According to Ukraine, at least one person was injured when Russian missiles struck two industrial buildings in Kryvyi Rih.
Kyiv claims that its air defences shot down 18 Russian drones in Odesa.
NATO defence ministers are meeting in Brussels to discuss Ukraine’s backing and coordinated efforts to stockpile weapons and ammunition.
Putin calls Xi a “dear friend” on his birthday
In a tribute honouring China’s 70th birthday, Russian President Vladimir Putin referred to Xi Jinping as a “dear friend.”
“It is difficult to overstate the efforts you have been making to build the comprehensive partnership” between Russia and China, Putin said to Xi.
The two leaders became closer once Russia invaded Ukraine and the West sought to isolate Moscow.
Nine drones were shot down over Crimea by the Russian military
According to Sergey Aksionov, who was installed as governor of the Crimean peninsula by Moscow, Russian forces had shot down nine drones flying over the peninsula.
According to a statement made by Aksionov on Telegram, “nine drones were spotted above the territory of the Republic of Crimea last night and this morning.”
According to what he said, “air defense personnel shot down six devices,” while three other devices were “deactivated” before they struck the ground.
Aksionov also stated that there were no casualties due to the incident; nonetheless, the explosion caused by one of the drones caused the windows of many residences to shatter.
Stoltenberg: NATO aid to Ukraine makes an impact on the battlefield
According to Jens Stoltenberg, the Secretary General of NATO, the alliance’s support for Ukraine has a tangible impact on the battlefield.
Stoltenberg commented to the media in Brussels, where he was present. “The support that NATO allies have been giving Ukraine now for many, many months truly makes a difference on the battlefield,” Stoltenberg said.
Stoltenberg made these remarks during a meeting of the bloc’s defence ministers in the capital of Belgium. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the bloc’s future relations with Ukraine in light of the fact that Russia’s war on the country has thwarted Ukraine’s hopes of joining the world’s largest security alliance in the near future.
Dam break impacts agriculture: Russian vice-PM
According to TASS, Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Victoria Abramchenko stated that it is too soon to quantify agricultural damage in Russian-controlled territories due to the Ukraine rupture of the Kakhovka dam. This information was carried out by the state news agency.
“Unfortunately, we are not yet in a position to provide an accurate estimate of the overall amount of losses to the agricultural sector. We require that every last drop of the water drain away. Abramchenko was cited as adding that after this information is gathered, “then we will be able to establish whose farmers have incurred this damage and to what amount.”
The region of Ukraine, which is one of the largest grain producers in the world, is controlled by Russian forces to approximately 18 percent of its total area. The annexation has been deemed unlawful by most of the member states of the General Assembly of the United Nations.
WSJ: Japan talks to give US artillery ammunition for Ukraine
On Thursday, the Wall Street Journal reported that discussions are underway between Japan and the United States on the possible supply of artillery shells to augment inventories for Ukraine’s counteroffensive against Russia.
The report stated that the Asian nation is considering delivering 155mm artillery shells as part of a 2016 arrangement to share ammunition in its long-standing security relationship with the United States. The information was gleaned from individuals who are knowledgeable about the subject matter.
Russia: Crimea drones downed nine
Sergei Aksionov, the governor of Crimea who was put in his position by Russia, has stated that Russian forces have shot down nine drones flying over the peninsula since Russia’s annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.
On the messaging app Telegram, Aksionov stated that nine drones had been seen flying over the area of the Republic of Crimea the previous night and this morning.
He stated that “six devices were shot down by air defense troops,” while three others were “deactivated” before hitting the ground and that there were no fatalities. He also stated that there were no casualties.
But, he said that one of the drones had burst in a community in the middle of the peninsula, resulting in multiple residences’ shattered windows.
Norway, and Denmark will give Ukraine 9,000 artillery rounds
According to the Norwegian Ministry of Defense, the capital cities of Oslo and Copenhagen have reached an agreement to give an additional 9,000 rounds of artillery to Ukraine.
According to a statement released by the ministry, Norway will be in charge of supplying the shells, while Denmark will be responsible for donating the fuses and propellant charges.
According to the ministry, Oslo will also provide 7,000 rounds from its supplies already shipped to Ukraine. These rounds will be sent in the following weeks.
According to the ministry, the artillery rounds are suitable for use in various types of artillery, including the M109, which Norway has donated in the past. In addition, it was said that purchasing new munitions would replace the ammunition.
Ukraine claims Odesa downed 18 Russian drones
According to the local authorities in Odesa, located in the country’s south, Ukrainian air defences shot down 18 Russian drones on Thursday as they neared the area.
The most recent turn of events follows allegations by Ukrainian officials that Russia launched cruise missiles against the city on Wednesday, resulting in the deaths of at least six people.
A spokesperson for the Ukrainian military stated on Wednesday that there had been a recent increase in the number of aircraft attacks carried out by Russian forces during their nearly 16-month-long conflict.
In the meantime, the country’s military forces have reported minimal successes in the early stages of a counteroffensive to reclaim almost one-fifth of Ukraine’s land under the Russian Federation’s authority.
Mayor of Kryvyi Rih: Russian rockets hit industrial facilities
According to Oleksandr Vilkul, the mayor of Kryvyi Rih in central Ukraine, Russian missiles struck two industrial complexes.
According to Vilku, three missiles struck two industrial firms “that had nothing to do with the military,” resulting in the injury of a 38-year-old man.
He added that one car was damaged by debris from missiles that were brought down by the air defences.
In a message he posted on Telegram, Vilkul referred to the destruction as “important.”
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