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Day 762: Pivotal Moments in the Russia-Ukraine Conflict

Day 762: Pivotal Moments in the Russia-Ukraine Conflict
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As the Russia-Ukraine war reaches its 762nd day, the conflict continues to unfold with a series of significant events that have marked the day. Here's a comprehensive look at the key developments:

Military Engagements: - Ukraine's navy reported damaging four Russian naval ships in a missile attack on Crimea, including the Konstantin Olshansky, a large landing warship captured by Moscow during the annexation of the peninsula in 2014. - The Ivan Khurs, a Russian naval reconnaissance vessel, was also struck in the attack. Moscow has yet to comment on these claims. - Ukraine's military efforts have reportedly disabled a third of all Russian warships in the Black Sea, according to Ukraine's navy spokesman Dmytro Pletenchuk.

Casualties and Humanitarian Impact: - Belgorod regional Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov reported injuries to five people, including two firefighters, due to Ukrainian shelling of two villages in the border region. - Russia's Ministry of Defence claimed its air defense systems shot down 13 Ukrainian rockets. - No injuries or damage were reported following Ukraine's downing of 12 Iranian-made Russian attack drones over the southern Mykolaiv and eastern Kharkiv regions.

Political and Diplomatic Developments: - Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy appointed 51-year-old Oleksandr Lytvynenko to head the National Security and Defence Council, taking over from Oleksiy Danilov. - A Russian court extended the pre-trial detention of Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich by three months. Gershkovich, a 32-year-old US journalist, was arrested and accused of espionage nearly a year ago.

International Response: - France announced its intention to deliver 78 Caesar howitzers to Ukraine soon, along with an increased supply of shells to meet Kyiv's urgent ammunition needs. - French Defence Minister Sebastien Lecornu indicated readiness to use his powers to requisition industrial capacities or order manufacturers to prioritize military over civilian orders to expedite the production of arms and shells needed in Ukraine.

Sports Amidst War: - In a display of resilience, Ukraine beat Iceland 2-1 to qualify for the Euro 2024, marking their fourth successive appearance in Europe's top international football tournament.