US makes contingencies for Russian nukes, Musk puts foot-in-mouth on Twitter, and celebrating the Jewish New Year in war-torn Ukraine
Newsletter by Romeo Kokriatski, Managing Editor, New Voice of Ukraine Monday, October 5th, 2022.
According to U.S. National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby, the U.S. has not “seen anything that would make us change our strategic posture of containment. So I think you know that we take these threats seriously.” He added that the US has taken steps to prepare for a response if Russia uses nuclear weapons.
Tech oligarch Elon Musk sparks a scandal on social media after proposing a controversial “peace plan” on Twitter.
“Ukraine-Russia Peace: Redo elections of annexed regions under UN supervision. Russia leaves if that is will of the people; Crimea formally part of Russia, as it has been since 1783 (until Khrushchev’s mistake); Water supply to Crimea assured; Ukraine remains neutral,” he tweeted, attaching a poll to the message. Commentators pointed out that these plans were virtually identical to Russian interpretations of the Minsk Agreements, formulated as a way to end the conflict in Ukraine’s Donbas region prior to the full-scale war. Ukrainians and Ukraine supporters have roundly criticized Musk’s comments.
Ukraine’s General Staff reported the move, adding that courses at several Russian military academies had been suspended as the teaching staff had been deployed to active combat zones in Ukraine.
By giving his official approval to a decision taken by the National Security and Defense Council, Ukraine will no longer be legally allowed to negotiate with Russian dictator Vladimir Putin. The door to negotiations with Russia is still open, the President clarified – but only with Putin’s successor. Zelenskyy had previously warned of this consequence if Russia moved ahead with their plans to annex occupied Ukrainian territories.
The deficit jumped from $135 million in July-August to $2 billion September, Finance Minister Serhiy Marchenko said. Earlier, Marchenko stated that Ukraine needs about $5 billion per month to finance the defense of Ukraine. Overall, however, the deficit remains below projected levels: $13.3 billion vs a planned $27.5 billion.
The theocratic state’s foreign ministry claims this is due to “its principled positions,” despite Iran’s sale of combat drones to Russia. Relations between Ukraine and the Islamic Republic have significantly deteriorated as a result, and Iran continues to blame NATO, not Russia, for Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.
AerCap Holdings is suing two groups of insurers, one led by AIG and the other by Lloyd’s, in order to recoup $3.5 billion lost as a result of Russia’s refusal to return leased aircraft following sanctions. In total, Russian airlines have effectively stolen 116 aircraft, and 23 spare aircraft engines, from AerCap alone. The insurers led by AIG insist that the actions of Russian airlines "were done for political purposes,” thus negating the need for a payout, while Lloyd's insists that even if the court decides that the confiscation was part of an event covered by their policies, they will only be liable if the planes are destroyed.
The day’s long-read: Jewish New Year in War-Torn Ukraine
NV correspondent Anthony Bartaway traveled to Uman, Ukraine, home to the tomb of Rabbi Nachman, where thousands of Jewish pilgrim flock to every year for the Jewish new year of Rosh Hashanah, to discover their reasons for coming – even in the midst of war.
Media representatives still have time to sign up for the event, which will feature Nikita Nadtochiy, acting commander of the Azov Regiment, Bohdan "Tavr" Krotevich, Chief of Staff of the Azov Regiment, Ivan "Ignat" Ignatiev, Deputy Commander of the Azov Regiment for Logistics, and Ilya "Gandalf" Samoilenko, intelligence officer of the Azov Regiment. The press conference will cover the topic of the current situation regarding the return of the captured defenders of Azovstal, and the process of rehabilitation for freed Azov members.
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