Day 65: Russia confirms Kiev airstrike during UN chief’s visit – Russia’s defense ministry has confirmed that it had carried out a “high-precision” airstrike on Kiev during a visit by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
“High-precision, long-range air-based weapons of the Russian Aerospace Forces have destroyed the production buildings of the Artyom missile and space enterprise in Kiev,” the ministry said on Friday in its daily briefing on the conflict in Ukraine.
According to Kiev’s mayor, one person was killed in the Russian missile strike during the UN chief’s visit.
Russian defense forces carried out a range of airstrikes on Thursday, destroying three power substations at Ukrainian railway hubs and a Tochka-U missile launcher that it said had carried out an attack on the Russian-held city of Kherson.
Ukraine mortgages itself to US: Russia
Meanwhile, Vyacheslav Volodin, who as the speaker of the lower house of the Russian parliament often voices the Kremlin’s views, said that Washington is trying to profit from the war by indebting future generations of Ukrainians.
“Lend-Lease is a commodity loan, and not cheap: many future generations of Ukrainian citizens will pay for all the ammunition, equipment, and food that the United States will supply,” Volodin said.
“Zelensky is driving the country into a debt pit,” he was quoted as saying.
Biden’s funding request includes over $20 billion for weapons, ammunition, and other military assistance, as well as $8.5 billion in direct economic assistance to the Ukrainian government and $3 billion in humanitarian aid.