August 25, Friday, 2023

1. US media reports say the plane crash that is believed to have killed Wagner Group leader Yevgeny Prigozhin may have been caused by an intentional explosion. The private jet carrying 10 people crashed on Wednesday in northwestern Russia while flying from Moscow to St. Petersburg. Russian President Vladimir Putin sent his condolences to Prigozhin’s family on Thursday. 2. Members of the United Nations Security Council have called on Russia to pull out its troops out of Ukraine immediately at a meeting that marked 18 months since the start of the invasion. Japan’s Ambassador Ishikane Kimihiro said Japan will continue to support Ukraine. 3. US President Joe Biden has reiterated that Washington is committed to supporting Ukraine for as long as it takes to end Russia’s invasion.