The war has been going on for 652 days, and there have been some significant developments. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy made a video early in the morning to show his support for the country and its soldiers. He assured the people that Ukraine would defeat Russia and achieve a fair peace. He also mentioned that it has been difficult, but they have persevered and will continue to do so until they reach their goal.
Russia launched a major drone attack on southern, central, and eastern Ukrainian regions, causing damage to buildings and infrastructure. However, Ukrainian air defenses were able to shoot down 41 of the 48 drones launched by Russia.
In a surprising move, Russian television broadcasted footage of a US-built Bradley infantry fighting vehicle captured in Ukraine’s Luhansk region. The vehicle was immobilized by Russian fire and abandoned by its crew. This capture could potentially help Russian forces identify the vehicle’s vulnerabilities.
Leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) countries met virtually with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and agreed to a new ban on Russian diamonds. They also discussed providing $106 billion in new security assistance for Ukraine and Israel. However, the legislation was blocked in the US Senate due to demands for tougher measures to control immigration at the US-Mexico border.
In a shocking turn of events, former pro-Russian member of Ukraine’s parliament, Illia Kyva, who was sentenced to 14 years in prison for charges including treason and incitement to violence, was shot dead near Moscow. Oleg Popov, a deputy in the pro-Moscow regional parliament in Russian-occupied eastern Ukraine, was also killed in a car bombing.
The US charged four Russia-affiliated soldiers with war crimes over their treatment of a US citizen kidnapped from his home in Ukraine and held captive for 10 days. Additionally, 10 people were arrested in Nepal in connection with the illegal recruitment of young men into the Russian army.
The UK announced 46 new measures against individuals and groups involved in Russia’s military supply chains. This included businesses operating in China, Turkey, Serbia, the United Arab Emirates, and Uzbekistan.
Ukraine’s Defence Minister met with US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin at the Pentagon, where an additional $175 million aid package for Kyiv was announced. This included High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems, anti-armour systems, and high-speed anti-radiation missiles.
At a joint US-Ukraine defense conference, an agreement was signed to ramp up weapons co-production and data sharing. Ukraine also presented a new list of US weapons it needs to fight the Russian military, including air defense systems, F-18 fighter jets, drones, and helicopters.
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