Ukraine and Russia: what you need to know now
Russian forces fired cruise missiles to destroy a large depot containing US and European weapons in western Ukraine, Interfax reported, as street fighting raged in the eastern city of Sievierodonetsk. FIGHTING * Russian forces fired Kalibr cruise missiles to destroy a depot containing US and European weapons in the Ternopil region of western Ukraine, Interfax reported. * The governor of the Ternopil region said a rocket attack on the town of Chortkiv fired from the Black Sea partially destroyed a military installation, injuring 22 people. A local official said no weapons were stored there. * Reuters could not independently confirm the various accounts. * Interfax also said Russian forces shot down three Ukrainian SU-25 fighter jets near Donetsk and Kharkiv in eastern Ukraine. * Russia is using its superior balance of power and artillery to gradually seize territory in and around Sieverodonetsk in Ukraine, the UK Ministry of Defense said. * Luhansk Governor Serhiy Gaidai acknowledged that Russian forces had taken most of Sievierodonetsk, but said the Azot plant was not blocked. He also said that Russian shelling had started a big fire at the factory after an oil leak. * Southwest of Sievierodonetsk, Russian forces were firing mortars and artillery around a number of settlements, according to the Ukrainian General Staff. But he said Ukrainian forces had repelled Russian attempts to advance towards some communities. * President Volodomyr Zelenskiy said that the Ukrainian army is gradually liberating territories further west in the Kherson region, and has also achieved some successes in Zaporizhzhia. ECONOMY * It might look and smell like McDonald’s, but now it’s Vkusno & tochka. A new era for the Russian economy and fast food scene opened when McDonald’s restaurants opened in Moscow under new Russian ownership and with the new name, which translates to “Tasty and That’s It” . * Ukraine has established two routes through Poland and Romania to export grain and avert a global food crisis, though bottlenecks have slowed the supply chain, Ukraine’s deputy business minister said foreign.
DIPLOMACY * The security concerns raised by Turkey in its opposition to Finnish and Swedish applications for NATO membership are legitimate, the Western military alliance’s secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg, has said in Finland. * European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said the EU executive’s opinion on Ukraine’s application to join the European Union would be ready in the coming week. QUOTES “No one can say if and how many casualties there have been in the past 24 hours in Sievierodonetsk, where intense fighting continues,” Gaidai said on the Telegram messaging app. “Everyone wants to evacuate now, probably, but so far there is no such possibility,”
(Compiled by Kim Coghill and Frances Kerry)
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