Latest news of Russia and the war in Ukraine

Latest news of Russia and the war in Ukraine

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Dutch PM Mark Rutte states he’s ‘definitely persuaded’ U.S. will continue supporting Ukraine

Netherland’s Prime Minister Mark Rutte shows up to participate in the European Political Community top at the Palacio de Congreso in Granada, southern Spain on October 5, 2023.

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Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte stated Thursday that he’s “absolutely convinced” the U.S. will continue supporting Ukraine’s war effort.

“Not at all,” Rutte stated when asked whether he was worried about the possibility of President Joe Biden’s administration minimizing its long-lasting assistance for Kyiv in the middle of Russia’s major intrusion.

Rutte stated senior Democrat and Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives had actually just recently gone to the Hague and they were “in overall contract on the requirement to continue the assistance for Ukraine since this about our typical worths [and] it has to do with our typical security.”

“We cannot accept one country in 2022, 2023 invading another nation so I am absolutely convinced that they will solve this issue,” he included.

Asked whether the EU might action in if the U.S. does not resume its assistance for Ukraine, Rutte stated, “It is not required. The EU will do what is required [and] the Netherlands is amongst the leading nations in regards to contribution for Ukraine … however I am definitely persuaded that the U.S. will remain on board.”

— Sam Meredith

EU chief ‘extremely positive’ of ongoing U.S. assistance for Ukraine

The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, goes to the media upon her arrival at the Palacio de Congresos de Granada to take part in the European Political Community (EPC) top, on October 5, 2023, in Granada, Andalusia, Spain.

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European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen stated Thursday that Europe’s assistance for Ukraine was at the core of talks in Spain, stating there was a “strong message to Putin from Dublin to Chisinau that we do not tolerate aggression against a sovereign state.”

Asked about issues over the long-lasting assistance to Ukraine from the U.S., the EU’s von der Leyen stated, “It was very important that President Biden informed us at the beginning of this week what the support for Ukraine is concerned from the side of the United States.”

“Here, in the European Union, we are dealing with a plan of 50 billion euros [$52 billion] for Ukraine for the years 2024 to2027 This is extremely essential since Ukraine requires predictability and dependability in the direct budget plan assistance,” she informed press reporters in Granada for a top of the European Political Community.

“As far as I oversee the situation in the United States, I am very confident of support for Ukraine from the United States. What the United States is working on is the timing.”

— Sam Meredith

EU’s leading diplomat states Europe can do more however it can not change U.S. assistance for Ukraine

EU High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell speak to journalism as he shows up to participate in the European Political Community top at the Palacio de Congreso in Granada, southern Spain on October 5, 2023.

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The European Union’s diplomacy chief stated Europe would not have the ability to change U.S. assistance for Ukraine in the middle of Russia’s major intrusion.

“Well, I was in Kyiv some days ago just at the moment when we knew that the U.S. Congress had not included support to Ukraine on the big deal about the budget in order to avoid the shutdown,” Josep Borrell informed press reporters Thursday in Granada, Spain, for a top of the European Political Community.

“That was certainly not expected, and it is certainly not good news, but I hope it is not going to be a definite position of the U.S.” he continued. “Ukraine needs the support of the European Union, which is sure, they will have it and we will increase it. But also, the support of the U.S.”

Asked whether Europe can fill the space left by the U.S. in the middle of issues about Washington’s long-lasting assistance for Kyiv’s war effort, Borrell responded “Certainly Europe cannot replace the U.S.”

— Sam Meredith

Zelenskyy asks allies for more aid in psychological speech

An psychological President Volodymyr Zelenskyy asked European leaders for more aid to beat Russia as he went to a casual event of local leaders in Spain Thursday.

In a psychological speech, Zelenskyy stated the war had actually disrupted every element of Ukrainian life and society and he hired Kyiv’s partners to assist supply it with more air defenses.

“Until there is a fully effective air defense system, children cannot attend school,” he informed the European Political Community top hosted in Granada, in remarks reported by Reuters.

“Let only Putin’s ambitions be a ruin, not our countries, not our cities. Children of every country deserve to be safe. Everywhere in the country, not just in the subway, not just in underground shelters, but everywhere. We must make it possible. We must ensure that Ukraine wins.”

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy (L) is welcomed by British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak at the start of a plenary session of the European Political Community top at the Palacio de Congreso in Granada, southern Spain on October 5, 2023.

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Referencing current issues over the level of ongoing financing for Ukraine, especially after the U.S. stopped briefly brand-new financing for Kyiv for 45 days as part of an expense gone by the U.S. Congress to prevent a federal government shutdown, Zelenskyy stated he stayed positive in U.S. assistance in spite of the “political storm.”

“I am confident in America. They are strong people with strong institutions, and a strong democracy,” he stated.

–Holly Ellyatt

EU’s Borrell hopes U.S. will alter position to keep supporting Ukraine

High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell speaks throughout an interview following the casual EU Foreign Ministers conference on September 20, 2021 in New York City.

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Infighting in Washington that has actually called into question continuing assistance for Ukraine is “bad news”, European Union’s leading diplomat Josep Borrell stated on Thursday, revealing hope that it was not yet the last position.

He spoke at the start of a conference of the European Political Community Summit, an online forum to cultivate cooperation amongst more than 40 nations developed after Russia’s intrusion.

European leaders collecting in Granada are anticipated to guarantee Zelenskyy of long-lasting assistance after U.S. President Joe Biden voiced worries that Republican infighting in Congress might harm American policy on continuing help toKyiv

— Reuters

Russia attempting ‘unsuccessfully’ to catch towns, while Ukraine gradually advances

Residential structures harmed by Russian strikes in the front-line city of Avdiivka on March 23, 2023, in Ukraine.

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Russian militaries are continuing to attempt to catch Marinka and surround Avdiivka in the Donetsk area of eastern Ukraine, a Ukrainian authorities stated Thursday, keeping in mind that those efforts had actually been not successful up until now.

Both the towns have actually been mainly damaged. Earlier this year, one local main explained Avdiivka appearing like “a place from post-apocalyptic movies.”

“The occupants want to take Marinka with all their might to show some kind of success and are trying to surround Avdiivka as usual,” Oleksandr Shtupun, the spokesperson of the Defense Forces of the Tavria area, statedThursday

“They are not succeeding, but they will try to gain some operational space,” Stupun stated in remarks reported by news firm Ukrinform.

“They think it will be some kind of improvement for them. At the moment they are suffering losses, our soldiers are standing firm and defending Avdiivka and the neighboring settlements,” the spokesperson stated.

“We are ready for any enemy action, all our troops are on standby, and we are not just mindlessly going on the offensive, we are gradually advancing, gaining ground and continuing our activities.” CNBC was not able to instantly confirm the details.

— Holly Ellyatt

The Kremlin informs CNBC what Putin worths most in his inner circle

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) speak to Defence Minister Sergey Shoigu (R) throughout the yearly Navy Day Parade on July 30, 2023, in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin is understood to keep a tight-knit group of authorities and assistants near to him, with most of his inner circle having served him for several years.

Putin’s press secretary informed CNBC that commitment is among 3 qualities the president values most however that “loyalty alone is not enough.”

For more insight on Putin’s inner circle and what makes the president tick from those that deal with him now and have actually performed in the past learn more here:

‘Loyalty alone is not enough’: What Putin needs from his inner circle

— Holly Ellyatt

Kremlin: Questions about Russian navy operations are for defense ministry

Russia’s Black Sea Fleet warships participate in Russia’s Navy Day events in the port city of Novorossiysk on July 30, 2023.

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The Kremlin on Thursday stated concerns about Russian marine operations ought to be directed to the defense ministry after the Wall Street Journal reported that Russia had actually withdrawn the bulk of its Black Sea Fleet from its primary base in annexed Crimea.

The WSJ stated the relocation had actually been a reaction to Ukrainian attacks. Russia took and unilaterally annexed Crimea from Ukraine in2014 Kyiv has actually sworn to restore its control over the peninsula and the other areas that Russia has actually recorded.

Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov decreased to discuss the story, or on reports that Russia had actually signed an offer for a long-term marine base upon the Black Sea coast of the breakaway Georgian area of Abkhazia.


Ukraine’s President Zelenskyy in Spain for top

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy goes to a joint conference with journalism with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg following their settlements, in Kyiv.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy remains in Spain on Thursday to participate in a casual event of EU presidents and federal government in the city of Grenada.

“We are working together with partners on enhancing the European security architecture, particularly regional security,” the president stated on X, previously referred to as Twitter.

“We will pay special attention to the Black Sea region as well as our joint efforts to strengthen global food security and freedom of navigation,” he stated, keeping in mind that Ukraine’s crucial top priority as winter season techniques is to enhance its air defenses.

“We have already laid the groundwork for new agreements with partners and look forward to their approval and implementation,” he included, without offering additional information.

Russian forces assaulted Ukraine with 29 Iranian- made “Shahed” drones from the south, with 24 of the unmanned aerial automobiles downed within the southern Odesa, Mykolaiv areas and main Kirovohrad location.

An facilities item was struck in the Kirovohrad area however no casualties or heavy effect reported in the other areas, Ukraine’s flying force stated.

— Holly Ellyatt

Russia prepares marine base upon Black Sea coast of breakaway Georgian area

Russia has actually signed an offer for a long-term marine base upon the Black Sea coast of the breakaway Georgian area of Abkhazia, its leader was priced estimate on Thursday as stating by the Izvestiya paper, a day after he satisfied President Vladimir Putin.

Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, based in Sevastopol on the Crimean peninsula, which Moscow annexed from Ukraine in 2014, has actually been consistently targeted by Ukrainian forces considering that the 2022 Russian intrusion of Ukraine.

Aslan Bzhania, the self-styled president of Russian- backed Abkhazia, stated a contract had actually been signed for a long-term marine base in the Ochamchira area.

“We have signed an agreement, and in the near future there will be a permanent base of the Russian Navy in the Ochamchira district,” Bzhania informed Izvestiya.

The waters of the Black Sea along a pier in Sukhum in the Ochamchira area of Abkhazia.

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“This is all aimed at increasing the level of defence capability of both Russia and Abkhazia, and this kind of interaction will continue,” he stated. “There are also things I can’t talk about.”

Russia made no instant remark.

Russia acknowledged Abkhazia and another breakaway area, South Ossetia, as independent states in 2008 after Russian soldiers drove away a Georgian effort to retake South Ossetia in a five-day war which ended on August 12, 2008.

The West implicated Russia of successfully annexing Abkhazia and South Ossetia and when talk appeared in 2009 of a Russian base in Ochamchira, the NATO military alliance revealed issue.

The news of the Russian base at Ochamchira, where the Soviet Union had a marine base, might show Russia is looking for options to Sevastopol while likewise broadening its military existence down the Black Sea coast towards Turkey.

The Wall Street Journal reported that Russia had actually withdrawn the bulk of its Black Sea Fleet from its primary base in annexed Crimea due to Ukrainian attacks.

At his conference with Bzhania on Wednesday, Putin did not state anything about a marine base. But Bzhania did state that he wished to take part in “the integration processes initiated by the Russian side.”

— Reuters

Russia performs civil defense workouts based upon ‘global armed dispute’

Russia has actually been carrying out civil defense workouts throughout much of the nation as it wants to prepare the general public, Britain’s Ministry of Defense stated Thursday.

The civil defense workouts were based “on a scenario of large-scale international armed conflict,” the ministry kept in mind in an intelligence upgrade published on X, previously referred to as Twitter.

The workouts have actually happened yearly considering that 2012 and accompany Russian Civil Defense Day onOct 4. This year’s workouts are not likely to have actually been considerably altered or broadened, the ministry mentioned.

Russian Emergency Situations Ministry firemens snuff out a fire on an oil storage throughout simulation workouts at an oil plant outside Stavropol.

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“For generations, the USSR and then Russia has paid attention to domestic preparations for a major conflict. However, even with the ongoing war in Ukraine, it is unlikely Russia has significantly changed its posture of national preparedness in recent months,” the ministry kept in mind.

— Holly Ellyatt

Russia might utilize sea mines to assault civilian ships in Black Sea, UK cautions

Russia might utilize sea mines to target civilian ships in the Black Sea, the U.K.’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office cautioned late Wednesday.

The U.K. stated recently declassified intelligence programs Russia might continue to target civilian shipping in the Black Sea, consisting of by laying sea mines in the technique to Ukrainian ports.

The U.K. formerly cautioned that the Russian armed force had actually tried a rocket strike versus a freight ship in the BlackSea “The U.K. assesses that Russia would lay blame on Ukraine for any attacks,” the FCDO stated in a press declaration.

An bird’s-eye view of a dry freight ship transferring grain from Ukraine under the U.N.-brokered Black Sea offer.

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“The U.K. assesses Russia is seeking to target civilian shipping travelling through Ukraine’s ‘humanitarian corridor’ in order to deter the export of Ukrainian grain. This would continue Russia’s attempts to pressure the Ukrainian economy. Russia almost certainly wants to avoid openly sinking civilian ships, instead falsely laying blame on Ukraine for any attacks against civilian vessels in the Black Sea,” it kept in mind.

The FCDO stated by launching its evaluation of this intelligence, the U.K. looks for to expose Russia’s strategies to prevent any such occurrence.

“We are dealing with Ukraine and other partners to put in location plans to enhance the security of shipping. Our guidance to British shipping has actually not altered the U.K.’s maritime security level for Ukrainian ports and waters stays at the greatest level due to the hazard presented by Russia.”

It included that it had actually put in location intelligence, security and reconnaissance abilities to keep an eye on Russian activity in the BlackSea

In July, Russia withdrew from the Black Sea Grain Initiative, a handle Ukraine to allow the safe export of farming items from 3 Ukrainian ports, stating its own exports dealt with continuing constraints from sanctions.

Since then, the U.K. declared that Russia has actually harmed 130 port infrastructure centers in Odesa, Chornomorsk and Reni, and damaged nearly 300,000 tonnes of grain– more than the overall quantity Russia guaranteed to contribute to African states, and enough to feed over 1.3 million individuals for a year.

Russia has actually not reacted to the U.K.’s claims.

— Holly Ellyatt

Ukraine has actually developed ‘invisibility capes,’ minister states

Ukraine has actually developed its equivalent of an invisibility cape, digital improvement minister Mykhailo Fedorov wrote on social networks platform X, previously referred to as Twitter.

“Have u ever read about invisibility cloaks in fairy tales? Well, Ukrainians made it,” Fedorov composed.

The cape in concern obstructs heat radiation, making soldiers unnoticeable to thermal electronic cameras, Fedorov stated, and assisting them to work successfully through the night.

— Hannah Ward-Glenton

UK PM states allies should supply tools for Ukraine to ‘complete the task’

U.K. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak utilized his heading speech at the close of the conference to reassert his authority and lay out a variety of brand-new policies.

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U.K. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak gotten in touch with global allies to continue to assistance Ukraine throughout a significant project speech.

“I say this to our allies, if we give President Zelenskyy the tools, the Ukrainians will finish the job,” Sunak stated at the yearly conference of the judgment ConservativeParty “Slava Ukraini [glory to Ukraine].”

The U.K. is the 2nd biggest company of military support to Ukraine after the U.S., providing ₤ 4.6 billion ($ 5.59 billion) in 2022 and dedicating to the very same figure in 2023.

— Jenni Reid

Russian reporter who staged live television demonstration sentenced in absentia

Marina Ovsyannikova stands inside an offenders’ box throughout a court session over charges of “discrediting” the Russian army, in Moscow, on August 11,2022 She has actually considering that left the nation.

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Russian reporter Marina Ovsyannikova was on Wednesday sentenced in absentia to 8 years and 6 months in prison for “public dissemination of knowingly false information” concerning the Russian militaries, according to a Telegram post by the Moscow City Court.

Ovsyannikova amassed global attention in 2022 when she appeared on a live news broadcast on state television with an indication stating “Stop the war” and “They’re lying to you” in Russian and “Russians against war” in English, together with the Ukrainian and Russian flags.

She was charged under brand-new Russian laws forbiding the spread of incorrect details or discrediting of the army, however got away home arrest in 2015 and left with her child for a European nation.

In a declaration Tuesday, she called the charges “absurd and politically motivated.”

“Of course, I do not admit my guilt. And I don’t go back on a single word,” Ovsyannikova stated.

— Jenni Reid

NATO authorities states Western military ammo for Ukraine near ‘bottom of the barrel’

Admiral Rob Bauer, chair of the NATO Military Committee.

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NATO’s most senior authorities on Tuesday stated “the bottom of the barrel is now visible” when it concerns Western military ammo for Ukraine, according to a BBC report from the Warsaw Security Forum.

Admiral Rob Bauer, chair of the NATO Military Committee, stated federal governments and defense producers require to increase the speed of production.

“We need large volumes. The just-in-time, just-enough economy we built together in 30 years in our liberal economies is fine for a lot of things – but not the armed forces when there is a war ongoing,” Bauer stated, according to the BBC.

— Jenni Reid

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