At least 11 people are reported to have been killed and dozens more injured after Russia launched a massive wave of attacks targeting cities across Ukraine. Many of the places hit by cruise missiles and kamikaze drones during the morning rush hour appeared to be exclusively civilian sites or key pieces of infrastructure, apparently chosen to terrorize Ukrainians. Six people were killed and 51 more were wounded in Monday’s attack on Kiev, according to city officials.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said the wave of attacks against Ukraine was in response to the attack on the Kerch bridge linking Russia and Crimea. The Russian leader warned of even more “severe retaliation” in case of further Ukrainian attacks. “Let there be no doubt,” Putin said in televised remarks to his security council, “if attempted terrorist attacks continue, the reaction from Russia will be severe.”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said his country “deals with terrorists” and accused Russia of attacking power plants and civilians after the missile attacks. “They deliberately chose such a time, such targets, to cause as much damage as possible,” said the Ukrainian leader.
US President Joe Biden said the US “strongly condemns” the Russian missile attacks on cities across Ukraine. Which one demonstrating Putin’s “complete brutality” against the Ukrainian people. In a separate statement, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the international community “has a responsibility” to make it clear that Putin’s actions are “completely unacceptable”.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres said he was “deeply shocked” by the Russian airstrikes. This morning’s attack “constitutes another unacceptable escalation of the war and as always, civilians pay the highest price,” said UN spokesman Stéphane Dujarric.
The UN General Assembly voted to reject Russia’s call for the 193-member body to hold a secret ballot later this week on whether to condemn Moscow’s move to annex four partially occupied regions of Ukraine.
The assembly decided by 107 votes that it would hold a public vote – not a secret vote – on a draft resolution condemning Russia’s “illegal so-called referendums” and “attempted illegal annexation”. Diplomats said the vote on the resolution was likely to take place on Wednesday or Thursday.
NATO’s Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, condemned “horrible and arbitrary” missile attack by Russia on civilian targets in Ukraine. The president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, said that she was “shocked and shaken”. Her European Council counterpart, Charles Michel, unequivocally felt Russia’s actions as war crimes.
Members of the Group of Seven, and Zelenskiy, will hold emergency talks on Tuesday, a spokesman for the German government has confirmed. Zelensky confirmed that he would speak to G7 leaders, added that he had spoken with Germany’s chancellor, Olaf Scholz, about increased pressure on Russia as well as aid to Ukraine.
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said Belarus and Russia would deploy a joint military task force on the country’s western borders. in response to what he called a worsening of tension. The two countries had begun drawing forces together two days ago, apparently after the explosion on Russia’s bridge to Crimea, Lukashenko was quoted as saying. Poland has released guidance advises its citizens in Belarus to leave the country.
Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has been added to a list of wanted persons, which is composed of Ukraine security officials. A statement released by Ukraine’s security service, the SBU, said Medvedev, now Russia’s deputy head of security, was wanted under a section of the criminal code that deals with attempts to undermine Ukraine’s territorial integrity and the inviolability of its borders. Most of the Russian Security Council members are on the list.
The International Committee of the Red Cross has confirmed its team has suspended its fieldwork in Ukraine for security reasons. Norwegian Refugee Council have also said that it has paused its relief operations in Ukraine until it is safe to resume. “Our aid workers are hiding from a barrage of bombs and in fear of repeated attacks,” it said.
The President of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, will visit Moscow on Tuesday to meet Putin. It reported state media in the UAE. Mohamed “will discuss with President Putin the friendly relations between the UAE and Russia, along with a number of regional and international issues and developments of mutual interest”, the UAE’s state-owned news agency WAM said.
Putin may meet Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan at a summit in Kazakhstan this week. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters it was “possible” the pair could discuss a Turkish proposal to host talks between Russia and the West on Ukraine.
Zelenskiy said “counting on Britain’s leadership” after a phone call with British Prime Minister Liz Truss on Monday. Zelenskiy’s foreign minister, Dmytro Kuleba, said he also spoke to his British counterpart, James Cleverly, who assured him of Britain’s unwavering support for Ukraine.
The European Union has announced that it will extend a bloc-wide protection scheme for Ukrainian refugees until 2024. Ukrainians in the EU who choose to return to their country will still be able to maintain their refugee statusas long as they notify the relevant EU country of their move, according to EU Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson.