Russia-Ukraine War: List of key events, day 570 | Russia-Ukraine War News | ET REALITY

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As the war enters its 570th day, these are the main events.

Here is the situation on Saturday, September 16, 2023.

Struggle

  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy confirmed that his troops recaptured the village of Andriivka, near Bakhmut, in eastern Ukraine.
  • A nighttime Russian drone strike on a military airfield in Ukraine’s Khmelnytskyi region – home to the Starokostiantyniv air base – showed Moscow was searching for fighter jets involved in the recent attack on Crimea, Ukraine’s air force said. Russia sent 17 “kamikaze” drones to attack the airfield, which has been continually attacked during the war.
  • A Ukrainian intelligence source said a maritime drone damaged the small Russian missile ship Samum. near the entrance to the Sevastopol Bay in Crimea, contradicting a Russian version that the attack was repelled. The ship had to be towed for repairs and was listing to one side after the attack, the source added.
  • Nikolai Patrushev, secretary of Russia’s Security Council, said Russian forces had “neutralized” hundreds of foreign spies in recent years.

Regional security

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko discussed whether Minsk could join Moscow’s efforts to revive an alliance with North Korea, following Kim Jong Un’s visit to Russia this week.
  • Finland will ban the entry of vehicles with Russian license plates from midnight on Saturday, after Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania also recently banned all cars with Russian license plates from crossing their borders.
  • Romania has imposed additional flight restrictions in parts of its airspace along the border with Ukraine amid an increase in Russian drone attacks against Ukrainian ports near the Danube River.
  • Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu inspected repairs and modernization of nuclear submarines of the Russian Pacific Fleet at a key military shipyard.
  • Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) said a man was convicted of treason and sentenced to 12.5 years in prison for shipping Russian missile components to the United States. The FSB said a court in the Tver region had convicted Sergey Kabanov of smuggling components used in Russian air defense missile systems and radar-based weapons systems.

North Korean military support

  • The Kremlin denied it. Russia and North Korea have signed agreements on military affairs or any other security area during Kim’s visit to Russia earlier this week. The United States said it had information that talks were progressing over North Korea supplying Russia with weapons for its war in Ukraine.
  • Kim visited a Russian military aviation factory that produces the country’s most advanced fighter jets.
  • Putin said Moscow would not violate any agreements related to South Korea after meeting North Korea’s Kim during the week. “(South) Korea is our neighbor and we must, one way or another, build good-neighborly relations with our neighbors,” Putin said.
  • South Korea and the United States said that any military cooperation between North Korea and Russia It would be a serious violation of UN sanctions and there would be “a price to pay” if Moscow and Pyongyang did so.

Sanctions

  • Group of Seven (G7) countries will likely announce a ban on Russian diamonds in the next two or three weeks, a Belgian government official said.

Diplomacy

  • Zelenskyy expected to visit White House in Washington, DC, next week during his planned visit to New York to attend the United Nations General Assembly. The visit will mark the third time that US President Joe Biden and the Ukrainian leader have met at the White House.
  • Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Moscow looks forward to the visit of the Vatican envoy to Ukraine and is ready to meet with him.

The Black Sea and grain exports

  • Ukraine exported more grain through the Romanian Black Sea port of Constanta through the end of August this year than in 2022, although volumes have fallen as Russia increased attacks on Ukrainian ports on the Danube River. kyiv shipped 9.2 million tons of grain through Constanta in the first eight months. During the same period in 2022, Ukraine shipped 8.6 million tons through Constanta, according to the Reuters news organization.
  • Romania plans to double the shipping capacity of Ukrainian grain through its port of Constanta in the coming months, the country’s Transport Minister Sorin Grindeanu said.
  • A cargo ship departed the southern Ukrainian city of Odessa amid a Russian naval blockade of the country’s ports and threats issued by Moscow against all ships passing through the Black Sea near Ukraine.
  • The European Union announced it would end a ban on imports of Ukrainian grains in five member states after kyiv promised to control exports.
  • Zelenskyy welcomed the EU’s decision to end the ban on Ukraine’s grain exports, calling it an example of true unity and trust.
  • After the EU decision, Hungary imposed a unilateral import ban on 24 Ukrainian agricultural products, including grains, vegetables, various meat products and honey, according to a government decree. Poland said it would also extend an embargo on Ukrainian grain shortly after the EU decision, as did Slovakia.

Economy and trade

  • Ukraine approved a draft budget for 2024 that puts the deficit at 1.548 trillion hryvnias ($41.92 billion) and increases defense spending to 1.7 trillion hryvnias ($46 billion), a figure that It represents more than 21 percent of the country’s gross domestic product.
  • Despite the war, Housing prices in some areas of Ukraine have maintained their value. – and even resurrected. Although in the east of the country, near the front line, housing prices have fallen.

Sport

  • The Russian Olympic Committee said Moscow will not boycott the 2024 Olympics in Paris and that athletes can choose to participate under a neutral flag.

Culture

  • The UN World Heritage Committee has included two important historical sites in Ukraine on its list of endangered sites. The iconic St. Sophia Cathedral in the capital Kiev and the medieval western city center of Lviv are UNESCO World Heritage Sites and central to Ukrainian culture and history.
  • Thousands of Jewish pilgrims gathered in the Ukrainian city of Uman to mark the religious holiday of Rosh Hashanah, despite warnings not to travel due to the Russian invasion.

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