Ukraine-Russia war – live: It is in Russia’s interests to inflame war in the Middle East, says Zelensky

By Isaac M October 10, 2023

Russian strike hits village in Kharkiv on Thursday, killing over 50 people

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Monday that it was in Russia’s interests to stoke war in the Middle East to weaken global unity.

“Based on available information — very clear information — it is in Russia’s interests to inflame war in the Middle East to create a new source of pain and suffering that would weaken global unity, create divisions and help Russia in undermining freedom in Europe,” Zelensky said in his nightly video address.

It comes as Ukrainian forces have made small gains over the weekend along multiple points of the frontline as “heavy rain” threatens to slow down Kyiv’s counteroffensive.

Geolocated images showed Ukrainian infantry roughly 300 metres north of Novoprokopivka, south of Robotyne, which is the deepest they have been seen inside Russian-occupied territory as part of that attack.

This line has emerged as Ukraine’s main axis of the counteroffensive in the past month, though progress slowed after the liberation of Robotyne at the end of August.

The Ukrainian General Staff also claimed on Sunday that Ukrainian forces had achieved “partial success” near Bakhmut, though that remains unconfirmed.

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Watch as Zelensky addresses Nato’s Parliamentary Assembly amid new Russian attacks

Watch as Volodymyr Zelensky addresses the Nato Parliamentary Assembly’s plenary session on Monday 9 October.

Last month, Mr Zelensky said it was only a “matter of time” before Ukraine becomes an official Nato member as he met the defence bloc’s chief in Kyiv.

The Ukrainian president has pushed to join the alliance despite threats from Russia, and Nato secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg reiterated in September that the bloc would stand with Kyiv as long as it takes.

Holly Evans9 October 2023 22:00

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President Zelenskyy to visit Romania

Ukraine’s President Zelenskyy will visit neighbouring Romania on Tuesday – his first visit to the country since Russia’s 2022 invasion, the Romanian presidency has said.

The trip to Romania – a NATO member – comes as Ukraine and the West looks to find a solution to safely export Ukrainian grain.

Russia quit a deal to offer a safe passage for the export of Ukrainian grain in mid-July.

Holly Evans9 October 2023 21:30

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US army official says more funding needed to support needs of both Israel and Ukraine

A US army official says more funding will be needed to support the needs of both Israel and Ukraine simultaneously.

Army Secretary Christine Wormuth said Congress will need to approve additional funding to ensure the Pentagon’s munitions production and acquisition plans can potentially meet the demands of both countries.

“One thing that is really important in terms of the munitions in particular and our ability to support both potentially the Israelis and the Ukrainians simultaneously is additional funding from Congress to be able to increase our capacity, in terms of our capacity to expand production and then to also pay for the munitions themselves,” she told reporters at an army event.

“We need additional support from Congress. So I hope we’ll see that soon.”

Holly Evans9 October 2023 20:43

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Zelenskyy accuses Russia of trying to incite war in the Middle East

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy has accused Russia of being “interested in inciting war in the Middle East” to assist them in “destroying freedom in Europe”.

In a video posted on social media, Mr Zelensky said: “All of this represents a much greater threat than the world is currently aware of. The world wars of the past were triggered by local aggressions.”

Holly Evans9 October 2023 20:26

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Satellite images show spike in border activity as North Korea ‘supplies weapons to Russia’ for Ukraine war

Approximately 73 railcars were visible in the images from last week, whereas previous satellite pictures over the past five years showed about 20 railcars at this facility at the most.

Maryam Zakir-Hussain9 October 2023 20:10

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Biggest planes coming to Israel from US, Netanyahu says

“Every place where Hamas is active will be completely destroyed. We will continue to intensify the operation. I would like to thank the US for their support to Israel,” Benjamin Netanyahu said.

“We have the biggest planes coming from the US to our land. I would also like to thank many international leaders for expressing their support to Israel.”

Maryam Zakir-Hussain9 October 2023 19:46

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‘It’s in Russia’s interests to inflame Middle East war’- Zelensky

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that it was in Russia‘s interests to stoke war in the Middle East to weaken global unity.

“Based on available information — very clear information — it is in Russia‘s interests to inflame war in the Middle East to create a new source of pain and suffering that would weaken global unity, create divisions and help Russia in undermining freedom in Europe,” Zelensky said in his nightly video address.

Zelensky said Russians propagandists were “gloating” at developments and that Iran, which he described as Moscow’s ally, was openly supporting those attacking Israel.

“All of this poses a much greater threat than the world currently perceives,” the president said.

“And we know how to counter this threat. We are preparing the necessary measures. Most importantly, we are advocating for the necessity of maximum global unity.”

In a call on Sunday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Zelensky said Ukraine was in “solidarity with Israel, which is enduring a brazen, large-scale attack”.

Maryam Zakir-Hussain9 October 2023 19:32

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Danil, a software engineer from the Russian city of Perm, said he left after President Vladimir Putin called up 300,000 men last year to fight in the war in Ukraine.

“I simply didn’t agree with the political agenda in the country and thought that it was dangerous to stay in Russia given my views,” he said.

Abastan was established as a charity with funds from an American-Armenian philanthropist who has chosen to remain anonymous. When Reuters journalists visited last month, there were a couple of dozen people in residence – three Iranians, two Ukrainians, an Armenian, a Georgian and the rest from Russia.

Some live on savings or money from relatives, others sell their art or work online – though one Russian said that source of income had dried up.

“At first I worked remotely. And then my company was told that it was undesirable for staff to work from abroad, so they rehired me as a freelancer. Since then I haven’t received any salary yet,” Danil said.

(REUTERS)

Maryam Zakir-Hussain9 October 2023 18:56

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Russian and Iranian emigres find haven in old Armenian factory – continued

Arghavan Majd, a painter from Iran, said she found the atmosphere “more free” in Abastan and it was easier to make personal connections.

Since Majd left Iran, the country has been convulsed by protests over the death of a young woman, Mahsa Amini, in police custody, and she said she had no intention of going back.

Torfeh Ekhlasi, a puppet maker also from Iran, said she had felt “completely paralysed by bad news” there, “but here all the people are so alive”.

Abastan was established as a charity with funds from an American-Armenian philanthropist who has chosen to remain anonymous. When Reuters journalists visited last month, there were a couple of dozen people in residence – three Iranians, two Ukrainians, an Armenian, a Georgian and the rest from Russia.

(REUTERS)

Maryam Zakir-Hussain9 October 2023 18:50

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Russian and Iranian emigres find haven in old Armenian factory

A disused Armenian textile factory has become a sanctuary for artists and other emigres from Russia, Iran and Ukraine whose lives have been turned upside down by war or political turmoil.

Abandoned workshops that once produced Soviet knitwear have been turned into a creative space for painters, puppet-makers and photographers in a venture that is helping to revitalise a town in decline.

Launched in 2022, the project is called Abastan – “shelter” in Armenian – and is open to participants and guests from around the world.

Polina Ivanova, a co-founder of Abastan, said locals in the northern Armenian town of Tumanyan were at first bemused by the strangers in their midst.

“I think that for many people this was really incomprehensible: who are those people? Why are they here?…

“And slowly, sometimes through public events like theatre performances, sometimes through personal relationships, we get to know the people and people get to know us.”

(REUTERS)

Maryam Zakir-Hussain9 October 2023 18:34

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