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Ukraine: realities | «The Weekly Five»: 01.07 – 07.07

Неділя, 07 липня 2024, 18:45
Ukraine: realities | «The Weekly Five»: 01.07 – 07.07

ISW: Orbán seeks to shift the West's focus from supporting Ukraine to peace talks

The Institute for the Study of War emphasizes that Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán aims to divert the West's attention to possible peace talks, contrary to statements by Russian leader Vladimir Putin, to undermine European support for Ukraine.

Analysts note that Orbán continues to position himself as a potential mediator for ending the war in Ukraine, despite Russian leader Vladimir Putin rejecting mediation or serious negotiations.

The report suggests that Orbán likely seeks to shift the West's focus to possible peace talks as part of his efforts to undermine European support for Ukraine.

In a publication in Newsweek, Orbán accused NATO of choosing conflict over peace and stated that NATO was created to support peace.

Ukraine: realities | «The Weekly Five»: 01.07 – 07.07

At the NATO summit, the US will announce new steps to strengthen Ukraine's air defense

A representative of US President Joe Biden's administration stated that at the NATO summit on July 9-11 in Washington, the US will announce new steps to strengthen Ukraine's air defense and military capabilities.

"Next week, you will see a powerful demonstration of support for Ukraine from the US and allies. Alliance members will once again affirm that Ukraine's future is in NATO and make important new statements about how we are increasing NATO's military, political, and financial support for Ukraine."

"The United States will also announce new steps to strengthen Ukraine's air defense and military capabilities to help it defend itself today and deter Russian aggression in the future," said a senior Biden administration official during a telephone briefing.

Ukraine: realities | «The Weekly Five»: 01.07 – 07.07

Stoltenberg on negotiations with Russia: Minsk-3 should not be allowed

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stated that to achieve a peace solution in Ukraine, its members must provide Ukraine with military support, which, he added, is exactly what Alliance countries are doing.

Stoltenberg was asked if Alliance leaders are determined to withstand pressure to push Ukraine into negotiations to abandon its territory and demand to renounce joining NATO as a precondition for a ceasefire.

"Alliance leaders are determined and strong, which will be clearly expressed at the NATO summit, where I expect a powerful assistance package for Ukraine. With new training and aid from the Alliance for Ukraine, NATO command for Ukraine, financial commitments, additional announcements of increased military support, bilateral security agreements..." Stoltenberg emphasized.

He noted that Kyiv must decide which conditions are acceptable for peace talks and any decision reached through negotiations, as Ukraine is a sovereign independent state.

"What we need to do as NATO members is to help Ukraine strengthen its positions because we know that there is a very strong connection between what happens at the negotiating table and the situation on the battlefield," Stoltenberg indicated.

Ukraine: realities | «The Weekly Five»: 01.07 – 07.07

Pentagon to purchase interceptors for Patriot and NASAMS worth $22 billion for Ukraine

The US Department of Defense announced the purchase of interceptors for Patriot and NASAMS air defense systems for Ukraine worth $2.2 billion.

The US Department of Defense specifically announced the purchase of a significant package of air defense interceptors using about $2.2 billion under the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI).

"These funds will be used to purchase interceptors for Patriot and NASAMS air defense systems for Ukraine," the statement reads.

The department recalled that the Biden administration plans to expedite the delivery of these weapons by changing the order of future deliveries for Ukraine under the Foreign Military Sales program.

"As a result, Ukraine will receive the interceptors it urgently needs to protect its population and critical infrastructure from Russian air attacks," the statement reads.

Ukraine: realities | «The Weekly Five»: 01.07 – 07.07

Bloomberg: China and Russia are developing a drone similar to the "Shahed"

Chinese and Russian companies are developing a strike drone similar to the Iranian "Shahed," which is actively used to attack Ukraine.

Officials did not identify the drone being developed, but Chinese defense websites and several media outlets reported that China is developing a strike kamikaze drone called the Sunflower 200, which looks similar to the Iranian Shahed 136 drone.

According to the article, in 2023, companies held talks on cooperation to copy the Iranian Shahed drone, and this year they began developing and testing a version in preparation for shipment to Russia, officials who asked not to be named to avoid disclosing private information said. According to them, Chinese drones have not yet been used in Ukraine.

Some countries believe that providing Russia with drones for attack would cross the line of lethal aid, said two officials.

One person familiar with the matter said that the US estimates that China is considering whether to send fully built unmanned aerial vehicles, but at the same time sends kits from which strike drones can be made.

According to the interlocutor, the US has not yet concluded that China is sending lethal aid to Russia, although they recognize that other countries may have a different interpretation.

Ukraine: realities | «The Weekly Five»: 01.07 – 07.07

The project «Ukraine: realities» is implemented by the News agency «Konkurent» together with the Civic Movement «SVIDOMI» in English for readers from other countries to tell to tell about current news and events in Ukraine.

Проєкт «Ukraine: realities» реалізовується Інформаційним агентством «Конкурент» спільно з Громадянським Рухом «СВІДОМІ» на англійській мові для читачів з інших країн аби розповісти про актуальні новини та події в Україні.

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