May 4, Thursday, 2023

1. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has accused Russia of shelling multiple locations in the southern region of Kherson, leaving at least 21 civilians dead and 48 others injured. Zelenskyy said in a social media post that a railway station, a house and a supermarket came under attack among other locations.
2. The United States says it will send a type of air-launched rocket for the first time to Ukraine. The shipments of Hydra-70s are part of additional security assistance valued at up to 300 million dollars. The US Department of Defense announced on Wednesday that the package will also include more ammunition for US-provided High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems, or HIMARS, and additional howitzers. 3. Japan and France have agreed to step up cooperation in the field of nuclear energy, including the development of next-generation advanced reactors. Japan’s industry minister Nishimura Yasutoshi and French energy transition minister Agnes Pannier-Runacher affirmed that the two countries will work for the maximum use of nuclear energy to ensure a stable energy supply and achieve carbon neutrality.