More than 155 days have passed since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Meanwhile, Ukraine managed to offer fierce resistance. According to Ukrainian officials, Russia lost 40,500 troops, around 1,737 tanks, nearly 4,000 armored transports and 222 aircraft. The Latvian government decided at this week’s extraordinary meeting to provide additional support to Ukraine.
This week, Latvia’s Central Bureau of Statistics reported data that Luminor economist Pēteris Strautiņš called surprisingly bad. According to these data, Latvia’s GDP grew by 2.6% in the second quarter of 2022.
In the meantime, problems have again arisen for the political party of the Union of Latvian Russians. The mandates, ethics and submissions committee of the Latvian Saeima decided on Wednesday July 27 to ask the parliament to submit the collective candidacy “On a united society without the Union of Latvian Russians” to the national security committee of the Saeima for continued review.
BNN gives you a summary of the most relevant events of the past week in the following topics: GDP growth; More support for Ukraine; Problems for LKS; Anniversary; State sponsoring terrorism; Russia’s losses.
Latvia’s GDP grows by 2.6%
Compared to Q2 2021, gross domestic product (GDP) increased by 2.6% in Q2 2022, according to unadjusted and calendar-based data.
According to provisional estimates, the GDP was affected by a decline of 0.4% in the production sectors and a growth of 4.1% in the service sectors, according to data from the Central Bureau of Statistics of Latvia.
MORE SUPPORT FOR UKRAINE
The Latvian government supports the provision of additional military support to Ukraine
At a meeting on Thursday, July 28, the Latvian government approved the Defense Ministry’s proposal to provide additional military support to Ukraine, as Defense Minister Artis Pabriks confirmed on Twitter.
The ministry has not told LETA how this support will be provided.
The Cabinet of Ministers called an extraordinary meeting to discuss this matter.
Since the start of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Latvia has held several meetings behind closed doors to discuss different ways of providing assistance to the Ukrainian armed forces and the internal affairs sector.
PROBLEMS FOR LKS
The initiative to close the Union of Latvian Russians gains momentum
On Wednesday, July 27, the Saeima Mandates, Ethics and Submissions Committee decided to ask the parliament to hand over the collective demand “On a united society without the Union of Latvian Russians” to the National Security Committee of the Saeima for consideration.
The initiative was signed by 10,168 Latvian citizens. In this document, the parliament is asked to close the Union of Latvian Russians as a political party, as reported by the press service of the Saeima.
The sponsors of the initiative call on the parliament to set a precedent and establish a system to end the activities of anti-government and other organizations in Latvia.
US-Baltic diplomatic relations turn 100
On the 100th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the United States and the Baltic States, Latvian President Egils Levits, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda and Estonian President Alar Kariss sent a joint letter of congratulations to US President Joe Biden.
“It is an anniversary of friendship, respect and cooperation of our people,” say the Baltic leaders.
“For the Balts, independence was not a gift, it had to be defended on the battlefield. We know that freedom, sovereignty and independence are priceless. Ukrainians too. We would like to thank the United States for its efforts to ensure that the United States stands with Ukraine, as well as its allies and partners,” the Latvian, Lithuanian and Estonian presidents wrote in the letter.
US Senate urges making Russia a state sponsor of terrorism
The US Senate has unanimously passed a resolution calling on the State Department to declare Russia a sponsor of terrorism following its actions in Chechnya, Georgia, Syria and Ukraine, actions that have resulted in “the deaths of countless men, women and children”. “.
A similar proposal has been submitted to the House of Representatives. Speaker Nancy Pelosi is expected to voice her strong support.
Following the passage of this resolution in the Senate, pressure is exerted on the administration of Joe Biden to declare Russia as a country which sponsors terrorism alongside countries such as Cuba, North Korea, Iran and the Syria.
Ukraine: Russian troop losses reach nearly 40,500
The troop losses that the Russian army suffered in Ukraine as of the morning of Friday July 29 reached 40,500, as reported by the General Staff of the Ukrainian army.
According to Ukrainian officials, since the start of the invasion, Russian losses include: 1,737 tanks; 3,959 APCs; 880 howitzers; 258 multiple rocket launcher systems; 117 anti-aircraft systems; 222 aircraft, as well as other military equipment.