NU.nl regularly gives you an overview of the situation in Ukraine. This time: Canada is providing more support after the visit of Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelensky. And the headquarters of the Russian fleet was hit by a missile.
Zelensky has visited the United States and Canada in recent days. The United States had already promised more aid: air defense systems, among other things.
Canada also announced it would provide more aid. For example, the country will contribute to the training of F-16 pilots and maintenance technicians. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he would provide long-term support to Ukraine. He promised, among other things, to provide 650 million Canadian dollars (452 million euros) in military aid over the next three years.
Dead and injured in rocket attack in central Ukraine
The Ukrainian city of Kremenchuk, in the center of the country, was under fire on Friday. A rocket attack left one dead and at least fifteen injured. A child is among the injured.
The missile in question managed to penetrate the Ukrainian air defense system. The country claims to have successfully shot down another Russian missile.
Russian fleet headquarters hit by missile
Ukraine also carried out rocket attacks on Friday. The country managed to strike the headquarters of the Russian fleet on the Black Sea, in Sevastopol. A “successful attack”, Ukraine itself claims.
The Russian Defense Ministry says one soldier is missing. It was first reported that the soldier had been killed, but Russia later changed this information.
Images circulating on social media and Ukrainian news sites show a hole dug in the seat. The plume of smoke above the building is visible from a distance.
Ukraine looks ahead to next winter
The dark Ukrainian winter is approaching. Zelensky stresses that his troops will not be held back by the cold and bad weather.
Zelensky is specifically focusing on the fighting around the eastern town of Bakhmut. The president says he still believes in the success of the reconquest of this fiercely contested city, which fell into the hands of the Russians at the beginning of this year.
At the same time, Ukraine also finds that Russia has begun to attack the country's energy supplies. Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said there had been attacks on regional power plants in the past two weeks.
Last winter, Russia bombed its energy reserves and infrastructure almost daily, regularly leaving the population without electricity, gas or running water. Shmyhal acknowledges that the winter will probably still be harsh, but believes that his country is now better able to protect its power plants. Ukraine has received significantly more air defense from Western allies compared to last year.
Second grain ship left after deal ended
A grain ship also left Ukraine on Friday. This is the second ship to leave the Ukrainian port after the expiration of the grain deal.
The cargo ship Aroyat arrived in Ukraine on Saturday with another ship, the Resilient Africa. He left for Israel via Turkey on Tuesday. The Aroyat is on its way to Egypt with Ukrainian grain.
Ships cross the Black Sea via a route that avoids international waters. They sail along the coasts of Romania and Bulgaria. This reduces the risk of a Russian attack. The Ukrainians came up with this route, which they call the “humanitarian corridor”.
In July, Russia announced it would not extend the grain deal. In this agreement, it was agreed that Ukrainian grain could be exported across the Black Sea despite the war. As Ukraine is a major grain exporter, the end of the agreement had a global impact.