Russia-Ukraine War: What We Know on Day 99 of the Invasion | Ukraine

  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has claimed that 243 children have been killed in the war so far and 200,000 children have been forcibly taken to Russia, including children from orphanages, children taken in with their parents and those separated from their families. Regarding the sending of children to Russia, he said: “The purpose of this criminal policy is not just to steal people, but to make those who are deported forget Ukraine and not be able to return.”

  • In her first public speech since leaving office around six months ago, Angela Merkel described Russia’s war against Ukraine as a “barbaric war of aggression” that amounts to a “far-reaching turning point”. She said that while she was reluctant to speak from the sidelines as a former German chancellor, she couldn’t help but speak about the “most blatant violation of international law” in European history since the end of World War II.

  • Russian forces currently occupy about 20 percent of Ukraine’s territory, Zelenskyy said in a video address to the Luxembourg parliament. The front lines of the battle stretch more than 1,000 km (620 miles)

  • Russia has taken control of most of the main eastern Ukrainian city of Sieverodonetsk, the UK Ministry of Defense said in its latest intelligence report. The report adds: “The main road into the Sieverodonetsk pocket is likely to remain under Ukrainian control, but Russia continues to make steady local gainsmade possible by a heavy concentration of artillery.”

  • Around 800 people, including children, are hiding under the Azot chemical plant in the key eastern Ukrainian city of Sievierodonetsk, which has come under intense Russian shelling, according to Serhiy Haidai, the governor of the Luhansk region. Local residents have taken refuge in the Soviet-era bomb shelters beneath the facility.

  • The chief spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry, Maj. Gen Igor Konashenkov, has claimed that the number of foreign mercenaries fighting for Ukraine has halved since the war began, thanks to Russian precision strikes and their own poor training. He also had a warning for those still fighting as mercenaries in Ukraine, saying: “I would like to remind you that according to international humanitarian law, mercenaries are not combatants and the best thing that awaits them is criminal liability.” “

  • Russian forces try to attack the eastern Ukrainian village Berestov located on a main road connecting the city of Luhansk in the Luhansk region Lysychansk to the rest of Ukraine, said a Ukrainian general.

  • The headquarters of the Self-Proclaimed Territorial Defense Donetsk People’s Republic claims to have 222 settlements under its control. They claim that ten areas of Donetsk were shelled by Ukrainian forces overnight, killing one person and wounding 19 others.

  • Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleg Nikolenko said Ukraine is working with international partners to create a United Nations-backed mission to restore Black Sea shipping lanes and export Ukrainian agricultural products.

  • the russian president, Wladimir Putinwill meet the head of the African Union, who is also the Senegalese President, Macky Salon Friday to discuss the “release of grain and fertilizer stocks” and the conflict in Ukraine, Sall’s office said.

  • The EU has removed the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, from its new sanctions list. Diplomats are quoted as saying that Patriarch Kirill has now been removed from the list of sanctioned persons at Hungary’s request.

  • Slovakia delivers eight self-propelled zuzana 2 Howitzers to Ukraine under a trade deal signed by a state-controlled manufacturer, Slovakia’s Defense Ministry said.

  • Football victory of Ukraine over Scotland in their Fifa World Cup Playoff Semifinals last night gave the country, in the words of Zelenskyj“two hours of happiness we’re not used to.”

  • The US announced yesterday that it will send Ukraine four sophisticated medium-range missile systems and ammunition to try to stem Russian advances in the Donbass region. The missile systems are part of a new $700 million security assistance tranche that also includes helicopters, Javelin anti-tank weapon systems, radars, tactical vehicles, spare parts and more. It will take at least three weeks to get the precision weapons and trained troops onto the battlefield, the Pentagon said.

  • Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the delivery of advanced US missile systems to Ukraine increases the risk of a “third country” being drawn into the conflict. Lavrov’s deputy Sergei Ryabkov said that Moscow viewed US military aid to Ukraine “extremely negatively” and that it did would increase the risk of a direct confrontation. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov added: “We believe that the United States is deliberately and diligently adding fuel to the fire.”

  • US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Ukraine had given “assurances” that it would not use Washington-provided long-range weapons systems against targets on Russian territory.

  • A Russian missile hit railway lines in the western Lviv region, a key channel for the delivery of western arms and other supplies, officials said. Lviv regional governor Maksym Kozytskiy said five people were injured in the strike. Anton Gerashchenko, an adviser to the country’s interior minister, said the Russians struck the Beskydy railway tunnel in the Carpathian Mountains in an apparent attempt to cut a vital rail link and disrupt arms and fuel supplies.

  • Denmark voted overwhelmingly to join the EU’s common defense policy, become the last member of the block to log in. Wednesday’s referendum, in which voters backed the government’s proposal 66.9% to 33.1%, followed historic bids by Denmark’s previously non-aligned Nordic neighbors Finland and Sweden to join NATO last month.

  • NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said he would convene a meeting with senior officials from Sweden, Finland and Turkey in Brussels in the coming days to discuss Turkey’s opposition to Sweden and Finland joining the alliance. Blinken said there was “a strong consensus within NATO to support the rapid accession of Sweden and Finland” and he was confident that this would happen.

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