Live Updates | Ukraine: 4 others killed in Sievierodonetsk


KYIV, Ukraine – A Ukrainian regional governor said four people had been killed in the eastern city of Sievierodonetsk in the past 24 hours by Russian shelling. Another person was killed by a Russian shell in the village of Komushuvakha.

Serhiy Haidai, the governor of the Luhansk region, wrote in a Telegram post on Friday that “the people of Sievierodonetsk forgot when was the last time there was silence in the city for at least half a year. -hour”. He stated that “the Russians are relentlessly pounding residential neighborhoods.

Sievierodonetsk Mayor Oleksandr Stryuk said on Thursday that 60% of residential buildings in the city have been destroyed and around 85-90% have been damaged and require major repairs.

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KEY DEVELOPMENTS IN THE RUSSIAN-UKRAINE WAR:

Russia denounces sanctionsseeks to blame the West for the food crisis

– West thinks about Russian the oligarchs are buying a way out of the sanctions

– The United States wins the last legal battle to be entered Russian sailboat in Fiji

— American General: Needless to add ground forces in Sweden, in Finland

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OTHER DEVELOPMENTS:

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — The United States has won the latest round of a legal battle to seize a $325million Russian superyacht in Fiji, with the case now heading to the Pacific nation’s highest court.

The case has exposed the tricky legal terrain the United States finds itself on as it tries to seize the assets of Russian oligarchs around the world. These intentions are welcomed by many governments and citizens who oppose the war in Ukraine, but some actions raise questions about the scope of US jurisdiction.

The Fiji Court of Appeal dismissed on Friday the appeal of Feizal Haniff, who represents the company that legally owns the superyacht Amadea. Haniff had argued that the United States lacked jurisdiction under Fiji’s mutual assistance laws to seize the ship, at least until a court determined who really owned the Amadea.

Haniff said he now plans to take the case to Fiji’s Supreme Court and will seek a court order to stop US officers sailing the Amadea from Fiji before the appeal is heard. .

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. general named to take European command told senators that Sweden’s and Finland’s efforts to join NATO will not require the addition of additional U.S. ground forces in either country. . But Army General Christopher Cavoli said Thursday that military exercises and occasional rotations of US troops would likely increase.

Cavoli, who is currently the head of U.S. Army Europe and Africa, said the increased military attention will likely continue to focus on Eastern Europe – where nations are more concerned about possible Russian aggression and any spillover of the war into Ukraine.

Cavoli told the Senate Armed Services Committee during its nomination hearing that “the center of gravity of NATO forces has shifted east.” He said that “depending on the outcome of the conflict, we may have to continue for a while.”

Cavoli was asked about the US troop presence in Europe, which has grown from less than 80,000 to around 102,000 since the Russian invasion ramped up. He said the increase had nothing to do with Finland and Sweden’s more recent decision to seek NATO membership.

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KYIV, Ukraine – The Ukrainian city of Sievierodonetsk is the center of heavy fighting in the east. Mayor Oleksandr Stryuk says that holds even though a Russian reconnaissance and sabotage group entered a city hotel.

Stryuk said at least 1,500 people had been killed in Sievierodonetsk and about 12,000 to 13,000 remained in the city, where he said 60% of residential buildings had been destroyed.

Sievierodonetsk is the only part of the Luhansk region in the Donbass under the control of the Ukrainian government, and Russian forces have attempted to cut it off from the rest of the territory under Ukrainian control.

Stryuk said the main road between the nearby town of Lysychansk and Bakhmut in the southwest remains open, but travel is dangerous. According to him, only 12 people could be evacuated on Thursday.

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KYIV, Ukraine — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Thursday pleaded with the West to send several rocket launchers to Ukraine as soon as possible to give it a fighting chance against the Russian offensive in eastern Donbass.

“We are fighting so that Ukraine receives all the weapons necessary to change the nature of the fighting and start moving faster and more confidently towards the expulsion of the occupiers,” Zelenskyy said in his nightly video address to the nation. .

He said Russian forces were wiping some eastern cities off the face of the Earth and the region could end up “uninhabited”.

“They want to burn Popasna, Bakhmut, Lyman, Lysychansk and Sievierodonetsk to ashes like they did with Volnovakha and Mariupol,” Zelenskyy said.

In Thursday’s shelling of Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city, Zelenskyy said at least nine people were killed and 19 injured. Among those killed were a five-month-old baby and the child’s father with the child’s mother seriously injured.

Zelenskyy also had harsh words for members of the European Union who are resisting the imposition of even tougher sanctions on Russia, including a ban on imports of Russian oil and gas, Moscow’s main source of revenue. .