Russian forces launch missile attacks on northern Ukraine | Russia-Ukraine war News

Russian forces have launched a missile assault on the Kyiv space for the primary time in weeks and pounded the northern Chernihiv area as nicely, in what Ukraine mentioned was revenge for standing as much as the Kremlin.

Ukrainian officers, in the meantime, introduced a counteroffensive to take again the occupied Kherson area within the nation’s south, territory seized by Russian forces early within the struggle.

Russia attacked the Kyiv area with six missiles launched from the Black Sea, hitting a navy unit within the village of Liutizh on the outskirts of the capital, in response to Oleksii Hromov, a senior official with Ukraine’s Common Employees.

He mentioned that the assault ruined one constructing and broken two others, and that Ukrainian forces additionally shot down one of many missiles within the city of Bucha.

Fifteen individuals have been wounded within the Russian assaults, 5 of them civilians, Kyiv regional governor Oleksiy Kuleba mentioned.

Kuleba linked the assaults to the Day of Statehood, a commemoration that President Volodymyr Zelenskyy instituted final 12 months and Ukraine marked on Thursday.

“Russia, with the assistance of missiles, is mounting revenge for the widespread widespread resistance, which the Ukrainians have been capable of organise exactly due to their statehood,” Kuleba informed Ukrainian tv. “Ukraine has already damaged Russia’s plans and can proceed to defend itself.”

Chernihiv regional governor Vyacheslav Chaus reported that the Russians additionally fired missiles from the territory of Belarus on the village of Honcharivska. The Chernihiv area had not been focused in weeks.

Russian troops withdrew from the Kyiv and Chernihiv areas months in the past after failing to seize both.

The renewed assaults come a day after the chief of pro-Kremlin separatists within the east, Denis Pushilin, urged Russian forces to “liberate Russian cities based by the Russian individuals – Kyiv, Chernihiv, Poltava, Odesa, Dnipropetrovsk, Kharkiv, Zaporizhzhia, Lutsk.”

Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest metropolis, additionally got here below a barrage of shelling in a single day, in response to the mayor. Authorities mentioned a police officer was killed in Russian shelling of an influence plant within the Kharkiv area.

The southern metropolis of Mykolaiv was fired on as nicely, with one particular person reported injured.

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In the meantime, the Ukrainian navy saved up a counterattack within the Kherson area – which borders Russian-annexed Crimea – knocking out of fee a key bridge over the Dnieper River on Wednesday.

Ukrainian media quoted Ukrainian presidential adviser Oleksiy Arestovich as saying the operation to liberate Kherson was below manner, with Kyiv’s forces planning to isolate Russian troops and go away them with three choices – “retreat, if potential, give up or be destroyed.”

Oleksiy Danilov, secretary of Ukraine’s Nationwide Safety and Defence Council, mentioned the Russians are concentrating most forces within the course of Kherson, warning, “A really large-scale motion of their troops has begun.”

The British navy mentioned Ukraine has used its new, Western-supplied long-range artillery to break at the very least three of the bridges throughout the Dnieper that Russia depends on to produce its forces.

The British navy additionally mentioned it was probably that Ukrainian forces had additionally established a bridgehead south of a river which runs alongside the broader Kherson area’s northern border.

“Ukraine’s counter-offensive in Kherson is gathering momentum,” it mentioned in an announcement.

Kyiv says it has retaken some small settlements on the area’s northern edge in current weeks because it tries to push Russian forces again.

Ukraine’s presidential workplace mentioned Thursday morning that Russian shelling of cities and villages over the previous 24 hours killed at the very least 5 civilians, all of them within the japanese Donetsk province, and wounded 9.

Russia’s defence ministry mentioned its planes had attacked a Ukrainian infantry brigade within the far north of the Kherson area and killed greater than 130 of its troopers within the final 24 hours.

In japanese Ukraine, combating in current weeks has targeted on Donetsk province. It has intensified in current days as Russian forces appeared to emerge from a reported “operational pause” after capturing neighbouring Luhansk province.

Ukrainian emergency authorities mentioned two civilians have been killed in a Russian bombardment of the city of Toretsk. A missile hit a residential constructing there early Thursday morning, destroying two flooring, officers mentioned.

Russian forces, Ukraine both claim control of vital power plant | Russia-Ukraine war News

The destiny of Ukraine’s second-biggest energy plant was hanging within the stability after Russian-backed forces claimed to have captured it intact, however Kyiv didn’t affirm its seizure, saying solely that preventing was underneath means close by.

Seizing the Soviet-era coal-fired Vuhlehirsk energy plant in japanese Ukraine could be Moscow’s first strategic acquire in additional than three weeks in what it calls its “special operation” to demilitarise and “denazify” its neighbour.

Russian and Russian-backed forces have been struggling to make significant progress on the bottom since their seize in early July of the japanese Ukrainian metropolis of Lysychansk.

Unverified footage posted on social media on Wednesday appeared to point out fighters from Russia’s Wagner personal army firm posing in entrance of the Vuhlehirsk energy plant, which some Russian state media – citing Russian-backed officers – reported individually had been stormed.

Ukraine didn’t affirm the ability plant’s seize and solely stated that “hostilities” had been underneath means in two close by areas. It stated on Monday that “enemy items” had made some positive aspects across the plant.

British army intelligence stated on Wednesday that Wagner fighters had in all probability succeeded in making tactical advances within the Donbas area of japanese Ukraine across the energy plant and the close by village of Novoluhanske.

It stated some Ukrainian forces had in all probability withdrawn from the realm.

Russia initially sought to seize the capital Kyiv within the early days of its invasion however later retreated, focusing its efforts on Ukraine’s japanese Donbas area.

Farmers harvest wheat as Vuhlehirsk's heat power plant burns in the distance after a shelling, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in the Donbas region
Farmers harvest wheat as Vuhlehirsk’s energy plant burns within the distance after shelling [File: Gleb Garanich/Reuters]

Pavlo Kyrylenko, governor of Ukraine’s Donetsk province that varieties a part of the Donbas, stated no less than one individual had been killed by a Russian strike on a lodge within the city of Bakhmut, which is north of the ability plant and a goal that Russian forces have stated they need to seize.

“In response to preliminary data, there are lifeless and wounded; a rescue operation is underneath means,” Kyrylenko wrote on Fb. The native emergency service stated a toll of 1 lifeless and 4 wounded had been confirmed up to now.

Ukraine hits bridge in Kherson

Russian forces in the meantime suffered a setback in southern Ukraine’s Kherson area after Ukrainian forces struck an essential bridge straddling the Dnipro river with what a Russian-appointed native administrator stated had been United States-supplied excessive mobility artillery rocket techniques (HIMARS).

Ukraine’s Defence Ministry stated on Twitter the assaults on bridges over the Dnipro created an “inconceivable dilemma” for Russia.

Kirill Stremousov, the deputy head of the Russian-installed regional administration in Kherson, confirmed the bridge had been hit in a single day and site visitors had been halted.

However he sought to downplay the harm, insisting that the assault wouldn’t have an effect on the result of the hostilities “in any means”.

Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak stated on Twitter that Russians couldn’t “escape actuality” and may “discover ways to swim throughout the Dnipro River”.

 

Ukrainian forces in latest weeks have been clawing again territory within the Kherson area, which fell to Russian forces simply and early after their invasion launched on February 24.

Their counteroffensive, supported by Western-supplied long-range artillery, has seen its forces push nearer to Kherson metropolis, which had a pre-war inhabitants of about 300,000 individuals.

Grain exports

Ukraine on Wednesday stated it had restarted operations at its blockaded Black Sea ports because it moved nearer to resuming grain exports with the opening of a coordination centre to supervise a United Nations-backed deal.

Kyiv has stated it hopes to start sending out the primary of thousands and thousands of tonnes of grain “this week” regardless of a missile strike by Russia over the weekend on the port in Odesa.

Ukraine’s navy stated “work has resumed” on the export hubs to arrange for ships to be escorted by means of the mine-infested waters to succeed in world markets.

John Stawpert, supervisor for surroundings and commerce on the Worldwide Chamber of Transport (ICS), stated there are about “100 ships stranded within the ports of the north and western Black Sea” however that not all of them will be capable of transport Ukrainian grain to international markets.

“Of these [ships], about 50 will be capable of carry this grain out,” Stawpert informed Al Jazeera from London, the place the ICS has its headquarters.

“How we crew them stays a query that must be answered,” he added.

The blockage of deliveries from two of the world’s greatest grain exporters has contributed to a spike in costs that has made meals imports prohibitively costly for a number of the world’s poorest international locations.

Palestinian killed by Israeli forces in occupied West Bank | Israel-Palestine conflict News

Rafeeq Riyad Ghannam was killed early on Wednesday within the city of Jabaa, south of Jenin, throughout an Israeli military raid.

Israeli forces have shot and killed a younger Palestinian man within the occupied West Financial institution throughout confrontations that adopted an Israeli army raid.

The Palestinian well being ministry recognized the person as Rafiq Riyad Ghannam, and stated he was killed by Israeli hearth within the city of Jabaa, south of Jenin, at daybreak on Wednesday.

The official Palestinian information company Wafa reported that Ghannam was 20 years outdated.

Ghannam was arrested by Israeli forces after being wounded, and died shortly afterwards of their custody. His physique has not but been handed over to his household by the Israeli army.

The Palestinian Prisoners Society stated in an announcement that the killing “is available in gentle of continued escalation in subject executions by the Israeli occupation forces for the reason that starting of this yr and the detention of their our bodies, along with the arrest and abuse of many voters after they have been injured”.

Confrontations had damaged out early on Wednesday after Israeli forces raided Jabaa.

The Israeli military conducts near-daily raid and arrest operations into Palestinian cities within the illegally occupied West Financial institution, typically ensuing within the wounding or killing of Palestinians.

Israeli forces arrested a minimum of 42 Palestinians in a single day on Wednesday, together with 30 from the city of Silwad close to Ramallah.

The military has intensified its raids on the Jenin space over the previous few months.

At the very least 50 Palestinians have been killed since late March throughout Israel and the Palestinian territories by Israeli forces, together with Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, who was killed on Might 11 whereas she was reporting within the Jenin refugee camp.

Nineteen folks have been killed in Israel in assaults by Palestinian people throughout the identical interval.