Coming from Pyongyang to a City Near You

The Russian Air Force has used North Korean ballistic missiles at least three times in massive strikes on Ukraine’s rear infrastructure. But against the backdrop of a full-scale war with Ukraine, Russia is intensifying its range of ties with North Korea, and this Moscow-Pyongyang dialogue is a direct threat to the West. Ukraine is only…

Hostages

Russia is holding thousands of civilians hostage in the occupied territories of Ukraine, creating an atmosphere of terror and violence. Ukraine’s Ombudsman Dmytro Lubinets said that about 28 000 Ukrainian civilians are being held in Russian captivity, approximately 2,000 of whom are over 65 years old. It is important to understand that the Geneva Convention…

Release the Bulls

The transfer of long-range Taurus missiles to Ukraine is key to the security of Eastern Europe.  From the start of the invasion of Ukraine, Russia has systematically terrorised the civilian population of Ukraine with missile and drone attacks, in breach of international law and conventions governing the conduct of war. Neither sanctions nor any other…

Ukraine Will Determine Europe’s Future

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Photo by Anastasiia Krutota on Unsplash The “survival” of Ukrainians depends on continued financial aid to the war-torn country, according to a leading human rights lawyer. The comments, by Oleksandra Matviichuk, come amid intensified attacks in the Russia-Ukraine war and pressure to initiate peace negotiations. Matviichuk is a leading Ukrainian human rights lawyer and co-recipient of the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize….

EU Enlargement for Ukraine and Moldova

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Photo by Christian Wiediger on Unsplash MEPs say “it is with great satisfaction” that the European Commission has recommended to start EU accession talks with Ukraine and Moldova. This comes after the European Commission adopted the 2023 Enlargement Package. It provides a detailed assessment of the state of play and the progress made by Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo,…

EESC Delegation Visit to Ukraine

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Photo by Marek Studzinski on Unsplash A leading EU organisation has reaffirmed its unwavering support for Ukraine’s reconstruction efforts and European aspirations. This comes after  European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) President Oliver Röpke led a delegation to Ukraine. The visit, which took place ahead of the European Commission’s Enlargement Package, provided an opportunity for Röpke to discuss…

Romania-Ukraine MOU

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Photo by Olga Prudnikova on Unsplash The European Commission says it welcomes the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Romania and the Government of Ukraine. The executive said on Wednesday this will further contribute to increasing the capacity of “Solidarity Lanes”, especially considering the damage caused to the transport infrastructure of Ukraine due to the…

Macro Finance for Ukraine

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Photo by Omid Armin on Unsplash The European Commission has agreed to pay a sixth tranche of €1.5 billion under the macro financial assistance Plus package for Ukraine worth up to €18 billion. With this instrument, the EU says it seeks to help Ukraine cover its immediate funding needs, with “stable, predictable and sizeable” financial support in 2023. With the latest payment, Ukraine has received…

Ammunition for Ukraine’s Defence

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Photo by Ian Betley on Unsplash Following the political agreement reached between the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union on the Regulation on supporting ammunition production (ASAP) with a budget of €500 million, ASAP will now ensure that the EU can efficiently ramp up its production capacity of ammunitions and missiles. It means, says the…