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The most important events of recent hours in Ukraine

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851 days ago, Russia's armed invasion of Ukraine began. As a result of the Russian attack on Kharkov, among others, One person was killed and 12 injured in a district of single-family houses. Referring to the tragedy, President Volodymyr Zelensky appealed for supplies of effective air defense systems from the West. In turn, Russia accuses Ukraine of the tragic attack on occupied Crimea, also blaming the United States. Here's what happened in and around Ukraine over the last 24 hours.

> Russia accuses Ukraine of attacking the annexed Crimea, as a result of which – according to Reuters – four people died, including two children, and 151 people were injured. The Russians also blamed the United States, which, according to the Russian Ministry of Defense, provided the Ukrainians with missiles equipped with cluster warheads. Four of these missiles were shot down by air defense systems, and the ammunition of the fifth missile exploded in the air. Moreover, according to the Russians, the attack was possible thanks to information obtained from an American spy satellite.


“Responsibility for the deliberate missile attack on the civilian population of Sevastopol lies primarily with Washington, which supplied these weapons to Ukraine, and the regime in Kiev, from whose territory this attack was carried out,” the Russian Ministry of Defense said.

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Russian state television footage shows people fleeing from the beach. According to the Russian-controlled Crimean authorities, rocket fragments fell on Sunday afternoon near a beach in the northern part of Sevastopol, where civilians were vacationing.

On the night from Sunday to Monday, the Ukrainian website The Kyiv Independent reported that explosions also occurred in the city of Eupatoria in occupied Crimea.

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> Russian troops attacked Kharkiv in northeastern Ukraine again on Sunday, killing at least one and wounding eight people, local officials said.

One of the bombs fell on a district of single-family houses. “One person was killed and five were injured after a KAB hit a private house. Another three people were injured in another district of the city; there was an attack on a children's educational institution,” wrote the mayor of Kharkov, Ihor Terekhov, on Telegram.

The moment of the explosion in Kharkov Reuters

As Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced on Platform X, as a result of the Russian attack, part of Kharkiv was cut off from electricity. The leader said that Russian air forces must be destroyed “by all effective methods.”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky demands from the West further deliveries of effective air defense systems and new arrangements regarding the scope of their use in the fight against the Russian aggressor. – This issue will determine the date of ending the war – the Ukrainian leader said in a video speech.

On Sunday morning, before the attack on Kharkov, representatives of the regional authorities announced that two civilians had been killed (Donetsk Oblast) and nine were injured (Donetsk and Kherson Oblasts) in the last 24 hours.

> It passed on Sunday a year since Yevgeny Prigozhin's rebellion and the Kremlin's dissolution of the Wagner Group, which he headed. Its mercenaries joined Russian military formations fighting in Ukraine and African countries, the BBC recalled on Sunday.

Yevgeny PrigozhinPress service of Prigozhin/PAP

Prigozhin, who also owns a large media empire and enjoys the support of quite a few radical pro-war circles in Russia, began to criticize the Ministry of Defense and express his political ambitions. On June 24, 2023, his mercenaries de facto occupied the city of Rostov-on-Don and then began the “march on Moscow”, without encountering any resistance along the way. Two days later, the march ended with an agreement with Putin, and the Wagnerites were to move to Belarus. Two months later, Prigozhin died in a plane crash, which many analysts saw as revenge for the rebellion.

The BBC, citing analysts' opinions, writes that within a year the Russian regime effectively “disbanded and replaced” the Wagner Group. Dr. Sorcha MacLeod, a member of the UN working group on mercenaries and a lecturer at the University of Copenhagen, says Wagner Group troops were scattered across Russia.

> On Sunday, the General Staff of Ukraine informed Fr a successful attack on a command post in the border Belgorod Oblast in Russia. Explosions were reported at the site of the attack, it was reported in a message on social networks.

“The Air Force (…) of Ukraine, in cooperation with other components of the Defense Forces, successfully attacked the command post of an enemy motorized rifle regiment located in the village of Nekhoteevka in the Belgorod region of Russia,” the headquarters announced.

Nekhoteevka, attacked by the Ukrainians, is a currently closed Russian border crossing leading to the Ukrainian Hoptivka. The village is located approximately 60 km north of Kharkov, which the Russians attacked on Saturday with guided air bombs. As a result of the attack, three people were killed and 56 people were injured, including three children.

> According to the General Staff of Ukraine, there were 116 clashes with Russian troops on Sunday. “The enemy carried out two missile attacks with four missiles, 47 air attacks (70 anti-aircraft missiles were used) and 444 kamikaze drone attacks,” we read in a message posted on Telegram.

The Ukrainian command reported that the Russians were concentrating significant forces towards the Pokrovsky district in the Donetsk Oblast. “Russian invaders made 46 attempts that day to displace our defenders (…). More than half of the enemy's attacks were carried out from the vicinity of Ocheretyne (a village in the Pokrovsky district – ed.). The situation is tense. Fighting for the village of Novoołeksandrivka continues. Our soldiers are taking action aimed at stabilizing the situation and preventing Russians from entering the territory of Ukraine,” we read in a statement published late on Sunday evening.

PAP, Reuters, Telegram, X

Main photo source: EPA/SERGEY KOZLOV

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