Russia says it is a “terrible mistake” to supply American long-range ATACMS missiles against Russia after yesterday’s announcement from kyiv that it had used them for the first time in the ukrainian war while special forces claimed destructive attacks against Russian army airfields, with the destruction of at least nine Russian helicopters.
Vladimir Putin acknowledged that it generates “additional threats” to the Russian Army but assured that this “the situation on the battle front will not change”, he said at a press conference in Beijing after his meeting with the Chinese president. Xi Jinping asked his Russian counterpart this Wednesday in Beijing for “joint efforts” to “safeguard international justice.”
The Russian president, who has barely left Russia since he launched the invasion of Ukraine, which has been 602 days old, met with Xi in Beijing, where he has gone despite the arrest warrant issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC) against him for the illegal deportation of Ukrainian children.
At the “One Belt, One Road” forum being held in the Chinese capital, the Russian president has been invited by his Vietnamese counterpart, Vo Van Thuonh, and by the Thai Prime Minister, Srettha Thavisin, to visit their respective countries. Neither China nor Vietnam nor Thailand have ratified the Rome Statute for accession to the ICC.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has condemned the Russian “terrorist” attack “against a five-story residential building” in the city of Zaporizhia which has caused at least two deaths, four injuries and three missing. A little further north, the region of Dnipropetrovsk It was also bombedwhere a woman has died and four people have been injured.