President Zelensky Meets with US Officials
Ukraine’s chief negotiator has ruled out a ceasefire agreement that would allow Kyiv to hand over territory to Russia or allow Russian troops to remain on the land.
Mikhail Podolyak, adviser to Volodymyr Zelensky, who is leading talks with Moscow, said such a concession would backfire because Russia would counterattack harder after the fighting ceased.
“The war will not stop. “It will be paused,” Podolyak told Reuters at the Kyiv president’s residence.
“They will launch a new offensive on a larger scale, more bloody.”
The Kremlin Minister said today that sanctions against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine have created serious logistical problems for Russia.
Russia’s Transport Minister Vitaly Savelyev said Russia had to find new trade routes due to sanctions on standard transport routes to its Asian partners.
Earlier, Russia’s foreign ministry warned that Western sanctions would destabilize the global economy.
Ukraine rejects ceasefire, concedes territory to Russia
Ukraine will not make territorial or ceasefire concessions to Russia, officials said Sunday.
“The war must end with Ukraine’s territorial integrity and full restoration of its sovereignty,” the chief of staff to the President of Ukraine tweeted on Sunday.
This promise was backed by ally Poland, and his president, Andrzej Duda, said a permanent loss of Ukraine’s territory would be a “big blow” for the entire Western bloc.
He warned of attempts to appease President Vladimir Putin and urged other countries to pressure Russia to withdraw completely from Ukraine.
“There are voices of concern that Ukraine will have to succumb to Putin’s demands,” Duda said.
“Only Ukraine has the right to decide its own future,” he said.
The Polish leader is the first foreign leader to address Ukraine’s parliament directly since Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February.
Arpan RaiMay 23, 2022 05:04
Ukraine bans Russian symbols ‘Z’ and ‘V’
Ukraine’s parliament has banned symbols used by Russian troops to promote Ukraine’s civil war.
These symbols “Z” and “V” were widely found on military vehicles in Moscow and in areas occupied by Russian forces in Ukraine during the invasion.
A bill passed by Parliament on Sunday included an exception to the use of Z and V for educational or historical purposes after Volodymyr Zelensky’s intervention.
The wartime president previously vetoed a preliminary version of the bill and said it should be able to display both symbols in museums, libraries, scientific works, reenactments, textbooks and similar occasions.
Of the 423-member Verkhovna Rada parliament, 313 voted in favor of the bill, said opposition lawmaker Yaroslav Zheleznyak.
Arpan RaiMay 23, 2022 04:46
Zelensky joins the Davos Forum today
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky said Monday he will attend a debate at the Davos Forum.
“This is the most influential economic platform in the world where Ukraine has something to say,” Zelensky said.
He added that there will be other public speeches this week, including a speech to the Stanford University community.
The Ukrainian leader will also participate in several bilateral level talks this week with representatives of various countries and international organizations, he said in a nightly speech.
“Our state is expanding international relations every week to ensure we have everything we need to end the war as soon as possible,” said Prime Minister Zelensky.
He said: “If you call this group after the first meeting in Germany, there will be a new meeting of representatives of our partner countries – “Ramstein-2”. We look forward to new and useful decisions for our defense.”
Arpan RaiMay 23, 2022 04:25
WHO General Assembly – Expectations for Ukraine
More than 100 World Health Ministers will attend the World Health Organization’s first face-to-face meeting in Geneva next week in three years.
The European section of the WHO passed a resolution against Russia this month and asked Tedros to prepare a report on Ukraine’s health emergency.
Member States are also preparing a resolution to present to parliament, but diplomats say it will not stop at suspending Russia’s voting rights, as some initially wanted.
Mariam Zakir-HusseinMay 23, 2022 03:00
ICYMI – Controversial new trade route emerges to avoid bottleneck with Ukraine: Iran
Emerging trade routes cut transit times between Europe, West Asia and the Middle East from up to six weeks to as little as six days, reducing transport costs, insurance premiums and refrigeration costs for consumers and exporters.
The truck route, first launched last year with trucks going from the United Arab Emirates and Pakistan to Turkey, will pass through Iran to further integrate Tehran into the global economy, add coffers and increase influence despite years of US efforts. The state quarantines it.
international correspondent Borges Daragahi report:
Mariam Zakir-HusseinMay 23, 2022 02:30
Ukraine excludes all truce agreements giving land to Russia
Ukraine’s chief negotiator ruled out a ceasefire agreement that would allow Kyiv to hand over territory to Russia or allow Russian troops to remain on the land.
Mikhail Podolyak, aide to President Volodymyr Zelensky, who is leading talks with Moscow, said such concessions would backfire because Russia would counterattack more strongly if the fighting ceased.
“The war will not stop. It will be stopped for a while,” said Podolyak. Reuters In the Oval Office of the President of Kyiv.
“They will launch a new offensive on a larger scale, more bloody.”
Mariam Zakir-HusseinMay 23, 2022 02:00
ICYMI – Kyiv rules out ceasefire after Russian air strikes on Ukrainian headquarters
Ukraine has ruled out a ceasefire or a territorial concession to Moscow as Russia intensifies its attacks on the east and south, as Russia strikes the Donbas and Mykolaiv regions with airstrikes and shelling.
Russia’s Ministry of Defense said Russian forces had hit Ukrainian headquarters, troops and ammunition depots in the southern Donbas and Mykolaiv regions in air strikes and artillery strikes.
Vadym Denysenko, adviser to Ukraine’s Interior Ministry, said the fiercest battle centered on the twin cities of Sievierodonetsk and Lysychansk.
These cities form the eastern part of the Ukrainian-owned pockets that Russia has attempted to take over since mid-April. *Reuters was unable to independently verify these battlefield reports.
Mariam Zakir-HusseinMay 23, 2022 01:30
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said Germany was interested in a major gas development project in Senegal.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said he was interested in a major gas development project in Senegal, starting Sunday with a trip to Africa that will focus on the geopolitical consequences of the Ukraine war.
Senegal is believed to have significant natural gas reserves along its border with Mauritania at a time when Germany and other European countries are trying to reduce their dependence on Russian gas imports.
“We have started an exchange and will continue to work at a professional level because it is our desire to make progress,” Scholz said at a joint press briefing with Senegalese President Macy Sal.
A gas project off the coast of Senegal is led by BP and the first barrels are not expected until next year.
This week’s trip marks Scholz’s first visit to Africa since becoming prime minister almost six months ago.
Among the countries he visits, Senegal and South Africa were invited to the G7 summit in Germany at the end of June.
Participants will try to find a common position against Russia, which was then driven out of eight countries after the 2014 seizure of Ukraine’s Crimea.
Mariam Zakir-HusseinMay 23, 2022 01:00
Ukrainian parliament bans Russian war symbol
Ukraine’s parliament on Sunday banned the symbols “Z” and “V” used by the Russian military to promote war in Ukraine, but agreed to President Volodymyr Zelensky’s request to allow use for educational or historical purposes.
Opposition MP Yaroslav Zheleznyak said in a Telegram messaging app that 313 MPs had cast a vote in the 423-member Verkhovna Rada parliament.
Zelenskiy vetoed the previous version of the bill and called for the two symbols to be allowed in museums, libraries, displays of scientific works, reenactments, textbooks and similar examples.
Both letters do not exist in the Russian alphabet. They are especially widely used in Russian military vehicles and equipment, facilitating conflict objectives.
Moscow calls the invasion of Ukraine a “special military operation” to disarm its neighbors and protect them from fascists. Ukraine and the West say the fascist claims are unfounded and that war is an unjustified act of aggression.
Over the weekend, Russia hit positions in eastern Ukraine, hitting the Donbas and Mykolaiv regions with air strikes and shelling.
The new law prohibits the establishment of non-governmental organizations that use Russian war symbols or undermine Ukraine’s sovereignty.
The Ukrainian parliament on Sunday also extended the martial law period by another 90 days until 23 August.
Mariam Zakir-HusseinMay 22, 2022 23:58
Russia presses Donbas attack as Polish leader praises Kyiv
Russia launched an offensive in eastern Ukraine on Sunday as the Polish president visited Kyiv to support European Union aspirations.
Members of Parliament gave a standing ovation to President Andrzej Duda for expressing their gratitude for the honor of speaking in the heart of “the heart of a free, independent and democratic Ukraine”.
Duda received even more applause for saying that Ukraine does not have to obey the terms laid down by Russian President Vladimir Putin to end the conflict.
“Unfortunately, there have been uneasy voices in Europe that Ukraine must yield to Putin’s demands,” he said.
“I want to be clear. Only Ukraine has the right to decide its own future. Only Ukraine has the right to decide for itself.”
Duda’s second visit to Kyiv since April came while Russian and Ukrainian forces battled along a 551 km (342 mi) wedge in the industrial center of eastern Kyiv.
After declaring complete control of the huge seaside steel mill, which was the last defensive fortress of the port city of Mariupol, Russia has sought to expand the territory held by Moscow-backed separatists in the area known as Donbas, with artillery and missiles. started attacking. From 2014.
Mariam Zakir-HusseinMay 22, 2022 23:23