Zelenskiy visits troops near Bakhmut frontline
STORY: Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy visited his troops near the frontline city of Bakhmut on Wednesday, the ongoing battle for the city being one of the bloodiest of the war.
Footage released by the president's office shows him handing out medals and visiting wounded in the Donetsk region, where Bakhmut is located. He's telling the troops that they're there to protect the land for their children and later, in the hospital, "good luck, boys."
Zelenskiy's visit came after a swarm of Russian drones hit Ukrainian cities including the capital overnight, said by Ukraine's military to include Iranian-built suicide drones.
And in a tweet, Zelenskiy apparently referenced Chinese President Xi Jinping's recent visit to Moscow, saying: Every time someone tries to hear the word 'peace' in Moscow, another order is given there for such criminal strikes."
And, video obtained by Reuters shows the moment a missile hits apartments in the city of Zaporizhzhia the following morning. Reuters verified the footage and witnessed the afternmath. Local authorities there say at least one person was killed and 25 wounded.
Meanwhile, the British government is rejecting accusations from Moscow that ammunition it has given Ukraine made from depleted uranium risks raising the nuclear stakes in the war.
Depleted uranium shells are used by many militaries including Russia to penetrate armor such as tanks. The UK doesn't consider it nuclear armament, but the dust it creates does pose a risk to people wherever the shells land after being fired.