arms deliveries, mobilization of the allies… Update on the Russian invasion this Wednesday

arms deliveries, mobilization of the allies… Update on the Russian invasion this Wednesday

Weapons destroyed

The Russian army said on Wednesday it destroyed a “large amount” of weapons delivered to kyiv by the United States and European countries, during a missile strike in southeastern Ukraine.

“Sheds with a large amount of foreign weapons and ammunition, delivered to the Ukrainian forces by the United States and European countries, were destroyed with high-precision Kalibr missiles fired from the sea at the aluminum plant of Zaporozhzhia,” in southeastern Ukraine, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

Monthly meeting of allies

The United States and its allies will meet monthly to discuss how to strengthen Ukraine’s military capabilities against Russia, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin announced on Tuesday after meeting with representatives of a forty countries in Germany. Lloyd Austin declared in front of his allies that the United States is determined to “move heaven and earth” to make Ukraine win against Russia.

Guterres in Moscow

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres pleaded on Tuesday, during his first trip to Moscow since the start of the offensive, for a ceasefire “as soon as possible”. He said he was “concerned by the repeated reports of possible war crimes”, judging that they “require an independent investigation”. “Despite everything, negotiations are continuing. […] I hope we will come to a positive result,” Vladimir Putin said.

Berlin will deliver tanks, France cannons

Germany will authorize the delivery to Ukraine of about fifty “anti-aircraft tanks”, operating a volte-face in relation to its policy so far cautious in its military support for kyiv. France is expected to send guns with a range of 40 kilometers, the United Kingdom has delivered anti-aircraft missiles and Poland tanks. The Netherlands will provide “a limited number” of Panzerhaubitze 2,000 armored howitzers to kyiv, capable of firing at targets 50 km away, the government confirmed on Tuesday.

End of gas deliveries to Poland and Bulgaria

The Russian group Gazprom will suspend from Wednesday its deliveries of gas to Bulgaria and Poland, announced Tuesday evening these two countries which say they have prepared for it.

Moscow targets bridges and railways

Russian forces are bombing bridges and railroads to slow down Western arms deliveries to Ukraine, an adviser to Ukraine’s interior minister said on Tuesday after a strategic road linking the country to Romania was destroyed.

Russian assets for Ukraine?

US Justice Secretary Merrick Garland said on Tuesday he would support a possible parliamentary initiative to allow assets seized from Russian oligarchs to go “directly” to Ukraine.

Moldova strengthens its security

Moldova called for calm on Tuesday and announced that it would strengthen its security after explosions in the separatist region of Transdniestria, kyiv accusing Moscow of seeking to “destabilize” it. The United States warned on Tuesday against attempts to “escalate tensions” in this pro-Russian Moldovan separatist region, bordering Ukraine after a series of explosions. Without going so far as to attribute responsibility for the explosions to Moscow, as Kyiv does, State Department spokesman Ned Price said the United States “remains concerned about any potential attempt to escalate tension”.

Bulgarian Prime Minister in Kyiv

Bulgarian Prime Minister Kiril Petkov and his allies in the government coalition, with the exception of the pro-Russian socialists, will leave for Ukraine on Wednesday, the government announced on Tuesday, amid a political row over military aid to kyiv.

Chernobyl: level of radioactivity “in the normal range”

The level of radioactivity in Chernobyl is “in the normal range”, estimated the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) who was there on Tuesday, 36 years after the explosion in the nuclear power plant. Located 150 kilometers from kyiv, the plant had fallen into the hands of the Russians on the first day of their invasion, before being the victim of a cut in electricity and communications networks. Since the withdrawal of the Russians on March 31, the situation has normalized, according to the IAEA.

At least nine civilians killed

At least nine civilians died Tuesday in Russian bombings in eastern and southern Ukraine, according to reports released by local authorities.

kyiv demolishes a monument of Ukrainian-Russian friendship

Kyiv City Hall has started the demolition of a historical monument dating from Soviet times celebrating the friendship between Ukraine and Russia.

5.3 million refugees