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Scoop of the day: Ukraine marks Armed Forces Day

Scoop of the day: Ukraine marks Armed Forces Day

Army day

Today the military will receive about a hundred units of weapons and military equipment, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said during the Ukrainian Armed Forces Day celebrations in Kharkiv.

He noted that combat brigades in Kharkiv will receive upgraded T64BM Bulat tanks.

He also mentioned "dozens of BTR-4 armoured personnel carriers and dozens of domestic Kazak 2M.1 armoured vehicles" that will be sent to the army.

Before Kharkiv, Zelenskyy visited the front-line positions of the Ukrainian army in Donetsk Region and handed out state awards to some servicemen there.

Ahead of US-Russia talks

US President Joe Biden will hold talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy before he talks with Russia's Vladimir Putin on 7 December, RBC-Ukraine reported, citing the Independent.

According to a senior White House official, Biden will speak with Zelenskyy and leaders of key European allies to coordinate his message and later discuss it with Putin.

However, according to CNN journalist Natasha Bertrand, who quoted an unnamed US official, Joe Biden will hold talks with Zelenskyy after his conversation with Putin.

According to the US official, Biden will hold talks with key European partners ahead of his conversation with Putin on 6 December. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will have a telephone conversation with Zelenskyy before this call, and Zelenskyy will speak with the US president a few days after the Biden-Putin summit.

"Senior administration official hints at additional US deployments to eastern flank NATO allies in event of Russian invasion of Ukraine. "The US would be prepared to provide that kind of reassurance" to allies who want it in the event of an attack, official told reporters," Bertrand tweeted.

Call for Western aid

Canada, the United States and Britain should jointly and swiftly provide military support to Ukraine in its standoff with Russia, Ukraine's Defence Minister Oleksiy Reznikov has said in an interview with The Globe and Mail, warning that steps to deter Russian President Vladimir Putin from invading were necessary now because "it will be too late after".

Donbas

Russia-backed militants have violated the ceasefire five times since midnight, including twice with banned heavy weapons, the Joint Forces Operation HQ has said. The Joint Forces reported no casualties.

Yanukovych case

The Supreme Court has upheld the verdict of the first and appeal courts in the treason case against former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych. According to the verdict, Yanukovych was sentenced to 13 years in prison.

The Supreme Court made this today, having considered Yanukovych's defence appeals on the merits.

Economic passport

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has registered in parliament a package of bills on the "economic passport of a Ukrainian citizen". They envision the creation of savings accounts for children, which will be topped up with royalties for the use of Ukrainian subsoil resources.

Russian planes impounded

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has said that 13 passenger planes belonging to Russian Smartavia Airlines have been impounded at its request.

These planes violated the procedure for entering and leaving the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine in Crimea.

Coal

Coal reserves in the warehouses of Tsentrenerho's state-owned thermal power plants as of 3 December remain half of the minimum permissible level, the Energy Ministry data shows.

The most critical situation as of the date is at the Vuhlehirsk thermal power plant, where coal reserves amount to 21,000 tonnes against the minimum required volume of 77,600 tonnes.

Coronavirus

Donetsk, Dnipropetrovsk, Ivano-Frankivsk, Luhansk, Lviv, Odesa, Rivne, Kherson regions and the city of Kyiv will move from the red coronavirus zone to the yellow one as of 7 December.

Some 38% of Ukrainian adults have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus and 44.2% have been vaccinated with at least one dose, Health Minister Viktor Lyashko said at a briefing.

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