More air defense for Ukraine, the long road to the EU, and war-time nationalizations

8 November 2022, 03:37 PM

Your slice of the top headlines in Ukraine. Daily. Tuesday, November 8th, 2022.

The news was celebrated by Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov on Twitter, who noted that these systems would help make Ukrainian skies safer. Two NASAMS systems were part of an $820 million military aid package for Ukraine announced by the United States on July 1. Reznikov also thanked Norway and Spain, in addition to the U.S., for their help - presumably, one or both countries donated the Italian-made Aspide systems. 

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That’s according to the European Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement from Hungary,  Olivér Várhelyi. “Given the large amount of work required to prepare for participation in the EU’s internal market and many other important policy areas, preparations for accession will most likely take more than a year or two,” he said. According to Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Olha Stefanishyna, Ukraine expects to become an EU member within five years.

In a blog post, the EU’s top diplomat Josep Borrell revealed that the EU has in total mobilized 19 billion euros in aid to Ukraine. “Our help also includes technical support to help repair energy infrastructures and supply of additional power generation. We will also increase our humanitarian support, which has become even more pressing in view of the approaching winter,” he wrote.

  • Meanwhile, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy spoke to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on the same topic

49 year old Roman Moskovchenko, a ‘religious mentor’ in the Children of Christ organization, committed crimes against minors over the course of seven years, starting in 2005, when he worked as a coordinator of external relations at the St. Sophia School-Gymnasium. He will be forcibly remanded to a psychiatric hospital until he is pronounced recovered – otherwise, he will spend the rest of his days there.

“We’re here with the security that enables us to be here. I’ve now been here for months, I’m living in this war, just like you’re living in this war. It’s certainly true to say that the circumstances for taking us out are already different from the circumstances under which we first left back in February. That’s not just because we think the threat is less serious: it’s still serious,” said Britain’s Ambassador to Ukraine, Melinda Simmons.

Steinmeier, who had previously developed the ‘Steinmeier formula’ for the Minsk peace agreements, has changed his conciliatory tone towards Russia after a visit to Ukraine, where the German leader stated he was shocked by stories of the war. “Ukraine should say when it wants such negotiations and considers them promising,” he said.

The regulator has been forced to sell about $1 billion of reserves every week since late May to counter instability on the interbank market. The situation has stabilized after the hryvnia exchange rate was adjusted by 25% to UAH 36.6 per dollar, and weekly currency sales did not exceed $500 million.

These include Motor Sich, Ukrnafta, and Ukrtatnafta, among others. The Ukrainian government has compelled the private owners of these companies to sell their shares to the state. However, as a number of the newly-nationalized businesses were owned by Russian citizens, it is unclear whether the Russian owners would receive compensation for the nationalization of their firms

  • According to Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal, these newly nationalized entities would work “around the clock” to meet Ukraine’s defense needs. There will be no lay-offs of personnel, he added.

NV’s Nika Melkozerova, at the UN, goes into the details of the draft resolution and explains how this registry will help Ukraine begin the reparations process from Russia.

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