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Ukraine and Russia: What you need to know right now

Economy Jul 05, 2022 05:35PM ET
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2/2 © Reuters. A worker from the war crimes prosecutor's office takes in the damage from overnight shelling that landed on a building of Kharkiv's Housing and Communal College as Russia's attack on Ukraine continues in Kharkiv, Ukraine, June 21, 2022. REUTERS/Leah Milli 2/2

(Reuters) - Russia pounded Ukraine's eastern region of Donetsk after seizing Luhansk province following months of gruelling attritional warfare in which both sides lost many men.

FIGHTING

* Russian forces struck a market and a residential area in the city of Sloviansk near front lines in Donetsk, killing at least two people and injuring seven, according to officials.

* Russian rocket strikes hit the southern Ukrainian city of Mykolaiv, Mayor Oleksandr Senkevych said.

* Russian-backed separatists have seized two foreign-flagged ships in the southeast Ukrainian port of Mariupol, saying they are now "state property", in the first such moves against commercial shipping, letters seen by Reuters showed.

* Reuters could not independently verify the battlefield accounts.

* The speaker of Russia's lower house of parliament said Ukraine had become a "terrorist state" and was doing everything to ensure that Russia did not stop at the borders of the Donbas region.

DIPLOMACY AND ECONOMY

* Ukrainian President Zelenskiy renewed his appeal for security guarantees while addressing a conference hosted by the Economist. Europe needs to understand, he said, that the war in Ukraine is about Europe's safety and Ukraine is the "fence" protecting it.

* An international conference in Lugano, Switzerland, to support Ukraine has outlined a series of principles to steer Kyiv's recovery and condemned Moscow's actions.

* Western partners should do more to help unblock Ukraine's Black Sea ports to release exports of grain, metals and mining products, a Ukrainian official said in Lugano.

* The United States does not expect any meeting this week at the G20 between U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Russian Foreign Minster Sergei Lavrov and wants members to speak out about Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

* Russian former president Medvedev said a reported proposal from Japan to cap the price of Russian oil at around half its current price would lead to a market shortage that could push prices above $300-400 a barrel.

HUMAN RIGHTS

* Arbitrary detention of civilians has become widespread in parts of Ukraine held by Russia's military and affiliated armed groups, with 270 cases documented, the U.N. human rights chief said.

QUOTES

* "The city doesn't exist anymore," said Nina, a young mother who fled Lysychansk in Luhansk province to take refuge in the central city of Dnipro. "It has practically been wiped off the face of the Earth."

Ukraine and Russia: What you need to know right now
 

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Layla Rose
Layla Rose Jul 04, 2022 9:50PM ET
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Ferdinando Riboni
Ferdinando Riboni Jul 04, 2022 8:46PM ET
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Democrats are Rich they are making Billions from Ukraine and should pay more Taxes ( most pay none )Ukraine already won the war ( CNN Source )anyway give them 1 Million ..wait 1 Trillion Gazillion Dollars
Ken Roth
Ken Roth Jul 03, 2022 4:09PM ET
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Remarkable that many russian in here can justify their invasion of another country by a fake story by 20 years of putin brainwash that nazies are everywhere in the west, even though we are just democracies who cares about freedom and the will of the people
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Brad Albright
Brad Albright Jul 03, 2022 4:09PM ET
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My friend, you are drowning in misinformation and fantasy. Can you incorporate facts into your assessment? https://www.axios.com/2022/03/02/united-nations-ukraine-russia-141
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Jul 03, 2022 4:09PM ET
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Syria? It seems that rather than confront the facts on Ukraine, you want to change the subject. Russia is morally unjustified with its barbaric attack on Ukraine and no amount of deflection to other topics alleviates you from a human responsibility to correctly assess Russia's immortality.
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Jul 03, 2022 4:09PM ET
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Immorality
Nick Smith
Nick Smith Jul 03, 2022 4:09PM ET
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Many Russians are certainly majorly brainwashed. It is very common for citizens to trust their leadership and their pseudopatriotic lies. Remember the Iraq war and how the people in US overwhelmingly supported it?
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Jul 03, 2022 4:09PM ET
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About 1 in 4 Americans opposed the war in Iraq when it began. Those in opposition marched in the streets, expressed opinions in newspapers, internet and broadcast media. Eventually, opinionated n changed and a majority of Americans opposed the war. Without free access to information or the ability to safely express dissent, I don't see how Russia compares.
Hassan Naseem
Hassan Naseem Jul 03, 2022 4:45AM ET
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Yes plz. Peace in SYRIA IRAQ AFGHANISTAN KASHMIR PALESTINE first then UKRAINE because they are suffering since very long and nobody cared 😭
Pranav Hulmajage
Pranav Hulmajage Jul 03, 2022 4:45AM ET
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Don't put your nose in Kashmir.
Bryan Ojeda
Bryan Ojeda Jul 03, 2022 4:45AM ET
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Those places are beyond repair Hassan. Those people ******themselves from within not by a foreign invader.
Kartik Naidu
Kartik Naidu Jul 03, 2022 4:45AM ET
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Kashmir is and will be part of india
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Jul 03, 2022 4:45AM ET
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Lucky Kashmir /s
Je Bual
Je Bual Jul 03, 2022 4:40AM ET
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Everyone need peace
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Je Bual Jul 03, 2022 4:40AM ET
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Everyone need peace
Ramesh Shah
Ramesh Shah Jul 03, 2022 4:35AM ET
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War only destroys, Peace needs to prevail but i dont know how
Ken Roth
Ken Roth Jul 02, 2022 6:16PM ET
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The sooner the russian people understand that they will win no land and the young soldiers will die for nothing the better for the whole world
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Brad Albright Jul 02, 2022 6:16PM ET
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Insignia? You justify the worst of immortality to yourself because of insignia? You have been brainwashed. 140 countries have condemned Russia's attack. Do you really think if there was some kind of Na z I threat 140 nations of the world would side with it and leave Russia to stand alone against it.? You have been brainwashed.
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Jul 02, 2022 6:16PM ET
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Do you hear yourself? A street name justifies the ******of innocent civilians? You are morally off balance.
Ken Roth
Ken Roth Jul 02, 2022 6:16PM ET
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Vasisualy Lokhankin stalin was the worst dictator in history worse than adolf. Stalin has millions dead that did not agree with his leadership to his credit. I am sure you have som stalin figures, pictures streetnames etc in russia
Ken Roth
Ken Roth Jul 02, 2022 6:16PM ET
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Vasisualy Lokhankin so in your deluted brainwashed enslaved world where you are not allowed to have any other opion than putin or even speak one word against him or you end in jail you call ukraine fachists the only fascists we have in the world are russia
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Jul 02, 2022 6:16PM ET
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No, actually, you attempted to justify barbarism by pointing to insignia and street signs. If the threat in Ukraine was as you describe, 140 nations would have aligned against it at the UN. What doe it tell you that they have not? It tells you that Putin knows his claims of fighting na z is is a fabrication, for the purpose of brainwashing the morally stunted and cowardly people of Russia.
Benjamin USA
Benjamin USA Jul 02, 2022 10:32AM ET
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Russian terrorists are no better then ISIS.
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Jul 02, 2022 10:32AM ET
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And they will meet the same fate.
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Jul 02, 2022 10:22AM ET
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140 countries have formally condemned Russia's barbarism. Russian mothers have lost 20,000 sons to serve Putin's folly. What a sad waste it is to sacrifice one's son in the service of cruelty. These dead and their supporters will forever be villains.
 
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