Russia-Ukraine warfare: don’t enable Moscow to sow concern, says Zelenskiy; suspected ‘spying’ raid in Albania – newest updates


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Zelenskiy warns Ukrainians to be vigilant forward of independence day

An exhibition of destroyed Russian army autos adorns the streets of Kyiv forward of Ukrainian independence day on Wednesday. Ukrainians are saying that Vladimir Putin bought his want for a parade of their capital, however simply not the one he wished.

A girl and two younger kids look via the again of a destroyed Russian armored automobile in Kyiv’s historic Khreschatyk Avenue. {Photograph}: Madeleine Kelly/SOPA Photos/REX/Shutterstock

Volodymyr Zelenskiy is clearly anxious that Russia goes to attempt to spoil the celebrations and has warned his countrymen and ladies that Putin may strive one thing “ugly” or “vicious” forward of Wednesday.

“We should all bear in mind that this week Russia might attempt to do one thing significantly ugly, one thing significantly vicious,” Zelenskiy stated in his nightly remarks on video on Saturday.

Safety has been stepped up within the second metropolis, Kharkiv, with the town’s curfew prolonged on Wednesday.

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The approaching week appears set to be dominated – a technique or one other – by Ukraine’s celebrations of its independence from Soviet rule 31 years in the past. President Volodymyr Zelenskiy warned on Saturday evening that Russia may attempt to do one thing “ugly” to spoil the present.

Preventing continues to rage throughout the nation with Ukrainian drone assaults on Crimea, and Russia missile strikes injured a number of folks in an assault close to Mykolaiv.

And there’s an intriguing story from Albania the place three folks carrying Russian and Ukrainian passports have been arrested after what seems to be a bungled spying raid on a army base.

Anyway, listed below are the primary developments over the previous few hours:

  • Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy has warned Ukrainians to be vigilant within the coming week as they put together to have a good time their independence day on Wednesday. In his nightly video handle on Saturday, Zelenskiy stated Ukrainians should not enable Moscow to “unfold despondency and concern” as they mark the thirty first anniversary of independence from Soviet rule. “We should all bear in mind that this week Russia might attempt to do one thing significantly ugly, one thing significantly vicious,” Zelenskiy stated.

  • The curfew in Ukraine’s second largest metropolis, Kharkiv, might be prolonged for your entire day on Wednesday, regional governor Oleh Synehub stated on Saturday. The north-eastern metropolis is commonly hit by Russian shelling and usually has a curfew from 10pm to 6am however additional precautions have been required on independence day.

  • Ukraine launched a recent strike on Russia’s Black Sea fleet headquarters at Sevastopol earlier on Saturday. Officers within the annexed Crimean peninsula stated that no less than one drone had been shot down and that the town’s air defence system had been referred to as into motion once more on Saturday evening.

  • Video shared on Twitter appeared to indicate Russian air defences trying to destroy the UAV and darkish plumes of smoke rising from the town.

  • Three folks with Russian and Ukrainian passports have been arrested for suspected spying after making an attempt to interrupt right into a army base and arms manufacturing facility in central Albania, the Albanian protection ministry stated on Saturday. Two Albanian troopers have been injured within the incident on the Gramsh base, the ministry stated, including the circumstances of the troopers was secure. Albania’s prime minister Edi Rama stated the three people are “suspected of espionage”.

  • The US is planning to purchase about 150,000 metric tonnes of grain from Ukraine within the subsequent few weeks for an upcoming cargo of meals assist from ports now not blockaded by warfare, the World Meals Programme chief has stated. The deliberate cargo, one in every of a number of the U.N. company that fights starvation is pursuing, is greater than six instances the quantity of grain that the primary WFP-arranged ship from Ukraine is now carrying towards folks within the Horn of Africa liable to hunger.

  • António Guterres, the UN secretary normal, stated he was moved by the sight of Ukrainian wheat being shipped from Turkey. Russian fertilisers and agricultural merchandise should have the ability to attain world markets “unimpeded” or a world meals disaster might strike as early as subsequent yr, he stated.

  • 4 kids have reportedly been injured following a Russian strike on a residential constructing within the Mykolaiv area of Ukraine.

  • Russian entities and people have been trying to make use of Turkey to bypass western sanctions imposed over Moscow’s warfare in Ukraine, the US deputy treasury secretary, Wally Adeyemo, advised Turkey’s deputy finance minister, Yunus Elitas, that the US treasury division stated. In a telephone name, the division stated, the 2 additionally mentioned efforts to implement and implement sanctions in opposition to Russia, Reuters experiences.

  • Ukraine’s defence ministry on Saturday stated its forces had killed a complete of 44,900 Russian personnel – an increase of 200 on the day earlier than.

  • Olaf Scholz has praised Alexei Navalny on the second anniversary of the jailed Russian opposition politician’s tried poisoning.

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