Ukraine says Russian artillery fire killed at least 23 people and wounded dozens of others in the southern Kherson region Wednesday. The killings were part of a wave of Russian attacks across Ukraine overnight that came after officials in Moscow accused Ukraine of attempting a drone strike on the Kremlin aimed at assassinating Russian President Vladimir Putin. That’s a charge Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky denied while speaking Wednesday from Helsinki.
President Volodymyr Zelensky: “We don’t attack Putin or Moscow. We fight on our territory. We are defending our villages and cities.”
Zelenksy spoke today from the Netherlands during a surprise trip to The Hague, where he called for the creation of a war crimes tribunal on Russia’s invasion that would be separate from the International Criminal Court. Ukraine is not a party to the Rome Statute, which established the International Criminal Court; neither are Russia and the United States.