LIVE – War in Ukraine: Zelensky condemns act of Russian “terror” after strike on Odessa

Two new British nationals could be sentenced to death by Russian-backed separatists

London newspaper reported GuardianTwo other British nationals captured by pro-Russian separatists face the death penalty after being accused of being mercenaries.

They were Andrew Hill, an ex-soldier, and Dylan Healy, who officially worked as a humanitarian in the country at war.

Last month, two British citizens and a Moroccan citizen were already sentenced to death by a court located in the pro-Russian separatist region of Donetsk region.

All three men were accused of being mercenaries, although they were registered as soldiers of the 36th Marine Regiment and were therefore protected by the Geneva Conventions.

The Ukrainian Atomic Energy Agency confirms that the Zaporizhia power plant has resumed contact with the IAEA.

Ukraine’s state nuclear company, Energoatom, said it had renewed contact between the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Zaporizhia power plant occupied by Russian forces.

“On July 1, Energoatom on its own initiative restored the lost connection between the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant and the IAEA. (…) All mandatory monitoring data is sent to the agency, which confirmed the receipt “, the Ukrainian organ indicates. on his site.

The city of Mykolaiv was targeted by massive explosions

Mykolaiv Mayor Oleksander Senkevich said in a telegram that the city was hit by large explosions on Saturday morning.

“There are heavy explosions in the city! Stay in shelters!”, he told his members in a message posted on Telegram.

The town is located on the outskirts of Odessa, a major Ukrainian grain exporter, and was already the target of a deadly strike on Friday.

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British intelligence confirms the advance of Russian troops around Lysisansk

In a recent update shared on Twitter, the intelligence services of the British Ministry of Defense confirmed the advance of Russian troops around the heavily shelled city of Lysitsansk in the Donbass.

“Russian forces continue to make small advances around Lysychansk with air and artillery strikes. Ukrainian forces will continue to block Russian forces in the southeastern suburbs,” the statement said.

Yet according to British reports, the Russian army had to face a shortage of ammunition, especially the most modern ones. This would force Moscow to use anti-ship missiles in its ground attacks.

The fighting is still raging in Lysisansk, Donbass

He acknowledged that the situation was “very difficult” in the city of Lisitsansk in the industrial basin of the Donbass to the east, where most of the fighting is concentrated.

“(Russian) forces have reached the gates of Lysychansk. The Ukrainian army is suffering heavy losses,” the Russian Defense Ministry wrote in a statement on Friday.

The Russians are “trying to encircle our army from the south and west” near the city, confirmed Sergii Keidai, governor of the Luhansk region.

In Chiverskil, twenty kilometers from Lisitsang, a woman who declined to be named testified that “it’s been shelling day and night” at the base of her building.

Lisitsansk is the last major city still not in Russian hands in the Lugansk region, one of the two provinces of the Donbass that Moscow wants to fully control.

After the strike on Odessa, Zelensky denounced Russian “terrorism”.

At least 21 people were killed in overnight attacks by strategic bombers on buildings in southern Ukraine’s Odesa region, kyiv said on Friday.

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According to President Volodymyr Zelensky, this is a new act of Russian “terrorism”.

“I emphasize: this is deliberate Russian terrorism and not some mistake or an accidental missile attack,” President Volodymyr Zelensky condemned in the evening.

“We call on our partners to provide missile defense systems to Ukraine as soon as possible. Help us save lives,” Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba wrote on Twitter, calling Russia a “terrorist state.”

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