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War Speeches. Diplomatic and Political Implications of Russia’s War Against Ukraine in October
October 2023 was rich in foreign policy events and geopolitical shifts. Lack of consensus in the USA about further support to Ukraine, election of a pro-Russian government in Slovakia, unbending pro-Kremlin policy in Hungary, and intensified hostilities in the Middle East may affect the agenda in the Russia-Ukraine war.
Legal information on the impossibility of holding elections under conditions of martial law
With the approach of constitutionally established period for scheduling the parliamentary and presidential elections, the debate on the possibility of conduct of elections under conditions of martial law is heating up both in Ukraine and among our international partners. Civil network OPORA and more than 200 other NGOs have already taken a stand against the proposal to hold elections during the Russian invasion. According to Civil network OPORA, conduct of election under martial law violates the Constitution of Ukraine and runs counter to Ukraine’s international commitments.
War Speeches. Russia has increased the war budget, while Ukraine is planning to ramp up arms production
Last week (September 25 - October 1), Ukraine announced the creation of the Defense Industries Alliance for weapons manufacturing. The Kremlin hasn’t given up on its imperial ambitions and threatens to capture new territories. For this purpose, the aggressor state plans to spend more than a third of its federal budget funds on the war.
War Speeches. ATACMS and Abrams for Ukraine, Russia Twisting the UN Charter and "Dumping" Their Allies
Last week (September 18–24), partners announced about the military assistance to Ukraine worth several million USD. The nearest batch for Ukraine includes, among other things, additional air defense systems, tanks, armored vehicles, artillery shells, and, possibly, the long-range ATACMS missiles. New York hosted a high-level week of the 78th session of the UN General Assembly, when leaders of some countries supported Ukraine’s territorial integrity and condemned Russian aggression. Russia had not helped their ally Armenia in the conflict with Azerbaijan, enabling Baku for the successful military operation in Nagorno-Karabakh. On the other hand, Georgia’s ruling party accused Ukraine of supporting forces willing to stage a coup in the country, and initiated impeachment of the country’s pro-European President.
And “Telega” is still there: how Telegram-channels push pro-Russian narratives to the West
In recent years, Telegram has become one of the main platforms for the spread of Russian propaganda and disinformation – primarily due to the lack of censorship and weak content moderation. Although this service is popular mainly in Ukraine and the Russian Federation, it is also used in other countries. However, pro-Russian channels that broadcast narratives favorable to the Kremlin are waiting for foreigners in Telegram. Civil Network OPORA investigated pro-Russian Telegram channels that work for the Western audience and the connections between them.
The Demographic Situation in Ukraine: Survey Findings
Today, millions of Ukrainian people stay out of country because of the full-scale Russian aggression. The numbers keep growing. According to the Ukrainian border guard service, every month, about 40,000 Ukrainian citizens are leaving with no return. According to the UN, the numbers are even higher: over 200,000.
Over 100 CSOs Urge Not to Have Elections During the War
Over 100 CSOs signed a statement about the impossibility of holding elections during the active phase of the war, and urge international partners to increase support for Ukraine to make sure the war ends in victory as soon as possible, and the democratic elections become feasible.
Ukrainian Civil Society is Against Holding Elections During War
Elections and full-scale war are incompatible. Holding elections during a full-scale war is extremely dangerous. It can lead to the loss of legitimacy for both the electoral process and elected bodies, potentially undermining the state as a whole. During a full-scale war, a state cannot guarantee an environment where electoral process participants can freely and fully express their views and will, where military and voters abroad can meaningfully participate, and where a competitive and vibrant political environment exists, especially against the backdrop of narrowing rights and freedoms under martial law.
Nach Hause kommen: Welche Gründe haben ukrainische Kriegsvertriebene für die Heimkehr?
Die Menschen, das human capital, sind das Wertvollste eines jeden Staates und die Ukraine wird sich auch nach dem Sieg über Russland nicht vollständig erholen können, wenn es niemanden gibt, der das Land wiederaufbaut und niemanden, für den es wiederaufgebaut werden muss. Wollen die Ukrainer:innen im Ausland zurückkehren? Welche Motivation haben sie und was treibt sie dazu, im Ausland zu bleiben? Eine Umfrage des Netzwerks OPORA liefert Einblicke.