Ukraine and world news 2023

26.02.2024 - 03.03.2024

31.12. The German state development bank KfW will provide more than 24 million euros to restore and increase the sustainability of energy infrastructure in the regions of Ukraine.
31.12. In the north of Ukraine, the military has already installed 500,000 anti-tank mines. A second line of defense is being built near the border in case of a possible re-invasion.
31.12. The Council of the European Union unanimously decided to admit Romania and Bulgaria to the Schengen area. The abolition of border controls will begin at the air and sea borders from March 2024. The timing of the abolition of land border control will be discussed further.
29.12. Alfred Kemmer, director of the International Monetary Fund's European Department, expects Ukraine to generate domestic revenue to finance growing war and mobilization spending.
29.12. In Serbia, protesters against the results of the parliamentary elections plan to paralyze traffic in the country's capital, Belgrade, for a day. The roads are planned to be blocked from noon on Friday, December 29, for 24 hours, and street traffic is promised to be unblocked for Saturday's protest.
29.12. Former US President Donald Trump is prohibited from running for president during the primary elections (primaries) of the Republican Party in the territory of the state of Maine.
28.12. During 2023, the United States provided 34 military assistance parties for more than $ 24 billion, including Patriots, Abrams, and ATACMS missiles.
28.12. President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky had a conversation with the Pope Francis, discussed joint work on the Formula of Peace.
28.12. The United States suggested that G7 working groups study ways to confiscate $300 billion in frozen Russian assets.
28.12. The UN General Assembly adopted a resolution providing, among other things, for the establishment of an additional 20 stations to cover official meetings of leading UN bodies in four languages - Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Spanish. The total volume of the adopted budget for 2024 is $3.59 billion.
27.12. Ukraine may need at least 6 years to join the European Union. That is how long the process of Austria's accession took.
27.12. The Foreign Affairs Committee of the Turkish Parliament approved Sweden's application to join NATO. The next step on the way to Turkey's approval of Sweden's application for NATO membership will be a vote of the Turkish Parliament's General Assembly on this issue.
27.12. The European Union is preparing a reserve plan worth up to 20 billion euros for Ukraine, which does not require Hungary's consent.
26.12. In 2023, the European Union directed a total of 2.4 billion euros to humanitarian aid in various countries of the world; Ukraine is in the fourth position in the list of recipients, together with the group of countries of the Balkans and the Caucasus.
26.12. Israel will have to increase defense spending by at least 30 billion shekels ($8.3 billion) in 2024 as the war against Hamas continues.
26.12. Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko said Russia has completed the delivery of tactical nuclear weapons to his country.
25.12. The State Budget of Ukraine received 1.34 billion US dollars as the Sixth additional financing within the framework of the World Bank project "Supporting public expenditures to ensure sustainable public administration in Ukraine" (PEACE in Ukraine).
25.12. Protesters in the capital of Serbia, Belgrade, tried to force their way into the city hall building. The police dispersed them by using pepper spray. Protests in Serbia began immediately after the elections on December 17, but this is the first time that riots have occurred.
25.12. Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said he plans to open a National Institute in January to study ways to ensure safety in the use of generative artificial intelligence technologies and promote societal benefits from AI.