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Cover image: A satellite image showing destroyed buildings and armored vehicles on the roads in Lyman, 25 May 2022. Maxar Technologies / AFP
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In the Donbass, the Russian army confirmed the invasion of the main locality of Lyman, Crossroads that opens the way to the main cities of Sloviansk and Kramatorsk. “As a result of the joint actions of the militia units of the Donetsk People’s Republic and the Russian Armed Forces, the town of Lyman was completely liberated from Ukrainian nationalists”The Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement, confirming an announcement made the previous day by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.
“The Donbass will remain Ukrainian,” says Volodymyr Zelensky. “The situation in Donbass is very difficult,” but “We protect our land and do our best to strengthen it” The defense of this region, the Ukrainian president said on Friday in his daily video intervention. “If the occupiers think that Lyman and Severodonetsk will soon be theirs, they are mistaken,” he added.
Under a flood of flames, Sievierodonetsk appears to be on the verge of being surrounded. RIA Novosti quoted a police official from the pro-Russian separatist republic of Luhansk as saying on Friday that “The city of Sievierodonetsk is currently surrounded” And that the Ukrainian forces are surrounded there. Information denied by the governor of Luhansk, Sergej Djiditch, considering it wrong to say that the region would fall under “Full control of the enemy” Russian in “A day, two or three”. But he admitted it “To prevent the forces from being encircled, perhaps an order to withdraw will be given to them.”
Kherson region in the south of the country was also bombed. On Saturday, the Army’s Southern Command said that Russian forces had amassed 30 T-62 tanks, along with armored vehicles and Grad missile systems in the Kherson region (south), which were bombed by Mi-8 helicopters.
The branch of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Moscow cut ties with the Russian spiritual authorities, Who support Russian President Vladimir Putin, a historic initiative. At the end of the board announced “The complete independence and autonomy of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church”According to a press release, he explained that the relationship of the Ukrainian Church with its leadership in Moscow was also complex or nonexistent since the beginning of the conflict. This is the second Orthodox split in Ukraine in a few years. Part of the Ukrainian Church, represented by the Kyiv Patriarchate, broke away from Moscow already in 2019 due to the interference of the Kremlin in the country. Ukraine is central to the Russian Orthodox Church, and some of the most important monasteries are located in this country.
The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court calls on Russia to cooperate. Karim Khan called on Russia to cooperate in the investigation, which he opened four days after the Russian invasion, into alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Ukraine. Neither Russia nor Ukraine are members of the ICC, but Kyiv has accepted the court’s jurisdiction.
While Ukraine, the main agricultural power, can no longer export its grain Because of the closure of its ports, Vladimir Putin rejected, Friday, any Russian responsibility in the global food crisis, during a telephone conversation with Austrian Chancellor Karl Nahamer, according to a press release from the Kremlin. On Thursday, the Russian president offered to help Overcoming the food crisison the condition that Western sanctions on Moscow be lifted first, which earned him accusations of blackmail.
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