Russia on Tuesday said that it has thwarted Ukrainian efforts to carry out landing operation in Kherson region. Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said Ukraine failed to carry out landing operation, reported Interfax news.
Earlier, Shoigu said marines, aviation and artillery had scuppered further Ukrainian attempts to gain a foothold on the eastern bank of the River Dnipro and on islands at the mouth of the river in southern Ukraine.
Kherson was one among the Ukrainian regions annexed by Russia in February 2022.
In order to show European Union’s support to Ukraine, European Council President Charles Michel arrived in Kyiv on Tuesday. "Good to be back in Kyiv among friends," said Michel on social media platform X, posting a picture of himself shaking hands with the European Union's Ambassador to Ukraine, Katarina Mathernova, at Kyiv's railway station.
Co-existence cannot be possible
Senior Russian diplomat Rodion Miroshnik said that co-existence with the current ‘regime’ in Kyiv is not possible. He also added that Moscow can resist the might of NATO for as long as it needs to demilitarise Ukraine.
It been over a year since Russia-Ukraine war rocked the world. The was has deepened the Russia-West relations as well. Reportedly, Russia now controls 17.5% of Ukraine's internationally recognised territory including Crimea.
"The current regime (in Kyiv) is absolutely toxic, we do not see any options for co-existence with it at the moment," Russian Ambassador-at-Large Miroshnik told reporters in Moscow.
West and Ukraine had accused Russia of war crimes in Ukraine, which was denied by Moscow.
"We can resist NATO just as much as we need to fulfill the tasks that the president has formulated," said Miroshink.
Germany's Defence Minister visits Kyiv
German Defence Minister Boris Pistorius made a surprise visit to Ukraine on Tuesday and vowed to keep supporting Kyiv's efforts to win its war against Russia. Germany is the second biggest financial and military provider to Ukraine after the United States
His visit comes after US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin traveled to Ukraine and pledged American support for the long haul. An additional USD 100 million in weapons was vowed by US.
With the shifting focus on Israel-Hamas war, the efforts are made by the world powers to keep Ukraine-Russia war in focus as well.
According to German officials, Pistorius aimed to assess the effectiveness of its aid as well as take stock of the fighting during his visit.
Meanwhile, two Russian missiles hit a hospital in the eastern Donetsk region, leaving six people wounded and burying many under the rubble, said Ukrainian Interior Minister Ihor Klymenko.
(With agencies inputs)