(Bloomberg) — European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen condemned what she called Russia’s “indiscriminate” missile attacks on Ukraine and said the Kremlin’s “deliberate targeting” of civilians and energy infrastructure is a war crime.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said that Russia’s “massive” missile barrage had killed six Ukrainians Thursday. It also triggered temporary power, heat and water outages in some regions and cities, with Kharkiv in the east and Zhytomyr to the west of Kyiv facing “the most difficult situation,” he said in his evening address.
Ukraine’s General Staff said its forces shot down 34 of the 95 missiles fired over the past day, according to a morning update on Facebook. That was a lower proportion than usual because Russia’s latest strikes included a new mix of sophisticated weapons that mostly evaded air defenses.
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Putin Congratulates Xi (8 a.m.)
Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated China’s Xi Jinping on his re-appointment to a third term as president, according to news agency Tass.
Putin said in a telegram he’s sure that Russia and China will increase their cooperation in certain spheres, Tass reported.
Zaporizhzhia Situation ‘Critical’: Zelenskiy (8 a.m.)
Zelenskiy described the situation at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant as “critical” after the latest missile strikes knocked out its supply for the sixth time before power was restored.
“This means that the sooner the Russian nuclear industry is subjected to sanctions, the safer the world will be,” Zelenskiy added.
UK Probes Ties to Russian Money Laundering (3:40 a.m.)
The UK government suspects Russian nationals have exploited lax checks by the companies register in attempts to launder war profits stolen from Ukraine, according to people familiar with the matter.
British law enforcement agencies have identified large numbers of sham companies incorporated in the UK by nationals from a range of countries in recent years, likely for the purposes of money laundering or tax evasion, the people said, asking not to be named discussing confidential matters.