Ukraine is defending itself against Russian aggression for 147 days. Ukraine is preparing to destroy the Russian Black Sea Fleet and regain Crimea, said the deputy defense minister of that country, Volodymyr Havrylov. In turn, the head of the authorities of the Mykolaiv Oblast, Vitaly Kim, announced that Mykolaiv would be closed for several days in order to catch collaborators revealing the positions of the Ukrainian troops to the Russians. Here are the highlights of the last hours.
> Ukraine is preparing to destroy the Russian Black Sea Fleet and regain Crimea – Deputy Defense Minister Volodymyr Havrylov told in an interview with the British daily The Times.
> The Russians are preparing the ground for the annexation of Ukrainian territories and are installing their illegal authorities in the areas they control, said the spokesman of the US National Security Council, John Kirby. He also announced that this week the US will announce further deliveries of HIMARS systems to Ukraine.
> The head of the authorities of the Mykolaiv Oblast in Ukraine, Vitaly Kim, announced that Mykolaiv – the main city of the region – will be closed for a few days in order to catch collaborators revealing the positions of the Ukrainian troops to the Russians.
> Western countries are handing over heavy weapons to Ukraine, which are already used in battles with Russian aggressors. In the opinion of experts, quoted by the “Wall Street Journal”, However, the variety of artillery systems supplied makes their use difficult at the front and the shift of Ukraine from post-Soviet to NATO armament.
> In the White House, the first lady of Ukraine, Olena Zelenska, met with the wife of the US president, Jill Biden. As reported by the White House, the talks concerned humanitarian aid for Ukraine and the prosecution of the perpetrators of Russian war crimes.
> Pope Francis wants to go to Kiev, even without being invited to Moscow, assured the head of Vatican diplomacy Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, quoted by the daily L’Osservatore Romano. He added that the Pope’s priority was to travel to Ukraine.
> The Ukrainian state will find every Russian criminal guilty of terror against Ukrainians, announced the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky in the video published in the evening.
> President Andrzej Duda he talked with the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky. As Duda reported on social media, the leaders discussed “the current war situation, aid for Ukraine and the coordination of further activities.”
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