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Scoop of the day: UK, France, Germany pledge support for Ukraine

Scoop of the day: UK, France, Germany pledge support for Ukraine

UK

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has held a meeting with British Defence Secretary Ben Wallace, who is in Kyiv on a working visit. Zelenskyy thanked Wallace for London's unwavering support for the independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognised borders. He also welcomed the signing of the Ukrainian-British bilateral Framework Agreement on official credit support for the development of the Ukrainian Navy's capabilities.

"The UK has become our key partner in the development of the Ukrainian fleet. I expect that future security projects planned under this agreement will be effectively implemented," Zelensky said.

The president also informed the British minister about the challenges facing Ukraine in the Black and Azov Seas.

Security

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday there is a choice coming soon on whether to mainline more Russian hydrocarbons or to back Ukraine, peace and stability, amid rising tensions between Moscow and the West, Reuters has reported.

French and German Foreign Ministers Jean-Yves Le Drian and Heiko Maas have signed a joint statement following a meeting with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba. The document contains a warning of "serious consequences" for Russia in case of further attempts to undermine Ukraine's territorial integrity.

Donbas

Nice ceasefire violations by Russia-backed militants have been registered in Donbas since midnight, four of them involving banned heavy weapons, the Joint Forces Operation HQ has said. The Joint Forces returned fire to suppress enemy activity.

One Ukrainian serviceman was wounded.

Nepotism

During the 2.5 years of Volodymyr Zelenskyy's presidency, about 30 people associated with the Kvartal 95 studio or the president's family have been given positions in the public sector, the investigative journalist group Bihus.info has said.

Media

Ukrainian journalists have announced the creation of an all-Ukrainian professional community called Mediarukh (Media Movement).

"In the seven years since the Revolution of Dignity, the independence of Ukrainian journalism is under threat again. Anonymous channels, bot farms, and oligarchic media that serve solely to please their owners are supplanting professional standards. Businessmen are destroying publications. And the government, which is supposed to protect the freedom of speech, is itself trying to tame the media," they said in a statement.

Mediarukh aims to unite journalists who "remain honest despite the circumstances", "are guided by standards, not by wishes", and "value their word, not judge it".

Among those who signed the statement are the managers and staff of LB.ua, Ukrayinska Pravda, LIGA.net, Suspilne, Hromadske, Hromadske Radio, Bihus.info and others.

Georgia

Ukrainian ombudsman Lyudmyla Denisova was denied the right to visit Georgian ex-President Mikheil Saakashvili, who is a Ukrainian national, in the prison of the Georgian town of Gldani.

Kyiv to raise transport fares

The Kyiv city state administration has announced that the public transport fare will increase from UAH 8 to UAH 20 per ride as of 19 November.

Anti-vax under fire

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has reported that well-known Lviv anti-vax Ostap Stakhiv is a suspect in a criminal case. The SBU said that it had blocked an anti-Ukrainian network which was trying to destabilize the social and political situation in the country under "anti-vaccination" slogans. The suspects called for a violent change of the constitutional order and their actions were probably coordinated by Russian handlers.

"As a result of simultaneous special operations by the SBU in several regions of Ukraine, the activity of the anti-Ukrainian group was terminated. The leader of the so-called 'anti-vaccinationists' and another person involved in the proceedings, a Russian citizen, have been declared suspects under Article 109 of the Criminal Code," the report reads.

Ambassador

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has appointed Dmytro Ponomarenko as Ukraine's ambassador to South Korea. He worked for Ukraine's embassy in China and was the consul-general of Ukraine in Shanghai in 2016-2020.

State Property Fund chief stepping down

State Property Fund chief Dmytro Sennychenko is about to tender his resignation, sources have told LB.ua. An official announcement is to follow soon.

MP's house searched

The State Bureau of Investigation has searched the house of MP Illya Kyva in a case concerning illegal handling of weapons. The case was opened after the MP published a video showing him shooting in the air in a public space.

MP out

The Servant of the People faction has expelled MP Artem Dmytruk out of its ranks. He will not lose his mandate as he was elected from a single-seat constituency. Dmytruk suggested his expulsion has to do with his objections to the law on oligarchs and speaker Dmytro Razumkov's dismissal.

MPs in

Serihiy Kozyr, Vitaliy Voytsekhivskyy and Serhiy Kostriychuk were sworn in as MPs and joined the Servant of the People faction.

Parliament group

First deputy speaker Oleksandr Korniyenko has announced the creation of ex-speaker Dmytro Razumkov's interfaction association Smart Policy.

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