- A Ukrainian missile hit the headquarters of the Russian Black Sea Fleet. After the attack, the Russians reported one person missing at the moment, the Ukrainian Air Force spokesman also assessed. Yuri Ignat stated that while he was satisfied with the result, he wished the missiles had “made a bigger hole” and had a more dramatic effect. The attack used Storm Shadow and Scalp cruise missiles provided by the United Kingdom and France.
- The city of Kremenchuk, located in the Poltava region of Ukraine, was attacked by a Russian missile. The region’s governor, Dmytro Lunin, said via the Telegram app that the strike hit civilian infrastructure, killing one person and wounding 15 others.
- Fierce fighting is taking place in the Klychevka settlement south of Bakhmut in Donetsk province, which was retaken by Ukrainian forces on September 17. According to Ilya Zhivlas, spokesman for the Eastern Ukrainian Forces Group, the fighting is taking place especially along the local railway line in order to seize it, as the area is being bombed by both sides.
- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told American reporters that Ukrainian forces would retake Bakhmut and two other cities, which he did not want to name. In a statement to Ukrainian journalists – published by the Ukrainian Presidential Office on its official website – Zelensky stressed that Ukraine is “working hard” to obtain long-range weapons.
- US President Joe Biden announced that the United States will deliver a “small number” of long-range missiles to Ukraine. No information was provided about the specific species and number of pieces involved.
- Russia will significantly increase its defense spending. While military spending represented 3.9% of GDP in 2023, Vladimir Putin will increase this percentage to 6% by 2024.
(The Guardian, MTI)