Sun. Nov 20th, 2022

Negotiations with Russia would be ‘capitulation’, says key Ukrainian adviser

A key adviser to the Ukrainian presidency told the AFP news agency that Western attempts to persuade Ukraine to negotiate with Moscow, following a series of major military victories by Kiev, were “bizarre” and tantamount to asking for capitulation.

“When you have the initiative on the battlefield, it’s a bit bizarre to receive proposals like: ‘you won’t be able to do everything by military means anyway, you have to negotiate,'” said Mykhaylo Podolyak.

American media recently reported that some high-ranking officials have begun encouraging Ukraine to consider negotiations, which Zelenskiy has so far refused without first withdrawing Russian forces from all Ukrainian territory.

According to Podolyak, Moscow did not make “any direct proposals” to Kiev for peace talks, preferring to pass them through intermediaries and even raised the possibility of a ceasefire.

Kyiv sees such talks as mere maneuvering by the Kremlin to get some respite on the ground and prepare a new offensive.

Key events

Russia has reached an agreement with Iran to begin production of hundreds of weaponized drones on Russian soil, the Washington Post reports.

Citing intelligence seen by US and other Western security agencies, the newspaper said officials from Moscow and Tehran finalized the deal during a meeting in Iran earlier this month.

Russia and Iran are moving rapidly toward transferring designs and key components that could allow production to begin within months, three officials familiar with the matter said.

The Russian Defense Ministry did not respond to a request for comment from the Post.

As what is expected to be Ukraine’s worst winter begins, much of its energy system has been crippled by targeted Russian strikes.

It means that it is in the recently released Khersonthose living in the houses started collecting firewood.

But Ukrainian authorities have warned citizens that Russian troops may have left behind mines, jumper cables and unexploded grenades in the forest.

At the same time, those who live in apartments with old Soviet centralized heating systems have even fewer options.

In their latest dispatch from the city, my colleagues Lorenzo Tondo and Isobel Koshiw speak to residents who are facing more destruction after eight months of occupation.

The UK Ministry of Defense has released its daily intelligence briefing on the war in Ukraine.

He says Russia’s withdrawal from the Ukrainian port city of Kherson “was carried out in relatively good order” compared to previous large-scale withdrawals from occupied territories.

It is likely that Russia lost only tens, not hundreds of vehicles during the withdrawal. Meanwhile, he “successfully” destroyed most of the kit that remained to prevent it from falling into Ukrainian hands.

This apparent improvement is likely due to a “more effective” unified operational command under General Sergei Surovikin, the update said.

Surovikin was appointed by Russian President Vladimir Putin as commander-in-chief of Russia’s “special military operation” in October.

Negotiations with Russia would be ‘capitulation’, says key Ukrainian adviser

A key adviser to the Ukrainian presidency told the AFP news agency that Western attempts to persuade Ukraine to negotiate with Moscow, following a series of major military victories by Kiev, were “bizarre” and tantamount to asking for capitulation.

“When you have the initiative on the battlefield, it’s a bit bizarre to receive proposals like: ‘you won’t be able to do everything by military means anyway, you have to negotiate,'” said Mykhaylo Podolyak.

American media recently reported that some high-ranking officials have begun encouraging Ukraine to consider negotiations, which Zelenskiy has so far refused without first withdrawing Russian forces from all Ukrainian territory.

According to Podolyak, Moscow did not make “any direct proposals” to Kiev for peace talks, preferring to pass them through intermediaries and even raised the possibility of a ceasefire.

Kyiv sees such talks as mere maneuvering by the Kremlin to get some respite on the ground and prepare a new offensive.

New Zealand said on Sunday that its defense minister, Peeni Henare, had visited Kyiv to reaffirm support for Ukraine’s resistance to the Russian invasion.

“We discussed the recent extension of New Zealand’s infantry training support mission in the UK for Ukrainian troops until July 2023,” Henare said in a statement after bilateral talks with his Ukrainian counterpart Oleksiy Reznikov.

New Zealand said last week it would send an extra 66 defense personnel to Britain to help train Ukrainian troops.

Welcome back to our continuous live coverage of the Russian-Ukrainian war. Here’s a quick rundown of the latest developments as 9.15am approaches in Kyiv.

  • of Ukraine at least that’s what the attorney general’s office said 437 Ukrainian children were killed and more than 837 injured as a result of the Russian invasion.

  • Five people were injured Russian attack on the humanitarian station in the south Ukrainesaid Kirill Tymoshenko, a senior aide to Volodymyr Zelenskyi, the Ukrainian president.

  • About 60 Russian soldiers were killed this week in a long-range Ukrainian artillery attack on their positions in the city of Mykhailkva, 40 km south of Kherson, the Ukrainian army announced on Saturday.

  • Rishi Sunak suddenly visited Kyiv on Saturday to meet Zelenski – Sunak’s first visit to the country since assuming office.

  • Sonak announced that Britannia will provide a A £50m air defense package for Ukraine, including anti-aircraft guns and technology to counter drones supplied by Iran.

  • Ukraine’s electricity supplies are under control despite Russian attacks on power generation infrastructure and there is no room for panic, the energy ministry said, a day after the government said almost half of Ukraine’s energy system had been crippled and authorities in Kiev warned the capital could face a “total blackout ” of the power grid with the arrival of winter.

  • Zelenski said this on Saturday supply problems were greatest in and around Kyiv, as well as in six other regions. “We are working throughout the country to stabilize the situation,” he said in a video address.

  • Ukrainian the forces could be inside Crimea until the end of December, the country’s Deputy Minister of Defense, Volodymyr Havrilov, he said.

  • Cheerful Ukrainians boarded the train in Kherson for the first time in more than eight months as the residents of the newly liberated southern city welcomed them on the platform with flowers and national flags. Citing the damage done by Russian forces, Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk announced that the evacuation of people who want to leave Kherson and the surrounding areas will soon begin.

  • The funeral was on Saturday a Polish a man who was one of two victims killed when a missile crashed into a grain warehouse in Polish the village of Przewodow.

  • Asia-Pacific leaders on Saturday added their voice to international pressure on Russia over his invasion of Ukraine, issuing a summit statement saying “most” of them condemned the war.

  • US Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin said China and Russia were looking for a world where force is used to resolve disputes and vowed United States will continue to defend humanitarian principles and international law.

  • Peace in Ukraine it will be possible only if the borders of the country from 1991 are restored, said Zelenski’s senior associate.