Grain transport resumes through Poland, funding to re-open airspace, why Putin invaded
Your slice of the headlines in Ukraine. Daily. Wednesday, April 26, 2023.
● Ukrzaliznytsia resumes grain transit through Poland
Ukrzaliznytsia, Ukraine’s national railway operator, has
resumed the export of Ukrainian agricultural products through Poland for the
first time since April 15, Interfax-Ukraine reported on April 24.
● ‘Uncontrolled’ Wagner fighters execute Russian blogger, expert says
Troops of the Russian private military company Wagner Group lack oversight and control on the frontlines in Ukraine, military expert Mykhailo Zhyrokhov said in an interview with NV Radio on April 24.
● Sweden expels five Russian diplomats amid high-profile investigation into Russian spies
Sweden is expelling five Russian diplomats who are suspected of spying for the Kremlin, Swedish Foreign Minister Tobias Billström has said.
● Ukraine receives funding from Eurocontrol to prepare for opening its airspace
Ukraine’s state air traffic operator Ukraerorukh has received a second financing tranche from the Solidarity Aviation Fund, the Infrastructure Ministry announced via Facebook on April 25.
● Russia’s General Staff spread disinformation about winter offensive on Kyiv – Pentagon leaks
Rumors of a Russian offensive on Kyiv this winter were, in fact, disinformation from the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, according to a U.S. Department of Defense document discovered in last month’s leaks, the Russian service of RFE/RL reported on April 25.
● EU announces another EUR 1.5 billion of aid to Ukraine
The European Union is allocating EUR 1.5 billion ($1.65 billion) to Ukraine as part of its annual financial assistance package, European Commission head, Ursula von der Leyen, announced on Twitter on April 25.
● Dmytro Syryk, Suspilne radio host, killed at front
Dmytro Syryk, a radio host at Ukraine’s national news outlet Suspilne who joined the Ukrainian Armed Forces after the start of Russia’s full-scale invasion, was killed in action on April 20, Suspilne reported on April 24.
● Only 25% of Ukraine’s weapons are sourced from abroad
The ratio of domestic-made and foreign military equipment used by the Armed Forces of Ukraine is currently 3-to-1, UkrOboronProm spokesperson Natalia Sad told Ukrainian TV broadcasters on April 24.
● Putin decided to invade Ukraine in early 2021, media report says
Russian dictator Vladimir Putin decided to wage full-scale war against Ukraine at the end of February-March 2021, independent Russian media outlet Verstka reported on April 25. Journalists spoke with former and current officials in the Russian and Ukrainian governments.
● Russian invaders changing frontline tactics, says top Ukrainian commander
Russia’s invading forces are analyzing the results of their actions, drawing conclusions, and improving their frontline tactics, Ukrainian Ground Forces’ commander Col. Gen. Oleksandr Syrskyi told Interfax-Ukraine on April 25.
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