Russian missile attacks in Kyiv intensified again, Ukraine accuses Russia of dragging Belarus into war

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Oleksey Erestovich, adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, said Ukrainian troops south of Svyarodonetsk also withdrew from the cities of Hirske and Zolot in the face of heavy Russian forces. Several regional governors reported attacks on towns across Ukraine on Saturday.

Kyiv, Reuters. Russian missiles rained bombs across Ukraine on Saturday. Russian artillery and airstrikes on Friday smashed the twin cities of Svyarodonetsk and Lisichansk in the eastern Luhansk region at a chemical plant where hundreds of civilians were trapped, a Ukrainian official said on Saturday. Ukraine said on Friday that its troops were ordered to withdraw from Svyarodonetsk because there was little time to defend after weeks of intense fighting.

The news of the withdrawal after the loss of Mariupol’s port in May comes four months after Russian President Vladimir Putin sent thousands of troops to the border, highlighting a conflict that has killed thousands, uprooted millions and derailed the global economy. interrupted.

“Russia is still trying to scare Ukraine, spread panic and intimidate people,” Mikhailo Podolik, adviser to Ukraine’s president, said on Twitter. Serhi Gaidai, governor of the Luhansk region, said Russian forces attacked the industrial area of ​​Svyarodonetsk and also attempted to enter and blockade Lisichansk on Saturday. “There was an air raid in Lisichansk. Svyerodonetsk was hit by artillery,” Gaidai said on the Telegram messaging app. Shellings have been carried out at the Azot chemical plant in Svyarodonetsk and in Sinetsky and Pavlograd and other villages.

Russia invaded Ukraine on 24 February, in what Russia called a “special military operation”, but abandoned an initial advance on the capital Kyiv to face fierce resistance by Ukrainian fighters with the help of Western weapons. Since then Moscow and its allies have focused on the south and the Donbass, an eastern region made up of Luhansk and its neighbor Donetsk, deploying heavy artillery.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Saturday he feared Ukraine could face pressure to agree a peace deal with Russia. Johnson said the consequences of getting in Putin’s way in Ukraine would be dangerous to international security and a long-term economic disaster. On Saturday, Russia fired missiles again at military and civilian infrastructure in the north near Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest city, the General Staff of Ukraine’s armed forces said on Saturday. Several regional governors reported attacks on towns across Ukraine on Saturday.

So the same Russia has denied targeting civilians. Kyiv says the Russian military has committed war crimes against civilians. Maxim Kozitsky, the governor of the Lviv region in western Ukraine, said in a video posted online that six missiles were fired from the Black Sea at the Yavoryev base near the border with Poland. Four hit the target but two were destroyed.

Vitaly Bunenko, the governor of the Zhytomyr region in the country’s north, said at least one soldier was killed in an attack on a military target. “About 30 missiles were launched at a military infrastructure facility very near the city of Zhytomyr,” Bunenko said, adding that “about 10 missiles were intercepted and destroyed.” To the south, the mayor of Mykolaiv near the Black Sea, Alexander Senkevich, said five cruise missiles hit the city and surrounding areas on Saturday. The casualties are being clarified.

South of Svyarodonetsk, Ukrainian troops also withdrew from the cities of Hirske and Zolot in the face of heavy Russian forces, said Oleksiy Erestovich, adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Ukraine’s foreign minister downplayed the importance of the potential loss of more territory in the Donbass. Dimitro Culeba said in an interview with the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, “Putin wanted to capture the Donbass by 9 May. We are (there) on 24 June and are still fighting. Some battles mean withdrawing.” The war is not to be lost at all.”

The British Defense Ministry said on Saturday that the war has had a huge impact on the global economy and European security systems, raising gas, oil and food prices, prompting the EU to reduce its heavy reliance on Russian energy and allowing Finland and Sweden to gain NATO membership. To motivate to take.

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