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Pentagon rejects Russia’s ‘goodwill gesture’ explanation for Snake Island withdrawal
The U.S. Department of Defense does not believe Russia is claiming its withdrawal from Snake Island was a goodwill gesture, a senior U.S. official said on Friday.
“We view this development as the fact that the Ukrainians have been very successful in exerting significant pressure on the Russians, including using Harpoon missiles they recently acquired to attack a supply ship,” the official said.
According to him, the Ukrainians made it very difficult for the Russians to maintain their operations there and made them very vulnerable to Ukrainian strikes. “So that’s of course the reason why Russia left the island,” the official said.
The official, who has not been named but whose comments were posted on the DOD website, said recovering Snake Island would make it easier for Ukraine to defend Odessa and open shipping lanes in the future, Russia no longer controlling the island in the Black Sea. .
Zelenskyy denounces the “deliberate” “terror” of Russian missiles
In his nightly video address, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky denounced Friday’s Russian missile strikes in the southern Odessa region that left 21 dead and dozens injured.
“Three missiles hit an ordinary residential building, a nine-story building in which no one hid weapons, military equipment or ammunition, as Russian propagandists and officials always say about such strikes” , said Zelenskyy.
Ukraine’s president called the attack “deliberate and deliberate Russian terror, not some mistake or an accidental missile strike.”
Zelenskyy also said he was grateful to the United States of America and personally to US President Joe Biden for the new Ukraine support program announced today, which includes NASAMS surface-to-air missile systems.
“A complex of anti-aircraft missiles that will significantly strengthen our air defense. We have worked hard for this supply. In total, this package is worth 820 million dollars and, in addition to NASAMS, also includes artillery ammunition and radars “, said Zelenskyy. .
Recap of Friday’s key events
Ukraine’s military accused Russia of carrying out strikes using incendiary phosphorus munitions on Snake Island on Friday, just a day after withdrawing its forces from the rocky Black Sea outcrop.
Norway has announced nearly one billion euros in aid to Ukraine over two years. News of the aid worth 10 billion Norwegian kroner (about 960 million euros or $1 billion) came as Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Store was visiting the country.
Ukraine has called on Turkey to stop a Russian-flagged ship carrying several thousand tonnes of grain that Kyiv claims Russia stole.
Ukrainian borscht soup – which was due to be added to the UN’s list of endangered cultural heritage in 2023 – has seen its listing accelerated by “the negative impact on this tradition” caused by the war, said UNESCO.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Friday that “massive investments” would be needed for Ukraine’s reconstruction, but that the country’s path to EU membership would “go hand in hand”. with this process.
Russian missile fire in the southern region of Odessa left 21 dead and dozens injured.
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