Darn contingencies, military aid is essential for Ukraine to win this war, even if a post-victory economy will have the usual problems. OTOH Ukraine launched against targets in Crimea, one its largest drone strikes of the war.
- Ukraine and Russia launched waves of drone attacks overnight with a fire reported at the Kremenchuk oil refinery in Ukraine’s Poltava region and four Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) shot down over two regions in Russia’s west. The Kremenchuk refinery has been attacked repeatedly by Russia since it invaded Ukraine last year.
- Ukraine’s General Prosecutor’s Office said Russian forces shelled the city of Toretsk in eastern Ukraine, killing four people.
- Vyacheslav Gladkov, the governor of Russia’s Belgorod region, said one man was killed and at least two people injured in Ukrainian shelling, which also cut power supplies to three villages.
- Russia said it brought down several drones near Sevastopol, the largest city in Crimea, which was annexed by Moscow in 2014. Ukraine, meanwhile, said its forces mounted a successful attack on a Russian Black Sea fleet command post near Sevastopol. It gave no further details.
- The United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence said the recent redeployment of Russia’s airborne forces from the eastern city of Bakhmut to Zaporizhia in southern Ukraine had probably “weakened Russia’s defences around Bakhmut”.
- Opening a United Nations Security Council special meeting on the war in Ukraine, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned the war was “aggravating geopolitical tensions and divisions, threatening regional stability, increasing the nuclear threat, and creating deep fissures in our increasingly multipolar world”.
- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy told the council that Russia’s veto had rendered the world body “ineffective” in responding to the invasion. Russia is one of five permanent members of the council with a veto. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov later defended the veto as an “absolutely legitimate tool” of international relations.
- Zelenskyy also told the security council it needed to take “specific actions” to end the war in Ukraine – ensuring Russia’s complete withdrawal of troops and proxies from within Ukraine’s internationally recognised 1991 borders as well as Ukraine’s effective control over its entire state border and exclusive economic zone in the Black and Azov Seas, including the Kerch bridge linking Crimea to Russia.
- Also in New York, Ukraine’s first lady Olena Zelenska called on world leaders to help ensure the return of thousands of Ukrainian children forcibly taken by Moscow from Russian-occupied parts of Ukraine.
SOURCE: AL JAZEERA AND NEWS AGENCIES