The 2023 summit took place on 11-12 July and the matter of Ukraine joining the alliance (or not) was one of the major topics of the gathering. On July 11, Allies took decisions to bring Ukraine closer to NATO, and reinforce the Alliance’s collective deterrence and defence.
On June 6, Russian troops blew up the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Plant (Kakhovka HPP). 46 towns and villages remain flooded in Kherson region, including 32 in the Ukraine-controlled right bank of the Dnipro River, 14 in the areas under Russian military control, and 31 in Mykolaiv region, according to the Ukrainian police, reports the UN.
Deputy Chairman of the National Security, Defense and Intelligence Committee Yuriy Aristov announced that the amount of direct and only documented material losses amounted to $143.8 billion. The most affected are residential buildings (37.3%), infrastructure (25.2%), assets of enterprises and industry (7.9%), education facilities (6.2%), agriculture and land resources (6.1%), energy infrastructure (5.6%).
‘The full year of war has resulted in more than US$135 billion in direct damage to buildings and Infrastructure,’ indicates the second Rapid Damage and Needs Assessment, jointly developed by the World Bank Group, the Government of Ukraine, the European Commission, and the United Nations. The most affected sectors have been housing (38 percent), transport (26 percent), energy (8 percent), commerce and industry (8 percent), and agriculture (6 percent). 6 regions have sustained the greatest direct damages – Donetsk, Kharkiv, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhi, Kyiv, and Kherson regions.
“There can be no peace without accountability,” said Roberta Metsola during her March address at the “United for Justice” conference, hosted by the Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine in Lviv, Ukraine from 3-5 March. Discussions on the accountability for the Russian Federation’s aggression against Ukraine remain a top priority.