Biden close on ATACMS, MFA condemns fake occupier elections, counteroffensive to press on

11 September, 03:17 PM

Your slice of the headlines in Ukraine. Daily. Monday, September 11, 2023.

●      Biden close to decision to supply Ukraine with ATACMS missiles – FT

U.S. President Joe Biden is close to making a decision on whether to provide Ukraine with ATACMS long-range missiles, UK newspaper the Financial Times reported on Sept. 10, citing its sources.

●      NATO begins large-scale exercises in the Baltic Sea, practices to repulse Russian aggression

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NATO member states have started extensive exercises along the northern coast of the Baltic Sea, rehearsing maneuvers the defensive alliance would carry out in the event of a Russian attack, Estonian news website ERR reported on Sept. 9.

●      Ukrainian troops push 1.5 km beyond Robotyne on southern front as counter-offensive grinds on

Ukrainian troops advanced by over 1 kilometer on the Tavria axis in the south, Brigadier General Oleksandr Tarnavskyi, commander of the Tavria operational and strategic group of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, said on Sept. 10.

●      Ukrainian intelligence says drone strikes aim to topple production at Russian military companies, one after another

The purpose of Ukraine’s current drone strikes on Russia is to weaken the enemy's combat potential, Vadym Skibitsky, a representative of Ukraine’s Main Intelligence Directorate or HUR said on Ukrainian national television on Sept. 9.

●      Body of British volunteer killed while fighting in Ukraine was found in water, hands bound – reports

The body of 31-year-old British volunteer Jordan Chadwick, who had been fighting with the International Legion in Ukraine, was discovered in a body of water with his hands bound behind his back, UK media have reported for the first time.

●      Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry slams Russia’s sham ‘elections’ in temporarily occupied territories

The Russian Federation has announced plans to hold what they call “elections” from Sept. 8 to 10, 2023, for local occupation administrations in the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhya, and Kherson oblasts of Ukraine, as well as in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol.

●      Special travel regime in Uman for Rosh Hashanah celebrations

Ukraine’s Uman in Cherkasy Oblast, being a major Jewish pilgrimage site, will introduce a special travel regime from September 11 to 21, when Hasidic pilgrims are expected to visit the city to celebrate Rosh Hashanah, city mayor Iryna Pletnova said in a Facebook post on Sept. 8.

●      NABU freezes Kolomoisky’s assets

The National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) and the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office (SAPO) have frozen the assets of Ukrainian businessman Ihor Kolomoisky for 48 hours, NABU said in a message on its website on Sept. 8.

●      Erdogan lobbies G20 to compromise on Russian sanctions in bid to revive Ukraine grain corridor

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is trying to convince G20 leaders at the New Delhi summit to meet some of Russia’s demands to restore the grain deal, Bloomberg reported on Sept. 9.

●      North Korea ready to sign arms deal with Russia — FT

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is ready to conclude an arms deal with Russian President Vladimir Putin, UK newspaper the Financial Times reported on Sept. 8, citing expert assessments.

●      Ukraine's military intelligence chief says counter-offensive will press on in face of worsening weather

Ukraine's counter-offensive against the Russian invasion forces will continue even after the onset of cold and wet weather, and even if it becomes more difficult to fight, the head of Ukraine’s Defense Intelligence or HUR Kyrylo Budanov has said.

●      Japanese FM initiates historic talks in Kyiv, paving way for bilateral security agreement with Ukraine

Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi, on an official visit to Kyiv, met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Prime Minister Denis Shmyhal to sign a bilateral security guarantee agreement for Ukraine.

●      Regions with most vacancies, and most in-demand employees in August 2023

Nearly two-thirds of job vacancies in Ukraine are concentrated in five oblasts: Kyiv, Dnipropetrovsk, Lviv, Odesa, and Kharkiv, data sourced from the OpenDataBot open data platform shows.

●      Ukrainians gather in Kyiv to honor prominent Ukrainian religious scholar, Ihor Kozlovskyi, dead at 69

A memorial ceremony was held to honor the life and contributions of the distinguished Ukrainian religious scholar, Ihor Kozlovskyi, at the St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Monastery in Kyiv on Sept. 9.

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●      Ukraine to receive $2.3 billion in additional aid from South Korea

South Korea will provide Ukraine with financial aid totalling $2.3 billion for its recovery efforts, President Yoon Sok Yeol announced at the G20 summit in India on Sept. 10, as reported by the Japanese news agency Yonhap.

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