Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said Sunday he expects Russia to “turn to even more large-scale actions in the east of our country” this week, including intensified air strikes.
The week “will be no less tense and even more weighty with responsibility,” he said in a video message. Zelenskiy has been warning for days of the threat of a Russian offensive, while Russia has claimed without evidence that Ukraine is committing atrocities against its own civilians.
“We think this will be a new wave of this war,” Zelenskiy said in a pre-recorded CBS News interview to air Sunday. “We don’t know how much Russian weaponry there will be, but we understand there will be many times more than there is now.”
Russian Economy to Shrink by 11%, World Bank Says (10 p.m.)
Russia’s sanctions-hit economy is projected to shrink by 11.2% this year, the World Bank said in an outlook published Sunday. Ukraine’s economy will contract by an estimated 45.1%, or almost half, with the outcome depending on the duration and intensity of the war, according to the Washington-based development bank.
Russia Destroys Key Airport at Dnipro (7:30 p.m.)
Renewed missile attacks by Russian forces have demolished the airport at Dnipro in central Ukraine, according to the regional governor. Dnipro is the fourth-largest city in the country.
The airport came under shelling in the morning and then again several hours later, with the subsequent attack injuring rescue workers on the scene, Valentyn Reznichenko said on his Telegram channel. Russian troops separately hit infrastructure sites in Zvonetske, also in the Dnipropetrovsk region, he said. Austrian Leader to Meet Putin in Moscow After Kyiv Trip (6:18 p.m.)
Austria’s Chancellor Karl Nehammer said on Twitter he’ll meet Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Monday in an attempt to build dialog with the Russian president.
Plans for the meeting were coordinated with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, Nehammer said.