Dozens of Ukrainian POWs believed to have been killed in a missile strike on Friday, with Moscow and Kiev accusing one other of carrying it out.

FIGHTING

  • According to Russia’s defense ministry, 40 prisoners were murdered and 75 were injured in the attack on the prison in Olenivka, a frontline town in Donetsk region held by rebels.
  • Ukraine said that at least five people were killed and seven others were injured in a Russian missile hit on the southern city of Mykolaiv, a river port on the Black Sea.
  • North Macedonia is to donate an undefined number of Soviet-era tanks to Ukraine as part of its efforts to modernize its military to NATO standards, according to the country’s defense ministry on Friday.

ECONOMY, DIPLOMACY

  • Ukraine’s president visited a Black Sea port on Friday to demonstrate his country’s readiness to begin exporting grain under a United Nations-brokered accord aimed at alleviating global food shortages, and said Kyiv was awaiting the signal for the first shipment.
  • According to TASS, the Kremlin said on Friday that it sees no shift in the West’s willingness to make concessions on Ukraine in order to negotiate a cease-fire.
  • The German economy minister said on Friday that putting the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline into operation was not an option since it would merely play into the hands of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
  • Physical flows via the Nord Stream 1 pipeline remained at 14.4 million kWh/h on Friday, down from 17.4 million kWh/h on Wednesday.
  • Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Moscow would shortly suggest a time for a phone discussion with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who has stated that he wants to negotiate the exchange of prisoners held in Russian and US jails.
  • Some wounded Russian military are discovering that President Vladimir Putin’s vow that injured men could get 3 million roubles in compensation is not as generous as it first appeared.

Source: Reuters

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