Ukraine: Russia’s new mass strikes against the country

Update on the fall of a missile in Poland

What’s going on?

A rocket landed in the Polish village of PrjewodowOn Tuesday afternoon, about six kilometers from the Ukrainian border, killing two people. news site reports that the explosion occurred at a grain drying facility near the school at around 15:00 GMT.

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

Who fired the rocket?

Russiawho invaded Ukraine on February 24 was immediately marked as a suspect. But Polish President Andrzej Duda said that there is no clear evidence of who launched the missile“It’s probably made in Russia”. Warsaw then officiated “high probability” wants to Ukrainian anti-aircraft missile, “an unfortunate accident“.

Kyiv, for its part, confirmed again on Wednesday that a missile that killed two people a day earlier in a Polish village near the border with Ukraine “Russian”It contradicts NATO and Washington, which increasingly accredits Ukraine’s missile defense thesis.

United States of America there really is He claimed that the White House n/a”saw nothing to the contrary“The assumption put forward by Warsawthat’s why the missile landed in Poland”in all likelihood“Ukraine air defense,” National Security Council spokeswoman Adrienne Watson said.

What are the consequences?

The blast raises fears about NATOPoland joined in 1999, It will be involved in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. Poland is protected by NATO’s collective defense commitmentformalized in Article 5 of its founding agreement, but rThe response of the Atlantic Alliance will be calibrated according to the accidental or intentional nature of the incident.

An extraordinary meeting of NATO ambassadors was held on Wednesday morning Considering the situation in Poland. After the latest explosion, it put its armed forces on heightened alert. He also called the Russian ambassador “immediate detailed explanations”.

07:00 Secretary General of the United Nations “hello” grain contract renewal

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres “hello” renewal of the agreement on Ukrainian grains in the Black Sea this Thursday.

In a statement sent to AFP by the Istanbul-based Joint Coordination Center (JCC), which controls exports, Antonio Guterres confirms that “The UN is fully committed to removing obstacles to the export of agricultural products and fertilizers from the Russian Federation”.

06:59 GMT. Russia’s new wave of mass strikes against Ukraine

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).

06:43 GMT. Ukrainian grains: Turkey approves “escort” of the contract

Turkey confirmed on Thursday that the agreement on the export of Ukrainian grain has been renewed for a period of four months “under the same conditions” More than have been observed since July, a senior official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

According to this official, all parties have agreed to this “The agreement remains valid for 120 days in the winter months” and “new arrangements” then it can be taken at the end of the bad season.

06:42 GMT. 120-day extended grain contract says Ukraine

Ukraine’s infrastructure minister said on Thursday that the grain agreement that allows Ukraine to continue exporting grain through the Black Sea has been extended for 120 days.

L’“The Black Sea grain initiative will be extended for 120 days”Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov welcomed this step and announced on Twitter “important in the fight against the world food crisis”. This agreement, which ended on Friday evening, allowed the release of more than 11 million tons of oil from Ukrainian ports within four months.

06:41 GMT. The first snow fell in Ukraine, electricity was cut

AFP noted that light snow covered Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine, on Thursday morning, and electricity was cut off in the country after Russia’s severe attacks on the energy infrastructure.

In the morning, cars parked on the streets of the capital, where electricity was cut off in many regions, were covered with snow. Regional governor Oleksii Kouleba warned on Wednesday that it will be next week “difficult”with temperatures likely to drop “down to -10°C”.

20:00 UT. The Pentagon condemns “a war crime“In Ukraine

US Chief of Staff General Mark Milley said that Russia’s “was losing“He condemned Russia’s attacks on the power grid on all fronts in the war in Ukraine and throughout the country”a war crime“.

Deliberately targeting a civilian power grid, causing excessive collateral damage and unnecessary suffering to the civilian population, is a war crime.“, – said General Milley with Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin.

7:20 UT. Zelensky claims the speech “all informationfrom “partners

President Volodymyr Zelensky requested access to Ukrainian experts.all informationNear the border of Westerners and Ukraine, where a rocket fell in Poland exploded.

We want to determine every detail, every fact. That’s why we need to get access to our partners and all the information that goes into the blast site (…)“, he said in his traditional evening address.

6:30 UT. The US Chief of Staff believes that Ukraine will not be able to expel the Russians from all parts of the country

During a press conference, the American Chief of Staff, General Mark Milley, considered it difficult, at least in the short term, to force Ukraine out of all territories occupied by Russia, including Crimea.

The probability of the victory of the Ukrainian army, the expulsion of the Russians from all of Ukraine (…) including Crimea, and the probability that this will happen soon, is not very high from a military point of view.“, General Milley said.

18:00 UT. Hungary considers Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s words about the missile that landed in Poland to be irresponsible

The Hungarian government felt that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky gave “is a bad exampleHe claimed that the rocket that killed two people in a Polish village near the border with Ukraine belonged to Russia.

In such a situation, world leaders act responsibly“, Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s chief of staff Gergely Gulyas told the press. Or “The Ukrainian president was wrong to immediately blame the Russians“, he added, on the contrary, he welcomes the cautious attitude of Poland and the United States.

5:20 UT. Zelensky calls China “Don’t take Russia’s side”

It is important for us that China does not side with RussiaUkrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told Ukrainian television that Beijing refused to condemn Russia’s aggression against Ukraine and rejected Western sanctions against Moscow.

17:00 UT. Washington accredits the thesis of a Ukrainian defense missile that fell in Poland

at the White House”saw nothing to the contrary“The assumption put forward by Warsaw is that the rocket that landed in Poland came from here”in all likelihood“Ukraine air defense,” National Security Council spokeswoman Adrienne Watson said.

However, whatever the final outcome, it is clear that Russia is ultimately responsible for this tragic event.“For striking the civilian infrastructure of Ukraine,” he added in the statement.Ukraine had and has the right to defend itself.

4:10 UT. Volodymyr Zelensky insists: according to him, the missile that landed in Poland does not belong to Ukraine

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskiy assures that the origin of the rocket that landed in Poland is not Ukrainian. “I have no doubt that it was not one of our missiles“, he insisted in Ukrainian media, Interfax agency reported. He also reiterated Ukraine’s desire to enter the blast site.

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