EU Council President Charles Michel came under rocket fire in Odessa and had to get to safety. This was reported by EU circles on Monday.
Michel is in Odessa to mark Europe Day on the 9th, where he met Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal. Odessa is the city about which Alexander Pushkin wrote that you can smell Europe, Michel wrote on Twitter. Today, Ukrainians protect their monuments there from bullets and rockets and their protection from Russian aggression, Michel continued.
According to EU sources, Michel visited the port of Odessa, where grain shipments are blocked due to the Russian blockade of the Black Sea. Alongside Shmyhal, he meets the head of the Ukrainian navy. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyj was added via video. The subject of the talks was, among other things, the project of a solidarity fund for the reconstruction of Ukraine.
On Monday evening, according to the Ukrainian military, the Russian Air Force fired several Kinzhal-type hypersonic missiles at Odessa. Several “tourist objects” were hit and at least five buildings were destroyed, Ukrajinska Pravda reported. A shopping center was also damaged, a regional online site reported. Two people were injured. The search for new victims under the rubble continues.
According to the Ukrainian army, four rockets had already hit in the morning. These were high-precision Onyx missiles launched from the Crimean peninsula, annexed by Russia. More details are not mentioned.
British Army warns of greater destruction of older munitions
The British military has warned of even greater destruction in the war in Ukraine given dwindling Russian supplies of precision-guided munitions. Russia’s lack of such ammunition means Moscow will turn to increasingly inaccurate missiles and bombs that could cause even more widespread destruction, according to an intelligence situation report provided by the British Ministry of Defense. . Twitter published.
“As the conflict continues beyond Russian pre-war expectations, Russia’s stockpile of precision-guided munitions is likely to be severely depleted,” he said. This leads to the use of available but aging ammunition that is less reliable, less accurate and easier to intercept. The British added that Russia “would likely have difficulty replacing precision weapons that have already been depleted”.
British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said Ukraine’s victory against the Russian military was very likely. He urges Kremlin boss Vladimir Putin to come to terms with the fact that Russia has lost in the long run. It is very possible that Ukraine will overwhelm the Russian military to the point where it will either have to withdraw to pre-February areas or regroup, Wallace said Monday at the National Army Museum in London.
In the midst of a war of aggression against Ukraine, Russia celebrated its victory over Hitler’s Germany on Monday with a parade in Red Square in Moscow. In his speech, Russian President Vladimir Putin gave no indication of the continuation of the war in Ukraine: he did not announce either general or partial mobilization or declaration of war on Ukraine, but repeated that Donbass was Russian territory.
Kremlin reports over 200 attacks after victory celebrations
Meanwhile, fighting in different parts of Ukraine continued. On Monday, after victory celebrations in Red Square, the Russian Defense Ministry reported more than 200 attacks against Ukraine in the past few hours. Command posts and warehouses containing military equipment, among other items, were targeted by rocket and artillery fire, Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said. A total of 350 Ukrainian soldiers were killed in the attacks, he said. This information could not initially be independently verified.
In the south, the Ukrainian army said on Sunday it killed 51 Russian soldiers and destroyed two rocket launchers and a helicopter. According to the Ukrainian air defense system, five unmanned aerial vehicles and three Russian cruise missiles were shot down. The information could not be independently verified.
António Guterres shocked by an airstrike on a school
UN Secretary-General António Guterres said he was “appalled” by an airstrike on a school building in the Luhansk region that reportedly killed up to 60 people. The attack showed once again that civilians have paid the highest price in this war. According to the Ukrainian authorities, around 90 people had requested protection at the school. A fire broke out as a result of the bombardment and the building collapsed. At first, there was talk of 30 survivors and two dead found.
An adviser to the Ukrainian president has warned of a new attack by Russian troops on the capital kyiv if the West does not speed up arms deliveries to his country. This could give Russia time to mobilize and launch another offensive on kyiv and other cities in northern Ukraine, presidential adviser Oleksiy Arestovych argued in a video interview.
Russia had withdrawn its troops from the Ukrainian capital after a failed attempt to take kyiv, and is concentrating instead on the east of the country. In view of the high losses, experts believe that at least partial mobilization is possible, which the Kremlin has so far rejected.
Kremlin: peace talks continue
According to Russia, peace talks with Ukraine are continuing. Russian chief negotiator Vladimir Medinsky told the Interfax news agency that they were not over, but would continue remotely.
The Russian government has accused Ukraine of blocking the talks and using reports of atrocities committed by Russian soldiers to undermine deliberations. Russia denies targeting civilians in its so-called special military operation in Ukraine.
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