Russia launched another wave of airstrikes on Kyiv and other areas of Ukraine on Tuesday morning in what Kyiv Mayor Vitaly Klitschko called an attempt to cause “mental suffering” to residents.
It was the 17th air attack on the capital since the start of May, with most attacks occurring at night.
Residents of Moscow were also on alert yesterday morning after the Russian capital was attacked by up to eight drones, which reportedly caused minor damage to several buildings.
Ukraine has not claimed responsibility for the attack, which analysts say may pose a serious challenge for Russia, demonstrating that Ukraine is most likely capable of attacking targets on its territory.
When asked about the drone attacks in Moscow during a press briefing on Tuesday, White House spokesperson Karine Jean-Pierre said the US was “still collecting information on what happened.” She went on to state that “as a rule, we do not support attacks inside Russia” and have made this stance “clear not only publicly, but also privately to Ukrainians.”
Jean-Pierre later indicated that US policy toward Ukraine would remain unchanged and that aid to Ukraine would be one of the main topics of discussion with UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on his upcoming visit to the US.
Today is Day 462 of Russia’s war on Ukraine.
Source: Radio Gdańsk, PAP
US and EU officials have voiced concern over legislation in Poland that would establish a new commission to probe Russian influence in Polish politics and security.
President Duda signed the bill into law on Monday, after which he sent it to the Constitutional Tribunal for review. The legislation will remain in effect unless the Tribunal decides to strike it down after a review process, which could reportedly take several months.
Critics have warned that the proposed commission could be used to target opposition candidates ahead of the upcoming parliamentary elections. On Monday, US State Department spokesman Matthew Miller said that “the US government is concerned” the legislation “could be misused to interfere with Poland’s free and fair elections” in the autumn.
During a press conference on Tuesday, Polish government spokesman Piotr Muller said the concerns expressed by the United States and the European Commission over the new legislation had “no basis” in fact, denying claims that the proposed commission could ban politicians from holding public office without due process.
Source: Radio Gdańsk, The First News, Polskie Radio
Polish tennis star Iga Świątek advanced to the second round of the French Open Grand Slam tennis tournament yesterday after a straight-set win over Cristina Bucșa of Spain.
The Polish world No. 1 ousted the 70th-ranked Spanish-Morroccan player 6-4, 6-0 in the first round of the women’s singles competition on Tuesday.
Świątek, who previously triumphed at Roland Garros in 2022 and 2020, will face American Claire Liu tomorrow for a chance at a third French Open title.
Fellow Poles Hubert Hurkacz and Magdalena Fręch are also hoping to advance beyond the second round, with the 17th-seeded Hurkacz set to face Tallon Griekspoor of the Netherlands today at 13:30. Fręch will follow at 16:15 with a match against Kamilla Rakhimova, a Russian player competing under a neutral flag.
Source: Polskie Radio, wtatennis.com, atptour.com
Polish football coach Fernando Santos has released a list of 25 players called up for the team’s upcoming friendly against Germany and its third Euro 2024 qualifier against Moldova.
The lineup announced by Santos on Tuesday includes Barcelona star striker Robert Lewandowski and other regulars such as Napoli midfielder Piotr Zieliński and Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczęsny.
Several notable names left off the list include experienced players such as Grzegorz Krychowiak, Kamil Glik, and team veteran Jakub Błaszczykowski. A farewell to the 37-year-old Błaszczykowski will take place during the next match, in which he will reportedly play a symbolic 16 minutes in honor of his usual jersey number (16).
The friendly match against Germany is set for June 16 at the National Stadium in Warsaw. The Polish national team will then travel to Moldova for the Euro 2024 qualifier on June 20.
Poland is currently ranked 2nd in group E, one point behind the Czech Republic.
Source: Radio Gdańsk, Polskie Radio
Today will be sunny and hot, with very little chance of rain and a light breeze coming from the west. Temperatures will be warmer than yesterday, with a daytime high of 24°C or 75°F, dropping to a low of 12°C or 53°F overnight. Cooler weather is expected tomorrow and Friday, with warmer temps returning over the weekend.