Russia hits Kyiv for the first time in weeks
The Russian military today launched a missile attack on Kyiv and northern Chernihiv regions for the first time in weeks.
At least fifteen people, including five civilians, were injured in the Russian strikes, according to the regional governor of the Ukrainian capital, Oleksiy Kuleba.
Russia attacked the Kyiv region with six missiles launched from the Black Sea, hitting a military unit in the village of Liutizh on the outskirts of the capital, according to Oleksii Hromov, a senior Ukrainian general staff official.
He said the attack destroyed one building and damaged two others, and that Ukrainian forces also shot down one of the missiles in the town of Bucha.
The attack on Chernihiv, which targeted the village of Honcharivska, allegedly came from Belarus, as regional governor Vyacheslav Chaus said.
Ukrainian officials, meanwhile, have announced a counter-offensive to retake the occupied Kherson region in the south of the country, territory seized by Russia shortly after the invasion.
Ukrainian national media quoted presidential adviser Oleksiy Arestovich as confirming that Kyiv’s plans to liberate Kherson were underway and that the Ukrainian military was considering leaving Russian troops with all three options – “retreat, if possible, surrender or be destroyed”. .”
US claims more than 75,000 Russian soldiers killed or injured
More than 75,000 Russian troops have been killed or injured since the Kremlin invaded Ukraine on February 24, according to US intelligence estimates.
A congresswoman who recently visited Ukraine confirmed that the figures were relayed in a briefing from the US State Department, the Defense Department, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Office of the Director of the national intelligence.
Speaking to CNN, Michigan Republican Elissa Slotkin said: “We have been notified that over 75,000 Russians have been killed or injured. [in Ukraine]which is huge…over 80% of their ground forces are bogged down and tired,” she said.
Russia remained discreet about its victims in Ukraine
A senior Russian lawmaker claimed in June that its soldiers had essentially stopped dying during the war, even as the fighting raged.
Andrey Kartapolov, head of the Russian parliament’s defense committee, said “we have practically stopped losing people,” according to Moskovskij Komsomolets, a Moscow-based newspaper.
Euronews cannot independently verify these figures.
Outrage over pro-Putin chants during Turkey-Ukraine soccer match
Ukrainian officials have expressed anger at Turkish football fans who chanted Vladimir Putin’s name during a Champions League kick-off in Istanbul.
Thousands of Fenerbahçe fans joined in the chanting after their side conceded a goal to Ukrainian champions Dynamo Kyiv.
Ukraine’s ambassador Vasyl Bodnar said the incident left him “deeply saddened”, with one football journalist calling the ranking “absolutely tasteless”.
Images of the controversial chant have been viewed more than seven million times on social media.
“We will never understand words of support for the Russian killer and aggressor who deliberately kills Ukrainians and destroys our country,” Bodnar wrote on Facebook. “Even football, which is so popular in Turkey, has its limits.”
Dynamo Kyiv won the match 2-1, having drawn 0-0 in the first leg played in Poland due to the Russian invasion.
Contest organizer UEFA told the BBC it had opened an investigation into the incident.
‘Double standards’ in treatment of non-Ukrainian refugees, says expert
Poland has been accused of double standards in its treatment of Ukrainian refugees, compared to non-Europeans fleeing conflicts in Africa and the Middle East, by a UN expert.
Those affected include permanent residents of Ukraine, “undocumented” migrants and people who had sought asylum in the country before war forced them to flee again, special rapporteur Felipe González Morales said on Thursday. of the United Nations on the human rights of migrants.
“Even for those who fled the same war, although all were accepted to enter Poland and received state assistance, third-country nationals are not protected by the same legal framework,” he said. -he declares.
“This double standard approach has led to a sense of discrimination.”
González Morales praised Poland for welcoming some 2 million Ukrainian refugees who came to the country, granting them permission to work, as well as access to health care, education and other public services .
“That explains why I don’t see any refugee camps in Poland,” he said.
Belarusian opposition leader condemns attacks on Ukraine launched from her country
Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya has condemned the latest escalation in the war in Ukraine launched from Belarus.
“Horrified to see how Russia continues to use Belarus to attack Ukraine,” she tweeted. “At least 25 missiles were launched from Belarus at Kyiv, Chernihiv and other cities this morning. Lukashenka cannot fool anyone. He is guilty of crimes against Belarusians and Ukrainians and must be held accountable.