Ukraine war: What happened over the weekend

UK plan for Russian aggression

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has proposed a six-point plan to discourage Russia in Ukraine, which excludes Western military intervention and provides for: the creation of an international humanitarian coalition; support for Ukraine’s self-defense; increase economic pressure on Russia; prevent a “creeping normalization” of Russia’s actions in Ukraine; strengthen security and resilience among NATO; and use diplomatic channels to de-escalate with the full participation of the legitimate Ukrainian government.

In the coming days, Johnson plans to discuss his plan with the leaders of Canada, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia.

Diplomacy instead of bombs

After meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Saturday for “about three hours”, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett spoke on the phone with Volodymyr Zelensky and went to Berlin to meet with Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has also tried to convince his Russian counterpart of the importance of taking urgent measures to ensure a ceasefire, open humanitarian corridors and sign a peace agreement. According to Erdogan, he is also in contact with the Ukrainian side.

Antony Blinken visits Poland and Moldova

U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken visited Poland, where he also had a meeting with Ukrainian Prime Minister Dmytro Kuleba. He then came to Moldova to meet with Maia Sandu and Natalia Gavriliță, praising our country’s effort to welcome Ukrainian’s refugees and promising assistance.

Also, the official said that the United States has allowed NATO countries to provide Ukraine with military fighter jets to support it in the war against the Russian aggressor. Meanwhile, US ammunition manufacturer Remington will send one million rounds to Ukraine.

UK on shelling of Ukrainian cities

According to UK intelligence, Russian troops are shelling residential areas in Ukraine because they are facing strong resistance from Ukrainian forces.

Russia used similar tactics in Chechnya in 1999 and in Syria in 2016, employing both air and ground weapons.

Odessa, a target of war?

Russia may be preparing another wave of large-scale offensive, this time targeting Odessa, Volodymyr Zelensky said in his address to the nation. “The Russians always came to Odessa and felt only warmth, only sincerity. What now? Rockets against Odessa? Bombs against Odessa? It will be a military and historical crime”.

Meanwhile, the Odessa port administration has announced that it will resume the release of containers with imports of food and essential goods.

No shooting from Transnistria

The Moldovan Ministry of Defense dismissed reports that the Vinnytsia Airport was attacked from the territory of Transnistria, with the assault coming from the Black Sea instead. The Ukrainian Air Force Command stated that the attack was carried out with strategic Tu-95MS or Tu-160 bombers.

People protesting war

Protests against the war took place in 56 Russian cities. By evening, at least 4,449 people were known to be detained. According to Russian police, about 2,500 people took part in the protests in Moscow, 1,700 were detained, and 750 of the 1,500 participants were detained in St. Petersburg. In all, more than 9,000 people have been detained in Russia since the start of the war with Ukraine.

Demonstrations against the war took place in Kazakhstan’s largest city, Almaty, but also in many of Europe’s large cities.

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