Ukraine-Russia live news: Putin to encounter Erdogan in Astana
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his country aims to maintain its effort to broker peace between Russia and Ukraine “and obtain an end to the bloodshed”.
Ukraine’s capital region has been struck by Iranian-made kamikaze drones, Ukrainian officials said, sending rescue workers rushing to the scene as residents awoke to air raid sirens for a fourth consecutive morning.
Ukrainian president warns situation ‘just as terrible’ in Kharkiv as in Irpin, Bucha
Zelenskyy has warned the situation in Ukraine’s recently-liberated northeastern Kharkiv region is “just as terrible” as in the towns of Irpin and Bucha, where mass graves were found after Russian troops pulled back earlier in the war.
The Ukrainian leader gave no further details in comments made in a video link with the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. Russia has denied its forces, which invaded Ukraine on February 24, have committed war crimes.
Germany and NATO allies aim to jointly procure air defense systems
Germany and more than a dozen NATO partners aim to jointly procure air defense systems that protect the allied territory from missiles, eyeing Israel’s Arrow 3 system, United States Patriot, and German IRIS-T units among the options, Berlin has said.
“With this initiative, we are living up to our joint responsibility for security in Europe – by bundling our resources,” Christine Lambrecht, Germany’s defense minister, said during a ceremony at NATO’s Brussels headquarters where 14 countries signed a letter of intent.
Estonia wasn’t present at the event but will also be part of the initiative, dubbed “European Sky Shield”. In total it comprises half of NATO’s members – including Germany, the United Kingdom, Slovakia, Norway, Latvia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Belgium, Czechia, Finland, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Romania, and Slovenia.