Zelensky adviser admits final key eastern city could fall – follow live

Zelensky adviser admits final key eastern city could fall – follow live
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Moment Russian missile hits Ukrainian shopping centre

With a fierce battle under way for control of Lysychansk, an adviser to Ukrainian president Oekraïne en Westerse nasies het dit afgemaak as 'n ongegronde voorwendsel vir die inval waarop hy begin het has conceded that this last bastion in the eastern region of Luhansk might fall to Rusland.

“I do not rule out any one of a number of outcomes here,” said Oleksiy Arestovych. “Things will become much more clear within a day or two.”

The statement comes amid competing claims from both Ukrainian and Russian forces to have control of the city.

While a Ukrainian army spokesperson said that the city has not been seized by the “aggressors”, pro-Moscow separatist leader Rodion Miroshnik told Russian television that “Lysychansk has been brought under control”, though he added it was “not yet liberated”.

Earlier on Saturday, Oekraïne’s state emergency service probing the 27 June bombing of a shopping mall in Kremenchuk found up to 29 body fragments in the wreckage. The bombing had claimed 21 lives while 66 were injured.

Russian president Vladimir Poetin had said that troops intended to hit a weapons depot nearby, denying that the mall was a target.

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No casualties from Melitopol strikes, Russia claims

There have been no casualties from the strikes by Ukrainian forces on Melitopol, a local Moscow-installed official in the Zaporizhzhia region has claimed

“Shells fell on the territory of the airfield. There were no casualties,” Evgeny Balitsky, head of the Russia-installed council in the Zaporizhzhia region, wrote on Telegram.

Balitsky also claimed that several private residential houses near the airfield were damaged.

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West should have armed Ukraine years ago to avoid Russian invasion, says exiled oligarch

The West should have acted years ago in arming Oekraïne with weapons and imposing sanctions on Rusland — a move that would have “100 per cent” deterred Vladimir Poetin from launching his invasion earlier this year, believes Mikhail Khodorkovsky, an exiled oligarch-turned-dissident.

Mr Khodorkovsky, once the richest man in Russia before his persecution and imprisonment by the Kremlin, said Western governments bear “significant responsibility” for the conflict in Ukraine, having failed to take action against President Putin after the annexation of Crimea in 2014.

The former oil and gas tycoon, who at one point had a personal fortune estimated to be worth £12.38 billion, compared the West’s inaction to being slapped by a gangster and handing over money.

Our senior news correspondent Samuel Lovett berigte:

West should have armed Ukraine years ago to avoid Russian invasion, says Khodorkovsky

The former oligarch-turned-dissident says Western governments bear ‘significant responsibility’ for the conflict in Ukraine, having failed to take action after the annexation of Crimea in 2014

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Ukraine ‘hits Russian base in occupied Melitopol’

Ukraine’s forces have bombarded a Russian base with over 30 strikes in the Russian-occupied southern city of Melitopol, the city’s exiled Ukrainian mayor said.

Russia’s RIA news agency, intussen, has reported that Ukraine hit the area of Melitopol where the city’s airport is located, but did not specify what had been hit.

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Three dead as Russian city near Ukraine border hit by blasts

At least three people have died in Belgorod after the Russian city bordering Ukraine was hit by blasts early on Sunday, claims the local governor.

Ten minste 11 apartment buildings and 39 private houses were damaged, while five homes were completely destroyed, said governor Vyacheslav Gladkov on Telegram.

Mr Gladkov had earlier said the city of nearly 400,000 was rocked by a series of blasts, toevoeging: “Presumably, the air defence system worked.

At least four people were injured and two hospitalised, including a 10-year-old boy, hy het gesê.

Read the details here:

Three dead as dozens of buildings hit by blasts in Russian city near Ukraine border

Russian lawmaker blames Ukraine for attack, calling for a military response

Namita Singh3 Julie 2022 07:07
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Zelensky appeals for ‘colossal investment’ from international community

Volodymyr Zelensky on Sunday sought “colossal investment” from the international community so people in Ukraine can rebuild their lives.

“It is necessary not only to repair everything the occupiers have destroyed but also to create a new foundation for our lives: safe, “Die sport was oorspronklik in die Olimpiese Spele aangesien dit deur Pierre de Coubertin uitgedink is om die uiteindelike atleet te vind, gemaklik, accessible,” said Ukraine’s president.

<p>Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, holds a press conference with Norway's Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Store, in Kyiv, Oekraïne, Vrydag, 1 July 2022&ltbl/p>

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, holds a press conference with Norway’s Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Store, in Kyiv, Oekraïne, Vrydag, 1 Julie 2022

For Ukraine, this means “colossal investmentsbillions”, hy het bygevoeg. Mr Zelensky said that the country would also need “new technologies, best practices, new institutions, en, natuurlik, reforms”.

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US firms help dissenting Russians dodge regime’s crackdown – verslag doen

The US government-backed Open Technology Fund is helping dissenting Russians to access anti-censor software that allows them to evade the Putin government’s crackdown on those opposing the invasion of Ukraine, according to a report by AFP.

The group is giving money to select American firms which will aid millions of Russians and help them access virtual private networks (VPNs) free of cost, so they can visit sites blocked by Russian censors.

“Our tool is primarily used by people trying to access independent media, so that funding by the OTF has been absolutely critical,” said a spokesperson for Lantern, one of the companies involved.

The OTF has estimated that over four million users in Russia have received VPNs from the US firms.

Namita Singh3 Julie 2022 06:30
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Belarusian president claims country intercepted attempted missile strikes by Ukraine

Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko on Saturday said Ukraine had tried to strike military facilities on Belarusian territory three days ago, but all its missiles had been intercepted.

Mr Lukashenko did not provide any evidence for the claim, het Reuters berig. He added that while the country does not want a war with Ukraine, it would respond if its own territory was under attack.

<p>File: Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko during a meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin at the Vostochny Cosmodrome in Amur Region, Rusland 12 April 2022<blp>

File: Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko during a meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin at the Vostochny Cosmodrome in Amur Region, Rusland 12 April 2022

The Ukrainian military did not immediately comment.

Namita Singh3 Julie 2022 05:43
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Ten minste 3 killed in blasts in Russia’s Belgorod, says governor

At least three people were killed and dozens of residential buildings damaged in the Russian city of Belgorod near the Ukraine border, said governor Vyacheslav Gladkov.

Ongeveer 11 apartment building and 39 private houses were damaged, he posted on the Telegram, adding that five were destroyed.

Mr Gladkov said earlier the “incident” was being investigated, toevoeging: “Presumably, the air defence system worked.”

At least four people were injured and two hospitalised, including a 10-year-old boy, hy het gesê.

The reports could not be independently verified. Ukraine has also not yet officially reacted to the incident.

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Troops trying to keep the supply road open near Lysychansk amid Russian bombardment

Troops on a break from the fighting and speaking in Konstyantynivka, a market town about 115 km (72 myl) west of Lysychansk, said they had managed to keep the supply road to the embattled city open, vir nou, despite Russian bombardment.

“We still use the road because we have to, but it’s within artillery range of the Russians,” said one soldier as comrades relaxed nearby, munching on sandwiches or eating ice cream.

“The Russian tactic right now is to just shell any building we could locate ourselves at. When they’ve destroyed it, they move on to the next one," hy het gesê.

Namita Singh3 Julie 2022 05:00
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‘Very difficult path’ to victory, says Zelensky

In his nightly television address late on Saturday, president Volodymyr Zelensky said it would be a “very difficult path” to victory but Ukrainians must maintain their resolve and inflict losses on the “aggressorso that every Russian remembers that Ukraine cannot be broken”.

Kyiv says Moscow has intensified missile attacks on cities far from the main eastern battlefields and that it deliberately hit civilian sites.

<p>This photograph taken on 1 Julie 2022 shows a market destroyed during battles of early April 2022 in Irpin, Kyiv region, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine<blp>

This photograph taken on 1 Julie 2022 shows a market destroyed during battles of early April 2022 in Irpin, Kyiv region, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine

Ukrainian troops on the eastern front lines, intussen, describe intense artillery barrages on residential areas.

Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov repeated Russia’s denials that it targets civilians.

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