Opinion

22 November 2022, 03:10 PM

Russia claims no intent to topple Zelenskyy, Tokayev re-elected in Kazakhstan

Romeo Kokriatski

Managing Editor at the New Voice of Ukraine

Your slice of the top headlines in Ukraine. Daily. Tuesday, November 22nd, 2022.

•   Russia is no longer aiming for regime change in Ukraine, the Kremlin claims.

However, the Kremlin has no interest in withdrawing from Ukrainian territory and paying reparations for its unprovoked full-scale war. Ukrainian officials have noted that Russian statements about ‘peace’ can only be realized in the event that Russia leaves Ukraine.

•   Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has been re-elected president of Kazakhstan.

In early snap election characterized as neither free nor fair by democracy watchdog Freedom House, Tokyaev is said to have earned 81.3% of the vote, according to Kazakhstan’s Central Election Commission. His opposition consisted of nearly unknown candidates, with the most well-known among them scoring just 3.4%. Tokayev is now slated serve a single seven-year term, though it unclear if the newly re-elected president will stick to that promise.

•   Ukrainians may have to deal with power cuts until March of next year.

That’s according to a senior official at power company DTEK, who stated that technicians were working feverishly to complete repairs before the cold seasons starts in earnest. Blackouts may become less frequent if Russia doesn’t launch new attacks against the energy grid, but they may worsen otherwise. “It seems to me that one should be prepared for different options, even the worst ones,” the DTEK official stated.

•   Russia has threatened to limit IAEA access to the Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant after its most recent attacks on the plant.

An advisor to Russia’s nuclear operator, Rosenergoatom, stated that "...If [the IAEA] want to inspect a facility that has nothing to do with nuclear safety, they will be denied.” According to the IAEA, cooling pond sprinkler systems, a cable to one of the generators, condensate tanks, and a bridge between a reactor building and auxiliary buildings were all damaged in a series of explosions on Nov. 20.

•   The EU ambassador to Ukraine has visited Mykolaiv.

Matti Maasikas, the ambassador, demonstrated the scale of destruction in Mykolaiv as a result of the attacks of the Russian military, in photos posted to Twitter. "The destruction Russians have brought on Mykolaiv is enormous: schools, universities, administrative and residence buildings. But first and foremost, hundreds of lost civilian lives," the diplomat said.

•   A Russian woman is being retried after an acquittal for ‘discrediting the army’ in Russia.

The woman, Alisa Klimentova, was originally charged after protesting with a sign that read ‘No to ***”, with the asterisks covering up letters that can make up the Russian word for war. However, at trial, Klimentova claimed her protest instead referenced a fish that could be written in nearly the same way.

•   Vodafone’s mobile network in Ukraine will be able to function for several days after the start of a full-scale blackout.

Talking to NV Business on the sidelines of the Kyiv International Economic Forum, Vodafone Ukraine CEO Olga Ustinova stated that voice calls and SMS will function, but the operator will have to limit internet services as a result. Ustinova added the company is currently forming teams to refuel the diesel generators that will be used to maintain power at some of the operator’s base stations.

•   Spain will provide police and military training for Ukrainian law enforcement and servicemembers.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez stated that a military training center for the Ukrainian troops is to be established in the Spanish city of Toledo by the end of November. Spanish Minister of Defense Margarita Robles said that Spain could train up to 2,400 military personnel per year within the scope of an EU training mission.

•   Dneprometiz, the largest manufacturer of hardware products in Ukraine, plans to issue five series of bonds, worth $5 million.

These bonds will raise funds to purchase equipment necessary for zinc-aluminum coated wire production. Dneprometiz produces a large selection of hardware products made of low-carbon steel, and is owned by Ukrainian politician and businessman Serhyi Tihipko.

•   Ukraine’s central bank revokes licenses from a credit union and a financial company.

The credit union – Ukrainian Savings Center – and the financial company – Primary Capital Financial Company LLC – are accused of noncompliance with an unscheduled inspection by the National Bank of Ukraine in October. “Persons authorized to represent the interests of the credit union and the financial company were absent on the day of the inspection,” the NBU stated.

•   The day’s long read: Three stories of participants of Revolution of Dignity fighting against Russia today

NV interviewed three Ukrainian soldiers who participated in the Euromaidan Revolution, and learned their reasons for fighting – both in 2014 and now.

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