Here are the highlights of the events related to the war in Ukraine in the last 24 hours:
Zelensky: Ukraine loses up to 30 soldiers a day, about 250 are injured
Up to 30 Ukrainian soldiers are killed every day in combat operations against Russian troops and around 250 are injured, Ukrainian President Volodymyr has said. Zelensky announced in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, quoted by Ukrinform.
“At the height of the fighting in May and June, Ukraine was losing 100-200 soldiers a day, now that number has dropped to 30 a day and around 250 wounded“, he told the publication.
Zelensky said he received daily information on the matter from the military command. The change in the balance of fire, which occurred due to the effective use of Western weapons systems by Ukrainian troops, contributed to reducing the number of casualties, the publication said.
The president rejects the possibility of a ceasefire because, according to him, it would Russia to rearm and regroup, but also to maintain control over captured territories, which would generally contribute to the expansion of the conflict.
“Freeze the conflict with Russia means a pause that gives Russia break. They will not use this break to change their geopolitics or give up their claims on former Soviet republics,” he said.
According to him, Ukrainian society believes that all territories must first be liberated, and only then will it be possible to agree on what to do next.
Zelensky added that Russian President Vladimir Putin had underestimated Ukraineand acknowledged that the Russian invasion had caused significant damage to Western businesses and consumers, but thanked the allies for their continued assistance.
Ukrainian authorities reported that more than 1,000 Russian troops were surrounded by Ukrainian troops in the southern Kherson region Ukraine, reported DPA. An adviser to the Ukrainian president, Oleksiy Arestovych, said that after an unsuccessful attempt to break through Ukrainian lines, Russian forces found themselves in a “tactical encirclement” not far from the village of Visokopolie.
The Ukrainian army has launched several counter-offensives against occupying Russian troops in the Kherson region, which has been largely under Russian control since the early stages of the invasion. In recent months, there have been repeated anti-Russian demonstrations and even attacks against representatives of the pro-Russian administration appointed by Moscow, recalls BTA.
The U.S. government plans to provide Ukraine with US fighter jets, said White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby, quoted by DPA. In his words, the United States is currently “carry out preliminary studies on the possibility of supplying fighter jets to the Ukrainians. However, Kirby warned that this is not something that could happen easily, as the integration and use of modern combat aircraft equipped with sophisticated equipment and weapons takes time..”
“The West is trying to make Montenegro and North Macedonia tools in the anti-Russian game”
“The West is trying to use Montenegro and North Macedonia as tools in the anti-Russian game”. This was stated by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in an interview with the “Nashe Kino” association, published on the website of the Russian Foreign Ministry, TASS reported, quoted by BTA.
“There is a striking change between the feelings of Montenegrins and Macedonians about Russia and what their politicians are forced to do by Brussels, the EU and NATO. This is an attempt to turn them into a “tool” in the anti-Russian game,” he said.
In his words, it is “the same thing as Ukraine and a number of other Eastern European countries have tried to make. He added that the West had previously fueled Russophobic sentiments in these two countries.
Lavrov positively assessed the decision of the Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church (SOC) to return the Church of North Macedonia to its composition.
“I assess this (restoration of Eucharistic communion between the Serbian and Macedonian Churches) only positively. I think this is a reasonable decision by the Orthodox Church and Patriarch Porphyry“, he said in the interview for the Nashe Kino association.
According to the Minister,it is a worthy response to the intrigues of the Patriarch of Constantinople“.
“He tried to bury forever any relationship between other Orthodox churches, especially between Serbs and Macedonians, Lavrov said. – This provocative plan was foiled.”
The head of the Russian Foreign Ministry described the decision to restore Eucharistic communion between the Serbian and Macedonian Churches as wise.
“This allows the resumption of Eucharistic communion with the Russian Orthodox Church, which interests us. I am convinced that this will serve the good of Orthodoxy.“, Lavrov said.
Lavrov begins a tour of Africa tomorrow from Egypt in search of allies as his country struggles with international isolation due to the invasion of Ukrainereported Reuters.
After his meeting in Cairo with members of the Arab League, the first Russian diplomat will visit Ethiopia and Uganda, which have strained relations with the West, as well as the Republic of Congo.
Egypt maintains close strategic and economic relations with Russiafrom whom she buys wheat and arms, and before the war also hosted Russian tourists. This week, RussiaState-owned Rosatom has begun the long-delayed construction of Egypt’s first nuclear power plant, the largest bilateral project since the construction of the Aswan Dam in 1970.
Diplomats said several Western countries had urged Egypt and Arab League members not to accept Russiaversion of events in Ukraine. The West’s attitude towards war in Ukraine met with limited approval among Arab and African countries, HA Hellier of Britain’s Royal United Services Institute think tank told Reuters.
Yet for Egypt, relations with the United States remain paramount and, in line with the Western position, Cairo recently refused to accept at least one Russian shipment of grain which Ukraine said was stolen in the occupied territories, the news agency noted.
RussiaTurkey, Ukraine and the United Nations signed an agreement to export the grain
In Istanbul, an agreement was signed on the UN plan to unblock the export of Ukrainian grain under the conditions of war and allow Russia export grain and fertilizers, reports “Hurriet”.
The signing ceremony at Dolmabahçe Palace in Istanbul was attended by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. On the Russian side, the document was signed by Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu. Before that, Ukraine signed its part of the agreement – also with Turkey and the UN. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov signed separate but identical agreements with UN and Turkish officials to retake blocked Black Sea shipping routes. Ukrainian officials said they did not want to put their names on the same document with the Russians because of the five-month war.
Erdoğan said that “the conflict in Ukraine will end at the negotiating table.”
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan – a key player in the talks who enjoys good relations with Moscow and Kyiv – said he hoped the deal would pave the way for eventual peace in Ukraine.
“I hope that this common approach that we are taking with Ukraine and Russia will revive the path of peace“said the Turkish leader.
Erdogan called the Istanbul food meeting “historical“, claiming that the agreement between Ankara, Moscow, Kyiv and the United Nations would prevent the risk of hunger in the world.
“Today in the Black Sea there is a beacon – a beacon of hope, a beacon of opportunity, a beacon of relief.” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said when signing the agreement after months of difficult negotiations that repeatedly threatened to fail. “It will bring relief to developing countries that are on the brink of bankruptcy and to the most vulnerable people who are on the brink of starvation“said António Guterres, quoted by AFP.
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