On Putin’s orders, the Russian offensive in the Donbass continues: after taking Luhansk, the Russian army is using the same strategy in Donetsk: relentless artillery and airstrikes, weakening the enemy before breaking through the population centers. Massive bombardment of Sloviansk. Russia has built two corridors in the Black Sea (to strengthen its navy) and in the Sea of Azov to facilitate grain exports. NATO begins the process of joining Sweden and Finland, and Canada is the first country to accept the request. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky halted the controversial decision announced by the Kiev Defense Ministry to prevent men aged 18 to 60 from leaving their homes without a special permit from their military reference office: “I will evaluate the permits of the military. Age “.
Ukraine-Russia War: What You Need to Know
Gb: Russians advance 5 kilometers to Izyum in a week
“In the past week, Russian forces may have advanced a further 5km along the E40 main road from Izyum in the face of very determined Ukrainian resistance,” a British Ministry of Defense intelligence report said. Twitter. The battle for Sloviansk will be the next major challenge in the fight for Donbass, the report said, as Russian forces close to within 16 kilometers of Donetsk city.
Zelensky: “Nationwide missile defense by the end of the year”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky last night signaled his willingness to deploy “basic” equipment against missile attacks across his country’s borders and asked Western allies to equip the country with the necessary modern equipment. “The primary task of our state is to provide Ukrainians already this year with basic protection, basic protection against missile attacks. Part of our partners,” Zelensky said in his daily message to the Ukrainian people.
Lavrov calls for efforts to uphold international law
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called on everyone to make an effort to uphold international law – he said – “the world is evolving in a complex way”. Lavrov spoke in Hanoi during his meeting with Vietnamese Prime Minister Bui Thanh Son.
Donetsk governor calls on 350,000 citizens to leave region
The governor of Donetsk region has urged the region’s last remaining population, some 350,000 people, to leave the region. “The fate of the whole country will be decided by the Donetsk region. If there are fewer people, we can focus more on our enemy and carry out our main tasks,” said Pavlo Kyrilenko.
Media: Russian forces seize two foreign ships
Pro-Russian separatists have seized two foreign ships in the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol, saying they now “belong to the state”. Kyiv Independent reported citing international media. This was the first such action against merchant shipping since the war began. The Donetsk People’s Republic told two shipping companies that their ships were subject to “forcible expropriation of movable property with compulsory state ownership” without compensation to the owners. These are ‘Smarta’ flying the Liberian flag and ‘Blue Star’ flying the Panamanian flag. According to the UN’s International Maritime Organization (IMO), more than 80 foreign-flagged ships are stranded in Ukrainian ports, many of them under Russian control.
Zelensky: “I will evaluate permits for military age”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky disagreed with the controversial decision announced by the Kyiv Defense Ministry to prevent men between the ages of 18 and 60 from leaving their homes without special permission from their military reference office. The announcement caused a great deal of controversy in Ukraine, and Zelensky said, “I will evaluate the permits for military-aged people” and asked the military general staff not to take such initiatives without consulting him in the future.
USA: Blinken will meet Wang at G20, but not Lavrov
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken will meet with China’s foreign minister this week at the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Summit in Bali, Indonesia. The meeting will sharpen differences over the stance taken on Russia. The summit will be attended by Russian diplomatic chief Sergei Lavrov, who will be in the same room with Blinken for the first time since the breakdown in international relations following the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The State Department has announced that Blinken will meet with Minister Wang Yi, but declined to say whether he will meet with Lavrov. “The Secretary – Spokesman Ned Price – will be fully committed to the G20, but I will not say whether there is a plan to meet with the Minister of Foreign Affairs. Work. However, I can say that the Secretary will fully participate in this meeting. We consider it a very valuable meeting.
Birth: Canada first approves Sweden-Finland claim
Following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Canada became the first NATO country to formally recognize the membership application of Sweden and Finland. This was announced by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who called on other allies to quickly follow suit.
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