Author: Martin Fornusek

Martin Fornusek is a Czech journalist working as a senior news editor for the Kyiv Independent. He covers news stories from Ukraine, including updates on the ongoing conflict with Russia, as well as international stories.

Support Independent Journalism in Ukraine Join us in this fight to support independent journalism in Ukraine. Budapest’s recent actions highlight the importance of standing up for press freedom and transparency. Become a Member Support Us Just Once Budapest’s decision to block the disbursement of 6.5 billion euros for Ukraine’s military aid due to issues with Lukoil oil transit raises concerns. Ukraine’s sanctions on Lukoil have also affected Slovakia, with both countries facing energy supply challenges. Oleksiy Chernyshov from Ukraine’s Naftogaz addressed the Lukoil transit issue, calling it a “political issue.” Hungary’s Foreign Minister emphasized the link between resolving the oil…

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Support independent journalism in Ukraine. Join us in this fight. Become a member Support us just once Polish Defense Minister Wladyslaw Kosiniak-Kamysz stated that Ukraine’s path to EU membership is dependent on resolving the historical issue of the Volyn massacre. This tragic event in 1943, where Ukrainian Insurgent Army members killed many Poles in Volyn, remains a point of contention between Poland and Ukraine. Despite efforts at reconciliation, including Poland’s support of Ukraine against Russian aggression, unresolved historical grievances continue to strain relations. The importance of addressing the Volyn massacre was emphasized by former Polish Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Pawel Jablonski.…

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Support independent journalism in Ukraine. Join us in this fight. Editor’s note: This is a developing story and is being updated. Russia claims its forces downed 21 Ukrainian drones over occupied Crimea and the Black Sea overnight on July 23, with reports of explosions on the peninsula. Traffic on the Kerch Bridge was halted, and residents heard explosions in Dzhankoi community. Earlier, occupation authorities claimed to have downed 15 drones over the Black Sea, with the Russian Defense Ministry later stating up to 21 drones were shot down. Ukraine has not commented on the claims, and the situation remains unverified.…

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Support independent journalism in Ukraine. Join us in this fight. Become a member Support us just once The Ukrainian Foreign Minister, Dmytro Kuleba, is set to visit China on July 23 for a three-day trip, marking his first visit since the outbreak of the full-scale war. During the visit, Kuleba and his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, will discuss the ongoing war with Russia, China’s role in achieving peace, and the relations between Ukraine and China. While China has positioned itself as neutral in the conflict, it has deepened economic ties with Russia, drawing criticism from Ukraine. President Zelensky has accused…

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Support independent journalism in Ukraine. Join us in this fight. Become a member Support us just once An oil refinery in the Russian town of Tuapse on the Black Sea coast caught fire after over 75 drones targeted multiple Russian regions overnight on July 22, local authorities said. Russian Telegram channels claimed that the attack also started a fire near the Morozovsk airbase in Rostov Oblast. Ukraine has not commented on the reports, and The Kyiv Independent could not immediately verify the claims. The Russian Defense Ministry claimed its forces intercepted eight drones over Krasnodar Krai, 47 drones over Rostov…

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Support independent journalism in Ukraine. Join us in this fight. Become a member Support us just once President Zelensky expressed disappointment as Ukraine awaits the arrival of pledged F-16 fighter jets for over a year. Countries like the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, and Belgium have committed to providing close to 80 F-16s to Ukraine, with promises of 20 arriving this year. Amidst the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, the need for these jets to strengthen the air fleet has become crucial. Despite assurances from U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, the delivery of the jets has not materialized. Zelensky emphasized the importance…

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Support independent journalism in Ukraine. Join us in this fight. Become a member Support us just once Ukraine has listed 42,000 citizens in its unified register for persons missing under special circumstances, according to a report by Ukrinform. This register collects data on individuals who have disappeared due to war, occupation, or natural disasters. This figure highlights the humanitarian impact of Russia’s full-scale war, including deportations, kidnappings, and a significant number of casualties among both military personnel and civilians in Ukraine. The head of the Interior Ministry’s missing persons department, Dmytro Bohatiuk, stated that the register has collected information on…

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Support independent journalism in Ukraine. Join us in this fight. Become a member Support us just once Two prosecutors at the Prosecutor General’s Office are under investigation for allegedly taking a $170,000 bribe to close a criminal case, the office’s head, Andrii Kostin, said on July 16. One of the prosecutors had been charged and detained at the workplace following an investigation by the National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU) and the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office (SAPO). Charges against “other participants” in the suspected crime are being prepared, NABU said. “I have always stressed: zero tolerance for corruption is our guiding principle,”…

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Support Independent Journalism in Ukraine Join us in the fight to support independent journalism in Ukraine. By becoming a member or supporting us just once, you can help ensure that important stories are told and voices are heard. Russia’s Presence at U.N. Security Council Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov recently arrived in New York to chair meetings of the U.N. Security Council as part of Moscow’s presidency over the body. During this time, Lavrov plans to use the platform to push pro-Russian narratives and criticize the West. Controversies and Criticisms Russia’s membership in U.N. bodies, particularly its permanent seat in…

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Support independent journalism in Ukraine. Join us in this fight. Become a member Support us just once The European Commission will not attend many events hosted by Hungary’s presidency of the Council of the EU at the highest level, as announced by President Ursula von der Leyen’s spokesperson, Eric Mamer. This decision comes amidst concerns over Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s recent foreign trips to Moscow and Beijing under the purview of Hungary’s presidency. Orban’s actions have stirred controversy within the EU, prompting Brussels to limit its representation to senior civil servants at informal meetings. This move indicates disapproval of Hungary’s…

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