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Ukraine and Russia: What you need to know right now

Economy Jul 02, 2022 09:25
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5/5 © Reuters. Irina Homenko, 91, emotes about the aftermath of overnight shelling in her apartment complex as Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues in Kharkiv, Ukraine, June 26, 2022. REUTERS/Leah Millis 2/5

(Reuters) - Powerful explosions rocked the Ukrainian city of Mykolaiv early on Saturday, the mayor said, a day after authorities said at least 21 people were killed when Russian missiles struck an apartment building near the Black Sea port of Odesa.

FIGHTING

* Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told reporters: "I would like to remind you of the president's words that the Russian Armed Forces do not work with civilian targets."

* Russians have been shelling the eastern city of Lysychansk from different directions, the regional governor said. Russian forces have captured an oil refinery, one report said, citing Russia's defence ministry.

* Reuters could not independently verify the battlefield accounts.

* Chief of General Staff Valery Gerasimov inspected divisions of Russian troops involved in Moscow's "special military operation" in Ukraine, Russia's defence ministry said.

DIPLOMACY AND ECONOMY

* In the event of an acute gas shortage, the city of Hamburg will ration hot water for private households and limit the maximum heating temperature, its environment senator said, as Germany braces for possible outages of Russian gas imports.

* The United States is sending Ukraine two NASAMS surface-to-air missile systems, four additional counter-artillery radars and up to 150,000 rounds of 155mm artillery ammunition as part of its latest weapons packages for Ukraine.

*President Vladimir Putin issued a decree that seizes full control of the Sakhalin-2 gas and oil project in Russia's far east, a move that could force out Shell (LON:RDSa) and Japanese investors.

* A Reuters examination of companies, executives and investors underpinning Russia's defence sector shows a sizable number have yet to be affected by Western sanctions.

* U.S. basketball star Brittney Griner went on trial in Moscow to face drug charges that could see her face up to 10 years in prison.

* Two Britons were charged with "mercenary activities" in the Russian-backed separatist region of Donetsk, Russian agency TASS reported. Last month, another two Britons accused of the same charge were sentenced to death.

* Russia's ambassador to Bulgaria said she would ask Moscow to close its embassy in Sofia after 70 Russian diplomatic staff were expelled.

* Ukraine's nuclear power operator said it had re-established its connection to surveillance systems at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant, Europe's largest, which is occupied by Russian forces.

QUOTES

* "There are powerful explosions in the city! Stay in shelters!" Mykolaiv mayor Oleksandr Senkevich wrote on the Telegram messaging app.

* "Almost all the city infrastructure is destroyed. We are living without gas, electricity, and water since May," Sergei Oleinik, 65, resident of Russian-occupied Sievierodonetsk, told Reuters. "We are glad that this ended, and soon maybe reconstruction will start, and we will be back to more or less normal life."

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Saeed Kerdari
Saeed Kerdari Jul 02, 2022 10:55
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Russia also has impact on my country Iran, people are suffering from high inflation, corruped regime geting support from putin…its 40years people are in prison from russsian people, down with russian government
Darth Vader
Darth Vader Jul 02, 2022 10:55
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true , wish for free iran
pramod rawat
pramod rawat Jul 02, 2022 10:55
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corrupt regime ,,corrupt mullahs destroyed the once prosperous nation to bits and pieces ,islamization has no place in a free global growth!!!
Peter Tatlow
Peter Tatlow Jul 02, 2022 10:00
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how can the Germans usually so smart have allowed themselves to be at the mercy of Putin over natural gas. They were warned about Putin by previous events.
Kochar Bipin
Kochar Bipin Jul 01, 2022 3:02
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Most important is that grain shipments have finally started - that is one small thing we should be grateful for.
Zahid Khan
Zahid Khan Jun 30, 2022 8:35
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Ukraine vs Russia… who gonna win the war? Mr putin make his young soldiers die and Mr Zelensky makes his people suffer. Both leaders living in a comfort zone.. sad.
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Stephen Hunter
Stephen Hunter Jun 30, 2022 8:35
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Putin is an evil dictator who ordered the poisoning of the opposition in the form of Alexei Navalny and will continue his campaign of lies and ******
Veijo Sinerva
Veijo Sinerva Jun 30, 2022 8:35
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Zelensky wanted it. Khan has a point, look at what Ukraine did in Donesk for 8 years says it all. Very racist…..
Veijo Sinerva
Veijo Sinerva Jun 30, 2022 8:35
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Zelensky wanted it. Look at what UKra did in Done region for 8 years says a lot….
Veijo Sinerva
Veijo Sinerva Jun 30, 2022 8:35
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Anyone care to check how people were treated in D for 8 years??? I didn’t think so!!!
Aljaz Podlogar
Aljaz Podlogar Jun 30, 2022 8:35
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the reason for all suffering in ukraine is Putler ambition and greed. as for dead russians, Putler never cared about dead civilians russians or foreign.
 
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