EU neighbors block agro imports, Wagner war crimes, former customs chief on corruption

18 April, 03:00 PM

Your slice of the headlines in Ukraine. Daily. Tuesday, April 18, 2023.

●      Slovakia joins Poland and Hungary in halting grain imports from Ukraine
Slovakia will temporarily suspend grain imports from Ukraine, following Poland and Hungary, according to Slovak Prime Minister Eduard Heger’s Facebook post on April 17.

●      When will Ukraine reclaim Crimea, other occupied lands? — Budanov
Ministry of Defense’s Main Intelligence Directorate (HUR) head, Kyrylo Budanov, shared his thoughts about what’s in store for the next two years in an interview with Radio NV on April 17.

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●      Slovakia becomes third country to resume electricity imports from Ukraine
Slovakia has resumed electricity imports from Ukraine, the Ukrainian electric operator Ukrenergo said on April 17.

●      Zelenskyy holds Military Council to discuss Ukraine’s production of missiles and ammunition
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy held a Military Council meeting on April 17, the Presidential Office announced on its website.

●      Former Wagner commanders confess to massive war crimes, including killing children
Former Wagner PMC commanders have confessed to committing massive war crimes against Ukrainians at the order of founder and leader Yevgeny Prigozhin during an interview with Russian human rights project

●      War has come to Russians homes’ — Ukrainian intelligence on explosions in Belgorod
The war unleashed by Russians has finally come to their own homes, Ukraine’s Main Intelligence Directorate (HUR) spokesperson, Andriy Yusov, said on national television on April 17.

●      ‘I’ve been dreaming about this for five months’ — Returned POW on emotional call to girlfriend — video
A Ukrainian soldier who returned from Russian captivity on April 16 as part of a prisoner swap has called his girlfriend for the first time in five months.

●      Ukraine has no reason to believe China is providing Russia with weapons – NSDC
National Security and Defense Council secretary, Oleksiy Danilov, says Ukraine has not observed any Chinese weaponry on the Russian frontline, so far.

●      Ex-customs chief Nefyodov sounds off on customs corruption
Former customs office head and current member of Kyiv City Council, Maksym Nefyodov, explained the “rules of the game” for top customs officials, who have been replacing each other for the past three years, in an interview with Radio NV on April 17.

●      Russia again blocking ship inspections in the Bosphorus
The Russian side has once again blocked inspections of vessels in the territorial waters of Turkey moving through the Bosphorus as part of the grain initiative, according to a report by Ukraine’s Ministry for Restoration.

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