Russian invasion: War against Ukraine: That's the situation

According to the White House in Washington, Ukraine has now started using controversial cluster munitions in its defense against Russia.

Russian invasion: War against Ukraine: That's the situation

According to the White House in Washington, Ukraine has now started using controversial cluster munitions in its defense against Russia. "They use them appropriately, they use them effectively," said US government National Security Council communications director John Kirby.

The use of the cluster munitions is already affecting Russian defenses and offensive maneuvers, Kirby added. For more details, Kirby referred to the Ukrainians.

The Washington Post, citing unnamed Ukrainian government officials, previously reported that the armed forces are trying to break through Russian positions in the south-east of the country, which are slowing down the Ukrainian counter-offensive.

Cluster munitions are internationally banned. Despite this, the US had decided to supply such ammunition to Ukraine. According to Western experts, Russia has been using cluster bombs for some time.

After Moscow canceled the international grain agreement, the Russian army launched attacks on several Ukrainian ports. At least one person was killed and 19 others injured in the city of Mykolaiv in the south of the country. The Black Sea port of Odessa was also a target again.

Moscow's withdrawal from the deal prompts the EU to consider expanding its military aid to Kiev. The Russian war of aggression against the neighboring country has now lasted almost 17 months. Ukraine is making slow progress with a counter-offensive that has been going on for weeks.

Cluster munitions are controversial

The USA had already confirmed last week that the promised cluster munitions had now arrived in Ukraine. Kiev has pledged not to use cluster munitions to attack Russian territory, nor against civilian installations.

Cluster munitions are missiles or bombs that burst in mid-air over the target, dispersing many small explosive devices. A significant part of it does not detonate, but remains a danger for a long time as duds on the ground. Like more than 100 other countries, Germany has banned such weapons.

US: Russia could accuse Ukraine of attacking civilian ships

The US government has again warned that after Russia pulls out of the international grain deal, it could expand its attacks on civilian ships in the Black Sea and then blame them on Ukraine.

"Our information indicates that Russia has continued to lay sea mines in the approaches to Ukrainian ports," said National Security Council communications director John Kirby. "And yesterday we observed that Russia released video of the discovery and detonation of what they claimed was a Ukrainian sea mine." It is possible that this video could be a "harbinger" of a false flag attack.

London: Russian Black Sea Fleet threatened by drone attacks

The British Ministry of Defense assumes that the Russian Black Sea Fleet is threatened with attacks by Ukrainian drone ships and missiles during patrols.

Without the deal, the Black Sea Fleet is now likely to take a more active role in disrupting all trade, the British wrote. However, the blockade operations are threatened by Ukrainian unmanned watercraft and cruise missiles.

London imposes sanctions on Wagner mercenaries

The British government has imposed sanctions on a number of individuals and companies linked to the Russian mercenary group Wagner in Africa. The Foreign Ministry said in London that the background was allegations of executions and torture in Mali and the Central African Republic as well as the threat to security and peace in Sudan.

Wagner boss Yevgeny Prigozhin and several of his commanders involved in Russia's war of aggression in Ukraine were already on London's sanctions list. Now, for example, the leader of the Wagner troop in Mali, Ivan Aleksandrovich Maslow, and the group's operations chief in the Central African Republic, Konstantin Aleksandrovich Pikalow, who is considered "Prigozhin's right hand", have been targeted. "Pikalow is responsible for the Wagner group's torture and targeted killings of civilians," the British statement said.

EU considers expanding military aid

The only solution now is to deliver more air defense systems, said EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell in Brussels. "The massive attacks of the past three nights require a response from our side," he said, referring to Odessa.

He also recommended longer-term funding commitments for military aid and EU money to support the delivery of modern fighter jets and missiles. Specifically, he wants to mobilize five billion euros annually from 2024 to 2027. This emerges from a proposal sent to the member states, which is available to the German Press Agency.

EU tightens sanctions against Iranian drone industry

The EU imposes more sanctions to prevent Iran from producing drones for Russia's war of aggression against Ukraine. In the future, companies from the EU will no longer be allowed to deliver parts to Iran that are needed for the development and construction of unmanned aerial vehicles. That was decided by the foreign ministers of the EU countries in Brussels.

Moscow: A youth killed in attack on Crimea

According to the occupying authorities, a young person died in a drone attack on the Crimean Peninsula, which had been annexed by Russia since 2014. "Four administrative buildings were damaged by an enemy drone strike in a town in north-west Crimea," said Moscow's governor Sergey Aksyonov. Only the day before, the authorities had reported a major fire in the ammunition depot of a military training area in Crimea.

Fire in apartment building during attack on Mykolaiv

According to the local authorities, a three-storey building and several garages caught fire in Mykolaiv. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy wrote: "Russian terrorists continue their attempts to destroy the life of our country."

According to the Ukrainian Air Force, Russian Oniks cruise missiles landed in Mykolaiv and Odessa. They can fly at an hourly speed of more than 3000 kilometers at an altitude of 10 to 15 meters. This makes it almost impossible to shoot them down, said Air Force spokesman Yuri Ihnat on television.

Poland worried about Wagner mercenaries near the border

After the transfer of mercenaries from the Russian private army Wagner to a military training ground in neighboring Belarus, Poland fears provocations on its eastern border. The Belarusian Defense Ministry had previously announced that Wagner mercenaries were training their soldiers at the border. A "tactical exercise" lasting several days is taking place on a training ground near the city of Brest. The training ground is just a few kilometers from the border with Poland.