Zelenskyy calls for extension of Türkiye-brokered grain deal

Bitter fighting between Moscow and Kyiv persists in the east and south as Ukrainian forces push back Russian forces on the 258th day of the conflict.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said: “Ukraine is ready to remain the guarantor of global food security”. (Reuters archive)

Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Zelenskyy calls for extension of Ankara-brokered grain export deal

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has told the visiting US ambassador to the United Nations that the Ankara-brokered grain export deal that unblocked three major Ukrainian ports must be extended.

“We maintain the line that the initiative must continue whether or not the Russian Federation is willing,” Zelenskyy told Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield during talks in Kyiv.

He added on the Telegram messaging application: “Ukraine is ready to remain the guarantor of world food security”.

Ukrainian Zelenskyy tells COP27 that Russia’s war is hurting climate efforts

A rapidly warming world ‘cannot afford a single shot’, Ukrainian President Zelensky told UN climate summit, saying Russia’s offensive threatens international efforts to fight against global warming.

“We must stop those who, with their senseless and illegal war, are destroying the ability of the world to work together for a common goal,” he said.

Zelenskyy added that world leaders must tell those who do not take the climate crisis seriously that “they are making a catastrophic mistake”.

Moscow-backed authorities say electricity has been restored in Kherson

Kremlin-backed authorities in southern Ukraine’s Kherson region said power had been fully restored to its main city, after blaming kyiv for attacks that cut off water supplies and in electricity.

The city of Kherson was the first urban center to be captured by Russia after Moscow announced its “special military operation” in February and it suffered breakdowns after strikes on Sunday for which Moscow and kyiv traded blame.

“There is electricity, despite sabotage and attacks,” Kirill Stremousov, deputy head of the Russian-backed Kherson region, said on social media.

Italy ready to supply air defense systems to Ukraine – official

The Italian government is preparing a new arms package for Ukraine, including air defense systems, a ruling coalition official said.

Western countries have delivered more air defense equipment to Ukraine since President Zelenskyy last month asked the leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) countries for help in stopping Russian missiles from raining down on cities Ukrainians.

The Italian coalition official, who declined to be named, said Rome was ready to supply Ukraine with a variety of air defense systems, including the Franco-Italian medium-range SAMP/T and the Italian Aspide, as well as portable Stinger missiles.

Ukrainian Prime Minister: evacuation of cities “would not make sense” at the moment

Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said he sees no need at this time to evacuate Kyiv or any other city that is not near the front lines in the war with Russia.

He made his comments during a cabinet meeting in the wake of Russian attacks on Ukraine’s energy system, and after Kyiv’s mayor told residents to consider everything, including the worst-case scenario of the capital losing outright. electricity and water.

“Right now, the situation is far from (need) to announce an evacuation,” Shmyhal said. “We have to say that announcing the evacuation of any town that is not near the front lines, especially the capital, would not make sense at the present time.”

The restoration of territorial integrity is a key condition for resuming talks: Ukraine

The Ukraine’s Security Council secretary said the “main condition” for resuming negotiations with Russia would be the restoration of Ukraine’s territorial integrity.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy also set conditions for talks with Russia, calling on Moscow to abide by the UN Charter and pay compensation for losses caused by the ongoing war.

Addressing the 27th UN Climate Change Conference via video link, Zelenskyy also reiterated his calls for restoring Ukraine’s territorial integrity, punishing all war criminals and ensuring that this will not happen again.

Russia, US discuss first nuclear talks since Ukraine conflict – report

Russia and the United States plan to hold strategic nuclear weapons talks for the first time since Moscow sent troops to Ukraine, according to a Russian newspaper Kommersant said, citing four sources familiar with the talks.

Talks between the two sides on strategic stability have been frozen since Russia began its military campaign in Ukraine, even as the New START nuclear arms reduction treaty remains in force.

The talks could take place in the Middle East, the newspaper said, adding that Moscow no longer considered Switzerland, the traditional venue, as neutral enough after imposing sanctions on Russia over Ukraine.

Putin may seek to join summit virtually: G20 host

Russian President Vladimir Putin will join the G20 leaders’ summit next week “if the situation is possible”, said his Indonesian counterpart and host of the meeting, adding that Putin could attend virtually instead.

Joko Widodo, who this year chairs the major economies bloc, said Putin in a phone conversation last week had not ruled out attending the Bali summit and would join if possible. “But if not… maybe he will ask to do it virtually,” he told reporters during a visit to Bali without giving further details.

The FinancialTimes The newspaper earlier quoted Widodo as saying his conversation with Putin left him with a “strong impression” that he would not attend.

Ukrainian star novelist Kurkov travels the world for his war “duty”

Internationally acclaimed Ukrainian novelist Andrey Kurkov has become something of a traveling cultural spokesperson for Ukraine’s war effort to “explain to Western audiences what they don’t know and don’t understand about Ukraine” .

The 61-year-old, famous for his Russian-language satirical novel “Death and the Penguin”, he travels to European and American literary festivals to discuss his new non-fiction work, “Diary of an Invasion”.

“It’s my contribution, it’s actually my duty,” Kurkov told AFP.

New Zealand is deploying men and resources to help Ukraine: senior diplomat

New Zealand has deployed people and assets to facilitate the flow of supplies to Ukraine against Russia, the country’s foreign minister has said.

Speaking at a conference, Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta said her country was also providing military assistance to support Ukraine’s right to defend itself.

“In the UK we are training Ukrainian troops and supporting intelligence efforts (and) we have provided humanitarian aid to refugees and those still in Ukraine,” she said.

Ukraine takes control of stakes in five strategic companies under wartime laws

Ukraine invoked wartime laws to take control of stakes in five “strategically important” companies to ensure sufficient supplies for its military.

“A decision concerning certain Ukrainian companies was announced today. This decision was dictated by military necessity and was agreed upon at the Supreme Commander-in-Chief’s staff.

The companies included Motor Sich, KrAz, Ukrnafta, Ukratatnafta and Zaporizhtransformator, with Zelenskyy saying all will participate in Ukraine’s efforts against Russia.

Russian forces attacked more than 50 settlements in Ukraine: Zelenskyy

Russian forces have hit more than 50 settlements in Ukraine, Zelenskyy said in his daily video message, adding that Ukraine is fighting back and advancing gradually.

“We respond everywhere. We have the necessary results – another Russian plane was shot down,” he said, adding that they received new systems that will significantly strengthen Ukrainian air defenses.

“Of course Ukrainian airspace is not completely secure, but we are making progress,” he said.

Donetsk remains ‘epicenter’ of fighting with Russia – Zelenskyy

Zelenskyy said the eastern Donetsk region remained the focal point of fighting in the conflict, with hundreds of Russians being killed every day.

“The Donetsk region remains the epicenter of the occupiers’ greatest madness,” Zelenskyy said. “They are being killed by the hundreds every day. The ground in front of the Ukrainian positions is littered with the bodies of the occupiers.”

The towns of Bakhmut and Avdiivka are the places of the heaviest fighting in the Donetsk region.

North Korea denies arming Russia

North Korea said on Tuesday that US claims that Pyongyang was supplying artillery munitions to Moscow for its war in Ukraine were baseless, state media KCNA reported.

“Recently, the United States has been persistently spreading a baseless ‘arms smuggling rumor’ between the DPRK and Russia,” North Korea’s deputy director of military foreign affairs at the Ministry of National Defense said in a statement. a statement, according to KCNA.

According to the statement, North Korea sees the ‘rumor’ as part of the ‘hostile US attempt to tarnish the image of the DPRK in the international arena’, using an acronym for Korea’s official name. North.

“We make it clear once again that we have never had an ‘arms trade’ with Russia and that we have no plans to do so in the future,” the statement said.

Zelenskyy tells Netanyahu to ‘strengthen our states’

President Zelenskyy has argued for closer security ties with Israel, saying the two countries face similar threats.

“I think everyone knows what Ukraine emphasizes and Israel’s emphasis on security,” Zelenskyy said after a conversation with Benjamin Netanyahu, the winner of Israel’s election last week.

“I believe that we can significantly strengthen our states, especially since the threats we have are linked.”

Zelenskyy has called on Israel for weeks to supply arms, particularly air defense systems, to Ukraine in its conflict with Russia.

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