President Volodymyr Zelenskiy praised three military units on Thursday for their “very, very effective” action against Russian troops on the front in eastern and southern Ukraine. Zelenskiy provided few details in his evening speech, but said one National Guard unit was fighting in the east and two in the south – the focal points of Kiev’s counteroffensive for three months. “Results are precisely what Ukraine needs now from everyone,” Zelenskiy said.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken hailed Ukraine’s strength in the face of the Russian invasion during a visit to the Chernihiv region.occupied by Moscow at the start of the war.
Blinken and Romanian Foreign Minister Luminita Odobescu also had a phone call to discuss Romania’s investigation into drone debris discovered in Romania, near its border with Ukraine. said the US State Department. Romania’s Defense Ministry said on Thursday that the country faced no direct threat to its territory or territorial waters from Russian strikes against Ukraine on Wednesday night.
NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said on Thursday there were no signs that Russia had launched a deliberate attack on alliance member Romania. after possible drone debris was discovered near its border with Ukraine. Stoltenberg said Romania notified its NATO allies of the discovery on Wednesday and it “demonstrates the risk of incidents and accidents.”
Some of the victims of a deadly Russian missile attack on a busy market in eastern Ukraine yesterday have been buried. At least 17 people were killed and 32 others injured in the attack on Kostiantynivka in Ukraine’s Donestsk region.
Russia continues bombing campaign against Ukrainian food exports with fourth drone attack in five days on the grain silos and other infrastructure around the port of Izmail, along the Danube. Odessa region governor Oleh Kiper said Thursday’s attack lasted three hours.
Ireland said around 500 Ukrainians arrive in the country each week, joining the tens of thousands of their compatriots who have fled to the island over the past 18 months. But growing pressure on services will force more people to be temporarily housed in tents.
French President Emmanuel Macron has said the Russian flag has no place at the Paris Olympics next year. because of the war crimes committed by Vladimir Putin’s regime in Ukraine.
The head of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee has demanded that the three largest oil service companies in the United States “stop all investment”. in Russia’s fossil fuel infrastructure.
British American Tobacco has announced that it will sell its last cigarette in Russia within a month, ending its presence in the world’s fourth largest tobacco market. a year and a half after promising to do so in response to the invasion of Ukraine.
For the first time in nearly four years, new staff have been allowed into the Russian embassy in Pyongyang, the North Korean capital. the delegation said, after anti-pandemic measures blocked most travel and led to the closure of many embassies.
Zelenskiy and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed on Thursday ways in which Israel could support kyiv in its conflict with Russia. said the Ukrainian leader’s office. Zelenskiy has previously urged Israel to provide more open support for kyiv and criticized its attempts to maintain an even-handed approach in the 18-month-long war.