Russia ramps up Luhansk attacks:
Russian forces are pressing on with their offensive in eastern Ukraine, entering the industrial zone of Sievierodonetsk, according to Luhansk authorities. Donbas frontline village is “controlled entirely” by Russia. Ukraine said Tuesday that Russian forces had captured the frontline village of Toshkivka near the twin cities of Sievierodonetsk and Lysychansk, in the Donbas region, after weeks of intense fighting. “As of today, according to our information, Toshkivka is controlled entirely by the Russians,” Roman Vlasenko, the head of the Sievierodonetsk district told Ukrainian television. Toshkivka, with a pre-war population of around 5,000 people, is approximately 25 kilometers (15 miles) south of Sievierodonetsk. “Russia Ramps up Luhansk Attacks”.
“The entirety of the Luhansk region is now the epicenter of fighting between Ukraine and the Russian army,” he said. Moreover, Death Penalty for U.S citizens can’t be ruled out. Russia said on Tuesday that the US citizens captured in Ukraine were subject to “court decisions” and “can’t rule anything out” over what penalty they might receive, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told reporters.
He said the Kremlin did not know where the two men are currently after their families said they had not returned from a mission in the Kharkiv region. On Monday, Russia said the pair were mercenaries not covered by the Geneva Conventions. Russia vows “Serious” consequences, over the Lithuania transit ban as well.
The head of Russia’s security council threatened Lithuania with “serious” consequences on Tuesday over restrictions imposed on the rail transit of EU-sanctioned goods to Moscow’s exclave of Kaliningrad, a region bordering Lithuania and Poland. “Russia Ramps up Luhansk Attacks”.
“Russia will certainly respond to such hostile actions,” Nikolai Patrushev said at a security meeting in Kaliningrad. He added that “appropriate measures” are in the works and they “will be taken in the near future.” “Their consequences will have a serious negative impact on the population of Lithuania,” he said in comments reported on by Russian news agencies.
Meanwhile, Moscow’s foreign ministry has summoned the EU ambassador to the Russian capital, Markus Ederer, over the “anti-Russian restrictions” on cargo moving between Kaliningrad and mainland Russia.
Luhansk regional governor Serhiy Haidai described the “catastrophic destruction in Lysychansk” on Tuesday. The eastern industrial city has come under intense shelling from Russian forces, including “heavy” strikes on Monday, according to Haidai, who added that one person had been killed.
“We are determining the final number of victims because yesterday it was almost impossible to move inside the city safely,” he said.
Russian Television and implementation of Ruble in Kherson:
Lastly, Russian television has begun to air in Ukraine’s southern Kherson region, the Russian army said on Tuesday in an area where Moscow has already implemented its currency — the ruble — and started handing out Russian passports.
Moscow’s forces have “reconfigured the last of the seven television towers in the Kherson region to broadcast Russian television channels” for free, the army said. One of the pro-Moscow officials in the region, Kirill Stremousov, said Tuesday that the territory could join Russia “before the end of the year.”
Source: DW News