USA Updates Russian warship ‘severely’ damaged in Black Sea
Russia said the flagship of its Black Sea Fleet was “severely” damaged on Wednesday and its crew was evacuated after an explosion that a Ukrainian official said was the result of a missile strike.
Government of Odessa. Maxim Marchenko said on Telegram That the Ukrainian military struck the guided missile cruiser Moskva – the flagship of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet – with two missiles and caused “serious damage”. According to the Associated Press, cruisers typically have about 500 officers and crew.
Hours later, Russia’s Defense Ministry said that ammunition had exploded in Moscow as a result of the “fire”. state news agency tassi, “As a result of the fire, the ammunition on the Moskva missile cruiser exploded. The ship was seriously damaged. The crew was completely evacuated, ”the ministry said.
According to Western officials, Russia invaded Ukraine on 24 February, with the goal of taking Kyiv, toppling the government, and establishing one friendly to Moscow. But ground progress slowly stalled and Russia potentially lost thousands of fighters.
Elsewhere, in one of the most important battles of the war, Russia said more than 1,000 Ukrainian soldiers had surrendered in the besieged southern port of Mariupol, where Ukrainian forces are holding in pockets of the city. A Ukrainian official denied the claim, which could not be verified.
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Ties between Ukraine and Germany took a turn for the worse on Wednesday when German Chancellor Olaf Scholz expressed his displeasure over diplomatic hesitation and said he had no intention of traveling to Kyiv anytime soon.
Officials in the east-central Ukrainian city of Dnipro say they are ready to help bring the bodies of more than 1,500 Russian soldiers back to the city’s morgues.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus slammed the global community on Wednesday for turning a blind eye to crises outside Ukraine and questioning whether “the world really pays equal attention to black and white lives,” in countries like war, disease and famine. Citing serious issues like Ethiopia, Yemen, Afghanistan and Syria.
President Joe Biden spoke with Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky on the phone for nearly an hour on Wednesday, a day after Zelensky praised Biden for accusing Russian President Vladimir Putin of “genocide.”
Biden said in a statement that he has authorized $800 million in additional security assistance, including arms and ammunition, to Ukraine.
“The Ukrainian military has used the weapons we are providing to disastrous effect,” Biden said. “As Russia prepares to intensify its offensive in the Donbass region, the United States will continue to provide Ukraine with the ability to defend itself.”
Zelensky tweeted that he and Biden discussed shipments of new weapons, increased sanctions against the Russians and sought justice for their war crimes. In his nightly address to the nation, Zelensky said he was “sincerely grateful” for the new US military aid.
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Finns worried about joining NATO
Thousands of Finns have signed up with training associations to sharpen their military skills or learn new ones, an interest fueled by concern over Finland’s geographic proximity to Russia. For the first time in the history of Finland, most of the Finns are in favor of joining NATO.
“Many say they are worried about the Russian invasion of Ukraine, they want to keep their military capabilities up to date, they want to learn new things, they want the compulsory service they probably didn’t take too seriously at the time, “They want to make sure they are prepared for the worst,” said Ossi Hietala, training officer for Finland’s National Defense Training Association.
Finland, with 5.5 million people, is one of the few European countries with compulsory military service, mainly due to its 830-mile border with Russia. read more here,
— Tami Abdullah
Contribution: The Associated Press