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Ukraine: continuation of the evacuation of Sloviansk in the face of Russian advances

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The evacuation is in progress. We take people out of town every daysaid its mayor Vadim Liakh in a video posted on YouTube.

000 inhabitants”,”text”:”There are currently 23000 inhabitants left”}}”>There are currently 23,000 inhabitants left. in Sloviansk, which had about 110,000 before the conflict, according to authorities, he added. And 17 died and 67 were injured since the outbreak of hostilities.

In this city bombarded for several weeks, essential infrastructure is still functioning, but there has been no central water supply for a month and a third of the city is regularly without electricityunderlined the mayor.

: evacuate!”,”text”:”My main advice: evacuate!”}}”>My main advice: evacuate!the governor of the Donetsk region, Pavlo Kyrylenko, had launched on Tuesday evening to the address of the population of Sloviansk, stressing that, during the week there was not a day without shelling.

The strikes there notably destroyed nearly a third of a market. Residents went to see the extent of the damage amid the charred debris. A little further on, a few merchants continued to sell their fruits and vegetables.

People with their belongings to flee the Russian bombardments.

Faced with the Russian advance, Sloviansk is empty of its population.

Photo: dpa via getty images / MIGUEL MEDINA

On Tuesday, Pavlo Kyrylenko said that the latest Russian bombings, including the one that hit the market, left two dead and seven injured.

Like other local officials, Mr Liakh says Ukrainian forces are repelling Russian breakthrough attempts towards Sloviansk and its twin city of Kramatorsk, the administrative center of the kyiv-controlled part of Donbass.

Sloviansk is fortified and the Russians can’t get near or at thecirclebecause they are blocked by Ukrainian soldiers about forty kilometers away, he said.

With the fall of Lysychansk on Sunday, the Russians say they control almost all of the Luhansk region, which the Ukrainians continue to deny. There is always fighting in two villagesassured Wednesday on Telegram its governor, Serguiï Gaïdaï.

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Conquer Donetsk

The Russians are now seeking to conquer the second province of Donbass, that of Donetsk, to thus occupy the entire mining basin, which pro-Russian separatists have partially controlled since 2014.

But for that they need to take Sloviansk and Kramatorsk, its two largest cities under Ukrainian control. According to Mr Gaïdaï, the Russian military are constantly trying to build passages to transfer even more material to the Donetsk region.

On Tuesday, the Russian troops were about ten kilometers from Siversk, which they have been shelling for several days, and therefore about fifty kilometers from Sloviansk.

The Russian Ministry of Defense also accused on Tuesday evening of Ukrainian nationalists to prepare in the Donetsk region provocation with the use of toxic substances whose large quantities of chlorine brought to a mined filtration station.

He warned that the Ukrainian army was using chemical infrastructure to base its men and weapons there, creating the preconditions for accidents that could lead to the death of thousands of civilians.

The Russians are also still bombing the Mykolaiv region (south), strikes which caused the death of at least two people on Tuesday and Wednesday, according to the Ukrainian authorities.

The threat of missile fire continues in the Mykolaiv regionbecause Russia maintains four ships equipped with high-precision weapons in the Black Sea, estimates the Ukrainian army.

People getting on a bus.

For a week, there has not been a day without bombardments, according to the governor of the Donetsk region, Pavlo Kyrylenko.

Photo: dpa via getty images / MIGUEL MEDINA

Use of nuclear weapons

Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev spoke on Wednesday of the use of nuclear weapons, to better exclude any possibility of sanctions against Moscow by international justice, at a time when the International Criminal Court (ICC) is investigating crimes of alleged wars committed in Ukraine.

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The very idea of ​​chastising a country that has the largest nuclear arsenal in the world is absurd in itself. And it potentially creates a threat to the existence of mankind.wrote on his Telegram account the current vice-president of the powerful Russian Security Council, before attacking the United States in particular.

Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin was in kyiv on Wednesday to show his country’s support for Ukraine in this conflict, his services announced.

There, he visited Borodyanka and Boutcha, two localities on the outskirts of kyiv partly destroyed by the fighting in March, when the Russian forces were at the gates of the capital, before withdrawing to concentrate their offensive on the east and the south. from Ukraine.

These two cities have become symbols of the alleged war crimes committed by the Russian military in this conflict and which international justice has said it wants to investigate.

A seated woman.

When the population of Sloviansk leaves the city, the Western allies of Ukraine are already thinking of the reconstruction of the country.

Photo: dpa via getty images / MIGUEL MEDINA

Tuesday evening in Lugano (Switzerland) ended a two-day international conference aimed at drawing the outlines of the reconstruction of Ukraine, the cost of which kyiv estimates at 750 billion dollars.

In their final declaration, allied nations, international institutions and the private sector committed to fully support Ukraine along its journeycalling for a transparent and accountable recovery process.

The use of these billions of dollars worries in a state crippled by corruption.

In its 2021 report on corruption, the NGO Transparency International ranked Ukraine 122nd out of 180 countries, and Russia 136th.

We will take very seriously the reconstruction of Ukraine, the reform of UkraineZelensky’s adviser Alexander Rodnyansky told AFP on the sidelines of the conference. This is the main message.

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