Zelensky announced the sacking of Ukraine's ambassadors to Germany, India, the Czech Republic, Norway and Hungary and said new candidates were being readied for the positions. "This rotation is a normal part of diplomatic practice."
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has suspended two key officials in his government, chief of the domestic security agency SBU, Ivan Bakanov, and prosecutor general Irina Venediktova. It has been found that many officials in their departments were collaborating with the Russians.
Speaking by video to the UN General Assembly meeting of world leaders hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin’s announcement, Zelensky insisted his country would prevail in repelling Russia’s attack and forcing its troops out.
Moscow, he claimed, had "made a step already" by occupying the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, Europe's largest nuclear station which President Vladimir Putin is trying to turn into Russian property.
Following the attacks, Washington pledged to up shipments of air defences to Ukraine, while Germany promised delivery "in the coming days" of the first Iris-T missile shield reportedly capable of protecting a city.
Ukraine's President will make his speech on Thursday via video link at the five-day annual fair, which attracts tens of thousands of visitors from around the world and hundreds of exhibitors.
The US package would include High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launchers used in Ukraine's successful counter-offensive where it has recently forced Russian troops into retreat.
The Ukraine-Russia war has taken a curious turn if the New York Times story is to be believed that a section of the Ukrainian government has been behind the car bomb explosion that killed Darya Dugina, daughter of Alexander Dugin, a Russian ultra-nationalist in August this year.
Britain's new Prime Minister Rishi Sunak made his first visit to Kyiv on Saturday, pledging to continue the firm support for Ukraine that was a focus of policy under his predecessors.