Newsletter by Romeo Kokriatski, Managing Editor, New Voice of Ukraine Monday, October 3rd, 2022.
Weekend Catch-up Edition:
Videos circulating on social media from around midday on Oct. 1 showed Ukrainian troops on the edge of Lyman, and subsequent reports from both Ukrainian and Russian sources said Ukrainian soldiers had been seen in the center of the town. An important rail junction is located at the town, and by controlling it, Ukraine can cut off another supply route to Russian invasion forces in the east of the country.
Following a meeting of the National Security and Defense Council, the President revealed Ukraine’s application to join the Alliance. The President stressed that de facto Ukraine has already completed its journey to NATO, and proved compatibility with the Alliance's standards. ”De facto. Today, Ukraine is applying to make it de jure," Zelenskyy announced, recalling the example of Finland and Sweden. “Under a procedure that will be in line with our value for the protection of our entire community. In an expedited manner.”
Germany has signaled that it supports Ukraine’s quick accession – in theory – but stressed that the decision should be “unanimous.”
In total, 51 people fell victim to the attack. The initial death toll of 28 rose following the passing of a few more of the victims in hospital. The convoy was mostly composed of people waiting to enter the occupied territories, to pick up their relatives and deliver much-needed humanitarian aid. Early reports indicate that the Russian military fired 16 rockets from an S-300 air defense system, deputy presidential chief-of-staff Kyrylo Tymoshenko said on Telegram.
Presidential advisor Mykhailo Podolyak tweeted that “There is no point in negotiating with those who ‘dance on bones’ – (Russian dictator Vladimir) Putin and his entourage.” Zelenskyy himself has previously said that the claimed annexation of Ukrainian territory by Russia would render negotiations impossible.
Ihor Murashov was apprehended by Russian patrol police at around 4.00 p.m. on his way from the station to the nearby town of Enerhodar. "His car was brought to a stop, he was forcibly detained, blindfolded, and taken to an undisclosed location," an Energoatom official said. Murashov is responsible for the plant's nuclear and radiation safety and his abduction “endangers the operation of Europe's largest nuclear power plant,” the nuclear operator stated.
Once that process begins, ECU will control 50% of the electrical export market to Poland. The enterprise was granted the right to export electricity to Poland with a capacity of 110 MW after winning a daytime auction held by the transmission system operator Ukrenergo on Sept. 29. As a result, the state-owned energy trader displaced the dominant private player and received the right to supply 50% of the export volume offered at the auction.
The corvette, a Turkish Ada-class anti-submarine design, has been christened the Hetman Ivan Mazepa, after the famed 17th century military and political leader. First Lady of Ukraine Olena Zelenska took part in the launching ceremony, together with the commander of the Ukrainian Navy, Vice Admiral Oleksiy Neizhpapa. One more Ada-class corvette for Ukraine is under construction.
The day’s long-read: Ukrainian expert explains how Russia might launch nuclear strike on Ukraine
Oleksiy Melnyk, co-director of foreign policy and international security programs at the Razumkov Center, explained to NV the stages of coordinating a nuclear strike, how likely Russia is to use nuclear weapons, and what could prevent it.
NV has looked into out how Kyiv residents are reacting to the Kremlin’s nuclear threats and what the Kyiv authorities will do if there is a nuclear strike.