Ukraine to fulfill EU recommendations by end of year, Russia practices nuke launch

27 October 2022, 03:10 PM

Your slice of the top headlines in Ukraine. Daily. Thursday, October 27th, 2022.

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, talking at a joint briefing following German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier’s visit to Kyiv, set the deadline. The EU recommendations include improving the process for the selection of Constitutional Court judges, continuing to implement reform of the justice system, fighting corruption and money laundering, demonstrating tangible results of the law on deoligarchization, bringing audiovisual legislation to European standards, and adopting and implementing a law on national minorities.

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  • Steinmeier seems to have been heavily affected by his trip, saying that the situation in Ukraine is “…much more terrible than we imagine in Germany.”

  • Zelenskyy, in his evening address, noted that a Ukrainian victory over Russia would also dampen Russian activity in the Middle East, weakening Iran and Syria.

German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht sent a letter to her Swiss counterpart Viola Amherd, with a request to allow shipments of 35mm ammunition for German-made Gepard anti-aircraft guns. According to German newspaper Spiegel, Switzerland has previously refused to issue re-export permits for ammunition for Gepard anti-aircraft guns, manufactured by Oerlikon-Bührle in Zurich. Switzerland cited its long-standing commitment to remain neutral in foreign conflicts.

Russian dictator Vladimir Putin observed the exercises personally, the aim of which was to practice Russia’s “response to a nuclear strike by the enemy”, according to Russian media. “The launch of a Yars intercontinental ballistic missile from the Plesetsk State Test Cosmodrome and a Sineva ballistic missile from the Barents Sea were carried out at the Kura test site in Kamchatka,” the Kremlin website says.

The resolution for the decision states that Russia’s goal is to “wipe a sovereign country off the map and destroy the Ukrainian people,” while Ukraine today is “the most important place protecting democracy and freedom.” The senators reiterated that Russian invaders are continuing to terrorize peaceful Ukrainians and bomb civilian objects.

That’s according to Ukrainian military intelligence spokesperson Andriy Yusov, who made the declaration during an interview on Ukrainian TV. “As of (Oct. 26), the Russians have done none of the necessary work, including the required amount of setting charges at the plant, to carry out a full detonation,” he said. According to Ukrainian intelligence, Russian invaders set some charges in the Kakhovka HPP back in April and are currently working on setting charges on sluices and pillars at the dam.

A 30% unemployment rate is expected to be the state of things by the end of the year, prompting the government to create “a mechanism by which the temporarily unemployed can be involved in socially useful work that is needed in the regions,” said Economy Minister Yulia Svyrydenko. The government expects to involve all able-bodied persons registered as unemployed and internally displaced and in good health. They will be paid according to the statutory minimum wage - which is typically higher than unemployment benefits, and be protected by the Labour Code.

The director, currently unnamed, is said to have taken kickbacks worth $66,000 and owns undeclared property abroad. According to the National Anti-Corruption Bureau, this is a part of a wider investigation into the Optimumspetzstal firm, which is suspected of operating several corruption schemes, defrauding the state of estimated UAH 46 million ($1.25 million).

IMF director Kristalina Georgieva warned of this scenario at a Ukraine reconstruction conference in Berlin. “We must support the country’s on-going shift from an emergency phase of economic management to a recovery phase, and also set the stage for a successful reconstruction towards a dynamic and competitive economy,” she said. “The Ukrainian authorities have earned this support.”

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  • The IMF is putting its money where its mouth is – Georgieva said that the IMF is prepared to use its drawdown account for emergency funding.

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