Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy praised his country’s bravery late Thursday, saying Ukraine should be proud to have survived 50 days under Russian attack, as the Russians “gave us a maximum of five.”
In a video address, Zelenskyy called it “an achievement for millions of Ukrainians, of all those who made the most important decision of their lives on February 24 – to fight.” He added: “But they did not know us either. And they did not know how brave Ukrainians are, how much we value freedom. Our ability to live as we want.”
Meanwhile, the famous Russian warship Moscow, whose history dates back to the days of the Cold War, sank in the Black Sea on Thursday in the latest battle against Moscow’s war effort in Ukraine.
Losing the vessel, built in Ukraine during the Soviet era and named after the Russian capital, represents a military setback and symbolic defeat for Russia as its troops gather for a renewed offensive in eastern Ukraine after stumbling north.
The Russian Defense Ministry said Moscow – the flagship of the country’s Black Sea Fleet – was towed to port as it “lost its stability due to damage to the hull received during the fire from the detonation of ammunition. Under the stormy sea conditions, the ship sank.” But Odesa Governor Maksym Marchenko said on Telegram that Ukrainian forces hit the guided missile cruiser with two missiles.
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►President Joe Biden is not prepared to visit Ukraine, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told the podcast “Pod Save America” on Thursday.
►The Executive Director of the International Monetary Fund, Kristalina Georgieva, said that the consequences of Russia’s invasion contributed to economic downgrades for 143 countries.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said his nation had “made significant efforts to de-escalate the situation, neutralize the crisis and rebuild peace.” China has refused to condemn the invasion of Ukraine by its strategic partner Russia or even refer to the conflict as a war.
The UN warns 2.7 million people with disabilities at risk in Ukraine
About 2.7 million people with disabilities are at “serious risk of injury” due to the war in Ukraine, the UN warned on Friday.
The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities said it received reports that people with disabilities, including children, are stranded in homes, residential institutions and orphanages without the necessary medicine, food, water or other basic needs. Many have been separated from their support network, making it harder to navigate their surroundings, the committee said.
The group also warned that women with disabilities are at greater risk of sexual violence, which has been reported across Ukraine.
The group called on Russia to “immediately” end the war and “respect and respect the principles of international human rights and humanitarian law.”
Russia could “upscale missile attack” on Kiev
Russia’s Defense Ministry on Friday promised to increase the “scope of missile attacks” on Kiev in response to Ukraine’s “diversions into Russian territory.”
The statement comes a day after Russian authorities accused Ukrainian forces of launching airstrikes on residential buildings in one of the country’s regions on the border with Ukraine, in which seven people were injured.
According to Russian officials, about 100 residential buildings were damaged in Thursday’s attack on the village of Klimovo in the Bryansk region. The Defense Ministry said Russian forces in Ukraine’s Chernihiv region shut down a Ukrainian Mi-8 helicopter allegedly involved in the attack on the Bryansk region.
Authorities in another border region, Belgorod, also reported Ukrainian shelling on Thursday.
– Associated Press
Moscow is likely to change naval operations in the Black Sea following the loss of the warship Moscow
The British Ministry of Defense says the loss of Russia’s naval flagship is likely to force Moscow to change the way its naval forces operate in the Black Sea.
Moscow sank after being damaged under controversial circumstances. Ukraine says it has hit the vessel with missiles, while Moscow acknowledged a fire on board but no attack.
In an update published on social media on Friday, the British Ministry of Defense said that the Soviet-era ship, which returned to operational service last year after a major rebuild, “served a key role as both a command vessel and an air defense hub.”
It said the shipwreck “means that Russia has now suffered damage to two major naval assets since the invasion of Ukraine, the first being Russia’s Alligator-class landing ship Saratov on March 24. Both events are likely to prompt Russia to revise its maritime position in The Black Sea. “
– Associated Press
Russia threatens to move nuclear weapons closer if Finland and Sweden join NATO
Finland’s and Sweden’s accession to NATO will force Russia to strengthen its northwestern borders and place nuclear weapons in the region, Russian Security Council Vice-President Dmitry Medvedev said on Thursday. Medvedev noted on his Telegram channel that the length of Russia’s land border with the NATO alliance would more than double. One of Russia’s explanations for its invasion of Ukraine was concern about possible NATO enlargement there.
“Obviously, these borders need to be strengthened. The grouping of land forces and air defenses will be seriously strengthened, and significant naval forces will be deployed in the waters of the Gulf of Finland, “Medvedev wrote, adding that it is” impossible to preserve the non-nuclear status of the region “.
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