After withdrawing its troops from Kharkiv, Russia again bombed many areas of Ukraine, causing heavy damage to buildings and civilians.
Responding to the attack by Russia, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that we are not going to bow down to Russia and will never give up.
At the annual meeting of the Yalta European Strategy, Zelensky insisted that it was impossible to negotiate an end to the war with Russia, as it failed to state its position.
He said that “We want to end the war, but our circumstances and capabilities have changed. Our people do not want to negotiate with terrorists. However, if they want, one can talk to them, because at least one can talk to them. They'll know what they want.”
Zelensky emphasised that there is no confidence that the Russian side will fulfil any of the promises it made. He said, “I think they won't. No one believes that they will. You don't want to make a deal with them.”
Zelensky said that Russia must return our lands and cities which are illegally captured. Only then any conversation with them is possible. “We must demonstrate our political will, in order to open a channel of diplomatic communication with Russia, that they are ready to give back the land that does not belong to them,” he said.
In one day, the Russian army bombed five villages of Sumy Oblast in Ukraine, said head of the Sumy Oblast military administration, Dmitry Zhivitsky and added that there were no casualties in the attacks. However, some buildings have been damaged.
Two hectares of grassland caught fire due to mortar shelling and firing of artillery guns by Russian troops in Krasnopilia Horomada.