A concise overview of the Russia-Ukraine conflict: the latest updates on day 685.

Ukrainian MP asserts that women will not be included in conscription; Russian warplane unintentionally releases bomb; 15 million tonnes of cargo transported through Black Sea corridor

Russia conducted numerous missile strikes against Ukraine on Monday, resulting in the deaths of at least four civilians, as confirmed by Ukrainian authorities. In the Khmelnytskyi region, two individuals were killed, as reported by local officials. Additionally, a 62-year-old was reported dead in Kryvyi Rih.

Furthermore, the governor of the Kharkiv region stated that a 63-year-old woman was killed in a strike on a town situated south of Kharkiv. Ukraine’s air force claimed that out of the 51 missiles launched during the Russian airstrikes, they managed to destroy 18.

Yehor Chernev, deputy chairman of the parliamentary defence committee, announced that Ukraine’s draft mobilisation law would not include conscripting women or implementing a lottery system. These matters will be discussed in an upcoming session on Tuesday.

The former British defence secretary, Ben Wallace, cautioned his successor, Grant Shapps, about the potential of the UK falling behind in its military support for Ukraine due to the absence of an announced military aid budget for 2024-5.

Reports from Tass and RBC news agencies revealed that a section of railroad near Nizhny Tagil in Russia’s Urals region experienced an impact. According to the Russian media outlet Baza, the explosion on the railway occurred close to the San-Donato station, near an oil depot.

Despite not yet being a full member of NATO, the Swedish prime minister declared that Sweden will send troops to Latvia in the following year as part of a Canadian-led force, aimed at deterring Russian aggression.

In the Russian-occupied Luhansk region of eastern Ukraine, a Russian warplane unintentionally dropped a bomb on the town of Rubizhne, as stated by Leonid Pasechnik, the Moscow-appointed head of the region under occupation. Pasechnik claimed that the bomb, an FAB-250 with a high-explosive warhead, did not cause any injuries. However, these comments could not be independently verified.

Oleksandr Kubrakov, the deputy prime minister for restoration, announced that Ukraine has exported a total of 15 million tonnes of cargo through the Black Sea shipping corridor, with 10 million tonnes comprised of agricultural products.

In a speech regarding conflicts in the Middle East and Ukraine, Pope Francis was quoted as saying that indiscriminately targeting civilians is considered a war crime as it violates international humanitarian law.

Olena Zelenska, Ukraine’s first lady, emphasized that Russia’s attacks on Ukraine have resulted in people becoming displaced and homeless. She believes that this aspect of war can only be altered through the use of weapons.

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