According to Putin’s orders, the Russian offensive continues in the Donbass: after the invasion of Lugansk, the Russian army also applies the same strategy in Donetsk: constant artillery fire and air raids to weaken the enemy before penetrating the troops into populated centers. Massive bombing of Sloviansk. Russia built two passes in the Black Sea (where the fleet was reinforced), and in the Sea of Azov to facilitate the export of grain. NATO begins the accession process of Sweden and Finland, and Canada is the first country to ratify the application. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has halted the controversial decision, announced by the Ministry of Defense in Kyiv, to prevent men between the ages of 18 and 60 from leaving their place of residence without special permission from their military reference office: age “.
Ukraine-Russia war: what you need to know
GB: The Russians advance 5 km to Izyum in a week
“Last week, Russian forces are likely to advance another 5 km along the E40 main road from Izyum, in the face of very determined Ukrainian resistance,” said the MoD intelligence report in the daily update on Twitter. The report said the Battle of Sloviansk would likely be the next major challenge in the Battle of Donbass with Russian forces approaching and 16 kilometers from Donetsk city.
Zelensky: “Missile defenses throughout the country by the end of the year”
Last night, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky indicated his intention to deploy “essential” equipment against missile attacks throughout his country and asked for an “understanding” of Western allies to provide the country with the necessary modern materials for this. “It is an essential task for our state – he says – to give Ukrainians basic security, basic protection against missile attacks already this year. But the completion of this task depends not only on us, but also on understanding our basic needs on the part of our allies,” Zelensky said in his message Daily to the Ukrainian people.
Lavrov calls for efforts to protect international law
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called on everyone to make efforts to protect international law because “the world is developing in a complex way.” Lavrov spoke during a meeting with his Vietnamese counterpart Bui Thanh Son in Hanoi.
Donetsk governor calls on 350,000 civilians to leave the region
The governor of the Donetsk region urged the last remaining in the region, whose number is estimated at 350 thousand, to leave the region. “The fate of the entire country will be decided by the Donetsk region. If there are fewer people, we will be able to focus more on our enemy and carry out our main tasks,” said Pavlo Kirilenko.
Media: Russian forces seize two foreign ships
Russian-backed separatists have seized two foreign-flagged ships in the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol, claiming they are now “state-owned”. The Kyiv Independent newspaper reported, citing international media. This is the first such action against commercial shipping since the war began. The self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic informed two shipping companies that their ships had been subjected to “forced seizure of movable property with forced transformation into state ownership” without any compensation to the owners. These are “Smarta”, which flies the Liberian flag, and “Blue Star”, which flies the Panamanian flag. According to the United Nations International Maritime Organization (IMO), more than 80 foreign-flagged ships are still stuck in Ukrainian ports, many of them under Russian control.
Zelensky: “I will assess permits for those of military age”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky does not agree with the controversial decision, announced by the Ministry of Defense in Kyiv, to prevent men between the ages of 18 and 60 from leaving their place of residence without special permission from their military reference office. The announcement sparked a lot of controversy in Ukraine, and Zelensky responded by asking the Army General Staff not to take such initiatives without consulting him in the future: “I will assess permits for those of conscription age.”
USA: Blinken will meet Wang at the G-20, but he may not meet Lavrov
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken will meet her Chinese counterpart this week at the G-20 Foreign Ministers’ Summit in Bali, Indonesia. The meeting is likely to sharpen differences over what position to take with Russia. The summit will be attended by the head of Russian diplomacy Sergei Lavrov, who for the first time in months will be in the same room with Blinkin after the collapse of international relations following the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The State Department announced that Blinken would meet with Minister Wang Yi, but did not want to say whether he would meet with Lavrov. “The Secretary – Spokesperson Ned Price explained – will be fully committed to the G20, but I will not say if there are plans to meet with the Secretary of State. Labour. However, I can tell you that the Secretary of State will be fully engaged in this meeting. We consider a very valuable meeting.”
Born: Canada was the first to ratify the request of Sweden and Finland
Canada became the first NATO country to formally agree to Sweden and Finland’s application for membership, following Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. This was announced by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, calling on other allies to do the same quickly.