Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will take the podium for the first time at the United Nations on Tuesday, attracting all the attention in a fragmented world shaken by serial crises, in particular the invasion of his country by Russia. Drones attacked Lviv in western Ukraine early Tuesday, where the mayor reported a warehouse fire and explosions were heard. Follow the latest developments in the conflict hour by hour.
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4:23 a.m.: drone attack in Lviv, explosions heard
Drones attacked Lviv, in western Ukraine, early Tuesday, where the mayor reported a warehouse fire and an AFP journalist heard explosions. Several waves of drones were heard from 01:30 GMT, as well as explosions and the passage of heavy vehicles in the streets during the curfew in force, according to the AFP journalist on site.
“Air defenses are operating in our region” and other drones “are flying in our direction,” Lviv Mayor Andriï Sadovyi wrote on Telegram, calling on the population to stay safe from the “threat of a second attack. “Explosions are heard. As a result of a strike on Lviv, a fire broke out in an industrial warehouse,” he added later, still on Telegram.
“The threat from Shahed (drones) remains present in the Lviv region. Air defenses are working,” explained the Ukrainian Air Force via the same channel. Russia frequently uses Iranian-made Shahed-type drones to attack cities in Ukraine.
3:50 a.m.: In a fragmented world, all eyes turn to Zelensky at the UN
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will take the podium at the UN for the first time on Tuesday September 19, attracting all the attention in a fragmented world shaken by serial crises, in particular the invasion of his country by Russia.
A year ago, he was exceptionally authorized to intervene via a video message. This time, he will be there in person, for the high-level session of the annual United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday and a special meeting of the Security Council on Wednesday, before leaving for Washington where he will be received at the White House on Thursday.
“For us, it is very important that our words, all our messages, are heard by our partners,” he declared Monday while meeting Ukrainian soldiers injured at the front in a New York hospital. “Ukraine will present a concrete proposal to UN member states on how to strengthen the principle of territorial integrity and improve the UN’s ability to thwart and stop aggression,” he said on X (formerly Twitter).
The essentials of September 18
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky arrived in the United States on Monday to attend the UN General Assembly and meet his American counterpart Joe Biden.
On the ground, the Ukrainian army claims to have broken through the Russian defense line near Bakhmut.
kyiv has filed a complaint at the WTO against three EU countries that extended their embargo on Ukrainian grain imports.