Zelensky urges civilians to leave Donetsk:
Volodomyr Zelensky urged civilians to leave Donetsk As soon as possible. An adviser to the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, has said he believes the leading Ukrainian agricultural magnate Oleksiy Vadatursky was deliberately killed. According to a report from the BBC, Mykhailo Podolyak said one of the missiles hit the businessman’s bedroom, which he said “leaves no doubt” it was a targeted attack. Authorities said Vadatursky, 74, and his wife, Raisa, were killed when a missile struck their home in the southern city of Mykolaiv.
Vadatursky was ranked Ukraine’s 24th richest man with a fortune worth $430m by Forbes and was previously decorated with the prestigious “Hero of Ukraine” award.
Donetsk; Ceasefire and negotiations:
The Irish president, Michael D Higgins, has been urged to state unequivocal support for the Ukrainian cause and oppose Russian aggression after his wife penned a controversial letter.
Sabina Higgins wrote to the Irish Times last week to criticize one of the newspaper’s editorials on the conflict. In the letter, she said the fighting would continue until the world “persuades President Vladimir Putin of Russia and President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine to agree to a ceasefire and negotiations”.
Critics have suggested she was drawing an equivalence between the actions of Ukraine and Russia. Zelensky urges civilians to leave Donetsk.
The Fine Gael senator John McGahon called on the president to clarify whether he had been aware of the letter before it was published, or had any role in drafting it. “If you read that letter you’d think that this is a dispute between two countries over a contested piece of land,” he said. “And I think the comments she has made is a slap in the face to the 47,000 Ukrainian refugees who have come to this island of Ireland to seek safety and sanctuary.”
Bombardment of Bakhmut:
AFP reports that its journalists have witnessed an intense bombardment of the eastern town of Bakhmut, where one person has reportedly been killed. It comes after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s late-night address on Saturday in which he called for civilians to leave the frontline Donetsk region.
Bakhmut, one of the few remaining cities under Ukrainian control in the region, is now at the center of Russia’s offensive in the east of the country. AFP journalists reported seeing a wounded man collected by an ambulance after a ferocious attack on Sunday.
The fallout from the attack on a prison in Olenivka where at least 53 Ukrainian prisoners of war were killed on Friday continues. Mykhailo Podolyak, an adviser to Zelensky, alleged on Sunday that images of the prison indicated that the blast came from within the building, which is under Russian control, according to an AP report.
Russian officials have claimed the building was attacked by Ukraine with the aim of silencing Prisoners of War who may have been giving information about Ukrainian military operations. Zelensky urges civilians to leave Donetsk.
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Satellite photos taken before and after the attack show that a small, squarish building in the middle of the Olenivka prison complex was demolished, its roof left in splinters. Podolak said on Twitter that those images and the lack of damage to adjacent structures showed that the building was not attacked from the air or by artillery, and contended that the evidence was consistent with a hyperbaric bomb being set off inside. Zelensky urges civilians to leave Donetsk.
Russia is moving large numbers of troops to Ukraine’s south for battles against the country’s forces through the newly occupied territories and Crimea, according to Ukraine’s deputy head of military intelligence. If Russia won, it would try to capture more territory, said Vadym Skibitsky.
“They are increasing their troop numbers, preparing for our counteroffensive (in Ukraine’s south), and perhaps preparing to launch an offensive of their own. The south is key for them, above all because of Crimea,” he said. Russian troop movements come in response to Ukraine’s declared counteroffensive to liberate the southern occupied regions of Kherson and Zaporizhzhia.
Ukrainian forces have retaken dozens of villages and towns along the border, according to the region’s military governor, Dmytro Butrii, and are pushing towards Kherson’s regional capital. Zelensky urges civilians to leave Donetsk.
As Reported by the media team of the Youth Diplomacy Forum