A Russian missile strike targeting Kyiv killed at least one person shortly after a meeting between UN Secretary-General António Guterres and President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who called the attack an attempt to “humiliate” the UN
The strike targeted a residential high-rise and another building, and ten people were also injured, according to Ukraine’s emergency services. Russia claimed it “destroyed production buildings” at a defense factory in Kyiv.
“This says a lot about Russia’s true attitude towards global institutions, about attempts of Russian authorities to humiliate the UN and everything that the organization represents,” Zelenskyy said in a video address to the nation. “Therefore, it requires correspondingly powerful reaction.”
About an hour before, Guterres appeared with Zelenskyy at a news conference. The UN chief had been in Ukraine and Russia this week seeking humanitarian evacuations from the besieged port city of Mariupol, which the UN said Russia agreed to “in principle.” Guterres also toured some of the destruction in and around Kyiv.
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►President Joe Biden on Thursday asked Congress to approve $33 billion in security, economic and humanitarian aid to Ukraine, the latest move suggesting the US would provide long-term support to the country.
►Ukrainian prosecutors on Thursday identified 10 Russian soldiers accused of atrocities in the Kyiv suburb of Bucha, one of the war’s major flashpoints that helped galvanize Western support of Ukraine.
Russia is using dolphins to protect naval base, satellite photos suggest
Russia has placed trained dolphins at the entrance to a key Black Sea port to help protect a Kremlin naval base there, suggest satellite photos analyzed by a naval analyst.
Around the time of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, two pens of dolphins were placed at the entrance to Sevastopol harbor, the most significant naval base in the Black Sea, according to the imagery.
The dolphins could be trained to perform tasks such as preventing divers from infiltrating a military base undetected. Both the US and Russian military have trained marine mammals to complete such tasks.
“This could prevent Ukrainian special operations forces from infiltrating the harbor underwater to sabotage warships,” HI Sutton, a submarine analyst wrote in an article published by the US Naval Institute on Wednesday.
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As horror unfolds in Ukraine, most of the world isn’t punishing Putin
the horrors of war are rampant in Ukraine, and the US and its allies say Moscow needs to pay. But most of the world isn’t joining the plan to punish Putin.
When global leaders voted in early April to punish Russia for human rights violations in Ukraine, diplomats representing the majority of the world’s population either sided with Moscow or refused to choose a side.
According to a USA TODAY analysis of the vote, about three-quarters of the global population lives in a country that did not support the US-initiated measure that suspended Russia from a top human rights group. Each country received one vote, regardless of its population, land mass or wealth. Read more here.
Contributing: The Associated Press
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