Latest news from Ukraine: Deadly Russian strike on office building is ‘open act of terrorism’

Heavy damage in Ukraine as Sloviansk is hit by Russian shelling

Volodymyr Zelensky said Russia committed an “open act of terrorism” with an attack on an office building that left at least 12 people dead and two dozen injured.

Russian missiles hit the town of Vinnytsia, hitting an office building, damaging nearby residential buildings and setting parked cars on fire.

“Every day Russia destroys the civilian population, kills Ukrainian children, directs missiles at civilian objects,” Zelensky wrote on Telegram after the strike.

He added: ‘What is this if not an overt act of terrorism?’

Ukraine’s president said a child was among the dead in the attack on Vinnytsia, a town southwest of Kyiv.

Meanwhile, Mr. Zelensky will address The Hague today and talk about the prosecution of Russian war criminals.

Government officials from dozens of countries are meeting in the Netherlands to discuss with the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court how best to coordinate efforts to bring perpetrators of war crimes in Ukraine to justice.

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Watch: Scenes from Vinnytsia

Here are some scenes emerging from Vinnytsia after the deadly strike:

At least a dozen dead after Russia launches attack on central Ukrainian town

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Full story: At least 12 – including a child – killed in strike on Vinnytsia

At least 12 people, including a child, were killed in a rare Russian strike on Vinnytsia, Ukraine’s state emergency services said.

The city escaped the worst of the Russian bombardment and has become a hub for humanitarian aid as it sits at the crossroads of the east and west of the country, Bel Trew reports from Ukraine:

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Vinnytsia strike is ‘overt act of terrorism’, says Zelensky

Volodymry Zelensky called the strike in Vinnytsia – which reportedly killed 12 people – an “open act of terrorism”.

Ukraine’s national police said three missiles hit an office building and damaged nearby residential buildings in the city southwest of the capital Kyiv.

The missile strike started a fire that spread to engulf 50 cars in an adjacent parking lot.

He is believed to have killed 12 people and injured 25 others.

Ukraine’s president said a child was among the dead and suggested the attack was deliberately aimed at terrorizing civilians.

“Every day Russia destroys the civilian population, kills Ukrainian children, directs missiles at civilian objects. Where there are no military (targets). What is it if not an open act of terrorism? Mr. Zelensky wrote on the Telegram messaging app.

Firefighters worked to put out a blaze at a shell-damaged building in Vinnytsia

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Eight dead in Vinnytsia strike, officials say

At least eight people were killed in a Russian missile strike on the city of Vinnytsia, according to the Ukrainian president’s office.

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Governments meet today with the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court

Government officials from dozens of countries are meeting in the Netherlands today to discuss with the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court how best to coordinate efforts to bring perpetrators of war crimes in Ukraine to justice.

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Strikes in an area under Russian control in Ukraine

Ukrainian forces struck two military checkpoints and an airstrip in the second strike this week on an area under Russian control in southern Ukraine, Ukrainian officials said.

The new attack on Nova Kakhovka in the Kherson region killed 13 “occupiers”, Odessa regional administration spokesman Serhiy Bratchuk said, citing the Southern Operational Command. He cited no evidence of the death toll.

Ukraine’s military said on Tuesday that an attack by its forces on Nova Kakhovka left 52 people dead. Russian authorities in the city said at least seven people were killed in the attack, Russian news agency TASS reported.

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EU says it won’t recognize Russian passports issued to Ukrainians

The European Union has said it will not recognize Russian passports issued to Ukrainian citizens.

He also condemned Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision earlier this week to speed up citizenship procedures for Ukrainians.

Russia seeks to issue all Ukrainian citizens with Russian passports

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Josep Borrell – the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy – reportedly said: “The new Russian legislation now simplifying the procedure for all Ukrainians to obtain Russian citizenship is another flagrant violation of the sovereignty of Ukraine, linked to Russia’s illegal war.

Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry called on the country’s allies in the West to “react strongly to Putin’s passport fantasies”.

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Mariupol water supply will resume in the second half of July

Water supplies are expected to resume in the coming weeks in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol, under Russian control.

Russian state news agency TASS quoted Russian-designated mayor Konstantin Ivaschenko.

Ivaschenko, whose appointment to the post has not been recognized by Ukraine, said authorities plan to resume operation of the city’s passenger port that connects the Russian cities of Rostov-on-Don and the black Sea.

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Russia hasn’t made any significant territorial advances in the past 72 hours – UK MoD

Russian troops in Ukraine have not made any significant territorial advances in the past 72 hours and risk losing the momentum built up in the eastern part of the beleaguered country, the British Ministry of Defense said in its latest update. intelligence day.

“…they have made no significant territorial advances in the last 72 hours and risk losing any momentum built up after the capture of Lysychansk,” the ministry said Thursday morning.

“In Donbass, Russian forces continue to carry out artillery strikes on a broad front followed, in some areas, by thorough assaults by small companies and platoon-sized units,” the ministry said. of the defense.

The British Ministry of Defense has also claimed that Russian forces are struggling with archaic artillery in its war with Ukraine.

“The aging vehicles, weapons and tactics of the Soviet era used by Russian forces do not lend themselves to rapid recovery or momentum unless used in overwhelming numbers – which Russia is currently unable to put to good use,” the ministry said.

However, he warned that prospects for broader talks to end the war in Ukraine remain weak despite “talks between delegations from Ukraine, Russia, Turkey and the UN on grain exports and recent successfully negotiated prisoner exchanges”.

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Make meaningful efforts to restore food supply to the global market – Zelensky

Welcoming the unblocking of agricultural exports in Europe, Volodymyr Zelensky thanked the United Nations and Turkey, which mediated the talks with Russia, for their help in the first attempt to resolve the ongoing food crisis.

“We are indeed making considerable efforts to restore the food supply to the world market. And I am grateful to the UN and Turkey for their respective efforts. The success of this story is necessary not only for our state, but also, without exaggeration, for the whole world,” Mr. Zelensky said.

He added: “If we manage to eliminate the Russian threat to navigation in the Black Sea, it will eliminate the gravity of the global food crisis.

“The Ukrainian delegation informed me that there is progress. We will agree on the details with the UN Secretary General in the coming days,” the Ukrainian President said.

Christi C. Elwood