651 Days into Russia-Ukraine War: Key Events | Latest News


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The war has been going on for 651 days and there have been some recent developments. Russia targeted an aid center, a medical center, and residential buildings in Ukraine’s southern and eastern regions, killing three people and injuring at least 11. The International Rescue Committee confirmed that their humanitarian center, “I am Kherson,” was destroyed in an overnight missile attack.

Ukraine’s military reported that they shot down 10 out of 17 attack drones launched overnight by Russia. The governor of Ukraine’s western Lviv region said that three drones had struck an unspecified infrastructure target, but there was minimal damage. In the Kharkiv region in the east, authorities said drones hit private homes and residential buildings in at least two different settlements.

Russia’s defense ministry said its air defense systems destroyed or intercepted a total of 41 Ukraine-launched drones. Ukraine said the drones hit several “important military facilities in Crimea” including radar systems and an anti-aircraft missile control system. Russia confirmed that Major-General Vladimir Zavadsky, the deputy commander of Russia’s 14th Army Corps, had been killed “at a combat post” in Ukraine.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy cancelled plans for a video-link appeal for new aid to lawmakers in the United States as some Republicans attempt to link such support to US immigration policy. Zelenskyy’s chief of staff, Andriy Yermak, told a US think tank that the postponement of US assistance for Kyiv would create a “big risk” of Ukraine losing the war with Russia.

Six Ukrainian children will be returned to their immediate families in Ukraine from Russia under a deal brokered by Qatar, and are on their way home via Moscow. The US announced sanctions against Dzmitry Shautsou, the head of the Belarus Red Cross, accusing him of being complicit in the deportation of Ukrainian children to Russia. Russia rejected a “substantial” proposal for the release of businessman and former Marine Paul Whelan as well as journalist Evan Gershkovich, according to the US State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller.

Dutch Foreign Minister Hanke Bruins Slot sought to reassure Ukraine of continued support from the Netherlands during an unannounced trip to Kyiv following the election victory of Geert Wilders, whose far-right party wants to stop weapons deliveries to Ukraine. Washington imposed new Russia-related sanctions, targeting a defense procurement network consisting of nine entities and five people based in Russia, Belgium, Cyprus, Sweden, Hong Kong, and the Netherlands.

Ukraine said it was investigating alleged corruption in arms procurement but said there was no “misuse” of the Western weapons sent to the country to fight the Russian invasion. Oleksandr Klymenko, the head of the anticorruption prosecutor’s office, said that there are several proceedings related to arms procurement, including contracts amounting “from 10 to 100 millions of euros,” but said he could not disclose details.

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