A strike on a theater within the northern metropolis of Chernihiv killed not less than seven individuals, together with a 6-year-old baby, and injured 140, Ukrainian authorities mentioned Saturday. The assault hit the middle of the town, which lies about 90 miles north of the capital Kyiv, and “in all probability” concerned a ballistic missile, the regional governor mentioned. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky accused Russia of turning “an atypical Saturday … right into a day of ache and loss.”
Right here’s the most recent on the conflict and its ripple results throughout the globe.
With greater than 100 injured, Chernihiv was reeling from the daytime assault — uncommon for a central Ukrainian metropolis removed from the entrance traces. Chernihiv will observe three days of mourning, from Saturday to Monday, performing mayor Oleksandr Lomako mentioned on Telegram. The injured included bystanders, the area’s administration mentioned on Telegram. The town was besieged by Russian troops for weeks early within the conflict, with greater than half the town’s inhabitants fleeing — however Ukrainian troops regained management.
Movies verified by The Washington Put up confirmed an explosion on the roof of the theater earlier than a fiery projectile slammed right into a constructing about 320 toes away. Some properties have been broken by the blasts, Lomako mentioned, and the wounded have been being handled in hospitals Saturday night. Among the many injured have been 15 kids and 15 law enforcement officials, Inside Minister Ihor Klymenko mentioned. Movies posted by Ukrainian officers confirmed injury on the theater, damaged glass and particles on the street, broken vehicles and blown-out home windows, and firefighters spraying down a flattened rooftop.
The venue reportedly hosted a gathering for drone demonstrations on Saturday. Mariya Berlinska, an activist, mentioned she took half within the occasion, which had been authorised by the native authorities, however mentioned it was stopped as quickly because the air raid sirens rang out. “Individuals have been advised a number of time about the necessity to take shelter,” Berlinska wrote on Fb. “Sadly, some individuals nonetheless went outdoors.”
The United Nations humanitarian coordinator for Ukraine condemned the assault. “It’s heinous to assault the primary sq. of a giant metropolis, within the morning, whereas individuals are out strolling, some going to the church to have fun a non secular day for a lot of Ukrainians,” Denise Brown mentioned in a press release.
Zelensky is visiting Sweden for conferences with the nation’s leaders, together with Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson and King Carl XVI. The Ukrainian president expressed his “full assist” for Sweden’s bid for NATO membership. Sweden utilized to affix the navy alliance as a direct results of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, though its accession has not been ratified by Turkey and Hungary.
Zelensky and Kristersson mentioned Ukraine’s need for Gripen fighter jets from Sweden, Zelensky mentioned, which Sweden agreed earlier this summer time to permit Ukrainian pilots to check. The 2 leaders additionally signed an settlement to fabricate Swedish-provided CV-90 infantry preventing automobiles in Ukraine. On Telegram, Zelensky expressed his due to Sweden “for supporting our battle for freedom and independence.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin visited navy officers in Rostov-on-Don, the Related Press reported, his first journey to the town since Wagner Group mercenaries briefly took management there throughout their short-lived June riot. The Kremlin mentioned Putin talked with high navy leaders, AP reported.
It’s “untimely to make assessments in regards to the total success” of Kyiv’s counteroffensive, the Institute for the Research of Warfare mentioned a report Friday, responding after individuals accustomed to a categorized forecast from the U.S. intelligence group advised The Put up that Ukraine would fail in its goal of severing Russia’s land bridge to Crimea on this 12 months’s push. The ISW mentioned it continues to evaluate that “the general degradation of the Russian line of defense creates alternatives for any Ukrainian breakthrough to be probably operationally important.”
A court docket in Russia on Friday ordered the dissolution of the Sakharov Middle, a human rights group that ran a museum and cultural area in Moscow named after Nobel Peace laureate and Soviet dissident Andrei Sakharov. “The whole lot that’s occurring right this moment is the precise reverse of what Sakharov fought for,” Sergei Lukashevsky, the middle’s director, mentioned in a non-public Fb submit.
A lot of the entrance line in Ukraine “has remained static” over the previous week, based on the British Protection Ministry’s intelligence replace Saturday. Each Russian and Ukrainian forces face the same problem of “trying to defeat well-entrenched forces whereas having restricted uncommitted forces to open new assaults,” the ministry wrote.
America will approve the switch of F-16 fighter jets from Denmark and the Netherlands to Ukraine as soon as pilot coaching is full, nationwide safety adviser Jake Sullivan advised reporters Friday. He mentioned the method was “formalized” in a letter from Secretary of State Antony Blinken to his European counterparts and is a “pure extension” of Biden’s announcement in Could that the USA wouldn’t block the switch of the jets. Dutch Overseas Minister Wopke Hoekstra described the transfer as “a significant milestone for Ukraine to defend its individuals and its nation” on social media.
Ukrainian forces have begun coaching on flying the jets, Protection Minister Oleksii Reznikov advised information station Kanal 24 in an interview revealed Saturday. The coaching takes about six months, Reznikov advised the outlet, however senior U.S. and Ukrainian have advised The Put up that pilots in all probability gained’t be prepared till subsequent summer time.
Russian Overseas Minister Sergei Lavrov defended Moscow’s nuclear weapons, claiming they’re for safety functions solely in an interview revealed on the Overseas Ministry web site Saturday. “Possessing nuclear weapons is for right this moment the one potential response to sure important exterior nationwide safety threats,” he mentioned. Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev mentioned final month that Russia must use nuclear weapons if Kyiv’s counteroffensive have been profitable, Reuters reported.
Russia added a former Putin adviser to its record of “overseas brokers,” state-owned information company Tass reported. The designation was expanded lately to use to anybody who’s brazenly important of the authorities or who’s accused of receiving funds or donations from overseas. Andrey Illarionov, who is predicated outdoors the nation, resigned from his place as Putin’s high financial adviser in 2005, after stating publicly that Russia “is not a democratic nation.”
Canada is imposing sanctions on 15 Russian people and three entities over human rights abuses, the overseas ministry introduced Friday. The people embrace senior Russian officers and federally funded courts which have been “immediately concerned in human rights abuses towards opposition leaders” together with Alexei Navalny, the assertion mentioned.
Ukraine and neighboring Romania signed an settlement Friday to work collectively on grain exports, following Russia’s departure final month from the U.N.-backed grain deal, which had allowed for the secure wartime transport of foodstuffs over the Black Sea. Ukraine is among the world’s main grain producers, and its exports play an important position in international meals safety.
Contained in the Russian effort to construct 6,000 assault drones with Iran’s assist: A billion-dollar weapons cope with Iran has come to life at a facility 500 miles east of Moscow as Russia strives to make 6,000 drones by the summer time of 2025. If the plan succeeds, the brand new drone manufacturing facility may thwart Ukraine’s counteroffensive and considerably advance Moscow’s place within the drone arms race that’s remaking fashionable warfare, Dalton Bennett and Mary Ilyushina write.
Paperwork leaked from this system and obtained by The Washington Put up present new details about the efforts of two self-proclaimed enemies of the USA to develop the Kremlin’s capabilities.