Russia discusses nuking Ukraine, tries to source weapons from NK and Iran, SBU vs FSB

3 November 2022, 02:55 PM

Your slice of the top headlines in Ukraine. Daily. Thursday, November 3rd, 2022.

According to the New York Times, citing U.S. defense officials, these conversations have sparked “heightened concern” among U.S. and partner leadership. Putin was not involved in these discussion, however, the Times writes. Meanwhile, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov, commenting on these conversations, claimed it was irresponsible to “inflate” the topic – despite it being discussed numerous times on Russian TV.

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  • Russia has deployed three hypersonic “Kinhzal” missile carriers to Belarus.

    Ukraine’s Center for Strategic Communications, or Stratcom, said the warplanes capable of launching the missiles had been spotted on satellite images. “The photos show three MiG-31K supersonic fighter interceptors, which can carry Kh-47M2 Kinzhal hypersonic missiles and launch them at a distance of 2,000 kilometers,” the report says.

  • Ukrainian counterintelligence detained an undercover Russian FSB agent that attempted to infiltrate Ukraine’s SBU.

    According to the SBU themselves, the alleged spy posed as a “Ukrainian patriot” and offered to enlist in a special service unit to fight against Russia. Among other things, the woman "guaranteed" that she could provide up-to-date information on the enemy's activities in the temporarily occupied territories of the east of the country, but in fact planned to collect information on resistance members, in particular, in the temporarily occupied village of Markivka.

The UN confirms that eight cargo ships will pass through the “grain corridor” on Nov. 3.

“The Black Sea Grain Initiative continues,” Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov tweeted. Russia warned that it would be “dangerous” to continue the grain deal without Russia, but Ukraine, Turkey and the United Nations are continuing the implementation of the deal and no security incidents with grain shipments have yet been recorded.

A new IMF monitoring program for Ukraine will be approved in December.

Central bank chief Andriy Pyshnyy confirmed the news after a meeting with U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Karen Donfried and U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Bridget Brink. The IMF’s Mission Chief for Ukraine, Gavin Gray, said the discussions between the Ukrainian authorities and IMF representatives were productive, and the staff and the authorities would advance work in the coming weeks to follow up on the authorities’ request for Program Monitoring with Board Involvement (PMB).

The Ukrainian government lifts a ban on export of coking coal.

Representative of the Cabinet of Ministers in the Verkhovna Rada Taras Melnychuk said that the relevant amendments had been made to the list of goods that are subject to export licensing. Ukraine’s Cabinet banned coking coal exports in early September. The decision was made to ensure proper preparation for and passage of the heating season – in particular, the accumulation of sufficient fuel reserves for thermal generation.

Oschadbank has put up for sale the right of claim to the majority owner of Ukrtelecom for $49 million.

Ukrtelecom, which possesses a telecom monopoly on non-mobile telecommunications, is owned by oligarch Rinat Akhmetov. The sale came about after the company was unable to repay the bond and coupon income to Oschadbank – resulting in a number of court cases, all of which Ukrtelecom lost.

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