Moscow will send Belarus nuclear-capable missiles within a few months

will deliver missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads to Belarus in the coming months, President said on Saturday when he received Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko. Read about today’s events when they developed on our live blog. All times Paris time (GMT + 2).

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21:59: Zelensky says that Ukraine will win back Severodonetsk and other cities

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Saturday that Ukraine would regain all the cities it lost to Russia, including Severodonetsk, which eventually fell to ’s forces earlier in the day.

In a video late in the evening, he also said that Ukraine had been hit by 45 Russian missiles and rockets in the past 24 hours, which he described as a cynical attempt to break the mood of his people.

18:29: Putin says the purpose is to enable Belarus’ air force to carry nuclear weapons

On Saturday, Russian President Vladimir Putin offered to upgrade Belarus’s battlefield to make it capable of carrying nuclear weapons, amid soaring tensions with western Ukraine.

“Many Su-25s (aircraft) are in the service of the Belarusian military. They could be upgraded appropriately. This modernization should be carried out in aircraft factories in Russia and staff training should start accordingly,” Putin said after the President of Belarus. Alexander Lukashenko asked him to “adapt” the plan in a televised interview.

16:43: Erdogan signals no progress in Sweden’s NATO bid, says the presidency

President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan signaled on Saturday that no progress had been made in Sweden’s attempt to join NATO, and called on to take “concrete measures” to meet ’s concerns, his office said.

In a telephone conversation with Sweden’s , Erdogan reiterated that “Sweden should take action on such fundamental issues as fighting terrorism,” the Turkish presidency said in a statement.

Turkey “wanted to see binding commitments on these issues along with concrete and clear measures,” he added.

16:19: Russian forces occupy all of Ukraine’s Severodonetsk, says mayor

Ukraine’s Severodonetsk was “completely occupied” by the Russian army, its mayor said on Saturday, after weeks of fighting over the central city in the east.

“The city has been completely occupied by the Russians,” said Mayor Oleksandr Striuk.

The Ukrainian army said on Friday that it would withdraw its forces from the city of about 100,000 people before the war to better defend the neighboring city of Lysychansk.

15:03: Street clashes in the important city of Lysychansk in Ukraine, say pro-Russian separatists

Russian troops and allies entered Lysychansk on Saturday and street fighting is taking place in the eastern Ukrainian city bordering its strategic twin Severodonetsk, pro-Moscow separatists said.

“The people’s militia in the People’s Republic of Lugansk and the Russian army have invaded the city of Lysychansk,” a pro-Russian separatist, Andrei Marochko, told Telegram.

“Street fighting is going on right now,” he added.

The claim, which could not be independently verified, comes after Ukrainian forces were ordered to withdraw from Severodonetsk, a key city in the east. Donbas region that Russia is about to conquer.

13:11: Mayor says that Ukrainian troops “almost left” Severodonetsk

The mayor of Ukraine Sievierodonetsk said that Ukrainian troops “almost left” the strategic front line after endure for weeks against advancing Russian forces.

Mayor Oleksandr Stryuk did not confirm whether a complete withdrawal was underway. On Friday, regional authorities said Ukraine would withdraw its troops there.

“Unfortunately, they have almost left the city,” Stryuk said on national television.

12:47: Ukraine reports “massive bombing” from Belarus

Ukraine said it came under “massive bombing” on Saturday from neighboring Belarus, a Russian ally not officially involved in the conflict, the day after announcing a retreat from the strategic city of Severodonetsk.

Twenty rockets aimed at the village of Desna in the northern Chernigiv region, Ukraine’s northern military leadership said in a statement, adding that the infrastructure was hit, but no fatalities have yet been reported. Belarus has provided logistical support to Moscow since the invasion on February 24, especially in the first weeks, and, like Russia, has been subject to Western sanctions – but is not officially involved in the conflict.

“Today’s strike is directly linked to the Kremlin’s efforts to pull off Belarus as a co-fighter in the war in Ukraine “, said the Ukrainian intelligence service. The strike came before a planned meeting of the Vladimir Putin and his Belarusian counterpart and close allies Alexander Lukashenko in St. Petersburg on Saturday.

12:29: Russian troops kill “up to 80” Polish soldiers in Ukraine, says Moscow

Russia said on Saturday that its troops had killed “up to 80” putsa warriors in “precision strikes” in eastern Ukraine.

“Up to 80 Polish mercenaries, 20 armored combat vehicles and eight rocket launchers were destroyed in precision attacks on the Megatex zinc factory in Konstantinovka” in the Donetsk region, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement, which could not be independently verified. .

The region, as Russia claims, has been the battlefield since Moscow began its offensive in Ukraine in late February.

The Russian ministry did not say when the strikes took place. In its statement, the ministry added that “more than 300 Ukrainian troops and foreign mercenaries as well as 35 heavy weapons were destroyed within a day in Mykolaiv”, a city on the in southern Ukraine.

09:54: Russian missiles rain down on military sites all over Ukraine, local officials say

Dozens of Russian missiles rained down on military installations in western and northern Ukraine on Saturday, local officials said, as Europe’s largest land conflict since entered its fifth month.

The governor of the Lviv region of western Ukraine, Maxim Kozytskyi, said in a video published online that six missiles were fired from the Black Sea at the Yavoriv base, four of which hit the base and two were intercepted and destroyed before hitting their target.

Vitaliy Bunechko, governor of the Zhytomyr region in the north of the country, said attacks on a military target killed at least one soldier.

“Nearly 30 missiles were fired at a military infrastructure facility very close to the city of Zhytomyr,” Bunechko said, adding that nearly 10 missiles had been intercepted and destroyed.


Originally published on France24

Moscow will send Belarus nuclear-capable missiles within a few months


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