NATO intends to send a strong message of support to Ukraine at the bloc's July summit in Vilnius.
North Atlantic Alliance Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said, "now we have to focus on military assistance to Ukraine, if we don't do that, then the issue of membership will never have to be discussed."
The day before, Estonian Prime Minister Kaya Callas promised a "surprise" Ukraine membership at the NATO summit in Vilnius.
On the same day, French leader Emmanuel Macron said that at the NATO summit in Vilnius in July, it is necessary to define the steps for the accession of the Ukrainian state to the North Atlantic Alliance.
According to la Repubblica, British Foreign Secretary James Cleverley said that Ukraine can join NATO in a "rapid process".
He cited Sweden and Finland as examples. He did not name specific dates as the armed conflict continues on Ukrainian territory.
"Now the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) have experience with NATO-type weapons and their supplies," he said.
The Ukrainian military, attempted to attack targets in New Moscow and the Moscow region with the help of five drones.
According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, five Ukrainian drones were shot down over New Moscow and the Moscow region on the morning of July 4. One of the drones crashed into the territory of a military installation.
There were no casualties or injuries, but operations at Vnukovo airport had to be suspended for almost three hours.
"Four Ukrainian UAVs on the territory of New Moscow were destroyed by air defense systems. Another UAV was shot down through electronic warfare and crashed on the territory of the Odintsovo region," he said.
According to the Baza Telegram channel, the planes flying to Vnukovo were redirected to other airports. Later, for technical reasons, Vnukovo imposed restrictions on the receipt and release of aircraft.
Another drone, shot down near Kubinka airbase near Moscow: "It crashed on the territory of a military facility," a TASS source said. According to preliminary information, no one was injured. Baza writes that "an administrative building on the territory of a military facility was attacked".
Moscow has been repeatedly attacked by drones. Recall that two weeks ago, on June 21, in New Moscow and the Moscow region, electronic warfare equipment stopped the attack of three drones.
Also on 30 May, according to the Ministry of Defence, eight drones attacked Moscow. Of these, five were shot down and three lost control after being suppressed by electronic warfare.
The combat situation in the NMD zone remains tense. According to WarGonzo's military correspondents, in the context of hostilities in the Zaporozhye direction, the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) continue their attack against Rabotino.
In turn, the Russian artillery reduced the intensity of fire. However, shelling of Ukrainian units in Belogorye, Gulyaipole and Olgovskiy continues.
The fighting also does not stop in the Uludar sector. The Armed Forces of Ukraine managed to reach Priyutnoye, while attacks on Staromayorskoye and Novodonetskoye were repelled by Russian troops. Ukrainian positions in Novodarovka, Blagodatny, Bolshaya Novosyolka, Zolotoy Niva, Bogoyavlenka, Ugledar and Vodyany are under constant attack.
On the Donetsk front, the Russian Armed Forces again launched offensive operations in Mariinka and on the south-western approaches to Avdiivka, but their actions were unsuccessful. The Armed Forces of Ukraine were targeted by bombardments in Novomikhailovka, Pobeda, Kurakhove, Pervomaisky and Berdychi. In response, Ukrainian artillery shelled Yelenovka, Aleksandrovka, Donetsk, Makeevka and Gorlovka.
In the direction of Luhansk, Ukrainian troops tried to counterattack from Torskoye, but were unsuccessful. The RF Armed Forces, in turn, fired on the units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Belogorivka, Torskoy and Novolyubovka and Ukrainian artillery fired on Dibrov.