Cnn: “USA short of weapons after supplies to Ukraine”
The United States is “short” of weapons and ammunition after supplying Ukraine’s forces for months. Three officials report it to CNN. Since the invasion of Russia began last February, Washington has sent Kiev $18 billion in military assistance. The Pentagon has always ensured that US supplies are replenished and a few days ago it announced that it had awarded contracts worth over 520 million dollars to defense giant Lockheed Martin to replace missile systems sent to Ukraine.
Polish president visits Przewodow
The fall of the missile two days ago on the territory of Poland which caused the death of two men was a tragic “unintentional accident”: Polish President Andrzej Duda said today, who this afternoon had gone to Przewodow for an inspection in the small village which is about six kilometers from the border with Ukraine.
Duda met with the families of the victims and conveyed to journalists their request to respect their mourning, even during the state funeral scheduled for next Saturday. When asked about the presence of Ukrainian experts in the ongoing investigation into the causes of the accident, the Polish president stressed that they can visit Przewodow but their participation in the work already started by Polish prosecutors must respect the rules of international law. Regarding the statements of his Ukrainian counterpart who believes that the missile that fell in Poland was most likely launched by the Russians, Duda said that “everyone collects information on his behalf” and that in any case Russia is responsible for the tragedy that took place in Poland. So far fragments of a single missile, S-300, of Soviet production have been found in the area of the accident.
Moscow: “We will not give up annexed Ukrainian territories”
Russia does not intend to give up territories in Ukraine recently annexed to its territory. This was stated by Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov in a television interview filmed by the Tass agency. “We are unshakeable in our position which certainly provides for our territorial integrity with all newly admitted territories,” Ryabkov said.
Tajani: “New Russian attack on Kiev negative signal”
“Today the signals are negative”, because “the new Russian attack on the Ukrainian capital is a bad signal from Russia”. This was stated by Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani at the Farnesina, in response to a question from journalists on Ukraine.
Zelensky: “I don’t know what happened on the missile in Poland”
“I don’t know what happened”: so the Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky on the missile that fell on Tuesday in Poland. Until yesterday Ukraine denied that the fallen rocket was Ukrainian, a conclusion reached by the USA, Poland and NATO. “I do not know what happened. We don’t know for sure. The world doesn’t know. But I’m sure it was a Russian missile and I’m sure we fired from air defense systems,” Ukrainian President Zelensky said in a presidency statement.
Kremlin: “US can exert influence on Kiev”
Washington “is able to exert influence over Kiev, making it more flexible if it wishes”. This was stated by Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov speaking in the usual briefing of Ukraine’s refusal to negotiate.
Wheat deal, Moscow confirms extension without changes
The Russian Foreign Ministry confirmed the extension of the Black Sea wheat deal for 120 days, “without any changes” compared to the current one. As Tass reports, the Moscow Foreign Ministry added that “Moscow clearly and frankly underlined and continues to underline the interconnected nature of the package of agreements on Ukrainian grains and the effective implementation of the Russia-UN agreements on the normalization of agricultural exports national”. The agreement, according to the Russian Foreign Ministry, provides for an automatic extension in the absence of objections between the parties. Moscow also stressed that “any attempt to use the humanitarian corridor in the Black Sea for provocative military purposes will be resolutely suppressed”. Furthermore, Russia considers “unacceptable” any further delay on the “urgent deliveries” of the approximately 300,000 tons of Russian fertilizers detained in EU ports, which the Russian Federation donates to the most needy developing countries.
Moscow: “Civilian suffering is the effect of Kiev’s refusal to negotiate”
The suffering of civilians and the blackouts are the “consequence” of Kiev’s refusal to negotiate. This was stated by the Kremlin on the day Russian raids hit gas production plants and after the attacks in recent days on energy plants that are causing blackouts in almost the whole country.
Warsaw: “Missile dropped in Poland by Ukrainian forces”
All the evidence gathered by NATO, the United States and Poland indicates that the missile that killed two people in Poland was fired by Ukrainian forces. This was stated today by the head of the Polish National Security Office, Jacek Severa. The evidence “indicates that we are dealing with an S-300 missile launched by the Ukrainian air defenses,” he said in an interview with Polish radio RMF.