Ukraine must win its war with Russia before winter to prevent its neighbour from bedding in long term, presidential chief of staff Andriy Yermak said Tuesday.
“It is very important for us not to enter into the winter. After winter, when the Russians will have more time to get a footing, it will certainly be more difficult. It is very important for us not to give them this possibility,” Yermak told Ukrainian weekly Novoye Vremya.
He repeated Kyiv’s view that Ukraine’s Western allies should supply it with more arms, and said he was counting on multibillion-dollar pledges of US aid in the form of weaponry and economic support.
The Ukraine Democracy Defense Lend-Lease Act package signed in May by US President Joe Biden to expedite that support is due to come fully into operation from next month.
“Our objective is victory,” said Yermak.
He said any ongoing talks with Russia revolved simply around how to export Ukrainian grain from blockaded ports — not how to end the conflict after Russia invaded in February.
“These negotiations are taking place at military and foreign affairs ministry level… with UN mediation,” Yermak said.
“I’m in touch with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, I do not communicate with the Russians,” he stressed.
A large number of protesters gathered outside the secretariat in Sri Lanka’s Colombo Wednesday as lawmakers chose Ranil Wickremesinghe to succeed as president Rajabaya Gotapaksa – who fled the island nation as it grapples with its worst economic crisis. Read: ‘If India, Sri Lanka comparison misinformed, then why…’: Owaisi’s jab after all-party meetDisheartened protesters told Reuters they see the ‘same values, corruption and oppression in Ranil as seen in Gotabaya Rajapaksa’.
Hundreds of people have been killed in Afghanistan since the Taliban overran the country nearly a year ago, even though security on the whole has improved since then, the United Nations said in a report Wednesday. In its report, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan also highlighted the poor situation of women and girls since the Taliban takeover and how they have been stripped of many of their human rights under Afghanistan’s current rulers.
India has ranked 87th on the Henley Passport Index – a global passport rankings chart that uses data from the International Air Transport Authority to rank ‘strongest’ and ‘weakest’ among 199 passports. India’s passport provides visa-free access to 60 nations. India fell two places in the third quarter but rose three from the corresponding period last year. India ranked 90th in Q3 and Q4 in 2021. Full list of countries India has visa-free access to:
Six-time Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Wednesday defeated dissident leader Dullas Alahapperuma and leftist Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake in the presidential election to succeed Gotabaya Rajapaksa. The 73-year-old Sri Lanka leader secured 134 votes in the 225-member House while his nearest rival Alahapperuma got 82. A candidate needed to secure at least 113 votes to win the election. Dissanayake secured just three votes.
The winner will take charge of a bankrupt Sri Lanka that is in bailout talks with the IMF, with its 22 million people enduring severe shortages of food, fuel and medicine. Outside the parliament, hundreds of heavily armed troops and police stood guard, but there were no signs of demonstrators.