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Ukraine and Russia: What you need to know right now

Ukraine and Russia: What you need to know right now

Ukraine and Russia: What you need to know right now

Ukraine and Russia: What you need to know right now(credits:google)

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  • Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Moscow’s military “tasks” in Ukraine now extend beyond the eastern Donbas region.
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said four additional high mobility artillery rocket systems (HIMARS) will be delivered to Ukraine.
  • Since Russia’s invasion there have been over 9.5 million border crossings from Ukraine, according to UN Refugee Agency. The European Union has ordered its members to restrict their gas use by 15% until March.
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20 July  Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated on Wednesday that Moscow’s military “tasks” in Ukraine now extend beyond the eastern Donbas region as its soldiers blasted eastern and southern Ukraine. View More

DIPLOMACY * His remarks came as Washington said it saw indications Moscow was getting ready to formally annex territory it has conquered in its neighbour. They were the clearest admission yet that Russia’s war ambitions have extended over the five months of war.

* According to U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, four additional high mobility artillery rocket systems (HIMARS) will be delivered to Ukraine.

Since Russia’s invasion, there have been over 9.5 million border crossings from Ukraine, according to the UN Refugee Agency.

FIGHTING * According to regional officials placed by Moscow, Ukrainian shelling severely damaged the key Antonivskyi bridge in the southern Ukraine region of Kherson, which is under the authority of Russia.

* According to local authorities, a Russian missile strike at a bus stop in Kharkiv resulted in the death of a 13-year-old child and the injury of his 15-year-old sister. Russia, which disputes that it has targeted people, did not respond right away.

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The Odesa region’s Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi was hit by a missile strike.
In Kramatorsk, Russia continues to invade Ukraine.
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A police officer assists an elderly woman in leaving her apartment in a residential building that has been damaged by a Russian military attack on July 19, 2022, in Kramatorsk, Donetsk region, Ukraine.

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ECONOMY * The European Union ordered its members to restrict their gas use by 15% until March as a precaution after President Vladimir Putin warned that Russian supplies transported to Europe via the principal pipeline could be further reduced or possibly halted.

* According to two Russian sources aware with the export strategies, Russian gas flows through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline are likely to resume on time on Thursday following the completion of scheduled maintenance but at a lesser capacity than before.

* Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said he wanted an outline agreement on restarting Ukrainian grain exports from the Black Sea, which are now being blocked by Russian soldiers, to be placed in writing this week after meeting with Putin in Tehran.

* Ukraine’s western creditors warned bondholders that they would stop receiving payments if they did not agree to Kiev’s request for a two-year delay in making its debt obligations.

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“We are being threatened by Russia. Energy is being used as a weapon by Russia “Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, remarked.

Now, the geography is changed; in addition to the DPR and LPR, it also includes the Kherson and Zaporizhzhia areas as well as several other territories, according to Lavrov.

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