North Korean leader Kim Jong-un arrived in Vladivostok in Russia’s Far East on Saturday, where he was welcomed by Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, state news agency Tass said. Follow the latest developments in the war in Ukraine hour by hour.
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6:01 a.m.: Kim Jong-un greeted by Russian Defense Minister in Vladivostok
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un arrived in Vladivostok in Russia’s Far East on Saturday, where he was welcomed by Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, state news agency Tass said.
Kim Jong-un, who is making his first foreign trip to Russia since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, arrived at Knevichi airport in Vladivostok from Komsomolsk-on-Amur, where he visited aircraft factories on Friday, Tass said.
On Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that Kim Jong Un would attend a “demonstration” of the Russian Pacific Fleet in Vladivostok. In this large city on the borders of Russia, located near the Chinese and North Korean borders, Kim Jong Un must also “visit the Far Eastern Federal University and certain facilities of the Russian Academy of Sciences, including the laboratories work on marine biology,” Vladimir Putin detailed on Russian television.
1:06 a.m.: A Soyuz rocket with two Russians and an American on board arrived on the ISS
Two Russian cosmonauts and an American astronaut arrived Friday aboard a Soyuz capsule at the International Space Station (ISS), a rare piece of cooperation in the midst of a period of tensions between Moscow and Washington.
Veteran Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko and his comrade Nikolai Tchoub, as well as NASA astronaut Loral O’HaraLeur, left the Russian Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan as planned at 3:44 p.m. GMT, in the middle of the night, aboard the Soyuz MS-24 rocket. The crew arrived at the ISS three hours later, the Russian space agency announced in a statement.
The Soyuz spacecraft hatch opened at 5:16pm ET today expanding the space station’s population to 10 less than six hours after the crew ship launched from Kazakhstan. https://t.co/nIVdAprSJF
— International Space Station (@Space_Station) September 15, 2023
The essentials of September 14
Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un did not sign any agreement during their meeting on Wednesday, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov assured Friday evening.
Brussels announced on Friday the end of the ban imposed by five EU states on the import of Ukrainian cereals, in return for a commitment from Kiev to control the influx of grains – at the risk of an arm of iron with Warsaw, Budapest and Bratislava which intend to maintain their restrictions.
The Saint Sophia Cathedral and monastic buildings in Kiev are part of the heritage of humanity in danger, as is the historic center of Lviv (West), due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will be received at the White House on Thursday September 21 for discussions with United States President Joe Biden about supporting Kiev against the Russian invasion, a senior American official confirmed Friday.