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Scoop of the day: Ukrainian officials comment on Biden-Putin call

Scoop of the day: Ukrainian officials comment on Biden-Putin call

Zelensky comments on Biden-Putin call

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has a generally positive assessment of the 7 December video conference between Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin.

At a briefing on the occasion of Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic's visit on 8 December, he said: "I would, however, like to discuss the details of this conversation with you and comment on it tomorrow, after my conversation with the US president. I think the victory for Ukraine is that the US has always supported Ukraine, there has been bipartisan support, but most importantly, we see that there is a personal, real reaction and a personal role of President Biden in resolving the war in the east of our state," Zelenskyy said.

A phone call between Zelenskyy and Biden is planned for 9 December.

Foreign minister praises US efforts

Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba told Reuters that talks between Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin had enabled "deterrence and de-escalation".

He also welcomed US efforts to bring Russia to the negotiating table.

UK help

UK will allocate an additional £1 billion in support for Ukraine, Zelenskyy has tweeted, describing it as "great news".

"That means new investments, trade, security. As a result of my negotiations with Boris Johnson last year, the total volume of British support increases to £3.5 billion," he said.

Medvedchuk's assets

The National Agency for Preventing Corruption has found inaccurate information in the 2020 income statement of pro-Russian MP Viktor Medvedchuk for a record sum of over 73m hryvnyas in real estate and cars.

According to the NAPC, the MP did not indicate the cost of his real estate in Kyiv, namely a land plot of more than 6 hectares and a house of 2,900 sq.m. on it. It was established that the cost of the land plot is more than 29m hryvnyas, and the cost of the house is 16m hryvnyas.

Also, a land plot in occupied Crimea, which his wife has the right to use, was not declared.

Cyber security

During a meeting in Kyiv, Ukrainian Defence Minister Oleksiy Reznikov and Lithuanian National Defence Minister Arvydas Anušauskas have signed a memorandum of understanding between the Ukrainian, Georgian and Lithuanian defence ministries on the Cyber Threat Analysis Group at the Regional Cyber Defence Centre.

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