Russia fires more missiles and drones at Ukraine ahead of diplomatic efforts to stop the war

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Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, (front left), and German Defence Minister Boris Pistorius, (rear left), greet German and Ukrainian soldiers during their visit to a military training area in the German state of Western Pomerania, Tuesday, June 11 to learn about the training of Ukrainian soldiers on the ‘Patriot’ air defence missile system. (AP)

KYIV, Ukraine, June 12, (AP): Russian forces fired missiles and drones at the Kyiv region and five other areas of Ukraine in a nighttime attack, officials said Wednesday, ahead of several days of intense diplomatic activity around the war that is now in its third year.
Ukraine’s air force said it shot down 29 out of 30 air targets, including four cruise missiles, one Kinzhal ballistic missile, and 24 Shahed drones. Several people were injured, authorities said.
Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy praised the air force’s response, calling it a “daily achievement.” He has repeatedly appealed to Ukraine’s Western partners to provide more air defense systems, and the United States has agreed to send another Patriot missile system, two US officials said late Tuesday.
How best to support Ukraine’s efforts to stop Russia’s invasion will be a central issue in international meetings in coming days.
Kyiv’s outgunned and outnumbered forces are battling to hold back the bigger Russian army, which is trying to exploit Ukrainian vulnerabilities. Ukraine has been short of troops, ammunition and air defenses in recent months as the Kremlin’s forces try to cripple the national power supply and punch through the front line in eastern parts of the country.
Ukraine will need to weather the Russian onslaught through the summer, military analysts say, and in the meantime train more soldiers, build fortifications and hope that the provision of Western military aid picks up speed so that in 2025 Kyiv may be able to mount its own offensive.
Leaders of the Group of Seven rich democracies, including US President Joe Biden, are due to gather Thursday in Italy for their annual summit to discuss how to squeeze more money for Ukraine from Russian assets frozen in their countries.
Also Thursday, defense chiefs from the US, Europe and other nations hold their monthly meeting on Ukraine’s security needs. US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is to host the event in Brussels.

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