Iceland is the first country to close its embassy in Moscow
Iceland has announced it is closing its embassy in Moscow because of the Russian-led war in Ukraine. The Russian Foreign Ministry promises a response: “All actions against Russia will inevitably provoke a response from Reykjavík”. However, Reykjavík clarifies that this is not a break in diplomatic relations.
Prime Minister of Canada in Kiev
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrived in Kyiv on a visit to Ukraine.
“Russian cruelty knows no bounds”
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3 killed in drone attack in Odessa
According to preliminary reports from Ukraine’s Southern Command, three people were killed and at least ten wounded in a drone attack by Russian forces in Odesa early Saturday morning.
Gakovka Dam: Water will continue to rise
“The rising waters will continue for another 10 days,” Vladimir Zalto, head of the Russian-occupied zone of the Kherson region, said in a telegram. On the other side of the river, “35 places on the right bank are still flooded, but the water is gradually receding,” Oleksandr Prokhudin, head of the Ukrainian administration of the region, said in the evening. Ukraine on Tuesday accused Russia of mining the dam’s engine room and deliberately dynamiting it.
Washington announces new military aid
The United States announced a new military aid to Ukraine, mainly for anti-aircraft defense equipment, in the form of various orders to the defense sector of about 2 billion dollars. The new aid, worth a total of $2.1 billion, includes additional munitions for Patriot anti-aircraft systems, older-generation Hawk systems and associated missiles, 105 and 203 mm artillery ammunition, Puma drones, laser-guided rockets and support for training. Maintenance of soldiers and these equipments. It takes months to reach Q.
Volodymyr Zelensky salutes the “heroism” of soldiers
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky praised the “heroism” of his army as fierce fighting raged in the country’s south, recalling the long-announced Kiev counteroffensive. “To our soldiers, to all those who fought especially hard battles these days. We see your heroism and we are grateful for every minute of your life,” Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in his daily message. Kyiv said its forces were ready for a counteroffensive to retake territory in the east and south, but said no formal announcement was expected.
“Ukrainians are ready to face losses”
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Vladimir Putin Says Ukrainian Counteroffensive Failed
Vladimir Putin said on Friday that a major counteroffensive Ukraine had been preparing for months had “begun” on the front, but Kiev’s forces had failed to “achieve their goals”. “We can absolutely say that this attack started with the use of Ukrainian strategic reserves,” Vladimir Putin said in a video broadcast on Telegram by a correspondent of Russian public television. According to him, the fighting lasted for five days, but “Ukrainian troops did not achieve their goal on any battlefield”.
Ukrainian counteroffensive launched?
The US-based think tank Institute for the Study of War (ISW) says the fighting confirms that “the Ukrainian counteroffensive has begun”. According to observers, the Ukrainian army could attempt a breakthrough in this region towards Dokmok, an occupied territory 40 km south of Orihiv, an important logistical hub for Russian forces. In recent weeks, Ukraine has appeared to test Russian positions on a front line from south to east, which experts say is poised for an offensive to retake Russian-occupied territory, including Crimea, annexed in 2014.
Fierce fighting in southern Ukraine on Friday
Fierce fighting erupted in southern Ukraine on Friday, the possible start of a broader counteroffensive by Kiev to retake areas under Moscow’s control, according to the Russian military, which has repelled several offensives. “Over the past 24 hours, forces have continued attempts to carry out attacks in the Ukrainian Yushno-Donetsk and Zaporizhia regions,” the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement, promising they had been called off. According to Alexander Slatkov, a correspondent for Russian Public Television, which runs the popular Telegram channel, Russian and Ukrainian “artillery” are working to counter the onslaught of troops from Kiev and “a long and fierce battle is under way”. To be independently verified.
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