On Wednesday 8 November at midday, the European Commission gave the green light to the opening of negotiations for accession to the Union with Ukraine and Moldova. “Today is a historic day,” declared the president of the institution, Ursula von der Leyen, announcing this favorable opinion, which will be submitted for approval to the leaders of the 27 EU countries during a summit in mid-December in Brussels.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, for his part, welcomed the Commission’s “good” decision. “Our state must be in the EU. Ukrainians deserve it,” he stressed.
Washington and Seoul condemn Pyongyang’s army shipments to Moscow
Antony Blinken, who is making his first visit to South Korea since Yoon Suk Yeol came to power in May 2022, met the latter on Thursday. They “strongly condemned the supply of military equipment and ammunition by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (the official name of North Korea, editor’s note) to the Russian Federation for use in its war against Ukraine”, explained the US State Department in a statement following their meeting. Increased military cooperation between Moscow and Pyongyang and what it means for security in the region should be at the top of the agenda, according to U.S. officials.
Earlier Thursday, Antony Blinken also met with National Security Advisor Cho Tae-yong, welcoming Seoul’s commitment to helping Ukraine, according to a State Department statement.
Before UNESCO, Zelensky’s wife calls for “more support” for Ukraine
Olena Zelenska, the wife of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who gave an interview to L’Express, called on the world to “more support Ukraine”, its heritage and its people, Wednesday before UNESCO, a few days later Russian strikes on Odessa (South) which left at least eight injured and damaged a museum. “More than 270 of our damaged monuments are already on the UNESCO lists. I thank you for documenting, for drawing the world’s attention to what is happening with us,” declared the Ukrainian First Lady in Paris, headquarters of the UN organization for education, science and culture.
“We know that destroying monuments is a war crime,” she insisted before the 42nd session of the UNESCO general conference, where many diplomats applauded her and some stood up. the end of his speech, in the absence of the Russian delegation.”What Ukraine is experiencing today cannot remain Ukraine’s problem alone. […] Between civilization and barbarism, it is Ukraine that stands,” she said.
Putin signs decree authorizing “exchange” of seized foreign assets
At the end of August, Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov indicated that more than 3.5 million Russian citizens had assets blocked abroad with an estimated value of 1,500 billion rubles (15.2 billion euros). at the current rate). In response, Russia has also blocked assets of foreign companies in the country since February 2022, in so-called “Type-C” accounts.
The mechanism approved on Wednesday by Vladimir Putin concerns “transactions in foreign securities held by Russian residents”, we can read in the decree published on a government website. At this stage, asset exchanges may be accepted up to a maximum of 100,000 rubles per investor (approximately 1,000 euros). The Type-C account holder, normally a foreign company, will then have the opportunity to receive the foreign stock previously held by the Russian investor abroad. But in reality, there is no guarantee that international depository organizations will cooperate and validate these operations.
Ukraine accuses Russia of hitting civilian boat sailing near Odessa
The Ukrainian military on Wednesday accused Russia of striking a civilian boat entering one of the ports in the Odessa region in the south of the country, killing the captain and injuring four other people. A Russian missile, “fired from an aircraft”, “hit the structure of a civilian ship flying the Liberian flag”, the Southern Command of the Ukrainian army said on Telegram. “Three crew members, Filipino citizens, were injured; one of them was hospitalized. The pilot was killed and another port employee was injured,” he added.
The Ukrainian army has denounced the policy of “terror of civil navigation” carried out in its eyes by Moscow in the Black Sea.