Opinion

14 November 2022, 03:24 PM

Kherson city is liberated, a stolen raccoon, and a new aid package

Romeo Kokriatski

Managing Editor at the New Voice of Ukraine

Your slice of the top headlines in Ukraine. Daily. Monday, November 14th, 2022.

Weekend Catch-up Edition:

After nearly nine months of Russian occupation, Ukrainian troops entered the city of Kherson on Friday following the announced withdrawal of Russian forces from the left bank of the Dnipro River. The soldiers were greeted by cheering crowds, and a celebratory mood settled over the country. Kherson remains a front-line area – but the residents of the city can sleep a little easier with the blue and yellow flying overhead.

A representative of the power company DTEK said the restoration of energy infrastructure facilities in Kyiv Oblast after its liberation from Russian occupation in spring took about 30 days. Approximately the same time would be needed to repair the energy facilities in the liberated part of Kherson Oblast, he added.

The package includes Avenger air defense systems and missiles for HAWK anti-air systems, as well as HIMARS ammo, winter gear, and 100 armored Humvees. The Pentagon specified that missiles for Hawk complexes will complement the recent transfer of these air defense systems from Spain to Ukraine, while Avenger short-range air defense systems will enable Ukraine to secure more of its troops and critical infrastructure from Russian attacks.

The UN head stated that any settlement between the two countries must rest on a basis of international law, adding that it’s necessary to create the conditions for progressively re-establishing dialogue. That may lead to a future in which peace will prevail, and said that “it has to be not just any kind of peace, but a peace based on the values of the UN Charter, and a peace based on international law.”

He noted that if the dam is blown and the area floods, the right bank – where the Russians have pulled back to – is actually lower than the left, meaning that Russia would worsen its own position and wipe out weeks of work on fortification lines and defenses. They would also lose access to fresh water in Crimea, he added.

The project aims to promote decarbonization of energy sectors through the production of clean hydrogen and improve long-term food security through the production of clean ammonia fertilizers. Partners in the pilot project include an international consortium made up the U.S. Argonne National Laboratory, Ukraine’s nuclear operator Energoatom, the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, and State Scientific and Technical Center for Nuclear and Radiation Safety, as well as a number of private companies.

“This decision gives the United States the ability to apply the full force of the U.S. anti-dumping law to address the market distortions caused by increasing interference from the Russian government in their economy,” the Commerce Department said in a statement.

“Serhiy Koretskyy has been appointed as the head of Ukrnaftam,” the company reported. He’s the former head of the nationally-famous WOG gas station franchise. He stated that his initial primary goals are to ensure the company’s work amid war, maintain stable hydrocarbon production, and keep fiscal discipline.

Former defense minister Andrew Zagorodnyuk examines what the Russian retreat to the right bank of the Dnipro River means for further Ukrainian liberation operations.

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