Cover image: John Kirby in front of the press, accompanied by Karine Jean-Pierre, both spokespersons, in Washington, July 20, 2023. Susan Walsh / AP
Kyiv has started using controversial US-supplied cluster munitions, White House says. Asked if Washington’s cluster munitions were now being deployed and used by kyiv, John Kirby, a White House spokesman, replied: « Oui. ». Ukrainian forces “use them appropriately. They use them effectively and they really have an impact on Russian defensive formations and defensive maneuvers” from Moscow, the spokesman told reporters.Russia will consider all ships traveling to Ukrainian Black Sea ports as “potential military boats”from Thursday. “As a result, the flag countries of these ships will be considered to be involved in the Ukrainian conflict on the side of the kyiv regime”the Russian Defense Ministry said on Wednesday. According to a White House adviser, Moscow “could expand its targeting (…) to include attacks on civilian boats” and then “blaming Ukraine for these attacks”. These accusations are based on elements of the intelligence that have just been declassified, he said.L’Ukrainefor its part, now calls for the establishment of “military patrols” naval forces under UN mandate and with the participation of Turkey in particular. kyiv rules out any negotiations with Moscow, and demands from its Western allies hundreds of additional armored vehicles and American F-16 fighter planes to regain their territory.In Odessathe body of a building caretaker was “found under the rubble” After a strike that destroyed “an administrative building” in the center and damaged several residential buildings, according to the governor of the region, Oleg Kiper. And Mykolaiv, “at least five residential buildings were damaged”indicated the mayor Oleksandre Sienkevich, his deputy Anatoly Petrov, specifying that a body had been found. At least three people were killed and around 20 injured in these bombardments.Vladimir Putin decided not to come to the BRICS summit in South Africa so as not to ” to compromise “ this event, according to a South African diplomat. As a member of the ICC, South Africa is theoretically supposed to arrest Mr Putin if he enters its territory.Twenty years in prison have been requested against the Russian opponent already imprisoned Alexeï Navalnytried for a month behind closed doors in a new trial for extremism, illustrating the climate of repression in Russia in the midst of the conflict in Ukraine.France can grant refugee status to deserters from the Russian army, car “a Russian national called up as part of this mobilization is likely to commit, directly or indirectly, war crimes”said the National Court of Asylum.The United States announced on Wednesday 1st, 16 billion euros of additional aid to security for Ukraine. The package includes air defense capabilities, munitions, and vehicles.European Union member states begin discussion to fund aid to Ukraine term, Thursday, at the Council of Foreign Ministers.
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