Poland is trying to smooth things over. As tension rises between Warsaw and Kiev, Polish President Andrzej Duda assured Thursday, September 21 that his Prime Minister’s statement the day before announcing that Poland was stopping delivering arms to Ukraine had been misinterpreted. “Words [de Mateusz Morawiecki] have been interpreted in the worst possible way. (…) In my opinion, the Prime Minister meant that we will not transfer to Ukraine the new weapons that we are acquiring to modernize the Polish army.”, explained the Polish president to the TVN24 television channel. Follow our live stream.
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Arrival in Istanbul of the first Ukrainian wheat ship since the end of the international agreement. The first wheat ship to leave a Ukrainian port since the end of the international agreement in the Black Sea arrived Thursday, September 21 in Istanbul (Turkey). According to the real-time report from the specialized site Marine Traffic, the Resilient Africaa 76 m long bulk carrier carrying 3,000 tonnes of wheat destined for Israel, arrived “at anchor” in the Bosphorus shortly before 4 p.m. (3 p.m. in Paris). This is a first since the end of the agreement on July 17 following Russia’s withdrawal.
Several Ukrainian cities bombed. Russian strikes hit kyiv, Cherkasy, Kherson, Kharkiv and the Rivne and Lviv regions, according to Ukrainian authorities. At least two people died in Kherson and 21 others were injured across the country. Authorities claimed to have intercepted 36 of the 43 Russian missiles launched overnight.
Volodymyr Zelensky continues his visit to the United States. The Ukrainian president is expected in Washington, where he hopes to convince his American allies to help him pass “the finish line” against Russia. He must meet Joe Biden and go to the Pentagon. He must also meet the leaders of the Democratic Party and the Republican Party, in a context where American public opinion is starting to tire of its support for Ukraine.
A new conference for Ukraine in 2024. Germany will host an international conference on the reconstruction of Ukraine next year, Chancellor Olaf Scholz said after a meeting with Volodymyr Zelensky in New York. The discussions will take place in Berlin on June 11, 2024.
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