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 mentioned it had lodged a proper protest with Finland‘s ambassador in Moscow over Helsinki’s choice to shut 4 border crossings with Russia over the weekend.

The ministry mentioned that the transfer was “rushed” and that it was in violation of the rights and pursuits of tens of hundreds 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 international locations resembling Iraq, Yemen, Somalia and Syria, who Finnish authorities say are being purposely ushered in the direction of the border by Russia. The Kremlin has denied the allegations.

Finland’s President Sauli Niinisto mentioned the method of returning asylum seekers not assembly standards for defense, had turn 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 mentioned, 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 mentioned.

Finland and Russia: Friendly neighbors no extra

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Skip subsequent part Ukraine fires prime cyber safety officers

November 20, 2023

Ukraine fires prime cyber safety officers

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

Cabinet chief Taras Melnychuck mentioned in a Telegram put up 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 modifications 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 choice to shut a number of border crossings

Asked concerning the closure of the 4 crossings, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov mentioned: “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 mentioned.

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

Ties soured after Finland’s choice to be a 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 up to now a number of months.

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

November 20, 2023

In Kyiv, US protection secretary pledges ongoing help

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 mentioned in a put up 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 support to assist Ukraine defend itself, President Joe Biden’s administration has confronted rising resistance over continued US help from hard-line Republicans.

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

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

Skip subsequent part Ukraine’s navy studies repelling dozens of Russian assaults

November 20, 2023

Ukraine’s navy studies repelling dozens of Russian assaults

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

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

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

Ukraine’s navy 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 making an attempt to encompass the Ukrainian defenders embedded in Avdiivka for weeks.

According to British navy 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 mentioned two individuals had been killed after Russian shelling hit a car parking zone within the southern Ukrainian metropolis.

Kherson Governor Oleksandr Prokudin mentioned in a Telegram put up that the 2 useless have been drivers for “a private transport business.”

Prokudin’s put up was accompanied with footage of destroyed automobiles and firefighters working on the scene.

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