France for security guarantees, biz grappling with war, laying ground for counteroffensive

24 May, 02:28 PM

Your slice of the headlines in Ukraine. Daily. Wednesday, May 24, 2023.

France is ready to sign a treaty with Ukraine on providing security guarantees that would help the country protect itself in the long run, the French Foreign Ministry said in a message on its website on May 23.

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The National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) and the Specialized Anti-corruption Prosecutor’s Office (SAPO) have seized almost half a million dollars in cash while investigating the bribery case of the former head of Ukraine's Supreme Court Vsevolod Knyazev, NABU reported via Telegram on May 23.

EU countries have supplied Ukraine with 220,000 artillery shells and 1,300 missiles since March, the head of EU diplomacy Josep Borrell said on May 23, as reported by Reuters.

In the wake of Russian aggression, small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are increasingly bearing the brunt of the economic consequences, with losses from the ongoing war showing a significant up tick over the past six months.

The government of Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko has participated in the unlawful abduction of children from the Russian-occupied territories of Ukraine, the UK-based Sky News website reported on May 23, citing a preliminary report from the Belarusian National Anti-Crisis Management organization in exile.

Ukraine needs at least 500 British-made Storm Shadow missiles to exhaust Russia, Azeri military expert Agil Rustamzade said in an interview to NV on May 23.

Germany’s Federal Intelligence Service (BND) President, Bruno Kahl, sees no signs that Russian dictator Vladimir Putin's position has weakened after more than a year since Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, German news site DW reported on May 23.

The Ukrainian Armed Forces (ZSU) will not publicly disclose a specific date for the Ukrainian counteroffensive, but they will initiate it upon the completion of the destruction of critical rear Russian facilities, according to analysts cited in an NV report published on May 20.

Ukrainian Railways operator Ukrzaliznytsia is considering introducing 'ladies only' train compartments, the press center reported on May 23.

The systematic use of sexual violence by Russian troops in Ukraine is a conscious Kremlin policy, aiming to intimidate, demoralize, and degrade the dignity of the civilian population, Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Malyar said in a Telegram post on May 22.

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