Here’s an overview of the recent events and developments during the 68th week of the russia-Ukraine war.
Allied Nations, incl. Estonia and Latvia, Unite to Boost Military Aid
Estonia, a strong ally of Ukraine, has promised to provide more anti-drone equipment and demining materials. Additionally, in partnership with Iceland, Estonia will send another field hospital to help Ukraine’s defenders. Latvia has agreed to transfer its helicopter fleet, two MI-17 helicopters, to Ukraine to help strengthen Ukraine’s airpower. Bulgaria is also said to be preparing a package of military aid.
EU agrees on 11th package of sanctions against russia
The EU has agreed on another package of sanctions against russia. The particular focus of this sanctions package is on trying to close loopholes that allow sanctioned entities and individuals to avoid adhering to sanctions. Even stricter sanctions are needed for maximum pressure on russia but it has been difficult to get some countries, like Hungary, to take tougher stances against russia.
UK, the US promise to provide financial aid for Ukraine’s infrastructure and reconstruction
This week, both the United Kingdom and the United States promised to provide additional finances for Ukraine. The UK agreed to provide around 3$ billion of World Bank loan guarantees for Ukraine, a significant contribution that will help Ukraine continue to provide public services and rebuild destroyed infrastructure. Additionally, the US has promised over 1$ billion in aid to support energy and infrastructure needs.
Ukraine intelligence warns of potential attacks against Zaporizhia power plant
President Zelensky and Ukrainian government officials have warned that Ukraine’s intelligence agencies have seen signs that russia is considering launching a discreet terrorist attack against the Zaporizhia power plant, the largest nuclear plant in all of Europe. After the destruction of the Kherson dam, russia might consider another act of terrorism to prevent Ukraine’s counteroffensive and further terrorize civilians. An attack that leads to a radiation leak would endanger not only Ukraine but also several neighboring countries.
Russia continues to terrorize Ukrainian cities
On the 24th, a Russian missile attack against Kyiv killed at least three people and injured eight. The falling debris caused by the missile hit a residential building in the capital and caused damage in the area. Ukraine needs more air defense systems and modern aircraft to protect against Russian terrorist attacks.