Live updates of the Russian-Ukrainian crisis | Russia raises a “real hell” in the east, says Ukrainian governor

Here are the latest developments in the ongoing Russian-Ukrainian conflict on July 10

Here are the latest developments in the ongoing Russian-Ukrainian conflict on July 10

Ukraine’s ambassador to India, Igor Polikha, was dismissed from his post on Saturday by President Volodymyr Zelensky, diplomatic sources confirmed. The Hindu. Mr. Polikha is known as one of Europe’s top diplomats with extensive experience in India’s relations with Eastern Europe. Mr Polikha said he was neither surprised nor disappointed by the announcement as it was expected given his unusually long tenure.

In an unjustified decree, Zelensky announced the dismissal of Ukraine’s ambassadors to Germany, India, the Czech Republic, Norway and Hungary.

Meanwhile, Ukraine has urged its allies to send in more weapons as its forces dig in, hoping to block Russia’s military advance in the eastern Donbass region, while the chief negotiator of Ukraine declared that a turning point was approaching in the conflict. Signaling that the Kremlin was in no mood to compromise, President Vladimir Putin said sanctions against Russia for the invasion launched in February risked causing “catastrophic” increases in energy prices.

Here are the latest updates

Ukraine

Russian missiles hit eastern Ukraine, hit Kharkiv

Russian troops shelled the Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine on Saturday as Ukrainian officials accused Moscow of plotting new attacks and Washington promised fresh military aid to Kyiv.

After enduring protracted battles to seize towns in the neighboring Lugansk region, Russia is now looking to push deeper into Donetsk to consolidate its hold over the entire Donbass region to the east.

Four and a half months into the war, residents of the northern Donetsk town of Druzhkivka woke up on Saturday to a suspected missile attack that ripped through a supermarket and left a crater in the ground.

Five people have been killed in the Donetsk region in the past 24 hours and seven have been injured, Ukrainian officials said on Saturday. – AFP

Kyiv

Ukrainian governor: Russia raises “real hell” in the east

Russian forces are raising a “real hell” in the industrial heartland of eastern Ukraine, despite assessments that they were taking an operational pause, a regional governor said on Saturday, while another Ukrainian official urged the inhabitants of the southern regions occupied by Russia to quickly evacuate “by all possible means”. before a Ukrainian counter-offensive.

Deadly Russian bombings have been reported in eastern and southern Ukraine.

The governor of the eastern Luhansk region, Serhyi Haidai, said that Russia had launched more than 20 artillery, mortar and rocket strikes on the region overnight and that its forces were moving towards the border with the region. from Donetsk. – PA

Indonesia

Blinken and China’s Wang Yi have ‘frank’ discussions on Ukraine and trade

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Saturday he had discussed Russian aggression in Ukraine during more than five hours of talks with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, and raised concerns about Beijing’s alignment with Moscow.

The two diplomats described their first face-to-face talks since October as “frank”, with the meeting taking place a day after attending a meeting of G20 foreign ministers on the Indonesian island of Bali.

“I again shared with the State Councilor that we are concerned about the alignment of the PRC with Russia,” Blinken said at a press conference after the talks, referring to the Republic popular in China. – Reuters

London

Ukrainian army recruits begin their military training in the UK

The first batch of up to 10,000 inexperienced Ukrainian military recruits due to train in Britain over the next few months have started exercises, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) announced on Saturday.

The new British-led program involves 1,050 British servicemen training the Ukrainian volunteers, who have little or no military experience, at MoD sites across England for several weeks.

Washington

UN says Ukraine bears part of responsibility for nursing home attack

Two weeks after Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine in February, Kremlin-backed rebels attacked a retirement home in the eastern Lugansk region. Dozens of elderly and disabled patients, many of them bedridden, were trapped inside without running water or electricity.

Ottawa

Canada will return repaired turbines for Nord Stream 1 and extend sanctions against Russia

Canada will return repaired Russian turbines needed to service the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline to Germany, Canada’s natural resources minister said in a statement on Saturday.

The Canadian government, which issues a permit to exempt the return of the turbines from its Russian sanctions, said the move would support “Europe’s ability to access reliable and affordable energy as it continues to move away from the Russian oil and gas”.

Kyiv

Ukraine pleads for arms and war in spotlight at G20 meeting

President Vladimir Putin has said sanctions against Russia for the invasion launched in February risked causing “catastrophic” spikes in energy prices.

His top diplomat, Sergei Lavrov, clashed with his Western counterparts at a G20 meeting in Indonesia, where they urged Russia to allow Ukraine to ship its blocked grain to an increasingly hungry world.

Russia’s envoy to Britain, meanwhile, offered little prospect of withdrawal from parts of Ukraine under Russian control.

India

In a major upheaval, Ukraine fires its ambassador to India

Ukraine’s ambassador to India, Igor Polikha, was dismissed from his post on Saturday by President Volodymyr Zelensky, diplomatic sources confirmed. The Hindu. Mr. Polikha is known as one of Europe’s top diplomats with extensive experience in India’s relations with Eastern Europe.

Mr Polikha informed that he was neither surprised nor disappointed by the announcement as it was expected given his unusually long tenure here. “After seven years as an ambassador of any country, it is normal to come home. I am a career diplomat. I will come back as soon as the official process is over,” Ambassador Polikha told The Hindu, confirming that his tenure in India is over.

Christi C. Elwood