Speaking to the press at Stanford University on Monday, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said the war in Ukraine has brought “the post-Cold War world to an end“. Blinken went on to say that now the competition between world powers will be determined by technology:
We are at a tipping point. The post-Cold War world has ended, and there is intense competition for what comes next. And at the center of this competition is technology. Technology will reshape our economy in many ways. It is reforming our armed forces. It will change the lives of people all over the planet. And that is why it is a deep source of national strength.
Asked about Russia’s use of Iranian drones, he said it was a “sign of growing desperation”:
We see these drones, as you said. What are they doing? They attack civilians. They attack critical infrastructure such as power plants, hospitals, things that people need in their daily lives but are not military facilities. And it’s a sign of growing desperation on the part of Russia, but it’s also a sign of the level to which they will stoop, which we’ve seen time and time again when it comes to attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure. We want to be sure that we are doing everything we can to help the Ukrainians defend themselves against this aggression, even as they push the Russians out of Russian-occupied territory.
President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky on Monday urged his troops to take more prisoners, saying it would facilitate the release of soldiers held by Russia, Reuters reported.
Zelenskyi made his announcement hours after the two sides carried out one of the largest prisoner swaps ever, exchanging a total of 218 detainees, including 108 Ukrainian women.
“I thank everyone involved in this success, and I also thank everyone who replenishes our exchange fund, who ensures the capture of enemies,” he said in an evening address.
“The more Russian prisoners we have, the sooner we will be able to free our heroes.
Every Ukrainian soldier, every front-line soldier should remember this.”
The head of Zielensky’s administration, Andrei Yermak, said that 12 civilians were among the freed women.
“This was the first all-female exchange,” he wrote on the Telegram messaging app, adding that 37 women were captured after Russian forces seized the giant Azovstal steel plant in the port city of Mariupol in May.
One of the women, doctor Victoria Obidina, said that the group had no idea that they would be exchanged until the last moment. Abidina was with her young daughter when Mariupol fell, but they later separated.
“I will go to my daughter. I really want to see her,” she told reporters.
Separately, Ukraine’s Interior Ministry said some of the women have been in prison since 2019 after being detained by pro-Moscow authorities in the eastern regions. Earlier, the head of one of the regions appointed by Russia said that Kyiv is freeing 80 civilian sailors and 30 military personnel.
As the Russian news agency “Interfax” reports, citing a high-ranking official, the death toll from a Russian military plane that crashed into a residential building shortly after takeoff near the border with Russia has increased to at least 13 people.
Videos and photos uploaded to social media on Monday show a residential building engulfed in flames in Yeisk, a port and resort town. Russia located south of the Ukrainian city of Mariupol on the shores of the Sea of Azov.
Hello and welcome to our live broadcast of the Russian-Ukrainian war. My name is Helen Sullivan and I will be taking you through the last few hours.
President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky on Monday urged his troops to take more prisoners, saying it would facilitate the release of soldiers held by Russia.
Meanwhile, the death toll from a Russian military plane that crashed into a residential building shortly after takeoff near the border with Russia has risen to at least 13, Russian news agency Interfax reported, citing a senior official.
On Monday, Moscow stepped up attacks across Ukraine, four people died and the electricity went out in a series of kamikaze drone strikes on the capital. Prime Minister of Ukraine Denis Shmygal said that Russia had carried out five strikes on Kiev, as well as attacks on energy facilities in the Sumy and central Dnipropetrovsk regions, cutting off electricity in hundreds of towns and villages.
Ukraine announced the exchange of more than 100 prisoners with Russia It was the first exchange of women with Moscow after almost eight months of war. “The more Russian prisoners we have, the sooner we will be able to free our heroes. Every Ukrainian soldier, every front-line soldier should remember this,” said Zelensky.
In the south, Ukrainian troops were moving closer and closer to the large city of Kherson, north of Crimea. Kherson region is one of the four regions of Ukraine that Moscow recently declared annexation.
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine called on the European Union to introduce sanctions against Iran for providing Russia with kamikaze drones, which killed at least four civilians in Kyiv on Monday.
On Monday, Iran again said it had not provided Russia with drones for use in Ukraine. “The published news about Iran supplying Russia with drones has political ambitions and is being spread by Western sources. We have not provided weapons to any of the countries at war,” said the press secretary of the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nasser Kanaani. The EU’s top representative for foreign policy, Josep Barel, said that the bloc will look for “concrete evidence” of Iran’s involvement in Russia’s war against Ukraine.
The European Union agreed to create a mission to train 15,000 Ukrainian soldiers. He will also allocate an additional 500 million euros for the purchase of weapons. An At a meeting on Monday, EU foreign ministers approved a two-year training mission involving various EU forces, which will conduct basic and specialized training of Ukrainian military personnel in Poland and Germany. Officials hope the mission, which is expected to cost 107 million euros, will be launched by mid-November.
Israeli officials refused to comment on the comments of ex-president of Russia Dmitry Medvedev that Tel Aviv is preparing to provide military aid to Ukraine. In a Telegram message on Monday, Medvedev, who currently serves as deputy chairman of Russia’s Security Council, warned Israel against arming Kiev, calling it a “reckless step” that would “destroy relations between our countries.” Israel has tried to maintain a neutral stance as it relies on Russia to facilitate its operations against Iran-linked actors in Syria.
Marina Ovsyannikovaa former Russian state television journalist who organized an on-air protest against the war in March fled the countryaccording to her lawyer.