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Scoop of the day: Ukrainian satellite taken to orbit

Scoop of the day: Ukrainian satellite taken to orbit

Ukraine-US military cooperation

Defence Minister Oleksiy Reznikov, Minister for Strategic Industries Pavlo Ryabikin, Ukraine's ambassador to the USA, Oksana Markarova, on 12 January met representatives of over 30 US corporations working in the defence economy sectors of priority to Ukraine.

Among other things, the current needs of the Ukrainian Armed Forces were discussed, in particular in relation to communications, command and automation systems, aerospace systems, air defence/aerospace systems, missile armament, specialised munitions, naval solutions, technical reconnaissance and electronic warfare.

Diplomacy

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has said that the international talks on the so-called "security guarantees" were unsuccessful for Russia.

Following the 13 January meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council, he said "expressed consolidated international support for Ukraine" and "the right of states to freely choose which organization or union treaty to be part of".

Azeri president to visit

On 14 January, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy will meet Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, who will pay a working visit to Ukraine.

Zelenskyy and Aliyev are expected to make statements at the Mariyinskyy Palace at 1.15pm.

German foreign minister to visit

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock will visit Ukraine on Monday, 17 January, a spokesman for the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, Oleh Nikolenko, said.

Earlier, Russian media reported that Baerbock would visit Moscow on 18 January to hold talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Satellite launch

The Falcon 9 rocket of Ilon Musk's SpaceX company has launched the Ukrainian satellite Sich-2-30 into orbit.

It took off from the launch pad at Cape Canaveral (USA) and was broadcast on the SpaceX YouTube channel.

The Sich-2-30 remote sensing satellite was designed and manufactured by the Dnipro-based Pivdenne State Design Bureau.

The satellite will monitor land, forest and water resources. The developers say that it will be able to provide data on the movement of military equipment and ships.

Donbas

Volodymyr Pryakhin, the former deputy "minister of information of the DPR", who was found and detained in Kyiv in February 2021, has entered the occupied territory.

It became known on 12 February during a meeting of Kyiv's Shevchenkivskyy district court, Media Initiative for Human Rights NGO reported.

Cyber crime

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), together with cyber police, US and UK partners, conducted a large-scale special operation to dismantle a powerful hacking group.

The attackers not only attacked foreign companies but also provided paid services to replace IP addresses to other hackers. According to preliminary estimates, the group "earned" over 1m dollars during its activities, the SBU press centre reported.

Crime

Employees of the State Bureau of Investigation have detained an MP of the Verkhovna Rada of the 8th convocation, a member of the Petro Poroshenko Bloc parliamentary faction, on suspicion of fraud.

It is noted that the former MP, who currently holds the position of freelance adviser to the head of the State Environmental Inspectorate, fraudulently obtained 17,000 dollars.

According to Interfax-Ukraine, the man in question is Andriy Nemyrovskyy.

Plant impounded

The State Bureau of Investigation has said that 100% of shares in the Kyiv-based Bilshovyk plant privatized at the end of 2021 were impounded.

Criminal proceedings were launched over possible abuse by officials of the State Property Fund of Ukraine during the privatization.

Coronavirus

On 12 January, Ukraine registered 10,046 new Covid-19 cases, which is the highest daily growth since 11 December.

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