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Russian missiles rain down on military sites across Ukraine, local officials say

Russian missiles rain down on military sites across Ukraine, local officials say

MAX HUNDER DOZENS of Russian missiles rained down on military facilities in western and northern Ukraine, local officials said, as Europe's biggest land conflict since World War Two entered its fifth month. The governor of the Lviv region in western Ukraine, Maxim Kozytskyi, said in a video posted online that six missiles were fired from the Black Sea at the Yavoriv base, with four hitting the base and two being intercepted and destroyed before hitting their target. Vitaliy Bunechko, governor of the Zhytomyr region in the north of the country, said strikes on a military target killed at least one…
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Ukraine set to withdraw from Sievierodonetsk as Russia closes in

Ukraine set to withdraw from Sievierodonetsk as Russia closes in

MAX HUNDER and TOM BALMFORTH UKRAINE was set to pull its troops from the ruined city of Sievierodonetsk after weeks of street fighting and bombardment, the regional governor said, in what would be a significant gain for Russia as it grinds out its offensive in the east. Russian troops also fully occupied a town about 10 km (6 miles) further south, Ukrainian officials said on Friday, as Moscow closed in on the last slivers of Ukrainian-held territory in the industrial region of Luhansk. Moscow said it had encircled about 2,000 Ukrainian troops in the area. Reuters could not independently verify…
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Sanctions? What sanctions? That appears to be the question Russians are asking

Sanctions? What sanctions? That appears to be the question Russians are asking

WESTERN sanctions against Russia were supposed to have brought the Vladimir Putin regime to its knees by now, yet by all accounts, the question in the uppermost mind of the Russian leadership is: What sanctions? State-owned entity Gazprom, Russia’s global gas supplier - has baulked the bleak market outlook as they marked the month of June by announcing record high dividends on its stock for 2021. This amounted to 1.24 trillion rubles, or USD $20.7 billion US dollars. Also this month, Gazprom announced that it has immediately halted gas supplies to two more customers in Europe after both had declined…
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Zelenskiy vows Ukraine will prevail, Boris Johnson promises lasting support

Zelenskiy vows Ukraine will prevail, Boris Johnson promises lasting support

PAVEL POLITYUK and MAX HUNDER WITH a blessing for its European Union ambitions and a pledge of unwavering support from Britain, Ukraine vowed on Saturday to prevail against Moscow as its troops battled the Russian assault near a pivotal eastern city and communities were pounded by more heavy shelling. EU leaders are expected at a summit next week to grant Ukraine candidate status following Friday's recommendation from the bloc's executive, putting Kyiv on course to realise an aspiration seen as out of reach before the invasion, even if actual membership could take years. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who made…
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Exclusive: Pioneering Russian journalist sells Nobel Peace medal for Ukraine

Exclusive: Pioneering Russian journalist sells Nobel Peace medal for Ukraine

Russian journalist and Nobel Peace laureate Dmitry Muratov is auctioning his Nobel medal for Ukrainian refugees, distraught at the eradication of independent media in his country, where he says fewer and fewer people support Moscow's military campaign. Muratov is the bear-like co-founder and long-time editor-in-chief of Novaya Gazeta, a newspaper critical of the Kremlin that was itself established in 1993 with money from former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev's Nobel Peace Prize. For years it defied tightening restrictions on dissenting media, but in March it finally suspended its online and print activities after it became a crime - punishable by 15…
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Ukraine defies Russia’s Sievierodonetsk ultimatum

Ukraine defies Russia’s Sievierodonetsk ultimatum

PAVEL POLITYUK and ABDELAZIZ BOUMZAR UKRAINE ignored a Russian ultimatum to surrender the eastern city of Sievierodonetsk as Washington urged NATO defence ministers weighing more military support for Kyiv not to lose focus, saying the stakes were too high. Sievierodonetsk, now largely in ruins, has for weeks been the main focal point of the war. Russia had told Ukrainian forces holed up in a chemical plant there to stop "senseless resistance and lay down arms" from Wednesday morning, pressing its advantage in the battle for control of eastern Ukraine. Ukraine says more than 500 civilians, including 40 children, remain alongside…
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The silence over Ukraine’s appeal for landmines expose the truth about our growing unipolar world

The silence over Ukraine’s appeal for landmines expose the truth about our growing unipolar world

Abbey Makoe ON March 04, the Ukrainian Minister of Defence, Oleksii Reznikov, issued a broad memo to the “friends and partners” of Ukraine, urging them to supply more arms for use against Russia in the ongoing conflict. According to the signed memo in possession of African Mirror, Reznikov wrote under the heading “to whom it may concern”. He wrote: “At this time, Ukraine needs maximum practical assistance from its friends and partners.” He explained further: “There is a permanent need in stocks replenishment of air defence (Stingers), anti-tank (Javelins, NLAW, etc) landmines and personal protection (body armours and helmets) assets,…
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Ukraine’s Zelenskiy says it will fight for all territory amid fierce battle in east

Ukraine’s Zelenskiy says it will fight for all territory amid fierce battle in east

PAVEL POLITYUK and ABDELAZIZ BOUMZAR UKRAINE will fight to recover all its territory occupied by Russian forces, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Tuesday, as his troops struggled to hold their ground in bloody street-to-street fighting in the city of Sievierodonetsk. "We have already lost too many people to simply cede our territory," Zelenskiy said by video link at an event hosted by Britain's Financial Times newspaper. "We have to achieve a full de-occupation of our entire territory." Zelenskiy's remarks responded forcefully to suggestions that Ukraine must cede territory to Russia to end the war, now in its fourth month. French…
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On Ukraine visit, Blinken, Austin pledge return of U.S. diplomats, more security aid

On Ukraine visit, Blinken, Austin pledge return of U.S. diplomats, more security aid

SIMON LEWIS WASHINGTON'S top diplomat and its defense chief used the first official U.S. visit to Ukraine since Russia invaded in February to announce a gradual return of U.S. diplomats including a new ambassador and over $300 million in new military aid to Kyiv. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin traveled to Poland on Saturday in a previously undisclosed trip, and took a train the following day into Ukraine where they met President Volodymyr Zelensky and other top Ukrainian officials. "In terms of Russia’s war aims, Russia has already failed and Ukraine has already succeeded,"…
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Exclusive: Ukraine probes deportation of children to Russia as possible genocide

Exclusive: Ukraine probes deportation of children to Russia as possible genocide

ANTHONY DEUTSCH and STEPHANIE VAN DEN BERG PROSECUTORS investigating war crimes cases in Ukraine are examining allegations of the forcible deportation of children to Russia since the invasion as they seek to build a genocide indictment, the country’s top prosecutor said in an interview. International humanitarian law classifies the forced mass deportation of people during a conflict as a war crime. "Forcibly transferring children" in particular qualifies as genocide, the most serious of war crimes, under the 1948 Genocide Convention that outlawed the intent to destroy - in whole or in part - a national, ethnic, racial or religious group.…
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