AmericaSpeaks TheVoiceOfJoyce War in Ukraine. Russian missiles hit Kyiv daily. Russia is the invader of Ukrainian sovereignty, yet, Russian propaganda tells theRussian people, they’re under attack and the West wants to break Russia apart? Russians are enlisting to protect their homeland. This War can’t end soon enough. Luckily, the F-16 will provide air support for the Ukrainians. Zelensky’s charm offensive is paying off, too, along with Ukrainian fierceness to defend their country. Counteroffensive, when?

Ukrainian air defence claimed it destroyed 19 drones and missiles out of 28 launched on Friday morning. “Three Kalibr missiles launched from the Black Sea and 16 drones were shot down. Shelling continues on an almost daily basis,” a Ukrainian air force spokesperson, Yuriy Ihnat, told Ukrainian television. Maksym Kozytskyi, governor of Lviv, posted to Telegram to say five drones had been shot down overnight above his western Ukrainian region.

Denmark will train Ukrainian F-16 pilots following the US decision to support the training. “Denmark has been working for this together with close allies,” the Nato country’s ministry of defence said.

Vladimir Putin has said the west is trying to break up Russia into different states based on ethnic and national lines. In a speech on Friday the Russian president said the sanctions were helping unite the Russian people rather than divide them. “There are attempts to drive a wedge between peoples of our country. They say Russia should be divided up into tens of different states.”

The Russian security council secretary, Nikolai Patrushev, has claimed the US was involved in the killing of a pro-war military blogger in a bomb blast in St Petersburg in April, and the car bombing of a nationalist writer and politician earlier in May.

More than 100,000 people have enlisted in the Russian army so far this year, former president Dmitry Medvedev has said, as Moscow seeks to recruit volunteers for its offensive in Ukraine.

Five members of a Belarusian regiment fighting with Ukrainian forces have been killed in Bakhmut, a Belarusian opposition leader living in exile, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, has said on Twitter.

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