The Russians continue their bombardments in the Donetsk region | War in Ukraine

Russians continue shelling Donetsk region | War in Ukraine

Residents of the small town of Druzhkivka were awakened by a missile attack near a supermarket.

The Russian army continued its bombardments in the Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine on Saturday and is preparing, after four and a half months of war, “new actions”, according to Ukrainian officials.< /p>

The United States, which is continuing its military aid to kyiv, has asked China to condemn Russian aggression in Ukraine, and the United Kingdom is welcoming a first group of Ukrainian soldiers for training.

“The eyes of all aggressive political movements and regimes in the world are now on what Russia is doing to us.

—Volodymyr Zelensky, President of Ukraine, on Instagram

Will the world be able to bring the real war criminals to justice? he wondered, warning of the risk of hundreds of other assaults if he did not succeed.

In the; east, as in the south of the country, the alarm sirens sounded all night. Residents of the small town of Druzhkivka, south of Kramatorsk, were awakened on Saturday by a suspected missile attack that left a huge crater in front of a damaged supermarket.

Russian forces, which announced in early July that they had taken control of the Lugansk region, are now targeting the Donetsk region to occupy the entire Donbass mining basin, partially controlled since 2014 by Moscow-backed separatists, after the #x27;Russian annexation of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula.

The Ukrainian General Staff on Saturday reported Russian shelling in the east and on Kharkiv, but no ground offensive, with troops in Moscow not appearing to be carrying out any assaults at present, apart from a attempt on Dolomitné, near Bakhmout.

Russian shelling left at least one dead and two injured in Kryvy Rig, the hometown of Mr. Zelensky, who visited the Ukrainian positions on Friday in the Dnipropetrovsk region.

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For its part, the Russian army claims to have inflicted significant damage on the Ukrainian army and equipment in the Mykolaiv and Dnipropetrovsk regions.

In its press release, the Russian Defense Ministry also claims strikes on the Donetsk and Kharkiv regions, where six civilians were injured, according to the local Ukrainian prosecutor's office.

The separatist authorities, on the other hand, accuse kyiv of having cut off the gas in Zaporizhia.

The Russian army is regrouping, or rather reconstituting its groups, and preparing new actions in Sloviansk, Kramatorsk, Bakhmout, the governor of the Donetsk region, Pavlo Kyrylenko, estimated on Friday on Telegram.

According to him, the entire front line is under constant bombardment. On Saturday morning, he reported five civilians killed and seven wounded the day before.

Lugansk Governor Sergiy Gaidai said on Saturday that Russian forces were targeting the Donetsk region from their bases in the Lugansk region, where there is no full occupation and which continues to fight .

The governors of Kharkiv and Donetsk accused the Russian forces of causing fires with their fire, particularly in fields. They are trying to destroy the crops by all means, the latter said on Friday.

In the south, the police of the Kherson region announced the initiation of criminal proceedings after the destruction of crops by Russian forces.

In the Mykolaiv region, from where attempts to counterattack on Kherson, a city occupied since the first days of the war, started, the mayor reported hearing explosions during the night and asked the population to stay in the shelters.

Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk, quoted by Ukrainian media, called on the population of areas occupied by the Russian military to evacuate by all possible means, warning: There will be massive fighting.

< p class="e-p">A senior Pentagon official says the new US military aid of $400 million – which includes four Himars multiple rocket systems and 155mm shells – will improve Ukrainian capabilities to target arms depots and the Russian military's supply chain.

Washington has already provided $6.9 billion in military assistance to Kiev since the start of the Russian invasion on February 24.

The United States has also exercised a diplomatic pressure at a Friday G20 ministerial meeting in Indonesia.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Saturday asked his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi during an interview to distance himself from Moscow and condemn Russian aggression against Ukraine.

The day before, the Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Lavrov had slammed the door of the G20 meeting after suffering a torrent of criticism over the Russian invasion.

For its part, the United Kingdom announced on Saturday the arrival of a first group of Ukrainian soldiers as part of an ambitious new training program involving 1,050 British soldiers, unveiled on June 17 in Kyiv by now resigning Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

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