“The Pope supports Russia and there is no mediation.”

“The Pope supports Russia and there is no mediation.”

Putin: The war in Ukraine is caused by the West

“The conflict in Ukraine was deliberately provoked by the West, also to limit the development of the Russian Federation.” This came as Russian news agencies quoted Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Zelensky: As far as we know, Putin killed Prigozhin

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky The Kremlin is believed to be responsible for the death of Yevgeny Prigozhin, founder of the Wagner Group, at least according to information collected by the Ukrainians. This was reported by BBC Russia. “Putin is exhausted – as a man, as a politician. Speaking in Kiev, the Ukrainian president said: “Prigozhin was killed, at least that is the information we have.” Zelensky also added that in Ukraine “we did not have days of mourning” when Prigozhin died, and “for us, this represents one less terrorist.” Zelensky explained that “the morale of the Russians collapsed because they covered themselves with Wagnerians, rushed forward, and could not get back,” concluding that the Russians had lost the Wagnerian defense and “this is certainly an advantage for us.”

Mykhailo Podolyakchief advisor to Ukrainian President Volodymyr ZelenskyIn a long and contentious conversation with Oksana Kharkovska on Ukrainian Channel 24 – which was relaunched by the Vatican information site “Il Sismografo” – she said: “There is no mediation role for the Pope, he is pro-Russian, and untrustworthy.” Therefore, Kiev rules out the possibility of Vatican mediation to resolve the military conflict on Ukrainian territory. Podolyak also mentioned Russian investments in the IOR region.

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“The Vatican cannot have any mediation function, because it would be a function that would deceive Ukraine or justice,” Podolyak stated, according to the website of the Ukrainian TV Channel 24, adding that KyivIn this case, he will not receive a “fair evaluation” from the Vatican. Podoliak He criticized Pope Francis’ appeal to young Catholics in Russia. Zelensky’s advisor said: “There is no point in talking about a mediator called Pope Francis if he takes a pro-Russian position, which is completely clear to everyone.” He also referred to the Russian Federation’s investments in the Vatican Bank: “We need to take a look at the investments that Russia is making in the Vatican Bank, we need to analyze that in more detail.”

Lavrov: We are aware of plans against gas pipelines in the Black Sea

This was stated by Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov, as reported by TASS, about Russia having information related to attempts to blow up the Turkish and Blue Stream gas pipelines in the Black Sea.

Two Ukrainian drones were shot down

Russian air defenses shot down two Ukrainian drones that attempted to attack a polling station in the Kherson region. This is supported by sources from the Regional Electoral Commission cited by TASS. The sources said: “Today, Russian defense aircraft shot down two drones near a polling center in the municipality of Skadovsk.” Russian authorities opened polling stations in 54 regions, including the occupied territories of Ukraine, in elections that Kiev described as a “farce.”

Russian forces launched missile attacks on Ukraine

This morning, Russian forces launched missile attacks in Ukraine on the cities of Kryvyi Rih, Zaporizhya and Sumy, killing one person and wounding at least 45 others, the Kyiv Independent reported, citing official sources. Ukrainian Interior Minister Ihor Klymenko said Russia bombed a police station in Kryvyi Rih, Dnipropetrovsk region, also damaging nearby residential buildings, killing a police officer and wounding six other employees.

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Oleksandr Vilkul, head of the city’s military administration, said that according to the latest update, a total of 41 people were injured in the attacks this morning in Kryvyi Rih. Nineteen people were taken to hospital. According to Dnipropetrovsk Region Governor Serhiy Lysak, three administrative buildings and seven residential buildings were damaged, the Kyiv Independent wrote. Also in northeastern Sumy, a Russian missile hit a two-story residential building, causing a widespread fire and damage to more than 20 homes and eight vehicles, the regional administration of the state emergency service said. According to Sumy district police, three people were injured in the attack, including an elderly couple who were rescued from under the rubble. Another man was injured in Zaporizhia, according to acting mayor Anatoly Kortev. The shock wave shattered the windows of many skyscrapers and educational institutions, Korteev said on Telegram.

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