27 Aug 2023 at 20:39
NU.nl regularly gives you an overview of the situation in Ukraine. With this time: a second cargo ship leaves the port of Odesa after it has been there since the beginning of the invasion, Ukraine calls up more men to fight the Russians and the body of the deceased Wagner Group leader Yevgeny Prigozhin has been identified.
Once again, a cargo ship has left the port of Odesa via a temporary shipping route for stranded shipping traffic. The ship Primus had been in the port since February 20, 2022 and was unable to leave due to the Russian invasion that started four days later.
In mid-August, a ship sailed for the first time through the so-called humanitarian corridor. The Joseph Schulte also departed from Odessa and sailed across the Black Sea without any problems.
Since Russia pulled out of the grain deal, there have been concerns about the safety of shipping across the Black Sea. The grain deal regulates, among other things, export across the Black Sea.
Incidentally, the corridor is not only intended for grain ships, but is a replacement route for cargo ships that have been stranded in Ukraine since the beginning of the war. These ships were therefore not covered by the grain deal.
Moscow never promised to respect the temporary shipping route. It was even said that all vessels will treat as if they are carrying military cargo.
Ukraine calls up more men to fight against Russians
Ukraine wants to call up more men to fight against the Russians. But Kyiv assures that the mobilization will take place under the same conditions as it has been since the beginning of the war.
The mobilization has been going on for a year and a half. “Everything is going according to the plan we are currently following,” said a top National Security Council official.
After the Russian invasion, martial law was declared. This meant that all men between the ages of eighteen and sixty had to do their compulsory military service if they were called up for it. There were exceptions, for example in the case of poor health or single fathers.
It is not known how many people have been called up so far, but last year it was already hundreds of thousands.
President Zelensky recently ordered an investigation of the entire system. This happened after Ukraine was rocked by a corruption scandal in conscription.
The case came to light after an official bought property in Spain. He had apparently done so with bribes he received by declaring wealthy young Ukrainians unfit for military service.
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Acclaimed Ukrainian fighter jet pilot and two colleagues die on impact
Yesterday it was announced that three pilots were killed on Friday in an accident involving two fighter jets in Ukraine. One of the victims is the well-known jet fighter pilot JUICE, says the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense.
Two L-39 fighter jets collided west of Kyiv on Friday. One of the three victims was Major Andrii Pilshchykov. He was known as JUICE. The Ministry speaks up X (formerly Twitter) of “a tragic loss”.
The Ukrainian president also paid attention to the death of the three pilots. “My heart goes out to the friends and loved ones of the pilots,” Zelensky said in a video on X. “The investigation of the accident is still ongoing and the truth will come out. Ukraine will never forget those who defended its free air.”
Body of Wagner leader Prigozhin identified
Wagner Group leader Yevgeny Prigozhin was killed in a plane crash north of Moscow on Wednesday. Wagner chief commander Dmitry Utkin also did not survive the crash.
Russian investigators have now identified the body of the deceased Prigozhin near the crashed plane. The identities of the nine other victims also match the names on the passenger list, authorities say.
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