Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has responded to a missile attack on the southern Ukrainian city of Mykolaiv by stating that Russia “won’t get away with this crime”. The attack, which occurred overnight, resulted in one fatality and 23 injuries, including a child. The strike caused significant damage to a house, apartment building and historical building. Ukraine has charged that Russia used four Kalibr cruise missiles in the attack.
Suspension of Vessels and Push for Domestic Weapons Production
Ukraine’s Navy has said that Russia suspended four vessels from moving to and from Ukraine’s ports as part of its ongoing conflict in the region. The suspension affected four vessels, including the AKDENIZ-M, which had been chartered by the World Food Program of the United Nations to deliver wheat to Ethiopia. Additionally, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has stated that the country is pushing for weapons production facilities to be moved into the country from France, Germany, Poland and the UK. Zelenskyy stated that Ukraine is already investing in several new production facilities for its own weapons and ammunition.
Italian Premier Giorgia Meloni has urged European allies to start negotiations for granting Ukraine’s full European Union membership bid. Meloni stated that the negotiations are needed to acknowledge Kyiv’s enormous efforts to reform its system and bring it closer to targets required by the EU Commission. In response to the conflict, Chinese President Xi Jinping has agreed to send special representatives to Ukraine to hold talks with all parties on reaching a cease-fire and ending the conflict. However, the US has said it has not seen evidence that China has agreed to provide Russia with lethal weapons for Moscow’s war in Ukraine.
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