DIRECT. War in Ukraine: Ursula von der Leyen in Kyiv to talk about the economy and European integration


Ukraine needs 350 billion euros for its reconstruction

German Economy Minister Robert Habeck said that according to Kyiv’s own estimates, Ukraine needs 350 billion euros for reconstruction. Asked about the prospects for the war, Robert Habeck said: “You can see now that it can end in the victory of freedom and democracy”.


“Russian forces will forever remain terrorists, who will lose the war they started against Ukraine,” Zelensky said.

In his daily video speech, President Volodymyr Zelensky addressed his “colleagues” in Russian. “Your missile attacks today, the Russian missiles targeting Kryvyi Rih, the Karachunivske reservoir dam, things that have no military value, actually hit hundreds of thousands of ordinary civilians , another reason why Russia will lose. And not just this war, but history itself,” he said.


Places called Ursula von der Leyen in Kyiv

The President of the European Commission arrived in Kyiv. This is the third time since the start of the war that he has visited Ukraine. On the menu of his meeting with President Zelensky economic issues and the integration of Ukraine with the EU.


The railway link between Kharkiv and Balaklia will soon be restored

Ukrainian Railways said trains between the Russian-recaptured cities of Kharkiv and Balakliia would resume on September 15. Railway workers were reportedly working quickly to repair bridges and several damaged tracks. This link will make it possible to transport soldiers as well as aid for the population.


Ukrainian authorities have asked residents of liberated towns to evacuate due to Russian bombing

Ukrainian officials called on the population to evacuate the liberated villages because all the vacated territories are immediately under Russian bombardment.

According to Yaroslav Yanushevych, head of the Kherson regional military administration, reports Ukrinform. “The first thing we insist on when we talk to our local people, when we go to the liberated villages, is immediate evacuation,” he explained.


Ukraine’s grain should ‘go first’ to poor countries, Putin told Guterres

Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered that Ukraine’s cereals should “go first” to countries that need them the most, in a telephone interview with United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

These statements come at a time when Moscow is increasingly fighting two agreements concluded in July in Istanbul that allow the export of wheat and corn from Ukraine despite the Russian offensive. The Kremlin claims in particular that the majority of Ukrainian food products go to European countries, which Kyiv denies, and complains of obstacles to the export of Russian cereals and fertilizers.

In this context, the Kremlin indicated that Vladimir Putin intends to discuss the agreements in Istanbul with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The two leaders are scheduled to meet on Friday.


Russian lawmaker calls for Putin’s resignation

Nikita Yuferev, deputy of Smolninskoye municipal district in Saint Petersburg called for Putin’s resignation, even after he was first fined.

“We will continue to insist on his resignation,” he told CNN, saying he was doing it for his children, saying he wanted them to be able to speak out in protests and demonstrations. After receiving support from some people, Yuferev said he believes public opinion has changed since Putin first attacked Ukraine. Along with offering to pay the fines and legal fees, another person offered to buy him a ticket to move his family to Mexico where he would feel safe. “Of course, this is all anecdotal. We refused, but this shows how much support we received and how our ideas were accepted by Russian society,” added Yuferev.

Last night the Russians bombed the Kharkiv region.


Vladimir Putin in Uzbekistan before his meeting with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jimping

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in the Uzbek city of Samarkand for his meeting with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping. The two men will meet in the afternoon. The two leaders were in Uzbekistan to attend a meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, a regional security group.


Ukraine continues to consolidate control over the Kharkiv region

According to the British Ministry of Defense, some Russian forces seem to have fled the advancing Ukrainian troops “in apparent panic” leaving behind important equipment.


How Americans Helped Ukrainians

In addition to arms deliveries and financial aid, the United States has been an invaluable aid to the Ukrainian government from an intelligence perspective. It is especially thanks to them that Ukraine was able to make a new counter-offensive and recover territory from the Russians.

“They have enough satellite intelligence, but also electromagnetic signals to detect concentrations of enemy command posts and communication networks,” explained General Dominique Trinquand in Parisian.


The threat of flooding in Kryvyi Rih

Hit overnight by seven Russian missiles, local authorities said, Kryvyi Rig in central Ukraine and its 600,000 inhabitants faced a flash flood of a river that threatened the center in the town and another district.

Reuters/Ukrainian Presidential Press Service

“At the point of impact, we saw a water flow of 100 m3 per second, which represents a large volume. The water level of Ingulets changes every hour,” said the deputy head of the administration of president Kyrylo Tymoshenko, while ensuring that the situation is “under control”.


Zelensky’s car accident

Before his speech, the president also suffered a car accident in kyiv, when “a car collided” with his car, according to his spokesman.

“The president was examined by a doctor, no serious injuries were found,” said Serguiï Nikiforov in a press release published on Facebook overnight from Wednesday to Thursday, while the driver of the car himself “was transferred to an ambulance”.


“Almost the entire Kharkiv region was liberated”

In the evening, in his daily speech, Volodymyr Zelensky underlined that “almost the entire Kharkiv region has been liberated”, having captured “400 localities” from Russian troops, which means a return to “normal life and safety” for ” the 150,000 Ukrainians who remain in this territory”.


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