By Juan Carlos de Santos with EFE & AP
Published 06/08/2023 – 09:11•Last update 09:24
The Russian pledge to strike back over the naval drone strikes comes as representatives from dozens of countries gather in Saudi Arabia to discuss the Kiev Peace Formula.
Russia vows retaliation after naval drone strikes in the Black Sea. The Russian spokeswoman for Foreign Affairs, Maria Zajárova, describes these events as “barbaric action that has no remedy” and promises “punishment” for those responsible, without specifying more. On Friday, the Olenegorskiy Gornyak warship was hit in the port of Novorossiysk, and late Friday night, the Sig tanker was hit while passing through the Kerch Strait.
“Any ‘bombing’ against Russian ships or the Crimean bridge is a logical and effective action against the enemy,” said the head of the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU), Vasyl Malyuk, alluding to the successive attacks with drones in the Black Sea.
For this reason, he added, “if the Russians want the ‘bangs’ to stop, they must take advantage of their only possibility: to leave the territorial waters of Ukraine and our land.”
“And the sooner they do it, the better,” he concluded, expressing his absolute conviction in the Ukrainian victory.
Meanwhile, a discreet meeting takes place in Saudi Arabia on the kyiv peace formula. In the appointment there are also countries closer to Russia such as India, Brazil or China. According to the head of the Ukrainian delegation, the formula can be achieved by implementing aspects that benefit everyone.
“President Zelensky’s peace formula is the way to end the war. It could be achieved by implementing certain aspects that will benefit all other nations and world security,” Andriy Yermak, head of the Ukrainian delegation in Ukraine, said in a tweet. Jeddah.
President Zelensky is committed to restoring international order: “In total, 42 countries are represented in it, different continents, different political approaches to global affairs. But they are all united by the prevalence of international law. And that is why Ukraine proposed the Formula of Peace, because we must restore the international order, which is based on norms that have been violated by Russian aggression”.
On the ground, Ukraine reports more Russian missile attacks, specifically targeting the Motor Sich factory in Zaporizhia, a Ukrainian aircraft engine repair facility. The Russian army for its part has reported that it has captured a town in the Lugansk region.
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