- Russia will rebuild ‘freed’ territories in Ukraine.
- President Zelenskyy’s life story told in new comic book.
- More than half of Ukrainian fighters have left Azovstal plant.
Russia-Ukraine Crisis: Russia said it was using a new generation of powerful lasers in Ukraine to burn up drones, deploying some of Moscow’s secret weapons to counter a flood of Western arms. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy mockingly compared news of the lasers to the so-called wonder weapons that Nazi Germany unveiled in a bid to prevent defeat in World War Two.
Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2018 unveiled an intercontinental ballistic missile, underwater nuclear drones, a supersonic weapon and a laser weapon. Little is known about the specifics of the new laser. Yury Borisov, the deputy prime minister in charge of military development, told a conference in Moscow that its first prototypes, called Zadira, are already being used in Ukraine.
In other news, Russia said it was expelling a total of 85 embassy staff from France, Spain and Italy in response to similar moves by those countries, highlighting the damage to relations with leading European Union members since it launched its war on Ukraine. The Foreign Ministry said it was ordering out 34 diplomatic staff from France, 27 from Spain and 24 from Italy.