The first equipment collection hubs for Ukrainians were established in Europe

Main image: Citizens of liberated Kherson have been quick to get back online after 8 months of power and cellular outage in the Russian occupation, whether to get updates from the outside world or contact loved ones.

Collection points for laptops, tablets and smartphones for Ukrainians have been established in eleven European cities.

In European cities, 11 collection points for equipment were set up for Ukrainians affected by the war within the framework of the Laptops for Ukraine initiative. This was reported by the Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine in a telegram.

Any European socially responsible company can participate in the collection of laptops, tablets, and smartphones for Ukrainian schools, hospitals, state administrations, and other institutions that suffered from the armed aggression of the Russian Federation.

Currently, equipment collection hubs were established in the following European cities:

  • ?? Paris
  • ?? Trier
  • ?? Granada
  • ?? Oipen
  • ?? Antwerp
  • ?? Brussels
  • ?? Karlovy Vary
  • ?? Prague
  • ?? Ljubljana
  • ?? Tallinn
  • ?? Oradea

More details about the project on the portal – https://laptopsforukraine.com

Lithuanian Foreign Ministry urges EU to get rid of Russian ambassadors

Russian embassies ceased to perform the function of diplomatic institutions. Now they are doing propaganda. The head of the Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Gabrielius Landsbergis, called on his colleagues in the EU to finally get rid of Russian embassies and diplomats because of their “uselessness”.

As the official noted in an interview with Verslo Zinios, it no longer makes sense for European capitals to work with Russian ambassadors since now Russian diplomacy is more likely to perform a propaganda function.

Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, more than 400 Russian diplomats from about two dozen countries have left their posts.

“In many cases, having an ambassador, a Russian ambassador, in any European capital doesn’t make much sense. Because, as we see, this is no longer a diplomatic institution, but a propaganda one that hides war crimes and generally promotes a genocidal agenda,” he said.

The minister stressed that Lithuania was among the first countries to refuse the Russian ambassador. He called on the EU to follow the same path.

Denys Shmyhal: Ukraine is building a free economic space for investors to feel comfortable

The Government has set up an Interagency Working Group on Accelerated Deregulation. It has already presented its first recommendations – to cancel 47 licenses and permits under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Economy. Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal announced during a Government meeting on January 31.

“These are the rules governing the export and import of goods, rules in the field of investment activity, intellectual property, and technical regulation,” the PM explained.

At the meeting, the Cabinet of Ministers also adopted a decree amending the action plan for deregulation and improvement of the business climate. According to the Prime Minister, more than 30 points are being added to the list of simplifications.

“This concerns administrative procedures, transport, logistics and IT, healthcare and social services, the oil and gas sector and the environment, as well as the agricultural sector. Governmental decisions to implement this plan will be adopted throughout 2023,” said Denys Shmyhal.

In addition, the Government approved amendments to the draft law on environmental impact assessment. According to the Prime Minister, these changes are intended to optimize the procedure, in particular, to fully digitize it and significantly reduce the timeframe for its passage.

“We are removing discretionary powers in decision-making, i.e. we are removing opportunities for abuse by officials. We are confident that businesses will positively evaluate these changes. We are building a free economic space for investors to feel comfortable. After all, the private sector is the backbone of our economy, and it will become a key element of Ukraine’s post-war reconstruction,” emphasized Denys Shmyhal.

Attacking Ukraine Russia has used and continue to use all spectrum of prohibited mines, including those highly dangerous for civilians POM-3 “Medallion”

Comment of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding Report of the Human Rights Watch

Main image: A woman puts a logo of US-based rights group Human Rights Watch on the door on 21 January 2014 in Berlin [JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP via Getty Images]

Ukraine took note of the Report of the International Non-Governmental Organization Human Rights Watch (HRW), which will be duly studied by the competent authorities of Ukraine.

Ukraine, exercising its right to self-defense in accordance with Article 51 of the UN Charter, fully implements its international obligations while Russian occupants commit the war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide of the Ukrainian people.

Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on their Destruction (Ottawa Convention) and Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons which may be deemed to be Excessively Injurious or to have Indiscriminate Effects (CCW) are important international instruments to ban such inhumane weapons as anti-personnel land mines.

The events of the last year proved that it is important now more than ever to universalize these multilateral mechanisms in the field of disarmament and arms control. We do expect that HRW, together with its international partners from non-governmental organizations and the entire world community, will intensify efforts in this direction, in particular, increase pressure on the russian federation to immediately cease the criminal war against Ukraine with its use of the entire range of inhumane weapons and to return to compliance with the international law.

We remind that according to the Ottawa Convention Ukraine has already destroyed 3 million antipersonnel mines, including stockpiles of extremely hazardous mines POM-3. Attacking Ukraine Russia has used and continue to use all spectrum of prohibited mines, including those highly dangerous for civilians POM-3 “Medallion”. 

Ukrainian side has always demonstrated its readiness for cooperation with the international non-governmental organizations, including the number of meetings with HRW representatives held last year. 

We expect that HRW will actively assist Ukraine in order to consolidate international efforts on providing mine action relief to our state.  

Operational information on 31.01.2023

Day 342 of the full-scale Russian invasion continues.

Russian Federation continues its full-scale aggression against Ukraine. The enemy does not abandon its attempts to destroy Ukraine’s critical infrastructure, launching strikes on civil targets and civilian residences.

On January 31, the Russians launched 3 air strikes and 3 missile attacks. They also launched more than 20 MLRS attacks. Civilian infrastructure was damaged in Kharkiv, Donetsk, and Kherson regions.

The threat of Russian air and missile strikes across Ukraine remains high.

The adversary continues its offensive operations on Lyman and Bakhmut axes, suffering significant casualties. The enemy offensive on Avdiivka and Novopavlivka axes is failing. On Kupyansk and Zaporizhzhia axes, the enemy is on the defense.

Volyn, Polissya, Siversk, and Slobozhansk axes: no significant changes, no adversary offensive groups were found.

Sivershchyna axis: the enemy fired mortars in the vicinities of settlements of Kliusy, Mistky, Huta-Studenets’ka, Leonivka (Chernihiv region), Sopych, Volfyne (Sumy region), and Lemishchyne (Kharkiv region).

Slobozhansk axis: the adversary continues to shell the positions of Ukrainian troops along the line of contact. The enemy mortar and artillery shelling damaged the vicinities of settlements of Veterinarne, Strilecha, Hlyboke, Zelene, Neskuchne, Ohirtseve, Vovchans’k, Starytsya, Budarky (Kharkiv region).

Kup’yans’k axis: the adversary fired at the positions of Ukrainian troops near the vicinities of settlements of Ivanivka, Kupyansk, Kyslivka, Kotlyarivka (Kharkiv region), Novoselivs’ke, and Kovalivka (Luhansk region).

Lyman axis: the vicinities of Novojehorivka, Nevs’ke, Chervonopopivka, Kreminna, Dibrova (Luhansk region) were shelled with mortars and artillery.

Bakhmut axis: the following settlements came under fire: Verkhnokamyans’ke, Spirne, Berestove, Bilohorivka, Bakhmut, Ivanivs’ke, Predtechyne, Klishchiivka, Kurdyumivka, Druzhba, and Maiorsk (Donetsk region).

Avdiivka axis: the vicinities of settlements of Berdychi, Tonenke, Syeverne, Avdiivka, Vodyane, Heorhiivka, Marinka, and Pobjeda (Donetsk region) came under enemy fire.

Novopavlivka axis: the vicinities of settlements of Velyka Novosilka, Neskuchne, Novoukrainka, Bohoyavlenka, Vuhledar, and Mykilski Dachi (Donetsk region) came under fire.

Zaporizhzhia axis: the vicinities of 15 settlements were hit by shelling, including Vremivka, Novopil (Donetsk region), Malynivka, Hulyaipole, Charivne, Orikhiv, Novodanylivka (Zaporizhzhya region).

Kherson axis: the adversary fired MLRS, artillery, and missile systems at the vicinities of 17 settlements, including Zolota Balka, Beryslav, Vesele, Mykolaivka, Tyahynka, Poniativka, Antonivka, Berehove, Yantarne (Kherson region), and the city of Kherson. There are civilian casualties.

The occupiers have intensified filtration and counter-sabotage measures in the temporarily occupied territories of the Kherson region. For example, Russian occupation forces have restricted entry and exit from the settlement of Ulyanivka, conducting searches among local residents and checking their mobile phones.

In Donetsk, the number of cases of particularly dangerous infections among the military personnel of the Russian occupation forces and mercenaries of the so-called PMC Wagner has surged. This may be due to the lack of proper sanitary and hygienic conditions in the locations of adversary units.

On January 31, the Ukrainian Air Force launched 9 air strikes on the concentrations of manpower, weapons, and military equipment of the enemy and 2 air strikes on the positions of anti-aircraft missile systems.

On the day of January 31, the missile and artillery units of the Ukrainian Defense Forces struck 9 concentrations of enemy manpower and 1 ammunition depot.

Glory to Ukraine

Andrey Piontkovsky: Ukraine’s membership in NATO is a guarantee of the security of the West

Political scientist and publicist Andrey Piontkovsky, in an interview with UNIAN, said that the war with Ukraine is lost, and everyone understands this.

“This issue has already been resolved in the West, this is Ukraine’s membership in NATO. Finally, the question is put correctly – turned upside down. Ukraine’s membership in NATO is not some kind of favor, not a gesture from NATO to Ukraine, which it has been seeking for 20 years, but they: “Here you are.” No, this is a guarantee of the security of the West. Kissinger recently wrote very well about this. A man who fought for 30 years for Ukraine’s neutral status, and for its non-entry into NATO. He now admits he was wrong. “I wanted to prevent the war, and now I understand that this is precisely what caused Putin’s aggression.” And he wrote terrific words that the most significant geopolitical event of 2022 is the appearance on the world map of a new great power with one of the strongest and most effective armies. This is a complete change in the geopolitical situation.

Of course, everyone understands that in two months, another Pupkin may appear in the Russian Federation, who will again scream about the Russian Empire, about the Russian world. But Ukraine will already be standing on its border, which will not have to beg for packages of weapons but will be stocked up to the neck with all NATO weapons. So, Russia’s foreign adventures will be finished forever.

And what will happen to the Russian state, and there Kadyrov will deal with them. Or do you think Kadyrov will not immediately declare Chechnya an independent state? Of course. But if you feel so far in this perspective, then, in the end, Comrade Xi will get tired of this whole mess with 27 PMCs, and he will quickly establish order, at least in the Far East and Siberia.”

Support By Poustovit released a capsule collection in support of women defenders of Ukraine

The Ukrainian brand Support By Poustovit released a capsule collection in support of women defenders of Ukraine.

This is a collaboration with the NGO “Women’s Veteran Movement”, 30% of the profit will be given to the needs of women at the front.

The collection includes white hoodies and T-shirts with the inscription “For the future of Ukraine, for those who defend” in Ukrainian or English.

The cost of hoodies is UAH 3,100, and t-shirts are UAH 1,300. This is a unisex line with sizes from XS to XXL.

The faces of the drop were the veteran paramedic and deputy head of the NGO “Women’s Veteran Movement” Kateryna Pryimak and Colonel Kateryna Kornienko, who has been fighting since 2015.

Ukrainian producers will take part in the programmes of the 73rd Berlinale film market

Ukrainian Institute will present 5 film producers at the European Film Market (EFM) of the 73rd Berlin International Film Festival.

The participants were selected by the festival’s organizers from the long-list made by the Ukrainian Institute. 

The delegation will include Maksym Asadchyi, Denys Ivanov, Maksym Nakonechnyi, Yuliia Sinkevych, and Viktoria Khomenko. This year EFM will be held from 16 to 22 February

The European Film Market is one of the top three meeting places of the international film and media industries. Over a period of eight days, around 10,000 representatives of the international film and media industries – primarily producers, buyers and sales agents, distributors, and financiers – come together to network, exchange, inform themselves and do business. The film market is held simultaneously with The Berlin International Film Festival (The Berlinale) – one of the so-called Big Five of the most prestigious film festivals in the world. 

It was not easy to choose – all candidates are very strong professionals and meet the selection requirements. When making the selection it was considered that several producers from the list will participate in other events of the EFM and the Co-Production Market,– comments the team of the Film Market. 

The selected producers will present their projects to the international professional community, as well as establish valuable professional contacts. 

When forming the long-list of candidates, the Ukrainian Institute considered the professional qualities of the producers and the availability of co-production projects in development, as well as the already confirmed participation of producers in the film market programmes based on data from Berlinale Talents, Berlinale Co-Production Market and selection for pitching at the Odesa International Film Festival with projects in development.  

In order to provide opportunities for the widest possible range of Ukrainian film community representatives, the long list does not include producers who have been presented in the focuses of the Ukrainian Institute at international industry platforms over the past 6 months. 

About producers: 

Maxim Asadchiy 
Film producer (Pronto Film), among others, produced Dad’s Sneakers by Olha Zhurba (2021, Short), Locarno Official selection. Film in Ukrainian distribution – Toloka (2020), Foxter & Max (2019), Povodyr (2014), etc. Projects in production – Utopia by Yuri Rechinskiy (Odesa IFF WiP), All clear signal! by Andrii Negreskul, and PTSD by Maksym Ksyonda 

Denis Ivanov  
Ukrainian producer, film distributor, cultural manager, head of the Arthouse Traffic film company, member of the European Film Academy and National Union of Cinematographers of Ukraine, founder of the Odesa International Film Festival and Children Kinofest. Among others produced The Tribe by Myroslav Slaboshpytskyi, Donbas by Sergei Loznitsa, Cenzorka by Peter Kerekes, and Rhino by Oleh Sentsov. Now he is working on the new film by Oleh Sentsov called Kai, finishing Demons by Nataliia Vorozhbyt. 

Maksym Nakonechnyi  

Co-founder of the independent production company Tabor with his friends, which now makes documentaries, fiction films, theatre plays, commercial and social videos, and cultural volunteering projects. Maksym has completed several fiction shorts as a director and regularly produces documentary films. His films have screened widely on the international festival circuit and received both broadcast and theatrical releases. Maksym’s directorial feature debut Butterfly Vision is included into the Un certain regard competition at Cannes 2022. 

Julia Sinkevych 
Film producer (JS Films), festival curator, co-founder and member of the Supervisory Board of the Ukrainian Film Academy, and member of the European Film Academy. From 2010 to 2020 Julia worked as a general producer for the Odesa International Film Festival. Julia recently produced Lucky girl by Marysia Nikitiuk, co-produced a documentary film Close relations by Vitaliy Mansky (2016), and Heatsingers (2019) by Nadia Parfan. Julia is currently working on feature films It’s not a full picture (development), a documentary by Maryna Stepanska, and the fiction film Lesia (development) by Nana Janelidze. 

Vika Khomenko 
Film producer (Moon Man). A House Made of Splinters (2022) by Simon Lereng Wilmont (Award in the World Cinema Documentary Competition at Sundance 2022) – co-producer (minority co-production); Outside (2022) by Olha Zhurba (The Willy Brandt Documentary Film Award for Freedom and Human Rights at Human Rights Film Festival Berlin 2022) – producer; Stop-Zemlia (2021) by Kateryna Gornostai (Crystal Bear at Berlinale 2021) – producer.  
Ongoing projects: State (working title) by Nikon Romanchenko, Antonivka (working title) by Kateryna Gornostai. 

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