Ukraine news latest: Deadly Russian strike on office block an ‘open act of terrorism’

Extensive damage in Ukraine as Sloviansk hit by Russian shelling

Volodymyr Zelensky has said Russia has committed an “open act of terrorism” with a strike on an office block that has killed at least 12 and injured two dozen more.

Russian missiles have struck the city of Vinnytsia, hitting an office building, damaging nearby residential blocks and setting parked cars on fire.

“Every day Russia is destroying the civilian population, killing Ukrainian children, directing missiles at civilian objects,” Mr Zelensky wrote on Telegram after the strike.

He added: “What is it if not an open act of terrorism?”

Ukraine’s president said a child was among the dead in the attack on Vinnytsia, a city which sits to the southwest of Kyiv.

Meanwhile, Mr Zelensky will address The Hague today and talk about the prosecution of Russian war criminals.

Government officials from dozens of nations are meeting in the Netherlands to discuss with the International Criminal Court‘s chief prosecutor how best to coordinate efforts to bring perpetrators of war crimes in Ukraine to justice.

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Full story: At least 12 – including child – killed in strike on Vinnytsia

At least 12 people, including a child, have been killed in a rare Russian strike on Vinnytsia, Ukraine’s State Emergency Services have said.

The city has escaped the worst of a Russia’s bombardment, and has become a hub for humanitarian aid as it lies on the crossroads of the east and the west of the country, Bel Trew reports from Ukraine:

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Vinnytsia strike ‘open act of terrorism’, Zelensky says

Volodymry Zelensky has called the strike in Vinnytsia – now believed to have killed 12 – an “open act of terrorism”.

Ukraine‘s national police said three missiles hit an office building and damaged nearby residential buildings in the city located south-west of the capital Kyiv.

The missile strike ignited a fire that expanded to engulf 50 cars in an adjacent car park.

It is believed to have killed 12 people and injured 25 more.

Ukraine’s presidentsaid a child was among the dead and uggested the attack was deliberately aimed at terrorising civilians.

“Every day Russia is destroying the civilian population, killing Ukrainian children, directing missiles at civilian objects. Where there is no military (targets). What is it if not an open act of terrorism?” Mr Zelensky wrote on the Telegram messaging app.

Firefighters worked to extinguish fire at a building damaged by shelling in Vinnytsia

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Eight killed in Vinnytsia strike, officials say

At least eight have been killed in a Russian missile strike on the city of Vinnytsia, according to the Ukrainian president’s office.

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Governments meeting International Criminal Court chief prosecutor today

Government officials from dozens of nations are meeting in the Netherlands today to discuss with the International Criminal Court‘s chief prosecutor how best to coordinate efforts to bring perpetrators of war crimes in Ukraine to justice.

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Strikes in Russian-held area in Ukraine

Ukrainian forces hit two military checkpoints and a landing pad in the second strike this week on a Russian-held area in southern Ukraine, Ukrainian officials said.

The new attack on Nova Kakhovka in the Kherson region killed 13 “occupiers”, Serhiy Bratchuk, spokesperson for the Odesa regional administration, quoted the Operational Command South as saying. He cited no evidence for the death toll.

Ukraine‘s military said on Tuesday that an attack by its forces on Nova Kakhovka had killed 52 people. The town’s Russia-installed authorities said at least seven people were killed in that attack, Russia’s TASS news agency reported.

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EU says it will not recognise Russian passports issued to Ukrainians

The European Union said it will not recognise the Russian passports issued to Ukrainian citizens.

It also condemned Russian president Vladimir Putin’s decision earlier this week to fast-track citizenship procedures for Ukrainians.

Russia is seeking to issue all Ukrainian citizens with Russian passports

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Josep Borrell – the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy – reportedly said: “The new Russian legislation now simplifying the procedure for all Ukrainians to obtain Russian citizenship is yet another flagrant violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty, linked to Russia’s illegal war.”

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine has called on the country’s allies in the West to “to react strongly to Putin’s passport fantasies.”

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Water supply to Mariupol to resume in the latter half of July

Water supplies will reportedly resume over the coming weeks in the Russian-held Ukrainian city of Mariupol.

Russian state news agency TASS cited the Russian-designated mayor Konstantin Ivaschenko.

Ivaschenko, whose appointment to the post has not been recognised by Ukraine, said authorities plan to resume operation of the city’s passenger port that links to Russia’s Rostov-on-Don and Black Sea cities.

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Russia has not achieved significant territorial advances in last 72 hours – British MoD

The Russian troops in Ukraine have not made any significant territorial advances over the last 72 hours and risk losing the momentum built up in the eastern part of the besieged country, the British defence ministry said in its latest intelligence update.

“…they have achieved no significant territorial advances over the last 72 hours and are in danger of losing any momentum built up following the capture of Lysychansk,” the ministry said on Thursday morning.

“In the Donbas, Russian forces continue to conduct artillery strikes across a broad front followed by, in some areas, probing assaults by small company and platoon-sized units,” the MoD said.

The British defence ministry also claimed that the Russian forces are saddled with archaic artillery in its war with Ukraine.

“The ageing vehicles, weapons, and Soviet-era tactics used by Russian forces do not lend themselves to quickly regaining or building momentum unless used in overwhelming mass – which Russia is currently unable to bring to bear,” the ministry said.

However, it warned that the prospects for wider talks to end the war in Ukraine remain low despite “talks between delegations from Ukraine, Russia, Turkey, and the UN on grain exports and recent successfully negotiated prisoner exchanges”.

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Making significant efforts to restore food supply to world market – Zelensky

Welcoming the unblocking of agricultural exports in Europe, Volodymyr Zelensky thanked the United Nations and Turkey, which brokered the talks with Russia, for their help in making the first such attempt to resolve the ongoing food crisis.

“We are indeed making significant efforts to restore the supply of food to the world market. And I am grateful to the United Nations and Turkey for their respective efforts. The success of this story is needed not only by our state, but also, without exaggeration, by the whole world,” Mr Zelensky said.

He added: “If we manage to remove the Russian threat to navigation in the Black Sea, it will remove the severity of the world food crisis.”

“The Ukrainian delegation informed me that there is some progress. We will agree on the details with the UN Secretary General in the coming days,” the Ukrainian president said.

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Zelensky to address Hague on Russian war criminals

Volodymyr Zelensky has said he will address the forum in The Hague tomorrow and talk about the prosecution of Russian war criminals.

“I am preparing to address the participants of the forum in The Hague in the Netherlands, which will be held tomorrow and dedicated to the prosecution of Russian war criminals. World democracies are willing to do everything necessary to make every Russian terrorist responsible for evil against Ukrainians,” Mr Zelensky said in his nightly address.

“We must coordinate our efforts in such a way that all the guilty receive fair sentences” as there will be a tribunal, he added.

In the battle-hit places, Mr Zelensky said that debris clearance continued after the Russian attack on the city of Chasiv Yar.

“As of this time, the list of the dead includes 48 people, including one child. Unfortunately, the number of those rescued has not changed – 9 people. Rescuers will work on site until all debris is cleared,” he said.

“It was one of the most brutal Russian strikes during the entire war – so many victims… My condolences to the relatives and friends of the victims,” Mr Zelensky said.

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