At a time when the West is stepping up efforts to arm Ukraine against Moscow, Russia’s Defense Ministry claimed that “hangars containing a large quantity of foreign weapons and ammunition supplied to the Ukrainian armed forces by the United States and European countries , were destroyed by Kalibr missiles fired from the sea at the Zaporizhia aluminum plant in southern Ukraine.
Russian forces are bombing bridges and railroads to slow Western arms shipments to Ukraine, an adviser to Ukraine’s interior minister said Tuesday after destroying a strategic road connecting the country with Romania.
Around 40 states met in Germany for the first time on Tuesday at the invitation of the United States to coordinate the acceleration of deliveries of armaments that Ukraine is demanding to ward off the Russian invasion.
The Russian military also claimed to have carried out airstrikes against 59 Ukrainian targets. For its part, the Ukrainian army has acknowledged, in a rare event itself, progress in the east of the country, in the Kharkiv region and Donbass, an industrial region partially controlled by pro-Russian separatists since 2014.
She admitted the Russians had taken locations stretching north-south west of areas already under the control of Russian forces, suggesting Moscow is trying to take a vice in a big pocket that still under Ukrainian control.
In Kharkiv itself, Ukraine’s second-largest city, the frontline is less than 5 km from the city’s northern and eastern districts. But that doesn’t discourage the three young volunteers, Nazar, Alexiï and Oleg, who, with suitcases full to the brim and blaring techno music, provide humanitarian aid every day in areas of Kharkiv that are regularly attacked by Russian missiles.
“Our main goal is to feed children and the elderly, they need it the most,” Nazar Tishchenko, 34, told AFP.
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Russian company Gazprom announced on Wednesday that it had suspended all gas supplies to Bulgaria and Poland to ensure those two countries had not paid in rubles, as Russian President Vladimir Putin has been demanding since March.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced a new “gas blackmail” campaign, reiterating that Europe has prepared for this eventuality and is developing “a coordinated response”.