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Volodymyr Zelensky’s Morale-Boosting Trip To Bakhmut

Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, made a rare trip near the front line, personally thanking soldiers who have been fighting in the devastated eastern city of Bakhmut. The trip came as air and seaborne drones attacked the Russian-occupied peninsula of Crimea and a Russian missile ripped into an apartment complex in Zaporizhzhia, killing at least one person. Both Zelensky and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, are seeking to solidify alliances and secure help for the fight ahead. Both sides are expected to mount offensives. China will continue to buffer Western sanctions imposed on Russia, and Ukraine’s allies promised more help, including a $15.6 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund. In Crimea, the Russia-appointed governor, Mikhail Razvozhaev, said after the attack there that three drones had been destroyed and that Russian ships were not damaged. It was the second straight day that drones were reported to have targeted the peninsula. It was not clear who was behind the drones. Ukraine rarely takes responsibility for attacks in territory claimed by Russia. In Moscow: China’s leader, Xi Jinping, wrapped up a three-day summit with Putin that showed the two superpowers aligned in countering U.S. dominance and a Western-led world order.

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