Ukrainians still committed to victory, Russia bombs Belgorod, EU problems with grain

24 April, 03:15 PM

Your slice of the headlines in Ukraine. Daily. Monday, April 24, 2023.

●     Ukrainians still committed to victory, staying in Ukraine — new survey
How has the life of Ukrainians changed over a year of full-scale war? How has this year of war affected their mindset, faith in victory, and economic and working conditions? Ukrainian communications agency Postmen surveyed the country’s mood.

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●     Kyiv Security Forum experts analyze key events of the past week
During the past week, Russia stepped up airstrikes in the frontline and border areas of Ukraine, while new weapons for Ukraine became a “painful” topic in many discussions, say experts from the Kyiv Security Forum.

●     EU official details possible structure of tribunal for Putin
A senior EU official has outlined the likely format of a tribunal to prosecute Russian war criminals, with European Union countries and G7 said to be leaning towards a “hybrid tribunal,” German broadcaster DW reported on April 21.

●     Mobilization raids in Moscow and St Petersburg, Russia wants to seize Bakhmut by May 9, says expert
Intriguing convulsions in Russian dictator Vladimir Putin's regime can now be seen – from mobilization round-ups in Moscow and St Petersburg to attempts to finally seize Bakhmut by May 9, Russia's Victory Day, international observer Ivan Yakovyna has told NV Radio.

●     Russia mistakenly bombs its own city — Belgorod rocked with powerful explosion
In its reckless attempts to pummel Ukraine, some Russian bombs have missed their targets and ended up in the wrong country.

●     Ukraine’s FM urges EU to speed up funds for ammo purchase for Ukraine
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba urged EU official Josep Borrell to speed up the allocation for the purchase of ammunition for Ukraine, in an April 21 phone call with the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

●     Ukraine has received over $55 billion in military aid from Ramstein partners
Ukraine has received military assistance worth $55 billion, U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin announced at the Apr. 21 Ramstein format meeting.

●     Poland to provide maintenance for Ukraine's Leopard 2 tanks
A maintenance and service center for Ukraine's German-made Leopard 2 main battle tanks will be established in Poland, Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov wrote on Twitter on April 21.

●     Japanese man opens free café for Kharkiv citizens after living underground with them for 9 months
A 75-year-old Japanese citizen opened the Fumi café in Kharkiv that offers free hot meals to all comers. Ukraine’s TSN visited the café on April 19.

●     Ukrainian grain exports face boycott by EU countries, leading to losses for farmers
Ukrainian grain has been getting stuck at the borders of EU countries, with Slovakia, Poland, and Hungary initially blocking imports and transit due to anger among local farmers who sell their produce at higher prices, and – reportedly – the presence of pesticides in Ukrainian products.

●     Berlin decides to expel Russian diplomats en masse, Russia sends huge plane for them
German authorities will perform another mass expulsion of Russian diplomats on April 22, Russia’s Foreign Ministry told state news agency TASS.

●     Russia cancels military parades out fear it would highlight the scope of Russian losses, not safety – UK intel
This year's Immortal Regiment ‘Great Patriotic War’ remembrance marches in Russia were canceled for reasons other than 'safety,' Russian state media outlets claimed, the U.K.’s Defence Intelligence said in an April 22 update on Twitter.

●     In our opinion: How are you? — First Lady Olena Zelenska
It was a conversation-starting question before — a formality. But for over a year, we've been asking it more sincerely, when we need to hear an answer. This is the starting point.

●     Don’t miss: Will the Ukrainian economy survive Russia's war of attrition?
Anders Aslund on Ukraine’s economic strength.

●     This week in money: Inflation is Decreasing — Fursa
Financial whiz Serhiy Fursa reviews the week’s financial news.

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