Russian military forces shelled the Russian city of Belgorod, which is located near the border with Ukraine. The Ministry of Defense confirms that the incident happened by accident, for which they announced an investigation. The explosion created a 20-meter crater at one of the intersections in the city. Two people were injured, and four cars and four residential buildings were damaged. Meanwhile, the battles are still going on, especially in the Ukrainian city of Bakhmut. Volodymyr Zelenskyy once again called for the acceptance of the Ukrainian peace formula, which foresees the withdrawal of Russian troops from their territory.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy – Some leaders have not visited Ukraine at all and have not seen what Russian aggression has brought here and why it is important to defend life. However, just to achieve some kind of populism, they share some attitude about Ukraine, that allegedly, it is not ready to go towards peace. It is a pernicious vision.
Stoltenberg: “We agreed that Ukraine will become a member of NATO”
On the other hand, the Kremlin announced that the purpose of their military operation is to prevent Ukraine from becoming a member of NATO, after the Secretary General of the Alliance, Jens Stoltenberg, said today that Ukraine should join this Alliance.
“I expect the NATO summit allies to recommit to supporting Ukraine for as long as necessary with significant military support to ensure that Ukraine prevails as a sovereign independent nation in Europe.”, Jens Stoltenberg – NATO Secretary General.
Otherwise, according to the latest information disclosed by the Pentagon, Washington warned Ukraine that its troops could be surrounded if they did not withdraw from Bakhmut. The US reportedly warned Kyiv in January that Ukrainian forces would not be able to hold the key city. in Donbas – Bakhmut and they constantly called for withdrawal.