Russia announced that it will evacuate residents of Kherson after a call from the Russian-installed regional leader, raising fears that the occupied city in the heart of Ukraine’s southern region could become a new frontline.
The Ukrainian army boasted of territorial gains near the city of Kherson on Wednesday as NATO allies including the UK delivered new air defense systems following Russia’s recent missile attacks across the country.
The town of Mykolaiv, 60 miles northwest of the city of Kherson, was pounded by Russian missiles, with a hit on a five-story building killing a 31-year-old man and an 80-year-old woman. Five other people are still believed to be under the rubble. Mykolaiv regional governor Vitaliy Kim said an 11-year-old boy was pulled from the rubble after six hours and rescue teams were looking for seven other people.
EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell has warned Moscow that its forces will be ‘wiped out’ by the West’s military response if President Vladimir Putin used nuclear weapons against Ukraine.
Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, did not discuss ways to resolve the conflict in Ukraine during their bilateral meeting on Thursday, state news agency RIA reported, citing the Kremlin. Instead, Putin wooed Erdoğan with a plan to pump more Russian gas through Turkey, which would make it a new supply ‘hub’, in a bid to preserve Russia’s energy leverage. over Europe.
Russia said to have summoned diplomats from Germany, Denmark and Sweden complain that representatives of Moscow and Gazprom were not invited to join an investigation into the ruptures of the Nord Stream gas pipelines. “Russia obviously will not acknowledge the pseudo-results of such an investigation unless Russian experts are involved,” the Foreign Ministry said.
Russia will run out of supplies and armaments before the Westsaid British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace. He said procurement processes were in place among Western allies that would ensure the international community could continue to arm Ukraine for years to come.
Ukrainian officials claimed that Iranians in Russian-occupied Ukrainian territories were training Russians in the use of the Iranian-made Shahed-136 drone, which can conduct air-to-ground attacks, electronic warfare and targeting. Their deployment may indicate that the Russian military is running out of its own drones.
Moscow has raised concerns at the United Nations over a deal on Black Sea grain exportsand is ready to reject renewing the deal next month unless its demands are met, Russia’s UN ambassador in Geneva told Reuters.
Ukraine’s electricity grid has been ‘stabilized’ after Russian strikes that targeted energy infrastructure, causing power and hot water outages, national energy operator Ukrenergo said on Thursday.
A residential building in the southern Russian city of Belgorod near the Ukrainian border was hit by shelling by Kyiv forces on Thursday, the city governor said today. Mykhaylo Podolyak, a senior Ukrainian presidential adviser, denied that the Kyiv army was responsible and said Russia tried to bomb Ukraine’s second largest city, Kharkiv, on the border “but something went wrong”.
Ukraine’s NATO membership could lead to World War IIIDeputy Secretary of the Russian Security Council Alexander Venediktov told Russian news agency Tass in a interview Thursday.