The situation in Ukraine on Saturday, November 25, 2023. (640 Day)
President Volodymyr Zelenskiy outlined three crucial international objectives for Ukraine amid the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war. Obtaining approval for substantial aid packages from the US Congress and the European Union, and initiating formal accession talks to join the EU. In a recent development, Zelenskiy also disclosed the removal of four deputy commanders in the national guard, without specifying the reasons behind their dismissal.
In the course of a dialogue with the departing Dutch Prime Minister, Mark Rutte, President Zelenskiy emphasized the imperative of upholding European cohesion, particularly in view of the recent electoral success of Geert Wilders’ Party for Freedom (PVV) in the Netherlands. Kajsa Ollongren, the Dutch Minister of Defense, conveyed optimism on the continuation of military assistance to Kyiv, while also expressing apprehension regarding the position of the PVV party on Ukraine.
Slovakia’s Prime Minister, Robert Fico, characterized the conflict between Ukraine and Russia as a “frozen conflict.” Meanwhile, the British Ministry of Defence reported that Ukrainian long-range precision strikes were inflicting significant casualties on Russian forces well beyond the frontline.
In another development, Ukraine’s truckers’ union indicated waning optimism for a swift resolution to the ongoing Polish trucker protests at the border. Simultaneously, Finland temporarily shuttered seven of its eight passenger crossings to Russia.
Finnish Prime Minister Petteri Orpo emphasized the need to halt the substantial influx of migrants via Russia. Meanwhile, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Olha Stefanishyna warned that a veto against the country’s European aspirations at an upcoming EU summit would be a collective failure of responsibility.
President Zelenskiy is set to unveil plans to expand the Grain from Ukraine program across Africa, one year after its initiation. The announcement, scheduled for Saturday, will be accompanied by the appointment of new goodwill ambassadors, including Charlotte Leslie, a former Conservative MP with extensive connections in the Middle East.
In the middle of Ukraine’s war against Russia’s invasion, major officials from Canada and the European Union reaffirmed their unwavering support for the country. Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and European Union President Donald Tusk both made the statements. They made this pledge in a joint statement that they released on Friday, declaring
“We will stand with Ukraine for as long as it takes.” – Leaders from Canada and the European Union
The commitment extends to meeting Ukraine’s immediate requirements in the areas of military and defense while simultaneously maintaining long-term security commitments.
Vasyl Maliuk, the head of Ukraine’s Security Service, made the announcement in a broadcast on Friday that a sea drone attack on Russia’s Crimean bridge in July had interrupted navy operations, forcing Moscow to turn to ferries for the transportation of weaponry. Maliuk pointed out that a subsequent attack in August had substantially disrupted operations on the 19-kilometer bridge, which is the longest in Europe, calling into question the notion that Russia is invincible..
In its response to the decision made by Moldova to join the EU in imposing sanctions against Russia, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs characterized the move as an aggressive gesture with the intention of cutting ties with Moscow. As a manifestation of the country’s alignment with the “collective west’s” anti-Russian campaign, the ministry announced its intention to react, citing Moldova’s alignment with punitive measures as part of its attempt to join the European Union as a manifestation of the country’s affiliation with anti-Russian campaign.
Source: The guardian