Volodymyr Zelenskyj is scheduled to speak on Wednesday – exceptionally via video link instead of at the lectern of the General Assembly.Image: Planet Pix via ZUMA Press Wire / Ukrainian Presidential Press Off
More than six months after the start of the Russian war of aggression in the Ukraine Kyiv was able to recapture large areas in the east and south in a major counter-offensive. Ukrainian troops have the situation in the liberated areas in the Kharkiv region firmly under control, stressed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Meanwhile, Ukraine wants to bring its complaint against the Russian war of aggression to the UN.
7.16 a.m .: Ukraine brings its lawsuit to the UN
Ukraine is taking its complaint about the Russian war of aggression to the highest stage of world public opinion, in front of the United Nations General Assembly. It is an important day and he is preparing his subsequent speech via video link, said President Volodymyr Zelenskyj about the start of the UN general debate in New York on Tuesday. “There will be important signals from our state,” he announced in a speech distributed from Kyiv on Monday evening.
The Ukrainian head of state is scheduled to speak on Wednesday – exceptionally via video link instead of at the lectern of the General Assembly. Russia had tried to only allow Zelenskyj to speak in the foreseeable, unlikely event that he would have personally come to New York. The member states rejected this condition with a majority, so that the Ukrainian head of state is now involved.
6.07 a.m .: Selenskyj with his military: Fast action is necessary
After consulting with his military officials, Zelenskyy said that the Ukrainian forces had a firm grip on the situation in the liberated areas near Kharkiv in the east. He thanked individual army brigades, but also the SBU secret service, whose leadership he replaced in July. In the meantime, the SBU is making sure “that the occupiers can’t stay anywhere on Ukrainian soil.”
Many areas in the Kharkiv region are now back in Ukrainian and. Image: SOPA Images via ZUMA Press Wire / Oleksii Chumachenko
At the same time, the head of state called for quick action: Speed is important in stabilizing the liberated regions, normalizing life there and advancing troops. Support from abroad must also keep up with this pace, he demanded.
5.33 a.m .: Separatists want rapid accession to Russia
With Ukrainian troops advancing in the east, Moscow’s governors in the separatist regions of Luhansk and Donetsk are pushing ahead with a campaign for rapid accession to Russia. In the People’s Republic of Luhansk, a so-called civil chamber appealed to the local leadership to hold a referendum on the annexation soon. A little later, in the People’s Republic of Donetsk, the Citizens’ Chamber followed with the same request, as reported by the Russian news agency Tass. The people in the Cherson region are also demanding a referendum, said the head of administration Kirill Stremoussov, appointed by Russia.
You can find older news about the war in Ukraine here.
Is it a balancing act or a dig? On Thursday, the world looked to the Central Asian country of Uzbekistan, because this is where the autocrats of the East met: Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping – to name just two examples.