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News of the Ukrainian-Russian war: 12 Putin officers were killed in the Kherson raid, Kyiv claims

News of the Ukrainian-Russian war: 12 Putin officers were killed in the Kherson raid, Kyiv claims

Heavy damage in Ukraine, where Slovensk was hit by Russian bombing

12 senior Russian officers were killed in a Ukrainian raid on a strategically key airfield near Kherson, Oleksiy Aristovich, an aide to controversial Volodymyr Zelensky, claims.

Kyiv has repeatedly targeted the airport since it was captured by Vladimir Putin’s forces at the start of the war, with the final strike allegedly carried out using US-supplied HIMARS missiles.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian officials announced the death of nine more people while rescuers cleared the rubble left by a Russian raid on a five-storey apartment building in the Donetsk town of Chasiv Yar.

Emergency services said the death toll now stands at 24, while nine people have been rescued from the rubble of the building.

Three more people were also said to have been killed and 31 wounded in Ukraine’s second largest city, Kharkiv, in what officials claimed was a Russian multiple missile launcher at civilian areas. Moscow claimed to have bombed deployment points for Ukrainian forces and foreign fighters.

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A poll shows that public support for Ukrainian refugees is already dwindling in the UK

Opinion polls show that public support for Ukrainian refugees is already dwindling in Britain, as the war continues to rage.

A YouGov poll showed that three-quarters of people supported the resettlement of Ukrainians in the UK in March, and 42 per cent thought the number should be in the “at least” tens of thousands.

But the numbers are now down to 71 percent of people who support resettlement, with 29 percent wanting to see tens of thousands of welcome refugees.

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Russia claims to have claimed Elena Rybakina’s title at Wimbledon

The Russian Tennis Federation was quick to consider Elena Rybakina “our product” on her run to the women’s title at Wimbledon.

They then praised her in-country training program after winning the Venus Rosewater as Wimbledon champion while representing Kazakhstan.

“It’s the Russian school, after all. I’ve played here with us for a long time,” Russian Tennis Federation president Shamil Tarbyshev told Champions Sports on Saturday after Rybakina’s 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 victory over Anas Jabeur, then in Kazakhstan.

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ICYMI: A Russian missile hits a residential area in the center of Kharkiv

Russian missiles hit a residential area in the center of Kharkiv

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The only way out: Volunteers save Ukrainians from Hell on the front line

To escape the areas worst affected by the war, the most vulnerable Ukrainians rely on volunteers who use buses to take people to safety. Bill Troy Join one of these caravans in Donbass.

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Ukraine plans ‘million-strong’ army to retake the south from Russia

Kyiv’s defense minister said Ukraine plans to arm a million-strong force with weapons from the West as it seeks to reclaim southern lands captured by Russia.

Oleksiy Reznikov said President Volodymyr Zelensky has asked the Ukrainian military to restore coastal areas vital to the country’s economy, as Kiev forces continued heavy fighting for control of the eastern Donbass region.

In a public appeal to Ukraine’s allies to speed up arms shipments, Reznikov warned that “every day we wait for howitzers we could lose a hundred soldiers,” directing Winston Churchill as he added, “Give us the tools, and we’ll finish a career.”

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Gas pipeline shutdown begins amid German suspicion in Russia

A major gas pipeline from Russia to Germany was shut down on Monday for annual maintenance amid German concerns that Russia may not resume gas flows as scheduled.

Nord Stream 1 pipeline, Germany’s main source of Russian gas, is set to be out of service until July 21 for routine work that the operator says includes “testing of mechanical elements and automation systems”. Operator data showed lower gas flow as planned on Monday morning.

German officials are suspicious of Russia’s intentions, especially after Russia’s Gazprom last month cut gas flow through Nord Stream 1 by 60%.

Gazprom cited technical problems with a gas turbine powering a compressor station that partner Siemens Energy had sent to Canada for repair that could not be returned due to sanctions imposed over the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

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Ukrainian official: Russia attacks ‘absolute terrorism’

A local official said that Russian missiles bombed Ukraine’s second largest city in the early hours of Monday morning, describing the attacks as “absolute terrorism”.

The governor of the Kharkiv region, Oleh Senehubov, said on Telegram that Russian forces had only hit civilian targets with three missile strikes on the northeastern city.

“All (three) were fired exclusively at civilian targets, this is absolute terror!” Sinihopov said.

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The only way out: Volunteers save Ukrainians from Hell on the front line

To escape the areas worst affected by the war, the most vulnerable Ukrainians rely on volunteers who use buses to take people to safety. Bill Troy Join one of these caravans in Donbass.

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A man pulled out of the rubble for a moment after the Russian strike in Ukraine

A man pulled out of the rubble for a moment after the Russian strike in Ukraine

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Report says Russia may build giant laser to shoot down satellites

Russia could build a laser system that could blind hostile satellites.

The new complex, apparently at the Russian Defense Ministry’s Krona space facility near Zelenchukskaya, was revealed by an open source investigation it published space review.

By analyzing public satellite images, solicitation documents from Russian industrial contractors and Russian financial documents, they suggest that Project Kalina – a laser system designed for “electroelectric warfare” – could illuminate laser pulses to damage satellite optical sensors.