(Al Jazeera) – Vadym Boychenko says Mariupol will remain a Ukrainian city after Moscow claimed strategic win.
- Ukraine claims it struck Russia’s Black Sea warship Moskva with two cruise missiles, causing severe damage.
- Russia confirms the ship has been damaged and crew evacuated due to fire but says it is investigating the cause.
- Moscow warns NATO against accepting Sweden and Finland’s memberships, saying there could be no more talk of a “nuclear-free” Baltic.
- US President Joe Biden announces $800m in additional military aid to Ukraine.
- Ukrainian officials say at least four people have been killed in the eastern city of Kharkiv amid increasing Russian bombings.
- Mariupol’s mayor estimates more than 100,000 people are awaiting evacuation from the city.
Russia says Ukraine fired mortars at Bryansk border post
A border post in the Bryansk region has been fired at with mortars from Ukraine, Russia’s security service has said, in the latest of a series of reported cross-border attacks.
No one was injured in the incident but some vehicles were damaged, a spokesman for Russia’s FSB security service told state television.
Ukrainian interior ministry adviser Anton Herashchenko said in a post on the Telegram messaging service that something “fell and caught fire” at a military facility in Bryansk near the border.
The post did not explicitly deny Ukraine was responsible. Russia’s defence ministry said on Wednesday that the continuation of “sabotage and attacks” by Ukrainian forces could trigger strikes on Kyiv.