Ukraine was assessing the damage after Russian forces carried out a massive strike of “exceptional intensity” on Kyiv overnight, in one of the biggest attacks on the capital since last year’s invasion.
Ukraine’s commander-in-chief, Valerii Zaluzhnyi, said Kyiv’s defenders shot down 18 out of 18 Russian rockets and drones. The city had came under an intense and sweeping attack from the “north, south and east”, featuring missiles fired from air, sea and land, he said.
Air defence batteries successfully intercepted six hypersonic Kinzhal missiles, the most potent long-range weapon in the Kremlin’s arsenal. They also downed nine cruise missiles, three ballistic missiles, six kamikaze drones and three unmanned aerial vehicles, Ukraine’s military high command said.
The Russian-installed leader in occupied Donetsk, Denis Pushilin, has said that shelling of the region by Ukrainian forces has intensified.
Alexander Bogomaz, the governor of Russia’s Bryansk region, has claimed on Telegram that overnight air defence shot down a Ukrainian drone over Klintsy. He reported “There were no casualties. The balcony of a residential building was damaged.”
Tatyana Moskalkova, Russia’s commissioner for human rights, has said that she has sent more than 100 appeals to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) so far this year after receiving reports of mistreatment against Russian prisoners of war in Ukraine.
Emmanuel Macron has said France is open to training Ukrainian fighter jet pilots in France. In a televised interview on Monday evening, the French president, who dined with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy at the Elysée on Sunday evening, said the training programmes could start right away, but appeared to rule out sending warplanes to Kyiv.
The wife of German ex-chancellor Gerhard Schröder has been sacked from her role as a trade representative for a German state-owned business agency over her attendance at a Victory Day reception at the Russian embassy in Berlin.
The EU should crack down on India reselling Russian oil into Europe as refined fuels including diesel, the EU’s high representative for foreign policy, Josep Borrell, said in an interview with the Financial Times.
British prime minister Rishi Sunak said on Monday Britain would provide Ukraine with hundreds of air defence missiles and further unmanned aerial systems, including new long-range attack drones with a range of more than 200km in the coming months, during a visit by Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy.
The Ukrainian leader said he was also “very positive” about creating a “jets coalition” in the war against Russia, with a decision on the provision of western fighter jets expected soon. Sunak said the UK was preparing to open a flight school to train Ukrainian pilots.
The US is seeing more indications that Russia and Iran are expanding an unprecedented defence partnership that will help Moscow prolong its war in Ukraine as well as pose a threat to Iran’s neighbours. Iran has reportedly provided Russia with one-way attack drones, including more than 400 since august, US national security adviser John Kirby said at a news briefing.
Belarusian president, Alexander Lukashenko, inadvertently confirmed that four military aircraft had been shot down over Russia last week near the borders of Ukraine and Belarus, saying the capital city Minsk had responded by putting its armed forces on high alert. Photos also emerged of Lukashenko today visiting an air force installation on Monday. The president had not been seen since 9 May, causing speculation about his health.
Russia’s defence ministry claimed for the first time that it had downed a long-range Storm Shadow missile supplied to Ukraine by Britain, which announced last week that it was providing them. Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said earlier on Monday that Russia viewed Britain’s decision to supply the missiles “extremely negatively”.
Zelenskiy issued an appeal on Monday to Nato to make a “positive political decision” on Kyiv’s membership at its July summit. Zelenskiy made his remarks in a video address to the Copenhagen democracy summit. He said that Finland joining Nato showed the strength of security guarantees, and thanked Denmark and other allies for their resolve in assisting Ukraine against Russia.