• 23 people were killed in the Russian attack on Uman, including children among the victims.
• Ukrainian Defense Minister Reznikov: “Preparations for the counterattack are in the final stages.”
• Putin signs the law: anyone accused of high treason faces life in prison.
• The European Union: «An agreement reached with 5 countries that prevented Ukrainian wheat».
05:22 a.m. – A drone strikes an oil depot in Sevastopol
During the night, a Ukrainian drone attack caused an explosion and a large fire in an oil depot in Kozacha district of Sevastopol in Crimea. According to local sources, a large area of about 1,000 square metres, it was reported, caught fire UNIAN on Telegram.
04:47 AM – Prigozhin: ‘Wagner may soon cease to exist’
The Wagner Group, the champion of fierce fighting in Bakhmut, may soon cease to exist. This was stated by the head of the special brigade, Yevgeny Prigozhin, speaking with war blogger Semyon Pegov. The words of “Putin’s cook” were recorded in a video posted on social media, but it is not known if Prigozhin was speaking seriously or joking while uttering those sentences about disbanding his militia. It is certain that Chief Wagner had repeatedly complained about the lack of ammunition and assistance from the Russian army. â€œWagner, in a short period of time, will cease to exist. He stressed that we will become history, and there is no need to worry, and such things can happen.
03:14 – Germany wants to produce 250,000 artillery shells for Kiev
The European Union wants to supply Ukraine with one million 155 mm artillery shells, and Germany could produce a third of this quantity. The newspaper writes it Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitunghe says ukrinform.
00:53 – The death toll in Uman has risen to 23, including five children
Russian attacks hit towns across Ukraine yesterday, killing 25 people, including five children. An apartment building was also hit in the historic city of Uman, where 23 people died. Rescue workers in Uman tonight pulled the body of another child, the fifth, from the rubble.
The search for the other missing children continues, as I mentioned CNNwhich may be buried under the rubble of the bombed-out apartment building.
00:51 – Borrell: “Putin does not want the war to end”
Russia does not want to end the war in Ukraine. This is the opinion of the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, on a visit to Cartagena de Indias (Colombia). “Unfortunately, when I hear from President Putin, I cannot be optimistic because he keeps saying that he has military goals and until he achieves them he will not stop bombing and destroying the country,” Borrell told reporters.
– Ukrainian tank near Avdiivka (Ap)
00:15 – Putin signed the decree: life imprisonment for high treason
Putin on Friday signed a decree raising the maximum penalty for treason to life in prison, part of a crackdown on dissent since the outbreak of war in Ukraine. The decree was published on the Kremlin’s website. Lawmakers have already voted to raise the maximum penalty for treason to life in prison from the last 20 years. Lawmakers also agreed to increase the maximum sentence for “carrying out a terrorist act” – defined as an act that threatens life and aims to destabilize Russia – to 20 years, from 15 years so far. Those found guilty of vandalism can be sentenced to 20 years in prison, up from 15 previously, while people convicted of “international terrorism” can be sentenced to life in prison, up from 12 years previously.
00:10 – Putin signed the law on expulsion from the Ukrainian regions
Residents of the four Ukrainian regions annexed by Russia who do not agree to become Russian citizens will be considered foreigners and can be expelled if they pose a “threat to national security” through activities including “participation in unauthorized rallies and demonstrations”. This is the text of the law that President Vladimir Putin signed and promulgated today after it was approved by Parliament.
– Russian President Vladimir Putin (AFP)
00:12 – The Caesar self-propelled guns donated by Denmark have arrived in Ukraine
Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov announced the arrival of French-made Tsar self-propelled artillery units donated by Denmark to Ukraine. “The Czars from Denmark are already in Ukraine,” Reznikov wrote on Twitter, thanking the Danish people, the Ministry of Defense, as well as the French partners.
Yesterday, speaking at a press conference, Reznikov said that Ukrainian forces were about to prepare for a counterattack. He noted that “once there is the will of God, the time and the decision of the leaders, it will begin.”
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