Ukraine’s digital transformation on ‘war footing’, minister says
10 August 2022 | 5:06 am
FRANCE 24 sat down with Mykhailo Fedorov, Ukraine's deputy prime minister and minister of digital transformation. The ministry was created in 2019 because President Volodymyr Zelensky had promised that Ukraine would be a pioneering e-government. Since the Russian invasion, digital transformation has been put on a "war footing", Fedorov said. He told FRANCE 24's Gulliver Cragg about several projects: a chatbot that allows people to send information about the movements of the Russian army, a joint project on drones with the Ukrainian military, as well as the use of artificial intelligence for facial recognition. The latter includes identifying slain Russian soldiers and informing their families via social media.
Ukraine and Russia have signed "mirror" deals which will allow Kyiv to resume exports of grain through the Black Sea. The agreement will allow millions of tonnes of grain, currently trapped in Ukraine by the war, to be exported.
Ukraine says it will push ahead with efforts to export its grain, despite a recent Russian missile attack on the port of Odesa. DW’s Nick Connolly went to southern Ukraine where he met the people trying to get Ukraine's food out to the world.
Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba spoke to FRANCE 24 about the four-way agreement on the export of Ukrainian wheat, the delivery of arms to Ukraine and the military situation on the ground, especially around the city of Kherson. He stressed that Ukraine would do everything in its power to resume the export of agricultural products and combat famine and rising food prices, especially in Africa and Asia.
North Korea's supreme leader Kim Jong Un said "nuclear war deterrence is also fully ready to mobilize" in the event of a war. He accused the United States of "gangster-like" behavior.
British military intelligence says Russian-occupied Kherson was "virtually cut off" as Ukrainian forces stage a counteroffensive helped by newly acquired long-range artillery capability.
Mahamat Nouradine Adam is suspected of war crimes and crimes against humanity and is still leading a rebellion.
After weeks of pressure, the German government said it would be sending heavy weapons to Ukraine. DW's Thomas Sparrow explains the political impact of this decision.
Russian missile attacks have hit outlying areas of Kyiv for the first time in weeks. And UK military intelligence says Russia's Wagner group may be in charge of some front-line sectors. DW rounds up the latest.
Platforms such as Instagram, Telegram and Youtube play a key role in documenting Russia's invasion and rallying international support for besieged Ukraine. But they are also used to obscure facts and spread fake news.
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At a facility outside Kyiv, soldiers with physical and psychological head trauma get treatment under the same roof. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and the massive artillery barrages have resulted in countless severe brain injuries. DW's Nick Spicer reports.
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