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Russians bomb both cities in northeastern and southern Ukraine | War in Ukraine

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Ukraine says Russian forces stepped up long-range strikes on targets far from the front, killing large numbers of civilians. Moscow says it only targets military targets.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Russia fired more than 3,000 cruise missiles and countless artillery shells during the five-month conflict.

In Odessa, a Russian missile strike injured at least four people and burned down houses, said Oleksii Matsulevych, spokesman for the regional administration, on his Telegram account.

Russian forces targeted Mykolaiv on Monday, injuring at least two people and damaging windows and roofs of houses, Mayor Oleksandr Senkevich revealed in a post on social media.

A destroyed building after being hit by a missile strike near Odessa.

A war crimes prosecutor, rescuer and civilian observe a destroyed building after being hit by a missile strike near Odessa.

Photo: Getty Images / OLEKSANDR GIMANOV

More than 150 shells were fired at the Sumy region, Dmytro Zhyvytskyi, head of the Sumy regional military administration, told Telegram.

kyiv hopes the war is at a turning point, with Moscow having exhausted its offensive capabilities by seizing some small towns in the east, while Ukraine now has long-range Western weapons that can strike behind Russian lines .

kyiv claims to have succeeded in a series of strikes against 30 Russian logistics and ammunition centers, which it says cripple Russian artillery.

In a Facebook post on Monday, Ukraine’s top military commander, General Valery Zaluzhny, said US-provided long-range rocket systems, known as HIMARS, helped stabilize the situation thanks to major strikes at enemy command points, ammunition and fuel depots.

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Russia said on Monday Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu had ordered the military to focus on destroying Ukrainian rockets and artillery supplied by the West.

American soldiers in front of a light armored vehicle surmounted by a multiple rocket launcher.

A HIMARS system, at an arms manufacturers fair held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in March 2022.

Photo: Getty Images / AFP/FAYEZ NURELDINE

European Union foreign ministers agreed on Monday to provide Ukraine with an additional 500 million euros (C$657 million) in European arms funds, bringing European support to 2.5 billion. euros (C$3.29 billion) since the invasion launched on February 24.

Counter-attack in preparation

To the south, Ukraine is preparing a counterattack to retake the largest swath of territory conquered since the invasion. It reported destroying Russian missile and communications systems, radars, ammunition depots and armored vehicles in strikes in the southern Kherson region.

In the east, Ukrainian forces withdrew from Luhansk in early July.

kyiv says Moscow is planning another assault for control of the last Ukrainian pocket in neighboring Donetsk province.

The gas weapon

This week could be crucial for European countries concerned about the impact of war and sanctions on gas supplies.

Russia must reopen its main gas pipeline to Germany, North Stream 1, in the coming days after regular maintenance, but Europeans fear that Moscow will keep it closed.

Russia’s Gazprom, which operates the pipeline, told its European customers it could not guarantee gas supplies due to circumstances extraordinary, according to a letter seen by Reuters. This raises the stakes in an economic exchange with the West.

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Government sweep

Ukraine’s parliament voted on Tuesday to sack the head of the security service (SBU) and the chief prosecutor, in line with President Zelensky’s wishes.

Parliament voted to terminate Iryna Venediktova as Prosecutor General, MP David Arakhamia wrote on Telegram. Several other MPs also announced the dismissal of SBU chief Ivan Bakanov.

The dismissal of Mr. Bakanov, a childhood friend of the president, was approved by 265 deputies against a required minimum of 226 and that of Ms. Venediktova, by 264 parliamentarians, wrote on their Telegram channels MPs Oleksiy Goncharenko and Yaroslav Zheleznyak .

A man and a woman sit in front of a sea of ​​microphones.

Former Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova and ex-Head of Security Services (SBU) Ivan Bakanov, at a press conference in May 2021.

Photo: Reuters/Valentyn Ogirenko

The replacement of the two officials was announced on Sunday by Volodymyr Zelensky, who criticized them for insufficient efforts in the fight against Russian espionage.

On Monday, the Ukrainian President again announced a review of frameworks within the SBU while at least three senior officials of this organization had been suspected of high treason in recent months.

Everyone was waiting officials dismissed from more tangible results in the cleanup of collaborators and traitors infiltrated into their structures, detailed on Monday a deputy head of the presidential administration, Andriï Smyrnov.

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