The US aims to return to the EU-approved munitions plan hitherto reserved for the European war industry. “Opening up the buy-and-take process for industries outside the EU will allow much-needed supplies to be delivered to Ukraine more quickly,” a senior US government official told ANSA. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg summoned representatives of defense industries across the Atlantic (and thus also from the United States) to Brussels on the occasion of the defense ministerial meeting in mid-May to look for possible synergies.
According to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Westerners are “playing with fire” with plans to supply F-16s to Kiev. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has described Western countries’ plans to send F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine as an unacceptable escalation. “Certainly this is an unacceptable escalation. I hope there are reasonable people in the West who understand this,” Lavrov told Moscow’s programme. The Kremlin. put it in’.
the situation on the ground
Last night, the Ukrainian army shot down 52 Iranian-made drones in the country’s airspace, out of 54 launched by the Kremlin army on the eve of Kiev Day, when the capital celebrates the anniversary of its founding 1541 years ago with concerts, exhibitions and exhibitions. The Ukrainian Air Force announced the shooting down of “Shadz” missiles that were launched from the Russian regions of Bryansk and Krasnodar, indicating that the attack took place in multiple batches over a period of 5 hours, according to what was reported by the RBC-Ukraine website. According to inconclusive information, a 40-year-old man was killed in a Kiev district and a woman was injured. According to the military administration of the capital, this is the largest air attack launched by Russia since the beginning of the invasion. The attacks continued throughout the night, and explosions were felt not only in Kiev but also in many other cities. According to reports from the Kiev Independent, the air defense systems have been active for a long time. Eruptions were recorded again this morning also in Zhytomyr.
During last night’s Russian attacks on Kyiv, some residents took to balconies despite the alarm shouting insults against Vladimir Putin and the slogan “Glory to the Air Defense,” the Guardian reported.
The capital was also rocked by explosions last night, and the authorities reported that “air defense is working.” On Telegram, Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko called on citizens to “stay in shelters. Do not neglect your safety. It will be a difficult night.” The air raid alert went off around 1 a.m. local time (midnight in Italy), and was activated in most regions of the country. As a result of the attack in the Holoseevsky district, “wreckage fell on the territory of a gas station. Initially, three people were injured, according to preliminary data, one person died.” This was reported by the city’s military administration on Telegram. In the Pechersk region, a fire broke out on the roof of a 9-storey building due to debris falling from drones.
Airstrikes by the Russian army hit Zhytomyr in western Ukraine at 5 am this morning, public broadcaster Suspilne reported. The military commander for the region said Nikopol in the eastern Dnepropetrovsk region was bombed overnight.
Sergey Lysak: “Six houses and two buildings were destroyed. The gas pipeline and power lines were damaged. There were no deaths or injuries – that’s the main thing,” he wrote in Telegram.
And on the telegram of President Volodymyr Zelensky. He writes: “Ukrainian Air Defense Forces: Hear the air raid alert differently than most people. Look out to destroy enemy missiles, planes, helicopters and drones. Every time you shoot down enemy drones and missiles, lives are saved. Our rescuers are engaged.” In eliminating the consequences of enemy attacks: do your best to save others. You are our heroes.”
And after the massive use of Iran’s Shahed drones in last night’s attacks, Zelensky asked the Ukrainian parliament to approve new 50-year sanctions against Iran over its role in providing Russia with drones and military equipment for war. This was reported by the Kiev Independent, citing a draft resolution submitted to parliament. The draft will reportedly include a complete ban on trade with Iran, investment and technology transfer, as well as a ban on the withdrawal of Iranian assets from the country.
For his part, a spokesman for the Ukrainian Air Force, Yuriy Ihnat, said on television that “last night, during the massive Russian attack with drones on Kiev, the Air Force took part in shooting down Iranian drones: the ones we use to shoot down drones in particular are not effective.” As we would like. If we have the F-16, of course, with its powerful radar and weapons, it will be able to do its job in the sky one hundred percent of the time.
The death toll from the Russian attack that hit a psychiatric hospital and a veterinary clinic on May 26 in Dnipro has risen to four. This was reported by the governor of the Dnipropetrovsk region, Sergei Lysak, stating that the remains of the bodies of three missing people had been identified.
“Sad news,” the governor wrote on Telegram. “The fate of three people who disappeared during a missile attack on Dnipro has become known. Unfortunately, they died. We have the results of the study of body fragments found at the site of the tragedy.” . “The victims included a 56-year-old doctor and a 64-year-old employee of the eviscerated health facility. Another 57-year-old employee of a nearby veterinary clinic. In total, this attack claimed the lives of four people.”
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