In a brief ceremony, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyj celebrated the return of some of his soldiers from Russian captivity. "It was a special day in a special week," he said last night in his daily video address.
At the same time he announced that he would bring back more soldiers from Russian prison camps. "We will not leave a single Ukrainian in Russian prisons, camps and "isolations" (detention centers). We think of everyone."
Zelenskyj had presented medals to a number of former prisoners of war in Kyiv in the afternoon. In the past few days, Russia and Ukraine have exchanged prisoners of war several times. According to Zelenskyy, a total of 1,331 Ukrainian soldiers had been released from Russian captivity in this way since the beginning of the war in February. Meanwhile, Kyiv continues to seek a special tribunal to try Russian war crimes.
"As long as the fighting continues, as long as our heroes are dying in the trenches and as long as even one prisoner is in the hands of the enemy - this war is not over for me and certainly not for any of you," he said, according to the Presidential Chancellery during the conference Ceremony. Today is the 283rd day of Russia's war of aggression against its neighboring country.
Special tribunal efforts continue
The efforts of the Ukrainian leadership to set up a special tribunal to prosecute Russian war crimes with Western support are continuing, Zelensky said. Work is continuing to gain a "critical mass" of supporters to form this tribunal.
According to Kiev's ideas, it should be based on the model of the Nuremberg tribunal. While the Nazis were held accountable in Nuremberg, according to Kyiv, the political and military leadership of Russia for the war of aggression against the Ukraine is to be held accountable at this special tribunal.
"London, Paris, Berlin, Warsaw and other capitals - we are strengthening our positions everywhere and gathering the support of our partners," said Zelenskyy on Friday evening. "I'm sure there will be a tribunal, there will be justice."
EU, G7 and Australia want to cap prices for Russian oil
The seven leading democratic economic powers (G7) and Australia want to implement a price cap for oil from Russia in consultation with the European Union. The G7 and Australia announced that night. The states want to force Russia to sell oil below the market price to buyers in other states.
The agreement reached yesterday provides for an initial upper price limit of 60 US dollars per barrel. If possible, the price should apply from Monday. In addition to Germany, the G7 also includes the USA, Canada, France, Great Britain, Italy and Japan. Germany currently chairs the group. Government representatives of the EU had previously reached a corresponding agreement on Friday.
The EU is currently training 1,100 Ukrainian soldiers
Two and a half weeks after the start of an EU training mission for the Ukrainian army, 1100 soldiers are being trained so far. This was announced yesterday by EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell when he visited a training camp in Brzeg, Poland. This mission shows Europe's will to support Ukraine in the war against Russia that has been going on for more than nine months.
The EU foreign ministers decided on the mission on November 14. The day after was the official start. A total of up to 15,000 soldiers are to be trained in 20 member countries, including Germany.
Ukraine receives first Hawk anti-aircraft missiles from Spain
Ukraine has received a first shipment of Hawk anti-aircraft systems from Spain. This was announced by Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov yesterday after a meeting with his Spanish colleague Margarita Robles in Odessa. More Hawk anti-aircraft missiles from Spanish stocks are to follow.
Ukrainian soldiers are already being trained in Spain. The medium-range anti-aircraft system, which originated in the USA, was put into service in the early 1960s and has been modernized again and again. Hawk has already been phased out in most NATO countries.
Vortex surrounding Russian opposition broadcasters
In Latvia, the independent Russian television channel Dozhd has come under scrutiny by authorities for its coverage of the Ukraine war. The National Council for Electronic Mass Media (NEPLP) fined the TV channel 10,000 euros for showing a map showing the annexed Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea as part of Russia. The Russian armed forces were referred to as "our army," the NEPLP said on Twitter.
The media regulator also initiated proceedings against Dozhd for broadcasting appeals in support of the Russian army. Editor-in-chief Tikhon Dzyadko asserted that the opposition channel did not provide any help to the Russian army. He apologized on Twitter for the moderator's "misinterpreted" call, which the broadcaster says has since been fired.
Latvia granted Dozhd a broadcasting license in June after the TV station stopped broadcasting in Russia at the beginning of March due to the harsh crackdown by the Russian authorities.
Latvia demands "more responsibility in Europe" from Germany
According to Latvia, Germany should show more leadership and responsibility in Europe. That said the Secretary of State in the Ministry of Defense in Riga, Janis Garisons, in an interview with the editorial network Germany.
"If we look to the future, we think that Germany should take on more responsibility within Europe," said Garisons. "Someone has to lead in Europe and bundle the defense capabilities of the individual countries." After all, Germany is a great economic, military and political power and is located in the center of Europe.