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Ukraine’s governor of Luhansk, Serhai Haidai, has given a sparse replace at the moment. He has posted to Telegram to say that a part of the Luhansk area remains to be resisting the Russian occupation, and “doesn’t let the enemy by way of”.

He says that shelling continues continually, and that “the Russians are nonetheless dropping personnel and gear in our area”.

He implies that Ukrainian resistance teams are lively within the occupied areas of Luhansk, commenting “native residents within the underground assist us to maintain the defence”.

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Maksym Kozytskyi, governor of Lviv, has posted to Telegram to say that his western area of Ukraine was quiet in a single day with no air raid warnings. He stated that within the final day, 304 folks arrived in Lviv on evacuation trains from the east of Ukraine, and that 805 folks had departed for Przemyśl in Poland.

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Throughout his interview with Sky Information, Oleksii Makeiev, the particular envoy on sanctions at Ukraine’s overseas ministry, was requested in regards to the sacking of SBU’s Ivan Bakanov and struggle crimes prosecutor Iryna Venediktova by Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.

He stated “no approach these two individuals are accused in treason. This isn’t appropriate”. He went on to say: “What’s necessary is that we do away with the Soviet previous, and of the Russian brokers throughout a rustic who’s now combating a struggle in opposition to Russia.”

In a Telegram publish, Zelenskiy had stated he had fired them as a result of many members of their companies had collaborated with Russia.

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Oleksii Makeiev, the particular envoy on sanctions at Ukraine’s overseas ministry, has been interviewed from Kyiv by Sky Information within the UK. He was requested in regards to the prospect of additional EU sanctions on Russia. He stated:

We’re joyful the sanctions coalition and the European Union enhance the stress on Russia, however after all I’d by no means say it’s sufficient, as a result of sanctions is what primarily assist us in profitable this struggle. And weapons is an important factor.

Eliminating the dependence on Russian power is essential for the entire western coalition. Let’s look virtually. On daily basis the European Union has been paying over €700m to Russia.

And that’s made it attainable for Russians that they proceed taking pictures us with their cruise missiles. Simply think about, 145 days of struggle, and so they shot 3000 cruise missiles over Ukrainian territory, hitting civilian infrastructure, faculties and kindergartens and hospitals.

So eliminating that dependence, cease paying the Russians, so Russians can not produce weapons anymore. That’s killing my nation.

Reuters has a fast snap that Russian defence minister, Sergei Shoigu, has instructed the navy to prioritise destroying Ukraine’s long-range missile and artillery weapons, in response to a defence ministry assertion.

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The UK’s Ministry of Defence has claimed that Russia is utilizing the personal navy firm Wagner in Ukraine to bolster its frontline forces, however that losses they’ve sustained are more likely to be impacting their effectiveness.

The MoD stated of their day by day intelligence briefing on the state of affairs in Ukraine:

Russia has used personal navy firm Wagner to bolster front-line forces and to mitigate manning shortfalls and casualties.

Wagner has virtually actually performed a central position in current combating, together with the seize of Popasna and Lysyschansk. This combating has inflicted heavy casualties on the group.

Wagner are reducing recruitment requirements, hiring convicts and previously blacklisted people. Very restricted coaching is made accessible to new recruits.

It goes on to say that “it will extremely doubtless influence on the long run operational effectiveness of the group”.

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Valentyn Reznichenko, the governor of the Dnipropetrovsk area, has posted on Telegram to say that town of Nikopol in his area was fired on in a single day. He stated:

Russian troops hit Nikopol a number of occasions in the course of the night time with anti-aircraft weapons. Greater than 60 shells have been directed at residential quarters and metropolis infrastructure. One individual was injured. This can be a 75-year-old girl. She is within the hospital. Dozens of personal residential buildings have been destroyed.

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EU to debate tightening sanctions in opposition to Russia

EU overseas ministers are anticipated to satisfy in Brussels on Monday to carry sanctions discussions, in response to a senior EU official.

Among the many measures being thought of is a ban on gold purchases from Russia, a transfer already put in place by worldwide companions.

The EU may additionally act to impose sanctions on extra Russian people.

A senior EU official advised Agence France-Presse the EU was more likely to focus on additional sanctions on the assembly however wouldn’t make an instantaneous determination.

The brand new measures come as “Russia’s brutal struggle in opposition to Ukraine continues unabated”, Ursula Von der Leyen stated in a press release.

Due to this fact, we’re proposing at the moment to tighten our hard-hitting EU sanctions in opposition to the Kremlin, implement them extra successfully and prolong them till January 2023. Moscow should proceed to pay a excessive value for its aggression.”

Josep Borrell, excessive consultant of the European Union for overseas affairs and safety coverage, added:

The EU’s sanctions are powerful and hard-hitting. We proceed to focus on these near Putin and the Kremlin … I can even current proposals to Council for the itemizing of extra people and entities, with their belongings frozen and talent to journey curtailed.”

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In case you missed this alternate earlier, British prime ministerial candidate Liz Truss stated she was ready to take a seat down with Vladimir Putin on the G20.

Within the newest TV debate on Sunday night time, the Conservative management hopefuls have been requested if they’d sit subsequent to the Russian president at a G20 summit.

Truss stated she would “name Putin out” and it was necessary for the free world to face down Russia.

Penny Mordaunt, Tom Tugendhat and Kemi Badenoch all stated they’d not sit down with Putin, at the very least in present circumstances.

Rishi Sunak stated he has walked out earlier than moderately than sit down with the Russians.

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China shouldn’t be a celebration to the Ukrainian disaster, however won’t sit idly by, Chinese language overseas minister Wang Yi reportedly stated throughout a telephone name along with his Hungarian counterpart Péter Szijjártó.

Yi and Szijjarto talked over the telephone on Sunday about bilateral ties between the international locations and the Ukraine disaster, in response to a report by China’s Xinhua information company.

Russia’s state media company RIA Novosti quoted Yi as saying:

China shouldn’t be a celebration to the Ukrainian disaster, however we aren’t going to be an detached spectator and, furthermore, we aren’t going so as to add gas to the fireplace, we’ve got all the time been adamant and constant in encouraging peace and negotiations.”

The teachings from the Ukraine disaster are “profound and price nicely studying for all sides”, Wang famous, saying that in the long term, the events ought to focus on constructing a balanced, efficient, and sustainable European safety framework, in order to understand lasting peace and safety.

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Russian journalist who staged TV protest arrested, later launched

Russian police detained the journalist Marina Ovsyannikova, who in March interrupted a stay tv broadcast to denounce the navy motion in Ukraine, her lawyer stated earlier on Sunday.

No official assertion has been made, however her entourage posted a message on the journalist’s Telegram account on Sunday, in response to Agence France-Presse.

Marina has been detained. There isn’t any info on the place she is.”

The message included three pictures of her being led by two law enforcement officials to a white van, after apparently having been stopped whereas biking.

Ovsyannikova additionally posted pictures of herself and two canine on her Fb web page, later revealing she had been launched.

Went for a stroll with the canine, simply stepped outdoors the gate, folks in uniform approached me. Now I’m sitting in Krasnoselsky ministry of inner affairs.

Three hours later, Ovsyannikova stated she had been launched. “I’m house. Every thing is OK,” she wrote. “However now I do know it’s all the time greatest to carry a suitcase and passport should you exit.”

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Her lawyer, Dmitri Zakhvatov, confirmed her arrest to the Ria-Novosti information company, saying he didn’t know the place Ovsyannikova had been taken.

“I assume that it’s linked a technique or one other to her act of protest,” he added.

In March, Ovsyannikova, an editor at Channel One tv, barged on to the set of its flagship Vremya (Time) night information programme, holding a poster studying “No Battle” in English.

On Friday, Ovsyannikova posted pictures of herself on Telegram displaying her close to the Kremlin and carrying a protest placard elevating the deaths of youngsters and denouncing Putin as a “killer”.

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Russia prepares for subsequent offensive

Russia is making ready for the following stage of its offensive in Ukraine, in response to Ukrainian and British navy officers after its navy claimed to have undertaken an “operational pause”.

The Ukrainian navy stated Russia seemed to be regrouping items for an offensive in the direction of Sloviansk, a symbolically necessary metropolis held by Ukraine within the jap area of Donetsk.

The British defence ministry added that Russia was additionally reinforcing its defensive positions throughout the occupied areas in southern Ukraine.

A child walks on the debris left by an explosion following a missile strike on a civilian neighbourhood in Bakhmut, near Sloviansk, Ukraine.A toddler walks on the particles left by an explosion following a missile strike on a civilian neighbourhood in Bakhmut, close to Sloviansk, Ukraine. {Photograph}: Anadolu Company/Getty Pictures

Russia’s defence minister, Sergei Shoigu, ordered Russian navy items working in all areas of Ukraine to step up their operations to forestall strikes on jap Ukraine and different territories below Russian management, the ministry stated in a press release on its web site on Saturday.

It stated Shoigu “gave the required directions to additional enhance the actions of teams in all operational areas with a view to exclude the opportunity of the Kyiv regime launching large rocket and artillery strikes on civilian infrastructure and residents of settlements in Donbas and different areas”.

Zelenskiy fires Ukraine’s spy chief and high state prosecutor

Volodymyr Zelenskiy has fired the top of Ukraine’s highly effective home safety company, the SBU, and the state prosecutor normal, citing dozens of circumstances of collaboration with Russia by officers of their companies.

Sunday’s abrupt sackings of SBU chief Ivan Bakanov, a childhood buddy of Zelenskiy, and the prosecutor normal, Iryna Venediktova, who performed a key position within the prosecution of Russian struggle crimes, have been introduced in government orders on the president’s web site.

Zelenskiy stated he fired the highest officers as a result of it had come to mild that many members of their companies had collaborated with Russia.

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As of at the moment, 651 legal proceedings have been registered relating to treason and collaboration actions of workers of prosecutor’s workplaces, pretrial investigation our bodies, and different regulation enforcement companies.

Particularly, greater than 60 workers of the prosecutor’s workplace and the Safety Service of Ukraine remained within the occupied territory and are working in opposition to our state.

Such an array of crimes in opposition to the foundations of the nationwide safety of the state and the connections detected between the staff of the safety forces of Ukraine and the particular providers of Russia pose very critical inquiries to the related management. Every of those questions will obtain a correct reply.”

Abstract and welcome

Hiya and welcome again to the Guardian’s stay protection of the struggle in Ukraine.

I’m Samantha Lock and I shall be bringing you all the most recent developments for the following quick whereas.

In a reasonably explosive new improvement, the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, fired the nation’s head of the safety service and the prosecutor normal on Sunday, citing dozens of circumstances of collaboration with Russia by officers of their companies.

Navy officers in each Ukraine and the UK have additionally warned Russia is making ready for the following stage of its offensive.

It’s 7.30am in Kyiv and right here is the place issues stand:

  • The Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, has fired the nation’s head of the safety service and the prosecutor normal, claiming greater than 60 of their workers have been “working in opposition to” Ukraine in Russian-occupied territory. He added that 651 legal proceedings had been registered regarding excessive treason and collaboration by workers of prosecutors’ workplaces, pretrial investigation our bodies and different regulation enforcement companies.
  • Russia is making ready for the following stage of its offensive in Ukraine, in response to Ukrainian navy officers, after Moscow stated its forces would step up navy operations in “all operational areas”. The Ukrainian navy stated Russia seemed to be regrouping items for an offensive in the direction of Sloviansk, a symbolically necessary metropolis held by Ukraine within the jap area of Donetsk. The British defence ministry added that Russia was additionally reinforcing its defensive positions throughout the occupied areas in southern Ukraine.
  • 1,346 civilians have been discovered lifeless within the Kyiv area after the retreat of Russian forces, in response to the area’s police chief. Andriy Nebytov stated about 300 people have been nonetheless lacking, and that 700 of these killed have been shot with small arms akin to a handgun.
  • Russia has misplaced greater than 30% of its land fight effectiveness and 50,000 of its troopers have both died or been injured within the battle, Admiral Sir Tony Radakin, the chief of the UK defence employees, advised the BBC. The navy chief added that Russia posed “the largest risk” to the UK and that its problem would endure for many years.
  • Mourners have buried a four-year-old woman who was killed by a Russian missile strike within the metropolis of Vinnytsia, in central Ukraine, final week. The killing of Liza Dmitrieva, who had Down’s syndrome, as she was pushed in a stroller by way of a crowded sq. was reported across the globe, changing into a poignant image of the heavy civilian price of Russia’s invasion.
  • Russian missiles hit an industrial and infrastructure facility in Mykolaiv, a shipbuilding centre and metropolis close to the Black Sea in southern Ukraine. Oleksandr Senkevych, town’s mayor, stated there was no quick details about casualties.
  • A Russian assault on the jap Ukrainian metropolis of Bakhmut in Donetsk has injured six folks, together with three youngsters, in response to native media stories. The three injured youngsters have shrapnel wounds, the Donetsk prosecutor’s workplace stated.
  • A British man apparently being held captive by Russian forces in Ukraine has been proven in a video interesting to Boris Johnson for assist, saying he may face the demise penalty. “I’d say to Boris Johnson, should you may help, should you can affect President Zelenskiy … or should you can affect President Putin, then please do,” John Harding, in his 50s and initially from Sunderland, stated whereas interviewed by a Russian journalist. “Folks’s lives are relying on this. So should you can, please assist.”
  • Russian police have detained journalist Marina Ovsyannikova, who in March interrupted a stay TV broadcast to denounce the navy motion in Ukraine, her lawyer has stated. No official assertion has been made, however her entourage posted a message on the journalist’s Telegram account on Sunday, in response to Agence France-Presse. “Marina has been detained,” it learn. “There isn’t any info on the place she is.”
  • Sunday marked the eighth anniversary of the downing of Malaysia Airways flight MH17 over Donetsk in 2014, which killed 298 folks onboard. Russia denied involvement within the aircraft’s downing, regardless of the findings of a global investigation that discovered witnesses who noticed an anti-aircraft missile launcher that had secretly crossed into Ukraine from Russia within the hours earlier than it shot down the business flight. Iryna Venediktova, the prosecutor normal of Ukraine, referred to as for worldwide motion in opposition to Russia.
  • A Ukrainian cargo aircraft transporting munitions from Serbia to Bangladesh crashed and exploded in northern Greece, killing all eight crew onboard. Serbia’s defence minister, Nebojša Stefanović, stated the aircraft was carrying 11.5 tonnes of navy merchandise, together with illuminating mortar shells and coaching shells, and the client was the Bangladesh defence ministry. A Ukrainian overseas ministry spokesperson stated all eight crew members onboard have been Ukrainian residents.
  • The European Fee president, Ursula von der Leyen, will journey to Baku on Monday to hunt extra pure fuel from Azerbaijan, the EU’s government stated, because the EU seeks to cut back its reliance on Russian power.
  • The European Union is to debate tightening sanctions in opposition to Russia on Monday, as Moscow is accused of utilizing the captured Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant to retailer weapons and launch missiles on the encompassing areas of southern Ukraine.

A teddy bear is seen next to a swing, next to buildings destroyed by Russian missile strikes in Saltivka, one of the most damaged residential areas of Kharkiv, Ukraine, on 17 July.A teddy bear is seen by a swing, subsequent to buildings destroyed by Russian missile strikes in Saltivka, one of the broken residential areas of Kharkiv, Ukraine, on 17 July. {Photograph}: Nacho Doce/Reuters

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