Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy spoke in his usual evening video message about the ongoing negotiations with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
“Ukraine deserves to become a member of NATO and will become one. And this is not only our Ukrainian goal, but it is the only effective security perspective for Europe that guarantees real peace.”
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Moscow: Drone damages power plant in Kursk region
A Ukrainian drone dropped two explosive devices into an electrical substation in the western Russian region of Kursk, leaving five sites and a hospital without power, Governor Roman Starovoit said on Telegram. It happened in the district Belovski. “An electrical transformer caught fire. Five populated areas and a hospital are without power,” he writes Starovoit He added that firefighters were heading to the area and “repairs will begin as soon as it is safe to do so.”
Germany, approval for a military joint venture between Rheinmetall and Kiev
The German supervisory authority has approved the weapons manufacturer’s plan Rheinmetall to set up a joint venture in Kiev with the Ukrainian Defense Industry, the country’s state-owned company at war with Russia. This new company will offer “maintenance, assembly, production and development of military vehicles” and will initially operate exclusively on the territory of Ukraine, the Federal Cartel Office (Bkarta) explains in a statement. “The defense industry is constantly changing given the geopolitical situation,” says the president of President of Bkarta, Andreas Mundt, ensures that “this project does not lead to any competitive overlap in Germany”. Rheinmetall is a manufacturer of various armored military equipment, including the Leopard tank, the Puma infantry fighting vehicle and the Fuchs armored personnel carrier. The Ukrainian defense industry employs approximately 67,000 people and is subordinate to the Council of Ministers of Ukraine.
New Ukrainian drone shot down over Belgorod region
Another Ukrainian drone was shot down by Moscow air defenses over Russia’s southwestern Belgorod region on the border with Ukraine. This was stated by the Russian Ministry of Defense, quoted by Tass. “Another attempt by the Kiev regime to carry out a terrorist attack on Russian territory was foiled at around 9 p.m.,” the ministry said, explaining that “duty air defense units intercepted a Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicle over the Belgorod region.”
Belgorod is frequently attacked by Ukrainian drones and was the scene of an attack today by pro-Ukrainian fighters from the Russian Freedom Legion.