It is the 135th day of the war in Ukraine. Putin threatens the West: “We haven’t started in earnest yet.” Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned Kyiv not to accept Moscow’s terms quickly or prepare for the worst. Speaking at a meeting with leaders of the Duma, the lower house of Russia’s parliament, the leader accused the West of inflaming hostilities.
Meanwhile, the Russian army is trying to eliminate the last pockets of resistance in Lugansk and enter Donetsk. Thus, the goal is to occupy the entire Donbass mining basin, which has been partially controlled by pro-Russian separatists since 2014. But for this they have to capture Sloviansk and Kramatorsk, the two largest cities in the region still in Ukrainian hands. Moscow forces put pressure on Ukrainian forces around Slovinsk. In the face of the advance of Russian forces, the evacuation of civilians continues in the cities: Sloviansk, which had a population of 110,000 before the war, was the target of intense Russian bombardment for several days.
Overnight, Russian cruise missiles hit and destroyed agricultural hangars loaded with tons of grain in the Odessa region. Meanwhile, the Russian ship Zebek Zuli, which was carrying stolen Ukrainian wheat, left the waters in front of the Turkish port of Karasu, a hundred kilometers east of Istanbul, on Wednesday. Kyiv summoned the Turkish ambassador to the Foreign Ministry, describing it as “unacceptable” for Turkey to release the ship “ignoring Ukraine’s call”.
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02.41 – Kuleba: BoJo’s resignation won’t change Gb .’s support
The resignation of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will not change the country’s policy towards Ukraine. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said so – as reported by Ukrinform. He added: “During this war, Boris Johnson proved to be a brave person – he added – and someone who is not afraid to take risks. He is someone who is difficult to replace, and there will never be someone like him. But I am convinced that whoever becomes Prime Minister of Great Britain will not change British policy and support for Ukraine It will remain unchanged. We will cooperate with them and they will help us.”
01.39 – In 3 months, 225,000 damaged homes were reported
In Ukraine, more than 225,000 applications for houses damaged by Russian aggression were registered in three months. According to Ukrinform, this is what the Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine publishes on Telegram. In detail, 217,662 applications were submitted through the dedicated application, 3,828 through the portal and 4,106 through the central administrative office. On March 26, the Ukrainian government approved a clause on the collection, processing and inventory of information on property damaged and destroyed as a result of hostilities, terrorist acts and sabotage caused by the military aggression of the Russian Federation. According to Olena Chulyak, a member of parliament and leader of the “Servant of the People” party, more than 800,000 citizens of Ukraine need repair or repair of their homes after the Russian attack.
01.16 – Lpr: a Georgian mercenary convoy near Seversk destroyed, at least 30 killed
A convoy carrying Georgian mercenaries was destroyed near Seversk in Donetsk Oblast. This was reported – as reported by TASS – by a military source from the Lugansk People’s Militia (LPR), explaining that “the mercenaries were retreating in cars and trucks when they were hit by artillery.” And the convoy caught fire, and the number of victims – according to the Russian news agency – was at least 30.
01.03 – Kyiv: the Russians destroyed 20 hectares of fields in Zaporizhzhia
Russian bombs were supposed to destroy 20 hectares of wheat fields in the Zaporizhia region on July 7. This was stated by the head of the Dnipropetrovsk Oblast Council, Mykola Lukashuk, citing the Kyiv Independent. “It is not the Ukrainian wheat that is burning, it is the food security of the world,” the newspaper quoted the Ministry of Defense in Kyiv as saying.
00.53 – Bolsonaro: Sanctions against Russia did not work
“Economic sanctions imposed by the West on Russia did not work.” This was said – as reported by the Guardian newspaper – by the Brazilian President, Jair Bolsonaro, during a meeting with his supporters. “My attitude toward Putin and the war is balanced and allows for the purchase of fertilizers from Russia,” he added, which is fundamental to the Brazilian agricultural sector.
00.01 – Zelensky: Britain’s support will not change
Britain’s support for Ukraine must not change, no matter what happens in the circles of power in London. Britain’s role in protecting freedom is truly global.” This was stated by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in the usual evening video after the resignation of Boris Johnson.
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