Cover image: European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen at a press conference with European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Oliver Varhelyi in Brussels, Belgium on 8 November 2023. YVES HERMAN / REUTERS
The G7 foreign ministers, meeting in Tokyo, assured Wednesday November 8 that the group would remain “united” in its “firm support” for Ukraine against the Russian invasion. They also assured that they would continue to impose “severe sanctions” on Moscow together. “Ukraine is and will remain at the top of the G7 agenda,” German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock promised on Tuesday.NATO countries have announced their intention to suspend their participation in the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (FCE) limiting conventional arsenals on the continent for as long as necessary. This follows Russia’s decision to withdraw from the pact, announced in May by Russian President Vladimir Putin, and officially took effect on Tuesday.“Ukraine will be part of the European Union”Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky argued on Tuesday, in his daily speech. He affirmed that his country is “already preparing the next steps” in this direction, in particular by “strengthening” its institutions.Russia on Tuesday reported six deaths in a strike blamed on Ukraine in Donetsk. According to Denis Pushilin, head of the “Donetsk People’s Republic”, civilian buildings were damaged in this strike, including a social center, a medical establishment and apartment buildings. He added that the firing was carried out by the M142 Himars multiple rocket launcher system.Electricity and gas installations were mined by Russian forces in the occupied part of Kherson oblast, Ukrainian intelligence services announced on Tuesday.
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