The Russian military says a few days after Slovakia sent an S-300 air defense system to Ukraine, it has used caliber anti-aircraft missiles fired at sea to destroy four S-300 air defense missiles near the city of Dinibro.
About two dozen Ukrainian troops have been affected by the strike, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said in a statement on Monday. The report said that Ukraine had obtained the technology from an unnamed European country. Konashenkov’s claim could not be verified independently.
Slovakia’s Prime Minister’s Office issued a statement calling the news of the organization’s destruction “false information.”
Jack Sullivan, the White House’s national security adviser, said Sunday that Slovakia was able to provide the system because the United States was willing to give Slovakia a Patriot battery as an alternative.
It is unclear whether both sides refer to the same air strike. In recent days, the Russians have targeted missile defense systems in three locations.
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President Joe Biden is scheduled to speak with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday, urging world leaders to take a tougher stance against Russia’s occupation of Ukraine.
A senior U.S. official said Sunday that Moscow has appointed a new warlord after six weeks of war in Ukraine. The unidentified and unnamed official, General Alexander Dvornikov, 60, has a history of atrocities against Syrians and other civilians.
An EU official has warned that Russia could launch a major offensive in eastern Ukraine in the coming days
Russian forces are sending a large contingent to eastern Ukraine and are likely to launch a major offensive in the Donbass region in a few days, said Joseph Borrell, the EU’s High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy. The region includes Donetsk and Luhansk, where Moscow-backed separatists established de facto republics, even recognized by Russia just days before the outbreak of war in February.
“I am afraid that Russian troops will be deployed in the east to attack Donbass,” Borel said Monday. “I’m afraid … the war on the Donbass will escalate.”
Russian forces on Sunday separated the strategically important Mariupol from the city center to the coast and isolated the remaining Ukrainian guards in two locations, the US-based war research agency said.
Zelenskyy: This week is important for the fate of Ukraine
In a nightly speech on Sunday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky warned his nation that any coming week would be important in the war and accused Russia of trying to avoid responsibility for war crimes.
“When people do not have the courage to admit their mistakes, to apologize and to learn to be realistic, they become monsters,” Zhelensky said. “When the world ignores it, the monsters decide that the world must change for themselves. All this will stop Ukraine.
Zelensky called on Western nations, including Germany, to provide more aid to Ukraine. Zelenskyy said that during the talks with German Chancellor Olaf Scholes, they discussed how to strengthen sanctions against Russia and force Moscow to seek peace.
“I am pleased to note that the German position has recently changed in favor of Ukraine. I find it completely logical,” Zhelensky said.
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Putin meets with Austrian President
Austria’s foreign minister says President Carl Niehammer is carrying “very clear humanitarian and political messages” to a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow.
Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Gelensky in Kiev on Monday, and Nehmar said he had decided to make the trip following contacts with Turkish, German and EU leaders.
Ahead of a meeting with his EU counterparts in Luxembourg, Schallenberg said, “We do not want to miss any opportunity, we must seize every opportunity to end the humanitarian hell in Ukraine.”
“Every voice that clarifies to President (Vladimir) Putin how the truth is outside the walls of the Kremlin is not a vain voice,” he added.
Schallenberg said Nehamar and Putin would meet each other without media opportunities. He emphasized that the letter was not a signal of a formal antitrust inquiry into the allegations, but rather a signal of a formal antitrust inquiry into the allegations.
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The European Union will consider Ukraine’s membership in a few weeks
Ukraine will become part of the European Union in a few weeks, the head of the European Commission said on Sunday.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy signed Ukraine’s application to join the EU in February, and Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Cooperation Olga Stepanishina said he expects Ukraine to fully join the EU by June.
The process could take years, but European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Sunday that Ukraine’s membership in CNN’s “State of the Union” was only weeks away.
“Yesterday someone told me: ‘You know, when our soldiers die, they want to know that their children will be free and that they will be part of the EU,” said Van der Leyne. “They are in an extraordinary situation where we We need to take action. “
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Russia has warned of a direct military confrontation with the United States
White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said Sunday that Ukrainian forces are pushing Russian troops back very successfully and that the invaders are being forced to reorganize, reorganize and focus.
“Russia has changed its behavior in this war,” Sullivan told CBS News’ Face the Nation. “It simply came to our notice then. They have retreated from considerable territory in northern and northeastern Ukraine. The reason they made those changes was because they were attacked by the Ukrainians.
Sullivan has added pride to the Ukrainian military – and the flow of equipment that the United States and its allies are sending to the besieged country. Russia’s ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov has previously told Newsweek that the West is provoking Russia.
The ambassador said that we warn that such acts are dangerous. “They can put the United States and the Russian Federation on the path of direct military conflict.”
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