It is the 135th day of war in Ukraine. Putin threatens the West: “We haven’t started getting serious yet.” Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Kiev that it should quickly accept Moscow’s terms or prepare for the worst. Speaking at a meeting with the leaders of the Duma, the lower house of the Russian parliament, the leader accused the West of fueling hostilities.
Meanwhile, the Russian army is trying to eliminate the last pockets of resistance in Lugansk and to push into Donetsk. The aim is thus to occupy the entire Donbass mining basin, which pro-Russian separatists had partially controlled since 2014. But for this they have to take Sloviansk and Kramatorsk, the two largest cities in the region that are still in Ukrainian hands. Moscow troops are pressing Ukrainian forces around Sloviansk. And in the face of the advance of Russian forces, the evacuation of civilians continues in the cities: Sloviansk, which had 110,000 inhabitants before the war, has been the target of massive Russian bombings for several days.
Russian cruise missiles hit and destroyed agricultural hangars with tons of grain in the Odessa region overnight. Meanwhile, the Russian ship Zhibek Zholy, blocked because it was carrying stolen Ukrainian wheat, left the waters in front of the Turkish port of Karasu, a hundred kilometers east of Istanbul on Wednesday. Kiev summoned the Turkish ambassador to the foreign ministry, calling it “unacceptable” that the ship was released by Turkey “ignoring the appeal of Ukraine”.
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02.41 – Kuleba: BoJo resignation will not change Gb 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. “Undoubtedly, during this war, Boris Johnson proved to be a brave person – he added – and a person who is not afraid to take risks. He is a difficult person to replace, there will never be a person like him. But I am convinced that whoever becomes Prime Minister of Great Britain will not change British policy and support for Ukraine will remain unchanged. We will cooperate with them and they will provide us with help ».
01.39 – In 3 months 225,000 damaged homes were reported
In Ukraine, over 225,000 applications for homes damaged by Russian aggression were registered in three months. According to Ukrinform, this is what the Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine reports 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 provision on the collection, processing and accounting of information on properties damaged and destroyed as a result of hostilities, terrorist acts and sabotage caused by the military aggression of the Russian Federation. According to Olena Shulyak, MP and leader of the ‘Servant of the People’ party, more than 800,000 residents of Ukraine are in need of restoration or repair of their homes after the Russian attack.
01.16 – Lpr: Georgian mercenary convoy destroyed Near Seversk, at least 30 dead
A convoy carrying Georgian mercenaries was destroyed near Seversk in Donetsk Oblast. This was reported – as reported by TASS – by a military source of the Lugansk People’s Militia (LPR), specifying that “the mercenaries were retreating in cars and vans when they were hit by artillery”. The convoy was set on fire and the victims – according to the Russian news agency – are at least 30.
01.03 – Kiev: 20 hectares of fields in Zaporizhzhia destroyed by the Russians
The Russian bombs would have destroyed 20 hectares of wheat fields in the Zaporizhzhia area on 7 July. This was stated by the head of the Council of the Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, Mykola Lukashuk, quoted by the Kiev Independent. “It is not the Ukrainian wheat that is on fire, it is the food security of the world”, was the comment of the Kiev Ministry of Defense reported by the newspaper.
00.53 – Bolsonaro: sanctions on Russia have not worked
“The economic sanctions imposed by the West against Russia have not worked.” Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro said this – as reported by The Guardian – during a meeting with his supporters. “My position towards Putin and the war – he added – is balanced and has made it possible to buy fertilizers from Russia”, fundamental for the Brazilian agricultural sector.
00.01 – Zelensky: Britain’s support will not change
“Britain’s support for Ukraine shouldn’t change, no matter what happens in London’s circles of power. 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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