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Ukraine plans counter-offensive in Russian-occupied Kherson

Russian troops shell the Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine on the 137th day of the conflict, as Ukrainian officials accuse Moscow of plotting new attacks and Washington promises fresh military aid to kyiv.

Ukraine is urging civilians in the Russian-occupied southern region of Kherson to evacuate. (AA)

Sunday July 10, 2022

Ukraine plans counterattacks in Russian-occupied Kherson

Ukraine’s deputy prime minister urged civilians in the Russian-occupied southern region of Kherson to urgently evacuate as Ukrainian armed forces prepared a counterattack there.

Ukraine lost control of most of the Black Sea region of Kherson, including its eponymous capital, in the first weeks after the February 24 Russian assault.

“It is clear that there will be fighting, there will be artillery fire… and therefore we urge (people) to urgently evacuate,” Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk told TV. national. She said she couldn’t say exactly when the counterattack would happen. “I know for sure that there shouldn’t be women and children there, and they shouldn’t become human shields,” she said.

Death toll rises after strike on building in eastern Ukraine

A Russian missile hit a building in eastern Ukraine, killing at least 15 people as Moscow forces sought to consolidate their control over the Donbass region.

“During the rescue operation, 15 bodies were recovered from the scene and five people were pulled from the rubble” alive in the town of Chasiv Yar, the local emergency service said on Facebook.

“At least 30 more are under the rubble” of the four-story building after it was hit by a Russian Uragan missile, Donetsk regional governor Pavlo Kyrylenko said earlier on Telegram.

Ukrainian soldiers train in the UK

The first cohort of Ukrainian soldiers, many of whom have no previous military experience, have arrived in the UK for combat training as the eastern European nation rushes to replace troops killed and injured in the conflict with Russia.

The first hundred recruits are being instructed at sites across Britain in the first phase of the program which aims to train up to 10,000 Ukrainian soldiers in weapons handling, battlefield first aid and tactics patrol, the UK Ministry of Defense said.

It’s part of a broader package of support for Ukraine that includes 2.3 billion pounds ($2.8 billion) of anti-tank weapons, rocket systems and other materiel.

Using the world-class expertise of the British military, we will help Ukraine rebuild its forces and step up its resistance as it defends its country’s sovereignty and its right to choose its own future.

UK Defense Secretary Ben Wallace

Ukraine ‘deeply disappointed’ by Canada’s decision to return turbine

Ukraine’s energy and foreign ministries have said they are “deeply disappointed” by Canada’s decision to return a repaired Siemens turbine used for the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline to Germany.

The statement, posted on the Department of Energy’s website, called on the Canadian government to reverse its decision and said returning the turbine would amount to adjusting sanctions on Moscow “to Russia’s whims”.

Russian rockets destroy a building in Ukraine’s Donbass, killing six people

Russian rockets hit the town of Chasiv Yar in eastern Ukraine, destroying a five-story building and killing at least 10 people, officials said.

Pavlo Kyrylenko, governor of the Donetsk region, said around three dozen people could be trapped in the rubble. Rescuers have made contact with two people who are under the wreckage, he said on the Telegram messaging app.

Ukraine’s emergency services initially gave the death toll at six, but later said it had risen to 10. They did not say how many people may still be in the rubble. Kyrylenko said the town of about 12,000 was hit by Uragan rockets, which are fired from truck-mounted systems.

Russia hits Ukrainian hangars storing US-made artillery weapons

Russian forces struck two Ukrainian army hangars storing American-made M777 howitzers, a type of artillery weapon, near Kostantinovka in the Donetsk region, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

Russia restricts access to the website of the German daily Die Welt

Russia has restricted access to the website of German newspaper Die Welt at the request of prosecutors, according to the country’s communications regulator.

It was not immediately clear why prosecutors requested the restriction with respect to the welt.de page.

Since sending troops to the neighboring country on February 24, Russia has blocked or limited access to the BBC, Voice of America, Deutsche Welle and other media. Russian officials accuse the West of spreading false information about what Moscow describes as a “special military operation” in Ukraine.

Russia’s most likely gas cut scenario, says French finance minister

The French government is preparing for a complete cut in Russian gas supply, which it considers the most likely scenario in its forward planning, said French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire.

“I think a total cut off of Russian gas supply is a real possibility (…) and we have to prepare for this scenario,” he said on the sidelines of an economic and trade conference in the south of France.

“It would be totally irresponsible to ignore this scenario,” he said. Earlier in the lecture, he described such a Russian gas cut as the “most likely scenario”.

Canada sends turbines to Germany to boost Russian gas supply

Canada has decided to return the turbines needed to maintain the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline to Germany, with Russia waiting for the machine to arrive before increasing supplies.

Germany is seeking to bolster dwindling energy supplies, but Ukraine has accused Berlin of caving in to Russian ‘blackmail’ after Moscow blamed the cut in supplies on the need for repairs, not market conditions during the war in Ukraine.

“Canada will grant a time-limited and revocable permit to Siemens Canada to allow the return of repaired Nordstream 1 turbines to Germany, supporting Europe’s ability to access reliable and affordable energy as it continues to grow. away from Russian oil and gas,” said Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson.

“Without a necessary supply of natural gas, the German economy will suffer very significant difficulties and the Germans themselves may not be able to heat their homes as winter approaches”

Jonathan Wilkinson

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Source: TRTWorld and agencies