Ukraine calls UNSC meeting, China call still pending, exclusive with Mykolaiv mayor

27 March, 03:05 PM

Your slice of the top headlines in Ukraine. Daily. Monday, March 27, 2023.

Ukraine has called on the world community to take decisive measures to prevent the possibility of Russia’s use of nuclear weapons, Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on March 26, a day after Russia’s announcement that it would deploy tactical nuclear weapons on the territory of Belarus.

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Archimandrite Dr. Cyril Hovorun, professor at University College Stockholm, speaks to Radio NV about what he expects to happen to Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) monks at Kyiv’s Pechersk Lavra when the UOC-MP lease expires.

Ukraine’s army has stabilized the situation in Bakhmut, Donetsk Oblast, and while fighting continues to rage, it is now less intense, Ukrainian Armed Forces Eastern Group spokesperson Serhiy Cherevatyi reported on March 26.

Over 500 Melitopol residents are currently in Russian captivity as Russian occupation authorities conduct a rigorous filtration of civilians in the Russian-occupied city of Melitopol, Zaporizhzhya Oblast, Mayor Ivan Fedorov reported on Telegram on March 26.

Hollywood star Orlando Bloom, a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF, shared his thoughts about his visit to Ukraine on Instagram on March 26.

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General, Rafael Mariano Grossi, will return to the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant this week to “assess the serious nuclear safety situation and emphasize the need to protect the facility,” the IAEA reported on March 26.

Czechia has been providing weapons to Ukraine since the first day of Russia’s full-scale invasion on Feb. 24, 2022, Czech journalist Ondrej Soukup told Radio NV on March 24.

In 2022, the year of Russia’s full-scale invasion, the tourist tax amounted to UAH 178.9 million ($5.4 million), which is 24% less in hryvnias than in 2021, the press service of the State Agency for Tourism Development reported on March 23.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has communicated his interest in speaking with Chinese President Xi Jinping through diplomatic channels, but no invitation for talks has been received from Beijing yet, the Japanese publication the Yomiuri Shim-bun reported on March 25.

Almost 40% of Ukrainians have relatives or acquaintances who were injured or killed in the war, according to the results of a poll conducted by the think tank Razumkov Centre from Feb. 22 to March 1, 2023.

Budapest will not support Ukraine's accession to the European Union and NATO be-cause of the country's education law, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said after a meeting with UN Human Rights Assistant Secretary General Ilze Brands Kheris.

Russia’s “elite” 155th Marine Brigade has been destroyed and rebuilt eight times since the start of the full-scale war, the US-based think tank Institute for the Study of War (ISW) wrote in their assessment on March 25.

Mykolaiv is one of the three regional centers of the Black Sea region of Ukraine. It was the city which stood in the way of the Russian invaders who tried to "cut through" the land corridor from Crimea to Transnistria. It took a huge amount of rocket fire. But this city of half a million people seems to be in the informational shadow of neighboring Kherson and Odesa.

French President Emmanuel Macron plans to visit China in early April, together with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, aiming to persuade Beijing into pressuring Moscow to end the war against Ukraine, Macron said at a press brief-ing on March 24, as reported by Politico.

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The majority of Europeans support economic sanctions against Russia, as indicated bythe findings of an Eurobarometer survey organized by the European Commission, German news outlet Rheinische Post reported on March 24.

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