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Death toll rises to 47 after missile strikes building

The rescue operation is underway after a missile strike, amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, at a location such as Chasiv Yar, Ukraine.

Governor of Donetsk region Pavlo Ky | via Reuters

The death toll from a Russian missile strike on an apartment building in the town of Chasiv Yar in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, has risen to 47.

Kyrylo Tymoshenko, deputy head of the Ukrainian president’s office, said in a Telegram post earlier today that another woman’s body was found in the rubble of the building that was hit on Saturday.

“In total, since the start of the rescue work, the bodies of 47 deceased people, including a child, have been found and removed from the scene. Nine people have been rescued from the rubble. Rescue work is underway,” said Mrs Tymoshenko.

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

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Russian forces hit the five-storey building in Chasiv Yar. Ukraine said the destruction was caused by Russian Uragan rockets. 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.

Holly Ellyatt

Ukraine says it repelled an attack near Sloviansk, a key Russian target

Ukraine says it has successfully repelled a Russian assault on the settlements of Dovhenke and Dolyna, near the city of Sloviansk, a key target for Russian forces trying to advance in eastern Donetsk region. ‘Ukraine.

Ukraine’s Armed Forces General Staff said on Wednesday that Russian forces were shelling Ukraine’s second-largest city, Kharkiv, and surrounding settlements, and also reported continued artillery shelling around Sloviansk, further south. , in Donetsk.

A car destroyed by Russian shelling at the entrance to the village of Dolyna in the Donbass. Dolyna is near the front line between the Russian and Ukrainian armies.

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“The Ukrainian defenders managed to repel an assault in the direction of Dovhenke and Dolyna. It is not excluded that the enemy will continue to carry out offensive operations to improve their tactical position and create favorable conditions for conducting an offensive towards Izium – Sloviansk,” General Staff spokesman Oleksandr Shtupun said in the latest Armed Forces Facebook update.

Widespread shelling also took place in areas around the nearby towns of Kramatorsk and Bakhmut, Ukraine said.

Ahead of a meeting in Istanbul between Ukraine, Russia, the UN and Turkey on unblocking grain exports from Ukraine, the armed forces said that in the Black Sea and the Sea of ​​Azov, the Navy Russian “focuses its main efforts on blocking civilian shipping”. Four warships armed with Kalibr cruise missiles are kept ready for missile strikes.”

The Ukrainian Armed Forces added that “the moral and psychological state of the occupiers’ personnel remains low, the systematic consumption of alcoholic beverages and desertion are noted. The occupiers complain of the ineffectiveness of their attacks on Ukrainian positions”.

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—Holly Ellyatt

Russian advances will continue this week as anti-Russian sentiment grows, UK says

In the Donbass, Russian forces are likely to focus on taking several small towns over the coming week, Britain’s Ministry of Defense said on Wednesday. Siversk and Dolyna are likely targets for Russian forces as they approach their greatest objective – capturing the towns of Sloviansk and Kramatorsk.

A house hit by a missile on July 3, 2022, in Sloviansk, Ukraine.

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“Russia continues to seek to undermine the legitimacy of the Ukrainian state and consolidate its own governance and administrative control over occupied parts of Ukraine,” the ministry said on Twitter.

“Recently, this has included an initiative to pair Russian and Ukrainian cities and regions to develop post-conflict administrations and a decree to make it easier for Ukrainians to obtain Russian citizenship.”

There is a backlash in Ukraine, however, the ministry said, with anti-Russian sentiment in occupied areas leading to targeting of Russian and pro-Russian officials. The Russian-appointed administration in Velykyy Burluk has acknowledged that one of its mayors was killed on July 11 in a car bomb attack.

“Targeting of those responsible is likely to intensify, exacerbating the already significant challenges facing Russian occupiers and potentially increasing pressure on already reduced military and security formations,” the UK said.

Holly Ellyatt

A ‘really difficult road lies ahead’, says Zelenskyy

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has warned that there is a “really difficult road” ahead of his country as Russian forces continue to make small incremental advances in eastern Ukraine.

In a Telegram post on Tuesday evening, Zelenskyy said “a really difficult road is ahead of us. Everyone understands that. But it’s also clear that what lies ahead is the success of our state.”

“When millions of people sincerely work for it – each and everyone at their level – the result will be inevitable,” he added.

A Russian serviceman patrols a destroyed residential area in the captured Ukrainian city of Severodonetsk on July 12, 2022.

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Zelenskyy’s comments come as Russian forces make slow but steady progress in occupying the Donbass region in eastern Ukraine. Russian forces have already seized the Luhansk region in the Donbass and are now advancing towards neighboring Donetsk.

Footage released on Tuesday showed Russian soldiers patrolling areas of Severodonetsk, a major city of Luhansk and one of the last Ukrainian-held locations to fall into Russian hands in recent weeks.

Holly Ellyatt

A ‘really difficult road lies ahead’, says Zelenskyy

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has warned that there is a “really difficult road” ahead of his country as Russian forces continue to make small incremental advances in eastern Ukraine.

In a Telegram post on Tuesday evening, Zelenskyy said “a really difficult road is ahead of us. Everyone understands that. But it’s also clear that what lies ahead is the success of our state.”

“When millions of people sincerely work for it – each and everyone at their level – the result will be inevitable,” he added.

A Russian serviceman patrols a destroyed residential area in the captured Ukrainian city of Severodonetsk on July 12, 2022.

Olga Maltseva | AFP | Getty Images

Zelenskyy’s comments come as Russian forces make slow but steady progress in occupying the Donbass region in eastern Ukraine. Russian forces have already seized the Luhansk region in the Donbass and are now advancing towards neighboring Donetsk.

Footage released on Tuesday showed Russian soldiers patrolling areas of Severodonetsk, a major city of Luhansk and one of the last Ukrainian-held locations to fall into Russian hands in recent weeks.

Holly Ellyatt

Ukrainian ministry says ships cross newly opened Danube mouth

A shipyard worker watches barley grain being mechanically poured into a 40,000 ton ship at the shipping terminal of a Ukrainian agricultural exporter in the southern Ukrainian town of Nikolaev.

Vincent Mundy | Reuters

Ukraine’s infrastructure ministry said in a statement that 16 ships had passed through the newly reopened mouth of the Bystre in the past four days and that the opening of the Bystre was an important step towards accelerating grain exports. .

—Reuters

Ukraine, UN, Russia and Turkey to discuss maritime corridors for grain exports

An agricultural tool harvests grain in the field, as the Russian-Ukrainian war continues in Odessa, Ukraine on July 04, 2022.

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Ukraine’s foreign ministry said it would participate in a quadripartite meeting with the United Nations, Turkey and Russia on efforts to revive Ukrainian grain exports.

The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday in Istanbul.

Andriy Yermak from the office of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on his Telegram channel that the parties will discuss sea corridors for grain export, as well as security issues.

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

—Amanda Macias

Death toll from Russian attack on building rises to 41

Firefighters and members of a rescue team clear the scene after a building was partially destroyed following a shelling, in Chasiv Yar, eastern Ukraine, July 10, 2022.

Miguel Medina | AFP | Getty Images

The death toll from a Russian rocket attack that hit a five-storey building in the town of Chasiv Yar in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine has risen to 41, according to Ukrainian emergencies.

Search and rescue teams were racing to reach survivors trapped in the rubble after the residential building was hit by Russian rockets over the weekend.

The service said nine people were rescued from the rubble on Monday night.

“Work in progress,” Ukraine’s emergency services said in a Facebook post as search and rescue teams continued to search for survivors.

—Amanda Macias

Ukraine claims missile attack on Russian ammunition depot near occupied Kherson

The Ukrainian military said it carried out a missile strike on an ammunition depot near the Russian-occupied port city of Kherson in southern Ukraine.

The strike hit a depot at Nova Kakhovka, under Russian control, about 35 miles east of Kherson. Ukrainian officials had previously spoken of launching counter-offensives to retake land occupied by Russia since the start of its invasion in late February.

Moscow denies the Ukrainians hit an ammunition depot, saying it was a fertilizer storage facility that was hit and blown up. Russia also said the strike damaged homes, a hospital and a market, killing people. The information has not been independently verified.

The Associated Press reported extensive damage from the blast, seen in satellite imagery, and said in its analysis that the accuracy of the strike suggested it was carried out with high-powered artillery rocket systems. mobility, or HIMARS, provided by the United States.

—Natasha Turak

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