A Ukrainian soldier carries a Porter shell on his shoulder in the Kharkiv region on October 25, 2022. (AFP / SERGEY BOBOK)
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called on the international community on Tuesday for a fiscal effort to cover the $38 billion budget deficit expected to be caused by a Russian invasion of Ukraine next year.
Joe Biden has warned that “Russia would make a huge mistake if it uses a tactical nuclear weapon,” as Moscow says Ukraine is developing a “dirty bomb,” a claim denied by Kyiv and the West.
UN Before the Security Council, Russia reiterated its accusations against Ukraine on Tuesday.
“Ukraine has the capabilities and Ukraine has the intentions to develop (a dirty bomb) because (Volodymyr) Zelensky’s regime wants to avoid defeat and bring NATO into a direct confrontation with Russia,” Dmitry, the deputy Russian ambassador to the UN, said of Ukraine’s ability to produce these “unsophisticated” bombs. Polyanskiy said after the meeting, pointing out two structures with
Map of the situation in Ukraine as of October 25 at 8 am GMT (AFP /
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Monday confirmed the arrival of the two structures involved in the “coming days” at Kyiv’s request to send experts.
“Even after this visit I doubt that we can be 100% sure that there are no such activities,” Poliansky commented.
– “The Marshall Plan for the 21st Century” –
Speaking from Kyiv at an international conference dedicated to the reconstruction of Ukraine in Berlin, President Zelensky urged participants to “make a decision to close the Ukrainian budget deficit hole” by 2023.
“It’s 38 billion dollars (…) it’s teachers’, doctors’ salaries, it’s social benefits, pensions,” he stressed.
European Commission President Ursula van der Leyen, Ukrainian Prime Minister Denis Chymikal (c) and President Olaf Scholes at an international conference on the reconstruction of Ukraine in Berlin on October 25, 2022 (AFP / John MACDOUGALL)
At the start of the meeting, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz called for the reconstruction to “start now”, believing it to be “nothing less than the creation of a new Marshall Plan for the 21st century”.
Ursula von der Leyen, the head of the European Commission, for her part, considered the scale of destruction in Ukraine “staggering”.
“The World Bank estimates the cost of the damage at 350 billion euros ($345 billion). Of course, this is more than any country or union can provide alone. We need everyone,” he said.
A woman prepares to leave Bagmouth, eastern Ukraine, on October 25, 2022 (AFP/Dimitar DILKOFF)
Volodymyr Zelensky spoke on the phone with the new British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. “I hope that the partnership between our countries and the British leadership, which has become a tradition in defense of democracy and freedom, will continue to strengthen,” Mr Zelensky said in a video he invited Mr Sunak to Ukraine.
Mr Sunak, for his part, assured President Zelensky that he could count on the UK’s “unreserved support” and hoped that “they will soon meet in person”.
– Israel confirms use of Iranian drones –
The conference in Berlin began just as German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier arrived in Kyiv for his first visit to Ukraine, a trip scheduled a week earlier that was canceled due to security concerns.
Drone attack on Kyiv, Ukraine, October 17, 2022 (AFP / Yasuyoshi CHIBA)
Indeed, since October 10, the Ukrainian capital has been bombarded for the first time in months by Russian missiles and explosive drones of Iranian manufacture, which have mainly targeted energy infrastructure, killing a dozen.
The series of major strikes led national operator Ukrenergo to impose “restrictions on energy consumption in all regions” of the country, he said.
Iran has repeatedly denied that it has supplied Russia with any drones. However, Israeli President Isaac Herzog said on Tuesday that according to Israeli intelligence, Moscow had shared information with the United States showing its use of Iranian drones.
“Iranian weapons play a major role in destabilizing our world, and the international community must learn from this now and in the future,” President Herzog said.
Mr. Zelensky said Monday.
– Civilians killed in Bagmouth –
The Russian military has been trying for months to take control of the ground, particularly in the town of Bakhmoud in eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk region, after an eight-month conflict.
At least seven civilians were killed and three wounded in the city on Monday, regional governor Pavlo Kyrilenko said in a telegram on Tuesday.
A resident tries to put out a fire after a Russian strike in Bagmouth, Ukraine on October 23, 2022 (AFP / Dimitar DILKOFF)
In the residential area of Baghmoud, AFP journalists found bloodstains on the ground following what residents said was a deadly attack the previous day.
“I found a body here without a head. I’m in shock,” said Sergey, 58, who declined to give his name, adding: “It was a man. He was walking down the street.”
AFP reporters also saw thick smoke rising above the city in the morning.
A soldier stands at the site of a car bomb explosion in front of a building housing a local television station in the pro-Russian city of Melitopol in southern Ukraine on October 25, 2022 (AFP/STRINGER).
“There were developments overnight, but we cannot give details at the moment, the situation is complicated,” a Ukrainian soldier involved in the city’s defense told AFP on condition of anonymity.
In southern Ukraine, pro-Russian officials in the Moscow-controlled city of Melitopol injured five people when a car bomb exploded near local media offices.
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