Ukraine Crisis with Russia
- Six Ukrainian postal workers lost their lives when two missiles struck a postal distribution center in Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city, according to regional prosecutors cited by Ukraine’s public broadcaster. In another tragic incident, a man perished as Russian forces shelled the Ukrainian-held town of Nikopol from their base near Ukraine’s largest nuclear plant, as reported by Governor Serhiy Lysak. Emergency services in Nikopol are actively assessing the extent of the damage.
- Furthermore, Russia unleashed a barrage of artillery shells into Ukrainian-controlled areas of the southern Kherson region, according to Governor Oleksandr Prokudin. He disclosed that residential areas in the region were hit, resulting in one fatality and one injury due to Russian aggression.
- In a separate incident, a 60-year-old man lost his life when a Russian missile struck an industrial facility in Kryvyi Rih, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy‘s hometown, as detailed in Telegram posts by Mayor Oleksandr Vilkul. The man’s wife suffered severe shrapnel wounds and was hospitalized.
- On a more hopeful note, Ukraine’s air defense systems successfully intercepted and destroyed six attack drones and one cruise missile launched by Russia out of a total of nine launched during the night, according to Ukraine’s Air Force, highlighting their resolute response to aerial threats.
- On Monday, a Russian court is set to make a decision regarding the pre-trial detention of Russian-American journalist Alsu Kurmasheva. Kurmasheva, an employee of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), has been in temporary detention since her arrest last Wednesday. The Russian authorities have alleged that she did not comply with registration requirements as a “foreign agent” when she traveled to Russia in May due to a family emergency
- Following a conversation with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President Zelenskyy announced on Saturday that Turkey will join discussions aimed at seeking a resolution to the Ukraine conflict. Zelenskyy stated on Telegram, “We discussed the next round of negotiations on the Peace Formula, which will take place in Malta. Turkey will participate, contributing its authoritative voice and perspective.” Malta recently confirmed its role as the host for peace talks scheduled for October 28-29, following previous meetings in Jeddah and Copenhagen earlier this year.
- The bill to withdraw from the nuclear test ban treaty is scheduled for consideration by Russia’s upper house of parliament on Wednesday. Following this step, it will be presented to Russian President Vladimir Putin for signing. The bill received unanimous support in Russia’s lower house, the Duma, with 415 votes in favor and none opposed. Ukraine has called on the international community to address what it characterizes as Moscow’s “provocations” in the realm of nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation.