Emergency employees survey the harm to an condominium constructing in Odessa, Ukraine, on Sunday after Russian missile assaults. (Jae C. Hong/AP)

No less than one civilian was killed and 19 have been injured within the port metropolis of Odessa after a barrage of Russian assaults destroyed a historic cathedral and broken residential buildings, Ukrainian officers stated earlier than daybreak on Sunday. One other particular person was killed amid Russian shelling in Kherson, Ukrainian armed forces stated Sunday, and the jap half of the nation was warned to stay alert for potential assaults.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Saturday known as the Crimean Bridge a goal that have to be “neutralized,” ratcheting up tensions after Kyiv launched an assault on the construction final week. The assault on the bridge killed two folks and quickly shut down its roadway, which hyperlinks the peninsula to mainland Russia.

Right here’s the most recent on the battle and its ripple results throughout the globe.

Emergency employees flocked to the scene of Russian assaults early Wednesday in Odessa, the place one particular person was killed and not less than 19 folks — together with 4 kids — have been injured, in accordance with the regional authorities. Photographs and photographs posted by Ukrainian authorities on Telegram confirmed piles of rubble, overturned automobiles and blown-out roofs within the metropolis, in addition to shattered non secular murals on the destroyed Transfiguration Cathedral, a non secular construction with greater than 200 years of historical past that was beforehand destroyed by Soviet authorities in 1936.

One particular person was killed by Russian shelling in Kherson, Ukraine’s armed forces stated on Sunday. The assaults have been geared toward a residential space and an administrative constructing, they added.

Zelensky on Saturday mentioned steps with NATO’s secretary basic to unblock grain export routes outlined within the Black Sea Grain Initiative, a security pact that Russia pulled out of final week. Zelensky and NATO Secretary Normal Jens Stoltenberg additionally mentioned Ukraine’s “quickest potential accession to NATO,” he stated in his night handle.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian chief Alexander Lukashenko will meet on Sunday to debate their nations’ “strategic partnership,” the Kremlin stated, two days after Putin warned that any assault in opposition to the neighboring state would even be thought-about an assault in opposition to Moscow. The assembly is about to happen in Russia.

Ukraine’s counteroffensive operations are prone to “acquire tempo,” Zelensky stated on the Aspen Safety Discussion board over the weekend, as Ukrainian forces attempt to retake floor from Russian troops. “We’re already going by means of some mines’ places and we’re demining these areas,” he stated.

Radar imagery seems to point out newly arrived automobiles and tools in Belarus, at a rumored base for fighters from the Wagner Group. The pictures, supplied to The Washington Submit by Maxar Applied sciences and Umbra, present that “dozens, if not a whole bunch, of automobiles and tools have not too long ago arrived on the facility,” in accordance with Stephen Wooden, senior director at Maxar. The pictures present a rise in materiel in contrast with earlier imagery gathered on July 16.

A drone assault in Crimea prompted an explosion at an ammunition depot, prompting evacuation orders, the Russian-backed head of Crimea, Sergei Aksyonov, stated on Saturday. Aksyonov blamed the explosion on Ukraine, and the Ukrainian armed forces later claimed that they had destroyed oil and ammunition depots.

Bulgaria has agreed to supply heavy army tools to Ukraine for the primary time for the reason that battle began, the Related Press reported on Saturday. It’s going to present about 100 armored personnel carriers.

“Many could die” from hunger with out an lively Black Sea grain deal in place, U.N. assist chief Martin Griffiths stated on Friday, as he additionally warned of a spike in international meals costs and monetary devastation for Ukrainian farmers. “Some will go hungry, some will starve, many could die because of these choices,” he stated.

A Russian official on Saturday condemned Ukraine and the USA after the dying of a battle correspondent from Russia’s RIA state information company. In a Telegram publish, Viktor Bondarev, chairman of the protection and safety committee within the Federation Council, the higher home of Russia’s parliament, accused Ukraine of utilizing cluster munitions and implied the USA was additionally accountable. Human Rights Watch has beforehand stated that Russia and Ukraine have been utilizing cluster munitions throughout the battle.

Russian tennis participant Vera Zvonareva was barred from getting into Warsaw days forward of the Poland Open, border authorities stated on Saturday. Although the rationale for her denied entry shouldn’t be clear, the Polish Inner Ministry cited Zvonareva’s nonadmission, suggesting she helps Russia and Belarus. Nevertheless, the BBC reported that Zvonareva had worn a visor with the phrases “No Struggle” on the Miami Open final 12 months.

President Biden elevated CIA Director William J. Burns to his Cupboard, a symbolic transfer that displays the central position the spy chief has performed within the administration’s international coverage, The Submit’s Shane Harris reviews.

Ukraine is affected by explosives. It’s going to take many years to make it protected. In a 12 months and a half of battle, Ukraine’s heartland has been reworked into patches of wasteland riddled with hazard. Explosive supplies, artillery shells, undetonated bombs or rockets and land mines have contaminated a swath of land roughly the scale of Florida or Uruguay. Undoing it might take a whole bunch of years and billions of {dollars} in what’s now probably the most mined nation on the planet, Eve Sampson and Samuel Granados write.

“The sheer amount of ordnance in Ukraine is simply unprecedented within the final 30 years. There’s nothing prefer it,” stated Greg Crowther, the director of packages for the Mines Advisory Group.


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