Ukraine: UK Prime Minister in Kyiv to announce new aid | War in Ukraine
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky shakes hands with British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak in kyiv.
New British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced new military aid, including anti-aircraft aid, and assured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky of his support “until Ukraine wins” as a first train reconnected the Ukrainian capital to Kherson after the Russian withdrawal from that city.
“We will stand with you until Ukraine gains the peace and security it needs and #x27;she deserves.
— Rishi Sunak, British Prime Minister
Mr. Sunak made the statement in Kyiv alongside the Ukrainian president during a surprise visit for the first time since taking office in late October.
Mr. Zelensky welcomed this meaningful and useful visit for both countries. With friends like you on our side, we have confidence in our victory, he then tweeted.
Mr. Sunak announced new military aid worth 50 million pounds (C$79.6 million) which includes anti-aircraft guns, radars and anti-drone equipment. He also announced 16 million pounds ($25.4 million CAD) in humanitarian aid.
In Kherson, southern Ukraine, after eight months of Russian occupation, the rail link to Kyiv was reopened exactly one week after the Russian withdrawal, allowing families to finally reunite.
Svytlana Dosenko fights back tears as she waits for her only son, whom she has not seen since the start of the war on February 24. I only have him, she exclaims. Her husband died of COVID-19 two days after the conflict began. The electricity had been cut at the hospital where he was on a ventilator.
Mykola Desiatnikov and Oksana Shevluga wait on the platform of Kherson station to be reunited with their loved ones as they travel on the first train to arrive at Kherson station since the Russian invasion.
The reopening of this rail link should also make it possible to supply Kherson, which is in desperate need of humanitarian aid. By withdrawing, the Russians destroyed critical infrastructure, leaving the city without water or electricity as a harsh winter sets in.
The Ukrainian presidency announced that Andriï Yermak, chief of staff of Mr. Zelensky, had met Isabelle Dumont, adviser to the French presidency, to discuss in particular the preparations for the conference planned in Paris on December 13 on the reconstruction and on aid to Ukrainian civilians in the face of the onset of winter.
On Friday, Kyiv appealed to the European Union for additional support for winter with almost half of its energy infrastructure disabled by massive Russian strikes since early October.
Spain announced on Saturday the dispatch of 14 new electric generators, in addition to the five announced on October 19, as well as 30 additional ambulances and police reinforcements to help authorities investigate possible war crimes.
Many Ukrainians are battling the onset of winter with little to no electricity and no hot water as the first snowfall of winter fell across the country on Thursday after more than a month. month and a half of bombings on Ukraine's energy grid.
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Moscow blames the power cuts and their impact on civilians on kyiv's refusal to negotiate rather than Russian missile attacks. kyiv counters that Moscow is not really interested in peace talks and suggested on Friday evening that the Kremlin now seeks a short truce, a respite to regain strength.
Peace will only come after we destroy the Russian army in Ukraine and reach the 1991 borders, Yermak said on Saturday. Only then will peace be possible.
The borders of 1991 are those of independent Ukraine at the fall of the USSR, which include Crimea.
For their part, Asia-Pacific leaders said they mostly condemned the war in Ukraine in the final statement of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, echoing language from the G20 summit in Indonesia earlier in the week.
Since the start of the war, 437 children have been killed in Ukraine and more than 837 injured, it said the Ukrainian authorities on Saturday.
The UN released a report this week that prisoners of war on both sides had been subjected to torture and ill-treatment. Ukrainian army said it is verifying the authenticity of videos which Moscow says prove that kyiv executed more than ten Russian soldiers who had surrendered.
Russia on Friday accused Ukraine of committing a war crime in the wake of Ukrainian accusations of large-scale torture by Russian forces in Kherson. The UN said it is reviewing the videos.
After the Ukrainian army took over part of the Kherson region last week, the lines end up moving in the south.
Well behind the front, in the Crimean peninsula annexed by Moscow in 2014, the Russian army is carrying out fortification work : it is a question of guaranteeing the safety of the Crimeans, assured Sergei Aksionov, governor installed by Moscow.
Ukraine has repeated several times in recent months that it wants to retake the peninsula, by force if necessary.
Russia on Saturday denounced a provocative decision by Warsaw after Poland's refusal to allow Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to enter its territory for a meeting of the heads of OSCE diplomacy.
Poland's decision […] is provocative and unprecedented, Russian diplomacy said in a statement. Not only has Warsaw discredited itself in this way, but it has caused irreparable damage to the authority of the entire Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, a statement read.
Sergei Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister
Poland, which is organizing the ministerial meeting of the OSCE in early December, announced on Friday that it had refused entry to its territory to Mr. Lavrov.
We expect the Russian Federation to choose the members of its delegation in accordance with the regulations in force, explained to AFP a source within this rotating annual presidency, currently held by Warsaw.
According to her, the Russian delegation should not include those sanctioned by the European Union following the Russian offensive in Ukraine launched on February 24, including Sergei Lavrov.
We are convinced that all reasonable politicians share the view of the Russian side that such actions are unacceptable, responded Russian diplomacy.
These destructive decisions of the Poles […] push the OSCE towards the abyss, she claimed, accusing the OSCE of turning into a ground for anti-Russian exercises. The meeting of the 57 foreign ministers of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe will take place on December 1-2 in Lodz, a city in central Poland.
The Russian delegation will be led there by the Russian Ambassador to the OSCE, Alexander Lukashevich, according to Moscow.
Since its creation in 1975, at the heart of the Cold War to foster East-West dialogue, the OSCE is headquartered in Vienna, Austria.
The annual OSCE Ministerial Meeting, at which Mr . Lavrov usually participates, is the central body of this international organization, responsible for its decisions.
It is an opportunity for Ministers of Foreign Affairs to examine the work of the OSCE in all its fields of activity.