Russia Ukraine war news today: Russia ‘ramps up attacks on civilian targets after setbacks’

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky vowed there would be no let up in fighting to regain territory lost to Russia.

It comes after the top US general warned it was unclear how Moscow would react to its battlefield setbacks in Ukraine.

The UK has said Russian forces had widened strikes on civilian infrastructure following battlefield setbacks and were likely to expand their targets further.

The Ukrainian military said on Sunday its forces repelled attacks by Russian troops in the areas of the Kharkiv region in the east and Kherson in south where Ukraine launched counter-offensives this month, as well as in parts of Donetsk in the southeast.

It said Ukrainian troops had advanced to the eastern bank of the Oskil River in Kharkiv region.

In his nightly address on Sunday, Zelensky vowed to keep up the pressure on Moscow.

“Perhaps it seems to some of you that after a series of victories we now have a lull of sorts,” he said in his regular nightly address. “But there will be no lull. There is preparation for the next series … For Ukraine must be free. All of it.”

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Ukraine now ‘in control of both banks’ of key Kharkiv River

Ukrainian forces are now in control of both banks of the Oskil River in the northeastern Kharkiv region after sucessfully crossing it on Sunday, the country’s military has said.

“The Armed Forces of Ukraine crossed the Oskil river. Since yesterday, Ukraine controls the left bank as well,” Ukraine’s Center for Strategic Communications announced on Telegram.

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Russia rains missiles on Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant area

Russian forces have fired eight missiles on the Ukrainian city Zaporizhzhia housing Europe’s largest nuclear power plant overnight, Ukrainian officials said.

At least eight projectiles have been fired targeting infrastructure facilities, Zaporizhzhia oblast governor Oleksandr Starukh, reported The Kyiv Independent.

It is not immediately clear if the missiles strikes have caused any casualties.

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Around 200 Russian soldiers killed in explosion – Official

Nearly 200 Russian soldiers have been killed in an explosion in Russian-held Svatove city in Luhansk oblast, regional governor Serhiy Haidai said yesterday.

About 200 Russian occupiers were killed as a result of the earlier explosion in Russian-occupied Svatove, Mr Haidai was quoted as saying by The Kyiv Independent.

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Ukraine’s First Lady meets Princess of Wales ahead of Queen’s funeral

The Princess of Wales met the First Lady of Ukraine at Buckingham Palace on Sunday afternoon ahead of the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II today.

Kate held an audience with Olena Zelenska at the royal residence on Sunday afternoon, where they were pictured speaking.

The two were seen sitting side-by-side in front of a fireplace on gingham armchairs with purple orchids on display in the background.

Ms Zelenska made the journey to the UK after her husband, Volodymyr Zelensky, set time aside from leading his country against Russia’s war to sign a book of condolence for the late British monarch, who died last Thursday.

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Russian popstar condemns Kremlin’s war and ‘illusory aims’ in Ukraine

Russian pop iconic, Alla Pugacheva, has called on the Russian authorities to declare her a “foreign agent”, in a show of condemnation against the war in Ukraine

Her husband, Maxim Galkin, was labelled a “foreign agent” on Friday after similarly denouncing Russia’s invasion of its neighbour.

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Posting on social media, Pugacheva described her husband as “a true incorruptible Russian patriot, who wants… an end to our lads dying for illusory aims”.

She said Moscow’s “illusory aims” in Ukraine “make our country a pariah and the lives of our citizens extremely difficult”.

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Victory for Kyiv means removing Russian soldiers from Ukraine, says Biden

Joe Biden has said that a victory for Ukraine would translate into expulsion of Russian forces from the besieged country.

The US president pledged complete support from Washington for as long as it is needed.

“Winning the war in Ukraine is to get Russia out of Ukraine completely and to recognise the sovereignty. They are defeating Russia,” Mr Biden said in an interview with CBS’s “60 Minutes” broadcast yesterday.

“Russia is turning out not to be as competent and capable as many people thought they were going to be,” he added.

He also asked his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to not unleash nuclear weapons in the ongoing war.

“Don’t. Don’t. Don’t. It would change the face of war unlike anything since World War Two,” Mr Biden said.

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Top US general asks American troops to stay under high alert amid Russian war losses

US general Mark Milley cautioned the US troops and pressed for increased vigilance among them during his visit to a military base in Poland amid heavy losses suffered by Russia in Ukraine.

“The war is not going too well for Russia right now. So it’s incumbent upon all of us to maintain high states of readiness, alert,” said general Milley, who also serves as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

He, however, added that he is not suggesting that the US forces deployed in Europe were under increased threat.

“In the conduct of war, you just don’t know with a high degree of certainty what will happen next,” he said.

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Images capture the devastation left beyind in a school which was used by troops as their base in the village of Nova Husarivka, not far from Balakliya, which was recently recaptured by the Ukrainian army following the retreat of Russian troops.

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Zelensky promises to push on with Ukraine counter-offensive

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky promised his country there would be no letup in the counteroffensive that has reclaimed towns and cities from Russian troops, as shelling continued Sunday across a wide stretch of Ukraine.

Zelensky ran through a list of towns that Ukraine has taken back in its lightning push across the northeast.“Maybe now it seems to some of you that after a series of victories we have a certain lull,” he said in his nightly video address.

“But this is not a lull. This is preparation for the next series… Because Ukraine must be free — all of it.”

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Trudeau calls for ‘proper investigation’ into Bucha and Izium

Canadian president Justin Trudeau has called for a “proper invesigation” into the alleged atrocities by Russian forces committed in Bucha and the discovery of mass graves in Izium.

“There needs to be a proper investigation and transparency and Vladimir Putin, his supporters and the Russian military need to be held to account for the atrocities they have and are continuing to commit in Ukraine,” Trudeau said.

Trudeau, who was due to meet Ukraine‘s Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal on Sunday evening, said Canada strongly supported Ukraine and would continue to provide aid.

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