Russia may begin full mobilisation after the 2024 Russian presidential election on 17 March, secretary of the national security and defence council of Ukraine, Oleksii Danilov, has suggested.
Volodymyr Zelenskiy has met Fox Corp CEO, Lachlan Murdoch, in the Ukrainian capital in what Kyiv said was a “very important signal” of support. “The Head of State (Zelenskiy) thanked Lachlan Murdoch for his visit and emphasised that it is a very important signal of support at the time when the world’s attention is blurred by other events,” the president’s office wrote.
Ukraine sacked two senior cyber defence officials on Monday, a government official said, as prosecutors announced a probe into alleged embezzlement in the government’s cybersecurity agency.
Russian shelling killed three people on Monday and damaged power lines and a gas pipeline in the central Dnipropetrovsk and southern Kherson regions of Ukraine, authorities said. An elderly woman was killed and a man injured in Russian artillery strike on the town of Nikopol, Dnipropetrovsk’s governor said. “A power line and a gas pipeline were damaged,” Serhiy Lysak, the governor, said on Telegram. On Monday morning, two drivers were killed when Russian forces shelled a private transport company parking lot in Kherson, regional governor Oleksandr Prokudin said. These claims have not been independently verified.
From the Kyiv Independent: Russia’s federal air transport agency has proposed Russian airlines begin regular flights to North Korea in the latest sign of increasing ties between the two countries, Russian state-controlled media Kommersant reported.
The US secretary of defence, Lloyd Austin, announced $100m in new military aid to Ukraine during his unannounced visit to Kyiv on Monday, Reuters reports.
A joint Ukraine-US military industry conference in Washington, due to take place on 6 and 7 December, is intended to boost Ukraine’s domestic arms production as the war drags towards the two-year mark.
Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, has said that his talks with the US defence secretary, Lloyd Austin, included discussion on “battlefield developments”, the Black Sea and Ukraine’s export corridor.
At least 11,000 Ukrainian children are reportedly being detained at 43 re-education camps across Russia, says MoD
At least 11,000 Ukrainian children are reportedly being detained at 43 re-education camps across Russia, thousands of miles from home, the UK’s Ministry of Defence has said on X.
Since the start of the war, children as young as four months living in the occupied areas have been taken to 43 camps across Russia, including in Moscow-annexed Crimea and Siberia, for “pro-Russia patriotic and military-related education”, the Yale Humanitarian Research Lab report, which was funded by the US state department, has previously found.
Russia may begin full mobilisation after 2024 presidential election, says senior security official
Russia may begin full mobilisation after the 2024 Russian presidential election on 17 March, the secretary of the national security and defence council of Ukraine, Oleksii Danilov, has suggested.
Danilov said in a speech to the International Security Forum in Halifax, Canada:
Russia has managed to adapt, and constantly injects funds into its defence sector. Russia proved to be more resilient to the west’s sanctions, as expected.
Russia is increasingly putting its economy on a war footing. Total mobilisation may follow the 2024 presidential elections.
Several sources have told Reuters that Putin has decided to run in the March presidential election, a move that will keep him in power until least 2030.
In September, Ukraine’s military said Russia could launch a big mobilisation campaign soon to try to recruit hundreds of thousands of soldiers from inside Russia and occupied Ukraine.
Nato is examining a more permanent ramp up of troop numbers in the western Balkans to keep tensions in the region under control, Nato’s secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg, has said.
“We are now reviewing whether we should have a more permanent increase to ensure that this doesn’t spiral out of control and creates a new violent conflict in Kosovo or the wider region,” he told reporters on a visit to Kosovo.
After fresh violence between ethnic groups in Kosovo in September, Nato had called in reserve forces.
Nato’s regional KFOR mission, which has been in operation since 1999, comprises over 4,500 troops from 27 countries.
Fox CEO Lachlan Murdoch meets Zelenskiy in Kyiv
Volodymyr Zelenskiy has met Fox Corp CEO, Lachlan Murdoch, in the Ukrainian capital in what Kyiv said was a “very important signal” of support at a time when global media attention has shifted from the war in Ukraine.
“The Head of State (Zelenskiy) thanked Lachlan Murdoch for his visit and emphasised that it is a very important signal of support at the time when the world’s attention is blurred by other events,” the president’s office wrote on its website.
His remark appeared to be a reference to Israel’s war in Gaza, which has dominated headlines for more than a month, and significantly diverted global media attention from the war in Ukraine, which is nearing the 21-month mark this week.
Zelenskiy said it was vital to keep the world’s attention focused on the war in Ukraine.
“For us, for our warriors, this is not a movie. These are our lives. This is daily hard work. And it will not be over as quickly as we would like, but we have no right to give up and we will not,” he was quoted as saying by his office.
Zelenskiy said Fox News journalist Benjamin Hall, who was badly injured covering the war in Ukraine last year, and The Sun journalist Jerome Starkey were also invited to the meeting with Murdoch, Reuters reports.
An elderly woman was killed and a man injured in Russian artillery strike on the town of Nikopol, Dnipropetrovsk’s governor said.
“A power line and a gas pipeline were damaged,” Serhiy Lysak, the governor, wrote on Telegram. These claims have not been independently verified.
Kyiv hopes to hold a new round of talks with Poland and the EU this week to resolve an issue with Polish truckers blocking crossings at the Ukrainian-Polish border, a Ukrainian trade representative has said.
“This week we hope to have negotiations in a trilateral format,” Taras Kachka, the representative, said in televised comments, according to Reuters.
Polish truckers earlier this month blocked roads to three border crossings with Ukraine to protest against what they see as government inaction over a loss of business to foreign competitors since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.
Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, has congratulated Argentina’s president-elect, Javier Milei, praising him on his “clear stance” in support of Kyiv.
Milei, a rightwing libertarian who on Sunday won almost 56% of the vote in the election’s second round, has previously said he would retreat from ties with countries including Russia, China and Brazil, citing disagreement with their governments’ policies.