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At least 17 dead in bombing of homes in Zaporizhzhia

Shelling in the city of Zaporizhzhia in southeastern Ukraine left at least 17 people dead, city official Anatoliy Kurtev said.

Anton Gerashchenko, senior presidential adviser to Volodymyr Zelenskiy, said preliminary figures suggested 17 dead and 40 injured after an attack on residential accommodation. “The Russians are unable to respond on the battlefield and therefore hit the towns from the rear,” he said.

The city is 125 km (80 miles) from the Russian nuclear power plant which is the largest in Europe.

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A rescue worker in a damaged residential building in Zaporizhzhia after the Russian airstrike. Photograph: Reuters

The damage from Saturday’s explosion on the Kerch bridge in Crimea could have a “significant” impact on Russia’s “already strained ability to sustain its forces in southern Ukraine”, the latest UK intelligence update says.

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The Ministry of Defence said the blast “will likely touch President Putin closely” for reasons including that it came hours after his 70th birthday, he personally sponsored and opened the bridge, and its construction contractor was a childhood friend.

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The ministry said the bridge’s rail crossing had played a key role in moving heavy military vehicles to the southern front during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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The extent of damage to the rail crossing was uncertain, it said, but any serious disruption to its capacity would be “highly likely” to adversely affect Russian forces in Ukraine’s south.

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Shelling in the south-eastern Ukrainian city of Zaporizhzhia has killed at least 17 people, city official Anatoliy Kurtev has said.

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Anton Gerashchenko, a senior presidential adviser to Volodymyr Zelenskiy, said preliminary figures suggested 17 dead and 40 wounded after an attack on residential housing. “The Russians are not able to respond on the battlefield and therefore hit the cities in the rear,” he said.

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The city lies 125 km (80 miles) from the Russian-held nuclear power plant that is Europe’s largest.

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  • Vladimir Putin signed a decree late on Saturday tightening security for the Kerch bridge and for energy infrastructure between Crimea and Russia after the explosion that crippled the heavily guarded bridge. Russia’s federal security service, the FSB, is in charge of the effort. By Saturday evening, Russia said the rail link across the bridge was operational again but road traffic would remain constricted.

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  • An adviser to Volodymyr Zelenskiy said the explosion on the Kerch bridge was just “the beginning”. Mykhailo Podolyak wrote on Twitter: “Everything illegal must be destroyed, everything that is stolen must be returned to Ukraine, everything occupied by Russia must be expelled.” Three people were killed on Saturday after a truck bomb caused a fire and the collapse of a section of the bridge, Russian officials said.

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  • Russian troops fighting in the Mykolaiv, Kryvyi Rih and Zaporizhzhia regions of southern Ukraine could receive all the supplies they needed via existing land and sea corridors, said Russia’s defence ministry after the Kerch bridge explosion. The road-and-rail bridge has been used to take Russian personnel and military supplies through the peninsula into other parts of Ukraine’s south.

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  • The parliamentary leader of Zelenskiy’s party has stopped short of claiming Kyiv was responsible for the Kerch bridge blast but appeared to cast it as a consequence of Moscow’s takeover of Crimea and attempts to integrate the peninsula with the Russian mainland. “Russian illegal construction is starting to fall apart and catch fire,” David Arakhamia wrote on Telegram. “The reason is simple: if you build something explosive, then sooner or later it will explode.”

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  • Russia has named a new senior commander of Russian forces in Ukraine. Sergei Surovikin is a notorious general who opened fire on pro-democracy protesters in the 1990s. He led the Russian military expedition in Syria in 2017, where he was accused of using “controversial” tactics including indiscriminate bombing against anti-government fighters.

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  • Zelenskiy said Ukrainian troops were involved in “very tough fighting” near Bakhmut, a strategically important eastern town Russia is trying to take. Reuters reported that while Ukrainian troops had recaptured thousands of square kilometres of land in recent offensives in the east and south, officials say progress is likely to slow once Kyiv’s forces meet more determined resistance. Zelenskiy said in his nightly address: “We are holding our positions in the Donbas, in particular in the Bakhmut direction, where it is very, very difficult now – very tough fighting.”

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  • Petro Kotin, the head of Ukraine’s state nuclear company Energoatom, said the diesel generators at the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant had only a limited supply of fuel. Overnight shelling cut power to the plant, which needs cooling to avoid a meltdown, forcing it to switch to emergency generators. The United Natoins atomic watchdog has renewed calls for a protection zone at the plant, condemning the shelling as “tremendously irresponsible”.

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  • Ukraine’s GDP has shrunk by 30% in nine months, the ministry of economy said on Saturday. Among the negative factors that affected the economy, the weather and the actions of the occupiers stand out,” it said.

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  • France’s prestigious Bayeux War Correspondents’ Awards on Saturday largely honoured reporting on the Ukraine conflict, with Associated Press and Burkina Faso newspaper Sidwaya among the recipients. The photo prize went to Ukrainian photographer Evgeniy Maloletka for his work with video journalist Mstyslav Chernov on the fall of Mariupol for AP.

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  • The series of explosions that rocked Kharkiv early on Saturday sparked a fire at one of the city’s medical institutions, the mayor of the eastern Ukrainian city said. Ihor Terekhov said on Telegram that the explosions were the result of missile strikes in the city centre, Associated Press reported. They also sparked a fire in a non-residential building.

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  • The German defence minister has told Nato it must do more to bolster security, warning: “We cannot know how far Putin’s delusions of grandeur can go.” Christine Lambrecht said Germany had heard of Russian threats to Lithuania for implementing EU sanctions and that they must be taken seriously and be prepared, Reuters reported.

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  • The UK has rejected Moscow’s call for a secret ballot in the UN general assembly next week on whether to condemn Russia’s move to annex four regions in Ukraine and requested that the 193-member body vote publicly. The general assembly is set to vote on a draft resolution that would condemn Russia’s “illegal so-called referenda” and the “attempted illegal annexation”.

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Crimea bridge explosion could have ‘significant’ impact on Russian forces, Defense Ministry says

The damage caused by Saturday’s explosion at the Kerch Bridge in Crimea could have a “significant” impact on Russia’s “already strained ability to maintain its forces in southern Ukraine”, says the latest update from UK intelligence.

The Defense Ministry said the blast “will likely hit President Putin in close quarters” for reasons such as it came hours after his 70th birthday, he personally sponsored and opened the bridge, and his construction contractor was a childhood friend.

The ministry said the bridge crossing played a key role in moving heavy military vehicles to the southern front during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The extent of damage to the crossing is uncertain, he said, but any serious disruption to its capability would be “very likely” to negatively affect Russian forces in southern Ukraine.

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Some officials in Moscow and Russian-occupied Ukraine have called for retaliation following the explosion that severely damaged the Kerch Bridge connecting Crimea with Russia on Saturday.

‘There is an undisguised terrorist war against us,’ says MP from Russia’s ruling party Oleg Morozov told the RIA Novosti news agency.

Agence France-Presse quoted a Russian official based in the occupied Ukrainian region of Kherson, Kirill Stremousovas told :

Everyone is waiting for a retaliatory strike and it is likely to come.

Military analysts said the blast could have a major impact if Moscow sees the need to move troops already pressed into Crimea from other regions or prompt residents to leave.

mick ryana retired Australian major general now at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, said that even if the Ukrainians were not behind the explosion, it was “a massive influence operation for Ukraine” .

He said on Twitter:

It is a demonstration to the Russians, and to the rest of the world, that the Russian army cannot protect any of the provinces it has recently annexed.

At least 17 dead in bombing of homes in Zaporizhzhia

Shelling in the city of Zaporizhzhia in southeastern Ukraine left at least 17 people dead, city official Anatoliy Kurtev said.

Anton Gerashchenko, senior presidential adviser to Volodymyr Zelenskiy, said preliminary figures suggested 17 dead and 40 injured after an attack on residential accommodation. “The Russians are unable to respond on the battlefield and therefore hit the towns from the rear,” he said.

The city is 125 km (80 miles) from the Russian nuclear power plant which is the largest in Europe.

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A rescuer in a damaged residential building in Zaporizhzhia after the Russian airstrike
A rescue worker in a damaged residential building in Zaporizhzhia after the Russian airstrike. Photograph: Reuters

Summary

  • Vladimir Putin signed a decree on Saturday evening strengthening the security of the Kerch bridge and for the energy infrastructure between Crimea and Russia after the explosion that crippled the heavily guarded bridge. Russia’s federal security service, the FSB, is responsible for the effort. On Saturday evening, Russia said the rail link across the bridge was operational again but road traffic would remain restricted.

  • An adviser to Volodymyr Zelenskiy said the explosion on the Kerch Bridge was just “the start”. Mykhailo Podolyak wrote on Twitter: “Everything illegal must be destroyed, everything stolen must be returned to Ukraine, everything occupied by Russia must be expelled”. Three people were killed on Saturday after a truck bomb caused a fire and collapsed a section of the bridge, Russian officials said.

  • Russian troops fighting in the Mykolaiv, Kryvyi Rih and Zaporizhzhia regions of southern Ukraine could receive all the supplies they needed via existing land and sea corridors, Russian Defense Ministry says after Kerch bridge explosion. The road and rail bridge was used to transport Russian military personnel and supplies across the peninsula to other parts of southern Ukraine.

  • The parliamentary leader of Zelenskiy’s party refrained from claiming that Kyiv was responsible for the explosion of the Kerch bridge but seemed to throw it away following Moscow’s takeover of Crimea and attempts to integrate the peninsula into the Russian mainland. “Illegal Russian construction is starting to collapse and catch fire,” David Arakhamia wrote on Telegram. “The reason is simple: if you build something explosive, sooner or later it will explode.”

  • Russia has appointed a new senior commander of Russian forces in Ukraine. Sergei Surovikin is a notorious general who opened fire on pro-democracy protesters in the 1990s. He led the Russian military expedition to Syria in 2017, where he was accused of using “controversial” tactics, including indiscriminate shelling of anti-government fighters.

  • Zelenskiy said Ukrainian troops were involved in ‘very tough fighting’ near Bakhmut, a strategically important eastern city that Russia is trying to take. Reuters reported that while Ukrainian troops recaptured thousands of square kilometers of land in recent offensives in the east and south, officials said progress is expected to slow once Kyiv forces encounter more determined resistance. . Zelensky said in his evening speech: “We maintain our positions in Donbass, especially in the direction of Bakhmut, where it is very, very difficult now – very tough fighting.”

  • Petro Kotin, the head of Ukrainian nuclear company Energoatom, said diesel generators at the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant had only a limited supply of fuel. Nighttime bombing has cut power to the plant, which needs cooling to avoid a meltdown, forcing it to switch to backup generators. The United Nations atomic watchdog renewed calls for a protective zone at the plant, condemning the bombing as “extremely irresponsible”.

  • Ukraine’s GDP has shrunk by 30% in nine monthsthe said the Ministry of Economy Saturday. Among the negative factors that have affected the economy, the weather and the actions of the occupants stand out,” he said.

  • The prestigious Bayeux Prize for French war correspondents largely honored reporting on the conflict in Ukraine on Saturday, with Associated Press and the Burkinabé newspaper Sidwaya among the recipients. The photo prize went to Ukrainian photographer Evgeniy Maloletka for his work with video journalist Mstyslav Chernov on the fall of Mariupol for AP.

  • The series of explosions that rocked Kharkiv early on Saturday sparked a fire in one of the city’s medical facilities, said the mayor of the city in eastern Ukraine. Ihor Terekhov said on Telegram that the explosions were the result of missile strikes in the city center, the Associated Press reported. They also started a fire in a non-residential building.

  • German defense minister tells NATO it needs to do more to boost security, warning: “We cannot know how far Putin’s delusions of grandeur can go. Christine Lambrecht said Germany had heard of Russian threats against Lithuania for the application of EU sanctions and that they should be taken seriously and prepared for, Reuters reported.

  • UK rejects Moscow’s call for secret ballot at UN general assembly next week on whether to condemn Russia’s decision to annex four regions of Ukraine and demanded that the 193-member body vote publicly. The general assembly must vote on a draft resolution that would condemn the “so-called illegal referendums” and the “illegal annexation attempt” of Russia.

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