Ukraine nears all-for-all prisoner swap, Zelensky on holding of Bakhmut, Sevastopol struck
Your slice of the headlines in Ukraine. Daily. Tuesday, April 25, 2023
● Ukraine nears agreement on ‘all-for-all’ prisoner exchange with Russia — Budanov
Ukraine is negotiating an “all-for-all” prisoner exchange with Russia and is close to agreeing it with the enemy, the head of Ukraine’s Main Intelligence Directorate or HUR, Kyrylo Budanov, in an interview with news outlet RBC-Ukraine on April 24.
● Air Force says Ukrainian mobile fire groups becoming more effective
The effectiveness of mobile fire groups opposing Russia missile strikes is growing and will continue to do so, the spokesman of the Air Force Command, Yuriy Ihnat, said on Ukrainian national television on April 24.
● Russia could resume offensive in Ukraine once weather improves, US says
Russian forces could launch a new offensive in Ukraine once weather conditions improve, White House National Security spokesman John Kirby said in an interview with the Voice of America on April 24.
● Zelenskyy explains why Ukraine will not give up defense of Bakhmut
Ukraine will not give up the war-ravaged Donetsk Oblast town of Bakhmut because that move would expand the front, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in an interview with news outlet Al Arabiya that aired on April 23.
● EU Commission still in talks with five EU countries on their bans on Ukrainian grain imports
European Commission Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis has held talks with representatives of five EU countries regarding bans they have imposed on the import of agricultural products from Ukraine, Polish radio station RMF FM reported on April 23.
● No say for Russia in Ukraine’s NATO accession, Kyiv insists
Ukraine rejects the idea that Moscow would ultimately have to approve Kyiv’s bid for NATO membership, Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleg Nikolenko said in a Facebook post on April 24.
● Wagner retaliates against former mercenary after his public confession
Former Wagner Group PMC mercenary Azamat Uldarov was assaulted by Wagner fighters, following an interview in which he confessed to committing war crimes in Ukraine, Russian human rights project Gulagu.net reported on April 24.
● Ukraine did not plan to strike Moscow on invasion anniversary, official says
Ukraine did not plan to strike Moscow on the anniversary of the Russian invasion – that would have been “infantile and unreasonable,” Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak said in a Twitter post on April 24.
● Video evidence points to successful Ukrainian sea drone attack on targetin Sevastopol
Video posted on social media appears to refute Russian claims that an alleged attack by Ukrainian sea drones on the occupied city of Sevastopol in Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula in the early hours of April 24 was “unsuccessful.”
● Israel IT wants to buy several small Ukrainian outsourcers
Israel-based company Mergewave Capital has signed a deal with software developer Israel IT under which Mergewave will look for IT companies in Ukraine suitable for mergers, Mergewave co-founder Taras Bachynskyi told AIN.Capital online media outlet on April 24.
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