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Russia-Ukraine conflict information: Putin arrives in Kyrgyzstan; Zelensky denounces Hamas ‘terrorists’ Lalrp


Russian President Vladimir Putin is greeted by Kyrgyz Prime Minister Akylbek Japarov early Thursday on the airport in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan. (Ergesh Zhusubaliev/AFP/Getty Photos)

In his first recognized worldwide journey this 12 months, Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived on Thursday in Kyrgyzstan, the place he’ll meet with Japanese European leaders.

A global air drive coalition led by the USA, Denmark and the Netherlands will concentrate on constructing Ukraine’s F-16 fighter jet capability, the Danish Overseas Ministry said throughout a NATO assembly in Brussels.

Right here’s the newest on the conflict and its ripple results throughout the globe.

Putin will meet with the leaders of Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, and Tajikistan, in addition to representatives from the Commonwealth of Unbiased States (CIS), which is made up of some former Soviet nations, according to Putin’s office. That is Putin’s first recognized overseas journey because the Worldwide Legal Court docket issued a warrant for his arrest in March. Kyrgyzstan isn’t a signatory to the ICC statute which obliges member nations to switch Putin to The Hague if he enters their territory.

A coalition co-led by the USA, Denmark and the Netherlands will goal to ascertain F-16 capability in Ukraine and, later, oversee a full-scale Ukrainian air drive constructed, the Danish Ministry of Protection stated in a news release Wednesday. The package deal consists of plane donation and pilot coaching plus infrastructure and upkeep help. Denmark has promised to donate 19 of the American-made plane to Ukraine. The primary supply, of six, ought to arrive in spring 2024, Danish Overseas Minister Troels Lund Poulsen told Danish news agency Ritzau.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky denounced “terrorists like Putin — or like Hamas” throughout his shock go to to NATO’s assembly in Brussels on Wednesday. It was his first go to to NATO’s steel-and-glass headquarters since Putin’s invasion, and it got here a day after he acknowledged in an interview that the brand new conflict in Israel may distract international consideration from Russia’s conflict in opposition to Ukraine.

Additionally in Brussels, U.S. Protection Secretary Lloyd Austin introduced a $200 million safety help package deal for Ukraine. It adopted a $1 billion navy assist package deal, together with air protection techniques, introduced by Germany the day earlier than. “We remind the world of our shared dedication to help Ukraine at this time — and for the lengthy haul,” Austin said in his opening remarks to the Ukraine Protection Contact Group.

Senior U.S. officers have stepped up their efforts to steer Western governments to make use of lots of of billions of {dollars} of frozen Russian central financial institution reserves to assist Ukraine, The Washington Put up reported. The Kremlin has an estimated $300 billion frozen in numerous financial institution accounts all through Western nations, however consultants have warned that merely taking that cash would face authorized challenges and pose main monetary dangers.

Russian forces superior towards Avdiivka in Ukraine’s jap Donetsk area after launching an offensive operation on Tuesday, the Institute for the Study of War said Wednesday. Russian positive factors had been concentrated to the southwest of Avdiivka with out an encirclement of the “notoriously well-fortified and defended” city, which Russia would most likely wrestle to realize, the institute stated, including the operation was most likely supposed to attract Ukraine’s focus away from its counteroffensive on the southern entrance.

Three folks, together with a baby, had been killed within the Russian metropolis of Belgorod when a Ukrainian drone was downed, Belgorod Gov. Vyacheslav Gladkov said Thursday on Telegram. Two others are critically injured, and two residential buildings had been destroyed within the metropolis, about 25 miles north of the Ukrainian border, he stated.

Ukraine stated it recognized two Ukrainian “traitors” who gave intelligence to Russia to direct a missile assault on the village of Hroza. The Oct. 5 assault killed at the very least 55 folks — roughly one-sixth of the village’s inhabitants — together with one younger boy.

A Russian assault struck a faculty in Nikopol in southern Ukraine, destroying a gymnasium and killing 4 folks on Wednesday, Ukrainian Inside Affairs Minister Ihor Klymenko said on Telegram. He stated the 4 folks killed, all of whom had been aged 60 and above, included college staff.

In jap Ukraine, small assault groups quietly advance in opposition to Russia: Whereas massive, complicated maneuvers unfold in Ukraine’s southern counteroffensive, and long-range artillery duels thunder alongside the entrance traces, small-team ways are much less seen.

However these stealthy assaults of a handful of troopers storming enemy positions have been quietly instrumental in current positive factors within the jap Donetsk area exterior Bakhmut, Ukrainian fighters and commanders instructed Alex Horton and Serhiy Morgunov within the Donetsk area.

Outnumbered and outgunned, Ukrainian groups numbering 4 to a dozen can assault on foot far much less conspicuously than with automobiles, shocking complacent enemies and triggering chaos alongside the entrance.