Zelensky says ‘Russian society has raised a second Hitler’ in attack on Putin
The strikes coincided with the International Day of Peace and United Nations General Assembly summit in New York where President Volodymyr Zelensky delivered a speech and presented a ‘peace formula’
Putin’s troops targeted the southern city of Kherson, Kyiv, the Slobidkysi district of Kharkiv, Cherkasy in central Ukraine, an industrial zone in the region of Lviv and the northwest city of Rivne.
Moscow targeted commercial and residential buildings, injuring atleast 21, as well as a nine-year-old girl. Blazing fires are causing further damage
The attack comes as Poland said they will stop providing Ukraine with further weapons in their military efforts against Russia.
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said the decision was not related to a temporary ban on Ukrainian grain imports despite the escalation of diplomatic disputes.
Morawiecki said: “We are no longer transferring any weapons to Ukraine because now we will arm ourselves with the most modern weapons,” he said in an interview on the private TV broadcaster Polsat News late Wednesday.
Deadly Russian airstrikes across six cities including Kyiv
A massive Russian attack on Ukraine hits six cities has killed two and injured five.
Where have the strikes hit?
In the southern city of Kherson a strike on a residential building killed two people and injuted five said regional governor Oleksand Prokudin.
Seven people were injured in Kyiv, including a nine-year-old girl, after the strike targered residential and commercial buildings, mayor Vitalii Klitschko said.
At least six strikes hit the Slobidskyi district of Kharkiv, damaging civilian infrastructure and hospitalising two, regional governor Oleh Syniehubov said.
Seven were injured and at least one person was rescued from under rubble in Cherkasy in central Ukraine, according to Ihor Klymenko the minister of internal affairs of Ukraine.
Missiles hit an industrial zone in the region of Lviv, damaging buildings and starting a fire, but there have been no reports of casualties, Mr Klymenko added.
Regional governor Vitalii Koval reported strikes in the city of Rivne in the northwest region of the same name, but no further details have been reported.
Lydia Patrick21 September 2023 07:29
Ukraine kills 130 Russian soldiers in single day in southern push
Ukrainian commander general Oleksandr Tarnavskyi said the Russian forces attacked Ukrainian positions 18 times with 830 attacks, one rocket and 23 air strikes in the past day. In retaliation, the artillery units under him launched 1,232 fire missions during the day.
Lydia Patrick21 September 2023 08:00
Ukraine launches its ‘largest drone strike’ of war so far on Crimea and Black Sea targets
The Russian anti-aircraft units intercepted and destroyed over a dozen drones in the region, the ministry said on its Telegram channel.
“In the night from 20 to 21 September, an attempt by the Kyiv regime to commit a terrorist attack with lethal drones on sites in the Russian Federation was intercepted,” the ministry said.
Lydia Patrick21 September 2023 07:15
Zelensky meeting with President Biden
United States President Joe Biden is looking forward to meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky at the White House in Washington on Thursday and getting a “battlefield perspective” on Ukraine’s counter-offensive, says White House spokesperson John Kirby.
Kirby told reporters that the White House had encouraged Zelensky to meet with US lawmakers to discuss his ongoing military needs.
He said the possibility of providing Ukraine with Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) missiles remained “on the table,” but no decision had yet been made.
This is the Ukrainian president’s second visit to the US since Russia’s invasion and it comes at a time Congress is mulling Mr Biden’s request to assist Ukraine with as much as $24bn (£19bn) in military and humanitarian aid.
More on what to expect from the meeting here:
Alex Ross21 September 2023 07:00
ICYMI: Zelensky says UN is incapable of stopping aggressors like Putin invading other countries
“Humankind no longer pins its hopes on the UN when it comes to the defence of the sovereign border of nations” – said Ukraine’s Volodymyr Zelensky as he made an impassioned call for reform of the UN Security Council in New York on Wednesday.
The president claims the UN is incapable of preventing aggressors like Vladimir Putin invading other countries, and he called for action with a plea to remove Russia’s veto power on the Security Council.
The 15-member council has met dozens of times since Russia invaded Ukraine in February last year, but it has been unable to take any action because Moscow holds a veto.
More on Zelensky’s address here:
Alex Ross21 September 2023 06:00
ICYMI: The moment the diplomatic world was watching for — but didn’t get
But it was a near-miss as Zelensky left before Lavrov arrived.
Alex Ross21 September 2023 05:00
Poland angered by Zelensky remarks
Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky’s comments on a ban of grain imports by Poland, Hungary and Slovakia have angered the government in Warsaw.
President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said Kyiv was working to preserve land routes for grain exports, but added that the “political theatre” around grain imports was only helping Moscow.
Poland’s foreign ministry said Deputy Foreign Minister Pawel Jablonski had conveyed the Polish side’s strong protest against the statement, alleging that some EU countries feigned solidarity while indirectly supporting Russia.
More on Hungary, Poland and Slovakia banning the grain imports here:
Alex Ross21 September 2023 04:00
Delegate ovation for Zelensky
Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky received an applause lasting around 30 seconds after giving his speech before the UN General Assembly in New York on Wednesday.
Zelensky was invited to the address the delegates, who reacted warmly with the long applause.
Alex Ross21 September 2023 03:00
ICYMI: Ukraine sends back defective Leopard 1 tanks from Germany
A number of defective German tanks have been rejected by Ukraine after they were discovered not to be working properly.
Ten Leopard 1 tanks were returned after the Ukrainian army noticed they had “serious technical issues” on delivery to Rzeszów, Poland, in July, according to German newspaper Der Spiegel.
Germany says they will need further repairs before being used in Ukraine.
Alex Ross21 September 2023 02:30
What was said at the UN Security Council meeting
The main interest during the meeting in New York yesterday was Ukrain’s president Volodymyr Zelensky, it being the first time he had attended a UN Security Council meeting in person since Russia invaded Ukraine in Feburary, 2022.
In brief, here’s what was said:
Zelensky: “Unfortunately, this seat in the Security Council, which Russia occupies illegally, through backstage manipulations following the collapse of the Soviet Union, has been taken by liars whose job is to whitewash the aggression and the genocide being carried on by Russia.”
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken: “President Putin is betting that if he keeps doubling down on the violence, that if he’s willing to inflict enough suffering on enough people, the world will cave on its principles and Ukraine will stop defending itself.”
Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov: “Today, the West turns selectively to norms and principles (on) a case-by-case basis exclusively based on their parochial geopolitical needs. This has resulted in a shaking of global stability as well as the exacerbation and the fomenting of new hotbeds of tension, (and) risks of global conflict.”
China’s vice foreign minsiter Ma Zhaoxu: “The Ukraine crisis has dealt a heavy blow to world economic recovery and global development and severely affected the world food, energy and financial security. Developing countries are the first to bear the blunt. Relevant countries should stop abusing unilateral sanctions and long-arm jurisdiction and protect the security and the smooth operation of global production and supply chains.”
Alex Ross21 September 2023 01:30