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Russia-Ukraine War: List of Key Events, Day 602 | Russia-Ukraine War

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Here is the situation as of Wednesday October 18, 2023.

Struggle

  • Ukrainian forces used long-range ATACMS missiles supplied by the United States for the first time, inflicting heavy damage on airfields in Russian-occupied eastern Luhansk and southern Berdyansk. Speaking in his nightly video address, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said the weapons had “proven themselves.”
  • Oleksandr Shtupun, spokesman for the South Ukraine Group of Forces, told national television that Russia continued its week-long assault on the devastated eastern town of Avdiivka, Ukrainian forces having repelled 10 attacks. Shtupun also said Ukrainian forces advancing south toward the Sea of ​​Azov had recorded “partial success” west of Verbove, one of several villages they are trying to capture.
  • Local authorities said “massive” Russian shelling on the southern city of Kherson and its surrounding areas injured at least seven people. kyiv also said it had shot down six Iranian-made Shahed drones, launched from Moscow-annexed Crimea towards the port city of Odessa.
  • Russia, meanwhile, said it had shot down eight drones over Crimea and three more over its western region of Belgorod, which borders Ukraine.
  • The destruction of the Kakhovka dam in southeastern Ukraine in June caused “staggering” losses and damage, estimated at $14 billion, according to a report from the Ukrainian government and the United Nations. Kiev has accused Russia of blowing up the dam on the Dnipro River, which flooded surrounding areas with water contaminated by landmines and left upstream areas without water. Moscow has denied responsibility for the violation.
  • Swedish Civil Defense Minister Carl-Oskar Bohlin said a Baltic Sea telecommunications cable between Sweden and Estonia remained operational after being damaged this month around the same time as a Finnish-Estonian pipeline and cable. Separately, Finnish investigators said they had identified vessels operating in the area where the pipeline and cable damage occurred on October 8, citing two of them, a Russian-flagged vessel and a Chinese vessel.

Politics and diplomacy

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin has arrived in Beijing for the Belt and Road Forum and for bilateral talks with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping. The two leaders are expected to meet on Wednesday.
  • Putin said the United States and President Joe Biden must learn to “respect” Russia after Biden told CBS News that the United States and Europe could come together to stop Putin from causing “gender of problems it causes.” Putin told state television in Beijing: “This is not about me personally. It is in the interests of the country. And it is impossible to suppress Russia’s interests.”
  • Putin and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, also in Beijing for the forum, stressed the close ties between their two countries, saying ongoing “geopolitical tensions” due to the war in Ukraine did not affect their relations.
  • The Russian Parliament voted 412 to 0 to revoke ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty in the first of three readings of the bill. President Vyacheslav Volodin, a member of the Russian Security Council, said the goal was to restore parity with the United States, which signed but never ratified the 1996 treaty.
  • Russian police said they were investigating whether Vladislav Surkov, Putin’s former chief strategist, broke the law with an article suggesting Russia and the West could one day align. In an article published on September 27 titled “Birth of the North,” Surkov suggested that no major power would get what it wanted from the war in Ukraine and that Russia, the United States and Europe would move closer together. to form a “Great North”.

Weapons

  • Multiple news organizations reported that Biden would ask Congress for a $100 billion package that includes defense aid for Ukraine. The White House has not yet confirmed the request.
  • U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Sung Kim said deepening relations between North Korea and Russia were “very concerning.” The White House said last week that Pyongyang had recently shipped weapons to Russia, deliveries that Kim called “dangerous” and “destabilizing.” The United States fears that North Korean weapons could be used in Ukraine. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the allegations were not based on any evidence.

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