As the war enters its 45th day, we take a look at the key developments.
Here’s the 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, Kiev, as well as the city of Dnipro and the eastern regions of the country. The Ukrainian Air Force said 17 missiles and 31 drones were fired during the night raid.
- The governor of the region said that two people were killed and 23 wounded when a Russian missile hit a health clinic in the city of Dnipro. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky described the attack as a crime against humanity.
- Russia’s Defense Ministry said it carried out a night attack on munitions depots in Ukraine, the official RIA news agency reported.
- five regions in Belgorod region, Russia Regional governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said that during the past 24 hours, drones, artillery and mortar shelling struck the village of Kozinka 132 times, adding that the city of Belgorod was attacked 14 times.
- Officials said two drones damaged an apartment building and offices in the southern Russian city of Krasnodar, east of Crimea.
- Ukraine’s prosecutor general’s office said at least 483 children have been killed and nearly 1,000 wounded since Russia’s full-scale invasion last year. Ukraine’s National Social Service said nearly 1,500 Ukrainian children have been orphaned.
- The United Nations children’s agency UNICEF said an estimated 1.5 million Ukrainian children are at risk of developing depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health issues, with potentially lasting effects.
- The Russian Foreign Ministry summoned senior US diplomats over comments made by White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, whom the ministry accused of “actively endorsing the strikes” on Crimea. On Sunday, Sullivan was asked if Ukraine should have weapons that can reach Russian targets in Crimea. He replied, “We have not placed restrictions on Ukraine’s ability to strike on its territory within its internationally recognized borders.”
- The European Union condemned the agreement to allow the deployment of forces Russian nuclear warheads to Belarus. “This is a step that will lead to a further, very dangerous escalation,” said Josep Borrell, EU foreign policy chief.
- The German Army has ordered 18 new Leopard 2 tanks to replace the vehicles that were sent to Ukraine earlier this year.
- Germany will transfer the Patriot missile defense system, which is stationed in Slovakia, to Lithuania to protect the NATO summit in Vilnius scheduled for July, the German Defense Ministry said.
- Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said the Netherlands is “seriously considering” sending F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine but has not made a final decision.
- US Republican Senator Lindsey Graham 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. “Ukraine’s help cannot be undone, because if we fail here, there is Taiwan,” Graham told reporters.
- In coordination with the other Group of Seven (G7) members and penalties 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 army research laboratories.
- Russia indicated that it looks positively at Pope Francis’ peace initiative in Ukraine, while stressing that there are no immediate plans for the Vatican’s visit to Moscow.
- Johnson’s spokesperson said former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and former US President Donald Trump discussed Ukraine and “the vital importance of a victory for Ukraine”.
- This was expressed by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov Gratitude to China “Balanced position” and willingness to play a positive role in the conflict in Ukraine.
- Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva He said he had spoken with Russian President Vladimir Putin and confirmed his country’s readiness to talk to both sides of the conflict. He also thanked Lula 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 has warned that the West is downplaying the dangers of nuclear war, and said peace negotiations are “impossible” as long as Zelensky remains in power. He said, “The Anglo-Saxons are not fully aware of this and think it will not come to pass.” “I will under certain conditions.”
- Imprisoned Wall Street Journal reporter Ivan Gershkovitch has appealed against a Russian court’s decision to extend his sentence pre-trial detention By three months, court data showed. Gershkovich was arrested in March on espionage charges after the Russian Security Service accused him of collecting military secrets.
- The United Nations said the agreement allowing safe wartime exports of grain and fertilizer from Ukraine’s Black Sea ports has not yet resumed full operations, having stalled before Russia’s decision last week to extend it.