Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky It claimed that 243 children had been killed so far in the war and 200,000 children had been forcibly transferred to Russia, including children from orphanages, children who have been taken with their parents and those who have been separated from their families. Speaking of children going to Russia, he said, “The purpose of this criminal policy is not only to rob people, but to make those who are deported forget Ukraine and cannot return.”
In her first public address since leaving office nearly six months ago, Angela Merkel described Russia’s war on Ukraine as a “war of barbaric aggression” that had reached a “far-reaching turning point”. She said while reluctant to give her views from the sidelines as the former German chancellor, she couldn’t avoid talking about the “blatant violation of international law” in Europe’s history since the end of World War II.
In a video address to the Luxembourg parliament, Zelensky said that Russian forces currently occupy about 20% of Ukraine’s territory. The battle front lines stretch across more than 1,000 kilometers (620 miles)
Russia has taken control of most of the city of Severodonetsk in eastern UkraineThe British Ministry of Defense said in its latest intelligence report. The report adds: “It is possible that the main road to the Sieverodonetsk enclave will remain under Ukrainian control, but Russia continues to make steady domestic gainsenabled by an intense concentration of artillery.”
About 800 people, including children, are hiding under the Azot chemical plant in the eastern Ukrainian city of Severodonetsk, which has been subjected to intense Russian bombardment, according to Serhiy Haiday, governor of the Luhansk region. Locals have taken refuge in the Soviet-era shelters under the factory.
Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major-General Igor KonashenkovHe claimed that the number of foreign mercenaries fighting for Ukraine has been halved since the start of the war, due to high-precision Russian strikes and poor training. He also issued a warning to those still fighting as mercenaries in Ukraine, saying, “Let me remind you that according to international humanitarian law, mercenaries are not combatants and the best that awaits them is criminal responsibility.”
Russian forces attempt to attack a village in eastern Ukraine Berstov Which is located on the main road connecting the city of Luhansk region Lyschansk To the rest of Ukraine, a Ukrainian general said.
Self-proclaimed regional defense headquarters Donetsk People’s Republic Claims to have 222 settlements under their control. They claimed that ten regions of Donetsk were bombed overnight by Ukrainian forces, and that one person was killed and 19 wounded.
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Oleg Nikolenko He said Ukraine is working with international partners to establish a UN-backed mission to restore shipping routes in the Black Sea and export Ukrainian agricultural products.
Russian President, Russian President Vladimir PutinHe will meet with the President of the African Union, who is also the President of Senegal, maki salSall’s office said Friday to discuss “the freeing up of grain and fertilizer stocks” and the conflict in Ukraine.
The European Union has removed the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, from the new sanctions list. Diplomats were quoted as saying that Patriarch Kirill has now been removed from the list of individuals subject to sanctions, at Hungary’s request.
Slovakia Eight self-propelled Susanna 2 Howitzer Ukraine The Slovak Defense Ministry said under a commercial contract signed by a state-owned producer.
Ukrainian football beat Scotland in FIFA World Cup semi-finals Last night gave the country, to quote Zelensky“Two hours of happiness we are not used to.”
The United States announced yesterday that it will send to Ukraine four advanced and medium-range munitions and missile systems to help try to derail the Russian advance in the Donbass region. Missile systems are part of New batch of $700 million in security assistance This also includes helicopters, Javelin anti-tank weapon systems, radars, tactical vehicles, spare parts and more. The Pentagon said it would take at least three weeks to send precision weapons and trained forces to the battlefield.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that supplying Ukraine with advanced US missile systems increases the risk of a “third country” being drawn into the conflict. Lavrov’s deputy, Sergei Ryabkov, said that Moscow is looking at United States Army Aid to Ukraine “in a very negative” way It would increase the risks of direct confrontation. “We believe that the United States is deliberately and diligently working to add fuel to the fire,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov added.
US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, said Ukraine had given “assurances” that it would do so Not using long-range weapon systems Made by Washington against targets on Russian soil.
Officials said a Russian missile hit railways in the western Lviv region, a major conduit for Western arms and other supplies. The governor of the Lviv region, Maxim Kozytsky, said that five people were wounded in the strike. Anton Gerashchenko, an adviser to the country’s interior minister, said the Russians had hit the Beskidy railway tunnel in the Carpathian Mountains, apparently in an attempt to cut off a major railway and disrupt arms and fuel shipments.
Denmark voted overwhelmingly in favor of Joining the European Union’s Common Defense PolicyAnd the To become the last member of the block to register. A referendum followed on Wednesday, in which voters supported the government’s proposal by 66.9% to 33.1%. historical applications by Denmark’s previously nonaligned neighbours, Finland and Sweden, to join NATO last month.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said he will hold a meeting in Brussels in the coming days with senior officials from Sweden, Finland and Turkey to discuss Turkey’s opposition to Sweden and Finland joining the alliance. Blinken said There was “a strong consensus within NATO, broadly speaking, to support Sweden and Finland’s rapid accession to NATO and was confident that this would happen.