Ukraine says it is planning an “operation” to evacuate civilians from Azovstal on Friday
The Ukrainian presidency has announced that an “operation” to evacuate civilians trapped in the Azovstal steel plant besieged by Russian forces in Mariupol, southeastern Ukraine, is “scheduled” next Friday.
“The process of evacuating civilians from the factory is planned today,” the presidency said in a statement on Friday.
Hundreds of Ukrainian soldiers and civilians, including dozens of children, are trapped, according to Kyiv, in this huge steel plant in Azovstal, along with the last fighters resisting Russian forces in the strategic port.
Putin and Zelensky were invited to the G20 summit
Indonesian President Joko Widodo said on Friday that he had invited his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky to attend the G20 summit in November in Indonesia, in which Vladimir Putin confirmed his participation.
“I invited President Zelensky to participate in the G20 summit,” the Indonesian president declared, noting that a compromise was reached after pressure from the Westerners to exclude Russia from the group in the wake of the Ukrainian invasion.
But Jakarta justified that his position forced him to be “neutral”. Then the US President, Joe Biden, suggested Ukraine’s involvement to balance it out.
Russia confirms its attack on Kyiv with “high-precision” weapons that destroyed a military factory
Russia confirmed an attack on Kyiv yesterday with “high-precision” weapons amid a visit by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres that destroyed facilities for a factory for guided air-to-air missiles, anti-tank missiles and aircraft devices. .
The Russian Defense Ministry said today that “Russian forces destroyed the workshops of the space company Artem in the Ukrainian capital with high-precision long-range weapons.”
On Friday, Mayor of the capital, Vitali Klitschko, reported that at least one person had died during the bombing.
Yesterday’s attack is the first since mid-April in Kyiv and comes as the UN Secretary-General was visiting Bucha and other Ukrainian cities on the outskirts of the city.
Mortar shells attack a border post in the Russian Kursk region
The region’s governor, Roman Starovit, announced that a border checkpoint in the Russian province of Kursk bordering Ukraine came under mortar attack today.
Starovoit posted on its Telegram channel, “The morning in the Rylsk border region was not calm. At about eight o’clock (2:00 Argentine time), a mortar attack was launched at a checkpoint in the town of Krupets.”
The governor indicated that the border guards were able to repel the attack.