Ukraine war: Russian tactics on eastern front ‘crazy’, says Zelensky

Ukraine war Russian tactics on eastern front 'crazy', says Zelensky

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has accused Russian commanders of “craziness” in their efforts to capture the eastern town of Bakhmut. The town – which sits in the Donetsk region and had a pre-war population of 70,000 – has been the center of Russian attacks for months. Despite a looming Ukrainian advance on the key city of Kherson, Mr. Zelensky said the attacks continued in force. Taking the town would be a symbolic victory for Russia. “This is where the craziness of the Russian command is most evident,” Mr Zelensky said…

Russia buying weapons from North Korea to fight Ukraine: U.S. Intelligence

The Russian Ministry of Defense is in the process of purchasing millions of rockets and artillery shells from North Korea for its ongoing fight in Ukraine, according to a newly downgraded U.S. intelligence finding. A U.S. official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the intelligence determination, said Monday that the fact Russia is turning to the isolated state of North Korea demonstrates that “the Russian military continues to suffer from severe supply shortages in Ukraine, due in part to export controls and sanctions.” U.S. intelligence officials believe…

Ukraine war: Russia railway station strike kills 22, injures dozens

Ukraine war: A Russian rocket strike on a Ukrainian train station has killed 22 people, Ukraine says, on the day marking six months since Moscow’s invasion began. It says five of the victims of the attack in the eastern town of Chaplyne burnt to death in a vehicle. An 11-year-old boy also was killed. President Volodymyr Zelensky announced the strike in the middle of a UN Security Council meeting. He said about 50 people were injured. Russia has so far made no comment. It has repeatedly denied targeting civilian infrastructure.…

Kherson: Ukraine stepping up counter offensive to retake city – sources

Ukraine’s campaign to retake the occupied Kherson region is “gathering pace,” Western military sources say. A key bridge into the city of Kherson is now out of action after Ukrainian forces struck it with long-range rockets originally supplied by the US. It means thousands of Russian troops are now in danger of being cut off from the rest of the occupied territory. Strategically located west of the Dnipro River, the city was the first in the war to fall to Moscow’s forces. Ukrainian forces fired at Kherson’s Antonivskiy Bridge using…

Russia Strikes Ukrainian Ammunition Depot, Claims To Destroy 100 US-made HIMARS Missiles

In a major development, the Russian Defence Ministry, on Wednesday, claimed its forces destroyed over 100 US-made HIMARS rockets on July 24. In a major development, the Russian Defence Ministry claimed its forces destroyed over 100 US-made HIMARS rockets that were sent to Ukraine on July 24. According to the statement released by the ministry, Russian Aerospace Forces targetted an ammunition depot near the settlement of Lyubimovka, Dnepropetrovsk region on Sunday and destroyed more than 100 US-made long-range weapons. “On July 24, a strike by Russia’s Aerospace Forces on an ammunition…

Vladimir Putin to meet with Iran, Turkey leaders for talks in Tehran

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Iran starting Tuesday is intended to deepen ties with regional heavyweights as part of Moscow’s challenge to the United States and Europe amid its grinding campaign in Ukraine. In only his second trip abroad since Russian tanks rolled into its neighbor in February, Putin is scheduled to hold talks with Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan about the pressing issues facing the region, including the conflict in Syria and a U.N.-backed proposal to resume exports of Ukrainian grain to ease…

Russia promises Belarus Iskander-M nuclear-capable missiles

Russia will send nuclear capable short-range missile systems to its ally Belarus in the coming months, President Vladimir Putin has said. He said Iskander-M systems “can fire ballistic and cruise missiles, both conventional and nuclear types”. The systems have a range of up to 500km (310 miles). Tensions between Russia and the West have escalated, following President Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine on 24 February. Mr Putin has made several references to nuclear weapons since then, which some have interpreted as a warning to Western countries not to intervene. Speaking…

Severodonetsk: Ukraine orders forces to withdraw from key eastern city

Ukrainian forces have been ordered to withdraw from Severodonetsk, according to the top regional official. The eastern city has endured weeks of bombardment, as Russian forces try to take complete control of the region. A Ukrainian retreat would be significant because it would leave all of Luhansk under Russian control, except for the city of Lysychansk. Luhansk, a mainly Russian-speaking region in east Ukraine, is a key priority for President Vladimir Putin. Together with the Donetsk region it makes up what is collectively known as the Donbas – a large,…

Ukraine set for European Union candidate status as leaders meet

European Union leaders on Thursday are set to grant Ukraine candidate status to join the 27-nation bloc, the first step in a long and unpredictable journey toward full membership that could take many years to achieve. Making the war-torn country a contender now seems to be a done deal after leaders were initially divided on how fast they could move to embrace the war-torn country’s bid that was launched only a few days after Russia launched its invasion on Feb. 24. According to several EU diplomats who spoke on condition…

Russia becomes China’s top oil supplier amid Ukraine war sanctions

Chinese refiners cash in on heavily discounted Russian oil supplies, boosting imports by 55% China’s crude oil imports from Russia soared by 55% from a year earlier to a record level in May, displacing Saudi Arabia as the top supplier, as refiners cashed in on discounted supplies amid sanctions on Moscow over its invasion of Ukraine. Imports of Russian oil, including supplies pumped via the east Siberia Pacific pipeline and seaborne shipments, totalled nearly 8.42m tonnes, according to data on Monday from the Chinese general administration of customs. The shipments…