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Richard Branson offers support to Kyiv on an historic visit

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Billionaire Richard Branson has visited Kyiv, where he met with President Zelensky

Richard Branson has toured some of the sites where Russian attacks have devastated Ukraine.

He says the sights are “appalling” and describes Russia’s military presence as “an invasion”.

“My main purpose in going to Kyiv was to meet and listen to Ukrainians, to understand their fears and concerns and also to learn what business, in partnership with civil society and governments, can do to support Ukraine most effectively.”

RICHARD BRANSON

The pair reportedly discussed assistance the billionaire can offer, and comes days after the Ukraine capital city was bombed for the first time in weeks.

Branson is the latest in a string of big names to visit the war-torn nation, and comes just a day after Sean Penn visited President Zelensky.

“In the eyes of the world and his own people, the President has emerged as a rare wartime leader who projects both unbreakable spirit and indefatigable determination to see this war through and repel the aggression.”

RICHARD BRANSON

The Virgin Chief Executive visited in Poland, where he met with business leaders.

“The least the rest of the world can do is to give our unwavering and unconditional support until the last Russian soldier leaves Ukrainian territory,” he says.

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Airline resumes flights to Russia, despite war

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Wizz Abu Dhabi will resume flights to Russia from October 3, despite global warnings

Wizz Abu Dhabi has confirmed it will resumes its flights to Russia from October 3, despite the war in Ukraine.

The budget airline says ‘passenger demand’ is the main reason behind putting Russia back on their destination list.

“Wizz Air Abu Dhabi is a national UAE carrier that operates in line with the UAE’s national regulations and policies…

The airline is resuming its operation to Moscow to meet travel demand for passengers wishing to fly to and from Russia from the UAE capital…

All UAE national airlines are currently operating direct flights to Russia...

Wizz Air Hungary and Wizz Air UK are not currently operating flights to Russia.”

wizz air statement

As the war in Ukraine moves into its sixth month, countries around the world continue to condemn Russia’s atrocities.

Immediately following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, international businesses boycotted the country and world leaders economically isolated them from the global stage.

Most sanctions against Russia are still in place and will remain that way until Russia ceases its war in Ukraine.

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Zelensky’s hometown in Russian crosshairs

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Ukraine said on Wednesday that Russia might be building a strike force to target Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelenskyy’s hometown

Ukraine has warned that Moscow could be preparing new offensive operations in southern Ukraine.

Russia occupies broad stretches of Ukrainian territory in the south of the country,

Much of which Russia captured early on in the war after it launched its February 24 invasion.

Ukraine has also said that Russia has begun to assemble a military strike force – and may be aiming for Kryvyi Rih – the hometown of the Ukrainian president.

“It’s also quite likely that the enemy is preparing a hostile counter-offensive with the subsequent plan of getting to the administrative boundary of Kherson region”

Ukraine southern military command

However, Ukraine has also said it was to mount a counter-offensive to regions of Ukraine that Russia currently holds.

Kryvyi Rih is a steel-producing town around 50km (30 miles) from the southern frontline of the war.

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Grain vessel allowed to leave Ukraine waters

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A cargo vessel carrying grain for export has been permitted to leave Ukrainian waters via the Black Sea in a rare Russia-Ukraine agreement

The vessel, named “Razoni” under a Sierra-Leone registration left the port of Odesa bound for Lebanon, carrying 26,000 tonnes of grain on board.

It’s the first cargo vessel that’s been permitted to carry cargo on the Black Sea following an export agreement between Ukraine and Russia that was brokered by Turkey and the United Nations.

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Russia and Ukraine account for a third of the world’s global wheat supply between them.

But Russian blockades of Ukraine’s Black Sea coast as well as the ongoing war have meant exports have plummeted – leading many nations to worry over interrupted food supplies.

Crew aboard the vessel spoke of their concerns about sea mines.


“To be honest, I am scared from the fact that there are naval mines. This is the only thing that I fear during this trip, as for the other things, we are used to them as sailors.”

Abdullah jendi, junior engineer aboard razoni

But they also spoke of their joy at being allowed to sail through.
Junior engineer Abdullah Jendi said it was a great feeling.

“Everyone on the ship was very happy,” he said. “I can say that it was the best feeling we have had in 2022.”

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