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Russian forces continue to attack Donetsk but may risk losing momentum

The Ukrainian armed forces said Thursday morning that Russian forces continue to attack the areas around the cities of Sloviansk, Kramatorsk and Bakhmut in Donetsk in the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine.

Cities are believed to be prime targets for Russia as its forces look to advance into the Donetsk region, having already captured the entirety of neighboring Luhansk in recent weeks.

The General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces said on Facebook, Thursday morning, that Russian forces bombed various settlements around Sloviansk, near Kramatorsk and Bakhmut, with tanks, tube artillery and missiles.

The spokesman for the General Staff, Oleksandr Stabun, said that Ukrainian forces repelled some attacks in southern Bakhmut. CNBC was unable to verify the information in the report.

Ukrainian soldiers ride a tank from the battlefield near Seversk in Donetsk region, Ukraine on July 8, 2022.

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British Ministry of Defense, In the latest intelligence update on ThursdayHe said that Russian forces “continue to launch artillery strikes across a wide front.” [in the Donbas]This is followed, in some areas, by investigation of assaults by small company and platoon-sized units.”

However, they have made no significant territorial advances in the past 72 hours and are in danger of losing any momentum they built up after capturing Lysychansk, the last city captured by Russian forces in Luhansk before attempting to advance into Donetsk.

“Old vehicles, weapons, and Soviet-era tactics used by Russian forces are not fit to quickly regain or build momentum unless they are used in crushing mass—which Russia currently cannot afford.”

– Holly Eliat

Zelensky says Ukraine is making great efforts to unblock global food supplies

Officials from Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and the United Nations met in Istanbul on Wednesday to try to reach an agreement that would allow the resumption of exports of vital products such as grain and sunflower oil from Ukraine.

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Officials from Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and the United Nations met in Istanbul on Wednesday to try to reach an agreement that would allow the resumption of exports of vital products such as grain and sunflower oil from Ukraine.

The last three said progress had been made in the talks, with Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar saying a deal would be signed next week, but UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said more work was needed before the deal could be finalised.

The agreement will see the creation of a joint coordination center to oversee the safe export of products, as Ankara says it will check shipments and ensure the safety of transit ships. The agreement would ease a global food crisis caused in no small part by the embargo on exports from Ukraine, one of the world’s largest exporters of wheat and sunflower oil.

Zelensky noted that the Ukrainian delegation told him that there was some progress in the talks yesterday. “We will agree on the details with the Secretary-General of the United Nations in the coming days,” he added.

Holly Eliat

Chasiv Yar death toll rises again

The death toll from a Russian missile attack on an apartment building in the town of Chasiv Yar in Donetsk in eastern Ukraine has now risen, with 48 civilians killed in the attack, including a child.

Ukraine’s emergency services said via Telegram that the number of people rescued from the rubble remained at nine.

Firefighters and rescue workers evacuate after a building was partially destroyed by shelling, in Chasiv Yar, eastern Ukraine, on July 10, 2022.

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Russian forces bombed a five-storey apartment building in Chasiv Yar last Saturday. Ukraine said Russia’s Uragan missiles caused extensive damage to the building. Russia has repeatedly denied targeting civilian targets despite a large number of cases in which civilian infrastructure has been targeted, causing the deaths and displacement of more ordinary Ukrainians.

President Zelensky commented on the tragedy Wednesday night, saying that the removal of rubble will continue until the rubble is cleared.

“It was one of the most brutal Russian strikes during the entire war – so many casualties… My condolences to the relatives and friends of the victims,” ​​he said.

– Holly Eliat

The United Nations says more than 5.8 million refugees have fled Ukraine

A displaced Ukrainian and a child make their way to board a bus to continue travel at a temporary refugee center, set up in an abandoned Tesco building, in Przemysl, Poland, on Wednesday, March 16, 2022.

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More than 5.8 million people have fled across Ukraine’s borders to other locations in Europe since the Russian invasion in February, according to the latest data compiled by the United Nations.

Of this total, more than 3.6 million people have registered for temporary refugee protection or similar guarantees in Europe.

“The escalation of conflict in Ukraine has caused civilian casualties, destroyed civilian infrastructure and forced people to flee their homes in search of safety, protection and assistance,” UN researchers wrote in a report.

“Millions of refugees from Ukraine have crossed the border into neighboring countries, and more of them have been forced to move within the country,” the report added.

Here is a look at where Ukrainian refugees have fled:

Ukraine, UN, Russia and Turkey to discuss sea lanes for grain exports next week after talks

US President Joe Biden said wheat grain is poured from a machine into a storage silo on Monday, July 8, 2013. Temporary silos will be built along the border with Ukraine to help export more grain to tackle the growing global food crisis. .

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Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said in a statement that Russia and Ukraine will meet again in Turkey next week after talks aimed at liberalizing grain exports.

Earlier, delegations from Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and the United Nations met in Istanbul.

“We will try to reach a conclusion by implementing this in coordination with the United Nations. In this sense, it was agreed that the Ukrainian and Russian delegations would meet again in Turkey next week,” Akar said in a statement.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told a press conference that the meeting was a “decisive step forward” in the safe and secure export of Ukrainian food products through the Black Sea.

For several months, Russian warships closed the Ukrainian ports on the Azov and Black Seas.

– Amanda Macias

The United States welcomes the European Union’s decision to impose sanctions on Russian shipments to Kaliningrad

An abandoned border crossing point into Russia on April 15, 2022 in Nida, Lithuania. The Russian stronghold of Kaliningrad, located on the shore of the Baltic Sea, between Lithuania and Poland, members of NATO, the Baltic coast is considered the most strategic port of transport and trade.

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The Biden administration welcomed the European Union’s decision to impose economic sanctions on Russia and its shipments to and from Kaliningrad.

Kaliningrad, located between Lithuania and Poland, relies on Lithuania and Belarus to conduct transit traffic between the enclave and mainland Russia.

“We commend the EU member states, including Lithuania, for imposing sanctions measures that are fully in line with EU directives,” State Department spokesman Ned Price wrote in a statement.

“It is important to note that there is now and does not exist the so-called blockade of Kaliningrad. Using a variety of routes, passengers continue to cross between mainland Russia and Kaliningrad, as do all humanitarian shipments and most other goods, ”the price added.

In June, Lithuania announced that it would halt entry by rail for all goods subject to EU sanctions coming from Russia to Kaliningrad.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that Lithuania’s actions in the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad will lead to retaliatory measures.

– Amanda Macias

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