News And Information From Ukraine
Dispatches from Ukraine, provided by Forbes Ukraine’s editorial team.
As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues and the war rages on, reliable sources of information are critical. Forbes Ukraine’s reporters gather information and provide updates on the situation.
Saturday, July 2. Day 129.
The number of confirmed deaths in Tuesday’s strike on a shopping mall in the city of Kremenchuk has risen to 21, announced the State Emergency Service of Ukraine. 66 people have been injured, 26 of whom have been hospitalized. Additionally, rescuers have identified 29 body parts.
Mykolaiv. The Mykolaiv region Council reports that 14 people have been injured as a result of Russian Forces shelling the region. Overall, as of July 2, 274 people are receiving treatment for injuries resulting from Russian attacks.
Kharkiv. According to Kharkiv region governor Oleh Synyehubov, four civilians have been injured as a result of Russian shelling in Kharkiv region. Additionally, Russian forces have conducted a rocket strike on the city of Kharkiv, with no casualties being reported.
Dnipro. The city of Pavlograd, in Dnipro region, has been hit by a rocket strike, according to the city council. No casualties have been reported.
Ukraine’s chief negotiator and presidential advisor, Mykhailo Podolyak, has claimed that recent attacks by Russian forces on residential areas in places far behind the frontline have been part of a deliberate strategy by Russia to force Ukraine back to the negotiating table.
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko claims that Belarus intercepted attempted missile strikes from Ukraine. He also announced that as a response to threatening actions by Western countries, he has ordered Belarusian troops to “take aim at decision-making centers in enemy capitals.” Although Lukashenko, who is often accused of being a dictator, has stated before that he doesn’t wish for war with Ukraine, this statement only adds credence to the possibility of a Belarusian intervention on the side of Russia that some Ukrainian officials have recently warned might become a reality.
Some German officials have expressed fear that a planned maintenance of the Nord Stream 1 natural gas pipeline, due to start on July 11, may lead to a permanent cutoff of Russian gas as Russia attempts to pressure European countries into giving up support for Ukraine. According to Klaus Müller, the head of the Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzwerkagentur), priorities would have to be set if there were to be a shortage of gas. “We cannot class every business as essential,” he said, adding that “public swimming pools are probably not in the critical sector, just like the production of chocolate cookies.”
Der Spiegel reports that The European Commission is planning to allow Russia to resume transit to Kaliningrad through EU member states, although only at levels comparable to pre-invasion ones. The move, expected to be highly unpopular in the Baltic states, aims at solving rising tensions between Russia and the EU after the latest round of EU sanctions resulted in a complete effective blockade of the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad.
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