War in Ukraine: what you need to know this Thursday

Russian attacked Kyiv for the first time in weeks

The Russian army today launched a missile attack on the Kyiv and northern Chernihiv regions for the first time in several weeks.

According to the governor of the Ukrainian capital, Aleksey Kuleba, at least fifteen people, including five civilians, were injured as a result of Russian strikes.

Russia has attacked the Kyiv region with six missiles fired from the Black Sea, hitting a military unit in the village of Lyutizh on the outskirts of the capital, Oleksiy Gromov, a senior Ukrainian General Staff official, said.

He said the attack destroyed one building and damaged two others, and that Ukrainian forces also shot down one of the rockets in the town of Bucha.

It is assumed that the attack on Chernihiv, directed against the village of Goncharovskaya, was carried out from Belarus, said the governor of the region Vyacheslav Chaus.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian officials have announced a counter-offensive to retake the occupied Kherson region in the country’s south, territory taken by Russia shortly after the invasion.

National media in Ukraine quoted presidential adviser Aleksey Arestovich as confirming that Kyiv’s plans to liberate Kherson were on track and that the Ukrainian army plans to leave Russian troops with three options – “retreat if possible, surrender, or be destroyed.” “.

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US claims over 75,000 Russian soldiers killed or wounded

Since the Kremlin’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24, more than 75,000 Russian soldiers have been killed or wounded, according to US intelligence estimates.

The congresswoman, who recently visited Ukraine, confirmed that these figures were shared at a briefing by the US State Department, the Department of Defense, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

Speaking to CNN, Michigan Republican Elissa Slotkin said: “We have been informed that more than 75,000 Russians have either been killed or injured. [in Ukraine]which is huge … more than 80% of their ground forces are bogged down and they are tired,” she said.

Russia is silent about the losses in Ukraine

One senior Russian MP said in June that his soldiers had virtually stopped dying in the war, even as the fighting raged on.

Andrey Kartapolov, head of the Russian parliament’s defense committee, said “we have practically stopped losing people,” according to the Moscow newspaper Moskovsky Komsomolets.

Euronews cannot independently verify these figures.

Outrage over pro-Putin chants at Turkey-Ukraine football match

Ukrainian authorities have expressed anger at Turkish football fans who chanted the name of Vladimir Putin at a Champions League match in Istanbul.

Thousands of Fenerbahce fans joined in the chant after their team conceded a goal to Ukrainian champion Dynamo Kyiv.

Ukraine’s ambassador Vasily Bodnar said the incident “deeply distressed” him, with one football journalist calling the chart “absolutely tasteless”.

Footage of the scandalous singing has been viewed more than seven million times on social media.

“We will never understand the words of support for a Russian murderer and aggressor who deliberately kills Ukrainians and destroys our country,” Bodnar wrote on Facebook. “Even football, which is so loved in Turkey, has its limits.”

Dynamo Kyiv won the match 2-1, drawing 0-0 in the first match played in Poland due to the Russian invasion.

The UEFA competition organizer told the BBC that it had launched an investigation into the incident.

“Double standards” in the treatment of non-Ukrainian refugees, expert believes

The UN expert accused Poland of applying double standards to Ukrainian refugees compared to non-Europeans fleeing conflicts in Africa and the Middle East.

Those affected include permanent residents of Ukraine, “undocumented” migrants and people who sought asylum in the country before the war forced them to flee again, Felipe González Morales, the UN special rapporteur on migrants’ human rights, said Thursday.

“Even for those who fled the same war, although they were all allowed to enter Poland and received assistance from the state, third-country nationals are not protected by the same legal framework,” he said.

“This double standard has led to a sense of discrimination.”

González Morales praised Poland for accepting some 2 million Ukrainian refugees who arrived in the country, giving them work permits as well as access to healthcare, education and other public services.

“That explains why I don’t see refugee camps in Poland,” he said.

The leader of the Belarusian opposition condemned the attacks on Ukraine carried out from her country

The leader of the Belarusian opposition Svetlana Tikhanovskaya condemned the latest escalation of the war in Ukraine, started from the territory of Belarus.

“Horrified at how Russia continues to use Belarus to attack Ukraine,” she tweeted. “This morning at least 25 rockets were fired from Belarus at Kyiv, Chernigov and other cities. Lukashenko will not deceive anyone. He is guilty of crimes against Belarusians and Ukrainians and must be held accountable.”