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Great Britain announces the prospect of stationing soldiers in Ukraine
NATO is facing another U-turn: Britain’s defense minister is currently holding talks about relocating training missions to Ukraine. This would be the first time that NATO soldiers would be deployed in the country. More in the live ticker.
GBritain’s Defense Minister Grand Shapps has announced that British soldiers could also be deployed to Ukraine for the first time. In an interview with the newspaper “The Telegraph” Shapps said he had spoken to army leadership about it.
The talks were about the relocation of an official, British-led training mission for Ukrainian soldiers to Ukraine. So far, these trainings have taken place in the United Kingdom and at other locations in NATO countries, including Germany.
After a visit to Kiev last week, Shapps also said he had discussed with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky what role the British Navy could play in protecting cargo ships in the Black Sea. Russia canceled an agreement to export Ukrainian grain under the control of Turkey and the UN in July and threatened attacks.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg had previously ruled out relocating NATO troops to Ukraine. With Britain’s plans, the defense alliance would move away from this position.
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12:09 a.m. – US House of Representatives votes for interim budget – without aid to Ukraine
A few hours before an impending budget freeze, the US House of Representatives voted for an interim budget with a surprisingly large majority of Democrats. However, this budget does not contain any further aid for Ukraine. On Saturday, 335 members voted for the draft introduced by the Republican leader of the House, Kevin McCarthy, and 91 voted no. The bill must also be passed in the Democratic-controlled Senate to avert a budget deadlock.
6:49 p.m. – Large-scale fire after an explosion on an oil pipeline in western Ukraine
A large-scale fire broke out following an explosion on an oil pipeline in western Ukraine. According to authorities, the fire occurred near the village of Strymba in the Ivano-Frankivsk region when a pipe burst at one point. According to the emergency services, three people were injured in the accident. The rescue workers were on site, it was said. Unconfirmed footage shared online showed thick clouds of black smoke, presumably over a village. It was initially unclear how the fire started.