Ukraine updates: US protection chief on shock go to to Kyiv

Skip subsequent part Russia lodges formal grievance over Finland’s border closures

November 20, 2023

Russia lodges formal grievance over Finland’s border closures

Russia‘s Foreign Ministry on Monday stated it had lodged a proper protest with Finland‘s ambassador in Moscow over Helsinki’s resolution to shut 4 border crossings with Russia over the weekend.

The ministry stated that the transfer was “rushed” and that it was in violation of the rights and pursuits of tens of 1000’s of individuals on both facet of the border.

Finland says that the choice to shut the 4 crossing factors is to cease asylum seekers from nations resembling Iraq, Yemen, Somalia and Syria, who Finnish authorities say are being purposely ushered in direction of the border by Russia. The Kremlin has denied the allegations.

Finland’s President Sauli Niinisto stated the method of returning asylum seekers not assembly standards for cover, had change into more and more tough.

“Deportation of migrants who don’t meet the criteria for asylum has become impossible, so entering the border means you stay in that country if you want to,” Niinisto stated, whereas on a state go to to Poland.

Niinisto referred to as for a European Union-wide resolution to cease uncontrollable entry to the passport-free space. “It is impossible that each country just by itself tries to take care of the situation which might break out in a neighboring country immediately afterwards,” Niinisto stated.

Finland and Russia: Friendly neighbors no extra

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Skip subsequent part Ukraine fires high cyber safety officers

November 20, 2023

Ukraine fires high cyber safety officers

Kyiv has dismissed to high-ranking cyber protection officers amid an investigation into allegations of embezzlement.

Cabinet chief Taras Melnychuck stated in a Telegram submit that Yurii Shchyhol — head of the State Service of Special Communications and Information Protection of Ukraine (SSSCIP), and his deputy, Viktor Zhora, have been dismissed.

No causes have been supplied by Melnychuck however the adjustments come as anti-corruption prosecutors introduced they have been investigating officers in cyber safety over allegations of a plot to embezzle 62 million UAH ($1.72 million) in 2021.

Ukraine has made strikes to clamp down on corruption in authorities because it seeks EU membership.

Skip subsequent part Russia expresses ‘remorse’ over Finland closing border crossings

November 20, 2023

Russia expresses ‘remorse’ over Finland closing border crossings

Russia on Monday expressed remorse over Finland’s resolution to shut a number of border crossings

Asked in regards to the closure of the 4 crossings, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated: “This causes nothing but deep regret, because we had long-standing, very good relations with Finland, pragmatic, based on mutual respect.”

“And of course, we regret that these relations were replaced by such an exclusively Russophobic position, which the leaders of this country began to espouse,” Peskov stated.

Last week, Finland’s prime minister Petteri Orpo stated that 4 of the nation’s 9 crossing factors on its lengthy japanese border with Russia can be closed from Saturday in an try and stem the move of asylum seekers.

Ties soured after Finland’s resolution to be part of the NATO protection alliance within the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Finland has accused Russia of facilitating migrant arrivals at its border, with a uptick in tried entries prior to now a number of months.

Skip subsequent part In Kyiv, US protection secretary pledges ongoing assist

November 20, 2023

In Kyiv, US protection secretary pledges ongoing assist

US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin arrived in Kyiv on Monday on an unannounced go to to Ukraine.

“I’m here today to deliver an important message: the United States will continue to stand with Ukraine in their fight for freedom against Russia’s aggression, both now and into the future,” Austin stated in a submit on social media platform X, previously Twitter. 

The journey to Kyiv is Austin’s second go to since Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.

While the US has been offering tens of billions in help to assist Ukraine defend itself, President Joe Biden’s administration has confronted growing resistance over continued US assist from hard-line Republicans.

Next month, the US will host a joint US-Ukraine army trade convention in Washington.

Kyiv is trying to ramp up efforts to supply its personal weapons amid issues that Western provides of arms could be faltering.

Skip subsequent part Ukraine’s army reviews repelling dozens of Russian assaults

November 20, 2023

Ukraine’s army reviews repelling dozens of Russian assaults

Multiple Russian assaults alongside the almost 1,000-kilometer (621-mile) entrance in japanese Ukraine have been repelled, in line with senior Ukrainian army management.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine stated that it had recorded 46 “combat clashes” on Sunday.

The focal factors of the assaults have been the japanese cities of Maryinka and Avdiivka, situated close to the Russian-controlled metropolis of Donetsk.

Ukraine’s army reported that “there are dead and wounded among the civilian population” on account of the Russian assaults, however didn’t present any figures.

Russian forces have been attempting to encompass the Ukrainian defenders embedded in Avdiivka for weeks.

According to British army intelligence, chilly and moist autumn climate is making it more and more tough for each side.

Skip subsequent part 2 killed in Kherson shelling — native governor

November 20, 2023

2 killed in Kherson shelling — native governor

The regional governor of Kherson on Monday stated two individuals had been killed after Russian shelling hit a parking zone within the southern Ukrainian metropolis.

Kherson Governor Oleksandr Prokudin stated in a Telegram submit that the 2 lifeless have been drivers for “a private transport business.”

Prokudin’s submit was accompanied with photos of destroyed vehicles and firefighters working on the scene.

Since they have been pushed out of the regional capital by Ukrainian troops final yr, Russian forces have often shelled Kherson from throughout the Dnipro River.