Latest Updates on Ukraine-Russia Conflict: Talks, Strikes, EU Membership

2023-11-04 19:43:04

The Ukrainian president reaffirmed this Saturday, November 4, his position that now is not the time to negotiate with Russia. Volodymyr Zelensky also rejected the remarks of his own commander-in-chief, who in an interview with the newspaper The Economist , felt that the war was at a stalemate. An advisor to the Ukrainian president, Ihor Zhovkva, also directly criticized the general, saying he “facilitated the attacker’s work”.

The situation in Ukraine, this Saturday, November 4. | INFOGRAPHIC WEST-FRANCE See in full screen The situation in Ukraine, this Saturday, November 4. | INFOGRAPHIC WEST-FRANCE

Talks underway, according to NBC

The Ukrainian presidency is in embarrassment after the revelations of the American television channel NBCindicating that talks would be underway to define what Ukraine might have to give up to secure a peace deal with Russia.

Representatives from more than 50 countries that support Ukraine, including NATO members, reportedly raised the topic last month, according to several senior U.S. officials. Ukraine’s American and European allies are reportedly increasingly concerned about the stalemate in the war, with Ukraine’s counter-offensive having failed to break through.

On November 2, it was the Kremlin spokesperson, Dmitri Peskov, who indicated that “no, the conflict is not at an impasse”.

Ursula Von der Leyen in Kiev

The President of the European Commission arrived in the Ukrainian capital this morning to discuss EU enlargement with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, she announced on the social network X.

The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, give a joint press conference following their meeting in Kiev, November 4, 2023. | ANATOLII STEPANOV / AFP See full screen The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and the Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky, give a joint press conference following their meeting in Kiev, November 4, 2023. | ANATOLII STEPANOV / AFP

“I am here to discuss Ukraine’s path to EU membership,” as well as financial support from the EU “to rebuild Ukraine as a modern and prosperous democracy”, she said upon her arrival at kyiv station where she was welcomed by Volodymyr Zelensky.

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On November 8, the Commission must submit its report on the state of progress made by Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia, and decide on whether or not to open accession negotiations with the EU.

Ukrainian strikes on shipyard in occupied Crimea

Ukraine claimed to have struck a shipyard in Russian-occupied Crimea: “On the evening of November 4, the Ukrainian armed forces successfully carried out strikes against the maritime and port infrastructure of the Zaliv shipyard in the temporarily occupied city of Kerch,” announced the Ukrainian army.

Russian efforts focused on the town of Avdiyivka

For several weeks, the Russian army has returned to the offensive around the stronghold of Avdiyivka in the east. According to the mayor of the small industrial town (35,128 inhabitants at the 2013 census), Vitaly Barabash, Russian forces are now focusing on capturing the coking plant.

According to British intelligence, the Russian assaults on the city would have been extremely costly. “Over the past three weeks, Russia has lost nearly 200 armored vehicles while attacking the city,” declared the official news channel of the British Ministry of Defense on X.


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