Russian Invasion: War towards Ukraine: This is the scenario | EUROtoday

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The Ukrainian president is making an attempt to focus past the combating. The economic system have to be strengthened and corruption diminished. The overview.

Despite the battle towards the Russian invaders, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky doesn’t wish to lose sight of increasing his nation's economic system.

During visits to the Dnipro, Cherkasy and Kropyvnytsky areas, he spoke with representatives of the regional authorities not solely about strengthening the navy, but additionally about vital financial points, Zelensky reported in his night video handle. “The state must support the recovery of Ukrainian production,” he mentioned.

One of the highest priorities in Ukraine is to offer the absolute best assist to entrepreneurs in contributing to financial progress and job creation. “Last year we laid the foundation for Ukraine’s economic stability,” Zelensky mentioned. The maritime hall for exports is working and the vitality sector is healthier protected towards Russian assaults. In addition, Kiev has reached agreements with international companions on long-term assist for Ukraine and monetary packages.

Last yr ended with financial progress of greater than 5 p.c for Ukraine. “And this year the momentum should be maintained,” demanded Zelensky. To do that, Ukraine wants “transparent, clean, legal relations between state institutions and the economy, and the economy must work in a clean, legal environment – in a “white” way.” The latter was to be understood as a transparent announcement for the continued battle towards corruption within the nation.

Access to Kherson is briefly blocked for foreigners

Meanwhile, the Ukrainian authorities have briefly blocked entry to the big metropolis of Kherson and its environment within the south of the nation for foreigners. The set off was the dying of two French workers of a non-governmental group on account of Russian assaults. The entry ban applies to each members of diplomatic missions and workers of worldwide help organizations, the regional navy administration introduced on Telegram. “In time of war, no one can guarantee security, but we must clearly establish the presence of people in places of active hostilities.”

The two Frenchmen had been killed in a Russian artillery assault within the city of Beryslaw on Thursday. Three different French residents and a Ukrainian had been injured.

At least 4 individuals had been killed in Kherson on account of Russian artillery fireplace. Another was injured, the regional administration introduced by way of Telegram. The metropolis, which is just separated from Russian positions by the Dnipro River, was shelled a number of occasions all through the day. As a rule, the data supplied by the combatants can hardly be verified independently.

Ukraine has been resisting the Russian invasion for nearly two years. Kherson, which as soon as had virtually 300,000 inhabitants, was occupied by Russian troops for a number of months in 2022. Since the Russian withdrawal throughout the Dnipro River, the town has been underneath artillery fireplace virtually every day.

EU plans new Russia sanctions

On the second anniversary of the battle in Ukraine on February twenty fourth, the EU is making ready a brand new package deal of sanctions towards Russia. According to data from the dpa, it supplies for a major enlargement of the checklist of individuals and establishments whose belongings within the EU have to be frozen.

In addition, different firms that contribute to Russia's navy and technological strengthening or to the event of its protection and safety sector must also be sanctioned. No extra military-use items and applied sciences will probably be allowed to be bought to them from the EU.

According to dpa data, high officers of the EU Commission offered the concrete proposals for what’s now the thirteenth sanctions package deal to representatives of the member states on the weekend. According to the plans, considerably greater than 200 individuals and corporations might be affected by the extra punitive measures.

London: Russia's Black Sea Fleet is susceptible

According to British estimates, the sinking of the Russian missile ship Ivanovets at first of February will considerably weaken the Black Sea Fleet. The strike affected command and management capabilities and compelled the fleet management to rethink its maneuvers west of the Crimean peninsula, which has been annexed by Moscow since 2014, the British Ministry of Defense mentioned.

According to Kiev's estimates, the Russian Black Sea Fleet has misplaced virtually a 3rd of its fight ships. “According to the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, our military has so far withdrawn 24 Russian ships and one submarine,” the excessive command mentioned on Telegram. At the beginning of the battle two years in the past, the Russian Black Sea Fleet had 74 fight ships.

The “Iwanowets” was attacked and critically broken by Ukrainian naval drones on the evening of February 1st. The printed photographs virtually actually indicated that the ship had sunk, it was mentioned from London. The rocket ship is vital for exchanging information with different ships, helicopters and long-range patrol plane, the British wrote on the X platform (previously Twitter).

IAEA boss Grossi on the way in which to the Russian-occupied Zaporizhia nuclear energy plant

The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Grossi, traveled to Ukraine to test the scenario surrounding the Russian-occupied Zaporizhia nuclear energy plant. “What we are concentrating on at the moment is the situation surrounding the cooling function of the power plant,” Grossi advised reporters in Kiev. After the destruction of the Kakhovka dam downstream, the cooling water provide could be very “fragile”. He needed to test the containment measures taken by the facility plant administration.

A second level is the scenario of Ukrainian workers who’re excluded from work due to refused contracts with the Russian nuclear firm. “I want to see what impact this has,” mentioned Grossi. However, that is at the moment not an issue as a result of the nuclear energy plant has been shut down. According to the IAEA, out of over 11,000 energy plant workers, solely round 4,500 have to date accepted Russian citizenship and signed employment contracts with the Russian nuclear firm Rosatom.