Latest news from Ukraine today: Six dead and several trapped after Russia strikes building in Donetsk

Heavy damage in Ukraine as Sloviansk is hit by Russian shelling

More than 30 civilians are trapped after Russian rockets hit a five-storey building in Ukraine’s Donetsk region, reducing it to rubble, the region’s governor has said.

Governor Pavlo Kyrylenko said six people were killed and five injured in a strike that took place on Saturday night in the town of Chasiv Yar.

Russia is raising a “real hell” in eastern Ukraine, according to a local governor. Serhyi Haidai, who heads Lugansk province, said there had been “no operational pause” announced by Russian troops, who “continued to attack and shell…with the same intensity as before. “.

The governor said there were 20 artillery, mortar and rocket attacks overnight in his province, whose last major resistance stronghold was captured by Russia last week.

Deadly strikes continue to fall elsewhere as Ukraine continues to fight the invading Russian, which has now turned its attention to the East.

Ukraine has urged its allies to send more weapons to the country as its chief negotiator says a turning point in the war is beginning to take shape.


Russia threatens broad Ukrainian offensive as US pressures China for war stance

Ukrainian defenders fought to contain Russian forces on several fronts on Saturday, officials said, as the United States urged China to align itself with the West to oppose the invasion following moody G20 meeting.

A missile strike on the northeastern city of Kharkiv injured three civilians, its governor said, although Russia’s main attacks appear to be concentrated southeast of there in Luhansk and Donetsk.

These two provinces, parts of which were held by pro-Russian separatists before the conflict began in February, include the eastern industrial region of Donbass.

Ukrainian officials reported strikes in both countries on Saturday, while Britain’s Ministry of Defense said Moscow was gathering reserve forces from across Russia near Ukraine.

Donetsk regional governor Pavlo Kyrylenko said on the Telegram messaging service that a Russian missile hit Druzhkivka, a town behind the frontline, and reported shelling other population centers.

Luhansk Governor Serhiy Gaidai said on Telegram that Russian forces were “firing across the entire front line”, although a subsequent Ukrainian counterattack forced Moscow to halt its offensive.


Public support for Ukrainian refugees already declining in UK, poll finds

Public support for Ukrainian refugees is already waning in Britain, according to a poll, as the war continues to rage.

A poll by YouGov shows that in March three-quarters of people were in favor of resettling Ukrainians in the UK and 42% thought the figure should be “at least” in the tens of thousands.

But the numbers have now fallen to 71% supporting resettlement, with 29% wanting to see tens of thousands of refugees taken in.

Our Home Affairs Editor Lizzie Deden has this exclusive report:


At least six dead and 34 trapped after rockets hit building

At least six people have been killed and more than 30 are believed to have been trapped after Russian Uragan rockets hit a five-story building in Ukraine’s Donetsk region, collapsing the building, the region’s governor said.

Governor Pavlo Kyrylenko said on Telegram that the strike took place on Saturday evening in the town of Chasiv Yar.

He said six people were killed and five injured, and according to information from locals, at least 34 people were likely trapped in the ruins.


Russia “still made some small territorial advances” in Luhansk

Russia has likely made some other small territorial advances around Popasna, Sievierodonetsk Raion, Luhansk Oblast, the British Ministry of Defense said in its intelligence on Sunday.

Russian artillery continues to strike the Sloviansk region in the Donbass from Izium in the north and near Lysychansk in the east.

He added that Izium strikes continue to be concentrated along the axis of the main E40 road, which connects Donetsk with Kharkiv.

He said controlling the E40, which connects, is likely to be an important objective for Russia as it tries to advance through Donetsk Oblast.


Ukraine will strengthen its air defense systems, says the Ministry of Defense

Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov said Ukraine needed to strengthen its air defense system despite the success of Ukrainian forces in destroying Russian missiles and aircraft.

He said an “iron dome” would be ineffective in Kyiv because it does not provide protection against cruise and ballistic missiles that are being fired by Russia.

He said HIMARS, a lightweight multiple rocket launcher sent by the United States, had made a huge difference on the battlefield.

“More of them along with ammo and equipment will increase our strength and help demilitarize the terror state. I highly appreciate the efforts of @POTUS & @SecDef to support Ukraine’s fight for freedom !


At least 6 dead after Russia hit building, Donetsk governor says

Russia struck a building in the town of Chasiv Yar in the Donestsk region, killing six people and injuring five others, the regional governor said.

It is feared that more people could be trapped under the rubble after the rocket hit the building.


Russia has territorial ambitions beyond the Donbass

An assessment by the Institute for the Study of War said the Kremlin has a “broader territorial focus” beyond Donbass.

In his July 9 assessments of developments in Ukraine, he said Russia likely wanted to annex Kharkiv Oblast after Russian proxies in the region unveiled a new flag, saying it was a ” inalienable part of Russian land”.

he said Russia was “aggressively pursuing the legitimization and consolidation of the power of the occupation administration of Kharkiv Oblast” for its ambitions beyond Donbass.

He suggested that Russian troops face challenges over direct censorship of Russian war correspondents and milbloggers, and may seek to promote self-censorship.


Zelensky will announce “important news” next week

In his final video address, the Ukrainian president said he is “preparing for the new week” and “there will be important news, including from government officials.”

He said there will be an important announcement for Ukrainians next week.

He added that he had signed a decree for the dismissal of some Ukrainian ambassadors to foreign countries.

“This rotation is part of normal diplomatic practice. New Ukrainian representatives will be appointed in the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Norway and India. Candidates are being prepared by the Foreign Ministry,” Zelensky said.


Russian pound Luhansk, Donetsk while three injured in Kharkiv

Russia shelled Ukrainian towns in Luhansk, Donetsk and the northeastern city of Kharkiv on Saturday.

The governor of Kharkiv said three civilians were injured in a missile strike by Russian forces, although the Russian assault remained focused on southeast Luhansk and Donetsk.

Lugansk Governor Serhiy Gaidai said on Telegram that Russian forces were “firing across the entire front line” as there was a subsequent Ukrainian counterattack that hit arms and ammunition stores, forcing Moscow to halt its offensive.

Donetsk regional governor Pavlo Kyrylenko said in the Telegram that a Russian missile hit Druzhkivka, a town behind the frontline, and reported the shelling of other population centers.


Ukrainian army defeats 58 Russian soldiers in southern Ukraine

The Ukrainian operational command “South” announced on Saturday that it had defeated 58 Russian soldiers.

The unit also destroyed two Russian Msta-B howitzers, four ammunition depots, a jamming communications station, and 15 armored and military vehicles.

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