Now that the war has entered its 458th day, let’s take a look at the major developments.
Here is the current situation as of Friday 27 May 2023:
- Ukraine said it had shot down 10 missiles and more than 20 drones in nighttime attacks on the capital Kiev and Dnipropetrovsk, as well as the eastern region of the country. The Ukrainian Air Force said a total of 17 missiles and 31 drones were launched during the nighttime raid.
- Two people were killed and 23 injured when a Russian missile hit a clinic in Dnipropetrovsky, the governor said. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called the attack a crime against humanity.
- The Russian Defense Ministry has announced a nighttime attack on a Ukrainian ammunition depot, state news agency RIA reported.
- Five districts of Russia’s Belgorod region have been hit by drones, artillery and mortars in the past 24 hours, with the village of Kozinka hit 132 times, local governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said, while the city of Belgorod was attacked 14 times. He added that he had been attacked.
- Officials said two drones damaged a residential and office building in the southern Russian city of Krasnodar, east of Crimea.
- At least 483 children have been killed and nearly 1,000 wounded since Russia’s all-out invasion last year, the General Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine said. Nearly 1,500 Ukrainian children have been orphaned so far, according to the Ukrainian State Social Welfare Service.
- An estimated 1.5 million Ukrainian children are at risk of depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health problems, with long-term effects, according to UNICEF. announced that it could reach
- Russia’s foreign ministry has summoned a senior U.S. diplomat for “virtually endorsing” an attack on Crimea over remarks by national security adviser Jake Sullivan. Sullivan was asked on Sunday whether Ukraine should have weapons capable of hitting Russia’s targets in Crimea. “We have no restrictions on Ukraine’s ability to attack territories within its internationally recognized borders,” he said.
- The European Union has condemned a deal allowing the deployment of Russian nuclear warheads to Belarus. “This is another step towards a very dangerous escalation,” said EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell.
- The German military has ordered 18 new Leopard 2 tanks to replace those sent to Ukraine earlier this year.
- Germany’s Defense Ministry has announced that it will move its Patriot missile defense system from Slovakia to Lithuania to protect the NATO summit scheduled for July in Vilnius.
- 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 Lindsay Graham has said that if the US fails to adequately support Ukraine in its defense against Russia, it will send a signal to China that it may invade Taiwan. “We can’t back down on helping Ukraine, because if we fail here, we won’t have Taiwan,” Graham told reporters.
- In coordination with other G7 member states and sanctions related to the invasion of Ukraine, Japan has frozen the assets of 78 groups and 17 individuals, including army officers, in Russia, and has imposed a freeze on 80 Russian companies, including those related to the military. Prohibit export. laboratory.
- Russia has indicated it is positive about Pope Francis’ commitment to peace with Ukraine, but stressed that there are no immediate plans for a Vatican visit to Moscow.
- A Johnson spokesman said former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and former US President Donald Trump had discussed with Ukraine the “vital importance of Ukraine’s victory”.
- Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov thanked China for its “balanced position” and willingness to play an active role in the Ukraine conflict.
- Brazilian President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva said he had met with Russian President Vladimir Putin and reiterated his intention to consult with both sides of the conflict. Lula also invited Putin to the International Economic Forum in St. Petersburg, but thanked him for not being able to attend.
- Former Russian President and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has warned that the West is underestimating the risk of nuclear war and said peace talks are “impossible” as long as President Zelensky is in power. “The Anglo-Saxons do not fully understand this and believe that this will not happen,” he said. “Under certain conditions, it does.”
- Jailed Wall Street Journal journalist Evan Gershkovic has appealed a Russian court’s decision to extend his pretrial detention by three months, court data show. Gerskovic was arrested in March on espionage charges after accusing Russian security services of collecting military secrets.
- A deal allowing the safe export of grain and fertilizer from wartime Ukraine’s Black Sea ports has not yet resumed full operation and was suspended before Russia decided to extend it last week, the UN said. rice field.