Podolyak on China proposal, possible Ukrainian drone near Moscow, US backs int’l tribunal

29 March, 03:03 PM

Your slice of the top headlines in Ukraine. Daily. Wednesday, March 29, 2023.

●      Presidential advisor criticizes Beijing’s peace plan, offers advice on dealing with Moscow
Mykhailo Podolyak, an adviser to the head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, criticized China's "peace plan" and gave Beijing advice on how to deal with Russia, in a March 28 interview with NV Radio.

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●      Ukrainian ombudsman shows Russian POW detention conditions
Following a UN Monitoring Mission in Ukraine report alleging harsh treatment of Russian POWs by Kyiv authorities, Ukrainian Ombudsman Dmytro Lubinets has instructed his office to inspect the conditions at Ukraine’s POW detention centers, Lubinets said in a Telegram post on March 28.

●      Ukraine needs long-range air defense to protect from Russian guided bombs
Ukraine needs long-range air defense systems and multipurpose aircraft to deal with the guided bombs Russia is using more frequently, said Air Forces spokesperson Yurii Ihnat on national television on March 28.

●      Russian forces attack civilian facilities in frontline areas from north to south Ukraine
Russian troops launched a guided bomb attack on Bilopillia, Sumy Oblast, in the early hours of March 28, Sumy Oblast Military Administration’s press service reported on Telegram on March 28.

●      Fragments of drone with ‘Glory to Ukraine’ words found near Moscow – Russian media
A fallen drone with the inscription "Slava Ukraini" ("Glory to Ukraine") was reportedly found near the village of Svitino in Moscow Oblast, which is 60 km (37 miles) from the city of Moscow, a Russian state news agency reported on March 28.

●      Russia scouring Kherson Oblast for Ukrainian veterans and their families
Russian forces in temporarily occupied areas of Kherson Oblast are searching for Ukrainian veterans of the 2014-2022 war in Donbas (officially referred to as the Anti-Terrorist Operation, or ATO), Ukraine’s National Resistance Center said in a statement on March 28.

●      New US surveillance drone routes over Black Sea limit intelligence gathering, CNN reports
Following the recent incident involving a MQ-9 Reaper drone, the United States started diverting its reconnaissance UAV flights further down south over the Black Sea, limiting its ability to gather intelligence on the progress of the Russia-Ukraine war, a senior U.S. military official told CNN on March 28.

●      Ukraine’s accession to EU, NATO guarantees Europe’s security for decades, says FM Kuleba
Ukraine’s accession to the European Union and NATO will complete the reshaping of the global security architecture and guarantee the security of the European continent for decades, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said on March 28.

●      US backs international tribunal to prosecute Russian war crimes against Ukraine
The United States supports the development of a hybrid justice mechanism to prosecute Russian war crimes committed against Ukraine, the Voice of America’s Ukrainian service quoted Beth Van Schaack, US State Department ambassador-at-large for global criminal justice, as saying on March 27.

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