In the Donbass, 50 cities were bombed and shelled. The Ukrainian President is relying on a special court modeled on the Nuremberg trials.
As Ukraine moves towards EU candidate status, Russia has stepped up attacks in the east of the country. Ukrainian positions in Donbass were bombed by aircraft and shelled with rockets and artillery by the Russian military, the General Staff of Ukraine said. In the evening situation report, more than four dozen cities and towns were listed that had been shelled. Russia is therefore relying heavily on artillery to advance from place to place after massive shelling.
The Russian military is advancing on the city of Lysychansk from several directions. It is separated from neighboring Sieverodonetsk by a river. Sevierodonetsk is now largely under the control of Russian troops, although they are still meeting resistance.
During the night, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy again called for faster arms deliveries " to stop this diabolical armada and push it out of Ukraine's borders". In his evening TV speech, he called for Russian war crimes to be investigated by a special court. "Russia must be held accountable for all the evil it has brought to Ukraine," he said. On the anniversary of Hitler's Germany attack on the Soviet Union in 1941, he referred to the Nuremberg Trials after World War II.
According to Zelensky, Russia intensifies offensive in eastern
Ukraine According to President Volodymyr Zelensky, the Russian army has further intensified its attacks in eastern Ukraine. The attacking troops would shell the Donbass from the air and with artillery, Zelenskyy said in his daily video address. He again called on the West to speed up delivery of heavy weapons "to stop this diabolical armada".
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Ukrainian governor: Russian troops capture villages in Luhansk
According to the Luhansk governor, the Russian army has captured three villages near Lysychansk. Governor Serhiy Hajdaj told the AP news agency. Lysychansk is the last city in the Luhansk region that is still under full Ukrainian control.
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The Russian troops also conquered the strategically important coal village of Toschkivka, said Hajdaj. This new position allows them to intensify the attacks. Luhansk and the neighboring Donetsk region are part of the Donbass industrial area, which the Russian army wants to take complete control of.
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The Ukrainian government wants to start a database of assets destroyed by Russian troops in mid-July . For example, residential buildings destroyed in the war should be listed, as Vice Digital Minister Anatoly Komirnij said. The aim is to collect data that all Ukrainians can use to claim compensation in international courts, among other things.
Negotiations to break the Russian grain blockade appear to be making progress. UN Security Council circles confirmed to the dpa news agency that representatives of Russia and Ukraine may meet with UN Secretary-General António Guterres in Turkey next week. Because of the blockade, the UN recently warned of the worst famine in decades.
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