On Thursday, Russia suffered a major setback as its warship Moskva sank in the Black Sea following a fire. While Ukrainian officials said their forces hit the ship with missiles, Russia acknowledged the fire but not the attack. The Moskva had the capacity to carry 16 long-range cruise missiles, reducing Russia’s firepower.
In an address to the nation, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said they should be proud to have survived 50 days under Russian attack, even though Moscow “gave them five”.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned that attempts by Western countries to phase out imports of Russian gas will negatively impact their economies.
Speaking on Thursday, Putin said European attempts to find alternatives to Russian gas shipments would be “quite painful for the initiators of such policies”.
He argued that “there is simply no reasonable replacement for it in Europe now”.
Putin noted that “supplies from other countries that could be sent to Europe, mainly from the United States, would cost consumers much more.”
He added that this would “affect people’s standard of living and the competitiveness of the European economy”. — PA