Ukraine’s Deputy Defense Ministers Fired, Including Hanna Maliar: Latest Updates and Scandals Revealed

2023-09-18 09:47:41

In Ukraine, six deputy defense ministers are fired. Among them is Hanna Maliar, who is known to the general public for her information on the status of the fighting.

The government in Kiev initially did not justify the measure. At the beginning of the month, Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov submitted his resignation. Scandals surrounding corruption in army supplies and in the military replacement offices are said to have contributed to his dismissal. Resnikov has always denied allegations against him.

Hanna Maliar has been deputy defense minister for over two years

What: REUTERS

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All developments in the live ticker:

10:36 a.m. – Russia appears to be massing airborne troops around Robotyne

According to British military experts, Russia has once again reinforced units under pressure in the Ukrainian region of Zaporizhzhia with airborne troops. This emerges from the daily intelligence report from the Ministry of Defense in London on the war in Ukraine.

Accordingly, at least five regiments were concentrated at the front within several kilometers of the village of Robotyne. “At full strength, such a unit should consist of around 10,000 elite paratroopers. “Almost all units are most likely dramatically understaffed,” the Defense Ministry said in a statement. At Robotyne, the Ukrainians broke through a mined and fortified Russian defense line.

According to the British, the deployment of elite soldiers to reinforce the front line is likely to displease their superiors. “Throughout the war, Russian commanders sought to re-establish the Airborne Forces as a highly mobile force for offensive operations.” Now the paratroopers would be used again as foot soldiers to reinforce overstretched ground troops, the statement continued.

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10:00 a.m. – Two people killed in drone strikes south of Kherson

According to Ukrainian reports, two people were killed in nighttime drone attacks in the region south of Kherson. Four more people were injured in the attack on the city of Beryl, said the region’s governor, Olexandr Prokudin. According to the local governor Ole Kipper, the district around the Danube port of Izmail was also the target of attacks.

Eleven drones were shot down and a leisure facility in the small town of Wylkowe was hit. The Ukrainian Air Force reports that 18 of 24 threats were shot down in various areas of the country, and 17 cruise missiles were also repelled

9:00 a.m. – Zelensky warns of World War III and compares Putin to Hitler

Shortly before the start of the high-profile UN general debate, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky warned of a third world war and compared Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin to Adolf Hitler. Russian society has lost the respect of the world public, said Zelensky CBS-Interview „60 Minutes“. “They elected him and re-elected him and brought in a second Hitler.” You can’t turn back time, but you can stop Putin now.

“If Ukraine falls, what will happen in ten years?” Zelensky continued. If the Russians reached Poland, would there be a third world war, he asked. Therefore, the whole world must decide whether Putin should be stopped or whether they want to provoke the start of a world war.

08:52 a.m. – Ukraine reports terrain gains in the east and south

Ukraine says it has recaptured additional territory on the Eastern Front. Last week, Ukrainian soldiers took control of two square kilometers of land around the city of Bakhmut, which was captured by Russian troops in May after months of fighting, according to Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Maljar. Two towns not far south of Bakhmut were also recaptured.

A total of 51 square kilometers near Bakhmut have been liberated since the counteroffensive began. Meanwhile, in the Donetsk region, Ukrainian troops are continuing to repel a Russian offensive on the towns of Avdiivka and Mariinka. There has also been progress in the south in the advance of Ukrainian troops towards the Sea of ​​Azov: 5.2 square kilometers of terrain was gained in the last week, meaning that Ukraine has so far recaptured more than 260 square kilometers in the south as part of its counteroffensive, which has been running for three months.

The current situation in Ukraine

Source: Infographic WELT

7:55 a.m. – Ukraine reports several Russian drone attacks

According to its military, Ukraine was attacked again by Russian drones and missiles during the night. The Ukrainian Air Force shot down 18 unmanned aerial vehicles and 17 cruise missiles.

5:30 a.m. – Stoltenberg joins the debate about Taurus delivery

In the debate about the delivery of German Taurus cruise missiles to Ukraine, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg emphasized the importance of such weapon systems for warfare. He welcomes the fact that “some allies – Great Britain, France, the United States – have already delivered long-range missile systems,” Stoltenberg told the newspapers of the Funke media group according to the preliminary report.

Germany is a leading nation in providing military support to Ukraine. “Germany’s strong support for Ukraine – including tanks and air defense systems – makes a crucial difference.” Ukraine has the right to self-defense enshrined in the UN Charter. “And if we take the UN Charter seriously, we must help Ukraine defend itself.”

He does not see an immediate danger of nuclear escalation. “We are watching very closely what the Russian army is doing. So far we have not noticed any changes in the Russian nuclear forces that would prompt us to react to them.” At the same time, Stoltenberg emphasized that NATO is prepared for the use of nuclear weapons. “The purpose of NATO is to prevent war – especially nuclear war. We have a credible deterrent.”

05:04 a.m. – Moscow reports defenses against Ukrainian drones in several regions

Russia says it fended off Ukrainian drones in several regions on Monday night. The drones were intercepted “over the western, southwestern, northwestern and eastern areas of the Crimean peninsula, the Istra (west) and Domodedovo (south) districts in the Moscow region and (…) in Belgorod and Voronezh (southwest),” it said the Russian Ministry of Defense on Telegram. Information on the exact number of drones or victims was not initially provided.

At the same time, the Defense Ministry said that a tank factory in Kharkiv, northeastern Ukraine, where Ukrainian armed forces tanks are repaired, was hit by a rocket attack.

4:08 a.m. – Beijing: China’s Foreign Minister Wang travels to Russia

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi will travel to Russia on Monday. According to the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Wang will be in Russia for security talks from September 18 to 21 at the invitation of Moscow Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev. It is another high-level visit between the two allied countries, who often emphasize their “borderless” partnership and praise economic and military cooperation.

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Earlier, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Wang would meet his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov and the two planned to “focus on strengthening cooperation on the international stage.”

There will be “a detailed exchange of views on issues related to the resolution of the conflict in Ukraine,” said a spokesman. Accordingly, “ways to ensure stability and security in the Asia-Pacific region” should also be discussed.

00:02 – Group around Russia wants to block UN declarations

A group of states around Russia wants to block several statements that should be adopted by the global community during the upcoming UN general debate. This includes, among other things, a text intended to reinforce the United Nations’ sustainability goals. In addition to Russia, a corresponding letter from Sunday was also signed by Belarus, Bolivia, Cuba, North Korea, Eritrea, Iran, Nicaragua, Syria, Venezuela and Zimbabwe.

In the letter to the President of the UN General Assembly, Dennis Francis, the eleven signatories complain about sanctions that states are subject to and that harm their development. Russia was hit with a series of punitive measures for its invasion of Ukraine.

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