On the 212th day of the full-scale Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine Russian troops continue to try to capture the settlements of the neighboring country. The armed forces and units of the territorial defense of Ukraine resist aggression. It is impossible to verify the statements of representatives of both sides from independent sources. According to the UN, about 14 million Ukrainians have already left their homes. DW is watching behind developments Friday, September 23 (Moscow time).
Volodymyr Zelensky called on Germany to be “an example for all other states, and not vice versa” on the issue of arms supplies to Ukraine. “If you don’t want to give us – listen, no offense, you are an independent state – then don’t give it. But don’t try to say: “First America, then Germany, then there will be Poland, and the like.” No need. Everyone should be responsible for oneself,” the President of Ukraine said in video interview to the German portal Bild. Answering a question about Germany’s refusal to supply Ukraine with Leopard tanks, he stressed that the tanks alone would not put an end to the war unleashed by Russia against his country, and that if the FRG was ready to help save the lives of Ukrainians, then it should provide armored vehicles to Ukraine. “Armored vehicles for us are a matter of survival for Ukrainians. These are not only tanks, these are also Matadors (anti-tank grenade launchers. – Ed.), this is armored vehicles that are in Germany, which we really want and ask Scholz (German Chancellor Olaf Scholz. – Ed.),” Zelensky recalled. According to him, the IRIS-T air defense systems will not help to win the war on their own. “This is not a weapon with which you can win … If we are talking about victory, we need not only we need more destructive weapons,” the head of state stressed.
Ukraine is officially invited to participate in first meeting of the “European Political Community” in Prague on October 6, reported the American television channel CNN with reference to a high-ranking representative of the European Union. According to the official, the “European Political Community” is “a platform for the political coordination of European countries across the continent.” The purpose of the meeting in the Czech capital is to promote “political dialogue and cooperation to resolve issues of common interest, to strengthen the security, stability and prosperity of the European continent.” All European countries are invited to the summit, except for Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan. It is planned to hold a series of round tables dedicated to “peace and security, energy and climate, the economic situation, migration and mobility” in its course.
Arrested in Ukraine “Putin’s godfather” – Ukrainian politician Viktor Medvedchuk, who became a participant in the exchange of prisoners of war, although he did not participate in hostilitiesthe FSB was needed, declared Head of the Main Directorate of Intelligence (GUR) of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine Kirill Budanov. According to him, “this is the person through which the financing of many intelligence networks went” and “filling the secret budget of the FSB,” which is why the Kremlin “fought for him” so much. As a result of the exchange, during which Medvedchuk was handed over to Russia, 215 prisoners returned to Ukraine.