DUkrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy was involved in a car accident, according to his spokesman in Kyiv. Spokesman Serhiy Nykyforov wrote on Facebook early Thursday that the vehicle crashed into the head of state’s car and escort vehicles.
Selenskyj was examined by a doctor. “No serious injuries were found.” No further details about his condition were initially released.
Zelenskyj’s car collided with a private vehicle, the spokesman said. He did not say when the accident happened. Paramedics accompanying Zelenskyy administered first aid to the driver of the other vehicle and called an ambulance. An investigation into the accident is underway.
Minutes after the report was released, Zelensky’s office released the president’s evening speech.
On Wednesday, Selenskyj visited the town of Izyum in eastern Ukraine, which was recaptured a few days ago.
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05:00 – Willingness to help Ukrainian refugees has slightly decreased
The Russian attack on Ukraine sparked a wave of willingness to help in Germany that continues to this day. This is the conclusion of an ongoing study by the German Center for Integration and Migration Research (DEZIM). However, the study, available to the dpa news agency and based on two representative surveys, also shows that the willingness to support refugees from Ukraine has somewhat decreased since the first days of the war.
At the beginning of March, more than one in four (27 percent) were willing to temporarily take in refugees from Ukraine in their own homes, but the proportion of those who would consider this later dropped to 17 percent.
According to the survey, every second person (47 percent) could imagine volunteering for war refugees from Ukraine in the summer. It was still 58 percent in March, according to Decim.
The willingness to donate to refugees from Ukraine has also decreased slightly. In March, 69 percent of those surveyed were still willing to do so. In the summer, willingness to donate was 58 percent. However, the refugee situation has changed between the first survey in early March and the second survey – late June and early August. Although Ukrainian refugees were initially entitled to care under the Asylum Seekers Benefits Act, they have since June received basic protections, such as the same benefits as Hartz IV recipients.
01:40 – Kryvyi Rih’s water supply is destroyed
Eight Russian cruise missiles have destroyed the Ukrainian city of Kryvyi Rih’s drinking water supply, official sources said. “The water pumping station was destroyed. The dam broke and the river overflowed its banks. The houses are a few meters from the river,” explained the Ukrainian MP Inna Sovsun on Twitter. Before the war, the city in southern Ukraine had about 650,000 inhabitants.
1:01 am – EPP leader Weber wants to supply Ukraine with battle tanks
Manfred Weber, leader of the European People’s Party (EPP), is calling on the central government to supply Ukraine with battle tanks. “The Ukrainian army has shown that it can win this war with the right help. Therefore, the federal government must clear the way for the delivery of battle tanks,” CSU politician Funke told the media group’s newspapers. “This can reduce war, limit destruction and many sufferings. “The federal government says that Germany will play a leading role in Europe and in the future European Security Union. So the central government should also lead the way,” he said.
12:52 am – Spokesman: Zelenskyy “not seriously injured” in car accident
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s car was involved in a traffic accident in Kiev, his spokesman said. “Zelenskyj is not seriously injured,” writes Serhiy Nykyforov on Facebook.
After a phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has no hope of peace in Ukraine anytime soon. “I feel we are far from peace,” Guterres said. “I have no illusions. Right now, the chances of a peace deal are slim,” he added. Even a ceasefire is “not in sight”.
Guterres said he had spoken to Putin about efforts to overcome “barriers” to Russian food and fertilizer exports. It is about the extension and possible expansion of exports as part of the UN-brokered agreement with Turkey.
8:23 pm – Georgia promises to quickly meet EU requirements
According to Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili, Georgia wants to start negotiations on a very early approach to the twelve criteria set by the European Union. Garibashvili said after a meeting with President Olaf Scholz that he would offer a dialogue to the opposition for necessary reforms. The European Union (EU) offered the country an offer to join in June, along with Ukraine and Moldova. Garibashvili did not want to say how many years he sees his country in the EU.
19:57 – Ukraine reports rocket attack on industrial city of Khryvyi Rih
According to officials, the industrial city of Kryvyi Rih in central Ukraine was hit by Russian cruise missiles. The head of the administration of Dnipropetrovsk region, Valentin Resnichenko, said that hydrotechnical systems were badly damaged by a “massive rocket attack”. Drinking water supply is not available in some parts of the city. Unverified videos also showed the Inguules River rising rapidly. A barrage has been built on the river in front of the city.
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