Your slice of the top headlines in Ukraine. Daily. Tuesday, January 17th, 2023.
- Ukraine and the European Union have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on EUR 18 billion in pledged macro-financial assistance.
Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal noted that Ukraine expects to receive the first tranche of EUR 3 billion this week. “This will help maintain macroeconomic stability going forward,” he said.
- A Russian soldier set off a grenade during a military gathering in a village in Russia’s Belgorod Oblast.
His action allegedly caused ammunition to detonate, ultimately killing at least three Russian conscripts and injuring a further 10. According to Baza, the explosion occurred in the building of the village hall. According to early reports, the soldier picked up the grenade initially "to win authority in the eyes of subordinates”.
- The Austrian authorities are investigating the actions of an official from the state of Tyrol who officially “repatriated” two Ukrainian teenagers to Moscow.
The official is believed to have been working on a request from the Russian authorities, who claimed the children needed to be sent to Moscow for a “family reunion.” However, this transfer was done without the consent of the Ukrainian government, and the consent of the children was also not recorded. The official has been suspending pending an investigation.
Minsk claims that the goal of the maneuvers is to increase interoperability during the joint execution of training and combat missions. During the exercises, Russian and Belarusian aviation plans to practice aerial reconnaissance, joint patrolling of airspace along the border, and aviation support of military groups. The Ukrainian military does not believe that these exercises pose an immediate threat to the capital.
- The International Atomic Energy Agency will be permanently deployed to all nuclear power plants in Ukraine.
IAEA director Rafael Grossi said he is proud to head this mission to Ukraine, that will be deployed "in all of the country’s NPPs to provide assistance in nuclear safety and security.” This expanded presence will be in addition to the IAEA presence already in the country, including a monitor stationed at the occupied Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant.
- Navigation in the Bosphorus Strait has been suspended after a 142-meter Ukrainian MKK-1 grain cargo ship ran aground.
A rescue operation is underway, Turkish news agency Anadolu reported. No casualties or pollution is said to have occurred as a result of the accident. The vessel was en route from Ukraine to Istanbul under the flag of Palau, and is believed to have run aground due to a failure of the vessel’s rudder.
- Over 95% of Ukrainians are confident of victory over Russia, and over 60% expect the war to end within a year or sooner.
That’s according to a new poll conducted by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology. Additionally, almost 50% of respondents are sure that the end of hostilities will take place within six months to a year. More than 13% of respondents say that it will take several months.
- The National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine and the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office have charged European Solidarity MP Artur Herasymov for failing to declare real estate in Spain.
According to NABU, in his electronic income declaration for 2020, the legislator omitted information about a two-story duplex apartment and a parking space in the province of Alicante, Spain for EUR 190,000 (approximately $252,700 at the 2013 time of purchase). SAPO, in turn, reported that the lawmaker had failed to declare almost UAH 6.3 million in total assets (about $773,000 at the average 2013 exchange rate, or $172,279 on Jan. 16, 2023) in total. His whereabouts are currently unknown.
According to the Ukrainian military, Ukrainian forces in and around the town are trying to bleed the enemy dry, as well as preventing a breakthrough of Ukrainian defense lines. Russian forces continue to insist that the town is captured, though footage of Ukrainian defenders in the area continues to appear on social media.
- The day’s long read: Six dangerous illusions about Russia
Former Foreign Minister Volodymyr Ohryzko lays out the six biggest misconceptions Western policymakers still hold about the Russian state, and warns against building policy mired in illusion.
- Don’t miss: Fog of war and peace in the fog
Oleksiy Melnyk, director of foreign policy at the Razumkov Center, writes about the outlines of what a true victory would look like for Ukraine, and notes the possible conflicts that may occur between the Western and Ukrainian conceptions of peace.