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Victorious news of 510th day of war: restoration of Kakhovka HPP and Ukrainian army’s advantage 

18 July, 2023 Tuesday
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Ukrainian passport has risen in the world ranking, and the government has already approved the project to rebuild the Kakhovka HPP

Ukraine wins a case in the ECHR on Russia's claims

This was reported by the press service of the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine.

On July 22, 2021, Russia lodged an application against Ukraine alleging 10 violations under Article 33 (Inter-State cases) of the European Convention on Human Rights.

In particular, Russia accused Ukraine of "murders, abductions, forced relocation, interference with the right to vote, restrictions on the use of the Russian language and attacks on Russian embassies and consulates", complained about the blocking of the North Crimean Canal and asked the ECHR to apply interim measures, including obliging Ukraine to resume water supply to Crimea. Russia also attempted to blame Ukraine for the downing of the MH17 aircraft because Ukraine "did not close its airspace".

The ECHR dismissed Russia's claim in full and removed it from the register of cases.

"The Court has decided to strike the application Russia v. Ukraine out of its list of cases," the ECHR said in its press release.

Ukraine has a clear advantage on the frontline

Commander of the Ukrainian Land Forces, Oleksandr Syrskyi, believes that the Ukrainian Armed Forces have an advantage over the Russian army, which is supported by the unity of the military leadership and soldiers.

The colonel general said this in an interview with the BBC.

He acknowledged that the long-awaited offensive of the Ukrainian Armed Forces is going slower than expected.

"We would like to get quick results. But it is almost impossible," the general said, explaining that the occupiers had dug in, built defences and mined the area. This complicates the advance of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

But according to Syrskyi, Ukraine has one obvious advantage.

"The unity of the military leadership and the trust of the soldiers in each other is the strength of our army," he said.

Ukrainian passport rises in global ranking

Citizenship and residence consulting company Henley & Partners has published the World Passport Index. Ukraine's passport was ranked 30th.

This data was provided by the company's press service.

Ukraine currently has visa-free travel with 146 countries. This is three more countries than last year. Ukraine shares 30th place with Grenada and Saint Lucia.

The top ten looks like this:

  1. Singapore (citizens can visit 192 countries without visas).

  2. Italy, Germany, Spain (citizens can visit 190 countries without visas).

  3. Austria, Finland, France, Luxembourg, Japan, Sweden, South Korea, and Switzerland (citizens can visit 189 countries without a visa).

  4. Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom (citizens can visit 188 countries without a visa).

  5. Belgium, Czech Republic, Malta, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, Portugal (citizens can visit 187 countries without a visa).

  6. Australia, Hungary, Poland (citizens can visit 186 countries without visas).

  7. Canada, Greece (citizens can visit 185 countries without visas).

  8. Lithuania, USA (citizens can visit 184 countries without visas).

  9. Latvia, Slovakia, Slovenia (citizens can visit 183 countries without visas).

  10. Estonia, Iceland (citizens can visit 182 countries without visas).

Iran reiterates support for Ukraine's territorial integrity

This was stated by Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian.

"Regarding Ukraine, we believe in the territorial integrity of every country, including Ukraine, which should be a priority for all countries on the basis of international law. And, of course, we continue to emphasise the end of the war through political dialogue," the diplomat said.

Ukraine’s government approves project to rebuild Kakhovka HPP

This was announced by the Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal.

On July 18, the government approved a resolution on a pilot project to start rebuilding the Kakhovka HPP, which was blown up by the Russian forces.

The project is designed for two years. At the first stage, specialists will design all engineering structures and prepare the necessary basis for restoration. The second stage will start after the de-occupation of the territories where the hydroelectric power plant is located. It involves the actual construction work.

Ukrainian Armed Forces entered Staromaiorske in Donetsk Oblast

Major Valeriy Shershen, spokesperson for the Joint Press Centre of the Tavria Defence Forces, told Espreso.

"Ukrainian defence forces continue to conduct offensive operations in the Melitopol and Berdiansk sectors. They are consolidating their positions, conducting aerial reconnaissance, demining and counter-battery activities. Heavy fighting is ongoing for Staromaiorske, we have the advantage here, we are talking about tactical success," he noted.

Shershen added that the General Staff confirms that the strike units have entered the village. 

Ukrainian aviation carried out 11 strikes against the enemy

This was reported by Ukraine’s General Staff.

Over the past day, Ukrainian aviation launched 11 strikes on areas where Russian personnel, weapons and military equipment were concentrated and 3 more strikes on enemy anti-aircraft missile systems. Ukrainian defenders also destroyed 2 reconnaissance UAVs of operational and tactical level.

Over the day, missile and artillery units destroyed an enemy control centre, 8 artillery pieces at firing positions, 2 ammunition depots and 3 Russian electronic warfare stations.

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