President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky had a telephone conversation with Pope Francis on Friday.
“Briefed him on Russian aggression against Ukraine, its horrible crimes. Grateful to the pontiff for his prayers for Ukraine. Our people need support of world spiritual leaders who should convey to the world the truth about acts of horror committed by the aggressor in Ukraine,” Zelensky said on Twitter.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky called Russia’s war against Ukraine “colonial”.
“Russia is a colonialist who wants to destroy our state,” he said, speaking to representatives of the African media.
He urged journalists “to convey to every family on the African continent that we are peace-loving people. We are not different from you. We have the same values.”
Zelensky noted that Russia invests in the African continent less than 1% of all investments in Africa. “This is their faith in the future of the African continent. Russia does not invest in you. It invests politically. They say that they are the heirs of the USSR,” he said.
Zelensky stressed that Ukraine is ready to guarantee the food security of the African continent.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky thanked the UK for expanding the sanctions list against Russian citizens and businesses for their involvement in the war in Ukraine.
“Today it became known that the UK has expanded the sanctions list against Russia, adding dozens of people and organizations. This is the right trend. I am grateful to the UK for its unwavering firmness in sanctions issues. This is an example that should be inherited by everyone else in the Western community,” he said in a video statement.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky noted “certain progress in the negotiations in Turkey on the restoration of food exports from Ukraine through the Black Sea.
“We are indeed making significant efforts to restore food supplies to the global market. I am grateful to the UN and Turkey for their respective efforts,” he said Wednesday evening in a traditional video message.
“The success of this story is needed not only by our state, but, without exaggeration, by the whole world. If the Russian threat to shipping in the Black Sea is removed, this will alleviate the severity of the global food crisis,” Zelensky said.
“The Ukrainian delegation reported to me that there is some progress. In the coming days, we will discuss the details with the UN Secretary General,” he said in conclusion.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy has appointed Maxim Subkh as Special Representative of Ukraine for the Middle East and Africa.
The corresponding decree is dated July 12 and published on the website of the head of state.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, following the dismissal of Andriy Melnyk from the post of Ambassador of Ukraine to Germany, also dismissed 4 more ambassadors by decrees of July 9. In particular, Ludmila Nepop was fired from the post of Ukraine’s ambassador to Hungary, Vyacheslav Yatsyuk from the post of Ukraine’s ambassador to Norway, Yevhen Perebiinos from the post of Ukraine’s ambassador to the Czech Republic.
Igor Polikha was also fired from the post of Ambassador of Ukraine to India, as well as from the post of Ambassador of Ukraine to the Maldives, Nepal, Shri Lanka, Bangladesh concurrently.
Nepop has been Ukraine’s ambassador to Hungary since 2016. Yatsyuk was appointed Ambassador of Ukraine to Norway in 2016. Perebiynis has been Ukraine’s ambassador to Norway since 2017. Poliha has served as the Ambassador of Ukraine to India since 2015.