Chance of the calendar, Ukraine celebrates the 31st anniversary of its independence from the USSR this Wednesday, a day which also marks the six months of the Russian invasion. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has promised a firm response to possible Russian attacks. Follow the latest developments hour by hour.
Update on the situation after six months of war in Ukraine
- Six months into the war in Ukraine, the conflict rages on with no prospect of peace in sight.
- Western intelligence, however, ensures that the dynamic tilts against Russia; 80,000 Russian soldiers have died or been injured since the start of the war, according to the American services.
- According to kyiv, 9,000 Ukrainian soldiers have lost their lives since the February 24 invasion. The UN confirmed the death of more than 5,500 Ukrainian civilians. But the real toll is probably much heavier.
- A series of explosions have rocked the Crimean peninsula in recent weeks. Ukraine did not claim responsibility, but implied that its forces played a role. On Tuesday, during an international forum, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky also promised to take back Crimea, annexed by Russia in 2014.
12:03 a.m.: Washington to provide roughly $3 billion in new military aid to Kyiv
The United States will announce roughly $3 billion in new military aid to Ukraine to mark its independence day and six months of conflict, a US official said on Tuesday.
The White House is expected to officially announce the aid on Wednesday, the same day Ukraine celebrates its independence which coincides with the anniversary of six months of conflict since the Russian invasion of that country on February 24, the official said. official on condition of anonymity.
This will be the largest package of US military aid since the start of the war and will allow kyiv to acquire new weapons or finance training or operations.
12:00 a.m.: Kyiv and Moscow point fingers at the Security Council over the Zaporizhia power plant
Russia and Ukraine again accused each other on Tuesday, at a Security Council meeting, of endangering the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, which has been under Russian control since the first hours of the war.
« Ukrainian armed forces continue almost every day to bombard the territory of the nuclear power plant, creating a real risk of a radioactive accident with catastrophic consequences for the European continent as a whole », launched the Russian ambassador Vassily Nebenzia, who had requested this Council meeting. He also called on Westerners to « stop covering up for their Ukrainian protege ». « We have the impression that our colleagues live in a parallel reality in which the Russian army itself bombs the site it protects, » he said.
« No one can imagine that Ukraine would target a nuclear power plant creating a huge risk of nuclear disaster on its own territory, » replied Ukrainian Ambassador Sergiy Kyslytsya. « Once again (Russia) has the audacity to convene a meeting of the Security Council to discuss its own provocations and its own terrorist actions », he added, considering that he had « lost an hour listening to a slew of imaginary statements ».
The two countries both ensure that they are ready to allow access to a team of inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on the site, but the mission has still not been able to be scheduled.
For her part, the UN Under-Secretary General for Political Affairs, Rosemary DiCarlo, reiterated the need for both parties « to stop all military activity around the plant ».
At the request of Washington, Paris and London in particular, another meeting of the Security Council is scheduled for Wednesday morning to mark the six months of the invasion of Ukraine by Russia.
With AFP and Reuters