U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin invoked Russia’s war on Ukraine as a reminder that security in Asia “can’t be taken for granted” in a speech at defense talks in Singapore. “Russia’s shocking aggression” shows “people everywhere how dangerous our world would become if big countries could just invade their peaceful neighbors with impunity,” he said Saturday.
In Kyiv, city officials pledged that shelters would be operational around-the-clock, after residents seeking cover from a Russian attack Thursday found a nearby shelter locked. Three of those residents were killed in the attack.
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Kyiv has suffered a wave of air attacks, most during the night, sending people into closets, bathrooms, basements or subway stations for shelter.
Ukraine’s new arsenal of air defense systems supplied by its U.S. and European allies has enabled its forces to bring down most of the drones and missiles targeting the capital. “But the same air defenses that protect the city of more than 3 million people have also made it a higher-value target,” they write.
Ishaan Tharoor contributed to this report.