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US announced an additional $53 million in support of Ukraine's power transmission and heating infrastructure 

The United States on Tuesday (29 November) announced an additional humanitarian aid package worth $53 million (about €51 million) to repair Ukraine's power grid and to purchase new power grid equipment for Ukraine. This news was announced by the US Department of State in a statement.

“This equipment will be rapidly delivered to Ukraine on an emergency basis to help Ukrainians persevere through the winter. This supply package will include distribution transformers, circuit breakers, surge arresters, disconnectors, vehicles and other key equipment”, the statement reads.

Maximiliaan va… Wed, 11/30/2022 - 00:28
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Monday Commentary: Sharing Ukraine's pain

Monday Commentary: Sharing Ukraine's pain

As winter approaches, Vladimir Putin’s strategy in Ukraine is becoming increasingly clear. The war that he initiated in February of this year against the Ukrainian state is now becoming a punitive action against the entire Ukrainian people. The targets of the missile and rocket attacks launched by the Russian army are no longer the military installations of the Ukrainian army, but the civilian infrastructure that helps keep the nation supplied with energy, heating and water, in a false hope that this would bring Ukraine down on its knees. This strategy, like the failed military strategy that Russia pursued in the last nine months, will not succeed. The Ukrainian nation has proved already its determination and resilience in front of Russian aggression. But this heroism does not lessen the pain that the Ukrainians are enduring, and will likely have to endure for some time. "There has never been a moment when it was as important to support Ukraine as now. The question is whether the world, and particularly the people in the countries of Europe and North America that have supported Ukraine generously so far, have the perseverance to stick with Ukraine until victory", writes Dennis Sammut in today's Monday Commentary on commonspace.eu

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US announced an additional $53 million in support of Ukraine's power transmission and heating infrastructure 

The United States on Tuesday (29 November) announced an additional humanitarian aid package worth $53 million (about €51 million) to repair Ukraine's power grid and to purchase new power grid equipment for Ukraine. This news was announced by the US Department of State in a statement.

“This equipment will be rapidly delivered to Ukraine on an emergency basis to help Ukrainians persevere through the winter. This supply package will include distribution transformers, circuit breakers, surge arresters, disconnectors, vehicles and other key equipment”, the statement reads.

Maximiliaan va… Wed, 11/30/2022 - 00:28
Editor's choice
Monday Commentary
Monday Commentary: Sharing Ukraine's pain

Monday Commentary: Sharing Ukraine's pain

As winter approaches, Vladimir Putin’s strategy in Ukraine is becoming increasingly clear. The war that he initiated in February of this year against the Ukrainian state is now becoming a punitive action against the entire Ukrainian people. The targets of the missile and rocket attacks launched by the Russian army are no longer the military installations of the Ukrainian army, but the civilian infrastructure that helps keep the nation supplied with energy, heating and water, in a false hope that this would bring Ukraine down on its knees. This strategy, like the failed military strategy that Russia pursued in the last nine months, will not succeed. The Ukrainian nation has proved already its determination and resilience in front of Russian aggression. But this heroism does not lessen the pain that the Ukrainians are enduring, and will likely have to endure for some time. "There has never been a moment when it was as important to support Ukraine as now. The question is whether the world, and particularly the people in the countries of Europe and North America that have supported Ukraine generously so far, have the perseverance to stick with Ukraine until victory", writes Dennis Sammut in today's Monday Commentary on commonspace.eu
Ukrainian nuclear power plant Zaporizhzhia disconnected from power grid again

Ukraine's Soviet-build Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant on the banks of the Dnieper River has switched to emergency power, reports the International Atomic Energy Agency on Wednesday (23 November). Europe's largest nuclear power plant is running on diesel generators after losing access to the power grid.

This is not the first time the power plant has been cut off from the grid. Earlier this month, the plant also had to switch to diesel generators after high-voltage cables were damaged by suspected Russian shelling.

Maximiliaan va… Wed, 11/23/2022 - 21:51
IAEA: Shelling has damaged Zaporizhzhia radioactive storage facilities

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported on Monday (21 November) that shelling over the weekend has damaged radioactive storage facilities near the Zaporizhzhia power plant in Ukraine.

patrickn97 Mon, 11/21/2022 - 13:33
Grain deal between Ukraine and Russia extended by 120 days

The agreement between Ukraine and Russia on the safe export of Ukrainian grain and other farm products from the Black Sea will be extended by 120 days. This news was announced by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Ukrainian Minister of Infrastructure Oleksandr Kubrakov on Thursday (17 November). Türkiye and the United Nations confirmed the extension of the grain deal, initially reached in July. Russia has not yet officially announced the news. They didn’t specify whether Russia would seek to add new conditions in return for the extension or any other details.

Maximiliaan va… Thu, 11/17/2022 - 11:25
Two killed in suspected missile strike in Poland near Ukrainian border

Polish authorities reported an explosion on Tuesday night (15 November) in the Eastern village of Przewodow close to the Polish-Ukrainian border, killing two. It is believed the explosion originated from a missile strike.

patrickn97 Wed, 11/16/2022 - 11:14
Kherson: The end of the beginning
The withdrawal of the Russian army from the city of Kherson ends the first chapter of Vladimir Putin's misadventure in Ukraine, which started on 24 February when he ordered his army to invade. Ukrainians rightly celebrated, as the Ukrainian army returned to the city which Russia illegally annexed only a few weeks ago. Kherson was the only regional centre the Russians were able to occupy following their February invasion, which, let us not forget, initially aimed to take Kyiv and all other Ukrainian cities. But as the Ukrainian president, and other Ukrainian officials warned, the war is far from over yet. But the Russian army is still in Ukraine, and now consolidating its positions on the left bank of the Dnipro river.  The river will now serve as a natural defence barrier for the Russians in the face of Ukrainian attempts to liberate the rest of the territory under Russian occupation. And the coming winter may prove challenging for Ukraine in other ways too, given the Russian attempts to destroy key infrastructure and disrupt energy supplies. But still Kherson can be seen as the end of the beginning. The journey for the liberation of Ukraine will take longer. And after all Ukrainian territory is liberated, another journey will have to start: that of rebuilding Europe's security architecture on new foundations. Where Russia will stand in this is still not clear. Despite the facade of defiance and bravado, it is already evident that soul-searching has already started amongst the Russian elite about the Ukrainian adventure, and indeed about how Russia itself is governed. That, the Russian people will have to figure out by themselves, and the process is not likely to be either short, or easy.
dennis2020 Sun, 11/13/2022 - 05:07
EU will make monthly payments to Ukraine amounting to €1.5 billion a month starting in 2023

Following the decision of the European Council meeting of 20-21 October 2022, the European Commission now proposes to send an average of €1.5 billion a month to Ukraine at fixed intervals from January to help the country meet ongoing expenses, and to maintain essential public services running, such as hospitals, schools, and housing for relocated people.

Maximiliaan va… Thu, 11/10/2022 - 13:04
Ukraine signs a friendship agreement with Southeast Asian nations

Ukraine on Thursday (10 November), signed a friendship and cooperation agreement with Southeast Asian countries. This largely symbolic step is part of Ukrainian efforts to garner international support in the face if the current Russian aggression.  

Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs Dmytro Koeleba signed the agreement at the start of a meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), taking place in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh.

Maximiliaan va… Thu, 11/10/2022 - 09:25