The U.S. ambassador is reunited with Gershkovich in prison, and Odessa was targeted by Russia’s airstrikes on August 13, which launched attack drones and cruise missiles, while also injuring three people with debris from rockets being shot down.
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According to the Wall Street Journal, the U.S. ambassador to Russia held a meeting with Evan Gershkovich, 59, at Lefortovo Prison in Moscow on Monday for the third time after his arrest in March on espionage charges that were denounced by him as spurious and rejected by his employer, rights groups, and the United States government.
The regional governor of Odessa reported that Russia had launched a “three-wave” attack on the Ukrainian port city, firing drones and cruise missiles into its center. Three people were injured by falling debris from the drone or missile, as stated by Oleh Kiper.
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Kiper and the Ukrainian air force reported that Russia fired Kalibr cruise missiles and Iranian-made Shahed drones at Odessa overnight, with Ukrainian forces successfully targeting the city’s center. However, they also found evidence of debris falling on a supermarket, residential building, and school dormitory, as well as injuries to three market employees, explosions, damaged windows, cars, or fires in three facilities.
The Chinese Defense Ministry announced that Li Shangfu, China’s defense minister, will be visiting Russia and its ally Belarus this week. This is his second trip to Russia since he took office in June of this year. He is expected to speak at the Moscow Conference on International Security and meet with Russian defense officials. In Minsk, Li will also visit military institutions and engage in dialogue with Belarusian state and military leaders.
Following the shooting of a Ukraine-bound cargo ship by armed Russian warships, Kyiv called on the international community to safeguard trade across the Black Sea. The ministry stated that the Palau-flagged bulk carrier was fired at due to its failure in halting for inspection and was later released to port authorities.
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The Defense Department announced on Monday that the Biden administration has committed to providing $200 million in assistance, which is included in the 44th military aid installment since August 2021. This money will be used to meet Ukraine’s critical security and defense needs, including ammunition for HIMARS, mine-clearing equipment, munitions for the Patriot air defense system, and small-arms ammunition and grenades, as well as other missiles and artillery.
Britain’s Defense Ministry reported a rise in small-scale fighting along the Dnieper River in southern Ukraine, where Ukrainian troops have been working to establish small bridgeheads or reinforce areas around the river to counteract assaults.
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A Russian official stated that a child was injured in securing the safety of occupants after he saw ‘a drone strike’ on an apartment block in Belgorod, western Russia. The governor blamed Ukraine for the attack, which left ten-year-old Vyacheslav Gladkov with injuries to her leg, forearm and foot.
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The Dutch Defense Ministry reported that two Russian bombers flying towards Dutch airspace were intercepted by British fighter jets on Monday.
Christian Lindner, Germany’s finance minister, announced on Monday in Kyiv that the country plans to offer military aid until 2027, according to Forbes Ukraine. This is his first visit to Ukraine since the start of the war. In a post on Twitter, Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal expressed gratitude for LindNER and the German government for military, sanction, and financial support. However, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz expressed reservations about shipments of Taurus cruise missiles to Russia due to concerns they may use against Russian territory.
According to a statement from Poland’s interior minister, two Russian nationals were arrested by Polish law enforcement on charges of spreading propaganda materials produced by the Wagner Group in Krakow and Warsaw. Mariusz Kaminski claimed that this was accomplished through interviews with officials from the Internal Security Agency and police.
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According to Alex Horton, a Ukrainian soldier, Ilia Mykhalchuk was held captive by Russia’s Wagner Group mercenaries for 46 days. He claims that the captors were barbaric and tried to suppress Ukrainian soldiers who had been taken from them in order to harm them.
According to Mykhalchuk, Wagner’s strategy appeared intended to undermine Ukrainian values and make them question the beliefs of their fellow captives after being released from captivity. “They were trying to make us believe that we couldn’t trust each other, and that it was a game of kill or die,” he said.
The report was aided by Kate Brady and Beatriz Rios.