Kyiv. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that the people of Ukraine are doing everything possible to drive the Russians out of the country, but "today no one can predict how long this war will last." Zelensky named the nation. "It will unfortunately depend not only on our people, who are already giving their maximum, but it will depend on our partners, on the European countries, on the whole free world," he said in his nightly video address. Said he was grateful to all those working to strengthen sanctions on Russia and increase military and financial aid to Ukraine.
"It is the only way to protect freedom in the face of Russian aggression," the Ukrainian president said. For Western countries it's not just about an expense or an expense, it's about the future." Russia has suffered heavy losses in terms of vehicles, helicopters and drones. Zelensky said, "And why? So that the statue of Lenin could stand for some more time in the temporarily occupied Geniechesk? There can be no other result for Russia." In April, the Russian army re-installed a Lenin statue in Genichesk, a city in the southern Kherson region.
Zelensky said Ukraine is engaged in "very difficult negotiations" to try to rescue wounded fighters trapped at the Mariupol steel plant. “We are talking about evacuating a large number of people. Of course, we are all doing everything we can to take out each of our defenders. We've already included everyone in the world who can be the most influential mediators." Zelensky said Ukraine's military had recaptured towns and villages occupied by Russian troops. Work is on to restore electricity, drinking water supply, telephone communication and social services, he said.
---- Crucial developments in the Russia-Ukraine war --- Amidst hope, fear, the number of refugees from the Ukraine war has crossed six million. --- Ukraine prosecutes Russian soldier for the first time in war-crime case. ---Consider facilitating evacuation of the disabled on the front lines of Ukraine. ---Finland's leader in favor of applying for NATO membership. OTHER DEVELOPMENTS KYV --- Ukraine's prosecutor general said Friday that her office is preparing for 41 counts of war crimes against Russian soldiers. "We have 41 suspects on the basis of which we are ready to go to court," Irina Venediktova told a live news conference on Ukrainian TV on Friday evening. All these wars were committed for various types of war crimes such as bombing of civilian infrastructure, killing of civilians,
Friday marked the first war crimes prosecution of a member of the Russian military in Kyiv. A 21-year-old Russian soldier was tried for the murder of an unarmed Ukrainian civilian in the early days of the war. Venediktova said two more suspects in Ukraine are expected to have a preliminary trial next week. --- Svyatoslav Palmar, deputy commander of the Azov Regiment, said during an online session of the Kyiv Security Forum that Russian forces continued to attack the Azovstal steel plant, the last stronghold of Ukrainian resistance in Mariupol. "We have continued to protest and are following the orders of our senior leaders to defend," he said. We are defending and continuing to fight despite all this.” US Generals Philip M. Breedlove and Wesley K. Clarke was also involved. meanwhile,
Which Russian soldiers were using to try to cross a river to the east. Ukraine's Airborne Command released photos and video of a damaged Russian pontoon bridge over the Siversky Donetsk River in Bilohorivka and several destroyed or damaged Russian military vehicles nearby. He said Ukraine destroyed at least 73 tanks and other military equipment during this period. The command said its troops "drown the Russian occupiers in the river." --- UN--- The US once again focused on Russia with the intention of diverting attention from the brutal war against its neighbor in Ukraine. Accused of using the United Nations Security Council to promote weapons propaganda and conspiracy theories. US Deputy Ambassador Richard Mills called Russian claims of alleged US involvement in an event "blatantly false and ridiculous".
The United Nations is not aware of any biological weapons program in Ukraine. Russia's UN envoy to the United Nations, Vasily Nebenzia, said at the inauguration that he called a third council meeting because his government had received "very worrying documentary evidence" that the US Defense Department was directly "involved in carrying out dangerous biological projects". What looks like a secret biological military program in Ukraine." --- WASHINGTON --- US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin spoke with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoygu on Friday. Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said Austin "appealed for an immediate ceasefire and stressed the importance of upholding communication." --- BERLIN --- Russian state-owned exporter Gazprom called for European energy funding by Russia. Citing new sanctions imposed on companies, it said on Friday that it would send Europe through a pipeline in Poland. Will not send supplies which increased the price of natural gas. The move did not immediately disrupt large quantities of natural gas supplies to Europe, but it raised fears that the war in Ukraine would have a massive impact on natural gas supplies. --- VIENNA - German Chancellor Olaf Schultz spoke on the phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The two leaders have spoken for the first time since the end of March. According to German government spokesman Stefan Hebstreit, the 75-minute talks on Friday "focused on the ongoing war in Ukraine and efforts to end it." --- ISTANBUL, Turkey - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoan said on Friday. that their countries are "not in favor" of Finland and Sweden joining NATO, indicating that Turkey is using its membership in the Western Military Alliance as a veto against moves to accept both countries. could. LONDON - Britain has added Russian President Vladimir Putin's ex-wife and his alleged girlfriend to its sanctions list over the attack on Ukraine. The list includes Putin's ex-wife Lyudmila, former Olympic gymnast Alina Kabaeva and several businessmen who are cousins of the Russian president, has been included. Kabaeva has been accused of having close personal ties with Putin. Foreign Minister Liz Truss said Britain was "exposing and targeting networks promoting Putin's luxury lifestyle." Britain says it has killed more than 1,000 individuals and 100 people since the invasion of Ukraine in February. Institutions have been included in this banned list.