrainian energy system, writes Bloomberg.
Hungarian Prime Minister Orbán came to a football match with a scarf depicting Hungary with a part of Ukrainian territory. In response, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine summoned the Hungarian ambassador to inform him of the "unacceptability of Orbán's act," Nikolenko, a spokesman for the ministry, said.
The NATO Parliamentary Assembly recognized Russia as a terrorist state and called for the creation of a special international tribunal for it.
Russia fired more than 4,700 missiles during 270 days of full-scale war, President Zelenskyi said.
The Minister of Defense of Ukraine, Oleksiy Reznikov, revealed the number of missiles remaining in service in the Russian Federation.
As of the morning of November 22, Russia lost about 85,000 of its servicemen in the war against Ukraine, and approximately 400 people were lost in one day. This is reported by the General Staff of the Armed Forces.
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British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak visited Kyiv and met with President Volodymyr Zelenskyi. He promised to provide Ukraine with additional military aid, including 120 anti-aircraft guns, radar stations, as well as special winter equipment for the military. The total cost of the aid package will be £50 million.
During the day, Russian troops launched 2 missile strikes on Ukrainian territory and carried out 12 attacks from rocket salvo systems. In particular, the civil infrastructure objects of the city of Sviatohirsk in Donetsk region were damaged by the missile strike, the General Staff reports.
Russian troops fired at the point of delivery of humanitarian aid in Bilozerka, Kherson region, and five people were wounded, said Kyrylo Tymoshenko, adviser to the head of the President's Office.
One of the goals of Russia's massive missile strikes on Ukraine is to deplete the country's air defenses so that Russian military aircraft can establish dominance in Ukrainian skies, the Pentagon said.
The armed forces of Ukraine can return Crimea by the end of December, and the war with Russia will end by spring. Such a forecast was voiced by the Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine, Volodymyr Gavrylov, in an interview with Sky News. But he added that Gavrilov is convinced that Ukrainian troops will continue to fight in winter, despite harsh conditions, low temperatures and fatigue, because any pause in operations will give Russia more chances to replenish supplies and attract reinforcements.
Ukraine made the second test supply of electricity from Slovakia. According to Vitaly Butenko, General Director of the Energy Company of Ukraine, in the long run this will allow for additional stabilization of Ukraine's energy infrastructure.
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On the night of November 19, the Russian military launched a missile attack on Zaporizhzhia, as a result of which, in particular, the heating system was damaged.
At night, the Russian military fired more than 60 shells from Grady and heavy artillery at three communities of Dnipropetrovsk region
Last day, Russian shelling in Donetsk region killed one person and injured three others. The body of a civilian who died during the occupation was also discovered.
The troops of the Russian Federation are concentrating their efforts on restraining the actions of the Defense Forces in certain directions and at the same time conducting offensive actions in Donbas. The Armed Forces repelled six Russian attacks, the General Staff reported. Over the past day, the Russian military launched 10 air strikes and 10 missile strikes, carried out 42 attacks from rocket salvo systems.
Russia lost almost 84,000 personnel in the war with Ukraine. During the day, the Russians also lost 6 tanks, 7 armored fighting vehicles and 2 artillery systems.
Three servicemen of a separate marine infantry battalion were released from Russian captivity. Dismissed servicemen were provided with primary medical and psychological assistance.
The first train from Kyiv arrived in liberated Kherson. The day before, the train left the capital.
The number of children killed in Ukraine has increased. According to data, as of the morning of November 19, at least 1,274 children were injured in Ukraine as a result of the full-scale armed aggression of the Russian Federation, the Prosecutor General's Office reported. 437 children died and more than 837 were injured of various degrees of severity.
Ukraine is integrated into NATO's defense-industrial complex and will jointly produce weapons and military equipment with 6 member countries of the Alliance.
According to the State Service for Emergency Situations, as of mid-November, about 30% of the territory of Ukraine was mined.
As a result of missile attacks by Russia on the civilian and critical infrastructure of Ukraine, almost half of the energy system failed, Prime Minister Shmyhal said.
On November 16, to support defense spending, Russia carried out the largest issue of debt obligations in history in one day, attracting 820 billion rubles, the British Ministry of Defense said with reference to the country's intelligence.
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Ukraine is integrating into NATO's defense-industrial complex and will jointly produce weapons and military equipment with 6 member countries of the Alliance, Ukroboronprom reported. For this, both existing capacities and newly created ones in safe places will be used.
During the Russian occupation, seven people were shot by Russian militaries in one of the villages of the Kherson district. The Ukrainian police opened criminal proceedings, the investigation is ongoing. The police found out that people were killed in the house, after which it was blown up. Among those killed was a minor girl. It is known that this happened in April.
Russia is moving units from the Kherson region to the Luhansk region. Also, according to Petro Andriushchenko, adviser to the head of Mariupol, the military equipment that was moving from the direction of Kherson was heading towards Donetsk. Andriushchenko also added that after the liberation of Kherson by the Ukrainian army, Mariupol began to turn into a rear base of Russian occupiers.
Russian soldier Nikita Chibrin, whose brigade occupied Bucha in the Kyiv region, went to Europe, where he wants to testify against the Russian Federation. On June 16, Chibrin left the location of the brigade, hiding in a car with groceries, got to Russia, then to Kazakhstan, and from there to Spain. On November 15, he arrived in Madrid, where he asked for asylum. Chibrin handed over materials to human rights defenders to expose war crimes and crimes against humanity and humanity, Russian human rights defenders told the Gulagu.net project.
Ukrainian experts have already started work at the scene of the tragedy in Przewodów, Poland, where two people died as a result of a rocket falling on November 15, Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said.
The Netherlands has spent 800 million euros on military support for Ukraine and plans to continue doing so in the future. This was stated by the Minister of Defense of the country Kaisa Ollongren. Just this month, the Ministry of Defense of the Netherlands announced that it had provided Ukraine with more than 322 million euros.
On November 22, Ukraine expects to receive 2.5 billion euros of macro-financial assistance. The decision on this should be approved by the European Parliament and EU member states, Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal said. In general, since the beginning of the full-scale war, Ukraine has received more than $23 billion in international aid.
Pope Francis said that the Vatican is ready to do everything possible to act as a mediator and put an end to the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
According to the State Service for Emergency Situations, as of mid-November, about 30% of the territory of Ukraine is mined.
Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said that almost half of the energy system failed as a result of missile attacks by Russia on the civilian and critical infrastructure of Ukraine. However, a total blackout outage is not expected in Ukraine, explained the executive director of the energy company DTEK Dmytro Sakharuk.
Ukrenergo denied information about the export of electricity. Earlier, information appeared in the mass media that Ukraine allegedly exports excess electricity to EU countries. Export of electricity from Ukraine has been stopped since October 11.
In Ukraine, since February 24, law enforcement officers have registered 47,734 crimes of aggression and war crimes against Russia, the Prosecutor General's Office reported.
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In the Netherlands, the meeting ended, where the verdict was announced in absentia to four accused of involvement in the downing of Boeing flight MH17 over Donbas in July 2014. Then 298 people died — all passengers and crew. Prosecutors asked for life imprisonment for the accused. After an almost two-hour session, the court announced life imprisonment in absentia to three suspects — Serhii Dubinskyi (call sign "Growy"), Ihor Girkin (call sign "Strelkov") and Leonid Kharchenko (call sign "Mole"). One of the accused, Russian Oleg Pulatov, was acquitted.
The Kremlin has confirmed that the Russian military is striking Ukraine's energy infrastructure due to Ukraine's "refusal" from negotiations. This was stated by the press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmytro Peskov. The spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Oleh Nikolenko, said that this statement by the Kremlin "should open the eyes of some countries" and that Russian aggression "cannot be stopped by talks".
Up to 40% of consumers are currently without electricity due to large-scale damage to energy facilities. In some areas there will be no electricity for several days, said Dmytro Saharuk, director of the energy company "DTEK".
Ukrainian experts got access to the place where the missile fell in Poland. The day before, the Ukrainian side requested access to the investigation. On the evening of November 15, after the massive attack of the Russian Federation on Ukraine, the Polish mass media reported that an explosion had occurred in the town of Przewodów in the Grubeshiv district, located 5 kilometers from the border with Ukraine. The Associated Press, citing a US intelligence source, reported that Russian missiles had crossed the border of Poland. Volodymyr Zelenskyi said that until the investigation is completed, it is impossible to say for 100% whose rocket fell in the Polish village.
Israel has given permission to NATO members to supply self-made weapons to Ukraine: fire control systems and electro-optical systems, reports the Israeli publication Naaretz. Journalists note that Israel agreed to finance the purchase of "strategic materials" worth millions of dollars for Ukrainian military operations under US pressure.
In one week, Russia recruited 650 prisoners in Russian correctional institutions for the war against Ukraine, reports the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. In addition, the Russians are preparing a draft law, which provides for the legalization of conscription for military service from the spring of 2023 for citizens of Ukraine who live in the temporarily occupied territories and have received a passport of a citizen of the Russian Federation.
During the day, the Ukrainian military shot down 2 cruise missiles, 2 guided air missiles and 5 Shahed-136 UAVs in different directions, the General Staff reports. On the morning of November, Russia launched 18 cruise missiles over Ukraine. Worked in the gas production industry and defense enterprises in the Dnipropetrovsk region. In addition, the missiles struck the north, the central regions.
The Ukrainian military has reached the coast of the Dnipro River — this allows it to control the territory close to the temporarily occupied Crimean peninsula, the General Staff said.
Finland and Canada will provide Ukraine with new military aid packages in the amount of 55.6 million euros and about 34 million dollars, respectively. Finland has not released details of the package, but Canada is providing money to provide critical satellite imagery to the armed forces, additional high-resolution cameras for drones and winter gear for the military.
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On the morning of November 17, Russia attacked several Ukrainian cities with missiles and drones.
In Odesa, a rocket hit a logistics facility, one civilian was injured, the operational command "South" reported. Six missiles of the air defense forces were destroyed over the sea. Currently, after the previous massive attack on November 15, more than half of the consumers remain without electricity in the Odesa region.
In Kharkiv region, a missile hit a gas infrastructure facility. Three people were injured.
Consequences of the strike on Dnipro. Damaged residential buildings. It is known that there is a 15-year-old girl among the 14 injured, Mayor Filatov said.
At night, the Russian military fired more than 70 shells in Dnipropetrovsk region. In the city of Nikopol, 6,000 people were left without electricity due to shelling, and more than 40,000 families were left without water.
Over the past day, the Ukrainian military repelled seven attacks by the Russian military in Donbas.
So far, 63 bodies tortured by the Russian military have been found in Kherson region, the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Monastyrskyi, said. Also found were 11 places where the Russian army kept people.
"Today there are many signs that one of the missiles that were used to shoot down the Russian missile did not hit the target, the self-destruct system did not work, and this missile led to the tragedy," said the representative of the administration of the Polish president Kumoh. He emphasized that "Russia bears full responsibility for the fall of the missile, no one blames Ukraine."
According to him, Ukrainian specialists will most likely be allowed to investigate at the scene of the incident, where the Polish-American investigative team is currently working, if it "does not have comments at the technical level. "Kyiv demands that Ukrainian experts join the work of the international investigation in Poland at the site of the rocket explosion in Przewodów. Earlier, President Zelenskyi said that he has no doubt that it was not a Ukrainian missile that fell in Poland.
The United States places full responsibility for the deaths of people due to a rocket explosion in Przewodów, Poland, on Russia and is awaiting the results of an investigation conducted by Poland.
Russian shelling increased the risk of accidents at nuclear facilities in Ukraine. On October 15, the Khmelnytskyi nuclear power plant lost access to the power grid, forcing it to temporarily rely on diesel generators as a backup power source, and the Rivne power plant lost connection to one of its power lines.
According to the results of the seventh meeting of the group of partners of Ukraine in the "Ramstein" format, the Defense Forces will receive ammunition for rocket salvo systems, air defense systems and artillery.
The "Grain Agreement" was extended for another 120 days, the Ministry of Infrastructure reported. Ukraine also offered to extend the initiative for at least a year and to include the Mykolaiv port in it. Since the beginning of the agreement in August, Ukraine has exported more than 11 million tons of agricultural products to 38 countries around the world.
During Russia's war against Ukraine, hundreds of Russian spies were expelled from Europe, including Great Britain, and this became the strongest blow to Russian intelligence in modern history, said Director General of the British counterintelligence MI5, Ken McCallum, the BBC reports. More than 600 employees of Russian embassies were sent around the world. Of those, he said, more than 400 were likely spies.
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On November 15, Russia fired more than 90 missiles at Ukraine, 70 of which were shot down by the Air Defense Forces of Ukraine, the Office of the President reported. The head of the Ministry of Energy of Ukraine Herman Galushchenko said that this was the most massive shelling of the energy system since the beginning of the war. The largest number of hits on energy infrastructure facilities were recorded in the center and north of Ukraine. Kharkiv and Zhytomyr are completely without electricity. Emergency power cuts are implemented across the country. Stations in a number of cities are without power, about 20 trains are delayed. Due to the shelling in Ukraine, there are also interruptions in the work of the Internet. The Russian missile attack led to massive power outages in Moldova as well. The United States announced that it would provide Ukraine with even more air defense equipment.
Polish mass media reported that two Russian missiles fell in the town of Przewodów, located in the Lublin Voivodeship near the border with Ukraine, at around 3:40 p.m. on November 15. Two people died. Officially, this information is currently unconfirmed. Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki urgently convened the Committee of the Council of Ministers on National Security and Defense.
566 miners were trapped underground in four mines in Kryvyi Rih due to rocket fire by the Russians, the head of the military administration of Kryvyi Rih Oleksandr Vilkul said. But he added that he added that by 20:00 all the miners had been rescued.
During the day, units of the Armed Forces hit 4 areas of concentration of manpower, weapons and military equipment of the Russian Federation, 2 ammunition depots and one important military facility of the Russian military, according to the summary of the General Staff.
During October, Belarus transferred to the Russian side the amount of armored vehicles, which would be enough to replace the losses of the tank division. This is reported by Defense Express with reference to the "Union of Railway Workers of Belarus". We are talking about a hundred tanks and dozens of armored vehicles.
Ukrainian soldiers will be trained by all EU countries as part of a military mission that will be able to simultaneously train up to 15,000 Ukrainian servicemen. Each of the participating countries will take on a separate direction of training, EU High Representative Josep Borrell said.
In the detention center in Kherson, the Russian military could hold and torture at least a hundred people at the same time. One of the men, who was kept in the detention center, told the correspondent of Suspilne about this on condition of anonymity. According to him, the Russian military brought him there seven times, tortured him with electric current and beat him, demanding that he collect information about the locals for them. At the same time, about 120-130 people were kept in cells, which he heard from the so-called "commandants".
The Netherlands will allocate an additional 15 million euros to support justice in Ukraine, Dutch Foreign Minister Wopke Hoekstra said.
The Russian Federation will most likely allow the extension of the agreement on the export of Ukrainian grain after its expiration on November 19. This is reported by Bloomberg with reference to four informed sources. Interlocutors of the agency did not specify whether Russia will put forward new conditions in exchange for an extension.
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On November 14, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyi visited de-occupied Kherson, where the official ceremony of raising the national flag took place.
The European Union has launched a training mission for 15,000 Ukrainian soldiers, EU High Representative Josep Borrell said. But he added that the EU and its member states have already provided at least 8 billion euros to Ukraine for military equipment.
The Military Commissariat of the Brest Region of Belarus has announced a tender for the printing of 50,000 copies of mobilization order forms until December 31, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reports.
The Ukrainian army struck a command сentre of the Russian army in the temporarily occupied Horlivka, Donetsk region. Trucks, artillery and other equipment were damaged and destroyed. At least fifteen Russian soldiers were also wounded.
Ukraine received military aid from Lithuania, which includes M113 armored personnel carriers and ammunition, Lithuanian Defense Minister Arvydas Anushauskas said.
The British government will allocate funds for the Energy Support Fund of Ukraine for the restoration of civil infrastructure facilities that were damaged as a result of Russian shelling. This was announced by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the country, James Cleverly. The sum is about 5.8 million dollars.
The United States is imposing sanctions against a transnational network of individuals and companies that help Russia procure military technologies for its war against Ukraine. Sanctions affected 14 individuals and 28 legal entities, eight planes were also blocked, US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced additional military aid for Ukraine in the amount of 500 million dollars, and also promised to introduce new sanctions against Russia. This money should be used for the purchase of military equipment, surveillance and communication equipment, fuel and medicine.
The war caused damage to Ukraine for a third of the national GDP. Further economic losses from the war are expected at the level of 33-35% of Ukraine's GDP, Minister of Finance Serhii Marchenko said. Also he added that almost half of the Ukrainian budget in 2023 is external financing.
The permanent representative of Ukraine to the UN, Serhii Kyslytsia, at the meeting of the extraordinary special session of the UN General Assembly, presented a draft resolution on the creation of a mechanism to compensate Ukraine for damages caused by the war in Ukraine started by Russia. The document calls on member states to unite and create a legitimate international infrastructure to deal with the consequences of Russian aggression against Ukraine, capture evidence of atrocities and "maintain hope for justice for millions of those whose lives have been forever changed by the imperial ambitions of a small ruler of a large country".
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As of the morning of November 13, Russia's total combat losses since the start of the full-scale offensive on Ukraine on February 24 reached about 80,860 servicemen.
In Zaporizhzhia, unexploded shells fell near residential buildings after Russian attack.
The Russian army shelled Hornostayivka of the Kakhovsky district in the Kherson region from GRADs. Two women died, about ten houses were damaged.
At night, the Russian Federation shelled the Nikopol and Marhanets communities in the Dnipropetrovsk region. Two women were injured, more than 40 high-rise and private buildings were damaged.
On November 12, as a result of Russian shelling in the Donetsk region, two people were killed and another person was injured. The bodies of two people who died during the occupation were also discovered.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine confirmed the attack on the concentration of Russian occupiers in Dnipriany of the Kherson region: the defense forces hit the building where up to 500 Russian soldiers were stationed.
On the left bank of the Kherson region, Russian militaries continue to "evacuate" civilians, actively build defenses, and shell the liberated settlements of the Kherson and Mykolaiv regions with multiple rocket launcher systems and artillery.
Representatives of the authorities, the Security Service of Ukraine and the National Police have arrived in Kherson and start their work. A curfew is introduced in the city and restrictions on entry and exit from the city are introduced.
The Ukrainian army is advancing the Russians on the Kinburn spit in the Mykolaiv region, said Natalia Humeniuk, spokeswoman for the Southern Defense Forces.
The Russian occupiers do not stop trying to integrate the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions into the legal space of the Russian Federation. They stopped issuing "documents of the DPR and LPR", in particular, regarding participation in hostilities, the General Staff of the Armed Forces informs. According to the General Staff, the soldiers of these occupying units have been offered to continue their service on a contractual basis under Russian law, but the army officers express their fears about the cancellation of documents and benefits assigned by the pseudo-republics in case of refusal of a new contract.
Russia's retreat from Kherson inflames an ideological divide between pro-war activists and Russian President Vladimir Putin and undermines confidence in Putin's ability to deliver on his military promises. This is stated in the analytical report of the American Institute for the Study of War (ISW).
Ukraine will liberate Melitopol and Mariupol by January. After that, the liberation of Crimea will begin, said the former commander of the US Ground Forces in Europe, Lieutenant General Ben Hodges.
According to The New York Times, senior officials of the Biden administration say that Russia's military operations in Ukraine will be at a standstill until next year. Ukraine's successes dashed Moscow's hopes of seizing territory in areas that Vladimir Putin has tried to present as a historic part of Russia.
After the announcement of mobilization in Russia, about 700,000 citizens of the Russian Federation left for Georgia: about 100,000 remained there, others probably went to neighboring countries and Europe, Georgian President Zurabishvili said. According to her, Georgia has accepted about 30,000 Ukrainian refugees.
Ukraine will jointly build a small modular nuclear reactor with the United States. It is about a pilot project for the commercial production of clean fuel from MMR using the electrolysis of solid oxides.
Military intelligence of Ukraine confirmed the agreements between Russia and Iran on ballistic missiles.
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Ukrainian military entered Kherson. Currently, the Armed Forces are cleaning the city from the remnants of Russian troops. The police resumed service in the de-occupied territories of the Kherson region. Also, in the Kherson direction, in the course of offensive actions, advanced units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine have already reached the right bank of the Dnipro in some places, the General Staff reports.
On November 11, another exchange of prisoners of war took place. 45 soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were freed from Russian captivity. In general, since the beginning of Russia's full-scale war against Ukraine, 1,183 Ukrainians have already returned from captivity.
The Committee of the Red Cross still has not received unimpeded access to places of detention of Ukrainian prisoners of war. Russia does not inform about the places of their detention, thereby violating the Geneva Convention, said the representative of the press service of the Ministry of Defense Andriy Yusov.
On Friday, November 11, Deputy Head of the Russian Foreign Ministry Serhii Ryabkov said that Russia is "open to dialogue with Ukraine without preconditions". On November 8, another deputy head of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Andriy Rudenko, voiced a similar position. President Zelenskyi has repeatedly stated that the first step to negotiations with Russia is the withdrawal of Russian troops from the territories of Ukraine.
The President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyi, announced the formation of a special naval fleet consisting of 100 naval drones. Funds for the first 10 unmanned surface vehicles are planned to be collected within a day on the United24 platform, the Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine reported.
Engineering works to strengthen the border line with Belarus are ongoing in the north of the Volyn region of Ukraine. So far, three kilometers of the wall have been built. A reinforced concrete fence with barbed wire is being erected on the border. A ditch and an embankment are being constructed nearby, said Kyrylo Tymoshenko, deputy head of the Office of the President. The same works are currently being carried out in the Rivne and Zhytomyr regions.
Since the beginning of Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine, servicemen of the armed forces of the Russian Federation have committed more than 43,000 crimes in Ukraine, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine reported. Almost 32,000 of them qualify as violations of the laws and customs of war.
The European Commission, together with international banks, allocated 1 billion euros to support the export of Ukrainian agricultural products, the European Commission said in a statement.
About 70% of residential buildings and infrastructure facilities are connected to heating. In some regions, 100% of boiler plants have been launched, Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal said.
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The defense forces of Ukraine liberated the town of Snigurivka. The settlement has been occupied by Russian troops since March 19, 2022 and opens the way for the Armed Forces to advance to Kherson.
From October 1, in the Kherson direction, the Defense Forces advanced 36.5 kilometers in depth, in total during this time they de-occupied 41 settlements, said the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Zaluzhny. He added that on November 9, Ukraine liberated 12 settlements in the Kherson region.
The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation announced the completion of the withdrawal of troops from the right bank of the Kherson region to the left. It was reported there that all Russian military personnel had crossed over, "there were no losses of personnel and equipment."
Locals showed how the dilapidated Antoniv bridge in Kherson looks like.
This is what the Antoniv bridge in Kherson looks like on November 11, local residents told Suspilne.
Vitaliy Kim, the head of Mykolaiv Oblast, said on the air of the phone that Mykolaiv region has not yet been completely freed from Russian troops. The territory of the Kinburn spit remains occupied.
Ukraine holds the initiative and is preparing for a great victory in Kherson, the American Institute for the Study of War wrote today in a report. According to analysts, the great Ukrainian victory, which is ongoing in the Kherson region, will not be the last for Ukraine.
Russian troops hit a five-story residential building in Mykolaiv at night. According to data at 12.00, seven people were killed. Rescue operations are ongoing.
Vinnytsya was shelled at night — they hit one of the infrastructure facilities. In the Dnipropetrovsk region, the Nikopol district came under fire - more than 50 shells were fired from "Grady" and heavy artillery.
Over the past 24 hours, the Russian military launched one missile and 17 airstrikes, carried out almost a hundred rounds of anti-aircraft fire, hitting settlements in the Kharkiv, Luhansk, Donetsk, Dnipropetrovsk, Zaporizhzhia and Mykolaiv regions.
About 170,000 square kilometers of Ukrainian land remain to be demined in Ukraine. The United States, Canada, and Great Britain, as well as Denmark, Norway, Estonia, Austria, Poland, Japan, Switzerland, Sweden, Slovakia, and UN structures are helping to clear the territories of Ukraine from mine pollution.
The US will send another $400 million in military aid to Ukraine. The package will contain a large amount of ammunition and, for the first time, highly mobile Avenger air defense systems. There will also be ammunition for the highly mobile HIMARS artillery missile systems, mortars and missiles for the Hawk surface-to-air anti-aircraft system.
Russian President Putin will not participate in the G20 summit — a video address is not planned, his spokesman Peskov said.
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Russian troops are strengthening the construction of defense lines in the Zaporizhzhia region, involving local civilians in the work. At the same time, in the Kherson region during the past day, the Ukrainian military liberated 12 settlements from occupation, the General Staff reports. In total, since October, the Ukrainian Armed Forces de-occupied 411 settlements in the Kherson Region.
In the Kherson region, the Russian military is moving to the left bank, but they are leaving enough forces on the right bank, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine declares. During the night from November 9 to 10 in Kherson, the movement of Russian military equipment was observed in the direction of Antonivka, where the crossings of the Russian troops are located.
Russia and Belarus continue the deployment of a joint group of troops on Belarusian territory and may use them in the Volyn and Polisk operational zones, said the deputy chief of the Main Operational Department of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Oleksiy Gromov.
US President Joe Biden expressed hope that military aid to Ukraine will continue "uninterrupted". Despite this, he noted that Ukraine did not receive some of the help it requested. In particular, it is about some types of missiles and aircraft, so as not to be drawn into "the third world war by directly engaging in hostilities".
The US has been monitoring Russian naval vessels preparing for a possible test of a new nuclear torpedo in recent weeks, CNN reports. Among the ships of the Russian Federation was the Belgorod cruise missile submarine. It is capable of launching unmanned underwater vehicles, including the Poseidon torpedo.
Belgium handed Ukraine a grant in the amount of 4.96 million euros, the head of the IMF Kristalina Georgieva reported.
Ukrainian snipers will undergo a training course conducted for them by the Armed Forces of Spain in the city of Toledo. Also, the Ukrainian military will be able to master the skills of detonating explosive devices and paramedicine. This is stated in the cooperation agreement signed between the Ministry of Defense of Spain and Ukraine.
Russian authorities have forcibly deported civilians from temporarily occupied areas of Ukraine in what amounts to a war crime and likely a crime against humanity, Amnesty International says in a new report. People detained during the filtering process told Amnesty International that they were beaten, tortured with electric shocks and threatened with execution. Others were denied food and water, and many were kept in dangerous conditions.
In the Russian army, they treat their own dead with disdain, their bodies are not taken from the battlefield. Abandoned bodies pose a sanitary and epidemic threat to the Ukrainian military in the combat zone, said one of the heads of the National Guard, Mykola Urshalovych.
Since the beginning of the full-scale invasion of the Russian Federation into Ukraine, the occupiers have destroyed 144 health care facilities and damaged another 958. The damage caused to the medical infrastructure amounts to more than one billion euros, Deputy Minister of Health Bohdan Borukhovskyi said.
The European Parliament adopted an agreement with Ukraine on the simplification of truck transportation. The document was supported by 586 MEPs.
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In the morning, the Russian military attacked a village near Zaporizhzhia with S-300 missiles. At night, two communities in the Dnipropetrovsk region — in Marganetsk and Nikopol — were also shelled.
The Russian Federation "significantly exhausted" its arsenal of high-precision weapon systems and suffered losses in aviation. Therefore, it will probably be difficult to maintain the current pace of coordinated attacks by the Russian military against Ukrainian critical infrastructure, the Institute for the Study of War suggests.
NASAMS anti-aircraft missile systems designed to shoot down fighter jets, combat drones and cruise missiles, as well as Aspide medium-range guided missiles for hitting air targets, have arrived in Ukraine.
The Ministry of Reintegration reported that the bodies of servicemen were handed over on November 8. It was possible to return the bodies of 38 defenders to their relatives. In total, 663 bodies were returned since the beginning of the work of the Commissioner's Office.
Germany will provide the International Commission on Missing Persons with 7.6 million euros to search for Ukrainians who disappeared as a result of the invasion of the Russian Federation. This was reported by the German Embassy in Ukraine.
The representative of the United States of America at the UN, Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, arrived in Kyiv on October 8. She is planning a meeting with representatives of the Ukrainian authorities to discuss US support and commitment to the sovereignty and independence of Ukraine.
President Zelenskyi said that he told the US representative about the situation at the front and Russia's missile terror. "Targeted attacks damaged almost 40% of our energy infrastructure facilities. Therefore, the first priority is the urgent creation of an air shield over Ukraine," the President emphasized.
This week, the EU will offer a package of financial support for Ukraine in 2023. The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, announced this during a telephone conversation with Zelenskyi.
The Vatican is ready to act as a mediator in the negotiations between Russia and Ukraine, as well as to provide a platform for their holding, reports La Stampa. "The Vatican is ready to mediate between Russia and Ukraine," the message says.
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy will participate in the G20 summit, most likely online. Earlier, he stated that Ukraine will not be represented at the Bali summit if Russian President Putin is there.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo said that Russian President Vladimir Putin can join the G20 summit, which will be held on the Indonesian island of Bali, in a virtual format, Reuters reports.
The White House said that Joe Biden does not plan to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the upcoming G-20 summit.
The Secretary General of the North Atlantic Alliance plans to visit the British military base where Ukrainian servicemen are trained. The visit is scheduled for November 9.
The charity fund Unchain.Fund will sell one of the most popular memes — "Woman Yelling at a Cat" (Woman Yelling at a Cat) at the NFT auction. Part of the proceeds will be used to help Ukrainian children. This was reported on November 8 on the fund's Instagram page.
The DPRK said that it has never had an arms deal with Russia and "does not plan to do so." Earlier in the White House it was reported that North Korea is probably "covertly supplying Russia with a significant number of artillery shells."
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In case of a complete blackout of the power grid in Kyiv, the capital authorities will be forced to evacuate residents — a plan has been developed for this. This is reported by The New York Times with reference to the words of Roman Tkachuk, the head of the Municipal Security Department of the Kyiv City State Administration. In a comment to Suspilne, Roman Tkachuk explained that the authorities are considering all possible options for action in the event of a blackout, including the evacuation of the city residents, but now no one is asking Kyiv residents to leave.
During the day, the Russian army launched 3 missile and 3 air strikes, more than 5 attacks from multiple rocket launcher systems. The districts of 7 settlements of the Zaporizhzhia, Donetsk, Luhansk, Mykolaiv and Sumy regions were hit, the General Staff reports. During the day, the Ukrainian aviation made 18 strikes against Russians, and air defense forces shot down 3 Russian drones. Also, the Armed Forces hit 2 Russian command centres, 10 areas of manpower concentration, weapons and military equipment, 2 electronic warfare stations and a number of other important military facilities of the Russian Army.
Since the beginning of the full-scale war, the Russian Federation has caused damage to Ukraine's environment in the amount of more than 1.35 trillion hryvnias. 20% of Ukraine's nature conservation areas suffer from the war, 3 million hectares of forests have also been damaged by hostilities, 8 nature reserves and 10 national natural parks are under Russian occupation. This is reported by the Accounting Chamber and WWF-Ukraine.
In the Kherson region, according to the the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Russians are destroying private boats on the banks of the Dnieper and have ordered the residents of Beryslav to leave the city by November 10, due to the alleged "possible destruction of the Kakhovska HPP dam by the Ukrainian army".
Romania rejects the statements made by the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, about the alleged existence of Bucharest's territorial claims to Ukraine. This is stated in the statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania. On November 4, Putin accused Poland, Romania and Hungary of seeking "to return the territories of Ukraine that were taken from them by Stalin after the Second World War".
The President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, held a telephone conversation with the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, who announced that this week the EU will offer a package of financial support for Ukraine in 2023. "The EU will be on Ukraine's side as long as it takes", Von der Leyen stressed.
A Freddie Mercury's car was sold for £250,000 at Sotheby's in support of a rehabilitation centre in Ukraine. The 1974 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow was put on auction by Ukrainian actor Andrii Danylko, who had bought the car a few years ago to give it to the Freddie Mercury museum.
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At night, Vinnytsia was attacked by kamikaze drones. After midnight, the Russian army attacked one of the settlements in Zaporizhzhia with S-300 missiles.
The day before, on November 4, Russian troops shelled the border of Chernihiv Oblast. Yesterday evening and at night, the Russian army shelled several settlements in Donetsk region. Three civilians were killed, eight more people were injured.
Despite the difficult situation in the south, the Defense Forces continue to hold the initiative and oppose the Russian armed formations. In particular, here during the day, the Ukrainian military managed to destroy two Ka-52 helicopters and six drones. This was reported by the spokeswoman of the Joint Command "South" Nataliya Humenyuk.
The losses of the Russian army on the morning of November 5 exceeded 75,000 servicemen, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported. The Russians lost about 600 soldiers in a day.
Dnipro aircraft modelers produced a drone for the Armed Forces of Ukraine. As Dmytro Panchenko, president of the Federation of Model Aviation Sports of Dnipropetrovsk region, told Suspilne, the first model is an inconspicuous reconnaissance aircraft. It is not visible on radars, it operates at a high altitude, so it is extremely difficult to shoot it down.
In Russia, the annual autumn draft announced on September 30, which began on November 1 and involves the recruitment of an additional 120,000 servicemen, will complicate the problems of the Russian Armed Forces. This was announced by the Ministry of Defense of Great Britain with reference to the data of British intelligence. According to intelligence sources, the Russian Armed Forces have already been overloaded, ensuring the training of approximately 300,000 soldiers as part of the so-called "partial mobilization" announced on September 21.
The Russian military is trying to use mobilized personnel to resume its offensive in Donetsk region, but it is likely that they will not be able to achieve significant operational gains. This is stated in the analytical report of the American Institute for the Study of War (ISW).
Iran supplied drones to Russia, but in small quantities and several months before the start of the full-scale invasion of Ukraine by the Russian Federation. This was stated by the head of the Foreign Ministry of Iran, writes AP.
The USA approved a new military aid package for Ukraine worth 400 million dollars. The Pentagon also announced that the United States, together with the Netherlands, will finance the repair of 90 Czech T-72 tanks for Ukraine.
The foreign ministers of the G7 countries rejected Russia's accusation that Ukraine was preparing a "dirty bomb". Also, the joint statement of the heads states that the nuclear rhetoric of the Russian Federation is "unacceptable" and the use of such weapons will lead to "serious consequences."
In Ukraine, during the war with Russia, the sixth American volunteer, who fought as part of the International Legion of Terrorism, died. This was reported by The Daily Beast with reference to the commander of the fallen fighter, who wished to remain anonymous. It is noted that a US citizen named Skyler James Gregg was 23 years old.p
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Ukraine, Turkey and the UN have decided not to plan the departure of ships through the "grain" corridor on November 2. This was stated by the UN representative in the Joint Coordination Center at the briefing. Earlier, on October 29, Russia announced that it was ending its participation in the "grain initiative", and Putin told Recep Tayyip Erdogan that Russia could consider resuming the "grain" agreement only after completing the "investigation into the drone attacks on Sevastopol". On July 22, in Istanbul, Ukraine, Turkey and the UN signed an agreement regarding the unblocking of ports and the export of Ukrainian grain. Russia also signed a mirror agreement with Turkey and the UN.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyi held a meeting with Kadri Simson, the European Union Commissioner for Energy. Zelensky informed the European Commissioner about the consequences of shelling by Russia, which has already seriously damaged about 40% of the entire energy infrastructure of Ukraine. Kadri Simson said that Ukrainian gas storages are 32.3% full, and the EU has EUR 25.5 million ready to meet Ukraine's urgent energy supply needs.
The Armed Forces hit 19 areas of accumulation of Russian equipment, shot down two Orlan UAVs and six Shahed-136 drones, the General Staff reports. The Russian army shelled more than 20 Ukrainian settlements during the day. As of November 1, the Defense Forces of Ukraine liberated 568 settlements in Kharkiv Oblast.
In early November, Iran plans to send a batch of more than 200 Shahed-136, Mohajer-6 and Arash-2 combat drones to Russia. This was reported in the Main Directorate of Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine. "The UAVs will be delivered via the Caspian Sea to the port of Astrakhan. Drones will arrive in a disassembled state. In the future, on the territory of the Russian Federation, they will be collected, repainted and put on Russian markings, in particular "Geran-2", — the intelligence reported.
The massive missile attack on Ukraine on October 31 cost the Russians approximately 760 million dollars, writes Forbes Ukraine. On that day, the Russian Federation launched 55 Kh-101 cruise missiles, 22 S-300 anti-aircraft missiles, one Kh-59 anti-aircraft missile and five UAVs of various types over Ukraine.
In Germany, about a hundred Ukrainian soldiers are completing training with advanced NASAMS anti-aircraft missile systems, writes The New York Times. This paves the way for delivery of the first systems to Ukraine within the next few days, US officials said.
The deputy head of the Russian Security Council, Dmytro Medvedev, said that Ukraine's return of its territories is a "threat to Russia's existence", and therefore a "direct pretext" for a nuclear conflict. In response, Oleksiy Danilov, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, stated that Russia's threat and use of nuclear weapons is an act of its own suicide.
As of November 1, the police found 1,367 bodies of civilians killed by the Russians on the territory of the settlements of the Kyiv region that were liberated from the Russian army. 200 bodies remain unidentified, and 384 people are considered missing, Kyiv region police chief Andrii Nebytov said.
In Kyiv, about 1,000 heating points may be deployed additionally due to Russian missile attacks on critical infrastructure facilities, the mayor of the capital Vitaliy Klitschko said.
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On the morning of October 31, Russia hit 18 energy infrastructure facilities in 10 regions of Ukraine with drones and missiles, Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said. Hundreds of settlements in seven regions of Ukraine were de-energized, but Ukrainian air defense shot down 45 out of more than 55 missiles. The IRIS-T air defense system, which the Ukrainian Armed Forces received from Germany not so long ago, worked with 100% success, Ukraine needs an even greater number of such modern systems, said the spokesman of the Air Force of Ukraine Yuriy Ignat.
Ukraine is running out of equipment for repairing damaged energy facilities. This was announced by the executive director of DTEK, Dmytro Sakharuk.
The occupiers are expanding the evacuation zone in the Kherson region. According to the occupation "mayor" of Kherson, Volodymyr Saldo, citizens of the region will be deported from the zone within 15 km from the Dnipro: the decision applies to the Novokakhovsky District, Holoprystanskyi, Oleshkinskyi, Kakhovskyi, Gornostaivskyi, Velikolepetyskyi and Verkhnyorogachytskyi districts.
On October 31, the bodies of three men who were shot by the Russian military while trying to evacuate were exhumed from the cemetery in Izyum. A father and son were among the dead, the police of the Kharkiv region reported.
Russia is withdrawing a contingent of private military campaigns from the Republic of Mali to replenish its occupation forces in Ukraine, the Ukrainian General Staff reports.
Andrii Yusov, spokesman for the Main Intelligence Directorate of Ukraine, said that Russia could use Iranian missiles in a month. Earlier it became known that Iran decided to provide Russia with surface-to-surface missiles in addition to a larger number of drones. According to Ukrainian intelligence, it is about Iranian short-range ballistic missiles Fateh-110 and Zolfaghar, which are capable of hitting targets at a distance of 300 and 700 kilometers, respectively.
Russia is not withdrawing from the "grain initiative", but is only temporarily suspending its activities. This was stated by UN Deputy Secretary General Martin Griffiths. But he added that on October 31, extraordinary measures were taken to release some cargoes from Ukrainian ports and check about 100 ships that are waiting in line and ready for departure. At the same time, Russia's permanent representative to the UN, Vasyl Nebenzya, said that "Russia cannot allow the passage of ships without its inspection".
Turkey will continue efforts to find a solution to the global food crisis despite Russia's withdrawal from the United Nations-backed "grain agreement", President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of Moldova declared the representative of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Chisinau persona non grata. He is obliged to leave the territory of the country. This is stated in the official statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Moldova. This happened after Russia fired missiles at Ukraine again in the morning. Debris of one of the rockets fell on the territory of Moldova.
Information appeared in the Finnish mass media about the alleged fall of weapons from Ukraine into the hands of Finnish criminals. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine denied this information and called it a "Russian throw-in". The Ukrainian embassy in Helsinki turned to the Finnish police for details. In response, the Finnish side reported that there are no specific facts of the supply of contraband weapons from Ukraine.
On October 31, in Kyiv, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and the Czech Republic signed two memorandums: on mutual understanding and cooperation in the field of standardization and metrology.
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Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov said that the Russian Federation is ready for negotiations with the West, but only if "there are realistic offers based on equal approaches," RIA-Novosti writes.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine emphasized that the only "realistic" offer should be Russia's immediate cessation of the war against Ukraine and the withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukrainian territory beyond the borders as of 1991.
The Joint Coordination Centre in Istanbul did not agree on the movement of ships through the "grain corridor". The Minister of Infrastructure Kubrakov said that because of this, a ship that was supposed to deliver 40 thousand tons of grain to Ethiopia could not leave the port of Odesa today. The day before, the Russian Federation announced that it would stop participating in the "grain agreement" signed by Ukraine and Russia with Turkey and the UN in Istanbul, which provides the unblocking of Ukrainian ports and food export. The reason is the shelling of the Black Sea Fleet.
The attack on October 29 near the temporarily occupied Sevastopol with the help of UAVs was probably carried out by Ukrainian forces, according to analysts of the American Institute for the Study of War (ISW). "Attacks on warships in wartime are legitimate acts of war, not acts of terrorism," the ISW emphasizes.
The Government of the Russian Federation has expanded the list of unfriendly foreign states and territories, including 11 British overseas territories, according to the website of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Russian Federation. The list of "unfriendly foreign countries and territories" was approved by the order of the Government of the Russian Federation on March 5, 2022.
Italy is handing over self-propelled mortars "PzH-2000", MLRS, as well as 155-mm M109L self-propelled artillery to Ukrainian forces, the journalists of La Repubblica write. Ukraine has already received MLRS systems from Germany - MARS II and Great Britain - M270.
The Armed Forces of Ukraine eliminated a record number of occupiers in a day — 950. "The enemy suffered the greatest losses in the Donetsk and Lyman directions," the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported. In total, the losses of the Russian troops amounted to 71,200 people.
Russia is transferring personnel to the Republic of Belarus and place them in the area of Brest, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported. Russian soldiers were spotted in settlements between the cities of Brest and Malorita.
In Ukraine, over the past day, on October 29, Russian troops killed ten civilians and wounded 13 civilians. This was announced by the deputy head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Kyrylo Tymoshenko. According to him, all ten dead were found in the Donetsk region, in particular five killed earlier. Eight residents of the region were injured during the day.
Most of the occupied Enerhodar in the Zaporizhzhia region was left without electricity as a result of Russian shelling, Mayor Orlov said. According to preliminary data, one of the substations was hit.
In total, during the day, Russians launched 5 missiles and 23 airstrikes, carried out more than 100 attacks from multiple rocket launcher systems. Areas of more than 45 settlements were affected.
In Kyiv, a large common flag of Ukraine and Poland was unfurled and carried through the streets, reports the Center for Strategic Communications and Information Security.
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Russia has suspended participation in the "grain agreement" signed by Ukraine and the Russian Federation with Turkey and the UN at the end of August in Istanbul, which provides for the unblocking of Ukrainian ports and the export of food. This was reported in the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation. The head of the President's Office, Andriy Yermak, called this decision "primitive blackmail", and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Dmytro Kuleba, called on all states to demand that Russia stop the "Hunger Games".
Ukraine conducted another exchange of prisoners. 52 Ukrainians were freed from Russian captivity. In particular, defenders of "Azovstal" and defenders of Mariupol returned home.
In occupied Sevastopol, local residents heard explosions that night. The Russian Ministry of Defense said that it was an attack by drones and that in Sevastopol the sea minesweeper "Ivan Golubets" and the barrier in Pivdenna Bay received "minor damage". They blamed Kyiv for the attack. The so-called "governor" of Sevastopol, Razvozhaev, said that today's attack "was the most massive since the beginning of the war."
The operation in Sevastopol could be carried out with the help of HARM-type missiles and combat drones. The attack itself, most likely, was surface and air, Colonel of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Roman Svitan said. Now the Russians will try to relocate the most combat-capable units from Sevastopol to Novorossiysk. But there they do not have the opportunity to maintain the entire spectrum of the Black Sea Fleet. Therefore, attacks on Ukraine from the sea side may decrease, said Major General of the SBU reserve Viktor Yagun.
On October 29, Russian troops shelled Zaporizhzhia: they hit critical infrastructure, the head of the regional administration Starukh said. The consequences are clarified. At night, the Russians shelled Nikopol. In the Donetsk region, three civilians were killed by Russian shelling.
Since October 26, the occupying authorities of Kherson suspended the medical staff of several city hospitals, from which the occupiers took away medical equipment. The Russians also took medical drugs from most of the city's pharmacies, reports the Ukrainian General Staff.
The operation to liberate Kherson will last until the end of November, said the head of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine Kyrylo Budanov. According to him, the most prepared and combat-ready Russian units are currently located in Kherson. In total, about 40 thousand soldiers.
The mobilization completed in the Russian Federation will not affect the combat power of the Russian Federation, according to analysts of the American Institute for the Study of War. On October 28, Russian Defense Minister Serhey Shoigu announced the end of Russian military mobilization. According to him, Russia mobilized 300,000 people. Of them, 82,000 are stationed in Ukraine, and 218,000 are studying at Russian training grounds.
Russia lost approximately more than 70,000 of its soldiers in the war against Ukraine, the General Staff of the Armed Forces reported.
Since the beginning of Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine, more than 17 billion euros of Russian assets have been frozen in the European Union, EU Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders said.
Lithuania will repair at least 12 war-damaged PzH2000 howitzers. Two are already on their way to Ukraine after repairs, Lithuanian Defense Minister Arvydas Anushauskas said.
The Turkish defense company Baykar plans to complete the construction of a plant in Ukraine in two years, its CEO Haluk Bayraktar said. He added that the detailed design phase has now been completed.
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The Pentagon announced a new package of military aid for Ukraine in the amount of 275 million dollars. Aid will include ammunition for HIMARS, 2,000 rounds for Remote Anti-Armor Mine Systems (RAAMS), more than 1,300 anti-tank systems, 125 HMMWVs, small arms, more than 2.75 million rounds of small arms ammunition, satellite antennas.
Ukrainian military specialists are already undergoing training under the NASAMS training program, which will be completed in the near future, after which the systems will be transferred to Ukraine. This was stated by Deputy Spokesperson of the US Department of Defense Sabrina Singh. The day before, US Defense Minister Lloyd Austin announced his readiness to transfer NASAMS systems to Ukraine at the beginning of November.
The Defense Forces of Ukraine use the Switchblade 300 kamikaze drones and are waiting for the delivery of the new Switchblade 600 model from the Western allies. This was stated by the spokesman of the Air Force Yuriy Ignat. On August 22, it was reported that the US Army is ready to conclude a contract for the supply of long-range and powerful Switchblade 600 kamikaze drones for Ukraine.
Russian Defense Minister Serhey Shoigu said that the mobilization of 300,000 people has been "completed", and 82,000 mobilized people have already been sent to war in Ukraine.
On the building of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Czech Republic, an image of Russian President Vladimir Putin in a body bag was hung between the Czech and Ukrainian flags.
The Russians have announced that from October 30 they will consider all residents of the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine to be Russian citizens "automatically", the mayor of Energodar, Zaporizhzhia region, Dmytro Orlov, reported with reference to the Russian mass media. At the same time, according to him, in order to renounce the "citizenship" of the Russian Federation, local residents must write a "statement" to the migration service. Also, according to Orlov, the campaign to issue Russian passports in Energodar failed, and there is no demand for them among the population.
The deputy head of the Security Council of the Russian Federation, Dmytro Medvedev, said that the stability of energy supply is possible for Ukraine if it recognizes the legitimacy of Russia's demands within the framework of the so-called "special military operation". As the adviser to the head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Mykhailo Podolyak noted, the Kremlin said through Medvedev: "We will destroy the Ukrainian energy system and terrorize millions of people until Ukraine agrees to surrender".
The company "Ukrenergo" ordered to limit electricity supply in all regions of Ukraine. Operators of distribution networks were provided with schedules for limiting electricity supply to industrial consumers in all regions of Ukraine. The forced restrictions will also apply to residential consumers in the central and northern regions of the country, whose networks were most affected this week by Russian shelling.
During the Ukrainian-German economic forum and the expert conference on the reconstruction of Ukraine, the Ukrainian side managed to preliminarily agree on the allocation by donors of 17 billion euros, necessary for the restoration of the energy infrastructure damaged as a result of Russian shelling. This was announced by Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal.
The United Nations Children's Fund UNICEF Ukraine delivered to Ukraine 2.3 million doses of the vaccine against COVID-19 Comirnaty produced by Pfizer-BioNTech. They were provided by the US government as part of the COVAX initiative. The vaccine will be delivered to 23 regions of Ukraine.
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During the day, the forces of the Russian Federation carried out three airstrikes and carried out three attacks from multiple rocket launcher systems.
On the night of October 27, the Russian army attacked the Kyiv region. Several hits were recorded in one of the communities. Previously, there were no injured. The air defense system also worked in the region.
Zaporizhzhia and its suburbs were also hit at night — the infrastructure object was destroyed. According to preliminary information, they were fired upon with three shells from the "Smerch" MLRS. There are no injured.
Part of the Russian weapons that the occupiers delivered to the east of Ukraine is unusable, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported. In addition, Russia fires at the positions of Ukrainian troops along the contact line, implements fortification equipment of positions in certain directions, in particular on the left bank of the Dnipro River, and actively conducts aerial reconnaissance.
The Pentagon presented a new US defense strategy: it states that Russia poses "serious persistent risks in key areas", including the nuclear threat to the US and its partners. Another challenge for US defense strategy is containing China.
The International Atomic Energy Agency refuted the statements of the Russian authorities about the development of the so-called "dirty bomb" on the territory of Ukraine. The IAEA also plans to carry out another mission to Ukrainian energy facilities.
The US sees no signs that the Russians are preparing to use a "dirty bomb" or tactical nuclear weapons. At the same time, the USA takes threats from the Russian Federation seriously, particularly against the background of Russia's accusations against Ukraine of preparing a nuclear attack.
Russia does not need a nuclear strike on Ukraine, as it makes neither political nor military sense, Russian President Vladimir Putin said. According to him, the West is looking for additional arguments to confront Russia. He also announced Ukraine's alleged plans to obtain nuclear weapons. According to Putin, he personally instructed the Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation, Sergei Shoigu, to spread information about the alleged intention of Ukraine to use a "dirty" nuclear bomb.
The President of Guinea-Bissau conveyed Putin's request for negotiations to Zelensky. In response, Zelensky emphasized that he does not yet see a desire for peace on the part of the Russian leadership. At the same time, the Kremlin claims that Putin did not convey a "special message" to Zelensky through the president of Guinea-Bissau.
Since the beginning of the war, Ukraine has carried out 28 exchanges of prisoners of war — it was possible to free 978 people. Among them are 99 civilians. This was reported by Deputy Minister of Defense Malyar.
Maria Lvova-Belova, the Commissioner for Children's Rights under the President of Russia, illegally adopted a boy deported from Mariupol. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine initiated the opening of a case against Lvova-Belova, in whose actions "signs of a criminal offense can be seen".
Zelensky signed the law on increasing military expenditures in the 2022 budget by 387 billion.
In Ukraine, a test of electricity import from Europe was conducted — today the first test delivery with a capacity of 1 MW from Slovakia was carried out, the "Energy Company of Ukraine" informed the public.
The Ukrainian aerospace company Ukrspecsystems has developed a new SHARK drone. This was reported by the company's press service. It can adjust the American HIMARS reactive artillery systems and is resistant to work in EW conditions. This is a completely Ukrainian drone — from idea to production. SHARK can solve all the main tasks of reconnaissance, surveillance and adjustment of fire.
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On October 26, as part of another prisoner exchange, Ukraine returned 10 Ukrainian servicemen. Among them there is one officer and 9 soldiers and sergeants. The body of an American volunteer, a veteran of the US Army, Joshua Alan Jones, who fought for Ukraine and died in a battle with the occupiers, was also handed over.
Russia exerts constant psychological pressure on Ukrainian soldiers who are in captivity and on their relatives. In particular, Russia constantly repeats that Ukraine abandoned them and no one needs them, said Andriy Yusov, spokesman for the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.
During the day, the Ukrainian military repelled Russian attacks in Donbas and the south of the country in the areas of Bakhmutske, Bakhmut, Ivangrad, Andriyivka, Soledar, Kurdyumivka, Krasnohorivka, Novomykhailivka, Nevelske, Maryinka and Kamianka. Also, the Armed Forces hit 3 control points of the Russian Federation, 6 areas of concentration of manpower, weapons and military equipment, 2 warehouses with ammunition and 5 other important military facilities of the occupiers.
Russian strategic missile forces conducted training on the task of a massive nuclear strike "in response to an enemy nuclear strike". This was stated by the Minister of Defense of Russia Serhey Shoigu. Ground, sea and aviation strategic deterrence forces took part in the exercises. During them, Russian troops launched ballistic and cruise missiles.
On October 26, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia "is aware of Ukraine's plans to use a "dirty bomb". This was previously stated by the Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation Shoigu. The President of Ukraine and the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine emphasized that this is a lie, "as absurd as dangerous".
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia has published a photo of a "Ukrainian dirty bomb", allegedly made by Ukraine. However, it turned out that the photo shows smoke detectors. Photos courtesy of the Slovenian Agency for Radioactive Waste (ARAO). They were made in 2010 and used as explanatory material.
Israeli President Yitzhak Herzog, during his visit to the USA, provided evidence of the use of Iranian drones in Ukraine. Herzog showed images of Shahed-136 kamikaze drones being prepared for launch during military exercises in Iran in December 2021. Another photo shows the same type of drone shot down during the war in Ukraine.
Russia used more than 400 Iranian-made drones against Ukraine, 60-70% of them were shot down, Volodymyr Zelenskyi said.
The Ministry of Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine said that about a thousand bodies of dead Ukrainian soldiers and civilians have already been exhumed in the territories recently liberated from the occupiers. In particular, almost 450 in Izyum — on the site of one of the most mass graves.
The Polish Senate adopted a resolution recognizing the Russian Federation as a terrorist regime. The resolution was adopted by 85 votes.
The President of Guinea-Bissau, Sissou Embalo, became the first African leader to visit Ukraine after the beginning of the Russian invasion. With Volodymyr Zelenskyi, they discussed a special tribunal over the Russian Federation and the issue of exporting Ukrainian food from ports on the Black Sea. Also, Sissoku Embalo said that Vladimir Putin is looking for an opportunity to talk with the President of Ukraine and asked him to help in this matter.
Ukraine's budget deficit for 2023 will amount to about 38 billion dollars, due to which the country will need up to 3.5 billion dollars of aid from external sources every month, said Roksolana Pidlas, a People's Deputy from "Sluga Narodu". According to her, this money can be provided to Ukraine by partner countries, primarily the USA and the EU, as well as international financial and credit organizations, for example, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.
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Russian troops shelled Dnipro in the evening of October 25. Due to the fall of shell wreckages, a fire broke out at a gas station, two people were killed and some were injured. Among the dead is a pregnant woman.
Russians continue to loot Kherson — they took away new buses, Internet equipment, and cut cables. "Evacuation" of cultural values is also carried out.
Germany will hand over two MARS systems and four Panzerhaubitze 2000 howitzers to Ukraine in the coming days, President Steinmeier said during his visit to Ukraine.
The manufacturer Raytheon Technologies handed over to the US government two NASAMS anti-aircraft missile complexes, which are intended for Ukraine. This was announced by the company's general director, Greg Hayes, in an interview with CNBC.
Ukraine immediately needs 17 billion dollars to rebuild critical infrastructure and housing where Russian tanks and artillery methodically destroyed cities, President Zelenskyy said during a conference on rebuilding Ukraine in Berlin.
In Ukraine, the "Recovery Army" project is being launched - it involves people who have lost their jobs in recovery work. They will be paid UAH 6,700.
Zelenskyy held his first conversation with the newly appointed British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and invited him to visit Ukraine.
Russia has failed to provide any evidence of plans by the Ukrainian leadership to allegedly create a dirty nuclear bomb for using it against Russian forces. This was stated by the Deputy Ambassador of Great Britain to the United Nations, James Kariuki, after the meeting of the UN Security Council, Reuters reports. He called it "purely Russian disinformation."
Ukraine needs a defense system that would completely close the Ukrainian sky and shoot down drones, said the head of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine Oleksii Reznikov in an interview with Fox News. According to him, the Israeli "Iron Dome" system would help to effectively counter the Iranian-made kamikaze drones.
The Russian Federation has informed the US of the start of its annual nuclear exercises, which will include the launch of missiles capable of carrying nuclear weapons, the press service of the US Ministry of Defense writes.
Ukraine accuses the Russian Federation of artificially holding ships with grain. Since October 14, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said, Russian experts of the Joint Coordination Centre in Istanbul have been significantly delaying the inspection of ships that are heading from or to Ukrainian ports for loading. More than 170 ships, according to the Ministry of Infrastructure as of October 25, are currently in the queue for inspection near the Bosphorus Strait, due to which Ukrainian ports are forced to work at only 25-30% of their capacity.
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Over the past 24 hours, the Russian military has carried out 2 missile and 28 air strikes, carried out 65 attacks from rocket salvo systems, the General Staff of the Armed Forces reported in the morning report. They attacked civil infrastructure facilities in the settlements of Bakhmut, Zaporizhzhia, Mykolaiv and Novotavrycheske of the Zaporizhzhia region.
Russia is building a fortified "Wagner line" in the temporarily occupied Luhansk region to the southeast of Kremina, probably preparing for deep defense behind the existing front line, reports the Ministry of Defense of Great Britain with reference to intelligence data.
On October 23, Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation Sergey Shoigu held telephone talks with the heads of the defense departments of Great Britain, France, Turkey and the United States. In conversations with ministers, Shoigu accused Ukraine of preparing provocations using a "dirty bomb." Zelensky said that the Russian minister had set up a "telephone carousel", and the head of the Foreign Ministry, Kuleba, added that SergeyShoigu's statements "are a lie as absurd as it is dangerous."
The head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs invited experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency to Ukraine to visit the sites of the so-called "dirty bomb" development, which Russia declared. According to him, CEO Rafael Grossi agreed to this.
The Minister of Defense of Ukraine, Oleksiy Reznikov, discussed with his foreign colleagues the statement of the Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation Sergey Shoigu regarding Ukraine's alleged preparation of provocations using a "dirty bomb". He stated that Ukraine is open to any monitoring mission.
As a result of an Israeli airstrike, the assembly line of Iranian kamikaze drones near the Syrian military airport "Damascus" was completely destroyed.
A group of Iranian instructors was spotted on the territory of Belarus, who are probably teaching the Russian military how to use the "Shahed-136" UAV. British intelligence believes that Russia is using a large number of Iranian Shahed-136 drones to penetrate Ukrainian air defenses.
Russian terror using Iranian kamikaze drones may continue for a long time, while Russia's missile stockpile is almost exhausted. The head of the Main Intelligence Department of the Ministry of Defense, Kyrylo Budanov, said this in an interview with "Ukrainian Pravda". According to the head of the GUR, Russia has about 13% of Iskander missiles, about 43% of Kalibr-PL, Kalibr-NK missiles, Kh-101 and Kh-555 missiles, and about 45%.
American businessman and founder of SpaceX Elon Musk assured that the company will continue to provide Starlink satellite Internet service to Ukraine. Musk wrote about this on his Twitter page.
The SBU detained Motor Sich president Vyacheslav Boguslaev and the head of the company's foreign economic activity department. They are suspected of cooperation with military enterprises of the Russian Federation. According to the investigation, Motor Sich supplied Ukrainian aircraft engines to Russia through a number of intermediaries.
51% of surveyed Ukrainians donate regularly or from time to time — they transfer funds to charitable foundations or to individual volunteer meetings. 10% of respondents do it regularly, and 41% occasionally. 23% rarely tip, 12% did it only once, and 13% never did it. This is evidenced by Suspilne survey. The research was conducted on October 23-24, 2022, and 1,000 respondents were interviewed using a mobile application
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At night, Russian troops once again shelled Mykolaiv: rockets hit residential five- and nine-story buildings, and destroyed warehouse. According to preliminary data, it is known about 4 wounded people.
Air defense forces managed to destroy 16 kamikaze drones "Shahed-136" overnight, the Air Force of the Ukrainian Armed Forces reported. 11 of them were shot down over the Mykolaiv region.
Electricity restrictions continue in Ukraine to allow energy companies to repair energy facilities damaged by the recent wave of Russian shelling. By 5:30 p.m. on October 22, Russia fired 36 missiles at Ukraine that targeted critical infrastructure.
In total, over the past 24 hours, Russian troops have carried out 32 missile and 25 air strikes on Ukraine, and have carried out more than 80 attacks from multiple rocket launchers, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported in the morning report. More than half of the cruise missiles and attack UAVs were shot down by the Defense Forces of Ukraine.
Energy and critical infrastructure facilities in the Volyn, Rivne, Kharkiv, Khmelnytskyi, Kirovohrad, Cherkasy, Zaporizhzhia, Odesa, and Mykolaiv regions were hit.
Russia is building a fortified line of defense with the help of units of the private military company "Wagner" in the temporarily occupied Luhansk region. There, the Russian army is probably preparing for deep defense along the existing front line, reports the Ministry of Defense of Great Britain with reference to intelligence data.
The SBU detained the president of "Motor Sich" Bohuslaev and the head of one of the company's departments and announced that they were suspected of collaborationism and assisting the aggressor state. According to the investigation, the management of the plant organized the illegal supply of aircraft engines to the Russian Federation - helicopters with these engines were used by Russians during the invasion of Ukraine.
In Perm, Russia, a fire broke out at a gunpowder factory where shells for GRAD, SMERCH and air defense systems are manufactured. The bodies of 3 workers were found under the rubble. This plant was already burning on May 1.
The authorities of Iran again reject the supply of drones to Russia and do not want an investigation at the UN. President Zelensky said that he personally does not trust the leadership of Iran due to the transfer of kamikaze drones, which the Russian army uses against Ukraine. He noted that Iran's leadership has twice compromised trust in itself. For the first time, when the promised compensation was not paid to the families of the dead passengers of the Ukrainian "Boeing" shot down by an Iranian missile in 2020.
In the morning, the Russian Federation launched a massive attack on Ukrainian cities from the Black Sea. 33 cruise missiles were fired. 18 of them were destroyed by Ukrainian defenders.
One critical infrastructure object in the territory of the Kirovohrad region was hit by high-precision Kalibr missiles in the morning. Russian missiles twice hit energy facilities in Volyn. Rockets also flew in the direction of Kyiv, and were shot down by air defense forces.
Two cruise missiles were also shot down over Chernihiv and Sumy regions. The critical infrastructure of Rivne was destroyed.
During the same attack, air defense forces shot down four cruise missiles over Odesa region and one more over Mykolaiv region. At noon in the Kherson region, a Ka-52 attack helicopter of the occupiers was shot down
The energy facility in Lutsk, which was hit by three rockets in the morning, is completely destroyed and cannot be restored, Lutsk Mayor Ihor Polishchuk told Suspilno in a comment. According to preliminary information, the object was hit by Kh-101 cruise missiles.
During the meeting of the UN Security Council on October 21, the permanent representative of China stated that the critical infrastructure of Ukraine should not be subjected to military attacks, and the representative of the United States said that, according to the UN, $4.3 billion is needed to provide rubber aid to Ukraine.
Members of the United States Congress from the Democratic and Republican parties visited Kyiv three weeks before the parliamentary elections in the United States, assuring that their result would not affect the support of Ukraine in the confrontation with Russia.
Missiles for air defense systems are running out in Ukraine. The Armed Forces need more missiles for air defense systems that protect Ukrainian citizens from attacks by the Russian army.
Great Britain and Poland signed a memorandum on support for Ukraine. According to the agreement, 10 million pounds will be allocated to help Ukrainian refugees.
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Back in April, Russians mined the Kakhovska HPP in the temporarily occupied Kherson region, the Main Intelligence Directorate of Ukraine reported. Also, 2 military "Kamaz" trucks are placed on the dam. According to Ukrainian intelligence, both trucky are fully loaded with boxes of explosives.
In the temporarily occupied Beryslav of the Kherson region, since October 19, all bodies of the occupation authorities have ceased their activities. Local collaborators continue leaving the city with their families and property, reports the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Russian militaries took 46 pupils of the Kherson regional orphanage from the temporarily occupied Kherson to Simferopol. These are children under the age of 5, said Yaroslav Yanushevych, the head of the Kherson Regional Military Administration.
Britain, France and Germany have called on the United Nations to investigate Russia's use of Iranian-made Shahed-136 drones in violation of a UN Security Council resolution on the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. Tehran denies supplying drones to Moscow, and Russia denies its forces used Iranian drones to attack Ukraine.
10 Iranians who were training Russian soldiers to operate Shahed-136 kamikaze drones are believed to have died in "Ukrainian strikes" last week. This was reported by The Jerusalem Post with reference to a Ukrainian official.
The Ukrainian army y repelled attacks of Russians in Ternova, in the Kharkiv region, Bilohorivka and Zolotarivka in the Luhansk region, Lyman, Soledar, Ozaryanivka, Odradivka, and Pervomaiske in the Donetsk region, reports the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. A Russian Su-25 attack aircraft was shot down by the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Bashtanka district of the Mykolaiv region.
The support of both parties for Ukraine will remain in the US Congress even after the elections that will soon be held in the country. Jim Gimes, a member of the House of Representatives of the US Congress from the Democratic Party, said this in a comment to Suspilne. "There are 15-20 skeptics in Congress. But skeptics have always existed in the US. The overwhelming majority is in favor of continued support," the politician said.
Ukraine is running out of missiles for air defense systems and Ukraine does not have enough air defense units to cover every part of the country, the Armed Forces reported. Meanwhile, Ukraine received the first multifunctional TRML-4D radar station for the IRIS-T SLM air defense complex from the German company Hensoldt.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan seeks to organize new talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyi and Russian President Vladimir Putin regarding a peaceful settlement of the Russian-Ukrainian war. "I saw that Mr. Putin is much softer and more open to negotiations than before," Erdogan said.
Russia may illegally export about 1.8 million tons of grain from the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine by the end of 2022. This is written by Deutsche Welle with reference to the investigation of the broadcaster NDR and the comments of German experts. It is noted that since the beginning of the war, about a million tons of grain have already been exported from the seaports of the annexed Crimea, in particular, about 20 ships with wheat and other grain left Sevastopol.
The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted a resolution recognizing the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria as a territory temporarily occupied by the Russian Federation, and condemned the genocide of the Chechen people.
On October 21, the Russian military attacked Zaporizhzhia with S-300 missiles. In total, five people were injured as a result of the rocket fire. Among them are four law enforcement officers and one civilian, the Zaporizhia Regional Administration reported. In the afternoon of October 21, the Russians shelled Kharkiv. At least six people were injured.
In addition, the Russian army shelled more than 40 buildings in Mykolaiv Oblast during the day.
The strikes of the Russian Federation led to the termination of electricity and water supply to thousands of houses in Ukraine. . Children play soccer near a building that was damaged as a result of fighting by the Russian Federation in Borodyanka, Kyiv region, on October 20, 2022. Photo: AR
Ukrenergo reported that on October 21, temporary restrictions on energy consumption are possible throughout Ukraine.
Ukraine currently has no means of anti-missile defense to effectively counter ballistic missiles, said Air Force Command spokesman Yuriy Ignat.
The announcement of the deployment of a Russian-Belarusian group of troops in Belarus is an attempt to demonstrate Russian-Belarusian solidarity and convince Ukraine to withdraw forces to protect the northern border, the British Ministry of Defense reports, citing British intelligence. According to intelligence, Russia is unlikely to be able to form combat formations of the declared number, and the Belarusian military does not have the ability to conduct complex operations.
The Russian occupiers mined the dam and units of the Kakhovskaya HPP, President Zelensky said. He added that after blowing up the dam, more than 80 settlements, including Kherson, would be in the flood zone. According to Ukrainian intelligence, the Russians mined the hydroelectric plant back in April, and now they are conducting additional mining.
The US has evidence that Iranian instructors are present in Crimea. They are helping the Russian military launch kamikaze drones into Ukrainian cities, said White House National Security Council Coordinator Kirby.
Russia may illegally export a total of about 1.8 million tons of grain from the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine by the end of 2022, writes Deutsche Welle with reference to experts. It is noted that since the beginning of the war, about a million tons of grain have already been exported from the seaports of the annexed Crimea, in particular, about 20 ships with wheat and other grain left Sevastopol.
Since the beginning of the counteroffensive, the Ukrainian military has liberated 551 settlements in Kharkiv Oblast and 88 in Kherson Oblast, Deputy Head of the Office of the President Kyrylo Tymoshenko said.
The head of the Pentagon, Lloyd Austin, held a telephone conversation with the Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation, Sergei Shoigu, in which he emphasized the "importance of maintaining communication" during Russia's war against Ukraine, the US Department of Defense reported. The agency also reported on Austin's conversation with Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov: they discussed military aid for Ukraine.
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British intelligence believes that the Russian authorities are seriously considering a large-scale withdrawal of troops from the Kherson region, but the destroyed bridges across the Dnipro will complicate this task, the British Ministry of Defense reports.
The Russian army launched 221 kamikaze drones in the southern regions of the country. Air defense forces shot down more than 80% of them — 184 "shaheeds", instead 37 hit the targets, spokeswoman for the press center of the Southern Defense Forces Natalya Humenyuk said.
On October 20, due to damage to the energy infrastructure as a result of Russian shelling, restrictions on the use of electricity were introduced throughout Ukraine. Ukrainians were urged to minimize the use of electricity. In cities, the use of street lighting will be limited. Saving electricity also applies to the use of electric transport.
The special services of the Russian Federation are probably preparing terrorist attacks against their own population, reports the Main Directorate of Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.
The ambassadors of the countries of the European Union have approved sanctions against individuals and legal entities of Iran in connection with Russia's use of Iranian-made unmanned aerial vehicles in Ukraine.
India urged its citizens to leave Ukraine due to the escalation of hostilities. Previously, the US, Chinese, Egyptian, and Italian embassies also advised their citizens to leave Ukraine.
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Vladimir Putin signed a decree on the "introduction of martial law" on the territories of Ukraine "joined" to the Russian Federation — the self-proclaimed "DPR" and "LPR" and the occupied parts of the Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions. The introduction of "martial law" on the occupied territories by the Russian Federation should be considered only as a pseudo-legalization of looting of Ukrainian property before the next "regrouping" (withdrawal of Russian troops — edited), said an adviser to the head of the President's Office, Mykhailo Podoliak.
Britain has warned Russian President Vladimir Putin that the Russian Federation will face "serious consequences" if it uses nuclear weapons in the war against Ukraine. This was reported by The Guardian with reference to a representative of the British government.
The occupying leadership of the temporarily seized territory of the Zaporizhzhia region organized the so-called "inventory of the housing stock" and "census" of the population. This is done in order to find and alienate the housing of local residents who have left the captured territories, reports the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
On October 19, as of 3:30 p.m., 4 out of 6 cruise missiles and 10 Shahed-136 kamikaze drones were shot down in Ukraine, the Air Force of the Ukrainian Armed Forces reports. The acute threat of kamikaze drone attacks will remain in Ukraine for another one and a half to two weeks. The Ukrainian army has rearranged its work in such a way that it allows eliminating a high percentage of drones, adviser to the Minister of Internal Affairs Rostyslav Smirnov said.
It is "difficult for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine to imagine" that China allegedly does not know about Russian attacks on Ukrainian cities with the help of Iranian-made drones, said the spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Oleh Nikolenko. Earlier, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said that the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs "does not know" about the attack by kamikaze drones on Kyiv on October 17, which killed five civilians, including a pregnant woman.
Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz and opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu said they do not want to sell arms to Ukraine, The Times of Israel writes, however, the country will continue to provide humanitarian aid.
Greece has started supplying Ukraine with BMP-1 armored infantry vehicles, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba said.
SpaceX spends approximately $20 million a month on servicing the Starlink satellite platform in Ukraine, company founder Elon Musk said. He added that several foreign countries, organizations and individuals pay approximately $25,000 per month for 11 Starlink terminals.
The Ukrainian people, represented by the president and civil society, received the Sakharov Prize of the European Parliament "For Freedom of Thought". This prize has been awarded to individuals and organizations that protect human rights and fundamental freedoms since 1988. It is named after the Soviet physicist and political dissident Andrei Sakharov.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy ordered the country's executive authorities to create mobile power points for the critical infrastructure of cities, towns and villages. This became known following the results of a strategic meeting on security at energy supply facilities. Since the beginning of October, Russia has been massively shelling Ukrainian energy infrastructure facilities.
Orikhiv city in Zaporizhzhia has been shelled for seven hours by the Russian military: eight civilians received injuries of varying severity and were hospitalised—Head of Zaporizhzhia Oblast Administration Oleksandr Starukh.
Many settlements of the Kryvyi Rih district remain without electricity because of the shelling of the energy infrastructure.
The Russian military shelled the occupied Enerhodar. The city has partial water and electricity outage. A substation and the building of the City Council Executive Committee were damaged. There is no information on casualties among the civilian population.
30% of Ukrainian power plants were destroyed during the week of constant attacks, said President Zelensky. Ukrainians have been asked to save electricity.
On the night of October 19, the Russian military released Shahed-136 kamikaze drones in Mykolaiv oblast: 13 were shot down by anti-aircraft defence, the national guard, and the border guard.
The Air Force announced that in 36 days, from September 13 to October 19, 223 Shahed-136 Iranian-made kamikaze drones were shot down.
Eight months after the invasion, the main elements of the Russian military leadership become increasingly incapable, and the change of generals and the lack of continuity of command will have devastating consequences for the Russian army, reports the UK MoD with reference to intelligence data.
The occupant mayor of Kherson urged residents to evacuate because "the Ukrainian side is accumulating forces for a large-scale offensive". The commander of the so-called special operation, General Surovkin of the Russian Federation, claimed that "the Ukrainian army is preparing a massive missile attack on the row of the Kakhovska HPP." Suspilne learned from locals that the occupying forces urged Kherson residents to urgently evacuate to the left bank of the Dnipro River.
Iran has agreed to send more drones and missiles to Russia, reports Reuters citing sources from Iranian officials. The surface-to-surface missiles that Iran may transfer can hit targets at distances of 300-700 km.
The United States, the United Kingdom, and France are planning to discuss potential Iranian arms supplies to Russia at a closed meeting of the UN Security Council on Wednesday, October 19. This is reported by Reuters with reference to its sources in diplomatic circles.
Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid will discuss the possibility of supplying air defence systems in a call with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba on October 20.
Russian missile and drone attacks on power plants and other Ukrainian infrastructure are "acts of pure terror" that amount to war crimes, said the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen during a speech in the European Parliament on Wednesday, October 19—Reuters.
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During the day, the Ukrainian army repelled Russian attacks in the areas of Ohirtseve in the Kharkiv region, Bilohorivka in the Luhansk region, Novokalynove and Mar'yinka in the Donetsk region, the General Staff reports. The Armed Forces of Ukraine destroyed 15 areas of concentration of weapons and military equipment, 2 command centres, 2 air defense and artillery systems, 2 ammunition depots, as well as 7 positions of the enemy's anti-aircraft missile systems. In addition, air defense units shot down 5 cruise missiles.
Iran has finally decided to provide Russia with surface-to-surface missiles in addition to more drones, Reuters reported, citing two senior Iranian officials and two diplomats. According to the publication, the agreement was reached on October 6. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Dmytro Kuleba, will submit to the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, a proposal to sever diplomatic relations with Iran.
Since October 10, as a result of Russian strikes on the territory of Ukraine, 30% of Ukrainian power plants have been destroyed. This caused massive power outages, Volodymyr Zelenskyy said.
Since October 7, Russia has attacked Ukraine about 190 times with missiles and kamikaze drones. More than 70 people died, more than 240 were injured, and more than 380 infrastructure objects were damaged, the spokesman of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine Oleksandr Khorunzhiy said.
NATO will deliver air defense systems to Ukraine in the coming days, said Alliance Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Also, on October 20, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba will hold telephone talks with Prime Minister of Israel Yair Lapid. It is expected that Ukraine will submit an official application for receiving air defense systems from Israel.
Based on the results of its work in the territories of the northern and eastern regions of Ukraine, which were previously under the occupation of Russia, the UN commission stated that it had recorded signs of war crimes and other violations. According to the head of the Commission Eric Mese, it is about thousands of dead civilians as a result of the war and occupation.
On October 18, the Parliament of Estonia supported the resolution recognizing Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism, and also condemned the Russian Federation's attempt to annex occupied Ukrainian territories.
The countries of the European Union agreed on a new package of sanctions against Russia and Belarus, and it took them only a few minutes to agree on this issue, reported Rikard Jozwiak, a correspondent of "Radio Liberty" in Brussels. He specified that the EU did not consider the issue of energy sanctions.
On October 18, the Verkhovna Rada adopted a resolution that recognized the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria as a territory temporarily occupied by the Russian Federation and condemned the genocide of the Chechen people.
The training mission for Ukraine in the EU should begin in mid-November. The details of the mission were agreed upon at the meeting of the ministers of foreign affairs of the European Union. This was reported by Rikard Jozvyak, the editor of Radio Svoboda.
Ukraine received macro-financial assistance in the amount of 2 billion euros from the European Union, Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said. These funds are the first part of the 5 billion euro package.
The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine supported the draft law, according to which the conditions for acceptance into Ukrainian citizenship are specified — knowledge of the basics of the Constitution and history of Ukraine, as well as proficiency in the state language at a sufficient level. 2 years are given for taking exams and submitting relevant documents.
On the morning of October 18, the Russian military attacked Kyiv with strategic aviation — planes with missiles were launched from the Rostov region, which is closer to Ukraine. The Air Force explained that in this case, the time to get to the shelter becomes less. As a result of the shelling of the Russian Federation, a critical infrastructure object was damaged, and the light went out in one of the city's districts. Currently, two dead civilians are known.
In addition, in the morning, the Russian army hit an energy infrastructure facility in the Dnipro region with two missiles. As a result of the incident, four energy workers were injured. In the morning in Zhytomyr, a hit to an energy facility was also recorded. Also, during the day, the Russian army shelled 16 settlements in Donetsk region, there are dead people, and a child is among the wounded.
Russia attacked Mykolaiv with missiles. President Volodymyr Zelenskyi showed S-300 missiles hitting the city. In addition, Ukrainian defenders destroyed five kamikaze drones at night over the Mykolaiv region.
Since October 10, 30% of Ukrainian power plants have been destroyed as a result of strikes carried out by the Russian military on the territory of Ukraine, Zelenskyy said. "Another type of Russian terrorist attacks: aimed at Ukrainian energy and critical infrastructure. There is no room left for negotiations with the Putin regime," the president said.
Russia's strikes by Iranian drones on residential buildings in Kyiv on October 17 are consistent with a broader pattern of actions by Russian troops, which prefer psychological terror to achieving tangible effects on the battlefield, according to the American Institute for the Study of War.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs published an official statement in which it pointed to Iran's complicity in Russia's crimes against Ukraine. Kyivans staged an action near the Iranian embassy.
The spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Oleg Nikolenko, said that there are currently many false allegations about the functioning of foreign diplomatic missions.
He emphasized that they are mostly made by Russian sources in order to sow panic. Among the latest examples is information about the closure of the Serbian embassy, which actually left Kyiv back in March.
The Council of the EU agreed to the creation of the Military Assistance Mission of Ukraine, which will deal with the training of the Ukrainian military. The mission will work on the territory of the member states of the European Union and last, initially, for at least two years. The EU also decided to increase the amount of military aid for Ukraine to 3.1 billion euros.
Canada has imposed sanctions on 34 individuals and 1 legal entity of the Russian Federation involved in the spread of Russian disinformation and propaganda.
Representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) received an ultimatum from the people's deputies of Ukraine — to immediately visit the Ukrainian prisoners of war in the Olenivka colony on the territory temporarily occupied by Russia. People's elected representatives addressed the organization with this demand after the ICRC ignored a meeting with the Ukrainian delegation at the demarcation line.
A Su-34 fighter jet crashed into a residential building in Yeysk, Russia. 17 apartments were damaged. As a result of the plane crash, at least two people died, 15 were injured.
Three Russian MiG-31K fighters, which can carry Kinzhal hypersonic missiles, have arrived in Belarus. This was reported by the monitoring group "Belaruski Gayun".
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Ukraine and Russia conducted another exchange of prisoners of war. Ukraine returned 108 women held by the Russians. According to the head of the President's Office, Andriy Yermak, among those released were girls who were captured in the temporarily occupied territories of Donbas even before the large-scale invasion.
During the day of October 17, Russian armed formations carried out about 80 strikes on Ukrainian territory, the Ukrainian General Staff reports. The Armed Forces of Ukraine destroyed the occupiers' warehouse in Berdyansk and shot down 25 "Shahed-136" UAVs, hit 10 areas of concentration of weapons and military equipment of the Russian Federation, as well as the positions of the Russian anti-aircraft missile complex, 2 ammunition depots and other military targets of the Russian Federation.
To attack Kyiv on the morning of October 17, Russia used attack drones, five of which hit critical infrastructure facilities and a residential building. At least four people died. The head of the National Police, told Ihor Klymenko.
On Monday, October 17, the Iranian authorities again stated that they did not provide Russia with drones for use in Ukraine. "The news that Iran is providing Russia with drones has political ambitions and is being spread by Western sources. We have not provided weapons to any side of the countries that are in a state of war", said the spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran, Nasser Kanaani. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine has accused Iran of involvement in terrorist acts that the Russian Federation is organizing against the civilian population and critical infrastructure of Ukraine, using Iranian-made combat drones.
The European Union has decided to increase the amount of military aid for Ukraine to the amount of 3.1 billion euros against the background of Russian attacks on Kyiv and other Ukrainian cities. Also, the expansion of aid involves the training of 15,000 Ukrainian soldiers, said the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell.
The Main Directorate of Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine and the "Come Back Alive" Foundation announced the launch of a new project related to the destruction of military targets at a long distance. Its name is "Cotton in Moscow". The fund reported that the team has been working on the project for about two months and recently signed a final contract for it. They promised to provide detailed information about the project and its cost later.
The state concern "Ukroboronprom" announced that it is completing the development of a new model of Ukrainian weapons. "The range is 1,000 km, the weight of the warhead is 75 kg," the message reads.
Elon Musk said that Russia will use nuclear weapons in the event of a threat of losing control over Crimea, because it is as important to it as Hawaii or Pearl Harbor to the United States. In response, the Office of the President of Ukraine noted that the billionaire chose the wrong strategy: "If every time we capitulate to Russia after hearing nuclear threats, after how many iterations of this confrontation SpaceX will become SpaceZ with "Dmytro Rogozin" as CEO? And how many more countries will start a chaotic nuclear race , to protect themselves? A dubious strategy".
As a result of Russian attacks on the energy infrastructure of Ukraine, 585 settlements remain without power, First Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs Yevhen Yenin said.
Since the beginning of the full-scale invasion of the Russian Federation in Ukraine, the State Bureau of Investigation has opened almost 1,000 criminal proceedings against traitors and collaborators. This was reported by Tetyana Sapyan, communications adviser of the State Bureau of Investigation.
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On October 17, the Russian military attacked Kyiv with Iranian kamikaze drones. One of them targeted a 120-year-old house, which is part of Kyiv's architectural heritage. According to preliminary data, three people have been killed, including a pregnant woman. A total of 28 drones were fired at Kyiv, however, only five of them reached the target as the others were shot down.
In addition to the assault on Kyiv, in the morning the Russian military attacked Ukraine's energy infrastructure in two oblasts—Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal.
The South of Ukraine was attacked by drones during the night. Between 3:30 am and 06:50 am on October 17, Ukrainian air defence shot down fifteen drones: six over Odesa oblast and nine over Mykolaiv oblast.
In addition to the attack drones, Iran plans to supply Russia with surface-to-surface missiles, reports The Washington Post with reference to its sources among American officials. Israeli Minister of Diaspora Nachman Shai responded to Iran's actions by advocating that Israel should provide military assistance to Ukraine.
In the meantime, Iran keeps claiming that they did not provide Russia with the drones to use in Ukraine—Reuters.
The Ministry of Defence announced new data on casualties among the Ukrainian military: the ratio of casualties between Ukrainian defenders and Russian soldiers in the south is approximately 1 to 6.5.
Ukrainian State Concern Ukroboronprom has completed the development of a new model of weapons, according to its press service. “The new weapon has a range of 1,000 km, and the weight of the combat unit is 75 kg. We are completing the development”, says the statement. The Concern did not name what kind of weapon it is: “We tell you practically nothing (so it is necessary, believe me), but this “nothing” works successfully on the battlefield, and another “nothing” keeps passing tests,” added the company.
The Russian invaders are strengthening filtration measures in the Kherson region and began evacuating the so-called "state" institutions to the temporarily occupied territory of Crimea, reports the General Staff. The employees and banking and pension fund assets are being transferred.
France plans to provide additional military assistance to Ukraine, including Crotale air-defence systems, as well as to expand the training program for Ukrainian servicemen, announced the Minister of Armed Forces Sébastien Lecornu.
About 9,000 Russian troops will arrive in Belarus as part of the "allied troops alignment"—the Defence Ministry. The first group has already arrived in Belarus.
The poverty rate in Ukraine has increased 10 times due to the full-scale Russian invasion, according to the World Bank.
A team of 11 employees of the International Committee of the Red Cross, including a doctor, is ready to visit prisoners of war in Donetsk, in particular in the Olenivka prison, but does not have minimum guarantees of security and the permission of the local "authorities" for a visit, states the committee's website.
From Monday, October 17, the NATO Steadfast Noon exercise will begin in southwestern Europe as reported on the Alliance's website. As part of the exercise, the NATO air force will work out the possibilities of nuclear deterrence involving dozens of aircraft. The training will be attended by 14 countries and up to 60 aircraft of various types, including B-52 bombers, fourth- and fifth-generation fighters, as well as reconnaissance and refuelling aircraft.
At night, the occupiers fired two rockets at a school in Zaporizhzhia. In Dnipropetrovsk region, Nikopol region came under the fire of the occupiers again. Active hostilities continue in the Kherson region.
At the training ground of the Western Military District in the Belgorod Region, citizens of "one of the CIS countries" fired at "volunteers" who were preparing to go to war in Ukraine, as a result of which 11 people died and 15 were hospitalized.
Russian troops have started arriving in Belarus, about 9,000 Russians, said Valery Revenko, assistant to the Minister of Defense of Belarus. On October 10, the self-proclaimed president of Belarus, Oleksandr Lukashenko, announced that Russia and Belarus had agreed to deploy a joint group of troops.
The Russian defense industry is probably not capable of producing advanced munitions at the rate at which they are being used up. This was announced by the Ministry of Defense of Great Britain with reference to the data of British intelligence.
As of the morning of October 16, Russia's total combat losses since the start of the full-scale offensive against Ukraine on February 24 amounted to about 65,000 servicemen, the General Staff reports. The Russians lost about 300 servicemen in a day.
Iran plans to transfer not only attack drones to Russia, but also surface-to-surface missiles, The Washington Post reports, citing its sources among American officials.
The American billionaire, founder of SpaceX, CEO of Tesla, Elon Musk, after a series of statements regarding the termination of financing of Starlink systems in Ukraine, suddenly changed his position, saying that he is ready to help the Armed Forces of Ukraine for free, despite the losses.
Germany handed over 16 Biber armored bridge-laying machines to Ukraine, and Saudi Arabia announced that it would provide Ukrainians with humanitarian aid in the amount of $400 million.
On October 15, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Chinese Embassy called on citizens currently in Ukraine to leave the country immediately for security reasons. This was reported by the Chinese state publication Global Times on Twitter.
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In the morning of October 15, an energy facility was destroyed in Kyiv Oblast due to Russian shelling. Energy experts warn of possible power outages in Kyiv and the region and call for economical consumption of electricity.
The Russian army also shelled Zaporizhzhia: they launched 10 rockets and attacked with kamikaze drones. The Mykolaiv region and the Dnipropetrovsk region were shelled, where at night Ukrainian defenders destroyed five Russian kamikaze drones.
81.5% of surveyed Ukrainians have already prepared or are planning to prepare for the coming winter. This is evidenced by the results of a survey conducted by Gradus Research on behalf of Suspilne. 24.7% of respondents made additional supplies of food, water or medicine for themselves or pets, 19.6% bought warm clothes, 14.8% bought additional chargers.
The International Committee of the Red Cross announced that they are ready to go to Olenivka, where Ukrainian prisoners of war are being held. At the same time, the organization asks to provide "immediate and unimpeded access to all prisoners of war", because they cannot break into the place of detention "by force".
Russian occupiers took away several thousand children from the Kherson region. According to the Russian mass media, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Khusnullin said this. According to him, 500 people are taken out from the Kherson region every day and placed in different regions of Russia.
First Russian military personnel from the regional group of troops arrived in Belarus. The Ministry of Defense of Belarus announced that the Russian servicemen were met with "bread and salt".
Saudi Arabia will allocate $400 million in humanitarian aid to Ukraine. This was reported by the Saudi state news agency SPA.
Athletes from Russia and Belarus will not be allowed to participate in the 2022 European Games in Poland. "Under these conditions, it is impossible," said Spiros Kapralos, president of the Association of European Olympic Committees. The European Games will be held in the summer of 2023, and Olympic licenses for Paris-2024 will be played for.
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The Russian "administration" approved the procedure for evacuating museums located on the territory of occupied Crimea. reports the Ukrainian General Staff. The General Staff also confirmed the destruction of a significant number of personnel of the Russian Federation in the previous days — in the areas of the settlements of Khlibodarivka of the Donetsk region, Tokmak of the Zaporizhzhia region and Tokarivka of the Kherson region, the occupiers lost up to 150 people killed and about 100 wounded. Also, 3 S-300 complexes and up to 10 units of other weapons and military equipment were destroyed.
Since the beginning of the full-scale invasion, the Armed Forces of Ukraine have de-occupied 1,620 settlements, Deputy Head of the Office of the President Kyrylo Tymoshenko said. In particular, 75 settlements were deoccupied in the Kherson region.
The exhumation of bodies from the mass burial of the Armed Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine has been completed in the liberated Lyman. The police removed the bodies of 34 Ukrainian defenders from the mass grave. Exhumation of another mass burial with civilians continues. This is reported by the National Police of Ukraine.
In Belarus, counter-terrorist measures are being introduced in connection with the "aggravation along the perimeter of the borders" and the deployment of the "allied group of troops" together with Russia has begun. This was announced by the self-proclaimed president of Belarus Oleksandr Lukashenko.
The United States government is preparing a new $725 million military aid package for Ukraine, which will include Humvee armored vehicles and ammunition.
Elon Musk's company SpaceX has warned the Pentagon that it may stop funding Starlink satellite communications in Ukraine if the agency refuses to pay tens of millions of dollars a month, CNN reports with reference to the company's letter to the US Department of Defense. As CNN notes, SpaceX's demand that the US military pay the bills has angered senior Pentagon officials. The Office of the President of Ukraine noted that Ukraine will find a solution so that satellite communication will continue to work.
The Minister of Defense of Ukraine Oleksiy Reznikov announced that in October Ukraine will receive additional air defense systems — IRIS-T from the German government and NASAMS complexes from the USA. Also, according to him, Ukraine is receiving systems capable of jamming the signal of Iranian Shahed-136 drones used by Russia. According to Reznikov, there are about 300 of them left in Russia and the Russian Federation plans to purchase several thousand more. Oleksiy Reznikov also reported that Russia has 609 high-precision missiles left in stock.
Employees of the temporarily occupied Zaporizhzhia NPP are threatened with layoffs if they do not sign labor contracts with Russia's Rosatom. One of the employees of the station told Suspilne about this on condition of anonymity. "The staff was given time to think until November 3. Passes will be blocked for those who do not sign new contracts," he said. The employee added that most employees refuse to sign new contracts.
Vladimir Putin said that now there is no need for massive strikes on Ukraine — "there are other tasks". He also noted that Russia has no task to destroy Ukraine, and that he does not regret the start of the "special operation" in Ukraine: "I want it to be clear. What is happening today is, to put it mildly, unpleasant, but we would have received the same thing a little later, only in the worst conditions for us. So we act correctly and in a timely manner".
Maria Mezentseva, head of the permanent delegation of the Verkhovna Rada to PACE, reported that Ukraine has already received the consent of about 15 countries to jointly establish a tribunal for Russian President Vladimir Putin and his entourage.
October 14 is the day of defenders of Ukraine. Today, 50 rallies are planned in 50 cities of the world.
In the afternoon of October 14, the Russians shelled Kharkiv. At least four hits, details still being worked out. At night, the Russian army fired rocket artillery in Sumy Oblast. Zaporizhzhia was attacked with S-300 missiles. Infrastructure objects were affected. Launched drones in the southern and eastern directions: eight "Shahed-136" barrage munitions were destroyed by anti-aircraft defense. Over the course of the day, the Russian military launched 2 missile and 16 air strikes, carried out more than 70 attacks from rocket salvo systems.
The Armed Forces of Ukraine repelled attacks near nine populated areas and struck dozens of positions of Russian troops, the General Staff reports.
NATO will hand over a hundred drone jamming stations to Ukraine, which will help render Russian and Iranian-made drones ineffective and protect Ukrainian citizens and infrastructure.
Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Grossi, announced the progress in creating a protective zone for the Zaporizhzhia NPP after his visits to the Russian Federation and Ukraine.
In Kherson, the Russian military shot the conductor of the regional philharmonic. The Kherson Regional Prosecutor's Office has opened criminal proceedings on the fact of a war crime combined with intentional murder, the Kherson Regional Prosecutor's Office reports.
On October 13, during another exchange, Ukraine returned 20 people from captivity: 14 of them were soldiers of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, 4 were soldiers of the territorial defense, one National Guard and one Navy serviceman. Some of them were in the colony in Olenivka.
The head of the President's Office, Andriy Yermak, demanded that the International Committee of the Red Cross send its mission to the colony in Olenivka, where Ukrainian prisoners of war are held, in the coming days.
In Belarus, the regime of "counter-terrorist operation" was introduced, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus, Volodymyr Makei, said in an interview with the Russian publication "Izvestia". There are no details about the "mode of counter-terrorist operation" yet. No deadlines are mentioned.
Elon Musk's company SpaceX has warned the Pentagon that it may stop funding Starlink satellite communications in Ukraine if the agency refuses to pay tens of millions of dollars a month. This is reported by CNN with reference to the company's letter to the US Ministry of Defense.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine stated that Russia may be planning to damage the Turkish Stream gas pipeline. The embassy added that Ukraine is constantly monitoring Russian actions, which have signs of preparations for damaging the gas pipeline, and informs its partners about them.
Russia is ready to abandon the extension of the "grain agreement" next month if its demands are not met. On October 12, Moscow sent a letter with a list of complaints to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. UN officials are due to arrive in Moscow on October 16 to discuss extending the deal.
The Russian government instructed to restore the Crimean Bridge no later than July 1, 2023. The work will be carried out by the Nizhnyoangarsktransbud company, RIA Novosti reports with reference to the relevant order of October 13.
The PACE adopted a historic resolution recognizing the Russian regime as a terrorist state.
Ukrainians were included in the list of finalists for the 2022 Sakharov Prize.
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Over the past day, the Armed Forces of Ukraine repelled attacks of Russians near five settlements. At the same time, according to the Ukrainian servicemen, in certain areas of hostilities, in particular in the Donetsk region, Russian troops were ordered to temporarily stop offensive operations. Russian troops attacked 9 regions of Ukraine, in particular, they fired 8 S-300 missiles at Mykolaiv and attacked the Kyiv region with kamikaze drones. Fighting continues in the Donbas and the Kherson region.
On October 12, anti-aircraft missile units and fighter aircraft of the Air Force of the Ukrainian Armed Forces destroyed 19 kamikaze drones and 5 Ka-52 attack helicopters. This was reported in the command of the Air Forces.
Iranian instructors associated with the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps could arrive in the captured territories of Ukraine to teach Russian militaries to use Shahed-136 kamikaze drones. This is stated in the report of the Institute for the Study of War.
During the day, the armed forces of Ukraine destroyed 5 warehouses with ammunition of the Russian army on the occupied territory. This is stated in the summary of the Operational Command "South" for October 12.
In Ukraine, emergency blackout schedules will not be introduced at the moment due to the stabilization of the electricity supply, as well as the fact that Ukrainians have been saving electricity for several days.
In most regions of Ukraine, the technical possibility of supplying electricity, which was damaged due to massive Russian strikes, has been restored. In 4 regions repairs are ongoing and should be completed in soon.
Russian statements that the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, which is located in the temporarily occupied Enerhodar, will need Russian nuclear fuel - do not correspond. The ZNPP has sufficient reserves of fresh nuclear fuel.
Director General of the IAEA, Raphael Grossi, said that after the meeting with Russian President Putin, he is returning to Kyiv.
The UN General Assembly adopted a resolution condemning Russia's attempt to annex the territories of Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions of Ukraine. 143 out of 193 member countries voted for the resolution, 35 abstained, and 5 voted against.
The USA is ready to create an echeloned air defense system in Ukraine. According to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the US, Mark Milley, the system does not control the entire airspace, but it will protect the priority targets that Ukraine must protect. Strengthening the air defense of Ukraine became the main topic of the sixth meeting in the "Ramstein" format.
The Czech Republic closes entry for Russian tourists.
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that the International Committee of the Red Cross is not making enough efforts to access Ukrainian prisoners who are in temporarily occupied territories. He said this while speaking at the plenary session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.
Ukraine received 1.3 billion dollars of additional emergency financing from the International Monetary Fund. Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said that the funds will be used to fund priority needs: strengthening defense capabilities, paying pensions, social programs and supporting the economy.
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Suspilne received the Gunnar Høydahl Award for outstanding achievements in the field of news exchange at Eurovision 2022 and for coverage of the war in Ukraine.
The Armed Forces of Ukraine liberated 91% of the territory of the Kharkiv region occupied by Russia, the Kharkiv Regional Military Administration reported. It is about the de-occupation of 525 settlements out of 576.
On the morning of October 12, in the south of Ukraine, the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine destroyed four Russian attack helicopters in just 12 minutes, the General Staff reports. Also, the Ukrainian army hit more than 20 areas of concentration of weapons and equipment of the Russian Federation, destroyed six Russian air defense systems and repelled Russian attacks in the Donbass and the south in the areas of Novosadove, Bakhmutske, Ivanhrad, Bakhmut, Soledar, Spirne, Mayorsk and Krasnohorivka.
In Germany, a meeting is held in the scope of Ramstein-6. Intermediate results: Germany will provide Ukraine with PzH 2000 self-propelled artillery systems and MARS II multiple rocket launchers. The Netherlands will provide anti-missile defense systems.
Defense Minister of Canada Anita Anand announced a new $47 million military aid package for Ukraine: winter clothing and equipment, artillery shells and communications technology. Also, Korea will provide security support to Ukraine in the amount of $100 million.
Russian militaries has brought Iranian instructors to the temporarily occupied territory of the Kherson region to launch "Shahed-136" kamikaze drones, reports the Centre of National Resistance with reference to its own sources of information. According to the Ukrainian underground, the Iranians are based in the settlements of Zaliznyi Port, Hladkivka, as well as in Dzhankoy on the territory of the temporarily occupied Crimea.
In the coming weeks, the US will allocate $4.5 billion to Ukraine to support the state budget, US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen announced. Congress approved the funding two weeks ago. Thus, the total direct budget support of Ukraine from the US is 13.5 billion dollars in grants.
The EU will not recognize passports of the Russian Federation issued in the occupied part of Ukraine and Georgia — a statement of EU ambassadors who agreed to a mandate for negotiations with the European Parliament regarding this decision. The Eurocouncil emphasized that this is a response to Russia's military aggression against Ukraine and Russia's practice of issuing Russian passports to residents of occupied regions.
As a result of the Russian attack, the Ukrainian water supply system suffered damage of more than $6 billion, said the president of the Association "Ukrvodokanalekolohia" Dmytro Novytskyi. According to him, more than a hundred energy supply facilities and water canals of the country were attacked.
Western partners will continue to strengthen Ukraine's defense capabilities both now and in the distant future. This was stated by US Defense Minister Lloyd Austin during the sixth meeting in the Rammstein format. According to him, the allies are stimulating new investments in their industrial bases to meet Ukraine's defense needs, as well as their own.
The number of people who negatively assess the activities of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists and the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (OUN-UPA) has decreased more than 5 times since 2013 — from 42% to 8%. At the same time, the share of those who positively evaluate the activities of the OUN-UPA increased from 22% to 43%. These are the results of a survey by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology.
Pope Francis expressed his solidarity with Ukraine: "These days, my heart is constantly turned to the Ukrainian people, in particular, to the residents of the areas against which the bombing has intensified," said Pope Francis, commenting on the massive rocket attack. But he added that he prays for "the stop of hurricane of violence."
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On the morning of October 11, the Russian Federation continued its massive missile attack on Ukraine. Two rockets were shot down in the Kyiv region. In Odesa, they report on the work of the Air Defense Forces. In Vinnytsia, the Russians attacked the TPP with two kamikaze drones, Serhii Borzo, the head of the Vinnytsia regional administration, said.
At 11 a.m., air defense forces shot down four Russian cruise missiles. The Air Force of the Ukrainian Armed Forces reports that repeated rocket launches have been recorded.
Around 6 a.m., Russian troops fired another round of fire at Zaporizhzhia: 12 rockets were fired at civilian objects, one person was killed. During the night, heavy artillery shelled three districts of Dnipropetrovsk region. At dawn in the south, air defense forces shot down eight "Shahed-136" kamikaze drones: five over Mykolayiv Oblast and three over Odesa Oblast.
By the morning in Kryvyi Rih in the Dnipropetrovsk Region, all 854 miners who were trapped in the mines due to the blackout of the city after the missile strikes on October 10 were brought to the surface.
As a result of massive rocket attacks on Ukrainian cities on October 10, 19 people died and about 105 people were injured. The Russian military fired more than 80 missiles at Ukraine, about 45 of which shot down air defense forces. They aimed mainly at critical infrastructure. As a result of the massive missile attack, 11 important infrastructure facilities in 8 regions and Kyiv were damaged. Some areas were without electricity, some still remain.
Putin announced a "massive strike with high-precision weapons on the energy, military management and communications facilities of Ukraine" and added that "responses to terrorist attacks on the territory of Russia will correspond to the level of threats to the Russian Federation."
The Russians could have planned massive missile strikes even before the Crimean Bridge was blown up. The attack on October 10 looks like a long-planned action, according to the coordinator of strategic communications of the US National Security Council, John Kirby.
The Ukrainian General Staff stated that, without success, the Russian army is launching missile strikes and actively using attack UAVs to damage critical infrastructure and densely populated cities of Ukraine. The occupiers are unable to stop the successful counteroffensive of the Defense Forces in the Kharkiv and Kherson directions, so they are trying to intimidate and sow panic among the population of Ukraine.
During the day, the Russians launched more than 61 missile and 32 air strikes, carried out about 92 attacks from rocket salvo systems. 73 air targets were destroyed by air defense units in various directions, including 46 cruise missiles and 27 unmanned aerial vehicles.
Since October 11, Ukraine has stopped exporting electricity due to Russian missile attacks on energy facilities in order to stabilize its own energy system. Due to the damage to the energy infrastructure in Kyiv and the Kyiv region as a result of missile attacks by the Russian Federation, a shortage of energy capacity has formed: hourly electricity blackout schedules are being introduced in the region.
The US will provide Ukraine with advanced air defense systems. US President Joe Biden promised to provide Ukraine with the support it needs to protect itself from Russian aggression.
The embassies of the United States, France, and the Czech Republic, as well as the NATO representative office, continue to work in Ukraine. The Red Cross mission also works.
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Russian troops are firing missiles and drones at Ukrainian cities non-stop on October 10. Kyiv, Lviv, Zaporizhzhia, Kharkiv, Vinnytsia, Ternopil, Dnipro, and Mykolaiv came under fire. The air raid alarm was announced almost all over the country from the very morning and is still ongoing as of 11:30 a.m.
As of 11 a.m., the Russian military fired a total of 75 missiles into Ukraine this morning, 41 of which were shot down by the air defence—AFU commander-in-chief Zaluzhny.
"The terrorist country, the Russian Federation, is carrying out massive missile and air strikes on the territory of Ukraine including drone strikes," he added.
Suspilne collected videos of the consequences of the morning shelling in Kyiv. Attention! The video contains sensitive content.
Kyiv central railway station was hit by the Russian shelling however the station is still operating—Ukrzaliznytsia. At least five people were killed, and more than 20 were wounded as a result of the attack on the Shevchenkivsky district in Kyiv. Some of the capital's critical infrastructure has been hit as well.
A critical infrastructure facility in Khmelnytska oblast has been damaged. A few houses have broken windows. Air defence is shooting down kamikaze drones in Odesa oblast, and explosions are heard in Ivano-Frankivsk. The Poltava region experiences electricity and water outage. Energy infrastructure facilities in the Lviv region were targeted by missiles. Part of Kharkiv has no power and public transport is not working.
The European Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders arrived in Kyiv on a visit on Monday, October 10. He and his team remain in a shelter due to the missile attack on the capital.
Advisor to the Head of the Presidential Office Kyrylo Tymoshenko stated that energy facilities are specifically targeted: "This can affect the energy supply and cause outages."
Russian pro-war nationalist community directly criticise Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin for the attack on the Crimean Bridge, coupled with Russia's recent military failures and partial mobilisation, states the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) analytics. This criticism may indicate growing doubts about Putin's ability to achieve his promised goal of the so-called “denazification” of Ukraine and may undermine Putin's attractiveness among his entourage. At the same time, escalation, conventional or nuclear, cannot solve Putin's problems.
Yesterday, on October 9, Russian President Vladimir Putin commented on the explosion on the Crimean Bridge, accusing the Ukrainian secret services of the incident. According to him, the "terrorist attack" was aimed at "destroying the critical civilian infrastructure of Russia". Putin has called the UN Security Council assembly for October 10.
The U.S. Congress has registered a bill to recognise Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism.
On Sunday, October 9, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz discussed the Russian invasion of Ukraine and its consequences during a telephone conversation with U.S. President Joe Biden reports the official website of the German government.
Responsibility for the war in Ukraine lies with Russian President Vladimir Putin and he could easily put an end to it, but currently, there is no evidence that the Russian leader is going to do it. This was stated by the White House National Security Council Coordinator for Strategic Communications, John Kirby, on This Week on ABC News.Russian troops are firing missiles and drones at Ukrainian cities non-stop on October 10. Kyiv, Lviv, Zaporizhzhia, Kharkiv, Vinnytsia, Ternopil, Dnipro, and Mykolaiv came under fire. The air raid alarm was announced almost all over the country from the very morning and is still ongoing as of 11:30 a.m.
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The US Congress introduced a bill to recognize the Russian Federation as a state sponsor of terrorism. This was announced by Paul Massaro, a senior adviser to the US Congress.
Russian President Vladimir Putin commented on the explosion on the Crimean bridge, accusing Ukrainian special services of being involved in the incident. Putin held a meeting with the head of the Investigative Committee of Russia, Aleksandr Bastrykin. During the meeting, the President of the Russian Federation stated that the authors, executors and customers of the Crimean Bridge bombing were the special services of Ukraine. According to him, "the terrorist attack was aimed at destroying the critically important civil infrastructure of Russia".
In the Luhansk region, the Armed Forces of Ukraine liberated seven settlements, the head of the Luhansk regional military administration, Serhiy Gaidai, said. Units of the Defense Forces of Ukraine repelled attacks by the Russian Federation in Donbas and the south of the country in the areas of the settlements of Budarky, Terny, Soledar, New York, Pervomaiske, Nevelske and Pobyeda, the General Staff said.
Since the beginning of active counteroffensive actions in the Kherson region, the Armed Forces of Ukraine have liberated more than 1,170 square kilometers. This was reported by the head of the joint coordination press center of the Defense Forces of Southern Ukraine, Nataliya Humeniuk.
As of October 9, the number of people killed as a result of a rocket attack by the Russian military on residential buildings in Zaporizhzhia on October 6 has increased to 20 people, including one child. This was reported in the Zaporizhzhia administration.
HIMARS ensured 70% of the advance of the Armed Forces in the Kherson direction, writes The Wall Street Journal. In particular, HIMARS missiles hit hundreds of Russian targets, including command centers, ammunition depots, gas stations and bridges, destroying supply routes for front-line units.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is trying to force the head of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, to directly enter the war against Ukraine, said Vadym Skibitskyi, a representative of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense. As noted by intelligence, at the same time Lukashenko is ready to give Russia all available resources, but on the condition that the Armed Forces of Belarus do not directly enter the war against Ukraine.
The European Union plans to expand military aid to Ukraine. In particular, it is planned to train 15,000 Ukrainian military personnel, as well as to increase the allocation of funds for the purchase of weapons for Ukraine. This is reported by Welt. According to the publication, the ministers of foreign affairs of the EU countries will officially approve the decision at a meeting in Luxembourg in mid-October.
France handed Ukraine humanitarian aid, which included fire and rescue vehicles, ambulances, medical equipment and pontoon bridges, Deputy Head of the Office of the President Kyrylo Tymoshenko said. According to him, more than 1,000 tons of aid from France are already in the Romanian city of Suceava and the transfer of cargo to Ukraine is underway.
The Minister of Culture of Ukraine, Oleksandr Tkachenko, said that during the full-scale invasion, the Russians stole exhibits from almost 40 Ukrainian museums. Looting and destruction of cultural objects caused damages estimated at hundreds of millions of euros.
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On the night of October 9, the Russian military launched a massive rocket attack on Zaporizhzhia. Residential buildings were destroyed and damaged as a result of the attack. As of 6 o'clock in the morning, 17 people are known to have died. The Russian army also shelled the Dnipropetrovsk region: they hit Nikopol and the Marganets community with Grady and heavy artillery, firing 70 shells. During the day of October 8, the Russians opened fire on Sumy region with self-propelled guns and mortars and carried out four airstrikes from helicopters, the head of the regional administration Zhivytskyi said.
On the morning of October 7, the Russian military fired at a column of civilian cars standing in line for a pontoon crossing near the Daryiv bridge in the Kherson region. There are dead and wounded. The police have opened criminal proceedings, the police informed Suspilne.
The troops of the Russian Federation are trying to contain the counteroffensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and periodically go on the offensive. In Donbas, the Ukrainian military repelled more than 30 Russian attacks. The armed forces of Ukraine struck dozens of positions of Russian troops, the Ukrainian General Staff reports. During the past 24 hours, the Russian military launched 3 missile and 26 air strikes, carried out more than 75 attacks from rocket salvo systems.
The Ministry of Defense of Great Britain said that the explosion and partial destruction of the Crimean bridge would lead to a violation of its carrying capacity, which could impair Russia's ability to maintain its forces in southern Ukraine. The Institute for the Study of War noted that the disruption to the logistics and supplies of the Russian army will only be temporary.
Putin instructed the FSB to protect the Crimean Bridge after the explosion and fire. Part of the bridge was destroyed, but the occupation authorities said they were restoring traffic.
In the Russian Federation, for the first time since the beginning of the war, the head of the occupying forces in Ukraine was appointed. General Surovikin became him.
The Director General of the IAEA is going to the Russian Federation again, and then to Ukraine. He stated that the ZNPP needs immediate protection after its complete de-energization.
At the same time, Josep Borrell said that the European Union condemns President Putin's decree on the illegal seizure of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant and the creation of a federal unitary enterprise that will manage the ZNPP.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus handed Ukrainian Ambassador Ihor Kyzym a diplomatic note in which it claims that Kyiv is allegedly planning to attack the territory of Belarus. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine denied this information.
Slovakia handed Ukraine two Zuzana 2 self-propelled howitzers. According to the Minister of Defense of Slovakia Jaroslav Nagy, this step is for the 70th anniversary of the aggressor Putin. "We handed over another gift. Two more brand-new Zuzana 2 howitzers are already in Ukraine (and there will be more)." , - noted Nagy.
Canada has once again started the training and education of the Ukrainian military at the base in Great Britain. The instructors note that the trainees are "incredibly motivated" to learn from Canadians.
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On the morning of October 8, a fire broke out on the Crimean Bridge across the Kerch Strait, which connects the occupied Ukrainian Crimea with Russia. A "truck detonation" took place there, as a result of which seven fuel tanks of the railway depot caught fire, the National Anti-Terrorism Committee of the Russian Federation said. Two automobile spans of the Crimean Bridge are partially destroyed.
The video released by the Air Force of the Ukrainian Armed Forces shows that part of the road surface has been destroyed.
In Crimea, after the explosion, people are buying up food and fuel, the leader of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, Refat Chubarov, said.
Russian President Putin ordered the creation of a special government commission, and the so-called "head of the parliament" of occupied Crimea, Konstantinov, blamed "Ukrainian vandals" for the explosion.
The bridge across Kerch was built by the occupying Russian authorities, it is part of the Kerch - Novorossiysk road.
At night, as a result of Russian shelling, the last communication line of the Zaporizhzhia NPP with the Ukrainian power system was unlocked. The station was completely de-energized, diesel generators were automatically switched on.
After midnight, Russian forces launched five rocket attacks on Kharkiv. According to preliminary data, one man was hospitalized with injuries.
On October 7, Russian shelling in Donetsk region killed seven people and injured another 17. Nine more civilians who died during the occupation were found in liberated Lyman, Sviatohirsk and Yarovya.
Since the beginning of the offensive operation, the Armed Forces of Ukraine have already liberated 2,434 square kilometers of Ukrainian territories and 96 settlements. Also, during the week, the Ukrainian military liberated 776 square kilometers of territory in eastern Ukraine and 29 settlements, including six in Luhansk region, from the Russian pseudo-referendum.
French President Macron announced the creation of a 100 million euro fund so that Ukraine could directly purchase military equipment. He also informed about the preparation for the transfer of six "Caesar" howitzers to Ukraine.
The UN has decided to appoint a new independent expert on human rights violations in Russia. This is the first time that a special rapporteur has been appointed in the organization.
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Western media reported that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyi and Russian President Volodymyr Putin agreed to attend the G20 summit to be held in Indonesia in November. At the same time, Zelenskyi's press secretary, Serhii Nikiforov, explained in a comment to Suspilne that the final decision regarding the president's trip to the summit has not yet been made.
In Donbas and the south of the country, the Ukrainian military repelled Russian attacks in the areas of the settlements of Vyimka, Bakhmutske, Krasna Gora, Bakhmut, Mayorsk, Andriyivka, Pervomaiske, Vesele, Kamianka, Pobyeda, Nevelske, Novomykhailivka and Ternovy Pody.
Since the beginning of the war, the Armed Forces of Ukraine have deoccupied more than 2,400 square kilometers in the Kherson region, Deputy Head of the Office of the President Kyrylo Tymoshenko said.
More than 200 graves and a mass burial have already been discovered in Lyman, Donetsk region, liberated from Russian forces, the head of the Donetsk regional military administration, Pavlo Kirylenko, said. According to him, law enforcement officers are currently investigating these places and will soon begin the process of exhumation.
The European Union plans to allocate two billion euros of macro-financial assistance to Ukraine in the coming days, the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, said. She added that since the start of the full-scale war, the European Union has allocated 19 billion euros in aid to Ukraine, excluding military aid.
The International Monetary Fund will provide Ukraine with an additional 1.3 billion dollars to strengthen defense capabilities, pay pensions and social programs, as well as support the economy. This was announced by Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal.
Prime Minister of Estonia Kaia Kallas announced a new military aid package for Ukraine. It will include ammunition and winter equipment for servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Putin began to be criticized in his closest circle because of the war in Ukraine, the Washington Post writes with reference to American intelligence data. Journalists do not name the person who began to criticize Putin, but indicate that this information was considered quite important and was included in President Biden's daily briefing and passed on to other US officials.
The first rotation of representatives of the IAEA mission, who stayed there for over a month, took place at the Zaporizhzhia NPP. This was announced by the general director of the agency, Rafael Grossi. According to him, the new team is already at the station. He added that now there is a new strengthened team of IAEA safety experts at the ZNPP.
The head of the EU foreign policy department, Josep Borrell, called on the European Union to allocate more money from the European Peace Fund to pay for military support to Ukraine. Earlier, at the end of August, it became known that the European Peace Fund mobilized 2.5 billion euros to finance the delivery of military equipment to Ukraine.
Over the past two months, more than 115,000 Ukrainians have left particularly dangerous regions of the country, as well as temporarily occupied and recently liberated territories, the Ukrainian Government reported. More than 15,000 citizens left Kharkiv region alone. These are mostly women with children, as well as the elderly and people with reduced mobility. In addition, people are in a hurry to evacuate from newly de-occupied towns and villages.
Since the beginning of the full-scale invasion, Russian troops have damaged 2,608 educational institutions, and completely destroyed 313, the Minister of Education of Ukraine Serhiy Shkarlet said.
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US President Joe Biden said that for the first time since the Caribbean crisis in 1962, the world faces a direct threat of using nuclear weapons.
At night, the occupiers used UAVs for the first time to attack Zaporizhzhia. In addition, the city was shelled twice with rockets, targeting residential buildings. 11 people died. In the Luhansk region, the occupiers are destroying archives and copies of documents, especially those containing the history of the occupation. In the Donetsk region, the occupiers began shelling Avdiivka in the morning. At night, the occupiers attacked Mykolaiv, according to preliminary data, with unmanned kamikaze drones. Battles continue in the Kherson region.
During the day, Russians carried out 8 missile and 15 air strikes, carried out more than 70 attacks from multiple rocket launcher systems. Three Russian Kh-22 cruise missiles did not reach their targets.
Defense Minister Reznikov addressed the Russian soldiers and urged them not to waste time and save Russia from tragedy and the Russian army from humiliation. Reznikov stated that the leadership of the Russian Federation deceived and betrayed Russian militaries, sending them to death for the illusory goals of Putin.
Fleeing from mobilization, two Russians sailed by boat from the village of Egvekinot in Chukotka, and after covering a distance of 500 kilometers, reached the coast of Alaska on October 4, where they requested asylum from the US authorities, Bloomberg reports.
Putin began to be criticized in his closest circle because of the war in Ukraine, the Washington Post writes with reference to American intelligence data. In recent weeks, a member of Vladimir Putin's inner circle expressed his disagreement with the Russian president with his behavior in the war in Ukraine. The criticism is evidence of unrest within the Russian leadership over the way of the war.
Since the beginning of the war, Ukraine has captured about 440 tanks and 650 armored vehicles of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Defense of Great Britain reported, citing intelligence data.
The security service neutralized the "Patriots for Life" group in Kyiv, which was managed from Russia by ex-deputy from the pro-Russian party banned in Ukraine Illia Kyva. Representatives of the group were involved in the so-called "physical support" and protection of public speeches of representatives of the pro-Kremlin party, primarily in the centre of the capital.
The UNICEF team has started work in the de-occupied territories of the Kharkiv region, the office of the Ukrainian representative office reported.
Spain delivered 300 tons of military goods to Ukraine, said Prime Minister of Spain Pedro Sanchez. He emphasized that this is an unprecedented amount of aid. In particular, Spain transferred air defense systems, winter equipment and armored vehicles to Ukraine.
French President Emmanuel Macron confirmed that Europe will send Caesar howitzers to Ukraine. Earlier, the French publication Le Monde wrote that Ukraine should receive from France from 6 to 12 howitzers, taken from the order intended for Denmark. However, technical negotiations are still ongoing.
The head of the EU foreign policy department, Josep Borrell, calls on the EU to allocate more money to pay for military support to Ukraine. He stated this to journalists before the meeting of the European Council of the EU
The Japanese government accepted additional sanctions against Russia. This was announced by the Deputy Chief Secretary of the Cabinet of Ministers of Japan, Seiji Kihara, reports NHK World Japan. 81 people and nine organizations will be added to Japan's new sanctions list. This will include pro-Russian separatists in the east and south of Ukraine and high-ranking government officials and organizations associated with the military. Their assets will be frozen.
The Russian "Memorial" and the Ukrainian "Centre of Civil Liberties" became laureates of the Nobel Peace Prize. And also the Belarusian human rights defender Ales Beliatskyi. Suspilne broadcasted the event live.
The Defense Minister of Lithuania "congratulated" Putin on his birthday
Russian President Vladimir Putin turns 70 on October 7
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In the morning, Russians fired rockets at residential buildings in Zaporizhzhia. As of 15:30, it is known about 13 wounded civilians. One woman died in a private house. The bodies of two more people were pulled out from under the rubble of a multi-story building. As a result of the shelling, more than 40 high-rise buildings and other buildings, as well as 11 private houses, were damaged. Two houses were completely destroyed.
The Armed Forces of Ukraine repelled attacks of Russians in the Donbas in the areas of Soledar, Bakhmutske, Yakovlivka, Odradivka, Zaitseve, Bakhmut, Krasnohorivka, Pobieda, Vodiane, and Lyubomyrivka, the General Staff reports.
In the night of October 6, the Armed Forces destroyed 9 out of 12 Iranian Shaheed-136 kamikaze drones. In total, Russians have already used 86 of these UAVs, 60% of which were destroyed, the General Staff reported.
The Ukrainian military has already liberated more than 400 square kilometers in the Kherson region, the spokeswoman of the operational command "South" Nataliia Humenyuk said.
Since the beginning of October, Belarus has sent almost 30 wagons of ammunition to Russia for Russia's war against Ukraine, the Ukrainian General Staff announced. Also, on October 6, Russian strategic aviation — a group of four Tu-22M3 bombers struck Ukraine from the territory of Belarus for the first time since the end of the summer.
The annexed territories of Ukraine were added to the Constitution of the Russian Federation. Self-proclaimed "L/DPR", temporarily occupied the Zaporizhzhia and Kherson regions are included in the list of subjects of the Russian Federation listed in the 65th article of the Constitution of Russia.
The IAEA plans to double its mission at the Zaporizhzhia NPP. This was stated by the general director of the organization, Rafael Grossi, during a briefing in Kyiv. Also during his speech, Grossi reminded that he plans to visit Russia to discuss the issue of nuclear safety at the plant and stated that the position of the IAEA is that ZNNP, despite the "referendum" of the Russian Federation, remains Ukrainian.
Russia deported more than 1.6 million Ukrainians, Volodymyr Zelenskyi said.
Almost all NATO countries and other non-Alliance countries take part in the training of the Ukrainian servicemen. The programs of the countries differ from each other — from sniper training to exercises on artillery systems. The Minister of Defense of Ukraine Oleksii Reznikov told about it.
Finland will provide Ukraine with the ninth package of military aid in the amount of 11.8 million euros, the Minister of Defense of the country Antti Kaikkonen announced.
The United States is allocating $55 million to Ukraine to prepare for the upcoming heating season, said the head of the United States Agency for International Development, Samantha Power, during a visit to Ukraine.
European deputies called on all countries and international organizations to unequivocally condemn the fictitious "referendums" of Russians in Ukraine and Russia's attempt to seize Ukrainian territory by force. The European Parliament adopted the corresponding resolution on the website of the European Parliament. The MEPs also called for a large-scale increase in military aid to Ukraine.
The Verkhovna Rada dismissed the head of the National Bank, Kyrylo Shevchenko, and the National Anti-Corruption Bureau announced that he was suspected of embezzlement during the period when he was in charge of Ukrhazbank. Kyrylo Shevchenko said that the suspicion was unexpected for him and he learned about it from the mass media, because he is undergoing treatment abroad. Earlier, on October 4, Shevchenko submitted to President Volodymyr Zelenskyy a statement of resignation due to health issues. The President of Ukraine nominated Andrii Pyshnyi, the former head of the Oshchadbank, for the post of chairman of the National Bank.
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The armed forces of Ukraine liberated Novovoskresenske, Novogrigorivka and Petropavlivka in the Kherson region. The day before, it became known that the Armed Forces of Ukraine liberated 8 settlements in the Kherson Region.
The Ministry of Defense of Great Britain, with reference to the data of British intelligence, reports that the withdrawal of forces will make the Russian army a more reliable defense of the remaining occupied territories of the Kherson region. If the Russian army does not retreat, it will benefit its political interests.
The Ukrainian counteroffensive continues in the east: now Ukrainian forces are actively advancing to the western part of the Luhansk region, the American Institute for the Study of War writes in a report.
At the same time, according to the Ukrainian General Staff, Russian troops are conducting an offensive in Donbas.
As a result of the morning shelling in Zaporizhzhia, a woman was killed and ten people were injured. On October 6, 2022, at 5:00 a.m., the Russian army fired missiles at residential buildings in the city center.
At night, the Russians attacked Kharkiv with kamikaze drones, struck the Khmelnytskyi region and fired multiple rocket launchers and heavy artillery at the Dnipropetrovsk region. Over the past 24 hours, the Russian military has carried out 5 missile and 8 air strikes, carried out more than 65 rounds of anti-aircraft fire.
A mass grave was found in the city of Lyman in the Donetsk region liberated from the Russian occupiers, Yuriy Afonin, deputy head of the city's military administration, told Sospilny. Currently, they cannot name the exact number of people buried there.
Ukraine submitted an application to join the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. The organization unites 38 leading countries of the world. This year, the regional office of the OECD will open in Kyiv.
The 2030 FIFA World Cup may be held in Ukraine. Zelenskyi said that Ukraine submitted a joint application with Spain and Portugal and the chance of its satisfaction is quite high.
Putin signed a "decree" on the transfer of ZNPP to Russia. "Energoatom" reminded that the decisions of the Russian Federation have no significance for the Armed Forces. Meanwhile, the head of the IAEA is on his way to Kyiv. But they said that the ZNPP plans to restart one of its six reactors, all of which are currently in cold shutdown mode.
The countries of the European Union approved the eighth package of sanctions against the Russian Federation. The new package includes a ban on imports worth 7 billion euros, as well as export restrictions, which will further deprive the Kremlin's military-industrial complex of key components and technologies, and the Russian economy - European services and experience. Sanctions also deprive the Russian army and its suppliers of additional goods and equipment necessary for waging war on Ukrainian territory.
The US Agency for International Development (USAID) has provided almost $9 billion in aid to Ukraine since the beginning of the full-scale invasion of the Russian Federation, the US Embassy in Kyiv reported. The vast majority of this amount is $8.5 billion. is direct budgetary support of the Ukrainian government for critical humanitarian needs.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin approved the ratification of the "agreement" on the "acceptance" of the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine — "DNR", "LNR", Zaporizhzhia and Kherson regions — into the Russian Federation and signed the federal constitutional law on their inclusion into Russia. This is reported by "TASS".
In his decree dated October 4, President Volodymyr Zelenskyi declared null and void the decrees of Russian President Vladimir Putin regarding the recognition of Crimea, the so-called L/DPR, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson regions of Ukraine as "independent".
Ukraine continues to make progress in offensive operations on both the northeastern and southern fronts, according to British intelligence. In the northeast, in the Kharkiv region, Ukrainian forces are currently entrenched in a large area east of the Oskil River. According to the Ukrainian General Staff, the Russian army is conducting an offensive in Donbas. The armed forces of Ukraine repelled attacks near ten populated areas and struck places of concentration of Russian soldiers and equipment. The troops of the Russian Federation carried out 15 missile and air strikes on Ukraine. Aviation of the Defense Forces carried out 17 strikes during the day.
On the night of September 5, the Russians attacked Ukraine from the south with a dozen kamikaze drones. Anti-aircraft missile forces managed to shoot down three drones, three more were shot down by air force aircraft. In particular, drones attacked the city of Bila Tserkva near Kyiv at night. Six hits were recorded there. One person was injured, fires broke out at infrastructure facilities. Zaporizhzhia was shelled with rockets in the morning.
In the Kherson region, the armed forces liberated 8 settlements.
Zelensky spoke with Biden. The US president announced a new $625 million aid package that includes additional weapons and equipment, including HIMARS, artillery systems, ammunition and armored vehicles.
The NATO Secretary General has officially received Ukraine's application to join the Alliance. The next stage should be the discussion of the application with all NATO member countries.
The Center for Strategic Communications and Information Security at the NSDC has issued instructions on how to act in the event of a "dirty bomb", a nuclear attack or an accident at a nuclear power plant.
European Union countries have approved the eighth package of sanctions against the Russian Federation, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said.
Japan resumes the work of its embassy in Kyiv. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country noted that the Japanese government has stated that it is convinced that the safety of personnel and other people can now be ensured at a sufficient level.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani denied that Iran supplied drones to Russia for use in the war in Ukraine. This is reported by the Xinhua news agency with reference to the website of the country's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. According to the spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran, "Iran has always emphasized the need to resolve differences peacefully - through dialogue."
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In his decree dated October 4, President Volodymyr Zelenskyi declared null and void the decrees of Russian President Vladimir Putin regarding the recognition of Crimea, the so-called "L/DPR", Zaporizhzhia and Kherson regions of Ukraine as "independent".
US President Joe Biden held talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyi: The United States has prepared a new $625 million military aid package for Ukraine. Among other things, it will include 4 HIMARS and missiles for these systems, 32 howitzers and high-precision projectiles for them, and much more.
NATO Secretary General officially received Ukraine's application to join the Alliance, Ihor Zhovkva, Deputy Head of the Office of the President, said. The next stage should be the discussion of the application with all NATO member countries.
Putin may conduct a nuclear test near the Ukrainian border, writes The Times with reference to its defense sources. Fears in this regard increased after the appearance of information about a train of a secret nuclear unit moving towards Ukraine. According to a senior NATO source, if Putin dares to use nuclear weapons, he will most likely do it in the Black Sea.
The Armed Forces of Ukraine repelled attacks by Russians in Donbas in the areas of Mayorsk, Vyimka, Spirne, Ozeryanivka, Zaitseve, Bakhmut, Bakhmutske, Vesele, Pervomaiske and Novomykhailivka, the General Staff reports. Ukrainian aviation made 12 strikes on Russian positions. In the Kherson region, the Ukrainian military liberated the village of Davidiv Brid, and in the Kharkiv region — the villages of Borivska Andriivka and Boguslavka.
The Armed Forces of Ukraine liberated 1,534 settlements in five regions of Ukraine — Donetsk, Luhansk, Mykolaiv, Kharkiv and Kherson, Deputy Head of the Office of the President Kyrylo Tymoshenko said. More than 500 settlements have already been cleared of mines, the National Police has resumed its work in 1,200 settlements, and local self-government bodies have started working in 1,508 settlements.
Russian servicemen are looking for ways to surrender, said Andriy Yusov, a representative of the Naked Intelligence Department of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine. According to him, over 2,000 relevant appeals from the Russian military have already been received by the Ukrainian "hotlines" in the last few weeks alone.
In Russia, more than 200,000 men have already been drafted into the army as part of "partial mobilization". This was announced by the Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation Sergei Shoigu. After the announcement of mobilization, more than 360,000 men left the country to Georgia and Kazakhstan. A large number of Russians fled the mobilization to other countries as well. This will have a negative impact on the Russian economy, writes Politico.
Estonian law enforcement officers handed over drones that a Russian trucker tried to take out of Estonia to the Ukrainian Armed Forces, reports the press service of the Estonian police.
The USA announced the introduction of sanctions against Russian oil in three stages. This was stated by Ben Harris, a senior official of the US Treasury Department. He said the G7 sanctions would target Russian crude oil, while later ones would target diesel fuel and a third phase would target cheaper petroleum products.
Employees of the International Criminal Court will be able to work on the territory of Ukraine, the Office of the Prosecutor General reported. Volodymyr Zelenskyy signed the law amending the Criminal Procedure Code of Ukraine.
The head of the National Bank, Kyrylo Shevchenko, submitted to President Volodymyr Zelenskyi a statement of resignation due to health reasons.
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The Russian Federation Council unanimously ratified the "treaties" to accept the self-proclaimed "Donetsk People's Republic", "Luhansk People's Republic", Zaporizhzhia and Kherson regions into Russia.
In response to Russia's attempt to annex the Ukrainian territories, President Zelensky approved the National Security and Defence Council's decision that any negotiations with President Putin are impossible.
North Korea became the first country in the world to support Russian pseudo-referendums in the occupied territories of Ukraine. DPRK Foreign Ministry stated that the "referendums" took place in accordance with the UN Charter, which "defined the principle of equality of the people and their right to self-determination".
Over the past 48 hours, Ukrainian troops continued to make significant progress in the Kherson region and likely broke through the Luhansk border in the direction of Kreminna—Institute for the Study of War.
The Ukrainian General Staff reported that AFU liberated Myroliubivka village in Kherson oblast and entered the village of Borova in Kharkiv oblast.
During the night, the Russian military shelled two Kharkiv districts. A woman, 44, was killed and a railway network lost power. Trains are delayed. Also, the Russian army attacked the Dnipropetrovsk region and left four men wounded. More than 7,000 households have no electricity due to damage to a power grid.
During the day, Ukrainian forces repelled attacks near seven settlements and hit dozens of Russian positions—the General Staff. Russian troops launched three rocket strikes and twelve airstrikes and carried out more than 100 MRLS attacks.
Ukraine is trying to persuade Joe Biden's administration to hand over long-range ATACMS missiles, promising to coordinate targets and not to hit the territory of the Russian Federation.
Five commanders from Azovstal who were released from Russian captivity met with their relatives in Turkey.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk tweeted a "plan" to end Russian aggression against Ukraine, which involves handing over Crimea to Russia and holding a referendum in the territories occupied by Russian troops. President's Office and Volodymyr Zelensky himself have responded to this plan.
Zaporizhzhia NPP director Ihor Murashov, who was kidnapped on September 30, was returned from Russian captivity.
German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock sees no way to end the war in Ukraine through negotiations as she said in an interview with the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung.
The Czech Republic raised 1.3 million USD and purchased the T-72 AVANGER tank for the needs of the Ukrainian army. 11,000 people joined the fundraising initiative that was called a Gift for Putin. "The Czech Republic is the first country where common people bought a tank for Ukraine: the upgraded T-72 AVANGER. It was named Tomasz," said Ukrainian Ambassador to the Czech Republic Yevhen Perebyinis.
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The Armed Forces of Ukraine repelled attacks by the Russian Federation in Donbas in the areas of Mayorsk, New York, Zaytseve, Nevelske and Pobeda. In the Kherson region, Ukrainian troops liberated the village of Borov, Izyum district. Also, the Ukrainian military hit seventeen places of concentration of weapons and military equipment of the Russians, three anti-aircraft missile complexes, two warehouses with ammunition, one Ka-52 helicopter and a Su-25 attack aircraft, the General Staff reports.
The Russians have returned Ihor Murashov, the general director of the Zaporizhzhya NPP, who was kidnapped on September 30, IAEA head Raphael Grossi said. The Ukrainian "Energoatom" reported that Murashov is already in Zaporizhzhia: "It is known that the occupiers threw him into the territory controlled by Ukraine on the evening of October 3".
Five commanders from "Azovstal" released from Russian captivity, who are currently in Turkey, met there with their relatives, the Office of the President of Ukraine reported. The commander of the regiment of the National Guard "Azov" Denys Prokopenko (Redis), his deputy Svyatoslav Palamar, commander of the 36th separate brigade of marines Serhii Volynskyi (Volyna), senior officer of "Azov" Oleg Khomenko and commander of the 12th brigade of the NGU Denys Shlega are in Turkey under the terms of exchange under the personal guarantees of protection of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Support for Ukraine's accession to the North Atlantic Alliance among the country's citizens is at the highest level in the entire history of observations. This is stated in the results of a study conducted by the sociological service "Rating" at the beginning of October. "In the referendum, 83% would support this initiative, against 4%, and 9% would not vote," the report says.
The press secretary of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Dmytro Peskov, commented on Ukraine's application to join the North Atlantic Alliance, saying that the alleged Euro-Atlantic course of the Ukrainian government was the reason for Russia's attack on Ukraine.
Bulgarian President Rumen Radev did not support the appeal of the leaders of the nine NATO member states regarding the accelerated accession of Ukraine to the Alliance, noting that this should happen only after the conflict between Ukraine and Russia is settled.
The Czech Republic raised $1.3 million and purchased a T-72 AVANGER tank for the Armed Forces. Fundraising took place within the framework of the initiative called "Gift for Putin". 11 thousand people joined it. The tank was named "Tomas" in honor of Tomas Masaryk, the first President of Czechoslovakia.
The European Union signed a Memorandum on the allocation of $5 billion in macro-financial assistance to Ukraine. This was announced by Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal. Earlier it was reported that US President Joe Biden approved emergency aid to Ukraine for more than 12 billion dollars.
The State Duma of the Russian Federation "ratified" the agreement on the "accession" to Russia of the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine: the so-called "DPR" and "LPR", Zaporizhzhia and Kherson regions. The decision was taken unanimously.
Since the start of the full-scale invasion, Russia has made at least $530 million in Ukrainian grain smuggling, according to an Associated Press investigation.
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On the night of October 3, Russian troops attacked Zaporizhzhia city and two villages of the oblast with about ten S-300 missiles and destroyed a rehabilitation centre for children with special needs. They also hit a dormitory in Chasovy Yar, Donetsk region, where at least one person is trapped under the rubble—the head of the Donetsk regional administration Pavlo Kyrylenko. In the morning, the Russians carried out a missile attack on the Dnipropetrovsk region and shelled Sumy and Kharkiv oblasts.
The Armed Forces of Ukraine confirmed the liberation of the village of Torske in the Donetsk region, located on the way to Kreminna. President Volodymyr Zelensky also announced the liberation of Arkhanhelske and Myrliubivka in Kherson oblast. US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin noted yesterday that Ukraine is "making progress" in Kherson and, in his opinion, "the battle dynamics have changed".
AFU repelled Russian attacks near eight settlements and hit command posts, ammunition depots, and places of concentration of Russian soldiers and equipment—the General Staff. The Russian army launched 11 missile strikes and 10 airstrikes during the past day and carried out more than 65 MLRS attacks against at least 35 settlements.
At least 1,200 children were harmed in Ukraine because of the Russian full-scale armed aggression as of the morning of October 3—the Prosecutor General's Office. 416 children were killed and at least 784 received injuries of various severity.
The Russian military is conducting mobilization in the temporarily occupied Kherson Oblast, having door-to-door surveys and compiling lists of men of conscription age, reports the Operational Command South.
Putin's recognition of the mobilization problems highlights that it is ineffective, believes UK intelligence. Analysts recalled that on September 29, 2022, President Putin addressed the National Security Council regarding "partial mobilization", which he announced on September 21. According to him, a lot of questions arise during this mobilization campaign, and they should promptly correct their mistakes and not repeat them.
The Ada-class anti-submarine corvette Hetman Ivan Mazepa was launched in Turkey becoming the first ship of this class for the Ukrainian Navy.
Baikar training centre and factory will be established in Ukraine, announced President Volodymyr Zelensky.
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The presidents of nine Central and Eastern European countries officially supported Ukraine's membership in NATO and called on all Alliance members to increase military aid to the Armed Forces. The statement was signed by the presidents of the Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania and Slovakia.
The United States has expressed readiness to support Ukraine's financial system with $1.5 billion a month in aid while a full-scale war against Russia continues, and is pushing European allies to provide similar amounts. This is reported by Bloomberg with reference to its own sources.
The Ukrainian military repelled Russian attacks in Donbas in the areas of Zaitseve, Bakhmutske, Bakhmut, Odradivka, Pervomaiske, Spirne and Vyimka settlements. Volodymyr Zelenskyi said that the Ukrainian Armed Forces officially liberated the city of Lyman in Donetsk region from the Russian army.
The Minister of Defense of Germany, Christine Lambrecht, called the liberation of the city of Lyman in the Donetsk region by the Ukrainian military "a great success of Ukraine." And US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said that his team was "very inspired" by the de-occupation of the Lyman.
Near the German military training ground Wildflecken, where Ukrainian servicemen are trained, about a dozen drones were spotted, which were probably used for espionage. This was reported by Business Insider with reference to the German Ministry of Defense. As the publication notes, at this military base, the Bundeswehr trains Ukrainian soldiers to use Dingo armored personnel carriers. Germany has agreed to supply Ukraine with 50 such machines, the journalists remind.
Denmark, Norway and Germany will pay for the production of Zuzana-2 howitzers for Ukraine, the Slovak publication Dennik reported. The price of the order will be 92 million euros.
Ukraine will nationalize 900 Russian objects under a special procedure, deputy Roksolana Pidlas reported. According to her, the list includes, in particular, enterprises such as Energomashspetsstal in Kramatorsk, which is 92% owned by an offshore Cypriot company controlled by Rosatom. Also on the list is the BROCARD chain of stores, which is 100% controlled by an offshore company, which, in turn, is controlled by the Ministry of Industry of the Russian Federation.
On Sunday, Pope Francis twice called on President Volodymyr Zelenskyi to be open to "serious peace proposals". For the first time on October 2, the Pope addressed the President of Ukraine before reading the "Angelus" prayer in St. Peter's Square in Rome. Then he repeated this appeal on his Twitter. In response, the representative of Ukraine at the UN, Serhiy Kyslytsia, asked if the Pope had any appeals for Putin.
In a telephone conversation with President Volodymyr Zelenskyi, French President Emmanuel Macron condemned the annexation of the occupied territories of eastern and southern Ukraine announced by the Kremlin. Macron and Zelensky also discussed the situation at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. At the same time, the French president condemned the arrest of the director of the ZNPP by Russian troops. On October 1, the Russians detained Igor Murashov, the general director of the Zaporizhzhya NPP, and took him to an unknown destination.
Actor Mark Hamill, famous for the film saga "Star Wars", where he played the role of Luke Skywalker, said that Ukraine needs to be provided with more drones to counter the Russian invasion.
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The city of Lyman in Donbas has been liberated and cleared of the Russian military, said President Volodymyr Zelensky. Ukrainian flag has been officially set in Lyman since yesterday, but fighting continued there. Yesterday, the Ministry of Defense of Russia announced the withdrawal of Russian troops. The loss of control over Lyman by Russian forces is a setback that will increase the pressure on the command of the Russian army, reports the Ministry of Defense of Great Britain with reference to intelligence data.
The defeat at Lyman indicates that Russian President Vladimir Putin is more interested in maintaining the occupation regime in Zaporizhzhia and Kherson regions than in defending Luhansk region, writes the Institute for the Study of War (IWS).
On October 1, it became known about the shelling of a convoy of civilian cars trying to evacuate to Kharkiv region. 24 people were found shot and burned in the cars. Among the dead were 13 children and a pregnant woman. According to the prosecutor's office, Russian soldiers shot people on September 25.
This morning, the Russians attacked Zaporizhzhia and the surrounding area with four rockets. According to preliminary information, the industrial infrastructure was destroyed. Mykolaiv was also bombarded with rockets. Sumy region was attacked with mortars and artillery. In the Dnipropetrovsk region, the Russian army fired from MLRS, and a kamikaze drone destroyed a school in the center of Kryvyi Rih.
Constant shelling in Luhansk region: missile forces and artillery of Ukraine hit 8 command posts, 10 places of concentration of Russian troops, weapons and military equipment in 24 hours. Over the past day, the Russians have launched 14 artillery and mortar strikes, one air strike and two missile strikes on Ukrainian positions in the Luhansk region. In Donetsk region, the shelling of Bakhmut, Soledar, and Avdiivka did not stop. Three civilians died in the region during the day. Shelling and fighting continue in Kherson Oblast as well.
In total, in the past 24 hours, the Russian military launched 4 missile and 16 airstrikes, carried out more than 75 rounds of anti-aircraft fire at military and civilian objects on the territory of Ukraine.
Russia has lost more than 60,000 servicemen since the beginning of the invasion, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported. The Russians suffered the greatest losses during the day in Donbas.
As of now, Ukraine has conducted 24 prisoner exchanges, 808 people have been returned from captivity, Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Malyar said.
Russia lost its membership in the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). It was not re-elected during the voting. ISAO, which includes more than 30 countries, is a specialized UN agency for civil aviation.
On September 1, German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht and Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov paid an unannounced visit to the Odesa region, the German publication Welt reported. Lambrecht reported that Germany will soon hand over the first IRIS-T SLM air defense system to Ukraine.
"Visa-free customs" with the EU has started working in Ukraine. It provides that the Ukrainian export-import business and carriers will have the opportunity to move goods throughout the European region according to the principle: one transport – one declaration – one guarantee.
Australia has imposed additional financial sanctions and travel bans will be imposed on 28 Russian-designated separatists, ministers and senior officials. The country also submitted an application for intervention in the case of the International Court of Justice (IC), initiated by Ukraine against Russia, in support of Ukraine's claims about Russia's violation of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (Genocide Convention).
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Ukraine has officially appealed to the International Court of Justice of the United Nations with a request to consider the merits of the case of Russia's attempts to annex the territories of Ukraine, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Dmytro Kuleba, said.
On September 30, the Kremlin held a ceremony of "admission into Russia" of the so-called "DPR" and "LPR", as well as the territories of the Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions of Ukraine occupied by the Russian army.
At a meeting of the UN Security Council, a number of countries declared that they do not recognize the annexation of part of the Ukrainian territory. However, they could not pass a resolution on this - one vote from Russia itself was against.
Ukrainian fighters surrounded the Russian group in the Lyman region of the Donetsk region, Serhiy Cherevaty, the spokesman of the Eastern Group of Forces, said on air. Five settlements near the city have been evacuated, and stabilization measures are ongoing there. The Russians captured the estuary in May of this year.
The Russian army is shelling the positions of Ukrainian troops along the contact line, conducting aerial reconnaissance, striking civilian infrastructure and civilian homes. During the day, the Russian military carried out 4 missile and 15 air strikes, carried out more than 85 attacks from MSDS on military and civilian objects on the territory of Ukraine. More than 50 settlements were affected by the strikes of the occupiers.
At night, the Russians shelled Dnipropetrovsk region, at dawn they attacked Odesa region with two rockets, and destroyed a residential building in Mykolaiv.
Russian occupiers detained the general director of the Zaporizhzhia NPP Ihor Murashov and took him to an unknown destination, said Petro Kotin, president of Energoatom.
US President Joe Biden approved over $12 billion in emergency aid to Ukraine. The money will be used to provide military assistance, including training, equipment, weapons and logistical support, replenishment of American stockpiles of equipment provided to Ukraine or foreign countries, and ongoing military, intelligence and other defense support.
The United States has yet to see Russia take any action that would indicate a plan to use nuclear weapons during its invasion of Ukraine, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said on September 30. Earlier, Putin said that the Russian Federation can use nuclear weapons and "this is not a bluff."
The USA is not involved in the sabotage of the Nord Stream gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea. This was stated by the deputy head of the US Mission to the UN, Ambassador Richard Mills, during the meeting of the UN Security Council on Friday, September 30, in response to accusations from the Russian side about the possible involvement of the US in explosions on Russian gas pipelines.
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Vladimir Putin announced the attempted annexation of the Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhia regions of Ukraine. He signed the "documents" about this on September 30 and called on "Kyiv to sit down at the negotiating table."
Ukraine submitted an application to join NATO in an accelerated manner. While the Ukrainian side will wait for approval from all members of the Alliance, it proposes to implement proposals on security guarantees for Ukraine in accordance with the Kyiv Security Treaty, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said. Ukraine presented this agreement on September 13. Among other things, it refers to the unification of the main group of allied countries of Ukraine and preventive measures of a military, financial and informational nature, which should be taken in the event of encroachment on the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that the Alliance and its allies do not recognize the "agreement" of Russian President Vladimir Putin on the attempted annexation of Ukrainian territories and said that "Ukraine's entry into NATO depends on the consent of all allies."
Ukraine is a leader in negotiation efforts. It was Ukraine that always offered Russia to agree on coexistence on equal, honest, dignified and fair terms. However, it is impossible to talk with the current Russian president, Volomir Zelenskyi said: "Therefore, we are ready for dialogue with Russia, but with another Russian president."
In response to the annexation of the territories of Ukraine, Canada imposed sanctions on 43 Russian oligarchs, the financial elite and their family members, and 35 collaborators from the temporarily occupied territories. Great Britain has added Elvir Nabiullin, head of the Central Bank of Russia, to its sanctions list.
After the so-called "accession" of temporarily occupied Ukrainian territories to Russia, the United States introduced a new package of sanctions against Russian and Belarusian government officials and organizations engaged in defense procurement. In particular, the list included close relatives of high-ranking Russian officials: Prime Minister Mykhailo Mishustin, Minister of Defense Sergei Shoigu, Director of Rosgvardia Viktor Zolotov, Deputy Chairman of Radbez Dmytro Medvedev
Over the past day, units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine repelled enemy attacks in Donbas in the areas of Mayorsk, Zaytseve, Odradivka, and Bakhmutske, the General Staff reports.
The EU will allocate 2.5 billion euros for the supply of weapons and ammunition to the Armed Forces, the Ukrainian General Staff announced.
The countries of the European Union reached a preliminary agreement on the eighth package of sanctions against Russia for waging war against Ukraine. This was reported by Reuters with reference to diplomatic sources.
Volodymyr Zelensky appealed to people's deputies to support the draft law on the nationalization of all Russian assets in Ukraine at the next meeting of the Verkhovna Rada.
More than 4,000 people are considered missing as a result of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, said Oleg Kotenko, the Commissioner for Persons Disappeared Under Special Circumstances.
The President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyi, was included in the list of favorites for the Nobel Peace Prize. The Ukrainian leader ranks high among the nominees in bookmakers' forecasts, Reuters reports. In addition to him, Svetlana Tsykhanovskaya from Belarus and Alexei Navalny from Russia, Swedish eco-activist Greta Thunberg, British TV presenter David Attenborough, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Tuvalu Simon Kofe and the Frida group also have a high chance. The award will be announced on October 7 in Oslo.
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Another exchange of prisoners took place: four marines and two civilians returned to Ukraine.
In the evening, the Russians struck Mykolaiv with cluster shells. They hit near a public transport stop, Mykolaiv City Mayor Oleksandr Sienkevych said. As of 19:20, three dead and 12 wounded are known.
The armed forces of Ukraine repelled Russian attacks near 12 settlements in Donbas, hit four command posts of the Russian military, six anti-aircraft missile systems of the Russian Federation, as well as ten places of accumulation of weapons and military equipment of the Russians. Two Russian Su-25 attack aircraft were shot down by the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Bashtan district of Mykolaiv Oblast.
On Friday, September 30, Russian President Vladimir Putin will take part in the signing ceremony of the so-called "agreements" on the accession to Russia of the occupied territories of Ukraine, where the fake "referendums" were held. This was reported by the press secretary of the Russian president, Dmytro Peskov. On the same day, Volodymyr Zelenskyy will convene an urgent meeting of the National Security and Defense Council, said Serhiy Nikiforov, the presidential spokesman.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres declared the illegality of pseudo-referendums and Russia's annexation of the occupied Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions of Ukraine. According to him, the position of the UN is very clear: the organization supports the sovereignty, unity, independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders in accordance with the relevant UN resolution.
Russia has withdrawn about 80% of its troops in Northern Europe, in particular, those stationed on the borders with the Baltic states and Finland, to redeploy them to participate in the war against Ukraine, Foreign Policy reports, citing its own sources among European security officials.
The Armed Forces of Ukraine collected more than a thousand units of trophy equipment and weapons abandoned by the Russian troops during the retreat, Serhiy Cherevaty, the spokesman of the Eastern Group of the Armed Forces of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, said.
The representative of the Main Directorate of Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, Vadym Skibitsky, called the threat of Russia's use of tactical nuclear weapons against Ukraine "very high".
If the Kremlin dares to use nuclear weapons in a war against Ukraine, the reaction of the North Atlantic Alliance will be swift and may include the introduction of NATO forces into the territory of Ukraine, Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau said.
Russia has already mobilized more than 100,000 of the announced 300, the General Staff of the Armed Forces said. According to the testimony of captured Russian military personnel in the Kharkiv region, mobilization in Russia began on September 9.
Ukrainian authorities have turned to partner countries with a proposal to investigate parts of the downed Iranian Shahed-136 kamikaze drones, which are used by the Russian army in the war against Ukraine, Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov said.
In the temporarily occupied territories of Luhansk and Donetsk regions by Russia, almost all men have been mobilized. After the announcement of the so-called "accession" of the territories of the Zaporizhzhia and Kherson regions to the Russian Federation, the Russian Federation may also announce mobilization there, reports the Main Intelligence Directorate of Ukraine.
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Mobilization continues in Russia. The first units, according to the head of the Luhansk Regional Administration Haidai, have already arrived at the front. Austrian analyst Tom Cooper believes that in the nearest future the Russian Federation may send up to 70,000 new troops to Ukraine and do it every 3-4 weeks. This way they can mobilize up to 1 million troops.
The President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, appealed to the mobilized Russians, urging them to surrender to the Armed Forces of Ukraine, or to fight for their freedom in their country.
Due to the partial mobilization announced by Russian President Vladimir Putin, the most educated and wealthy citizens are trying to flee from Russia en masse, reports the Ministry of Defense of Great Britain with reference to intelligence data.
On Friday, September 30, Russian President Vladimir Putin will take part in the signing ceremony of the so-called "agreements" on the accession to Russia of the occupied territories of Ukraine, where the fake "referendums" were held. This was announced by the press secretary of the Russian president, Dmitriy Peskov, RIA Novosti reports.
In the afternoon of September 29, Russians shelled Kramatorsk with rockets. At least ten people were injured. In the morning, the Russian army shelled the Dnipropetrovsk region with "URAGANs": more than a dozen people were injured, the head of the regional military administration Valentyn Reznichenko reported. At night, the Russians attacked Mykolaiv with a rocket. On the evening of September 28, an industrial facility in Kryvyi Rih was hit.
Shelling continued along the entire front line. The Russian army continues its attempts to fully occupy the Donetsk region and maintain the captured territories, as well as to disrupt the active actions of the Defense Forces in certain areas.
Russia is concerned about Ukraine's achievements near the town of Lyman. They assume that the Russian forces in this area may suffer an inevitable defeat. This is stated in the analytical report of the American Institute for the Study of War (ISW).
The Defense Forces of Ukraine, primarily combat brigades of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, have been receiving data stream from ICEYE satellites for some time thanks to the funds that Ukrainians, together with volunteer Serhii Prytula, collected for the people's "Bayraktar". The images are directly decoded and processed by military intelligence specialists of the Ministry of Defense who have passed appropriate training.
Finland will close its border to Russian tourists on Friday, September 30. This was announced at a press briefing by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Finland, Pekka Haavisto. Exceptions will be made for those who visits the country for family, treatment or education purposes. The country's government believes that the entry of Russian tourists to Finland threatens the country's international relations.
The United States declared that it was not involved in the explosions at the Nord Stream gas pipeline. This was said by a high-ranking Pentagon military official, Reuters reports. Meanwhile, the Swedish Coast Guard discovered the fourth gas leak from the gas pipeline.
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization expressed concern over the accidents at the Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines and declared sabotage. This is stated in a statement published on the NATO website.
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As the Associated Press reports, the United States will provide Ukraine with additional aid in the amount of $1.1 billion. The package includes eighteen HIMARS and "associated munitions", 150 armored multi-purpose high mobility wheeled vehicles, 40 trucks and 80 trailers for "transportation of heavy equipment", additional radars for unmanned aerial vehicles and other equipment.
The Armed Forces of Ukraine repelled attacks near 11 settlements and struck at support and command centres and places of concentration of personnel and equipment of the Russian army. This is stated in the summary of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, together with the head of EU diplomacy, Josep Borrell, presented a new package of sanctions against Russia. The main things: a ban on the import of Russian products in the amount of €7 billion, a ban on EU citizens joining the management of Russian state-owned companies, a new list of sanctioned individuals and legal entities of the Russian Federation, and further restrictions on trade with Russia. In addition, the new sanctions will establish a framework for capping oil prices.
The European Union will apply the sanctions applied to Crimea annexed by Russia against all territories temporarily not controlled by Ukraine, said the EU's high representative for foreign affairs and security policy, Josep Borrell. "Crimean sanctions" against the Russian Federation have been in effect since June 2014. The restrictions include a ban on the import of products from Crimea to the EU and financial support for the peninsula's transport, telecommunications and energy infrastructure.
The administration of US President Joe Biden is preparing a new series of sanctions against the Russian Federation against the backdrop of Moscow's nuclear threats. New sanctions targets — financial institutions of the Russian Federation linked to the government and the system of electronic money transfers. The possibility of disconnecting a larger number of Russian banks from SWIFT is also being considered.
The German government is preparing a new military aid package for Ukraine, which will include equipment for transport infrastructure, machine guns, ammunition and the IRIS-T SLM anti-aircraft missile complex.
As part of the "Boat for Ukraine" operation, 1,000 tons of humanitarian cargo is going from France to Ukraine. In particular, rescue vehicles, motorized watercraft, 25 tons of emergency and resuscitation drugs, 60,000 food rations, more than 200 meters of emergency bridges.
The Ministry of Defense of Lithuania will hand over 25,000 sets of winter uniforms worth about €2 million to the Armed Forces of Ukraine, said the Minister of Defense of Lithuania Arvydas Anusauskas.
The monitoring mission created by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, which was supposed to investigate the terrorist attack in Olenivka, never arrived in Ukraine, said Dmytro Lubinets, the human rights representative of the Verkhovna Rada. During the explosion on the night of July 29, on the territory of the former correctional colony in the town of Olenivka in the temporarily occupied territory of the Donetsk region, a building where Ukrainian prisoners of war were kept was destroyed. According to Russians, more than 50 Ukrainian defenders were killed, the number of wounded is unknown. According to the Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine, 130 people were injured.
Russians did not provide the Ukrainian prisoners of war with personal hygiene products, water and blankets, and also tortured them, said Dmytro Lubinets, the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Verkhovna Rada. Earlier, on September 21, Ukraine returned the defenders of Mariupol from Russian captivity. A total of 215 soldiers were released. 108 of them are "Azov" fighters. Also, 10 foreigners who fought on the side of the Ukrainian Armed Forces were released. Currently, other exchanges are being prepared, in particular in the format of "everyone for everyone", said Andriy Yusov, a representative of the Main Intelligence Directorate of Ukraine.
Prisoner of war cards will be created in Ukraine. These are personal pages, on which it will be easier for relatives to track all changes in the status of a prisoner of war, the Coordination Headquarters for the Treatment of Prisoners of War reported.
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Russian mass media reported the end of "voting" in the so-called referendums in the occupied territories of Ukraine regarding joining the Russian Federation. The UN Security Council stated that the world does not recognize pseudo-votes and recognizes Ukraine's right to protect its territories.
President Zelenskyy emphasized: if Russia tries to annex them on the basis of the so-called "referendums" in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine, this means closing any negotiations with Moscow.
Russian President Putin is likely to announce Russia's annexation of the occupied territory of Ukraine on September 30. The Russian authorities predetermined and falsified the results. At the same time, the occupiers forced Ukrainian civilians in the occupied territories to vote for joining Russia, according to an analytical report by the American Institute for the Study of War (ISW).
Against the background of information about the probable use of nuclear weapons by the Russian Federation, the Secretary of the National Security Council, Danilov, said that in the near future instructions will be published in case of the use of nuclear weapons by the Russian Federation.
The Russian army is advancing in the Bakhmut region due to political pressure. As reported by the Ministry of Defense of Great Britain with reference to British intelligence data, in recent days Ukraine has intensified offensive operations in the north-east of the country, intelligence officers note.
During the day, the Russian army carried out 10 missile and 17 air strikes, carried out more than 105 shellings with anti-aircraft missiles. On the morning of September 28, Russia fired three missiles at the center of the city of Gulyaipole in Zaporizhzhia, the number of casualties is being determined.
The Russian military shelled a school in Donetsk region, which had a storage facility for civilians. They are looking for one person under the rubble, Pavlo Kyrylenko, the head of the Donetsk regional military administration, said. In total, five people were killed in the shelling in Donetsk region during the day. On the evening of September 27, three Russian missiles hit infrastructure facilities in the Kholodnohirsky district of Kharkiv. An electric transformer and a production plant were on fire. There are no injured, the rescuers said.
The investigators of the National Police recorded 582 war crimes in the territories liberated from the occupiers of the Kharkiv region.
Leaks in the Nord Stream gas pipelines are the result of deliberate actions, according to the statement of the head of EU diplomacy, Josep Borrell, released on the morning of September 28. "All available information indicates that these leaks are the result of deliberate actions. We will support any investigation," the statement said. Borrell, in particular, said that the European Union is deeply concerned about the damage to the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines, which led to leaks in the international waters of the Baltic Sea.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that Canada intends to introduce new sanctions due to Russia's pseudo-referendums in the occupied regions of Ukraine, writes Reuters.
The United States is preparing a new package of military aid to Ukraine worth 1.1 billion dollars, which will be announced in the near future, Reuters writes with reference to the statements of the country's officials. The package will include HIMARS and various anti-drone systems.
The Australian band 5 Seconds Of Summer presented a music video shot in Kyiv. This is the first foreign music video filmed in the capital of Ukraine since the beginning of the full-scale invasion of Russia.
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During the day, the Armed Forces of Ukraine repelled Russian attacks in the Donetsk region near Soledar, Mayorsk, Kurdiumivka, Zaitseve, Bakhmut, Bakhmutske, Vyiimka, Spirne, Pervomaiske and Kamyanka, according to the General Staff. The Ukrainian army destroyed a Russian Su-25 aircraft, 5 UAVs of various types, hit 5 command centres, up to 15 areas of concentration of personnel and equipment of the Russian Federation, 2 air defense positions and 3 warehouses with ammunition.
Since the beginning of the counteroffensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Kharkiv region, 454 settlements have been liberated, Deputy Head of the Office of the President Kyrylo Tymoshenko said.
The upper house of the Russian parliament may consider draft laws on the annexation of the occupied territories of Ukraine to the Russian Federation at a meeting on October 4, Russian "Interfax" reports. The EU does not recognize the results of the "referendums" that Russia organized in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine, and all those involved in them will bear responsibility. This was stated by the Deputy Director of the European External Action Service for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Luc-Pierre Devin.
About 800 Azov servicemen remain in Russian captivity, more than 40 of which are women, among them are pregnant women. Almost 90% of the Azov prisoners released from captivity were found to have an extreme stage of anorexia and striking moral and psychological exhaustion, the Azov regiment reported.
French investigators have arrived in Ukraine to investigate the events in Izyum, the French Foreign Ministry reported. Currently, it is not known how long the French investigators will work in Ukraine, and when to expect the conclusions of their work.
In Belarus, an inspection of the railway infrastructure is being carried out, which may indicate preparations for the reception of military echelons from the Russian Federation. This is written by the "Belaruski Hayun" monitoring group. It is noted that the community of railway workers in Belarus reported that inspection of loading points at railway stations, preparation of car approaches to loading and unloading points, development of schedules for the movement of military echelons is being carried out.
9 bulkers with grain for Africa, Asia and Europe left the ports of Odesa, the Administration of Sea Ports of Ukraine reported. Since August 1, when the "grain agreement" came into effect, 231 ships left the ports of the Odesa region. 5.29 million tons of agricultural products were sent for export.
Ukraine has agreed to start work on a new special program with the International Monetary Fund, Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said. Ukraine is expected to receive a total of $2.8 billion from the Fund this year.
The New Zealand government has expanded sanctions against Russia. The country's foreign minister, Nanaia Mahuta, announced that 19 new "members of Putin's inner circle" would be subject to financial sanctions and travel restrictions. Earlier, New Zealand member of parliament and opposition leader Christopher Luxon said that the Russian ambassador should also be expelled from the country.
During the seven months of Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine, 17 journalists and media workers, including bloggers, were killed. This is stated in the report of the UN Monitoring Mission on Human Rights in Ukraine.
Ukraine terminated the air service agreement with Syria, which had been in effect since 1993.
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Ukraine presented to 30 partner states the project of the tribunal regarding Russia's war crimes committed against Ukraine, President Zelenskyy said. The difficulty of holding Russia accountable for this crime is that the existing international legal instruments are not sufficient. That is why the Special International Tribunal is needed.
In the morning, the anti-aircraft defense of the Naval Forces of Ukraine destroyed three of the three Shahed-136 kamikaze drones that attacked the Mykolaiv region. The Russian army fired an X-59 missile at the airport in Kryvyi Rih. It was destroyed. No people were injured, said the head of OVA Reznichenko. The Russian Federation also attacked Zaporizhzhia, shelled the Kharkiv region, in particular, attacked the city of Pervomaiskyi with rockets. 8 civilians died there, including a teenage girl. On the night of September 27, the Russian army fired almost 90 shells in the Nikopol district of the Dnipropetrovsk region.
Shelling and fighting continue in Donbas. During the day, the Russians shelled more than 50 settlements, the General Staff reported. There remains the threat of air and missile strikes on the entire territory of Ukraine. Thus, during the day, the Russian army carried out 9 missile and 22 air strikes, carried out more than 90 attacks from multiple rocket launchers.
The US Congress agreed to provide financial assistance to Ukraine in the amount of about 12 billion dollars.
Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to address both houses of the Russian Parliament on Friday, September 30. There is a real possibility that Putin will use his address to officially announce the annexation of the occupied regions of Ukraine to the Russian Federation, according to British intelligence. The fake referendums currently being held in Donbas, as well as in the temporarily occupied territories of the Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions of Ukraine, are scheduled to end on September 27.
The Russian occupying forces completely blocked the exit from the occupied territories of the Kherson region. And in Luhansk region, the occupiers announced the partial mobilization of medical workers, the head of the regional administration, Serhiy Gaidai, said.
The partial mobilization announced by President Putin continues in the Russian Federation. It became a challenge for the authorities, according to a report by the American Institute for the Study of War (ISW). Russian state media began to acknowledge complaints about ongoing problems with the mobilization process, analysts noted. They mostly blame the allegedly unmotivated and careless workers at the army recruitment points.
To leave the country after the announcement of "partial mobilization", Russians are ready to pay from 20,000 to 25,000 pounds (that's about 21,000 to 27,000 dollars) for a seat on a private plane. This is reported by The Guardian. First of all, we are talking about flights to countries that do not require visas. These are Armenia, Azerbaijan, Turkey. Yevgeny Bykov, a representative of the Vash Charter company, said: "The situation is absolutely crazy now. We received 50 requests a day, now there are about 5,000 of them."
The Maritime Administration of Sweden warned of two leaks on the Nord Stream-1 gas pipeline in the waters of Sweden and Denmark, writes Reuters. The day before, it became known about the leak on "North Stream-2", the launch of which was blocked after the full-scale invasion of Russia into Ukraine.
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The US Congress is allocating $12 billion in aid to Ukraine, Reuters reports citing its own sources. Earlier this month, Joseph Biden asked Congress for $11.7 billion in new emergency military and economic aid to Ukraine. Also, the US will allocate an additional $457.5 million to help Ukrainian law enforcement agencies and criminal justice agencies, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said.
In Donetsk region, the Armed Forces of Ukraine repelled attacks by the Russian Federation in the areas of the settlements of Spirne, Soledar, Pidgorodne, Bakhmut, Mayorsk, Kamianka, Pobyeda, and Pavlivka. Also, the Ukrainian aviation carried out about 20 strikes on Russian positions and missile forces and artillery hit 3 control points of the Russian Federation, 5 areas of concentration of manpower and equipment of the occupiers, 1 position of anti-aircraft missile systems, 2 units of missile forces and artillery, 3 warehouses with ammunition.
The commanders of the Mariupol garrison undergo a medical examination in Turkey and are able to call their relatives. However, the date of their meeting with the families has not yet been set, said Tetyana Kharko, the acting sister of the commander of the 36th brigade Serhiy "Volyn" Volynskyi. On September 21, Ukraine returned 215 military personnel from Russian captivity. 108 of them are "Azov" fighters. Five commanders ended up in Turkey. According to the agreements, they will remain under Erdogan's protectorate until the end of the war.
Kazakhstan does not recognize the possible annexation of four regions of Ukraine by Russia after holding pseudo-referendums in the temporarily occupied territories. This was reported by Reuters with reference to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan.
At the Verkhniy Lars checkpoint on the border between Russia and Georgia, an armored personnel carrier with Russian military personnel appeared from the Russian side and are about to set up a checkpoint. This is reported by the Georgian information portal "News of Georgia". According to their information, there is panic in the queue to enter Georgia, and rumors are spreading rapidly that the border guards will check men trying to leave Russia in order to avoid being mobilized. The Russian mass media, citing their sources in the FSB, write that the armored personnel carrier was placed in case people in line decide to break through the border.
Poland has closed entry for Russian citizens through air and sea checkpoints, the State Border Service of Ukraine reports. Citizens of the Russian Federation will not be able to enter the country for tourist, business or cultural purposes. Despite this, those Russians who arrive for humanitarian purposes, as well as dissidents, holders of residence permits, participants in the transportation of goods and members of diplomatic missions will be able to enter Poland.
The International Nuclear Energy Agency has started negotiations on the creation of a nuclear safety zone at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. This was reported in Energoatom with reference to the director of the IAEA, Raphael Grossi.
Lithuania handed over 50 M113 armored personnel carriers to Ukraine, the country's Defense Minister Arvydas Anushauskas said.
The Russian Federation is preparing cyber attacks on the critical infrastructure of Ukraine and its allies, primarily Poland and the Baltic states, the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine says. First of all, the blow will be directed at enterprises of the energy sector.
Great Britain introduced new sanctions against Russia due to Russia's holding of pseudo-referendums in temporarily occupied Ukrainian territories. The sanctioned list includes 92 individuals and legal entities. Among them are 33 Russian officials whom the Kremlin sent to the captured territories, as well as local collaborators. The sanctions package also includes 55 managers of Russian state companies, in particular, members of the board of Gazprombank, Sberbank and Sovkombank.
In September 2022, Ukraine liberated almost the entire Kharkiv region from Russian troops. For 80% of Ukrainians, the successes of the Ukrainian army are a joint result of the actions of Ukraine and Ukrainians and the support of the West. These are the results of a survey conducted by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology.
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The Russian military attacked Odesa oblast with kamikaze drones during the night. One drone was destroyed by the air defence and another two hit military infrastructure. Local soldiers were evacuated due to the detonated ammunition and fire. According to the current reports, no one has been injured—operational command South.
During the night, the Russian military launched rocket attacks on Zaporizhzhia and a nearby village. At about 5 am Russian troops shelled Mykolaiv. No casualties have been reported so far. On the night of September 26, Russian troops fired about 130 MLRS and heavy artillery shells at the Nikopol district of the Dnipropetrovsk region.
Russians tried to attack in Kherson oblast but had to retreat. Fighting and shelling continue in Donbas. During the day, the Russian army carried out 5 missile and 12 air strikes, fired more than 83 MLRS shells, and made 4 drone strikes on civilian infrastructure.
Mobilisation continues in Russia. According to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the Russian military commissariats now work round the clock. Rostov Oblast, bordering the temporarily occupied Donbas, is closed for entry and exit. Russia is also mobilising people in occupied Crimea and continues to use the sham referendum on annexation in Donbas and the captured parts of Zaporizhzhia and Kherson to find men of combat age.
More than a hundred people were detained yesterday during anti-mobilisation protests in the capital of Dagestan, Makhachkala. Armed security forces and armoured vehicles arrived at the protest sites. Irkutsk resident, 25, who received a conscription notice, opened fire in the military office and injured an enlistment officer.
Mobilisation in Russia will create additional forces; however, they will be ineffective and come with large internal social and political costs, suggests the Institute for the study of war. UK intelligence believes that the Russian military, drafted during the partial mobilization, will be sent to the front line with minimal training.
The United States agreed to transfer NASAMS anti-aircraft missile systems to Ukraine, however, they have not arrived yet, said President's spokesman Nikiforov to Suspilne.
Japan bans the export of chemical weapons-related goods to Russia as part of additional sanctions against Moscow due to Russia's invasion of Ukraine. The country is also "deeply concerned" about the possible use of nuclear weapons by Russia, stated the Chief Cabinet Secretary of Japan Hirokazu Matsuno, according to Reuters.
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In the Kherson region, the Armed Forces of Ukraine destroyed 2 ammunition warehouses and the command centre of Russian troops. In the Zaporizhzhia region, the artillery of the Armed Forces of Ukraine destroyed about 10 units of weapons and military equipment of the enemy in the area of the settlement of Huliaipole, as well as one S-300 air defense system with ammunition storage near the city of Tokmak, the General Staff reports. However, Ukrainian air defense forces shot down an Iranian kamikaze drone "Shahed-136", which the Russian army was trying to use to attack Mykolaiv. This is the seventh shot down kamikaze drone since September 22.
The USA provided Ukraine with NASAMS anti-aircraft missile systems, President Zelenskyi said in an interview with CBS. It is a Norwegian anti-aircraft missile system with an American radar that can fire 72 missiles in 12 seconds and shoot down planes, helicopters and cruise missiles. NASAMS is used by 12 countries of the world, the USA adopted it as one of the types of protection of the White House, and in Latvia deployed that to protect the Baltic region.
Mobilization in Russia. Russian military commissariats have been put on 24-hour duty, reports the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Russia is also proceeding mobilization in the occupied Crimea. Crimean Tatars receive 90% of summons there, says Yevgeny Yaroshenko, an analyst of the KrymSOS organization. Earlier, the occupation administration of Crimea announced that they plan to mobilize 100,000 citizens on the territory of the peninsula.
After the so-called "referendums" on joining the Russian Federation in "DPR", "LPR", the Zaporizhia and Kherson regions, men of mobilization age will be prohibited from leaving Russia. The approximate date of the start of the ban is September 28, reports Russian media "Meduza".
In the Republic of Dagestan, which is part of Russia, protests broke out against the "partial mobilization" announced by the Kremlin. In particular, residents of the village of Endirey blocked the federal highway. Shortly after the start of the action, Russian security forces arrived at the spot. One of them fired several shots into the air. Protests also took place in the capital of the republic, Makhachkala. As Deutsche Welle reports, in general, thousands of people took part in the protests on the territory of the republic.
In the eighth package of EU sanctions against Russia, there will probably be no limits on oil prices. Most likely, there will be sanctions on chemicals, machines, and steel products, reports Radio Liberty's Brussels correspondent Rikard Jozwiak. Earlier it became known that the ministers of foreign affairs of the European Union agreed to prepare new sanctions against Russia and increase the supply of weapons to the Ukrainian troops in response to mobilization in the Russian Federation, announced on September 21 by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Ukraine plans to offer the European Union three areas of support for Ukrainian culture and mass media: protection of objects of Ukrainian national heritage damaged or destroyed by the Russians, support for Ukrainian artists and mass media, because the advertising market has shrunk a lot, said Oleksandr Tkachenko, Minister of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy topped the list of the 50 most influential Jews in the world in 2022 by The Jerusalem Post. The President of Ukraine was ahead of Prime Minister of Israel Yair Lapid, who took second place in the rating, and Prime Minister of France Elizabeth Bourne, who was in third place. The US Ambassador to Israel Tom Nides and former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are also in the top five of the list.
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Odesa was attacked by kamikaze drones and hit the administration building in the center of the city three times. The rescue operation and fire extinguishing are ongoing.
At night, the Russian army shelled Mykolaiv: residential buildings were damaged, there is a connection to the water supply network, the mayor Sienkevych said.
The Russian military fired about 170 shells from "Grady" and barrel artillery at three communities of the Nikopol district in the Dnipropetrovsk region. Almost 7 thousand people were left without electricity.
Today is the third day of so-called "referendum" on joining the Russian Federation in the occupied territories of Donbas, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson regions.
The Russian state agency TASS reported that Ukrainian servicemen in Olenivtsi, who are registered in the Donetsk region, allegedly "took part in referendums." The adviser to the head of the OP Podolyak stated: "They can be forced to engage in propaganda, but they are still heroes for Ukraine."
Ukraine has sent a request about the timing of the UN Security Council regarding Russia's fictitious referendums in the occupied territories, said the spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nikolenko. He added that the Russian Federation should bear responsibility for attempts to change the internationally recognized borders of Ukraine in violation of the UN Charter.
The Institute for the Study of War (ISW) suggests that Russia may be preparing for the forced mobilization of Ukrainian servicemen, which would violate the Geneva Convention.
British intelligence suggests that the mobilization in the Russian Federation can be used to strengthen units of the Russian Guard, which is now specifically helping to hold "referendums."
The Netherlands does not deport Russian men who left the Russian Federation due to the announcement of partial mobilization there. This was announced by the State Secretary of the Netherlands, Van der Burgh. Earlier, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia declared that they do not allow Russians to cross the border. And the German authorities promised that they would let Russians into the country's territory.
Ukraine calls on all nuclear powers countries to express their views on the inadmissibility of the Russian Federation's statements about their possible use of nuclear weapons, said the head of the Foreign Ministry, Kuleba.
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Pseudo-republics of "LPR" and "DPR" and representatives of occupation administrations in Kherson and Zaporizhzhia oblasts continue the sham referendums on joining the Russian Federation.
U.S. President Joe Biden stated that America will never recognise the results of the fake referendums in the occupied territories of Ukraine and their annexation by Russia.
Turkey will not recognize the results of Russian pseudo-referendums, stated President's Spokesman İbrahim Kalın according to CNN Türk. "We do not consider these one-way referendums to be correct. We did not recognise the 2014 Crimean referendum and its results and our position on such referendums is clear."
Over the past 24 hours, Russians carried out 5 missile strikes and 14 air strikes and fired more than 60 MLRS shells at military and civilian objects in Ukraine. 60 settlements were shelled.
In Zaporizhzhia, Russians hit a residential building with a rocket. One person was killed and another eight residents were injured. In the morning, communities in Dnipropetrovsk oblast were attacked with Grad MLRS. Russians shelled settlements near the border in Kharkiv oblast. Continuous shelling and fighting continue in Donbas.
The Russian army continues to attack Ukrainian dams and respond to the offensive of Ukrainian troops. On September 21 and 22, Russia struck a dam in the Kharkiv region on the Siversky Donets River, using short-range ballistic missiles or similar weapons. This happened after the attacks on a dam in central Ukraine near Kryvyi Rih. Ukrainian forces are advancing further downstream along both rivers.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine deprived the Iranian Ambassador of accreditation and will "significantly reduce" the number of diplomats at the Iranian Embassy in Kyiv. This decision was made in response to the supply of Iranian weapons to Russia to be used in the war against Ukraine. In just 24 hours, the Air Force of the Armed Forces shot down six Iranian kamikaze drones launched by Russia.
In the Odesa region, kamikaze drones launched from the direction of the Black Sea destroyed the administrative building in the port area, killed two people, and injured two others.
Oleksii Makeyev was appointed Ambassador of Ukraine to Germany. He replaced Andrii Melnyk, who had been an ambassador for almost 8 years. Makeyev was a special representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine on sanctions policy and a member of the international expert group of Yermak-McFaul.
The Bundestag did not support transferring tanks to Ukraine. At the same time, Germany is preparing a new military aid package, which includes six Gepard anti-aircraft self-propelled units.
The President of Ukraine Zelensky called on the Ukrainians mobilised in the occupied territories to move to Ukrainian positions at the earliest opportunity.
The EU should allow entry to Russian citizens avoiding mobilisation, believes European Council President Charles Michel. He is convinced that the EU should “be open to those who do not want the Kremlin to use them for its purposes.” Finland, on the contrary, plans to completely ban tourist trips for Russians.
According to American officials, in recent weeks, Russian President Vladimir Putin has become more directly involved in the strategic planning of the war in Ukraine, in particular, rejecting the request of his commanders to allow the retreat of Russian troops from Kherson—The New York Times
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So-called 'referendums' for joining Russian Federation have started in the occupied territories of Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson, and Zaporizhzhia regions. In the so-called "L/DPR" people will be asked: "Do you want to join Russia?". And in the captured parts of Zaporizhzhia and Kherson regions: "Do you support withdrawal from Ukraine, creating an independent state and joining the Russian Federation?". The results of the so-called "referendums" will be announced by the invading administrations on September 27-28.
Law enforcement and intelligence agencies of Ukraine, as well as the Ministry for the Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories, have full information on the organisers and executives of pseudo-referendums in the temporarily occupied territories. The Ministry stresses that collaborative or separatist activities during the full-scale invasion could lead to a prison sentence of up to 15 years.
President Volodymyr Zelensky encouraged Russians to protest, fight or surrender to Ukrainian captivity after the mobilisation has started in Russia.
In total, during the war, Ukraine returned 802 citizens via a prisoner exchange. The twentieth exchange took place on September 21, returning 215 Ukrainians, 200 of whom were exchanged directly for Putin's daughter's godfather, ex-leader of a pro-Russian party Viktor Medvedchuk. According to intelligence, FSB was especially after him as Medvedchuk provided a link to financing certain officials and intelligence networks.
According to UK intelligence, fighting continues in the Donetsk region, as Ukrainian troops attack Lyman east of the Siversky Donets River, which Russia occupied in May.
In the past day, the armed forces of the Russian Federation carried out 4 missile strikes and 27 airstrikes and fired more than 75 MLRS shells at military and civilian objects in Ukraine—the General Staff. On the night of September 23, the Russian army shelled Dnipropetrovsk oblast, bombed Donetsk oblast, and shelled houses and infrastructure in Zaporizhzhia oblast attacking more than 45 settlements in total.
Ukrainian military in Mykolaiv oblast destroyed four Shahed-136 Iranian-made kamikaze drones used by the Russian army—AFU Air Force Command spokesman Yurii Ihnat.
Ukraine has restricted international travel to male students of foreign universities. Previously, students who were studying abroad before February 24 were allowed to travel outside Ukraine to continue their studies. However, the permit was withdrawn due to the mass forgery of documents.
The Czech Republic is against giving humanitarian visas to Russians fleeing the mobilisation declared by Russian President Vladimir Putin. Some Baltic countries have also announced that they will not grant asylum to Russians fleeing from mobilisation. At the same time, Germany declared its readiness to provide asylum and international protection to defectors from the Russian army, who are threatened with repression in the Russian Federation by the Putin regime.
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During the day, Ukrainian aviation struck ten areas of Russian military and equipment concentration and two positions of anti-aircraft missile systems of the Russian Federation, the General Staff reports.Units of the Defense Forces of Ukraine repelled Russian attacks in the areas of Kupyansk, Zaitseve and Novomykhailivka settlements.
The classified clause of the decree on mobilization allows the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation to call up one million people for military service, instead of 300,000, as previously reported in the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, writes the Russian edition "Novaya Gazeta. Europe" with reference to a source in the Administration of the President of Russia. "The number was corrected several times, and at the end, they stopped at one million," the source howled. The press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmytro Peskov denied this information.
The special operation regarding the exchange of prisoners from Azovstal was being prepared in 4 countries, said Andriy Yermak, the head of the President's Office. According to him, in addition to Ukraine, Poland, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey were included in it. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres also participated in the exchange.
All Ukrainians released from captivity on September 21 are in different conditions. Some of them were tortured. In addition, captured military personnel were held in many different institutions, the head of Ukrainian intelligence, Kyrylo Budanov, said. Head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Denys Monastyrskyi, said that most of those released from captivity have already met their relatives, some of them are in hospital in Chernihiv.
Five British soldiers, who were held captive in the "DPR" and were released during the exchange of prisoners of war on September 21, arrived at London's Heathrow Airport and have already met their families. This is reported by The Guardian.
During the war, Ukraine returned 802 citizens through exchange. There were 20 exchanges in total, said Vasyl Malyuk, acting head of the SBU.
The "DPR" plans to involve children aged 13 to 17 to participate in the "referendum" on joining Russia, the Security Service of Ukraine reports. The department added that the occupiers are recruiting children in order to artificially increase the lack of "votes".
The International Financial Corporation, which is part of the structure of the World Bank, allocated 30 million dollars for investments in Ukraine and Moldova. This money will be invested in fast-growing technologies as well as in export-oriented companies of both countries.
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Ukraine has released 215 Ukrainian military from Russian captivity, 108 Azov fighters among them. By the exchange agreement, five officers, including the commander of the Azov regiment Denys Prokopenko, 36th Marine Brigade commander Serhii Volynsky and others, will stay in Turkey until the end of the war "under the personal protection of President Erdogan," said Zelensky. The military is guaranteed the opportunity to see their families. Other fighters already arrived in Ukraine, a pregnant medic among them.
Ten foreigners who fought on the Ukrainian side, including citizens of the United States, Britain, Morocco, Sweden, and Croatia, were also released. They are returning to their countries with the mediation of Saudi Arabia. British citizens Shawn Pinner and Aiden Aslin and Moroccan citizen Brahim Saadoune, previously sentenced to execution by the illegitimate Donetsk Republic's militants, are also released.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken welcomed the prisoner exchange between Ukraine and Russia, which includes two U.S. citizens captured while serving in the Ukrainian military.
As part of the exchange, Ukraine handed over to the Russian Federation Viktor Medvedchuk and 55 Russian captives. The pro-Russian politician and Putin's daughter's godfather Medvedchuk is accused of treason in Ukraine. The head of the Security Service assured that the investigation is completed, and the criminal case can go on even if Medvedchuk was transferred to the Russian Federation.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said: "We could exchange Medvedchuk for only one of our Azov heroes, and the fact that we returned so many of them is, indeed, something, pardon me, to drink to today."
During the past day, the Russian military carried out 8 missile strikes and 16 air strikes and fired 115 MLRS shells on the territory of Ukraine—the General Staff.
The Russian army attacked the Dnipropetrovsk region during the night and hit Zaporizhzhia city centre on the morning of September 22. The missile destroyed a hotel trapping people under the rubble. One fatality has been confirmed, and five more were wounded.
Anti-mobilization rallies were held in Russia following President's Putin announcement. According to the Russian media, the security forces have already detained more than 1,300 Russian protesters.
Russia has exhausted its supply of volunteers who want to fight in Ukraine, thus the mobilisation was announced, believes UK intelligence. There is an indication that partial mobilisation is likely to be extremely unpopular among part of the Russian population.
EU foreign ministers agreed to prepare new sanctions against Russia after Vladimir Putin announced the first mobilisation since World War II—EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell. This will be the eighth package of sanctions.
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The Armed Forces of Ukraine repelled enemy attacks in Kharkiv region and Donbas in the areas of Kupyansk, Vesele, Zaitseve, Kurdyumivka, and Bakhmutske settlements. Ukrainian aviation made 32 strikes against Russian positions. It has been confirmed that 17 areas of concentration of manpower and military equipment of the enemy, 4 strongholds, 10 positions of anti-aircraft missile systems and one warehouse with ammunition have been damaged, the General Staff reports.
On September 21, the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, signed a decree on partial mobilization in Russia. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that 300,000 reservists will be called up during the mobilization.
During the 77th session of the UN General Assembly, Joe Biden condemned Russia for its invasion of Ukraine, accused it of the global food crisis and of spreading lies about Western sanctions against the background of the war in Ukraine. "President Putin has made open nuclear threats against Europe and reckless disregard for the obligations of the non-proliferation (nuclear weapons — ed.) regime. Now Russia has announced mobilization and the Kremlin is organizing a sham referendum to try to annex parts of Ukraine — an extremely significant violation of the Charter UN," said Biden.
Russian President Vladimir Putin threatens to use nuclear weapons again. There are fears that Russia may use the so-called referendums on Ukrainian territory as an excuse to declare Ukrainian counterattacks an attack on Russia itself, said John Kirby, a spokesman for the US National Security Council. "We always have to take this kind of rhetoric seriously. It's not like what he's been saying for the past seven months. We've taken it seriously," he added.
British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said the partial mobilization announced in Russia is a sign that Russian President Vladimir Putin recognizes that "his invasion is failing." "He, together with the Minister of Defense, sent tens of thousands of his citizens to their deaths, poorly equipped and poorly managed. No amount of threats and propaganda can hide the fact that Ukraine is now winning the war," he added.
Despite the announcement of a partial mobilization in the Russian Federation, Putin has already been conducting mobilization in his country for the entire last month. This means that he has problems with military personnel. The President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, stated this in an interview with Bild.
The bodies of 320 civilians and 18 servicemen of the Armed Forces have already been exhumed at the cemetery in Izyum, which was formed during the occupation of the city by the Russian army. Such figures were given by the prosecutor of the Kharkiv region, Oleksandr Filchakov, on the evening of September 21. According to him, 445 graves were discovered in the cemetery, in some of them 2 to 4 people were buried at the same time.
The European Commission has started discussing a new package of sanctions against the Russian Federation. Rikard Jozvyak, the editor of Radio Svoboda, said: "It can potentially be presented to the member states next week. The focus is likely to be on oil production curbs and G7 lists."
Speaking to the faithful in St. Peter's Square in the Vatican during his weekly general audience, the Pope called hints of nuclear weapons "madness": "This tragic war brings us to the fact that what some people think about nuclear weapons is madness."
After the President of the Russian Federation announced a partial mobilization in the morning, Russians bought up all airline tickets from Moscow to Minsk, Istanbul and Yerevan, and ticket prices rose sharply.
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On the morning of September 21, the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, announced a partial mobilization in Russia. He informed that the decree has already been signed and mobilization begins on September 21. He said that Russia will support the so-called "referendums" in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine, which are scheduled for September 23-27. In addition, the head of the Kremlin said that the Western countries have arranged "nuclear blackmail" of Russia, therefore, in the event of a threat to its territorial integrity, it is ready to "use all available means."
During the partial mobilization, 300,000 reservists will be called up, Russian Defense Minister Serhiy Shoigu said. He also said that during this time, Russia lost 5,937 servicemen in the war on the territory of Ukraine. According to the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, as of the morning of September 21, Russia's total combat losses since the start of the full-scale offensive on Ukraine on February 24 amounted to about 55,110 servicemen. The Russians lost about 300 servicemen in a day.
Mobilization in Russia is a tragedy for the Russian people and recognition of the incapacity of the professional army of the Russian Federation, said the spokesman of the president Serhii Nikiforov.
Russian President Vladimir Putin's announcement of a partial mobilization in Russia amid the war against Ukraine is a worrying escalation, British Foreign Secretary Gillian Keegan told Sky News. She added that Ukraine is moving forward, liberating territories previously occupied by the Russians. In her opinion, Putin's threats should be taken seriously. Keegan called blackmailing Putin with nuclear weapons as an obvious escalation.
Latvia will not issue humanitarian visas to Russians who want to leave the country to avoid the mobilization announced by Russian President Vladimir Putin, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rynkevich said. Also, the country will not change the border crossing restrictions for Russian citizens with Schengen visas, introduced on September 19.
During the day, the Russian military carried out 8 missile and 35 air strikes, carried out more than 120 attacks from rocket salvo systems on objects on the territory of Ukraine, the General Staff reported.
At night, the Russian military shelled the Kholodnohirsky district of Kharkiv — they hit a high-rise building. Rescuers unblocked 10 people, including one injured person.
Nikopol in the Dnipropetrovsk region was shelled twice overnight - 30 Russian shells landed there. A 56-year-old man was injured. The Russian army also shelled the Zaporizhzhia NPP — the communication equipment of the sixth power unit was damaged. On September 20, in Donetsk region, six people were killed and another 20 people were injured as a result of shelling by Russian troops.
The UN recorded 5,916 civilian deaths as a result of the Russian invasion, of which 379 were children. According to the Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine, 391 children have died since the beginning of the full-scale invasion.
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The occupying "authorities" of the temporarily occupied Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhia regions of Ukraine will hold "referendums" on joining the Russian Federation on September 23-27. The Chairman of the State Duma of the Russian Federation, Vyacheslav Volodin, emphasized that the State Duma will support the "free expression of will" of the residents of the "DPR" and "LPR" to join Russia. The press secretary of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyi, Serhii Nikiforov, said that the holding of the so-called "referendums" will not affect the position of the president in any way, but it will close any diplomatic way to resolve the military conflict between Ukraine and Russia.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stated that fictitious referendums have no legitimacy and do not change the nature of Russia's aggressive war against Ukraine. Also, Federal Chancellor of Germany Olaf Scholz stated that Germany will not recognize "referendums" on the Ukrainian territories occupied by the Russian Federation.
Russia is withdrawing a paratrooper regiment from Syria in order to transfer it to Ukraine, the General Staff reports. Due to the terrorist actions of the Russian troops, the infrastructure of more than 20 settlements of Ukraine was damaged during the day. Among them: Slovyansk, Siversk, Soledar, Bakhmut, Vuhledar, Stepne, Nikopol and Ochakiv.
The State Duma of the Russian Federation adopted a draft law with amendments to the Criminal Code, which introduce liability for desertion and surrender. According to the new law, refusal to participate in military operations will be punishable by up to 3 years — as a failure to comply with an order. Surrender will also become a criminal act, punishable by up to 10 years of imprisonment. 13 Russian anti-war movements urged Russian soldiers not to "die for Putin".
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that, in his opinion, Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to end the war he started in Ukraine. "In Uzbekistan, I met with President Putin, and we had very thorough discussions with him. And he is actually showing me that he is ready to end this (war, — ed.) as soon as possible. That was my impression, because the way it is now things are going on, it's quite problematic; I think a significant step forward will be made," Erdogan said.
The European Union handed the State Border Service thermal imaging equipment for monitoring the border in the amount of almost 500,000 euros.
The Verkhovna Rada passed a law that provides that parents who have a third child born during military service have the right to demobilization. Now the document must be signed by President Volodymyr Zelenskyi.
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At night, the Russian army shelled the Nikopol district in the Dnipropetrovsk region. During the day, Russians attacked settlements in the Kharkiv region. Fierce fighting continues in the Luhansk region. In the Donetsk region, a rocket hit Bakhmut at night. Fighting continues in the Kherson region.
The Armed Forces of Ukraine repelled Russian army's attacks near four settlements, and carried out airstrikes on 24 areas of concentration of servicemen and equipment of the Russian army. In the meantime, Russian troops launched 10 missile attacks and 15 air raids, carried out more than 56 attacks from multiple rocket launcher systems at objects on the territory of Ukraine, the General Staff reported.
Russia still can't manage to establish air superiority over Ukraine. Since the beginning of the war, the Air Defense Forces of Ukraine have shot down about 55 Russian fighter jets. Because of this, Russian planes rarely fly deep into Ukraine, but fire long-range missiles instead, said the commander of the US Air Force in Europe, General James Hecker.
The so-called "public chambers" of "LPR" and "DPR" called for immediate "referendums" to recognize them as subjects of the Russian Federation. The Office of the President stated that this will not be a panacea for the invaders. In the report of the American Institute for the Study of War, it was noted that such calls mean the panic of the puppet regimes against the background of the counteroffensive of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
During four days, the bodies of 146 people who died during the occupation of the city by the Russian military were exhumed in Izium.
Up to 50 women from "Azovstal" are being held captive by Russians, two of them are pregnant. A total of about 50 women are held captive by the Russians. In May, on the order of the top military leadership, about two thousand Ukrainian servicemen surrendered to the Russians from the territory of "Azovstal", 900 of them were fighters of the "Azov" regiment.
Slovenia will transfer 28 M-55S tanks to Ukraine. In exchange for this, the country will receive 40 military transport vehicles from Germany. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Slovenian Prime Minister Robert Holub agreed on this.
The Council of the European Union officially decided to urgently provide Ukraine with additional macro-financial assistance (MFA) in the amount of €5 billion.
Entry restrictions for citizens of the Russian Federation with Schengen tourist visas, regardless of the country in which they were issued, came into effect in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Poland.
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President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that it may seem to some that after a series of victories on the Ukrainian front, "we have a certain lull." But this is preparation for the next series of "important words that must be heard, because Ukraine must be free - all of it."
On the night of September 19, the Russian army shelled the Mykolaiv region. The missile hit 300 meters from the South Ukraine nuclear power plant. There was a short-term power outage. Windows were damaged in buildings on the territory of the NPP.
In general, during the past 24 hours, during Russian shelling, civilians were injured in the regions of Zaporizhzhia, Kharkiv and Donetsk. There are casualties in the Sumy and Donetsk regions.
In the Kharkiv region, in one of liberated cities, seven Sri Lankan citizens were found, who were held captive by the Russian military. Documents were taken from the prisoners, their nails were pulled out, they were beaten and fed twice a week.
In Svatove, the Luhansk region, there was an explosion in the building of the former bus station, where Russian militaries stayed. About 200 soldiers of the Russian army died.
Over the past day, the aviation of the Defense Forces of Ukraine has carried out 21 strikes — it has been confirmed that 16 locations of Russian military deployments and strongholds, as well as 5 positions of anti-aircraft missile systems, have been hit, the Ukrainian General Staff reported.
Russia has probably lost at least four aircrafts in Ukraine over the past 10 days, the British Ministry of Defense reported, citing British intelligence.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is increasingly betting on irregular volunteer and intermediary forces, rather than on regular units and formations of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, according to analysts of the American Institute for the Study of War (ISW). According to their data, Putin avoided the Russian higher military command and the leadership of the Ministry of Defense all summer, and especially after the defeat in the Kharkiv region, it means that relations between the Kremlin leader and the Russian military leadership are deteriorated.
The situation in the south of Ukraine remains tense, but it is controlled by the Ukrainian Armed Forces. Russian troops are attacking, and the Ukrainian army continues to repulse assaults and strengthen its positions in some areas of the southern front, the spokesman of the Operational Command "South" Vladyslav Nazarov reported. At the same time, ISW believes that Russian troops are trying to carry out a more targeted and controlled withdrawal of forces in the western part of the Kherson region. In this way, Russians are trying to avoid the chaotic fleeing of their troops that took place in the Kharkiv region at the beginning of September.
Ukraine appealed to the Russian Federation, the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross regarding the new shelling of the colony in Olenivka, where Ukrainian prisoners of war and civilian hostages are being held in violation of the Geneva Conventions. Russian media reported that as a result of the shelling, one Ukrainian prisoner of war was killed and four more were wounded.
A plane carrying more than 150 Ukrainian peacekeepers, who performed a peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and will now help the Armed Forces of Ukraine, arrived at Lviv International Airport.
On September 20, first McDonald's restaurants, closed due to the full-scale war across Ukraine, will open in Kyiv. At first, the restaurants will work only for delivery, and the halls, express windows and McDrive will open in October.
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Over the course of a day, the Russian military launched six missile and 28 airstrikes, carried out more than 90 rounds of anti-aircraft fire at military and civilian targets in Ukraine, the General Staff reports.
The Armed Forces of Ukraine destroyed a barge with equipment and accompanying Russian military personnel in the Kherson region, the operational command "South" reports. The Russian army lost 62 soldiers and five units of armored vehicles.
Ukrainian aviation struck 13 areas of concentration of manpower and equipment of the Russian army and three positions of anti-aircraft missile systems. In addition, Ukrainian air defense units shot down five UAVs and a Ka-52 helicopter.
On the night of September 18, Russian troops struck the Nikopol district of the Dnipropetrovsk region three times with Grady and heavy artillery, injuring three people. In Donetsk region on September 17, as a result of Russian shelling, five people were killed and another 18 were injured.
Four doctors were killed during an attempt to evacuate patients of a psychiatric hospital in the village of Strelecha in the Kharkiv region on September 17 — the Russian military opened fire, Oleg Sinegubov, the head of the OVA, said. Two patients were also injured. During the evacuation, 30 out of 600 patients were taken out of the hospital.
According to British intelligence, Russia has increased its targeting of civilian infrastructure, even where it is unlikely to have an immediate military effect, in an attempt to directly undermine the morale of the Ukrainian people and government.
The US-based Institute for the Study of War (ISW) noted that Russian forces continue to prioritize "strategically pointless" offensive operations around Donetsk and Bakhmut instead of defending themselves during Ukrainian counteroffensive operations in the Kharkiv region.
The Czech Republic, which currently chairs the EU Council, called on the European Union to create an international tribunal in the case of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. This happened after the discovery of hundreds of graves in Izyum, recently liberated by Ukrainian troops, the BBC reports.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi told Russian President Vladimir Putin that now is not the time for war and that it is necessary to "move to the path of peace". Putin told Modi that he was aware of his concerns.
Australia will not ban Russian tourists from entering the country, Defense Minister Richard Marles said. Asked whether Australia would ban Russian tourists from leaving, Marles said the sanctions were aimed at the Russian government "not at the Russians themselves".
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The UN will send a mission to the place of mass burial in Izium in Kharkiv oblast. The exhumation of bodies for further forensic medical examination is in progress. There are over 400 corpses, and most have traces of violent death. Some of them are children. ISW believes that mass burials and Russian torture in the liberated cities of Kharkiv prove that Russians commit war crimes in all occupied territories. The international community is shocked and condemns the massacres of Ukrainians in Izium. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said reports of a mass grave in Izium should revive supporting Ukraine in the liberation of its lands. European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell said that the EU will make efforts to punish all those involved in this crime. The head of the Latvian Foreign Ministry Edgars Rinkēvičs said that the mass burial in Izium proves that Russia is a terrorist state.
Over the past day, the Armed Forces of Ukraine repelled attacks near five settlements and hit the locations of the Russian Army units, headquarters, and positions of anti-aircraft missile systems. Over the past 24 hours, the Russians have launched 4 missile attacks, 24 airstrikes and 72 rocket artillery shells.
On the night of August 17, Russian troops shelled the Dnipropetrovsk region with heavy artillery and launched a rocket attack on the village of Tavriiske in the Zaporizhzhia region. A school and a sports club were destroyed as a result of the attack. Also, rockets were fired at Kharkiv: one of them hit an enterprise building and caused a fire. No casualties have been reported.
The invaders in Luhansk oblast increased checks on local residents due to a boost in the Ukrainian partisan movement. Mobile and cable Internet networks have been disconnected according to the head of the Luhansk Oblast Administration Serhii Haidai.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine confirmed the German Bundeswehr plans to provide Ukraine with MARS II multiple launch rocket systems and 50 Dingo armoured vehicles. This was stated by the Minister of Defence of the Federal Republic of Germany Christine Lambrecht at the Bundeswehr conference in Berlin.
Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard will propose to the UN General Assembly a plan to establish a Dialogue and Peace Committee for an immediate stop of hostilities in Ukraine—Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. According to him, the initiative will aim to achieve a truce for at least 5 years "for the sake of peace among all nations".
The head of the National Police of Ukraine, Ihor Klymenko, reported that 10 Russian torture chambers were found in the cities of Vovchansk, Kupyansk, Balaklia and Izium released from the Russian occupation of Kharkiv Region, six of them in Izium. "Approximately 445 burials are known. This is more than one week's work. These bodies have been covered since March," he said.
In Izium, exhumation of bodies at mass burial sites has begun. "The number of dead may exceed the tragedy of Bucha many times over," says Oleg Kotenko, the commissioner for issues of persons missing under special circumstances. More than 400 dead civilians have already been reported, including children. Most of them have traces of violent death. Also in a mass burial after the discovery of mass burials in the city, Volodymyr Zelenskyy called on the world to recognize the Russian Federation as a sponsor of terrorism.
In Kupiansk, Kharkiv Region, the occupiers illegally held 400 people in cells designed for 140, the SBU press service reports. "The illegal prison was confined to the district police department of Kupiansk, where the "command center" of the occupation administration was located during the Russian invasion. In these premises, the Rashists were keeping and abusing local residents who refused to cooperate with them," the report says.
Vladimir Putin stated that the main targeted Russian "military operation" against Ukraine remains unchanged and takes place in the "liberation" of the entire territory of Donbas. In addition, Putin said that he "regrets" the fact that in a Western country "an idea has appeared to use Ukraine for the collapse of Russia."
In Donetsk region, the Ukrainian Armed Forces repelled Russian attacks in the areas of Vesela Dolyna, Bakhmut, Zaitseve, Avdiivka and Novomykhailivka settlements, the General Staff reported. Today, Ukrainian aviation hit 4 areas where the Russian military and military equipment of the Russian army are concentrated and one Russian stronghold.
Russia has placed about 800 military planes and helicopters at airfields near the Ukrainian borders. The press secretary of the Air Force of Ukraine, Yuriy Ignat, will start about this. In total, Russian aviation near Ukraine makes about 200 sorties per day, he added.
The UN General Assembly decided to allow the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky to speak at the week of the high-level session of the UN General Assembly in the format of a video address. 101 participants voted for the decision. Against - 7 (Russia, Cuba, Belarus, Eritrea, North Korea, Nicaragua and Syria). Abstained — 19. The general debate of the week in the UN General Assembly will be held on September 20-26.
The military reserves of the Russian Federation are smaller than expected, said the Minister of Defense of Germany, Christine Lambrecht. According to her, Russia was aware of significant losses in Ukraine, and the discovery that Russian forces have a large number of military equipment "does not correspond to reality."
Ukraine is more than 80% prepared for the heating season, Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said. According to him, the state is already storing the amount of energy carriers, and the government has allocated 1.4 billion hryvnias to prepare for emergency situations.
At least 39 media workers became victims of the Russian Federation's full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Two more are considered missing, reports the National Union of Journalists.
In two months, more than 50% of Ukrainian schools were equipped with protective shelters, said Minister of Education and Science Serhiy Shkarlet. It is noted that for the next year, a subvention in the amount of UAH 1.5 billion is planned in the budget for the arrangement of special buildings or shelters in schools.
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A mass burial site was discovered in liberated Izium, Kharkiv region. In total, ten Russian torture chambers were found in the liberated cities of Kharkiv oblast, six of them in Izium. The National Police reported that 445 graves have been discovered so far.
The US Treasury Department has imposed sanctions on 22 people who support Russia's war against Ukraine, in particular, the head of Chechnya Kadyrov and his close relatives.
The IAEA requires Russia to cease all actions at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant and at any other nuclear facility in Ukraine.
The water level in the Ingulets River has dropped and continues to fall after the Russian missile damaged the dam. Russia launched seven cruise missiles at the city on September 14, which caused the rising of Ingulets and partial flooding of more than a hundred residential buildings.
Russia continues to shell the Ukrainian infrastructure and hit hydraulic structures in Kryvyi Rih again on September 15. An infrastructure object in the Kirovohrad region was also shelled. Four people, including two children, were wounded in a Russian strike on Kharkiv during the night. Over the past 24 hours, the Russian troops have launched 11 missile attacks and 15 air strikes and fired 96 MLRS shells at various Ukrainian objects—the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
A powerful explosion occurred in the Russian-occupied Kherson on the afternoon of August 16. Another explosion occurred near the Prosecutor General's Office in Luhansk, which was captured by the Russians in 2014.
The National Anti-Corruption Bureau is looking for MP Andrii Derkach. He is suspected of state treason and illegal enrichment, according to the report. According to the investigation, over the past two years, the MP received at least 567,000 USD from the Russian Federation for "subversive activities" against Ukraine.
Russian officials and bloggers are increasingly blaming the Russian Defence Ministry for Russia's failures on the front lines, according to ISW analysts. Analysts also noted that the Russian authorities are intensifying covert mobilization and recruitment of soldiers for the war in Ukraine after the successful Ukrainian counterattack in the Kharkiv region.
From September 19, Latvia is restricting entry for Russian citizens with Schengen visas for security reasons, announced the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia Edgars Rinkēvičs. He also urged Russian troops to get out of Ukraine.
Official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Maria Zakharova said that if the United States decides to supply Ukraine with long-range missiles, Washington will cross the red line and become a direct party to the conflict. The spokesman for the U.S. Department of State Ned Price responded that the United States of America is sending weapons to Ukraine only to protect its territory from the Russian invasion.
Russia's invasion of Ukraine, day 204. Online updates.
As of September 14, almost all Kharkiv oblast was liberated from the Russian military. Almost 400 settlements were deoccupied, said President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky in an appeal to the nation.
Since September 6, the Armed Forces of Ukraine liberated about 8,500 square kilometres, 388 settlements, and 150,000 people in Kharkiv oblast. UK intelligence believes that part of the Russian troops fled from the Kharkiv region in "obvious panic" under AFU's pressure, as evidenced by the abandoned high-value equipment.
Ukrainian defenders freed the village of Kyselivka in Kherson oblast, and currently, only Chornobaivka separates them from the city of Kherson.
During the past day, Russia launched 27 missile and air strikes on Ukraine and fired 86 rocket artillery shells at military and civilian objects in 30 settlements of Ukraine—the General Staff. Russia has to move the remnants of its troops from Kharkiv to keep the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Zaporizhzhia.
The Russian army shelled Toretsk in Donbas and destroyed a hospital, including pediatric and surgical departments, and damaged windows in a maternity ward. The nurses were injured in the shelling.
Russia launched a missile attack on the Kryvyi Rih. Dam constructions were damaged, which led to the water level in the Ingulets River rising by 2.5 meters and partially halting the city's water supply. Authorities are evacuating people to safe areas due to the risk of flooding. According to the Head of Dnipropetrovsk Oblast Administration Valentyn Reznichenko, Russians struck Kryvyi Rih with Kinzhal and Iskander missiles.
The Armed Forces of Ukraine repelled Russian attacks in eight settlements and launched 12 air strikes on the places of concentration of troops and equipment of the Russian Federation. Air defence units destroyed four Russian aircraft.
About 80 million euros are frozen in Latvian banks due to sanctions against the Russian Federation due to the war in Ukraine. Also, the EU extended individual sanctions for another six months. President Biden's administration is discussing new sanctions against Russia with the US Congress. The proposed sanctions would be similar to declaring the Russian Federation a state sponsor of terrorism.
On 14 September, the European Commission launched a contest within the annual Creative Europe programme for projects supporting Ukrainian culture and allocated five million euros to implement them.
Volodymyr Zelensky was involved in an accident on the evening of September 14. According to his press secretary Serhii Nikiforov, the president was examined by doctors and did not have serious injuries. The driver of the car that caused the accident was handed over to the ambulance doctors.
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In the Donetsk region, the Armed Forces of Ukraine repelled Russian attacks in the areas of Spirne, Soledar, Mayorsk, Zaitseve, Odradivka, Vesela Dolyna, Vodiane, and Novomykhailivka. Over the course of a day, the Ukrainian aviation carried out 11 strikes — six positions and places of concentration of Russian personnel and their equipment, three positions of anti-aircraft missile systems, and one plane were eliminated, the General Staff reports.
In the centre of Izium, liberated from the occupiers in the Kharkiv region, on September 14, military personnel together with representatives of the authorities led by the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyi raised the flag of Ukraine. "We have to send messages to our people who, unfortunately, are still under occupation. And here is my signal to the people in Crimea: we know that these are our people, and it is a terrible tragedy that they have been under occupation for more than eight years. We will come back. I don't know when exactly. But we have plans, and we will come back, because this is our land and our people," Zelenskyi said.
The strategy behind Ukraine's rapid military gains began to take shape several months ago during a series of intense talks between Ukrainian and American officials. This was reported by The New York Times, citing data from American officials. During August, at the request of the Ukrainians, US officials intensified the provision of intelligence on the position of Russian troops, highlighting weak points in the Russian lines. The intelligence also indicated that it will be difficult for Moscow to quickly strengthen its troops in the northeast of Ukraine or transfer troops from the south, the publication writes.
At the beginning of the war with Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin could reject a peace agreement with Ukraine recommended by his aide Dmitrii Kozak. Reuters writes about this with reference to its sources. According to Reuters, the Deputy Head of the Administration of the President of the Russian Federation, Dmitrii Kozak, allegedly told Putin at the beginning of the war that he had concluded a temporary agreement with Kyiv. The document seemed to say that Ukraine would remain outside NATO. But Putin, according to Reuters, rejected this offer and continued the campaign. The agency learned about this from three people close to the Russian leadership.
A group of creditor countries, including the United States, postponed Ukraine's debt payments until the end of 2023. This was reported by the US Treasury Department.
The Russian military command is canceling the dispatch of new units to participate in the war against Ukraine due to the mass refusal of personnel to participate in hostilities, reports the Main Intelligence Directorate of Ukraine. In addition, the Russian Federation is trying to reduce the treatment time of its soldiers in hospitals.
Ukraine has agreed with the European Union on macro-financial assistance in the amount of $8 billion, $5 billion of which will be provided by the end of September, Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said. In general, Ukraine will receive $3 billion per month from the EU next year as financial aid, and 12 billion will be provided by the IMF.
Regional commissions have registered three thousand applications for compensation for destroyed houses as a result of the full-scale invasion of the Russian Federation in Ukraine, but now it will not be possible to restore all homes. "Funds are being formed for the first wave of housing. 15.8 billion hryvnias will be sent from the funds confiscated from (Russian — edited) Sberbank and Prominvestbank," said Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal.
The Government expects that the weighted average exchange rate of the dollar in 2023 will be around UAH 42/$1 and will fluctuate. As of the end of 2023, the exchange rate may rise to UAH 49/$1. This was announced by Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal.
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For the first time since the beginning of the invasion of Ukraine, the Kremlin admitted its defeat in the Kharkiv region, reports the American Institute for the Study of War. Analysts made this conclusion based on the statements made by officials and propagandists of the Russian state media, who widely discuss the reasons for Russia's defeat in Kharkiv. Until now, the Russian Federation has never admitted a defeat. Retreat from Kyiv and Serpent Island in the Black Sea was called "a goodwill gesture" and was explained by prioritising the "liberation" of Donbas.
The Ukrainian military liberated more than 300 settlements in the Kharkiv region during the week of the counterattack. Zelensky reported that the de-occupied area of about 4,000 square kilometres is still being stabilised.
Russian occupation troops continued shelling the border of Chernihiv oblast on September 13. Kharkiv and Dnipropetrovsk oblasts were shelled as well, and attacks continue in Donetsk oblast. Avdiivka suffered massive shelling, and Kramatorsk residential buildings were destroyed by rockets. Positional battles continue for each settlement of the Luhansk oblast. Mykolaiv was also shelled during the night, and at least two people died from the rocket attack.
The consequences of the shelling of Mykolaiv.
According to Ukrainian intelligence, Russian occupiers are trying to strengthen their forces under temporarily occupied Kherson, redeploying additional units there.
The Russian occupation authorities disconnected the mobile internet in Luhansk oblast. Also, the occupiers continue to export looted property to the Russian Federation, as reported by the Head of Luhansk Regional Administration Serhii Haidai.
After the attack on thermal power plants and transmission lines which left the Kharkiv region without electricity for a long time, the government decided to provide the region with 400 million UAH and additional energy generators.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced that she would travel to Kyiv today to meet with President Zelensky. They will discuss introducing Ukraine to the free European roaming zone.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz spoke to Russian President Putin for an hour and a half. German Chancellor stressed that Russia should withdraw its troops from Ukraine and recognise its sovereignty and territorial integrity, otherwise a “diplomatic solution is inconceivable.” Putin spoke to Scholz about "the screaming violations of humanitarian law by the Ukrainian side, the continuous shelling of Donbas and Zaporizhzhia NPP".
The International Monetary Fund has allocated $1.4 billion in additional support to Ukraine.
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The Ukrainian military liberated more than 300 settlements in the Kharkiv region during the week of the counteroffensive, Deputy Minister of Defense Hanna Malyar reported.
Head of the President's Office Andriy Yermak and 12th Secretary General of NATO Anders Fogh Rasmussen presented recommendations on security guarantees for Ukraine. In particular, the recommendations provide for multi-year stable investments in the defense and industrial base of Ukraine, large-scale transfer of weapons, preventive measures of a military, financial, infrastructural, technical, and information nature to avoid a new encroachment on the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. Russia believes that Ukraine's security guarantees are aimed at escalating the war.
Since the beginning of the full-scale invasion, Ukrainian hackers have blocked a number of Russian sites. More than 2,400 online resources have been blocked in the last two weeks alone, the General Staff reports.
Russia has turned to the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Tajikistan with a request for the transfer of 220-mm rockets to the Uragan surface-to-air missile defense system. The Russians are also interested in ammunition for the 203-mm Pion self-propelled guns and UTD-20 engines for the BMP-1 and BMP-2, which are stored in large quantities in military warehouses in Tajikistan, reports the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.
After the attacks of the Russian Federation on energy infrastructure facilities on September 11 and 12, work on the restoration of electricity supply continues. 820 settlements of Ukraine, a total of about 681,900 consumers, are still without power.
EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell called on the European Parliament to continue financial support for Ukraine. In particular, he noted that "soon" Ukraine will be able to receive eight billion euros from the proposed nine-billion-euro aid package from the EU.
Russian military personnel are evacuating their families from Crimea and southern Ukraine, reports the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.
Estonian Defense Minister Hanno Pevkur arrived in Kyiv and handed over a mobile hospital to the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
The Cabinet of Ministers approved the draft budget for 2023. The projected GDP for 2023 is set at 6,371.3 billion UAH. GDP growth by +2.5% compared to 2022, a projected drop of 33.1%. Inflation +30%. The bill must be adopted by December 1.
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The National Guard of Ukraine confirmed the liberation of Sviatohirsk in Donetsk Oblast. Some settlements in Luhansk oblast were liberated as well, but they cannot be named yet, said the head of the regional administration Haidai. Meanwhile, the entire northeast of the Kharkiv region—from Vesele to Vovchansk—has been cleared from the Russian military.
In the Kharkiv region, the Armed Forces of Ukraine "crushed" the 1st Russian Guard Tank Army, which was being prepared to "counter" NATO. It was one of the most capable units of the Russian Federation, according to UK intelligence.
The counter-offensive continues in the south. Over the past 2 weeks, the Armed Forces have liberated about 500 sq km in Kherson oblast including Vysokopillia, Novovoznesenske, Bilohirka, Myroliubivka, and Sukhyi Stavok. According to the Institute for the Study of War (ISW), Ukrainian troops continue to make significant progress in the Kherson region and constantly deteriorate the morale and combat capabilities of Russian troops in the area.
In general, since the beginning of September, the Armed Forces have liberated more than 6,000 sq km in the east and south of the country, announced President Zelensky.
According to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the Russian military command suspends dispatching newly formed units to Ukraine.
During September 6-11, the Armed Forces of Ukraine destroyed 590 units of equipment of the Russian Federation worth 670 million dollars, much of which was destroyed during the counterattack in the Kharkiv region.
Ukrainian military destroyed an Iranian-made drone for the first time. The photos of the device were published by an officer.
The Russian army continues shelling Ukraine. A school and kindergarten were destroyed in the Kharkiv region during the night. In the afternoon, Kharkiv lost the power supply due to an attack. The city still has no electricity and experiences cell network outages. The Russian military shelled the Sumy region with mortars and attacked Dnipropetrovsk oblast with rocket artillery systems. Fighting continues in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions. Five people were killed in Donetsk in the last 24 hours due to Russian shelling, and another ten were wounded. One of the strikes hit Sloviansk.
In total, during the past day, the Russians conducted two missile and 25 air strikes, as well as fired 11 MLRS attacks on military and civilian objects in Ukraine.
Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba called on the West to strengthen the weapons supply to Ukraine in light of the successful counterattack. He said in an interview with Politico that this will help finish the full-scale war more quickly. Mr Kuleba noted that Ukraine's offensive in the east and south proves that all Western partners' investments in Ukrainian defence capabilities “lead to staggering results.”
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Ukraine has changed the course of the war in its favour, but the counterattack will not end it, reports the Institute for the Study of War (ISW). Most likely, the war will last until 2023, but Kyiv will increasingly dictate the place and nature of the main hostilities, analysts said.
According to UK intelligence, Russia has ordered to withdraw its troops from the entire occupied part of the Kharkiv region to the west of the Oskil River. Since September 7, Ukraine has regained territory of at least twice the size of Greater London. In total, over 30 settlements in Kharkiv oblast have been liberated and controlled by the Armed Forces in recent days.
The Russian army suffered significant losses due to the successful actions of the Ukrainian army in the Kherson direction—the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. According to UK intelligence, Russia is probably trying to move reserves across the Dnipro River to the front line near temporarily occupied Kherson. The Southern Defence Forces speaker Nataliia Humeniuk stated that Russian units are looking to negotiate with UAF about surrendering the Russian so-called "special operation". “They abandon weapons and equipment and either take the risk and leave in the opposite direction or resort to the international humanitarian law and surrender,” she said. It is also known that the Russian military prohibited civilians from entering and leaving settlements and imposed a curfew.
On the evening of September 11, the Russian army fired rockets at Dnipropetrovsk and Poltava oblasts. Some were shot down by air defence. One of the missiles was directed at a thermal power plant and power lines. Emergency power and water supply outage affected Kharkiv, Poltava, Donetsk, Dnipropetrovsk, Zaporizhzhia, and Sumy regions. As of now, the electricity and water supply have been restored.
Positional battles continue in Luhansk oblast. Russia carried out seven artillery, six mortar, and five MLRS shellings at Ukrainian positions overnight. During the night, the Russian Federation launched a missile attack on Kramatorsk in the Donetsk region. A maternity hospital and residential houses were damaged. Other settlements were also shelled: three civilians were killed and nine were wounded across the region in the past day.
Consultations began on how to establish a secure zone at the Zaporizhzhia NPP where the last functioning reactor was shut down yesterday —IAEA press service. The IAEA stressed that a nuclear and physical security protection zone should be established immediately.
The EU decision to cancel the visa facilitation agreement with the Russian Federation came into effect on September 12. The agreement was established in 2007. From now on, Russian citizens are subject to the general rules: the visa fee will be 80 EUR, additional documents will be required, and the issuing time will increase to 45 days.
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During September 11, Russians launched 16 missile and 3 air strikes on objects on the territory of Ukraine. 15 settlements were hit, including Derhachi, Kramatorsk, Kostiantynivka, Dnipro, Voznesensk and Mykolaiv, the General Staff reports. The Armed Forces of Ukraine repelled several Russian attacks in the Donbas and continue to liberate the Kharkiv region. Russian occupiers are fleeing the territory of the Luhansk region, leaving even those cities that were occupied back in 2014, and in Kreminna, the Ukrainian flag was raised by the partisans. This was announced by the head of the Luhansk Regional Military Administration, Serhii Haidai.
Russians are not conducting a controlled withdrawal from the territory of the Kharkiv region, as the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation reported the day before, but are fleeing in a hurry, reports the American Institute for the Study of War. Ukrainian forces entered the Russian-occupied territory of the region to a depth of 70 kilometers in some places and recaptured more than 3,000 square kilometers of territory during last five days since September 6, ISW said. This is more territory than Russian forces have captured during all operations since April, the analysts added.
On September 11, the last working power unit was turned off at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. Preparations for its transfer to the "cold state" are currently underway, said Olena Pareniuk, a senior researcher at the Institute of Radiation Safety. "Now the entire cooler, which was loaded in the power unit, is working. It will not be possible to start the operation of the reactor quickly, it will be necessary to overload the fuel and carry out certain routine works. We completely stopped the ZNPP for quite a long period of time," she added.
The command of the Russian occupation forces is probably planning another provocative attack on the city of Enerhodar and the Zaporizhzhia NPP in order to blame Ukraine for this. This is reported by the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.
On September 11, Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Emmanuel Macron held telephone talks. The heads of state discussed the situation in Ukraine, focusing on the issue of restoring the safety of the Zaporizhzhia NPP.
Russians are using all means to force Ukrainians to resettle. In particular, to Russia and the occupied territories. This was told by the deputy director of the European department of Human Rights Watch, Rachel Danber. She added that not all deported Ukrainians manage to leave Russia easily, due to lack of money, communication, and often documents.
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Since the beginning of September, more than 3,000 square kilometers have been returned to the control of Ukraine, said the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Zaluzhny. In the Kharkiv direction, the Ukrainian military began to advance not only to the south and east, but also to the north. There are 50 kilometers to go to the state border.
On September 10, 2022, Ukrainian troops announced that they had entered the city of Kupyansk in eastern Ukraine, pushing Russian troops out of a key logistics center during a counteroffensive.
The Ukrainian flag flew over the village of Chkalovske, Chuguyiv District, Kharkiv Oblast, President Zelenskyi said.
During the day, the Russian military launched 16 missile and 34 air strikes against military and civilian targets in Ukraine. 28 settlements were affected by this.
At night, Russian troops shelled Mykolaiv: nine people were wounded, three of them are in the hospital. The Russian military also hit the center of the Dnipro with a missile. One person is injured. Pokrovsk in Donbas came under shelling at night: four dead and six wounded people are currently known. More than 20 residential buildings were damaged. The Russian military also struck the Kramatorsk industrial zone. As a result of all shelling of the Donetsk region during September 10, ten residents of Donetsk region were killed, 19 more people were injured.
In the morning, the Russians attacked the Cherkasy region with rockets, the Ukrainian anti-aircraft defense system went off, debris damaged a private house.
In Donbas, Ukrainian military personnel are located on the outskirts of Lysychansk in Luhansk region, the head of Luhansk OVA Gaidai reported without details. Fighting continues on the outskirts of Liman in Donetsk region, Mayor Zhuravlyov told Suspilne.
In the south, the Ukrainian military has advanced from two to several tens of kilometers in some areas, Humenyuk, the head of the press center of the Southern Defense Forces, told Suspilne.
Russia has recognized its retreat from the districts of Balaklia and Izyum in the Kharkiv region to the territory of the so-called "DNR". Russian forces are not conducting a controlled withdrawal. They are hastily fleeing from the southeastern part of the Kharkiv region to avoid the encirclement around the city of Izyum. This was reported by the American Institute for the Study of War (ISW).
The Zaporizhzhia NPP has been completely stopped: the sixth power unit has been disconnected from the power grid and should be transferred to a "cold shutdown" — the safest state, Energoatom reported.
Ukraine expects to receive the first state-of-the-art German Iris air defense system in the fall. Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba announced this at a press conference with German Foreign Minister Annalena Berbock in Kyiv on Saturday, September 10. He also said that during Burbok's visit to Kyiv, he discussed with her the possibility of supplying Ukraine with Leopard tanks and artillery ammunition.
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The Russian army carried out 13 missile and 23 air strikes on the territory of Ukraine during the day. The Armed Forces of Ukraine repelled attacks near five populated areas and struck ammunition depots and 25 strongholds and places of concentration of the Russian military, the General Staff reports.
The Russian military shelled three districts of Dnipropetrovsk region, there were no casualties or casualties. The Russian army was also shelled at night in Mykolaiv, according to preliminary data, without casualties.
As of September 9, the Ukrainian military in the Kharkiv region recaptured about 2,500 square kilometers during the counteroffensive. Also, the Armed Forces of Ukraine can destroy the positions of the Russian Federation and create a cauldron for their troops around Izyum, the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) reported. On August 10, the military reported that the Armed Forces entered Kupyansk, Kharkiv region. The city has been under Russian occupation since February 27.
The Armed Forces liberated and took control of more than 30 settlements in the Kharkiv region. In some villages of the region, right-wing activists and the military are already checking the territory.
In three days, the Ukrainian military destroyed Russian air targets worth 157.5 million dollars, the Air Force of the Ukrainian Armed Forces reported. These are cruise missiles, airplanes and helicopters. According to the military, the Kh-101 cruise missiles are among the most expensive and most technologically advanced missiles in service with the Russian Federation.
In the conditions of the energy crisis in the European Union, Ukraine will help neighboring Poland, in particular by exporting electricity.
Russian President Vladimir Putin resorts to energy blackmail of Europe because the Russian army is not achieving its goals on the battlefield in Ukraine. This was stated by US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken after a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Putin thought he would divide and weaken NATO, he said, but the alliance has become stronger, more cohesive and better resourced than ever before.
The Council of the EU will allocate five billion dollars of macro-financial aid to Ukraine — this decision was made at a meeting of finance ministers of EU countries and heads of European banks. The money should go to the "normal work" of the country and the work of critical infrastructure, including schools and hospitals.
As a result of Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine, 5,767 civilians were killed, 8,292 were injured, and a total of 14,059 civilian casualties were confirmed. THIS is the data of the UN Monitoring Mission on September 9. They say the actual numbers are probably much higher.
On Saturday, September 10, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Germany, Annalena Burbok, arrived in Kyiv with an unannounced visit. This is reported by DW. This is the second visit of the German minister to Kyiv since the beginning of the full-scale invasion of the Russian Federation.
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As of September 1, the Armed Forces of Ukraine freed more than a thousand square kilometers from Russian troops, President Zelenskyi said. The Ukrainian military liberated Balaklia in the Kharkiv region, advanced in the Donetsk region and liberated the village of Ozerne from Russian troops.
Russian troops struck seven regions of Ukraine. Fighting continues in Donbas and Kherson region. It was reported in the summary of military-civilian administrations. Shelling continued in Sumy, Dnipropetrovsk, and Kharkiv regions.
The armed forces of Ukraine repelled attacks by Russian troops near seven populated areas, and also carried out 20 airstrikes on two strongholds and 15 areas of concentration of Russian manpower and military equipment.
Russia uses almost all types and classes of missiles that they have against Ukraine, and the country has de facto become a testing ground for these weapons. Yuriy Ignat, the spokesman of the Air Force Command of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, stated this in an interview with RBC-Ukraine.
Military exercises started in Belarus on the border with Ukraine. In response, Ukrainian side also started training near the border, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine announced.
The new $675 million military aid package for Ukraine announced by the US Department of Defense will include additional munitions for HIMARS MLRS, HARM high-speed anti-radar missiles, RAAM remote anti-tank mines, as well as armored vehicles, ammunition and shells. US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken also arrived in Kyiv with an unannounced visit, he announced another $1 billion in US military aid.
The fifth meeting of allied countries that are helping Ukraine in the war with Russia took place at the Ramstein air base in Germany. Representatives of more than fifty countries discussed what they can do to improve Ukraine's defense and security. The US announced a long-term support strategy, NATO - a "winter package", Germany promised mine clearance training, Norway - 160 high-precision multi-purpose Hellfire missiles and night vision devices.