November 29, 2022

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Ukraine, live broadcast – Kyiv: “The war can end before the territories are liberated.” Medvedev: The US Congress will end its support for Kiev

EU Commission: “We count on Unit 27 with Kyiv’s help”

The European Commission expects to approve a loan of 18 billion euros for Ukraine for 2023. Interviewed during a daily briefing with the press on the reservations of Viktor Orban’s Hungarian government, directed at not supporting the Commission’s proposal in this matter, said Verily Noyts, a spokesperson for the Commission. The proposal for a package of up to $18 billion in short-term financial requirements for Ukraine for the next year came after requests from the European Council, where it was discussed – answered in particular in this regard -. Given the urgency of this issue, the Committee expects to be able to count on the support of all Member States for the adoption of this very important and much needed package.

Oxfam: “With the advent of winter, millions of displaced people and refugees are in an emergency situation”

Almost 9 months after the start of the conflict in Ukraine, the humanitarian situation in the country is becoming increasingly dangerous. Indeed, with the advent of winter, conditions for more than 6.2 million internally displaced persons may become critical due to a lack of housing and basic necessities such as food, water and electricity. An additional 13 million people are estimated to be stranded in areas where key infrastructure such as hospitals, schools and water systems have been destroyed. The needs of the more than 1.5 million refugees still in Poland, Romania and Moldova remain enormous. Three countries take in a significant portion of the reception of those who have left the country, with thousands of refugees continuing to leave Ukraine each week. This is what Oxfam has found, working with 23 organizations and local partners to respond to the emergency in Ukraine, Poland, Moldova and Romania, having already saved more than 610,000 lives through the distribution of basic necessities such as clean water, food, sanitation and health services. Shelters, support in finding housing or a job, psychological and legal assistance for refugees at risk of trafficking and exploitation.

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Schäuble: “We were wrong about the Russians, we didn’t want to see”

Wolfgang Schaeuble, former hound of Merkel’s Eurogroup, admits the mistakes he made with Russia and expresses tough judgment on the former chancellor, currently excluded from the personal list of great German leaders (Adenauer-Brandt-Kohl). Are you angry about past policies towards Moscow, the journalist asks in an interview with Handelsblatt? “Of course they are. We didn’t want to see. And that goes for each and every one of us.” Schäuble thinks back to the time when he was interior minister and negotiated with the Russians to curb Islamist terrorism. I could see what was pushing Russia into Chechnya. Or I could have listened to former Polish President Lech Kaczynski,” who warned after the attack on Georgia. “Georgia comes first, then Ukraine, then Moldova, then the Baltic states and then Poland,” the former minister on the list replies again.
Speaking of Merkel, the senior CDU politician said: “It amazes me that you can’t say that in relation to Russia, you have made a mistake.” Asked if his list of senior advisers was complete with the names of Konrad Adenauer, Willi Brandt and Helmut Kohl, Schäuble replied: “It is now closed. Perhaps it is still too early to conclusively judge whether Angela Merkel is among the senior advisers.”

Poland, state funeral for the victims of the missile attack

Poland will hold state funerals for two people killed when a missile hit their village on the border with Ukraine on Tuesday. The local parish priest told the Polish news agency PAP, adding that the funerals will be held separately on Saturday and Sunday. The missile, which hit a farm in Przyudov, about 6 kilometers from the Ukrainian border, killed a 60-year-old tractor driver and a 62-year-old warehouse worker. Both Poland and NATO have said the crash was caused by a Ukrainian anti-aircraft missile, placing the final blame on Moscow for putting Kyiv in a position where it must defend itself against Russian attacks.

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Peskov Zaporizhia: “We continue to talk to Aya about the retreat”

Russia will continue its contacts with the International Atomic Energy Agency. This was stated by the spokesman for the Russian President Dmytro Peskov, commenting on the International Atomic Energy Agency’s call for Russia to withdraw its armed forces from the territory of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant. “We will continue to talk to the IAEA,” Peskov said in response to a call by the IAEA’s board of governors to withdraw its military personnel and other Russian personnel from the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, and drop “unsubstantiated claims” about ownership. from the plant and stop all activities at Ukrainian nuclear facilities.

Peskov: The Putin-Biden summit is currently excluded

For now, a summit between Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden has been ruled out. This was stated by Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, in response to a question from journalists: “No, so far there is no talk of a summit … at the moment.”

Kyiv commune for citizens: “Stock up on water and food”

Kyiv City Council has warned citizens to stock up on food and water amid Russian attacks on Ukraine’s energy system. In particular, the municipal administration stresses that one must be prepared for long periods of power outages.

Russia is carrying out “immunization” measures in Crimea

The Interfax news agency quoted Sergei Aksyonov, President of the Russian Republic, as saying that “fortification” work is underway to defend Crimea. “The measures taken today by the Russian armed forces and Russian law enforcement agencies on the instructions of the president are sufficient to make citizens feel safe,” Aksionov added, stressing at the same time the need to apply security measures “first of all in the Kherson region.” A yellow alert has been placed in Crimea since April due to the risk of terrorist attacks.

Medvedev: The US Congress will end its support for Kiev

With the strengthening of the Republicans after the midterm elections, the US Congress will in the long term “suspend its unlimited support for the nationalist regime in Ukraine”, because “America has always abandoned its friends.” This was stated by the former Russian President and Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev, citing the TASS agency. Medvedev added that the situation among ordinary American citizens “will begin to move towards reality,” and “this will continue to grow until Congress stops” its support for Kiev specifically.