Russian ‘lebensraum’ plan, Zaluzhnyi aide killed, update on 128th brigade

Your slice of the headlines in Ukraine. Daily. Tuesday, November 7, 2023.

●      Russia’s ‘Eastern Ukrainian Hectares’ plan is Russia’s version of Nazi Lebensraum expansion policy
Once again, Ukraine’s fascist neighbor to the east is taking a page out of the Nazi playbook after Russian nationalist and Rodina (Motherland) party chairman Aleksey Zhuralyov announced a bill to legalize the distribution of occupied Ukrainian lands to Russian invaders, Russian newspaper Kommersant reported on Nov. 6.

●       Slovakia will not ban arms sales to Ukraine — PM Fico
The Slovak government will not regulate against the production and sale of weaponry by domestic companies to Ukraine, Slovakia’s new Prime Minister Robert Fico said on Nov. 6, as reported by local outlet

●       Russia’s ‘Hitler Youth’ - Russian occupiers in Crimea organize military training for children
Russian occupiers in Crimea have organized military training for children, as revealed in a Nov. 6 report by Crimea.Realities. The report follows a segment aired on Russia-1 TV that highlighted the “School of Young Commanders” established by the pro-Putin youth movement Yunarmia in the region.

●       Explosion kills Zaluzhnyi’s assistant at home
Major Hennadiy Chastyakov, who served as an assistant to Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valerii Zaluzhnyi, has died in an explosion while celebrating his birthday at home, Zaluzhnyi said in a Telegram post on Nov. 6.

●       President elected during war unlikely to be legitimate, will lack democratic mandate – Venislavksy
Presidential elections during a war will contravene the constitutional principles of electoral rights, making an elected president during wartime unlikely to be legitimate, Fedir Venislavsky, the president’s representative in the Ukrainian Parliament and an MP from the Servant of the People party, said in an interview with on Nov. 6.

●       Taurus missiles no ‘game changer’ for Ukraine, Pistorius says after Germany rejects their transfer
Taurus missiles will not significantly alter the dynamics of the ongoing war initiated by Russia against Ukraine, German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius said during the NATO Talk conference in Berlin on Nov. 6.

●       Former Deputy Defense Minister accused of stealing $28 million through military uniform scam
A former Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister stands accused of embezzling nearly a billion hryvnias ($28 million) by purchasing subpar military uniforms from a private company, Ukraine’s SBU Security Service reported on Nov. 6, citing collected evidence.

●       19 128th Brigade soldiers died in Russian missile strike while waiting for tardy Colonel Lysyuk
Many soldiers of the 128th Separate Mountain Assault Brigade were killed and wounded by a Russian Iskander-M missile while being made to wait for their tardy commander Dmytro Lysyuk, Ukrainian broadcaster Hromadske reported, citing sources in the brigade.

●       Ukraine confident Brussels will be satisfied with reforms progress
The European Commission is expected to positively assess Ukraine's progress in implementing key reforms outlined by Brussels, Ukraine's Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Olga Stefanishyna said on Nov. 6.

●       Polish truckers block border with Ukraine to grumble about Ukraine’s transport visa-free agreement
Polish truckers have initiated a strike on the border with Ukraine, demanding the reversal of the transport visa-free arrangement for Ukraine, Ukraine’s State Border Guard Service reported on Nov. 6.

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