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.
Tuesday, July 5. Day 132.
Sloviansk. According to Pavlo Kyrylenko, governor of Donestk region, Russian strikes on the city of Sloviansk have caused at least two deaths and seven injuries. These attacks come following their capture of Luhansk region, and many experts predict that Russian forces will now shift their focus to the Ukrainian-held areas of Donestk region, notably the cities of Sloviansk, Bakhmut and Kramatorsk.
Kharkiv. Continuing with their shelling and bombing campaign on Ukrainian-held areas of Kharkiv region, Russian forces have destroyed a school in the Saltisky district of the city of Kharkiv, injuring a civilian, according to reports from Kharkiv region governor Oleh Synyehubov.
Mykolaiv. According to Mykolaiv Mayor Oleksandr Senkevich, a Russian rocket strike on the city of Mykolaiv has resulted in windows shattering in seven residential buildings due to the resulting blast wave. He did not specify the number of casualties, but said some civilians were injured.
Khmelnytskyi. The mayor of the city of Khmelnytskyi, in Western Ukraine, Oleskandr Symchyshyn, reports that a Russian rocket struck the city. This serves as a reminder that although Khmelnytskyi region, along with other regions of Western Ukraine, have largely been spared the worst of the war, Russia still has the capability to target those areas.
U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, told the U.N. Human Rights Council that arbitrary detention of civilians has become widespread in parts of Ukraine held by Russia’s military and affiliated armed groups, with 270 cases documented so far. At the same session, Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine, Emine Dzhaparova, accused Russia of kidnappings on a “massive” scale, including the abduction of the mayor of the city of Kherson, Ihor Kolykhayev, and called for their immediate and unconditional release.
Speaking at the Ukraine Recovery Conference in Lugano, Switzerland, Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė suggested that EU countries should create a legal process through which they can expropriate confiscated Russian assets with the eventual goal of using them to aid in Ukraine’s recovery.
According to the Kyiv-based think tank KSE Institute, exports of Russian gold hit record lows from March onward, with the Institute specifying that the London Stock Exchange’s decision to withdraw certifications from a number of Russian gold providers has been the driving force behind the decline, as the U.K. has been the biggest importer of Russian gold for the past decade.
Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal announced that Ukraine has officially applied to be a member of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). According to Shmyhal, membership in the organization will be of critical importance as Ukraine aims to implement reforms required for it to join the EU as a full-fledged member.