As the war enters its 458th day, let’s take a look at the major developments.
This is the current situation as of Friday, May 27, 2023.
- Ukraine said it shot down 10 missiles and more than 20 drones in an overnight attack on the capital Kyiv as well as the city of Dnipro and eastern regions of the country. The Ukrainian air force said a total of 17 missiles and 31 drones were launched during the overnight raid.
- Two people were killed and 23 injured when a Russian missile hit a clinic in the city of Dnipro, the regional governor said. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy described the attack as a crime against humanity.
- State news agency RIA reported that the Russian Defense Ministry said it carried out an overnight attack on Ukraine’s ammunition depots.
- Five districts in Belgorod region of Russia was hit by drones, artillery and mortar fire in the previous 24 hours, with the village of Kozinka being attacked 132 times, regional governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said, adding that the city Belgorod was attacked 14 times.
- Officials said two drones damaged a residential and office building in the southern Russian city of Krasnodar, east of Crimea.
- Ukraine’s prosecutor general’s office says at least 483 children have been killed and nearly 1,000 injured since Russia’s all-out invasion last year. According to the National Social Service of Ukraine, nearly 1,500 Ukrainian children have become orphans.
- The United Nations children’s agency UNICEF says an estimated 1.5 million Ukrainian children are at risk of depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health problems, with consequences can be long-lasting.
- Russia’s Foreign Ministry has summoned senior US diplomats over the comments of White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, who it accused of “effectively advocating the attacks”. ” into Crimea. On Sunday, Sullivan was asked whether Ukraine should acquire weapons that could strike Russian targets in Crimea. “We do not place restrictions on Ukraine’s ability to strike on its territory within internationally recognized borders,” he replied.
- The European Union condemns an agreement that allows the deployment Russia sends nuclear warheads to Belarus. EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said: “This is a step that will lead to a further extremely dangerous escalation.
- The German military has ordered 18 new Leopard 2 tanks to replace those that were sent to Ukraine earlier this year.
- The country will move the Patriot missile defense system located in Slovakia to Lithuania to protect the NATO summit in Vilnius scheduled for July.
- Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said the Netherlands was “seriously considering” sending F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine but had not made a final decision.
- US Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said that if the US does not fully support Ukraine in its defense against Russia, it will send a signal to China that it may invade Taiwan. “There is no way back in helping Ukraine because if we fail here, then Taiwan will go,” Mr. Graham told reporters.
- Coordinate with other Group of 7 countries (G7) membership and sanctions In connection with the invasion of Ukraine, Japan will freeze the assets of 78 groups and 17 individuals, including military officers in Russia, and ban exports to 80 Russian entities such as research laboratories affiliated with the military.
- Russia expressed that it views Pope Francis’ Ukraine peace initiative positively, stressing that there are no immediate plans for a Vatican visit to Moscow.
- A spokesman for British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and former US President Donald Trump discussed Ukraine and the “vital importance of winning Ukraine”.
- Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov expressed gratitude towards China “equilibrium” and a willingness to play an active role in the conflict in Ukraine.
- President of Brazil Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said he had spoken with Russian President Vladimir Putin and reiterated that his country is ready for dialogue with both sides in the conflict. Lula also thanked Putin for inviting him to the International Economic Forum in St Petersburg, but he was unable to attend.
- Former Russian President and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev warned that the West was underestimating the risk of nuclear war and said peace talks were “impossible” as long as Zelenskyy was in power. “The Anglo-Saxons do not fully realize this and believe that things are not going to work out,” he said. “It will be under certain conditions.”
- The jailed Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich appealed the Russian court’s decision to extend his time. Detention after three months, court data shows. Gershkovich was arrested in March on espionage charges after Russian security services accused him of collecting military secrets.
- The United Nations says a deal to allow safe wartime grain and fertilizer exports from Ukraine’s Black Sea ports has yet to fully resume, after being stalled by Russia’s decision to extend it this week. before.