Month: October 2022
President of Ukraine met with the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic in Kyiv
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky held a meeting with Prime Minister of the Czech Republic Petr Fiala who is in our country on a visit.
Welcoming Petr Fiala to Kyiv, the Head of State noted the importance of this visit, as it is taking place at a time when Ukraine is facing Russian attacks on civil infrastructure, in particular on energy facilities.
“50 Russian missiles only this morning. The Prime Minister personally saw what such terror means and what damage it does to Ukraine, namely to our civilian population. I thank you, Petr, for the assistance already provided to our state, for your willingness to increase support to overcome the consequences of Russian terror, and for your willingness to increase pressure on the Russian Federation, which erases itself from international relations with its terror every day,” Volodymyr Zelensky said during communication with media representatives following the meeting with the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic.
The President of Ukraine stated that Russia deliberately resorts to escalation, and this escalation of aggression deserves a tough reaction from the whole world, both at the national level and at the level of international organizations and associations of states.
“Russia should have no place in the G20, the UN and other structures that were created specifically to protect peace and cooperation between nations. It is obvious that Russia just exploits all such structures cynically to cover up its crimes. Any criminal must bear responsibility for what he has committed,” he emphasized.
Volodymyr Zelensky noted that during today’s meeting with Petr Fiala, steps were coordinated to increase sanctions against the Russian Federation for terror and bring it to justice.
“That is, the creation of a special tribunal regarding the crime of Russian aggression against Ukraine and an international compensation mechanism that will ensure compensation for all damages caused by the Russian war at the expense of Russian assets,” the President said.
The parties also discussed defense cooperation, which will be increased. Separately, they focused on strengthening anti-aircraft and anti-missile defense, as well as protection against drones, which Russian terrorists have acquired from their accomplices in Iran.
“When we, together with our partners, ensure 100 percent protection of the Ukrainian sky, it will become one of the fundamental guarantees of the new European security system, as it will deprive Russia of a significant part of its escalation capabilities,” the Head of State emphasized.
Volodymyr Zelensky and Petr Fiala also discussed the involvement of the Czech Republic in the training of Ukrainian defenders and the projects for the production and repair of military equipment.
“This increases the defense of Ukraine, gives new strength to the Czech Republic, and also provides the Czech Republic with new jobs and technological opportunities,” noted the President of Ukraine.
In addition, the parties discussed in detail the issue of rebuilding Ukraine and the needs to eliminate the consequences of the destruction caused by Russian terror.
“We appreciate the approval of the government program in the Czech Republic regarding the restoration of our country, as well as the readiness to take patronage over the Dnipropetrovsk region. And I thank the Czech Republic for its readiness to work now to restore specific objects destroyed or damaged by Russian terrorists,” Volodymyr Zelensky said.
The parties also discussed the entire spectrum of interaction within the European Union, as the Czech Republic currently holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
“I thank the Czech Republic for supporting Ukraine in the matter of allocation of European macro-financial aid for our country. And also for real assistance to our European integration process. I hope that at the stage of the Czech Presidency we will see an assessment by the European Commission of Ukraine’s implementation of the seven recommendations that were given to us, and clarity regarding the start of negotiations on Ukraine’s accession to the EU,” the Head of State said.
The President of Ukraine noted the meaningfulness and usefulness of the negotiations for both peoples.
“The role of the Czech Republic, the role of Prague in protecting peace and people who suffered from the war, has already become historically important. And this is exactly what Ukraine recognized with the special title conferred upon the city of Prague – “Rescuer City”. Once again, thank you very much for your support,” he said.
Volodymyr Zelensky also awarded Petr Fiala with the Order of Yaroslav the Wise of the I degree, which the Prime Minister received for his outstanding personal contribution to the development of Ukrainian-Czech interstate cooperation, support for the independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine.
“I want this order to symbolize the historical significance of our relations – the relations between Ukraine and the Czech Republic, Ukraine and Europe, which have been achieved thanks to your efforts, Mr. Prime Minister, dear Petr. My congratulations,” the Head of State emphasized.
The President of Ukraine thanked the Czech people, who are holding rallies in support of Ukraine and the common European values of the two peoples.
“On the eve of the Prime Minister’s visit, just such a rally took place in Prague – tens of thousands of people took to the square. And I thank everyone who came to this square to remind us that Europe must be brave, must be genuine and can really win this confrontation. And I’m sure it will prevail. When Europeans are together, no one will be able to take away our freedom – the freedom of everyone on the continent,” said Volodymyr Zelensky.
For his part, Petr Fiala noted that today’s massive shelling of Kyiv and other Ukrainian cities, which coincided with his visit, clearly demonstrates what Ukrainians are going through every day and how urgent concrete steps and actions to support Ukraine are.
The Prime Minister of the Czech Republic noted the courage of the Ukrainian people in defending democratic values, freedom and territorial integrity of their state.
“We will continue to support Ukraine, because we see: in the east of Ukraine, Russia’s actions are becoming more aggressive and Russia’s policy is becoming more aggressive. It is shown, inter alia, in attacks on energy infrastructure, which we observe in particular today. These are moments that concern not only the military – it concerns civilians who are suffering,” said Petr Fiala.
In this context, he emphasized the importance of providing military, humanitarian, and economic assistance to Ukraine.
“For Ukraine to have a clear prospect of joining Western structures – NATO and the European Union,” the Prime Minister noted and added that the Czech Republic is a partner that Ukraine can rely on in these matters.
Petr Fiala assured that our country will be a priority during the Czech Presidency in the EU and the steps taken by Ukraine will be welcomed in all the bodies of the European Union.
Operational information on 31.10.2022
The two-hundred-fifty (250) day of the heroic resistance of the Ukrainian people to a Russian military large-scale invasion continues.
The enemy is trying to hold the temporarily captured territories, concentrates efforts on restraining the actions of the Defense Forces in certain directions, while at the same time not stopping offensive operations in the Bakhmut and Avdiivka directions.
The enemy continues shelling units of the Defense Forces along the contact line, carries out fortification equipment of the lines in separate directions and conducts aerial reconnaissance. Strikes critical infrastructure and civilian homes, violating international humanitarian law, laws and customs of war.
In total, the enemy carried out up to 10 airstrikes and launched more than 20 attacks from rocket salvo systems. In addition, the infrastructure in the districts of Kyiv, Poltava, Zaporizhzhia, Kharkiv, Cherkasy, Chernivtsi and other regions suffered enemy rocket attacks. The enemy attacked military and civilian infrastructure facilities with 55 air-guided missiles, 45 of which were shot down by our defenders.
The situation in the Volyn and Polissya directions has not changed significantly. The Republic of Belarus supports the armed aggression of the russian federation against Ukraine. The Russian Federation continues to transfer individual units to the territory of the republic of belarus. The threat of missile strikes and the use of attack UAVs from the territory of this country remains.
The enemy shelled in other directions:
in the Siversk direction – from mortars and barrel artillery, in the area of Mezenivka, Sumy oblast;
in the Slobozhanskyi direction – from tanks, mortars, barrel and rocket artillery, in the areas of Dvorichna, Zelene and Kamianka settlements;
in the Kupyansk and Lyman directions – from mortars, barrel and rocket artillery, in the areas of Berestove, Hrekivka, Zarichne, Nevske and Stelmakhivka settlements;
in the Bakhmut direction – from tanks and artillery of various calibers, in the areas of the settlements of Bilohorivka, Klishchiivka, Mayorsk, Opytne, Spirne, Yakovlivka, and Zelenopillya;
in the Avdiyivka direction – from tanks, mortars, barrel and rocket artillery, in the areas of Vodyane, Novobakhmutivka and Pervomaiske settlements;
in the Novopavlivskyi and Zaporizhzhia directions – from tanks and artillery of various types, in the areas of the settlements of Vremivka, Vuhledar and Pavlivka.
In the South Bug direction, more than 30 settlements along the contact line suffered fire damage. Among them are Novodanylivka, Chervone and Zaliznychne.
Against the background of significant losses on the territory of Ukraine, the russian military and political leadership is looking for ways to replenish the occupying forces at the expense of private military companies. Despite significant image and political losses in the international arena, a decision was made to withdraw the contingent of private military campaigns from the Republic of Mali. In addition, russian military mercenaries are trying to create an aviation component that can be used in Ukraine. However, the efficiency and training of pilots who use different modifications of the Mi-8 does not allow them to perform their assigned tasks. In addition, the motivation of the flight crew is negatively affected by significantly reduced, compared to Syria, payments.
During the day, the aviation of the Defense Forces struck the enemy 14 times. 12 of them – in areas of concentration of weapons and military equipment; on the platoon support point, as well as the position of the enemy’s air defense complex. Ukrainian air defense units shot down 2 helicopters (Ka-52 and Mi-8) and 2 enemy UAVs.
Units of missile troops and artillery hit the command post, two areas of concentration of manpower, weapons and military equipment and other important military facilities.
We believe in the Armed Forces!
Glory to Ukraine!
The young athlete from Odesa became the bronze medalist of the World Junior Championship
The Odessa Regional Karate Federation athlete, Polina Marchenko, became the bronze medalist of the Junior World Championship, which was held in the Turkish city of Konya from October 26 to 30.
In the match for the 3rd place in the “up to 48 kg” category, 17-year-old Polina Marchenko (coaches – Igor, Dmytro and Oleksandr Negaturov) defeated the bronze medalist of this year’s Euro, the host of the competition, Hatice Sena Kayacan, with a score of 1:0. The success of the Odessan was brought by a hand strike 37 seconds before the end of the fight.
This is the third medal in the history of Odessa karate at the world championships among cadets, juniors, and youth. The highest achievement of the previous tournament (in 2019) was the bronze of Yulia Palashevska (coaches – Dmytro Negaturov, Serhiy Palashevsky; youth, up to 50 kg), and the first medal was won by Iryna Zaretska, who became the champion in the junior competition in 2013.
In her category, Polina Marchenko won with a total score of 10:0 in the pool of representatives of Malta, Uzbekistan and Germany, namely the bronze medalist of the 2022 European Junior Championship Sydney-Michelle Ott (5:0). In the semi-finals, Polina lost to Hanna Ali from Egypt (0:6), who eventually became the world champion.
At these competitions, 10 athletes (4 in kata, 6 in kumite) represented the Odessa Regional Karate Federation (president – Oleksiy Kohanets).
Among the rest of the athletes, the best result was shown by Matvii Pereuda (coaches – Ihor, Dmytro and Oleksandr Negaturov), who took 5th place in the category “+70 kg, cadets”.
In his pool, Matvii defeated athletes from Austria, Bulgaria, Turkey and Iran with a total score of 18:2. In the semi-finals, he lost to the Greek Psomas (0:2), and in the battle for bronze – to the Tunisian Gazouani (2:3).
In the kata competition among junior girls, Daria Studenkova (coach – Vitaly KULIK) took 7th place, another debutante of the competition of this rank, and Yaroslav Fedorov (coaches – Oleksandr Tonkoshkur, Oleksiy Konovalov) took 11th place among young people – both athletes finished the tournament in the 3rd round.
The following qualified for the second round: Anastasia Pushkova (cadets, “up to 54 kg”), Vitaly Metelenko (juniors, kata), Natalia Osadchuk (junior girls, “up to 59 kg”) and Nataliya Mandazhy (all coached by Oleksandr TONKOSHKUR; youth, ” up to 55 kg”)
In the first round, Ariadna Panchuk (coaches – Igor, Dmytro and Oleksandr Negaturov; youth, “up to 50 kg”) and Artur Hluschenko (coaches – Oleksiy Konovalov, Volodymyr Holoveshko; kata, cadets) completed the fight.
Already this week, namely on November 4-6 in Lviv, the championship of Ukraine among cadets, juniors, youth, and adults will be held. In the first three categories, these competitions are the first stage of selection for the European Championship-2023.
Ukraine and the Czech Republic signed three agreements further to the first intergovernmental consultations
On October 31, the first ever intergovernmental consultations between Ukraine and the Czech Republic took place in Kyiv, co-chaired by the Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal and the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic Petr Fiala.
Denys Shmyhal emphasized that the visit of the Czech delegation to Kyiv in one of the most difficult periods of history is a manifestation of great solidarity with Ukraine. He thanked the Government and people of the Czech Republic for their comprehensive assistance.
Among the main issues of the intergovernmental consultations with the Czech Republic, which currently chairs the EU Council, were the strengthening of support for Ukraine, the restoration and modernization of our state, and future European integration.
“It is extremely important for us to launch negotiations on joining the EU as soon as the European Commission provides its opinion on Ukraine’s success in implementing the recommendations. We expect that the Czech Republic will contribute to the start of negotiations in 2023,” the Prime Minister of Ukraine noted.
The Government of the Czech Republic confirmed its commitment to supporting the integration of Ukraine into the internal market of the European Union, and also noted the progress of our country in implementing the recommendations of the European Commission.
As a result of the intergovernmental consultations, the Prime Ministers of Ukraine and the Czech Republic signed a joint statement in which they confirmed their determination to restore the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine within internationally recognized borders.
In the statement, the parties also called on the international community to increase sanctions pressure on russia and emphasized the need to increase military, financial and humanitarian aid to Ukraine.
In addition, the Czech Republic confirmed its readiness to participate in the reconstruction of our state. In particular, take patronage over Dnipropetrovsk region.
As a result of intergovernmental consultations, Ukraine and the Czech Republic also signed two more documents:
• Memorandum on cooperation in the field of standardization, metrology and conformity assessment, which will contribute to the support of Ukrainian business and its entry into the European market.
• Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and the Czech Republic, thereby allowing to deepen the bilateral dialogue between the countries.
Defence Intelligence: two Russian attack helicopters destroyed at the airfield in the Pskov region and two more seriously damaged
On the night of October 31, a powerful explosion occurred at the “Veretye” Air Force base of the Russian Federation (Pskov Region, Island-5). As a result of mining, two Russian KA-52 Alligator attack helicopters and one MI-28N were completely destroyed. Two more were seriously damaged. The explosion scattered helicopter debris in a radius of 200 meters.
Details regarding the destruction of other equipment and personnel are being clarified.
In order to eliminate the consequences of the explosion, as well as to “search for sabotage groups”, the personnel of the military unit was put on alert, and investigative actions were carried out in the military unit.
Ka-52 “Alligator” (“Hokum B” according to the NATO classification) is a Russian-made reconnaissance and attack helicopter. The cost of the Ka-52 is about $16 million.
Mil Mi-28″Night Hunter” attack helicopter is a modified version of the basic Mi-28. Effectively used at night. Designed for fire resistance against tanks and other armored vehicles, as well as low-speed air targets and manpower. The estimated cost of the modified version is $16-18 million.
Defence Intelligence: The Kremlin uses winter as a weapon
Major General Kyrylo Budanov, head of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, said this in a comment to the Inews .
Russian attacks on infrastructure were planned weeks in advance. The Kremlin uses winter as a weapon, trying to demoralize people who remain strong despite all the brutality inflicted on them by the occupiersKyrylo Budanov,
Also, the head of the Main Directorate of Intelligence of the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine noted that the occupying forces could be knocked out of Kherson as early as next month, and this would be a seismic blow to Russian public opinion, destroying their narratives about their own invincibility and Ukraine.
The UN and Turkey agreed on the traffic of ships through the humanitarian corridor on October 31
Representatives of the UN and Türkiye are negotiating with the Russian delegation and continue to look for solutions for the full implementation of the Black Sea Grain Initiative.
According to the proposal of the Joint Coordination Center (JCC), representatives of the UN and Türkiye envisage the work of 10 inspection groups to check 40 ships. Such a proposal was accepted by the representatives of Ukraine. Representatives of the russian federation were informed.
Thus, 12 ships with 354.5 thousand tons of agricultural products left the Odessa, Chornomorsk, and Yuzhny sea ports today for the needs of Africa, Asia, and Europe. Among them is the bulk carrier IKARIA ANGEL with Ukrainian wheat intended for the residents of Ethiopia, which are on the verge of famine. This is the seventh vessel chartered under the UN World Food Program.At the same time, the passage to Ukrainian ports for loading is allowed for 4 vessels that passed the JCC inspection the day before with the participation of all parties, including representatives of Russia.
Mykhailo Podolyak: Russia can and will lose, but partners should help Ukraine with weapons
Mykhailo Podolyak in an interview with the German magazine Welt.
If Ukraine receives a sufficient number of weapons and equipment from its partners, it will be able to put an end to the Russian genocide of Ukrainians and protect the security of Europe. Mykhailo Podolyak, Adviser to the Head of the President’s Office, said this in an interview with the German TV channel Welt.
“Russia would like to freeze this war in order to prepare new forces for the invasion. Therefore, they are trying to force our partners to put pressure on President Zelensky so that we accept Russia’s ultimatum at the negotiating table,” said the Adviser to the Head of the President’s Office.
However, as Mykhailo Podolyak noted, today, after eight months of full-scale Russian aggression, Ukraine is not afraid of the Russian Federation and is ready to ensure its freedom and the security of Europe if it receives enough weapons from its partners.
“We constantly tell the German government that Russia can and will lose. And we are ready to pay any price for the security of Europe. But help us with weapons!” he emphasized.
The Adviser to the Head of the President’s Office expressed hope that Ukraine will find a consensus with its German partners regarding the supply of tanks.
“The supply of tanks, especially the Leopard, would be very important now because this war is extremely intense and Russia has a large number of Soviet weapons. We won’t be able to keep up with them if they have 10,000 tanks, and we only have a hundred,” Mykhailo Podolyak is convinced.
He noted that tanks ensure rapid advancement on the battlefield, which makes it possible to speed up the liberation of the occupied territories in the Kherson region, Zaporizhzhia, Luhansk region, and Donetsk region.
“Germany could help us with Leopards and Marders. It is important for Germany to be a leader in Europe not only in economic terms, but also in the protection of our common values,” the Adviser to the Head of the President’s Office emphasized.
Mykhailo Podolyak urged European partners to stop being afraid of the Russian President, who does not understand the rules of modern war.
According to the Adviser to the Head of the President’s Office, Russia is trying to destroy Ukrainian infrastructure, but our country is restoring destroyed objects and defending itself against attacks, in particular thanks to the German IRIS-T air defense system.
“If we get Leopard tanks in sufficient numbers, if we get MLRS, if we get air defense systems and anti-drone systems to cover the skies, we can end the Russian genocide. And we will also be able to almost mathematically calculate the time until the end of Putin,” Mykhailo Podolyak summarized.