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Victorious news of 714th day of war: Ukrainian flag in Krynky, fire at factory in Belgorod region

7 February, 2024 Wednesday

On February 7, the Ukrainian parliament passed a number of important bills, and a factory in the Belgorod region burned down

Ukrainian exports by sea transport reach pre-war level

In January 2024, Ukraine reached the volume of exports by sea as before the full-scale war.

This was stated by Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal, the Government Portal reports.

"In January, we reached pre-war export volumes by sea, and in terms of total exports, we are already approaching the figures we had before the full-scale invasion," Shmyhal said.

The Prime Minister noted that more than two-thirds of Ukraine's maritime exports are agricultural products.

"Six months ago, we lifted the blockade of the Black Sea and intensified Ukrainian maritime trade. At the same time, we managed to launch a project to insure our exports against military risks. It is about ensuring ships calling at our ports. More than 660 ships have already sailed through the new grain corridor, transporting about 20 million tons of cargo to 32 countries. 70% of these cargoes are agricultural products of our agricultural producers," said Shmyhal.

Ukraine receives demining system from the EU

The European Union has donated the DOK-ING MV-10 demining system to Ukraine: it will help to neutralize anti-personnel, anti-tank mines, and other unexploded ordnance.

This was reported by the EU press service.

Ukraine received the demining system during the visit of the EU Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell. According to him, Ukraine is not only fighting the aggressor, but is also recovering.

The MV-10 demining system can neutralize anti-personnel, anti-tank mines and other unexploded ordnance. It is also well suited for clearing large areas and is safe to operate as it is remotely controlled. The system can clear up to 4000 square meters per hour, including on steep slopes. The EU will also train Ukrainian operators who will work with the MV-10 system.

Ukrainian parliament supports bill on preservation of military reproductive cells after their death

At a meeting on February 7, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine amended the law regarding military personnel in terms of ensuring their right to biological parenthood.

This was reported by MP Yaroslav Zhelezniak.

The bill No.0448 was voted in favor of by 264 MPs.

The draft law proposes to provide that:

  • in case of death or declaration of death in accordance with the established procedure of a person whose reproductive cells are stored, their free storage will be carried out for three years, and after this period, further storage of such cells may be extended at the expense of another person specified in the person's order regarding their own reproductive cells;
  • an individual, whose reproductive cells are stored in accordance with the law, has the right to dispose of them in the event of his or her death;
  • in case of use of reproductive cells of a person who has made an appropriate order in case of his/her death for conception of a child, this individual is recognized as the father or mother of the child born in such a way;
  • the will of a person, made and notarized before the entry into force of this law in relation to their own reproductive cells, is the basis for the use of assisted reproductive technologies using these reproductive cells.

Parliament adopts bill on medical support for the Armed Forces in accordance with NATO standards

This was reported by MP Iryna Herashchenko.

The bill No.10343 was voted in favor by 264 MPs.

It is noted that Ukraine's Defense Ministry approves the draft law based on NATO standards:

  • clinical protocols; 
  • logistic equipment sheets; 
  • standards for the provision of pre-hospital medical and pre-medical care during combat operations and training of the Security Forces and the Defense Forces as assigned; 
  • The Ministry of Defense also determines and supervises the procedure for compliance with these standards;
  • in coordination with the Ministry of Health, approves the list and minimum requirements and/or quality standards for specialized medical devices used by military personnel during combat operations.

"It's about high-quality first aid kits and turnstiles for paramedics and military hospitals!" Herashchenko added.

Fire breaks out at concrete plant in Russia's Belgorod

On Wednesday, February 7, explosions were heard in the Russian city of Belgorod, after which a fire broke out at a reinforced concrete plant. The Russian Defense Ministry accuses Ukraine of shelling the region with MLRS.

This was reported by the Russian Defense Ministry and Russian Telegram channels.

According to them, at about 4:30 p.m. Moscow time, the "Kyiv regime" allegedly attacked the Belgorod region with an RM-70 Vampire multiple launch rocket system.

Baykar builds plant in Ukraine and to invest $95.5 million

The Turkish company Baykar has begun construction of a plant in Ukraine that will employ about 500 people.

Valerii Riabykh, a military expert and development director of the Defense Express information and consulting company, said this on Espreso TV.

"The Turkish company Baykar Makina continues to implement the agreements that were concluded earlier. According to the company's representative, the construction of this enterprise in Ukraine is now proceeding according to the planned schedule. The company is making its own investments in the plant, about $95.5 million," he said.

Earlier it was reported about the plans to commission this enterprise in 2025, the Defense Express expert noted.

"Baykar Makina, with state support, is not afraid to invest in the company and deploy it directly in our country. They are confident in the implementation of this project, which will employ about 500 people. Probably, drones will be manufactured at a fairly strong pace, we are talking about the production of up to 10 Bayraktar TB2 or even Bayraktar TB3 drones in Ukraine," Riabykh said.

Ukrainian flag in Krynky is response to Russian propaganda

Operational Command South’s spokesperson Natalia Humeniuk says that the Ukrainian Armed Forces are holding their positions on the left bank of the Dnipro River and are working to expand it

She said this on Espreso TV.

"The installation of the Ukrainian flag in Krynky is a response to the challenges posed by enemy propaganda in the information society. It is trying to convince the local population in the temporarily occupied territories that they are abandoned, that the Ukrainian Defense Forces have been driven out of their positions, and that the Russians are dominating there. But everyone saw that there was a Ukrainian flag, Ukrainian resistance, and Ukrainian Defense Forces soldiers. The two assaults that the Russian army managed to carry out yesterday were ineffective and disastrous for it," noted Humeniuk.

According to the Operational Command South’s press center head, the Ukrainian Armed Forces are holding their positions on the left bank of the Dnipro River and are working to expand it.

Ukrainian parliament passes draft law on mobilization in first reading

This was reported by MP Yaroslav Zhelezniak.

The bill was voted in favor by 243 MPs. At the same time, Zhelezniak himself did not vote for the document.

The Servant of the People faction received the most votes - 178. The European Solidarity and Batkivshchyna did not cast any votes.

"The draft law was adopted without the committee's proposals. Then amendments will be made within 14 days until February 21, and then the second reading. That is, most likely, the bill will be adopted as a whole in the last week of February, signed in early March, and will come into force in a month, that is, in April," the politician wrote.

Sweden provides €26.4 million to Ukraine for energy efficiency projects

The Swedish government has decided to allocate €26.4 million to Ukraine to support energy efficiency projects. The funds will be allocated in the form of grant support to communities.

This was reported by the Ministry of Communities, Territories and Infrastructure of Ukraine.

It was the decision of the Eastern Europe Energy Efficiency and Environment Partnership (E5P) fund, which received the money first.

We are talking about those communities that receive loans from European financial institutions to implement projects in the field of district heating, water supply, energy efficiency in communal buildings, development of urban electric transport, and renewable energy.

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