EU-UA parliamentary meeting set, Reznikov on victory this year, airspace to stay closed
Your slice of the headlines in Ukraine. Daily. Wednesday, April 12, 2023
● Ukraine, EU to hold joint parliamentary committee meeting
For the first time ever, EMPs and Ukrainian MPs will hold a joint inter-committee meeting between the European Parliament and Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada, the EU body announced in a message on its website on April 11.
● Ukrainian counteroffensive could begin in summer, PM says
The much-anticipated major Ukrainian counteroffensive may begin as late as summer, Ukrainian PM Denys Shmyhal said in an interview with U.S. newspaper The Hill on April 11.
● Russia now effectively countering commercial drones used for reconnaissance
The Mavic line of commercial drones produced by Chinese company DJI, used extensively by Ukrainian troops for reconnaissance and artillery fire control, will become obsolete in a matter of months due to Russia’s growing electronic warfare capabilities, The Guardian reported on April 10, quoting Ukrainian drone operators.
● 195 bodies of murdered civilians still not identified, up to 300 still missing in Kyiv Oblast
The bodies of 195 civilians murdered by Russian soldiers during the occupation of parts of Kyiv Oblast have yet to be identified, Andriy Nebytov, the head of Kyiv's regional police force, said during a briefing on April 11.
● West may by summer decide to send fighter jets to Ukraine, says acting Danish defense minister
Ukraine’s allies in the West may decide whether to send modern fighter jets to Ukraine by the summer, the Danish newspaper Berlingske quoted Denmark’s Acting Defense Minister Troels Lund Poulsen as saying during his visit to Ukraine on April 10.
● World Bank, IMF assess Ukraine’s critical expenditures at $11 billion
Ukraine has immense recovery and reconstruction needs, and the World Bank estimates that there is an additional $11 billion funding gap in 2023 for critical expenditures, World Bank Group President David Malpass said on April 10.
● Closure of Ukraine’s airspace will last until 2029, Eurocontrol forecasts
Ukrainian airspace, which was closed on Feb. 24, 2022, will not return to "normal" routing until at least 2029, the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation, or Eurocontrol, said in its forecast update for 2023-2029 as of March 31.
● Antonov's leadership sabotaged defense of Hostomel airport, report says
In the run-up to the Russian invasion, the management of state-owned aerospace enterprise Antonov didn’t allow the National Guard to enter and fortify Hostomel airport, where Antonov’s An-225 aircraft was stationed, Ukrainian news outlet Ukrainska Pravda reported on April 10.
● Russia’s airborne troops being sent to Bakhmut to reinforce regular army, not Wagner
Russian airborne forces have likely been sent to Bakhmut in Donetsk Oblast to reinforce the regular army, rather than Wagner mercenary force, U.S. think tank the Institute for the Study of War or ISW said in its Ukraine report for April 10.
● I Believe this Year is a Year of Victory — OPINION
Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov explains why he believes that Ukraine will be successful in its defense against the full-scale Russian invasion.
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