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Ukraine’s Slovyansk is under “massive” Russian bombardment

President Vladimir Putin ordered Russian troops to push the attack deeper into the Donbas region in eastern Ukraine after Moscow troops seized the strategic city of Lysychans’k with continued attacks.

Russian troops struck markets and residential areas in the city of Slovyansk in eastern Ukraine. (AFP)

Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Mayor: Slovyansk, Ukraine, hit by “massive bombardment”

At least two people were killed and seven were injured as Russian troops attacked the city of Slovyansk in eastern Ukraine as Moscow intensified its attacks on the Donbas region, local officials said.

“Slovyansk! Massive bombardment of the city. Central, north. Everyone, please evacuate,” Mayor Vadim Riak wrote on Facebook.

Pablo Kirirenko, governor of the Donetsk region, including Slovyansk, told Telegram that the mayor killed two people and injured seven in a bombardment targeting the city’s market.

Arbitrary Arbitrary Detention Widespread in Russia-owned Areas of Ukraine: United Nations Head of Rights

According to the UN Human Rights Officer, in some parts of Ukraine owned by Russian troops and related armed groups, arbitrary detention of civilians has become “extensive” and 270 cases have been recorded. Said.

The findings were based on information from monitor field visits and interviews with more than 500 victims and witnesses of human rights violations, as well as other sources of data, said Michelle, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Bachelet told the Human Rights Council based in Geneva.

Despite restricted access, we recorded 270 cases of arbitrary detention and enforced disappearances. Eight of the victims were found dead.

Michelle Bachelet, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

West should do more to unblock Ukrainian ports: Official

Ukrainian officials say Western partners should work harder to unblock ports in Ukraine’s Black Sea and free exports of grain, metal and mining products, and national finances are becoming increasingly volatile. I warned that it was.

Conflicts with Russia, especially logistics problems at the port of Odesa, have hit exports, and currency inflows into Ukraine have fallen from about $ 7 billion before the conflict to about $ 2.5 billion a month, according to President Volodymyr Zelensky. Rostislav Schulma, Deputy Head of the Office, said. Bystander of the Ukrainian Reconstruction Conference.

“We are in the process of unblocking this process by the United Nations, but I think unblocking the Black Sea requires more decisive steps from our Western partners,” he said. He said for strong security.

IIHF Disciplinary Action Supports Russia, Belarus Ban

The International Ice Hockey Federation’s Disciplinary Commission has dismissed appeals from Russia and Belarus calling for the return of the national team to participate in the IIHF Games.

The International Governing Body banned the international war between the two countries on February 28 following Russia’s attack on Ukraine. Belarus has supported Russia’s efforts.

At that time, IIHF cited safety concerns as the reason for the ban. The organization then moved two tournaments (2023IIHF World Junior Championships and 2023IIHF World Championships) from Russia to other countries.

Separatist leaders: Russian-backed troops head to the Donetsk front

After Russia took full control of the Luhansk region last week, Russian-backed separatists will move towards the Donetsk region, Russia’s national news agency TASS said, said Denis Pushilin, the leader of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic. rice field.

Russia has dominated the states of Donetsk and Luhansk, which make up the Donbas region, which is the central purpose of the “special military operations” in Ukraine.

Russia won the last Ukrainian base in the Luhansk region last week, but Ukraine still controls about 45 percent of the neighboring Donetsk region.

Duma gives first approval to legislation moving Russia towards a wartime regime

Russian legislators first approve two bills that allow governments to require businesses to supply goods and their employees to work overtime to support Russia’s attack in Ukraine I gave a mark.

This initiative took more than four months on what Russia calls a “special military operation,” and Western nations began to impose a wave of sanctions on Moscow.

One of the bills (approved by the House of Representatives in the first reading) could impose “special economic measures” during military operations by states, allowing companies to supply goods and services to the military. Said to request. Russian government.

Proponents outline the principles for the recovery of Ukraine

An international conference to support Ukraine after the devastating Russian attack outlined a set of principles to guide Kyiv’s recovery and condemned Moscow’s actions.

At a two-day conference in Switzerland, representatives from more than 40 countries and international organizations such as the European Investment Bank and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) signed the Lugano Declaration.

Signatories, including the United States, United Kingdom, France and Japan, welcomed their commitment to provide political, financial and technical assistance and made restructuring efforts that Kieu could cost up to $ 750 billion. Started the Lugano Principles to Guide.

Speaker of the Russian Parliament: Ukraine has become a “terrorist” nation

The Speaker of the House told members in a plenary session that Ukraine had become a “state sponsor of terrorism,” according to a statement posted on the House’s website.

Vyacheslav Volodin was reported to have stated that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was the head of the “criminal regime”.

Russian authorities have sought to portray their neighbors as being dominated by anti-Russian fascists and “neonazis” since the start of Moscow’s “special military operation” in Ukraine, but the idea that it is a terrorist state. Is not pushing forward.

Russia’s Duma speaker: Ukraine urges Moscow to expand its military goals

Russia’s parliamentary chairman, Vyacheslav Volodin, said Ukraine did “everything” to prevent Moscow’s troops from stopping “special military operations” at the border between the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) and the Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR). He said he was doing it. Reported by the RIA Novosti agency in eastern Ukraine.

Moscow insists on the “liberation” of the entire LPR on the territory of Luhansk Oblast, Ukraine, and is promoting a campaign to remove the adjacent DPR (Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine) from Kyiv’s control.

However, the army also controlled the city of Kherson and most of the Kherson and Zaporizhia regions in southern Ukraine, bombing targets throughout Ukraine and making half-hearted advances in the capital Kyiv.

Russian Defense Minister: Conscription has not been sent to Ukraine

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said no conscription was sent to Ukraine to fight in Russia’s “special military operations,” Russia’s national news agency TASS reported.

President Vladimir Putin had previously stated that the draft would not be sent to Ukraine, but the Pentagon admitted in March that many recruits had taken action in the conflict zone.

Russia recruits about 400,000 young men annually for a year of military service, and their treatment is a delicate political issue.

Russia accuses Ukraine of torturing prisoners of war

Russia is investigating the torture of Russian prisoners of war in Ukraine and said it was recently released as part of a prisoner exchange with Kieu in late June.

“We are examining the facts of the inhumane treatment of Russian soldier prisoners in Ukraine,” the Russian Investigation Commission, which investigates serious crimes, said in a statement.

Last week, Moscow and Kieu exchanged 144 prisoners of war each. This is the largest exchange since the start of the Ukraine campaign in Moscow, which began on February 24th.

Russia’s portion of South Ukraine aims to sell grain to the Middle East

According to Russia’s national news agency TASS, Russian authorities in the Zaporizhia region of southeastern Ukraine, partly under Russian control, have reached an agreement to sell grains abroad, primarily to the Middle East. ..

The countries concerned are mainly Iraq, Iran and Saudi Arabia, and TASS reported citing Yevgeny Balitsky, the head of the Russian-established government in the Zaporizhia region.

Ukraine and the West have accused Russia of stealing Ukrainian grain. Moscow denies this.

Russian security bureau takes over the Moscow-occupied Kherson region

Officials from Russia’s strong FSB security services have hijacked the government of the Moscow-occupied Kherson region in southern Ukraine, according to authorities set up by the Kremlin.

Serge Elisséeff has been the Deputy Secretary of the Russian Government in Kaliningrad and “became the Secretary of the Government of the Kherson Region,” said Vladimir Sardo, head of the Russian vocational administration.

His government will take office on Tuesday, he added. According to the website in the Kaliningrad region, 51-year-old Yeliseyev, a graduate of the FSB Academy, was engaged in security services in unspecified duties.

Ukrainian troops are not upset, Putin welcomes Luhansk’s victory

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky welcomed Russia’s Vladimir Putin’s victory in the tough battle of Luhansk, while his army “breaks” Moscow’s willingness to pursue a nearly five-month conflict. He said he was unaffected by his efforts.

As the conflict entered the next stage, Ukrainian troops took a new line of defense in the eastern part of the country.

“The battlefield hasn’t changed much in the last 24 hours,” Zelensky said in a video message.

“The Ukrainian army responds to the aggressive potential of the occupiers, pushes them back and destroys them. We need to destroy them. It’s a difficult task. It takes time and superhuman effort. But we have no alternative. “

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