Slovakia will continue to provide maximum security assistance to Ukraine

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy met with President of the Slovak Republic Zuzana Čaputová who is on a visit to our country.

Greeting Zuzana Čaputová in Kyiv, he stressed that Slovakia had taken a principled position and supported Ukraine from the very beginning of the full-scale invasion of the Russian Federation.

“The Slovak people fully support Ukraine and the citizens of our country in the struggle for freedom and realize that it is a struggle for our common freedom and common values of a free, united Europe,” said the Ukrainian Head of State during a meeting with media representatives after the talks with the President of the Slovak Republic.

The key topics of the meeting were defense and economic assistance to Ukraine, support for granting our country the status of a candidate for EU membership, as well as strengthening sanctions against Russia.

“Slovakia’s contribution to strengthening our defense capabilities is really significant. I also highly appreciate the personal role of the President in providing defense assistance to Ukraine. This cooperation of ours is based on the common vision that a reliable peace in Ukraine and in the whole of Europe is possible only on the basis of full restoration of territorial integrity and respect for the sovereignty of our state. And I was assured that Slovakia will continue to provide maximum security assistance to Ukraine,” Volodymyr Zelenskyy stressed.

He also said that Ukraine and Slovakia have a common view on the need to strengthen sanctions against Russia.

“A situation where more than 50 days have passed between the fifth and sixth sanctions packages against Russia is not acceptable. It is good that we see progress in approving the EU’s sixth sanctions package. I hope that the sixth package will be approved in the near future,” the Ukrainian Head of State stressed.

According to him, the key restrictions that should motivate Russia to end the war should apply to the Russian energy sector as an energy weapon.

The Presidents also discussed Ukraine’s European integration and agreed on further steps on Slovakia’s support for granting the EU candidate status to our country.

In addition, during the meeting the parties discussed cooperation on border infrastructure and the operation of checkpoints.

“We are moving towards the introduction of joint control at the borders of neighboring countries. We are grateful for Slovakia’s willingness to help create new routes and hubs for the export of agricultural products and other critical goods from Ukraine. This is a significant support for our economy in the context of Russia’s blockade of Ukrainian ports in the Black Sea and the Azov coast. Such cooperation of ours is also important for global food security,” Volodymyr Zelenskyy stressed.

The leaders discussed financial support for Ukraine, Slovakia’s involvement in post-war reconstruction and assistance to Ukrainians who have been forced to leave their homes temporarily due to the war.

“Today, 78,000 Ukrainians have taken refuge in friendly Slovakia, 31,000 of them are children. Mrs. President told me that more than 400,000 people had crossed the border. Almost 450,000 Ukrainians felt like home in the friendly Slovak Republic. I am very grateful for such support. Ukrainian migrants received a warm and sincere attitude. And I am confident that cooperation between our states will make it possible to do everything so that Ukrainian migrants can return home to Ukraine as soon as possible,” the Ukrainian President said.

For her part, the President of the Slovak Republic noted that her visit to Ukraine is aimed to demonstrate the support for our state and the Ukrainian government.

Zuzana Čaputová said that during her visit she had visited Borodyanka in the Kyiv region and had been deeply shocked by the consequences of the Russian invasion.

I saw concentrated evil

Zuzana Čaputová

The President of Slovakia stressed that her country had supported Ukraine from the very beginning by providing humanitarian, political and military assistance.

“We have a clear position that we will not be able to stop Russia’s aggression with medications and hygienic wipes alone. You are waging a fair defensive war, so we consider it fair to help you,” Zuzana Čaputová noted.

She reminded that Slovakia had provided Ukraine with the S-300 system, demining equipment, and supported the imposition of sanctions on Russia. In addition, her country supports granting Ukraine candidate status on the path to EU membership.

“I could talk to you about how the whole democratic world looks at your courage, your determination and your personal leadership, Mr. President. This is important and valuable,” Zuzana Čaputová emphasized.

According to the SBU, the property of a Russian oil company worth UAH 400 million was seized

At the initiative of the SSU, the court seized movable and immovable property, accounts and corporate rights of a group of companies in Russia’s Tatneft. This oil company supplies oil products to Russia for the needs of the Russian Ministry of Defense units.

Currently, oil depots, gas stations, non-residential buildings, land plots, fuel trucks, cars, and corporate rights of enterprises worth about UAH 400 million have been arrested. After real estate valuation, the amount may increase to UAH 2 billion.

Transferring this property to the management of the National Agency of Ukraine for Detection, Investigation and Management of Assets Obtained from Corruption and Other Crimes is being resolved.

Within the criminal proceedings under Part 3 of Art. 110-2 (financing of actions committed for forcible change and overthrow of the constitutional order, seizure of state power) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine, procedural measures continue.

The crime was uncovered by SSU cyber specialists together with SBI investigators under the procedural guidance of the Prosecutor General’s Office.

Warning: Jens Jørgen Nielsen Pseudo-expert

Source: Center for Countering Disinformation

Danish researcher Jens Jørgen Nielsen assures that Ukraine started a war with russia on February 16.

In Copenhagen, Jens Jørgen Nielsen during an international conference expressed his opinion on the events in Ukraine

The Danish scholar stressed that he didn’t support putin’s decision on a full-scale war in Ukraine, but at the same time stated that the Ukrainian army had already started the war at the time of the russian invasion on February 24.

Reiterating russian narratives, he asserts that 110,000 Ukrainian soldiers were ready to “enter Donbas and take Crimea”. The researcher ignores the fact that all the territories temporarily occupied by the enemy are part of Ukraine and the leadership of our state has repeatedly explained that the forceful method of returning territories is not considered.

Jens Jørgen Nielsen also spreads the narrative that in many countries of the world “Russophobic governments” are in power, that’s why putin has started the war in Ukraine.

About the water from mainland Ukraine to the occupied Crimea

According to legal technology, specialists had to prepare the North Crimean Canal for at least six months by launching water from mainland Ukraine to the occupied peninsula. This is stated in the story Crimea today.

During 8 years of inactivity, even wild animals settled in the canal’s waters, and the channel became overgrown with grass and bushes, political scientist Yevheniya Gor and expert of the Institute of Water Problems and Land Reclamation of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine Mykhailo Yatsiuk shared.

There will be a lot of different mixtures, additives. It will not be poisonous but dirty

Yevheniya Gor

But the biggest threat is the fighting just next to the water intake, journalists say. It is impossible to carry out analyzes under shelling, so no one knows for sure what heavy metals from the fragments of rockets and shells are stuffed into the soil, from which all this is washed out with water.

Water pipelines were shelled, bombed, including ammunition that greatly impacts water quality

Mykhailo Yatsiuk

He clarified that the water in Crimea is generally of poor quality due to network problems.

Even the propaganda media themselves wrote that a high concentration of the artificial radionuclide Strontium-90 was recorded in the waters of the North Crimean Canal.

The level of its content is comparable with the indicators of 1988 – two years after the Chernobyl accident.

Odesa Photo Days is a part of Fotofestiwal in Łódź

Fotofestiwal in Łódź 09-26 June 2022, in cooperation with Krakow Photomonth, has prepared a block of events celebrating solidarity and expressing direct support for artists from Ukraine and Belarus.

Main image: Elena Subach, exhibition “Foreboding Landscape”

This year’s Fotofestiwal will touch upon the topic of COMMUNITIES, which unexpectedly has become closer to us in the face of recent events in Europe. And as a result of these events, we decided to update our program and invite festivals from Belarus and Ukraine to exhibit in Łódź. We will invite you to a kind of tri-festival between June 9 and 26 to Łódź, and today we are announcing part of our programme.

Fotofestiwal invited two festivals to Łódź, the Month of Photography in Minsk and the Odesa Photo Days, which could not be held this year in Belarus and Ukraine. Both will present part of their program in Łódź. On the initiative of Fotofestiwal, a film about the situation on the Ukrainian border is also being made by the Palestinian director Mohamed Almughanni, and a film about refugees in Poland by the Syrian filmmaker Rami Shai. Some projects and activities are created on an ongoing basis and it will probably be one of the most up-to-date editions of the festival.

Xenia Petrovska, exhibition “Foreboding Landscape”

This year’s Odesa Photo Days were planned for 19-22 May in Odesa. In February, Russia launched an unjustified, criminal invasion against our neighbours. Currently, Kateryna Radchenko, the festival’s curator and organiser, is working to support Ukrainian photographers and continuously reports on events taking place in her homeland. She has selected two group exhibitions for presentation in Łódź. Foreboding Landscape features photographs taken by Ukrainian male and female photographers before Russia started a full-scale war against Ukraine. The works convey various aspects of life: understanding home and one’s own territory; visual connections with the past and the Soviet regime, which has so far been present in various forms in Ukraine; anxiety and subconscious preparation for the worst-case scenario that prevailed in moods, conversations and daily life. The second exhibition, The Thin Line, is a visual story about how quickly life can change. It is a mixture of photos-memories of a peaceful life and snapshots from contemporary, military everyday life in Ukraine. The two exhibitions will bring together the work of more than twenty artists working in their country and internationally, including Viacheslav Poliakov, awarded in the 2017 Fotofestiwal Open Program, or Elena Subach, selected for Talent Futures in 2019.

Volodymyr Petrov, exhibition “The Thin Line”

At the same time, the core of the programme does not change and remains built around the concept which has become more important in such an unexpected way. The idea of “community” is a point of reference for curators, artists, activists, and institutions invited to create the program of this year’s Fotofestiwal. They will ask about what is utopia and what is a real possibility in the search for an ideal community? What voices are missing in the narratives about ours communities?

The artists invited to the exhibition titled The Joyful Death of Images will invite us to look at the phenomenon of temporary communities built around the process of creating and experiencing images. Another exhibition is devoted to projects created with and for migrants, and the artists participating in it (Archive of Public Protests, Karolina Gembara, Yulia Krivich, Marta Romakiv and Pamela Bożek) argue that artistic activities have a real power to influence the lives of individuals. Festival topics will be interpreted also by students of the Film School in Łódź, The Strzemiński Academy of Art and Łódź University.

The Thin Line, is a visual story about how quickly life can change.

Fotofestiwal also means The Open Programme – which presents the most interesting photo projects, selected from among almost a thousand entries submitted for this year’s competition by artists from 40 countries.  Mathias de Lattre, Balázs TurósSantanu Dey, Cemre Yeşil Gönenli and Mateusz Kowalik will contribute to this part of the programme.

The organizers themselves have been operating in a democratic, horizontal structure for a few years now, and with this year’s program they want to express their strong belief that it is the communities that will save us from the anachronistic, patriarchal model of the world. That is why, for the twenty-first time, they invite people to an event that is intended to be a place for meetings, dialogue and new, inspiriting experiences.

Operational information on 31.05.2022

The ninety-seventh day of the heroic resistance of the Ukrainian people to a russian military invasion continues.

The situation in the Volyn and Polissya areas has not changed. No signs of enemy offensive formations were found. The main efforts of the Armed Forces of the republic of belarus are focused on strengthening the protection of the state border.

The removal of tanks and infantry fighting vehicles from the storage bases of the republic of belarus was noted. Their further transfer to the armed forces of the russian federation in order to make up for current losses is not ruled out.

In the Sicersky direction, the enemy did not take active action, no signs of the formation of strike groups were found. In order to demonstrate the presence and prevent the transfer of units of the Defense Forces to other areas, it keeps certain units of the Armed Forces of the russian federation in the border areas of the Bryansk and Kursk regions.

russian enemy fired a missile at units of our troops in the Sumy oblast from Su-30SM aircraft. Artillery and mortar shelling of border settlements continues.

In the Slobozhansk direction, enemy groups from the units of the Western Military District of the Armed Forces of the russian federation are trying to hold their positions and prevent the advance of units of the Defense Forces into the temporarily occupied territory.

russian enemy is preparing to resume the offensive in the areas of Izyum and Slovyansk.

In the Donetsk direction, russian enemy, with the support of artillery and mortar fire, is conducting active assault operations in the Sievierodonetsk and Bakhmut directions, and fighting continues.

russian enemy is trying to establish full control over the settlement of Sievierodonetsk and surround the units of the Defense Forces operating in this direction. Prepares for the offensive in the areas of Siversk and Raihorodok.

In the Kurakhiv direction, russian enemy did not conduct active hostilities, and carried out fire damage to our troops with the use of artillery.

In other areas, it continues to fire to restrain our troops’ actions and prevent them from being transferred to other, threatening areas.

In the South Bug direction, the enemy is defending and mining the coast of the Inhulets River in areas of possible action by units of our troops. Leads a counter-battery fight. Inflicted airstrikes with the involvement of army aircraft in the area of ​​the settlement of Davydiv Brid, Kherson region.

In the Black and Azov Seas waters, russian enemy naval groups continue to perform tasks to isolate combat areas. One carrier of high-precision weapons, the Admiral Makarov frigate, which has up to 8 Caliber cruise missiles on board, remains ready for use.

The enemy is demoralized, suffering losses, hastily moving to the defense in some areas. Defenders of Ukraine continue to defend our land and gradually displace the invaders from the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine.

We believe in the Armed Forces of Ukraine!
Glory to Ukraine!

SBI received court permission for an investigation into suspicion of treason against Mykola Azarov

The State Bureau of Investigation has received court permission to conduct a special pre-trial investigation into former Prime Minister of Ukraine Mykola Azarov. The relevant decision was made by one of the courts of Kyiv.

Mykola Azarov is suspected of treason by a group of people.

It was established that when signing the Agreement between Ukraine and Russia on April 21, 2010 on the stay of the Russian Black Sea Fleet in Ukraine, the former prime minister acted in the interests of Russia to the detriment of sovereignty, territorial integrity and inviolability, defense, state and economic security of Ukraine.

The content and terms of this agreement were imposed in Moscow by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on the eve of its signing on April 21, 2010.

Fully understanding the consequences of signing this Agreement for Ukraine, the former Prime Minister created conditions for prolonging the stay of the Russian Black Sea Fleet in Ukraine for 25 years, which contributed to the increase (instead of withdrawal) of military equipment and personnel of the aggressor state in Ukraine, which were used during the occupation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol in 2014.

Contrary to Part 3 of Art. 4 of the Law of Ukraine “On International Agreements of Ukraine” the draft Agreement before signing did not even pass the legal examination.

Putin and Azarov

SBI investigators received original documents that testify to the purposeful actions of senior officials of Ukraine to the detriment of our state’s sovereignty and territorial integrity on the instructions of the top leadership of the Russian Federation.

A group of people carried out these acts with the prior consent of the former Prime Minister of Ukraine Mykola Azarov and the then President of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych. Both are wanted in this criminal case.

The Office of the Attorney General provides procedural guidance.

The organization of exports of goods from Ukraine was discussed in Gdansk

Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine has severed a number of logistical ties. Poland is ready to become a new gateway for Ukrainian exporters, shippers, and freight forwarders. To this end, IntermodalNews, the Administration of the Port of Gdańsk, and the City of Lviv jointly organized a special event Intermodal in Poland, which took place on May 26-27 in Gdańsk. The Poland-Ukraine Business Meeting was called upon to facilitate the establishment of business contacts between Polish and Ukrainian partners to organize the export of goods from Ukraine and the import of materials and equipment necessary for the reconstruction of Ukrainian infrastructure and economy.

Representatives of government circles of Ukraine and Poland and the administration of the port of Gdansk, Polish and Ukrainian railways, transshipment terminals, transport companies, freight forwarders, importers, executive authorities, customs local governments and other agencies joined.

The meeting included a study visit to the Port of Gdańsk, the largest logistics center in the South Baltic region and plays a key role in ensuring the continuity of supply chains.

Thus, the conference stressed significant prospects for the development of agricultural exports by rail, especially given that transportation to and from Russia is limited, which means that carriers have free rolling stock.

Issues related to the improvement of customs services were also considered, as today, there is a problem of long-term control at checkpoints due to a significant increase in the number of freight traffic across the Polish-Ukrainian border. Therefore, Poland is already working to speed up customs services, and veterinary and phytosanitary paperwork.

In addition, the conference participants discussed the mobilization of the logistics industry, in particular the creation of new transport links for the transportation of goods.

Ukraine is also working with its Polish partners to redirect some cargo that went through Ukrainian ports, through sea terminals in Gdansk and Constanta.

In general, close and coordinated cooperation between carriers, terminal operators, border services, and ports will double the potential of cross-border infrastructure.

“Ukraine thanks Poland for its help in resolving many of the challenges posed by the Russian invasion. And solving the logistics problem remains our priority. We are actively working to provide new transport routes for the delivery of Ukrainian agricultural products to Polish seaports in Gdynia, Gdansk and Swinoujscie, to send grain from there to our traditional importers,” – Taras Vysotskyi, First Deputy Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine, told about the results of the meeting.

It will be recalled that earlier the Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine Mykola Solsky and the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Henrik Kovalchuk signed a joint agreement on simplifying the export of Ukrainian grain. In particular, Poland is reviewing the requirements for veterinary control of transit cargoes of grain from Ukraine. The possibility of ensuring the transit of grain at the border inspection posts Verkhrat – Rava Ruska, Medika – Shegini, Krostenko – Smilnytsia is considered. The number of Polish veterinary inspectors at designated border inspection posts has increased to 19. The work of Polish inspectors at the busiest points has been transferred to 24/7 mode.

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