August 9, 2023 at 2:27 a.m. EDT
Zelensky stated Russia will “bear most duty” for the pair of missile strikes that killed a minimum of 9 folks, together with one rescue employee, and injured greater than 80 within the Ukrainian metropolis of Pokrovsk this week. The assaults, within the metropolis’s heart, got here inside 40 minutes of one another.
Right here’s the most recent on the struggle and its ripple results throughout the globe.
The Russian strikes on Pokrovsk broken 12 high-rise buildings, together with retailers, an workplace and a resort, Donetsk regional governor Pavlo Kyrylenko said on Telegram. He stated the injured included two kids, born in 2006 and 2012; 31 policemen; seven staff of the State Emergency Service; and 4 navy personnel. Photos posted on Telegram confirmed severely broken buildings with blown-out home windows and obliterated roofs.
The police had been “placing their efforts into rescuing folks after the primary strike,” Ivan Vyhivskyi, chief of Ukraine’s Nationwide Police, stated Tuesday, according to the Associated Press. “[Police personnel] knew that below the rubble had been the injured. … And the enemy intentionally struck the second time,” he stated.
At the least 5 others had been killed in current assaults on Ukraine, officers stated, together with three within the Kharkiv area, one person in Kherson and another within the southern metropolis of Nikopol. A number of personal properties and farm buildings had been broken in Nikopol, Ukraine’s operational armed forces stated, and photos confirmed constructing particles scattered on the bottom.
Russian forces shot down two drones within the Moscow area, the nation’s Protection Ministry stated early Wednesday. It accused Ukraine of making an attempt to hold out a terrorist assault utilizing the unmanned aerial automobiles. There have been no casualties or injury, the ministry stated.
Ukrainian forces tried to cross the Dnieper River by boat, the Russia-appointed head of the occupied Kherson area stated Tuesday on Telegram. Within the submit, he stated Russian forces thwarted the touchdown makes an attempt and remained in command of the financial institution — which British officials say marks the restrict of Russian-controlled territory within the Kherson area. The Washington Publish couldn’t instantly confirm that declare.
An enormous Russian navy storage website has been stripped of lots of its Soviet-era tanks and armored automobiles that had been there earlier than the full-scale invasion of Ukraine, in accordance with the Moscow Times. The impartial outlet analyzed satellite tv for pc imagery that confirmed about 3,840 tanks or automobiles on the Vagzhanovo navy tools depot within the autumn of 2021. In November 2022, solely about 2,600 remained, it reported.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated Russia’s supply to supply free grain to African nations was “laughable.” The remarks, which got here throughout an interview with the BBC, had been in response to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s supply to ship as much as 50,000 metric tons of free wheat to a minimum of a half-dozen African nations after Moscow’s withdrawal from the Black Sea grain deal threatened to worsen a meals scarcity on the continent. “The Black Sea Grain Initiative delivered 20 million tons to lower- and middle-income nations,” Blinken stated, calling the Russian proposal a “drop within the bucket of what nations had been getting.”
New sanctions from Britain goal corporations and people accused of supplying militarily vital parts to Russia. People and entities in Belarus, Iran, Turkey, Slovakia and Switzerland are amongst these affected. “Immediately’s landmark sanctions will additional diminish Russia’s arsenal and shut the web on provide chains propping up Putin’s now struggling protection business,” British International Secretary James Cleverly stated in a statement.
Poland will deploy an extra 1,000 troops to the nation’s border with Belarus, Polish media reported. Tensions between Warsaw and the Russian ally have risen significantly in current months, after Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko supplied secure harbor to Wagner Group fighters and joked that they had been itching to invade Poland.
Elite, well-connected Russians are sidestepping sanctions and sparking protests: Dozens of Russians related to Putin or the Russian navy are nonetheless welcome within the European Union regardless of sanctions meant to isolate Russia. That privilege is drawing criticism from politicians and antiwar activists, Francesca Ebel experiences. An Olympic gold medal-winning Russian pole vaulter with shut ties to Putin resides in an expensive residence value thousands and thousands in Spain’s Canary Islands. A daughter and son-in-law of the pinnacle of a weapons firm proceed to reside in Prague, the place the household owns quite a few properties and luxurious automobiles.
“Representatives of the antiwar opposition, who’re persecuted in Russia, have issue getting the chance to maneuver to the West,” an exiled Russian businessman and Putin critic based mostly in London stated. “Whereas representatives of Putin’s elite, even kin of struggle criminals who’ve acquired European residence permits prematurely, reside effectively within the West and spend cash stolen in Russia there.”