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Mykolaiv bombed, two medical facilities and residential buildings reportedly hit

A view of the destroyed Mykolaiv Regional Administration building in Mykolaiv, Ukraine on July 5, 2022.

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Russian forces shelled the southern Ukrainian city of Mykolaiv on Tuesday, and the city’s mayor said two medical facilities and residential buildings were hit.

Mayor Oleksandr Sienkevych said in a Telegram post that Mykolaiv “came under heavy shelling this morning.

“According to preliminary information, rockets hit two medical facilities and residential buildings. Four people were injured,” Sienkevych said, with his message accompanied by images of fire damage and destruction.

CNBC was unable to immediately verify the information.

Russian forces make further gains in Donetsk by regrouping, UK says

Russian troops are continuing to make small incremental territorial gains in the Donetsk region of the Donbass, with Russia claiming to have taken control of the town of Hryhorivka, the British Ministry of Defense said on Tuesday.

Russian forces are also continuing their assault along the main E-40 supply route towards the cities of Sloviansk and Kramatorsk, the ministry said in its latest intelligence update on Twitter.

Russian forces are using tanks, guns and artillery to shell various settlements in eastern Ukraine, the country’s armed forces said on Tuesday, with the UK adding that “Russian forces are likely to keep up the pressure military on Ukrainian forces while regrouping and reconstituting for further offensives in the near future.”

A pro-Russian militia soldier walks towards a military convoy of the armed forces of the self-declared separatist Luhansk People’s Republic (LNR) on a road in Lugansk region, Ukraine, February 27, 2022.

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The UK has also noted that personnel shortages in the Russian armed forces could force its Ministry of Defense to turn to non-traditional recruitment. This includes recruiting personnel from Russian prisons for the private military company Wagner, a Russian paramilitary organization linked to the state.

“If true, this decision likely indicates difficulties in replacing the large number of Russian casualties,” the UK said.

Holly Ellyatt

Ukrainian forces attempt to repel Russian tanks, guns and artillery

Ukrainian forces are facing new assaults in the area around Kharkiv as well as a deluge of Russian tank, gun and rocket artillery attacks on numerous settlements in the Donetsk region, an area now in front line as Russia advances.

Russian forces used artillery and multiple rocket launcher systems near the city of Kharkiv – Ukraine’s second-largest city in the northeast of the country – and surrounding settlements, Alexander Shtupun said, spokesperson for the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, on Facebook. Tuesday morning.

A Ukrainian military officer walks past a residential building that was destroyed by a missile strike by Russian forces in central Kharkiv, Ukraine, July 11, 2022.

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In the area around Sloviansk in the Donetsk region, which is a key target as Russian forces attempt to seize the rest of Donbass, Ukraine said Russian forces were continuing their assault operations to improve their tactical position north of Sloviansk.

South of the city, towards Bakhmut, Ukraine said Russian forces were using tanks, guns and rockets to fire on various settlements as they tried to improve their position, Ukraine said. CNBC was unable to immediately verify the information contained in the operational report.

—Holly Ellyatt

Death toll in Russian attack on building rises to 34

The death toll from a Russian rocket attack that hit a five-storey building in the town of Chasiv Yar in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, has risen to 34, with a child among the civilians killed in the attack, according to the latest information published on Tuesday.

Search and rescue teams were racing to reach survivors trapped in the rubble after the residential building was hit by Russian rockets over the weekend.

Rescuers clear the scene after a five-storey residential building was hit in Chasiv Yar, Bakhmut district, eastern Ukraine on July 10, 2022.

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So far, nine people have been rescued from the rubble. “Work in progress,” Ukraine’s emergency services said in a Facebook post last night as search and rescue teams continued to search for victims and survivors.

—Holly Ellyatt

US says Iran ready to supply drones to Russia

US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said Iran was preparing to supply Russia with hundreds of unmanned aerial vehicles.

He said there were signs that Iran planned to train Russian forces to use these drones, which could start as early as this month.

Sullivan said the information illustrates the kind of costs Russia has had to bear on the battlefield and how Moscow could look to countries like Iran for help.

The United States will continue to work with Ukraine on a strategy that “achieves our goals both on the battlefield and at the negotiating table,” he said.

Sullivan made his comments ahead of President Joe Biden’s trip to the Middle East, where he is expected to discuss a number of security issues, including a regional policy toward Iran. Relations with Iran have been strained as the two sides struggle to make progress on a new nuclear deal.

— Natalie Tam

Zelenskyy says Europe must be prepared for Russia to cut off all gas supplies

Russia says it is ready to supply gas to Europe, describing ongoing disruption problems as a “man-made crisis” created by Europe.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Europe must prepare for the possibility of Russia cutting off gas supplies.

“Russia has never played by the energy rules and won’t play now unless they see the strength,” Zelenskyy said on the Telegram messaging app, according to a translation by NBC News.

“Now, there is no doubt that Russia will try not only to limit as much as possible, but also to completely stop the gas supply to Europe,” Zelenskyy said, adding: “that is what we have to prepare now”.

Earlier, Russia suspended gas deliveries to Germany through the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline for annual summer maintenance. Planned maintenance of the pipeline has fueled fears that Russia could lengthen the work and further delay gas supplies to Germany.

—Amanda Macias

Putin extends fast-track Russian citizenship to all of Ukraine

A local resident walks past a Ukrainian rescuer working outside a partially destroyed building after a Russian missile strike in Kharkiv on July 11, 2022, amid the Russian military invasion launched on Ukraine.

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As Russian missiles struck a key Ukrainian city, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree expanding a fast-track to make Russian citizenship available to all Ukrainians, a new effort to extend Moscow’s influence in a war-torn Ukraine. the war.

Until recently, only residents of Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk regions, as well as residents of the southern regions of Zaporizhzhia and Kherson, much of which is now under Russian control, were eligible for the simplified passport procedure.

Ukrainian officials have yet to react to Putin’s announcement. The decree also applies to all stateless residents currently in Ukraine.

Between 2019, when the procedure was first introduced for residents of Donetsk and Luhansk, and this year, more than 720,000 people living in rebel-held areas in the two regions – around 18% of the population – received Russian passports.

— Associated Press

UN official says there is growing evidence of Russian war crimes in Ukraine

A war crimes prosecutor (C) and a rescuer (R) and a civilian, look at a destroyed building after it was hit by a missile strike in the Ukrainian town of Serhiivka, near Odessa, killing at least 18 people and injuring 30, on July 1, 2022.

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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said her office had mounting evidence that Russian forces had carried out unlawful killings and summary executions in Ukraine.

Bachelet said UN investigators verified the recovery of more than 1,200 civilian bodies in Kyiv.

She added that her office was working to corroborate more than 300 allegations of killings by the Russian armed forces in situations that were not related to active combat.

The Kremlin has previously denied that its forces committed crimes against civilians in Ukraine.

—Amanda Macias

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