A new mass wave of Russian strikes in several regions

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A new wave of Russian strikes hit several regions of Ukraine early Thursday morning, injuring at least one person, Ukrainian authorities said. Two infrastructure facilities were hit in Dnieper (central-east), one person was injured, the president said. According to the relevant regional authorities, a two-pronged missile was shot down by Ukrainian defense forces in Kiev, causing damage to infrastructure near Odessa (in the south).

Key points to remember:

  • According to a number of heads of state, there is no indication that the missile that landed on Polish territory was launched intentionally.
  • The IAEA warns that power outages increase the risk of a nuclear incident
  • Ukrainian authorities have discovered a new torture chamber in Kherson

Zelensky refuted NATO’s thesis about the missile in Poland

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy denied the theses of NATO and Washington, which believe that the missile that landed in Poland came from the defense of Ukraine. “I have no doubt that this missile is not ours,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on television on Tuesday, stressing that Kiev wants to be part of an international investigation team into the incident.

Kyiv reconfirmed on Wednesday that the missile that killed two people in a Polish village on the border with Ukraine a day earlier was Russian, contradicting NATO and Washington, which have increasingly accredited Ukraine’s missile defense thesis. “I have no doubt that this missile is not ours,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on television on Tuesday, stressing that Kiev wants to be part of an international investigation team into the incident.

“I believe it was a Russian missile based on the Ukrainian military report,” he added, while NATO officials speculated it was a missile from Ukraine’s anti-aircraft defense system. Later, he demanded that Ukrainian experts access “all the information” of the Westerners and the place where the missile landed in Poland. “We want to establish every detail, every fact.”

Budapest has previously criticized Volodymyr Zelenskiy, saying he set a “bad example” by claiming the missile was from Russia. “In such a situation, world leaders speak responsibly,” said Gergely Gulyas, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s chief of staff.

The missile landing in the Polish village of Przewodow has raised fears that NATO could become involved in the conflict in Ukraine, as Poland is protected by the Atlantic alliance’s collective defense commitment. Russia denied the launch of the missile, while Warsaw itself cited an “unfortunate accident” and considered it “highly likely” that it was a Ukrainian anti-aircraft missile.

A missile hit an agricultural building in Prjewodow, killing two people, shocking Poland and putting its military on heightened alert. The White House has “not seen anything that contradicts the hypothesis” put forward by Warsaw, so the missile “in all likelihood” came from Ukraine’s anti-aircraft defense system, National Security Council spokeswoman Adrienne Watson speculated on Wednesday.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said after the crisis meeting in Brussels: “The incident was probably caused by a missile fired from the Ukrainian air defense system to defend Ukrainian territory from Russian cruise missiles.”

There is no “intentional” attack

“There are no signs that this was a deliberate attack on Poland,” Polish President Andrzej Duda said. US President Joe Biden from Bali, where the G20 is meeting at the summit, previously considered the launch of the missile by Russia “unlikely”.

Moscow welcomed Washington’s “restraint”. Poland urgently convened the National Security Council on Tuesday and summoned the Russian ambassador for “immediate detailed explanations”. The Russian Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday evening that after the incident, it informed the Polish ambassador in Moscow, Krzysztof Krajewski, about the “unacceptable nature of the strengthening of anti-Russian hysteria in Poland”.

“When it was dark and there was no reliable information about what happened at that time, Warsaw called the Russian ambassador and found it necessary to turn it into a political show,” he condemned Russian diplomacy and urged Poland not to participate. in “dirty provocations”.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Mao Ning urged “all relevant parties” to “keep calm and exercise restraint to prevent escalation.”

IAEA Notice

Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, and despite losing a number of battlefields in recent months, still controls parts of it. Poland, which has a 530 km border with Ukraine, is a regional leader in terms of military and humanitarian aid to its eastern neighbor. There are about 10,000 American soldiers on its territory.

On Tuesday, Russia launched a large-scale missile strike on Ukraine’s civilian infrastructure, leaving millions of homes without electricity. Russian rockets hit cities across the country, including Lviv (west) near the Polish border.

“Yesterday’s (Tuesday) blackout clearly shows that the nuclear safety and security situation in Ukraine could suddenly deteriorate and increase the risk of a nuclear emergency,” International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Grossi said in a statement. .

The US Chief of Staff, General Mark Milley, decided on Wednesday that these Russian missile strikes constituted a “war crime”. The most senior US official believed that Russia had failed on all fronts in the war against Ukraine and was therefore waging a “campaign of terror” there.

The strikes, which killed at least one person in Kiev, caused widespread power outages in Ukraine and neighboring Moldova. On Wednesday, Moscow denied that the capital had been targeted, saying that “all the destruction in residential areas of the Ukrainian capital … is a direct result of the fall and self-destruction of anti-aircraft missiles launched by Ukrainian forces.”

torture chamber

The coming week will be “difficult” for the residents of the Kyiv region, warned Oleksii Kouleb, the governor of the region, because “destruction is essential” and “(…) temperatures are expected to drop to -10 ° C. ‘. These Russian attacks have left Russian troops for more than eight months It happened four days after the invasion was humiliatingly withdrawn from part of Kherson province, including the southern city of the same name.

Ukraine’s security service announced that “another torture chamber of the Russian invaders” was discovered in Kherson on Wednesday evening. “Russians detained local patriots who refused to cooperate with the enemy there in inhumane conditions. Residents of Kherson were interrogated and brutally tortured,” the source added.

Ukraine’s Interior Minister Denis Monastyrsky said on Wednesday evening that 436 criminal cases were opened after the discovery of elements that could be considered as war crimes in the region, including eleven places of detention in the “four” with traces of torture chambers. According to the Ukrainian government website, “63 bodies” have been found so far, “but the search is just beginning and more torture sites and burials will be discovered,” he noted.

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