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Ukraine. The most important events of the last hours

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The Russian invasion of Ukraine has been going on for 491 days. Belarusian oppositionist Pawel Latushka announced that he had provided the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague with materials about the participation of the Lukashenka regime in deporting children from Russian-occupied areas of Ukraine to Belarus, the AP agency reported. Here are the highlights of the last hours.

> Ukraine has taken over the strategic initiative at the front, said the commander-in-chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, General Valeriy Zaluzhny, in a telephone conversation with American General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the US Armed Forces.

> The New York Times, citing US officials, reported that Russian general Sergei Surovikin knew that Yevgeny Prigozhin planned rebellion against the military command. In turn, the “Wall Street Journal”, citing Western officials, wrote that the plan of the owner of the Wagner Group was to capture the defense minister Sergey Shoigu and Chief of the General Staff, General Valery Gerasimov, but the Federal Security Service had learned about his intentions earlier.

> President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky confirmed that the Ukrainian services arrested a man who helped the Russians in Tuesday’s rocket attack on Kramatorsk in the east of the country. At least 11 people, including three children, were killed and more than 60 injured in a Russian rocket attack on a pizzeria in Kramatorsk, Donetsk region.

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> Poland and Lithuania are doing their best to ensure that the upcoming NATO summit in Vilnius brings a clear perspective of Ukraine’s membership in the Alliance, the president said in Kiev Andrzej Dudawho came here on a visit with the President of Lithuania, Gitanas Nauseda. He also said that the announcement of the deployment of the Wagner Group and Russian nuclear weapons in Belarus are changing the security architecture in our region.

> Belarusian oppositionist Pawel Latuszka reported that he had provided the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague with materials about the participation of the regime of Alyaksandr Lukashenko in deporting children to Belarus from Russian-occupied territories of Ukraine, the AP agency reported.

> Jarosław Kaczyński, deputy prime minister and president of PiS, announced at a press conference that due to the presence of the Wagner Group in Belarus, a decision was made to increased strength constantly present on the Polish-Belarusian border, as well as about the expansion of various types of fortifications protecting the border.

> Ukraine’s victory will free the world from the problem of dangerous Russia and will be a guarantee of security and an opportunity for other countries, such as Moldova, Georgia and Belarus, said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addressing the parliament in Kiev.

Main photo source: ALEX BABENKO/PAP/EPA

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