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Extensive damage in Ukraine as Sloviansk hit by Russian shelling

Russian soldiers in Ukraine no longer have the strategic strength or understanding of what they are doing in the besieged country, Volodymyr Zelensky said.

“They no longer have strategic strength, character, or understanding of what they are doing here on our land. They also don’t have even an iota of courage to admit defeat and withdraw troops from Ukrainian territory.”

He added that in the “139 days of such a war, almost 20 weeks… the so-called second army of the world is afraid of Ukrainians”.

Russian troops are able to do something only “on the basis of bottomless stocks of old Soviet weapons”.

The war between Russian and Ukrainian soldiers has seen heavy counter attacks from Kyiv. Long-range rocket attacks on Russian forces were launched in southern Ukraine, destroying an ammunition store, Ukraine’s military said on Tuesday.

Fighting in eastern Ukraine has continued as well.

Meanwhile, Vladimir Putin will visit Iran next week, a day after the US warned Tehran could provide Moscow with hundreds of drones.

1657694406Russia would consider gas transit via Ukraine beyond 2024, foreign ministry saysRussia will consider continuing to send gas to Europe via Ukraine beyond its current deal which ends in 2024, as long as European countries still want Russian gas and Ukraine‘s national transit system works, the RIA Novosti news agency on Wednesday cited the foreign ministry as saying.

Despite the war in Ukraine, Russia has continued to ship large quantities of gas across Ukraine into Europe – Moscow’s key global customer for its multi-billion dollar gas exports

Maryam Zakir-Hussain13 July 2022 07:40

1657693279Turkey, Russia, Ukraine, U.N. set to meet on grain exportsRussian, Ukrainian and Turkish military delegations are set to meet U.N. officials in Istanbul on Wednesday for talks on a possible deal to resume safe exports of Ukraine grain from the major Black Sea port of Odesa as a global food crisis worsens.

Turkey has been working with the United Nations to broker a deal after Russia‘s Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine fuelled prices for grains, cooking oils, fuel and fertilizer. Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar announced the latest talks on Tuesday.

“We are working hard indeed but there is still a way to go,” U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told reporters on Tuesday. “Many people are talking about it. We prefer to try and do it.”

Diplomats say details of the plan under discussion include Ukrainian vessels guiding grain ships in and out through mined port waters; Russia agreeing to a truce while shipments move; and Turkey – supported by the United Nations – inspecting ships to allay Russian fears of weapons smuggling.

Ukraine sparked hopes on Tuesday for an increase in grain exports despite Russia‘s blockade of Black Sea ports, noting that ships had started to pass through an important mouth of the Danube river.

Maryam Zakir-Hussain13 July 2022 07:21

1657690634Anti-Russian sentiment leading to attacks on Moscow’s officials, targeting likely to escalate – British MoDThe British defence ministry has pointed to rising anti-Russian sentiment after attacks on Russian functionaries have been reported in areas occupied by Russia in Ukraine.

“Anti-Russian sentiment in occupied Ukraine is leading to Russian and pro-Russian officials being targeted. The Russian-appointed administration in Velykyy Burluk acknowledged that one of its mayors was killed on 11 July 2022 by a car bombing,” the ministry said.

The British ministry has warned that the targeting of officials is likely to escalate, “exacerbating the already significant challenges facing the Russian occupiers and potentially increasing the pressure on already reduced military and security formations”.

On the war front, the ministry said Russian forces in the Donbas will narrow down their battle aims on taking several small towns in the coming week, “including Siversk and Dolyna on the approaches to Slovyansk and Kramatorsk”.

“The urban areas of Slovyansk and Kramatorsk likely remain the principal objectives for this phase of the operation,” the MoD said.

It added that Russia continues to “seek to undermine the legitimacy of the Ukrainian state and consolidate its own governance and administrative control over occupied parts of Ukraine”.

“Recently this has included an initiative to twin Russian and Ukrainian cities and regions to develop post-conflict administrations and a decree to make it easier for Ukrainians to obtain Russian citizenship,” the ministry said in its latest intelligence update.

Arpan Rai13 July 2022 06:37

1657687139Ukraine claims attack on Russian ammunition depot in southUkraine’s southern military command has claimed responsibility for the long-range rocket attacks on Russian forces in southern Ukraine.

The military has said that they have destroyed the ammunition store.

The military command said: “Based on the results of our rocket and artillery units, the enemy lost 52 (people), an Msta-B howitzer, a mortar and seven armoured and other vehicles, as well as an ammunition depot in Nova Kakhovka.”

According to the Russian TASS news agency, at least 7 people were killed and around 70 were injured in the strike in the Kherson region.

However, Ukrainian military officials have said around 70 people were injured.

Arpan Rai13 July 2022 05:38

1657685535Putin’s troops no longer have strategic strength, says ZelenskyRussian soldiers invading Ukraine do not possess the strategic strength of what they are doing in the besieged country, Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky said late on Tuesday.

“139 days of such a war, almost 20 weeks… The so-called second army of the world is afraid of Ukrainians and is able to do something only on the basis of bottomless stocks of old Soviet weapons,” Mr Zelensky said in his nightly address.

He added: “They no longer have strategic strength, character, or understanding of what they are doing here on our land. They also don’t have even an iota of courage to admit defeat and withdraw troops from Ukrainian territory.”

Mr Zelensky said that the occupiers have “already felt very well what modern artillery is, and they will not have a safe rear anywhere on our land, which they occupied”.

“They have felt that the operations of our reconnaissance officers to protect their Homeland are much more powerful than any of their “special operations”.

Russian soldiers – and we know this from interceptions of their conversations – are truly afraid of our Armed Forces,” he said.

Arpan Rai13 July 2022 05:12

1657683237Chris Cuomo calls himself ‘free agent’ and starts livestreaming reports from Ukraine front lineAfter getting fired by CNN, news anchor Chris Cuomo is now reporting live from Ukraine, visuals from his social media show.

Mr Cuomo was sacked by the television channel in the wake of revelations that he advised his brother, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, through a sexual misconduct scandal.

He took to his Instagram page on Monday night and shared eight short segments of video showing the position and state of Ukrainian soldiers, weapons, and stored grain, along with interviews with Ukrainian military personnel.

In his caption, Mr Cuomo compared the conflict between Russia and Ukraine to World War II.

“Shelling is destroying homes, schools, adults kids…often with banned weapons say Ukrainians, showing us cluster bombs and describing mines that are tearing through young and old,” Mr Cuomo wrote.

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Arpan Rai13 July 2022 04:33

1657682444War continues, shelling does not stop even for a day – ZelenskyVolodymyr Zelensky shared the operational update from the ongoing war in Ukraine and said that the Russian shelling has not stopped even for a day since 24 February.

“Every day we receive and experience a lot of painful news. The war continues, Russian shelling does not stop for a single day. Today there were regular strikes at Mykolaiv – missiles, artillery,” Mr Zelensky said.

He added that the Russian soldiers have again hit Kharkiv and the communities of the region – Staryi Saltiv, Zolochiv, Bayrak and others. “There are victims – wounded and killed. In Donbas, offensive attempts do not stop, the situation there does not get easier, and the losses do not get smaller. We must remember this. We must see this, draw attention to this,” the Ukrainian president said.

Mr Zelensky added: “And it should also be remembered that even in such conditions, the state takes steps forward – in cooperation with partners – in institutional development. And, of course, on the frontline.”

Arpan Rai13 July 2022 04:20

1657679866Row over turbine for Nord Stream 1 gas pipelineA group representing the Ukrainian diaspora said it was seeking a judicial review of the Canadian government’s decision to return a repaired turbine to Germany that is needed for the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline.

The Canadian government on Saturday said it was issuing a “time-limited and revocable permit” to exempt the return of turbines from its Russian sanctions as Europe seeks continued energy flows until it can end its dependency on Russian gas.

Ukraine’s energy and foreign ministries said on Sunday the decision amounted to adjusting sanctions imposed on Moscow “to the whims of Russia” and called for it to be reversed.

Russia last month cited the delayed return of the turbine, which Germany’s Siemens Energy has been servicing in Canada, as the reason behind its reduction of flows to 40% of capacity through the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline from Russia to Germany.

“This exemption to the sanctions regime against Russia is totally unacceptable,” the Ukrainian World Congress said in a statement. “There are real alternatives to Germany’s gas needs, including buying through Ukraine’s pipeline.”

The Ukrainian World Congress said it had filed a notice of application for judicial review to the Federal Court and was requesting “a declaration that the decision to provide a permit to Siemens was unreasonable and unauthorized and an order quashing the permit.”

Sam Rkaina13 July 2022 03:37

1657677646Chris Cuomo is ‘free agent’ and starts livestreaming reports from Ukraine front lineChris Cuomo, the news anchor fired last year by CNN in the wake of revelations that he advised his brother, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, through a sexual misconduct scandal, is now reporting live from Ukraine.

Mr Cuomo posted a report to his Instagram page on Monday night that included eight short segments of video showing the position and state of Ukrainian soldiers, weapons, and stored grain, along with interviews with Ukrainian military personnel.

In his caption, Mr Cuomo compared the conflict between Russia and Ukraine to World War II.

Chris Cuomo is reporting from Ukraine

(Instagram/ChrisCCuomo)

Sam Rkaina13 July 2022 03:00

1657672578EU has frozen 13 billion euros worth of assets over Russian warThe European Union has so far frozen 13.8 billion euros ($13.83 billion) worth of assets held by Russian oligarchs, other individuals and entities sanctioned for Moscow’s war against Ukraine, the bloc’s top justice official said.

Military delegations from Ukraine, Russia and Turkey will meet UN officials in Istanbul on Wednesday to discuss a possible deal to resume safe exports of Ukraine grain from the major Black Sea port of Odesa as a global food crisis worsens.

More than 20 million tonnes of grain are currently stuck in silos in Odesa.

Sam Rkaina13 July 2022 01:36

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