Ukrainian media organizations are pleading with the government to grant them more freedom to cover the conflict.
Since the invasion, the government has gained control of the majority of media outlets and only now, in what is known as the United News Marathon, does it broadcast the official account of the war 24 hours a day.
The marathon should stop, according to Sevgil Musaieva, editor-in-chief of Ukrainska Pravda, and journalists should have the freedom to hold their government accountable, especially during a time of conflict.
The counteroffensive is not a Hollywood production, according to the former president of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, who spoke to Al Jazeera.
Every victory of the Ukrainian army is the result of a huge effort and a great sacrifice made by Ukrainian warriors, and we are aware of the significance of this for the entire world. In order to prevent Russia from attacking freedom and democracy around the globe, we [are] stopping the aggressor, Poroshenko added.
The previous ruler thanked Kyiv’s allies for their assistance throughout the 18-month conflict.
Poroshenko expressed gratitude to the administration for aiding in the development of a framework for peace talks ahead of a peace effort hosted by Saudi Arabia this weekend.
“Restoring the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine’s territory in the internationally recognized border is the only prerequisite for peace negotiations,” he stated.
Jailed Alexei Navalny, a Russian opposition leader, claimed that the sentence in his case had been raised to keep him in prison and away from politics for even longer. He received an additional 19 years in prison.
Chris Christie, a Republican running for president in the US, visited Ukraine, talked with Zelenskyy, and emphasized Washington’s support for Kiev.
The former governor of New Jersey met Zelenskyy at the presidential palace in Kiev after witnessing the destruction in Iprin and a mass grave in Bucha outside the capital.
Following the recovery of Bucha by Ukrainian forces last year, Ukraine has accused Russia of committing atrocities there. Christie also went on a tour of a Kyiv child protective facility.
The drone attack on a Russian landing ship at the Novorossiysk naval station in southern Russia, according to a Ukrainian official, was “successful”.
According to a Ukrainian security source quoted by the French news agency AFP, the strike was intended to destroy the Olenegorsky Gornyak landing ship.
After months of petitions, access to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear station was allowed to the UN nuclear monitor, who found no explosives there.
Earlier this month, Russia and Ukraine swapped allegations over potential attacks on the largest nuclear power facility in Europe.
After being granted access yesterday afternoon, “[IAEA] experts have observed no mines or explosives on the rooftops of Unit 3 and Unit 4 reactor buildings and the turbine halls,” according to a statement from the organization.
The watchdog reported that although it had been unable to access any sections with explosives, there were mines beyond the perimeter that did not appear to be a threat to the security of the plant.
According to the foreign ministry, talks on a peace agreement for Ukraine will take place during Li Hui’s trip to Jeddah as China’s special envoy for Eurasian affairs.
“China is willing to work with the international community to continue playing a constructive role in promoting a political solution to the crisis in Ukraine,” Wang Wenbin, a spokesperson for the Chinese ministry, said in a statement. China has maintained its neutral stance in the war and continues to have strong connections with Russia.
During a peace meeting this weekend in Saudi Arabia, Ukraine and its allies want to mobilize support from around the world. National security advisers and other senior officials from over 40 nations are gathering in Jeddah, and it is anticipated that they will reach consensus on the key tenets of a future agreement to halt Russia’s war in Ukraine. Despite not being invited to the summit, Russia stated it will watch the proceedings.
Zelenskyy expressed hope on Wednesday that the plan will result in a “peace summit” of world leaders this autumn to support the values based on his 10-point peace formula. The removal of Russian forces and the restoration of its borders are requirements of Zelenskyy’s peace proposal.
Officials from Ukraine, Russia, and other nations, however, assert that there are currently no prospects for direct negotiations leading to an end to the war.