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A town in central Ukraine hit by missiles; reports of several dead and injured

Russian forces attacked the central-western Ukrainian town of Vinnytsia, killing at least 12 people and injuring 25, according to the latest report from the emergency services on the spot.

National Police Chief Ihor Klymenko said on Facebook that three missiles hit an office building, a parking lot, destroyed at least 25 cars and damaged nearby residential buildings. Ukrainian emergency services said 90 rescuers are at the scene.

“There are dead and injured,” Vinnytsia region governor Serhiy Borzov wrote on the Telegram messaging app on Thursday when news of the attack first emerged.

Ukrainian President Zelenskyy said rocket fire hit the city center and a small child was among the dead and injured.

“Every day Russia destroys the civilian population, kills Ukrainian children, directs rockets at civilian objects. Where there is nothing military. What is it, if not an act of terrorism open?” Zelensky said.

—Holly Ellyatt

Russians ‘destroy everything they see in front of them’ as they try to advance, says Ukrainian official

Russian forces reportedly attempted to break through to Siversk – a town between Luhansk and Donetsk regions in eastern Ukraine – to open a path to Bakhmut in nearby Donetsk, a Ukrainian official said.

The head of the Luhansk regional military administration, Serhiy Haidai, said in Telegram on Thursday that “the Russians are trying to break through to Siversk and open the way to Bakhmut” via small settlements and that in order to advance, “they are destroying everything what they see in front of them.”

“Now they are leading the offensive in the direction of Verkhniokamianske [near Siversk]. The battles are ongoing,” Haidai noted.

A Ukrainian sniper wears a balaclava in a cellar in Siversk, Ukraine, July 08, 2022.

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Haidai said Russian troops launched 12 missiles and airstrikes on settlements on the border of neighboring Lugansk and Donetsk regions, the epicenter of the war right now and the site of fierce fighting for months.

“They continue their massive artillery and mortar fire, and use multiple rocket launcher systems,” said Haidai, who gives regular updates on the military situation in his region.

Capturing Bakhmut is a strategic objective for Russia as its forces seek to advance into Donetsk after capturing Luhansk several weeks ago, while Ukrainian forces attempt to block and thwart their adversaries’ advances as much as possible.

Holly Ellyatt

Russian forces continue to attack Donetsk but could risk losing momentum

Russian forces continue to attack areas around the towns of Sloviansk, Kramatorsk and Bakhmut in Donetsk, in the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine, the Ukrainian Armed Forces said Thursday morning.

The towns are seen as key targets for Russia as its forces seek to advance in the Donetsk region, having already seized the entire neighboring city of Lugansk in recent weeks.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said Thursday morning on Facebook that Russian forces were bombarding various settlements around Sloviansk, near Kramatorsk and Bakhmut, with tanks and guns and rockets.

Ukrainian forces repelled some of the attacks south of Bakhmut, General Staff spokesman Oleksandr Shtupun said. CNBC was unable to verify the information contained in the report.

Ukrainian servicemen ride a tank from the battlefield near Siversk in the Donetsk region of Ukraine on July 8, 2022.

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British Ministry of Defence, in its latest intelligence update on Thursdaysaid Russian forces “continue to carry out artillery strikes across a broad front [in the Donbas]followed, in some areas, by investigations into assaults by small companies and platoon-sized units.”

However, they have not made any significant territorial advances in the past 72 hours and risk losing any momentum built up after capturing Lysychansk, the last town Russian forces seized in Luhansk before attempting to advance towards Donetsk.

“The aging vehicles, weapons and tactics of the Soviet era used by Russian forces do not lend themselves to rapid recovery or momentum unless used in overwhelming numbers – which Russia is currently unable to take advantage of.”

—Holly Ellyatt

Ukraine is making big efforts to unblock global food supply, says Zelenskky

Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and United Nations officials met in Istanbul on Wednesday to try to reach an agreement that would allow the resumption of exports of vital products, such as cereals and sunflower oil, since Ukraine.

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Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and United Nations officials met in Istanbul on Wednesday to try to reach an agreement that would allow the resumption of exports of vital products, such as cereals and sunflower oil, since Ukraine.

The latter three said talks had made progress, with Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar saying a deal would be signed next week, but UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said more work was needed. necessary before an agreement is finalized.

The deal would see the creation of a joint coordination center to oversee the safe export of products, with Ankara saying it would inspect cargoes and ensure the safety of ships in transit. A deal would ease a global food crisis caused in large part by the blockade of exports from Ukraine, one of the world’s largest exporters of wheat and sunflower oil.

Zelenskyy noted that the Ukrainian delegation informed him that there had been progress in the talks yesterday. “We will agree on the details with the UN Secretary General in the coming days,” he added.

Holly Ellyatt

Chasiv Yar death toll rises again

The death toll following a Russian missile strike on an apartment building in the town of Chasiv Yar in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, has risen, with 48 civilians reported dead in the attack, including one child.

Ukrainian emergency services said on Telegram that the number of people rescued from the rubble remained at nine.

Firefighters and rescue workers clear the scene after a building was partially destroyed by shelling, in Chasiv Yar, eastern Ukraine, July 10, 2022.

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Russian forces hit the five-storey building in Chasiv Yar last Saturday. Ukraine said Russian Uragan rockets severely destroyed the building. Russia has repeatedly denied targeting civilian targets despite a large number of cases in which civilian infrastructure has been targeted, causing death and more displacement for ordinary Ukrainians.

President Zelenskyy commented on the tragedy on Wednesday night, saying debris clearance would continue until all the rubble was cleared.

“It was one of the most brutal Russian strikes of the entire war – so many casualties… My condolences to the relatives and friends of the victims,” ​​he said.

—Holly Ellyatt

More than 5.8 million refugees have fled Ukraine, says UN

A displaced Ukrainian and a child walk towards a bus to continue their journey to a temporary refugee center, housed in a disused Tesco building, in Przemysl, Poland, Wednesday, March 16, 2022.

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More than 5.8 million people have fled across Ukraine’s borders to other places in Europe since Russia’s invasion in February, according to the latest data compiled by the United Nations.

Of this total, more than 3.6 million people have registered for temporary refugee protection or similar safeguards in Europe.

“The escalation of the conflict in Ukraine has resulted in civilian casualties and the destruction of civilian infrastructure, forcing people to flee their homes in search of safety, protection and assistance,” UN researchers wrote in a report.

“Millions of Ukrainian refugees have crossed borders into neighboring countries and many more have been forced to move within the country,” the report adds.

Here is an overview of where Ukrainian refugees have fled:

Ukraine, UN, Russia and Turkey to discuss maritime corridors for grain exports next week following talks

Wheat grain pours from a machine into a storage silo Monday, July 8, 2013. Temporary silos will be built along the border with Ukraine to help export more grain to deal with a food crisis growing world, US President Joe Biden said, according to Reuters. .

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Russia and Ukraine are due to meet again in Turkey next week following talks aimed at freeing up grain exports, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said in a statement.

Delegations from Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and the United Nations met in Istanbul earlier.

“We will try to reach a conclusion by conducting this in coordination with the UN. In this sense, it was agreed that the Ukrainian and Russian delegations should meet again in Turkey next week,” Akar said in a statement. .

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told a press conference that the meeting was a “critical step forward” in the safe and secure export of Ukrainian food products through the Black Sea.

For months, Russian warships blocked Ukrainian ports on the Sea of ​​Azov and the Black Sea.

—Amanda Macias

US welcomes EU decision to impose sanctions on Russian shipments to Kaliningrad

A disused border crossing point to Russia is seen on April 15, 2022 in Nida, Lithuania. The Russian enclave of Kaliningrad, on the shores of the Baltic Sea, is sandwiched between NATO members Lithuania and Poland, and is the most strategic shipping and trading port on the Baltic coast.

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The Biden administration has welcomed the European Union’s decision to apply economic sanctions to Russia and its shipments to and from Kaliningrad.

Kaliningrad, sandwiched between Lithuania and Poland, depends on Lithuania and Belarus to carry out transit traffic between the enclave and mainland Russia.

“We commend European Union member states, including Lithuania, for applying sanctions that are fully consistent with EU directives,” State Department spokesman Ned Price wrote in a statement. .

“It is important to note that there is now and never has been a so-called blockade of Kaliningrad. Using a variety of routes, passengers continue to transit between mainland Russia and Kaliningrad, like all humanitarian shipments and most other goods,” Price added.

In June, Lithuania announced that it would stop the entry by rail of all EU-sanctioned goods from Russia into Kaliningrad.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Lithuania’s actions in the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad would trigger retaliatory measures.

—Amanda Macias

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