Ukraine attacked Russian Black Sea Fleet headquarters, Sevastopol governor said

  • Ukraine attacked Russian Black Sea base, governor says
  • Zelensky says war could cut grain harvest in half
  • Zelensky Donetsk . ordered the withdrawal of
  • Dozens of prisoners of war killed in strike on prison occupied by separatists

ODESA, Ukraine, July 31 (Reuters) – Ukraine’s military attacked the headquarters of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet in Russian-occupied Sevastopol early Sunday, the governor of the Crimean port city said, while Ukraine held heavy offensive against two southern cities. Russian attacks reported.

Sevastopol Governor Mikhail Razvozayev was quoted by Russian media as saying five workers were injured in the attack, after what was believed to be a drone that had flown over the courtyard of the headquarters.

The attack coincided with Russia’s Navy Day, which was marked by President Vladimir Putin announcing that the Russian Navy would receive “formidable” hypersonic Zircon cruise missiles in the next few months. Hypersonic weapons can travel up to nine times the speed of sound. read more

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He did not mention Ukraine directly.

Ukrainian officials said there were heavy Russian attacks on Russia’s southern cities of Mykolaiv and Nikopol overnight and early Sunday.

Two people were killed and three were injured when 12 missiles hit homes and educational facilities, Mykolaiv’s mayor Oleksandr Senkevich told Ukrainian television, describing the attacks on the city as “probably the most powerful” of the entire war.

Dnipropetrovsk governor Valentin Reznichenko wrote on Telegram, “50 Grad rockets hit residential areas in Nikopol on Sunday morning. One person got injured.

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Reuters could not independently confirm the battlefield report.

On February 24, Putin sent thousands of troops to the border, setting off a conflict that killed thousands, uprooted millions and strained relations between Russia and the West.

The biggest conflict in Europe since World War II has also sparked an energy and food crisis that is rocking the global economy. Both Ukraine and Russia are major suppliers of grain.

harvest may be halved

President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Sunday that the country’s crop this year could be half of normal due to the invasion.

“The Ukrainian crop is in danger of doubling this year,” Zelensky wrote in English on Twitter. “Our main goal – to prevent the global food crisis caused by the Russian invasion. Still find a way to distribute grain alternatively,” he said.

Ukraine has struggled to get its product to buyers through its Black Sea ports because of the war.

But an agreement signed on 22 July led by the United Nations and Turkey provides safe passage for ships carrying grain to and from three southern Ukrainian ports.

A spokesman for Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday it was highly likely that the first grain-exporting ship would leave Ukraine’s ports on Monday. read more

eastern danger

In a televised address late Saturday, Zelensky said hundreds of thousands of people still face fierce fighting in the Donbass region, which includes Donetsk and Luhansk provinces, and which Russia wants to control completely. The Swat of the Donbass had been organized before the invasion by Russian-backed separatists.

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“Many refused to leave, but it still needs to be done,” Zelensky said. “The more people now leaving the Donetsk region, the less people the Russian army will have time to kill.”

Russia on Sunday invited UN and Red Cross experts to investigate the deaths of dozens of Ukrainian prisoners held by Moscow-backed separatists.

Ukraine and Russia exchanged charges early Friday over a missile attack or explosion that killed dozens of Ukrainian prisoners of war in the front-line city of Olenivka in eastern Donetsk.

The Defense Ministry said on Sunday that Russia invited UN and Red Cross experts to investigate the deaths “in the interest of conducting an objective investigation”.

The ministry published a list of 50 Ukrainian prisoners of war killed and 73 wounded, saying it was a Ukrainian military attack with a US-made High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS).

Ukraine’s armed forces denied responsibility, saying Russian artillery attacked the prison to hide abuses there.

Reuters reporters confirmed some of the deaths in prison, but could not immediately verify differing versions of events.

The United Nations had said it was ready to send experts to obtain consensus from both sides. The International Committee of the Red Cross said it was seeking access and offered to help evacuate the wounded.

Russia denies that its military intentionally attacked civilians or committed war crimes in the invasion, which it calls a “special operation”.

Ukraine’s military said on Saturday that more than 100 Russian soldiers were killed and seven tanks destroyed on Friday in the south, including in the Kherson region that is the center of Kyiv’s counterattacks in that part of the country and Moscow’s supply lines. There is an important link in

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The army’s southern command stated that rail traffic to Kherson on the Dnipro River was cut off, potentially separating occupied Crimea and supplies to Russian forces west of the river in the east.

Ukraine has used Western-supplied long-range missile systems in recent weeks to severely damage three bridges across Dnipro, cut off the city of Kherson and – in British officials’ assessments – Russia’s 49th Army. is left highly vulnerable on the west bank of the river.

Earlier this week officials from the Russian-appointed administration running the Kherson region rejected Western and Ukrainian assessments of the situation.

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Reporting by the Reuters Bureau Lincoln Feast and Writing by William McLean Editing by William Mallard and Francis Carey

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