Ukraine-Russia war – live: Kyiv launch deadly attack on bakery in occupied east, Moscow claims

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Russia has claimed 28 people were killed following a Ukrainian attack on a bakery in the city of Lysychansk in the occupied Ukrainian region of Luhansk, say Russia’s emergencies ministry.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said “dozens of civilians” were in the building at the time of the attack and that Western weapons were used.

The Russian-controlled Luhansk Information Centre said Ukraine shelled the bakery using the U.S.-supplied High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS).

It comes as Vladimir Putin censored a protest by the wives of Russian soldiers fighting in Ukraine and arrested up to 27 journalists covering the event.

Members of the Russian “Way Home” movement laid flowers at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow to mark 500 days since partial mobilisation in the country, according to the ISW.

But Russian state media outlets did not cover the protest, of which 200 people attended, and only reported that the Moscow Prosecutor’s Office warned against attending an unspecified protest.

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Twenty journalists detained in Moscow crackdown on protests held by wives of Russian soldiers in Ukraine

Russian police have detained 20 journalists reporting on a rally in central Moscow, in which the wives of soldiers sent to the frontline in Ukraine urged Vladimir Putin to bring their loved ones home.

The relatives of military reservists have been gathering weekly to publicly voice their demands, in a rare but mounting display of dissent which threatens Mr Putin’s claim to have the full backing of the Russian people in his war against Ukraine, as he seeks a near-certain victory in next month’s presidential elections.

In the ninth and largest of the demonstrations so far, which marked 500 days since Mr Putin’s controversial mass mobilisation of reservists, the women were filmed by journalists as they lay red carnations at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, in the shadow of the Kremlin’s walls in central Moscow on Saturday.

Alexander Butler4 February 2024 10:00

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Putin censors soldiers’ wives protest

Vladimir Putin has censored a protest by the wives of Russian soldiers fighting in Ukraine who marked 500 days since partial mobilisation in the country.

Members of the Russian “Way Home” movement laid flowers at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow before holding a protest at the nearby Manezhnaya Square, according to a US think tank.

But Russian state media outlets did not cover the protest and only reported that the Moscow Prosecutor’s Office warned against attending an unspecified protest.

Alexander Butler4 February 2024 09:00

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Russia says death toll in Ukraine shelling of Lysychansk rises to 28

The death toll from what Russia said was a Ukrainian attack on Lysychansk – a city in the Moscow-controlled Ukrainian region of Luhansk – has risen to 28, including a child, Russia’s emergencies ministry said on Sunday.

The ministry said 10 people were rescued from under the rubble following what it said was a Ukrainian attack on a building housing a bakery in Lysychansk.

“The search and rescue operation continues,” the ministry said on the Telegram messaging app.

The Russian-controlled Luhansk Information Centre said on its Telegram the shelling by U.S.-supplied High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) occurred on Saturday afternoon.

Alexander Butler4 February 2024 08:17

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ICYMI- Ukraine drone strike on Russian oil refinery

Two Ukrainian attack drones struck the largest oil refinery in southern Russia on Saturday, a source in Kyiv told Reuters, detailing the latest in a series of long-range attacks on Russian oil facilities.

Local authorities in Russia said earlier that a fire had been extinguished at the Volgograd refinery following a drone attack. Oil producer Lukoil, which owns the refinery, later said the plant was working as normal.

The Kyiv source said the operation by the SBU security service struck the primary processing facility, without which the refinery could lose significant production capacity.

Ukrainian officials seldom take responsibility publicly for deep strike attacks on Russian territory.

The Volgograd refinery is the latest in a series of facilities to be targeted by drones. Kyiv sees such infrastructure as important for the Kremlin’s war effort.

The source told Reuters such drone attacks would continue.

“By hitting oil refineries working for the Russian military-industrial complex, we not only cut off the logistics of fuel supplies for enemy equipment, but also reduce funds into the Russian budget,” the source said.

The distance between the northeastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv near the Russian border and the southern Russian city of Volgograd is more than 600km.

Russia has been conducting regular long-range missile strikes on targets in Ukraine since the beginning of its full-scale invasion, prompting Kyiv to scramble for ways to close the gap on Moscow’s more advanced military technology.

Lydia Patrick4 February 2024 07:00

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The rift between Zelensky and Ukraine’s top general comes at a crucial time for Kyiv

It is clear that the country’s president would like to replace his most popular commander but that is proving more difficult than it looks, writes Askold Krushelnycky. With key Western allies still unable to agree to fresh aid and Russia stepping up both air and ground attacks, the clash has boiled over at a bad time

Read the in depth premium analysis here…

Lydia Patrick4 February 2024 06:00

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Russia designates human rights campaigner a ‘foreign agent’

The Russian Justice Ministry designated Oleg Orlov, one of the leaders of the Memorial human rights group, a “foreign agent”.

The designation requires people and entities who allegedly receive “support” from abroad to place a disclaimer in all of their publishing and mandates strict financial reporting. It is broadly seen as a means to repress domestic opposition.

According to the Russian Justice Ministry, Orlov “opposed the special military operation in Ukraine (the Kremlin’s official name for its full-scale invasion), disseminated false information about decisions by official bodies of the Russian Federation, and participated in the creation of materials for foreign agents.”

Lydia Patrick4 February 2024 05:00

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Russia says eight killed, 10 injured in Ukraine attack on bakery in occupied east

A Russian-installed health official in the occupied region of Luhansk in eastern Ukraine said 8 people were killed and 10 injured after Ukraine shelled a two-storey building housing a bakery on Saturday.

“According to operational data, as a result of the shelling of the Lysychansk bakery, 8 people were killed, 10 were injured with varying degrees of severity,” Natalya Pashchenko, the Luhansk health minister, said on her Telegram channel.

Previously Russia’s emergencies ministry said the bodies of five people had been pulled from the rubble and six people were rescued.

Telegram channels of Russian-installed officials posted video of a crushed car being hoisted out of the rubble around a ruined building. Reuters could not immediately independently verify any details of the report coming out of an area Russian said it annexed in 2022.

Ukrainian officials have not made any statement on the incident.

The Russian-controlled Luhansk Information Centre said Ukraine shelled the bakery using the U.S.-supplied High Mobility Artillery Rocket System.

Lydia Patrick4 February 2024 04:00

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Russia says eight killed, 10 injured in Ukraine attack on bakery in occupied east

A Russian-installed health official in the occupied region of Luhansk in eastern Ukraine said 8 people were killed and 10 injured after Ukraine shelled a two-storey building housing a bakery on Saturday.

“According to operational data, as a result of the shelling of the Lysychansk bakery, 8 people were killed, 10 were injured with varying degrees of severity,” Natalya Pashchenko, the Luhansk health minister, said on her Telegram channel.

Previously Russia’s emergencies ministry said the bodies of five people had been pulled from the rubble and six people were rescued.

Telegram channels of Russian-installed officials posted video of a crushed car being hoisted out of the rubble around a ruined building. Reuters could not immediately independently verify any details of the report coming out of an area Russian said it annexed in 2022.

Ukrainian officials have not made any statement on the incident.

The Russian-controlled Luhansk Information Centre said Ukraine shelled the bakery using the U.S.-supplied High Mobility Artillery Rocket System.

Lydia Patrick4 February 2024 03:00

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What will 54m euros of EU aid be spent on?

EU leaders on Thursday sealed a deal to provide Ukraine with 50 billion euros ($54 million) to shore up its war-ravaged economy after Hungary dropped weeks of threats to veto the measure.

The aid package — about two-thirds loans and one-third grants to be paid out over a four-year period — is not intended to fund arms and ammunition, which fall under a separate EU plan.

Instead, it aims to stabilize Ukraine’s economy after nearly two years of fighting, pay for rebuilding, and set the country up for future EU membership.

The package will help Kyiv plug budget gaps while avoiding the skyrocketing inflation seen in the first months after Russia’s full-scale invasion in February 2022.

Ukraine lost a third of its economic output to wartime destruction and occupation by Moscow, which took over the main heavy industry hubs in the east.

So what will it be spent on?

1. Paying state salaries and pensions – this means compensation for teachers, doctors, nurses, civil servants and other public-sector employees.

2. Ensuring smooth power and water supplies, and keeping other public services running. The Ukrainian government needs to maintain domestic support for the war and has tried to shield civilians from disruption, including in the face of mass Russian airstrikes last winter that led to widespread power outages.

3. Supporting the currency. Bohdan Yeremenko, a Ukrainian lawmaker and former diplomat, told Ukrainian media on Thursday that he expected the government to use some of the funds to ease downward pressure on the hryvnia, saying it was important for macroeconomic stability

4. Safety net for foreign investments in Ukraine. Yevheniia Kravchuk, another deputy from Zelenskyy’s Servant of the People party, told the German broadcaster Deutsche Welle Friday that Kyiv will use some of the aid to provide insurance and stable financing for foreign investments, including plants that produce arms and ammunition.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addresses Ukrainian students during a meeting along with Polish Prime minister in Kyiv

(AFP via Getty Images)

Lydia Patrick4 February 2024 02:00

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ICYMI – Russia says 5 killed after Ukraine attack on bakery in occupied east

Russia’s emergencies ministry said the bodies of five people were pulled from the rubble of a bakery in the Russian-occupied region of Luhansk in eastern Ukraine on Saturday following what Russian-installed officials said was a Ukrainian attack.

“In Lysychansk, employees of the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations rescued six people from under the rubble. The bodies of five victims were also recovered,” the ministry said on its Telegram channel.

Russia’s state-run TASS news agency quoted a spokesperson for Russian-installed operational services in the region as saying seven civilians had been killed. Previously Russian media quoted military police as saying two people were killed.

The emergencies ministry posted video of a crushed car being hoisted out of the rubble of a two-story building. Reuters could not immediately independently verify any details of the report coming out of an area Russian said it annexed in 2022.

Ukrainian officials have not made any statement on the incident.

Lydia Patrick4 February 2024 01:00

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