July 3, 2022

Russia invades Ukraine, war begins over Donbass

Russian forces reunite to launch an offensive in eastern Ukraine, a Ukrainian official described as “the second phase of the war” – the war for the Donbass.

Control of the town of Kremina in the eastern Luhansk region has already been “lost” during heavy fighting, a Ukrainian official said.

At least four missile strikes have been reported in the western city of Lviv, killing at least seven people since Russia bombed cities across Ukraine on Monday.

Here are the latest developments on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine:

Battle for Donbass: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky said in a video conference on Monday that Russian forces had launched an offensive in the eastern Donbass region. He said that the Ukrainian forces would continue to fight, adding that “thanks to our soldiers, our soldiers, our heroic cities and all the cities in the region that are resisting and standing firm.”

The “only place” in Ukraine is not safe: Ihor Chowka, chief diplomatic adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelenzky, told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that “one place, one city, city or village” is no longer safe in Ukraine following Monday’s Russian missile attacks. The city was formerly considered a safe haven because of its proximity to Poland, the western border of Ukraine.

Women and children in the besieged iron plant: A video of women and children staying in the basement of the Azovstal steel plant in the besieged Ukrainian port city of Mariupol was released by the Ukrainian Azov Battalion in the Telegram on Monday evening. The battalion commander, Lt. Col. Denis Prokopenko, also said that Russian forces had “intentionally” opened fire on the plant. Plant one The last areas under Ukrainian control In the city.

Moskva sinking latest: New pictures were released Hours before the ship sank in the Black Sea on Thursday, Russia’s guided missile ship Moscow was badly damaged and caught fire, early Monday morning on social media. Pictures show Moscow being listed as a page, with black holes and a large plume of smoke rising from potential missile drill marks.

Biden has no plans to travel to Ukraine: White House spokeswoman Zhen Zaki reiterated on Monday that US President Joe Biden had no plans to visit Ukraine, following Zhelenzky’s comments encouraging him to do so. The US president suggested he go last week, although he said US officials were still “in consultation” A top US official is coming to Ukraine.

The United States describes the “terrorist campaign” as: Russia’s recent attacks on Ukraine further illustrate that the country is “carrying out a terrorist campaign” against the Ukrainian people, Foreign Ministry spokesman Nate Price said.

Ceasefire “not on the horizon”: A ceasefire in Ukraine is not on the horizon, but may be “within two weeks” depending on how the war and current negotiations continue, UN Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Martin Griffiths said Monday.