A night of war at a glance
Explosions in occupied Luhansk – Zelenskyj threatens Russian forces
07/13/2022 06:58 AM
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky expressed hope for further escalation of the war against Russia due to Western arms aid to his country. Meanwhile, criminal proceedings have been launched in Moscow against liberal opposition politician and anti-war Ilya Yashin for defaming the Russian military.
Zelenskyj: Russians lack “courage to admit defeat”.
After initial reluctance, several Western countries have now provided Ukraine with modern rocket systems and artillery, which would enable attacks on Russian targets from greater distances. According to media reports, several Russian military bases, ammunition and weapons depots behind the front lines have been destroyed in recent weeks. Several explosions were heard last night in the pro-Russian separatist-controlled city of Luhansk in eastern Ukraine.
Russians are now afraid of the Ukrainian army, thanks to the partisan actions of Ukrainian agents in the occupied territory, Zelensky said in his daily video address. But they lacked the “courage to admit defeat and withdraw troops from the territory of Ukraine.”
“The occupiers have already learned well what modern artillery means, and there will be no safe rear anywhere on our occupied soil,” Zelensky said. Despite heavy losses, Russian troops were able to continue fighting only because of “inexhaustible stocks of old Soviet weapons”.
Criminal proceedings against Russian opposition figure Yashin
Officials in Russia because of the spread of false news disparaging the position of the Russian military Criminal proceedings were initiated against Kremlin critic Ilya Yashin. “The investigator called me – the search begins at his house,” Yashin’s lawyer Vadim Prokhorov said on his Facebook page. If convicted, Yashin faces up to ten years in prison.
Yashin is a member of the liberal opposition and one of the last outspoken critics of the war against Ukraine still in Russia. In the spring he was fined several times for insulting the army. He is currently in 15-day detention for protesting state authority. Before the new allegations became known, Yashin had said on online services that he should be released on Wednesday. “Maybe they’ll let me out, maybe they won’t,” he wrote.
The criminal investigation was reportedly triggered by Yashin’s YouTube stream about the killing of civilians in Bucha, a small town near Kiev. According to Ukrainian sources, more than 400 civilians died during the Russian occupation of the city. Many bodies were tied up and shot in the head. Russia has denied the war crimes allegations.
Sasiv Yar’s death toll rises to 45
Meanwhile, in the small town of Chasiv Yar in eastern Ukraine, the death toll from a Russian rocket attack on a house has risen to 45. Civil defense officials in the Donetsk region said nine people had been rescued from the rubble of Saturday’s attack. Officials in Kyiv say the Russian military struck a building used by the military, speaking of a civilian residential building. Information cannot be independently verified.
Secessionists remove ban on capital punishment
Pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk region have lifted a ban on the death penalty. Separatist leader Denis Bussilin signed the decree, Russian state news agency Dass reported. Last month, separatists executed three foreigners who served as mercenaries in the Ukrainian army. They are two Britons and one Moroccan.
This is important on Wednesday
- Negotiations begin in Istanbul on lifting the Russian naval blockade of the Black Sea and resuming Ukrainian grain exports. Representatives of the UN and Turkey are meeting MPs in Moscow and Kiev to try to resolve the dispute. Russia and Ukraine are major exporters of wheat and thus play an important role in global food security.
- Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier visited troops and a US military training area in Grafenwohr in northeastern Bavaria. According to the Federal President’s office, he wants to thank the soldiers for their contribution to the freedom and security of Germany and NATO allies in Europe. It was the first visit by a German head of state to US troops stationed in Germany in more than 25 years, according to the federal president’s office.
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