The governor of the Donetsk region, to which Sloviansk is attached, Pavlo Kyrylenko, indicated on Telegram that two people had been killed and seven others injured in these strikes which targeted the central market of the city.
AFP journalists present in Sloviansk during the bombardment saw rockets hitting the market and three others adjacent streets. The market was on fire, with firefighters trying to bring the blaze under control.
” Once again, the Russians are intentionally targeting places where civilians congregate. It is terrorism pure and simple. »
Rouslan, a shopkeeper interviewed two hours after the bombardment, struggles to hold back tears as he watches his shop burn. He denounces a
genocide perpetrated by Russian forces, assuring that such strikes are aimed at
scare people into running away the city.
After the fall of Lysychansk, the centerpiece of the plan to conquer Donbass, on Sunday, Russian forces were advancing west and heading towards the pre-war city of some 100,000 people.
Sloviansk! Massive bombardment of the city. The center, the north. Everyone stay safehad warned on Facebook Vadim Liakh, the mayor of the city.
On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered his troops to take the rest of Donbass, already partly controlled by pro-Russian separatists since 2014.
Lyssychansk was the last important bastion held by kyiv in the province of Luhansk, one of the two forming the Donbass with that of Donetsk.
The Russian army marching towards Sloviansk and Kramatorsk
On Tuesday morning, Russian troops were advancing west towards Sloviansk and Kramatorsk, the two largest cities in Donetsk province, still under Ukrainian control.
They were about ten kilometers from the town of Siversk, which they had been shelling for several days, and therefore about fifty kilometers from Sloviansk.
The Russian army said in the morning that it had bombed two Ukrainian command posts in Donetsk. According to the Ukrainian presidency on Tuesday,
at least two civilians were killed and six injured by Russian bombardments in the province.
Russian forces also said on Tuesday morning that they had shelled four ammunition and artillery depots in the northeastern Kharkiv region in the past 24 hours, where the Ukrainians said on Monday evening they repelled Russian assault attempts. .
In the south, Moscow also claimed to have shot down
a Su-25 aircraft and three drones of the Ukrainian forces in the Kherson regionassertions impossible to verify from an independent source.
A Russian official from the powerful security services (FSB) took over the government of the area occupied in this region by Russian forces on Tuesday, the local administration announced.
Russia also said on Tuesday that it was investigating torture allegedly suffered by Russian soldiers captured by Ukrainian forces before being released during a prisoner exchange with Ukraine.
Ukraine and Russia, which have carried out several prisoner exchanges, accuse each other of ill-treatment or torture of prisoners.
In search of billions to rebuild Ukraine
It is in this context that the two-day international conference organized in Lugano was to end on Tuesday to try to draw the outlines of the future reconstruction of Ukraine, the cost of which kyiv estimates at 750 billion dollars.
Ukraine needs these
colossal funds to help the population, rebuild cities and infrastructures destroyed by war, but also
preparing schools and universities for a new school year and
get ready for winterUkrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Monday evening.
The declaration adopted on Tuesday in Lugano indicates that the signatories
are fully committed to supporting Ukraine along its journey.
The document points out that
the recovery process should contribute to accelerating, deepening, broadening and realizing Ukraine’s reform efforts and resilience in line with Ukraine’s European path.
The recovery process must be transparent and accountable to the Ukrainian peoplehe says, as the prospect of the influx of billions of dollars in aid has revived concerns about corruption, endemic in the country.
In its 2021 corruption report, the NGO Transparency International ranks Ukraine 122nd out of 180, Russia 136th.
The text insists that the revival process be
inclusive and guarantees gender equality, and he called for the reconstruction of Ukraine in a sustainable.
When we say we’re ready to go fast, we really mean fastassured for his part the Ukrainian Prime Minister, Denys Chmygal.
The conference, which brings together officials from Ukraine’s allies, international institutions, but also the private sector, had been planned well before the war triggered on February 24 by the Russian invasion, and was initially to focus on reforms in Ukraine and in particular the fight against corruption.
The European Investment Bank (EIB) is to propose the creation of a new fund for Ukraine, which could reach 100 billion euros, according to informed sources.
In Brussels, NATO’s 30 member countries on Tuesday launched the ratification process for the memberships of Sweden and Finland, which will allow the Alliance to organize a united line of defense from the Arctic to the Mediterranean. in the face of threats from Russia, but will also depend on the goodwill of Ankara.
At 32 we will be even stronger […] as we face the most serious security crisis in decadessaid NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
Many allies have prepared for ratification as soon as possible, but it will take several monthshe then warned.
Ukraine also calls on its allies to put pressure on the shipping companies based there to stop transporting goods for Russia and thus help it sell its production and support its economy. Volodymyr Zelensky thus denounced on Tuesday the role of Greek companies in the export of Russian oil.
He also said
to believe that Belarus, an ally of Moscow, will not allow itself
train in the war waged by Russia against her country.
The consequences of the war on the European economy also continue to cause concern: the euro plunged on Tuesday to its lowest level in almost 20 years against the dollar, approaching parity, carried away by tensions on the energy in Europe caused by the conflict.