Disabled activist arrested for “high treason”.
Russia’s security services (FSB) said on Thursday that it had arrested a transgender activist accused of “high treason” against Ukraine’s interests, as Russian lawmakers were to consider a bill banning transgender people.
“The FSB foiled the illegal activities of a Russian citizen living in the Oryol region who was involved in high treason (a crime) for providing financial support to the Ukrainian armed forces,” the FSB said in a statement.
A “nuclear” threat
Last May, the US authorized the delivery of F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine. Kiev announced an 11-nation alliance on Tuesday to train Ukrainian pilots. For Russia, supplying Ukraine with these weapons is a “nuclear threat”.
Update on the situation
G7 members pledged on Wednesday to provide long-term military aid to Ukraine. Kiev hailed the “important victory” for the country’s security.
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F-16 in Ukraine, a “nuclear” threat to Moscow
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned in an interview on Thursday that F-16 fighter jets delivered to Ukraine would be considered a nuclear threat by Moscow.
“We will take into account the fact that the Ukrainian armed forces have such systems as a threat to the West in the nuclear sector,” Sergey Lavrov said in an interview with online newspaper Lenta.ru, quoted by the Russian Foreign Ministry.
“Russia cannot ignore the ability of these devices to carry nuclear charges,” the head of Russian diplomacy said, promising that Moscow had warned the US, UK and France.
20 drones were shot down
Ukraine said on Thursday it had shot down 20 Russian drones and two cruise missiles in its capital, Kew, in its third straight overnight strike.
Air Force Spokesman Yuri Ignat said, “We conducted an air defense operation successfully. “Twenty Shahad drones were destroyed and everything that was flying was shot down. Two Kalibr cruise missiles were also destroyed,” he said.
Ukraine aid ‘complicated’ for Australia
Australia has stepped up support for Ukraine ahead of a NATO summit in Lithuania on Wednesday, pledging 30 Bushmaster armored personnel carriers at a cost of $67 million.
But Kiev has also asked Australia about the status of dozens of F-18 fighter jets that have been withdrawn from service, saying they would be a major asset for Ukraine against its military might.
“The subject of planes is very complex“, argued the Australian Defense Minister.
Strikes against Kiev
Overnight drone strikes in Kiev killed at least one person and wounded four others, as authorities heard explosions in several neighborhoods before dawn Thursday, the third night of attacks on the Ukrainian capital.
Iranian-made Shahed explosive drones “entered the capital from different directions,” the military administration said, and “a dozen” of them were shot down in the city’s airspace.
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