KYIV, Ukraine – KYIV, Ukraine – Ukraine’s presidential office says at least 11 civilians have been killed and 18 others injured as a result of the latest Russian shelling.
An attack on the town of Pervomaiskyi, in the northeastern region of Kharkiv, killed eight people, including a 15-year-old boy, Ukrainian officials said.
Kharkiv Governor Oleh Synyehubov said in televised comments that “the senseless shelling looks like an attempt to scare civilians.”
In the eastern region of Donetsk, the Russian offensive focused on the cities of Kramatorsk, Sloviansk and Toretsk, killing 3 people and wounding 13 in 24 hours.
The region is one of four where authorities established by Moscow are holding referendums on making these regions part of Russia.
The Russians also shelled the cities of Nikopol and Marhanets across from the Russian-organized Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant across the Dnieper River, Ukrainian authorities said. At Kryvyi Rih, home of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, a Russian cruise missile hit the local airport, damaging its runway and taking it out of service.
BEIJING – China says the UN Security Council should help mediate to end the war in Ukraine.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said the country was willing to work with the rest of the international community to de-escalate the fighting.
“China has always been on the side of peace and is committed to promoting peace talks,” Wang said.
China has tacitly supported Russia’s claim that it was incited by the US and NATO into the conflict but does not recognize Russia’s territorial claims in Ukraine.
“We believe that the Security Council, as the core of the international security mechanism, should make the most of the mediation role entrusted by the UN Charter, and properly implement the regulations,” said Mr. towards ending war and promoting peace. ‘
MOSCOW – A top Russian security official has issued the starkest warning that Moscow has the right to use nuclear weapons against Ukraine if threatened, saying the West would not dare to intervene.
Dmitry Medvedev, secretary of Russia’s Security Council chaired by Russian President Vladimir Putin, said on Tuesday that “if the threat to Russia rises above a certain dangerous limit, we will have to respond without without anyone’s consent and hold long-term consultations.”
“And it’s certainly not a hoax,” he said.
Medvedev is one of Putin’s closest associates and is considered by many to have expressed the views of the Russian President. His comments on Tuesday marked the most blunt official warning that Moscow is considering the use of nuclear weapons to prevent Ukraine from pushing to regain Russian-held areas.
Kyiv and its Western allies have dismissed the Kremlin’s nuclear talks as a tactic of intimidation.
Prime Minister Medvedev stressed that the right to use nuclear weapons is in line with Russia’s nuclear deterrence doctrine, which states that these weapons can be used if the country is subjected to a nuclear attack or in the event of a nuclear attack. Aggression with conventional weapons “threatens the very existence of our state. “
“Imagine that Russia is forced to use its strongest weapons against the Ukrainian regime that has committed a large-scale act of aggression, endangering the very existence of our state,” Medvedev wrote on the channel. your messaging app. “I believe NATO would avoid direct intervention in the conflict in that case.”
COPENHAGEN, Denmark – Authorities are trying to determine what led to a mysterious leak and pressure drop affecting a gas pipeline running from Russia to Germany under the Baltic Sea.
Problems affecting Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines come as a new pipeline to remove Russian and Polish gas will be inaugurated.
Neither Nord Stream 1 nor 2 are actively used to bring gas from Russia due to energy disagreements between Russia and Europe caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. However, both are filled with natural gas from Russia.
Officials said the leaks did not pose any threat to energy supplies as Russia did not supply gas through them, and experts said the environmental impact would be limited.
KYIV, Ukraine – A speech scheduled for this weekend by Russian President Vladimir Putin could see him declare four occupied Ukrainian territories to Russia, Britain’s military said today. Tuesday.
During a daily intelligence briefing, the British Ministry of Defense said Mr Putin would address both houses of the Russian parliament on Friday and could announce the annexation of regions. An internationally criticized vote is underway in the regions and ends on Tuesday.
“Russia’s leaders almost certainly hope that any accession announcement will be seen as a demonstration of ‘special military activity’ and will bolster patriots’ support for the country. with the conflict,” said the British.
“This aspiration is likely to be undermined by the growing domestic awareness of Russia’s recent battlefield (failures) and considerable uncertainty about the partial mobilization announced last week.”
KYIV, Ukraine – The final day of voting began on Tuesday in Russia-hosted regions in Ukraine. The vote was supposed to be a pretext for their annexation to Moscow, but was dismissed by Kyiv and its Western allies as sham.
Security is tight in at least one of the voting zones: Ukraine’s military staff said travel in the occupied southern Kherson region was “completely closed to immigration” . It’s not clear.
The Ukrainian military also claimed to have attacked seven Ural trucks of Russian forces in Kherson in the past day.
Tuesday marks the last day of five voting days. Authorities in Russian-occupied areas have said they will open polling stations on Tuesday after previously going door-to-door in some areas, followed by troops carrying rifles.
KYIV, Ukraine – The Ukrainian air defense command said it had shot down four Iranian-made Shahed-136 suicide drones in Odessa.
The Black Sea port city has been repeatedly targeted in recent days with Iranian drones currently being used by Russia during the war.
Ukrainian officials also said on Tuesday that Russian missile strikes targeted the southern regions of Zaporizhzhia and Mykolaiv overnight, damaging residential buildings and other sites.
KYIV, Ukraine – Ukrainian forces continue to gain ground on the eastern bank of the Oskil River, a new frontline in the war since Kyiv’s counter-offensive seized large swaths of territory earlier this month.
The Washington-based Institute for the Study of War, citing Russian reports, said Ukrainian troops continued to advance north of the city of Lyman in the Donetsk region. Lyman was already an important node for the Russian front.
“Ukraine is seeking to encircle Russian forces in Lyman from the northwest,” the institute said.
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