War in Ukraine: Sunday’s latest events you need to know

1. Attack of drones on the headquarters of Russia on the Black Sea in the Crimea.

A small explosive device planted by a homemade drone exploded on Sunday at the headquarters of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet on the Crimean peninsula, injuring six people and causing the cancellation of ceremonies honoring the Russian Navy, authorities said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin attended the celebration of the Day of the Navy in St. Petersburg. Petersburg on Sunday.

Responsibility for the drone explosion in the yard of the naval headquarters in Sevastopol was not immediately claimed. But the seemingly impromptu, small-scale nature of the attack raised the possibility that it was the work of Ukrainian rebels trying to drive out Russian forces.

Olga Kovitidi, a Russian MP from Crimea, told Russian state news agency RIA Novosti that the drone had been launched from Sevastopol itself. According to her, the incident is being treated as a terrorist act, according to the news agency.

The Crimean authorities have raised the terrorist threat level for the region to “yellow”, the second highest level.

Sevastopol, which was seized by Russia along with the rest of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, is about 170 kilometers south of mainland Ukraine. Russian troops control most of the mainland along the Black Sea.

The press service of the Black Sea Fleet said that the drone turned out to be homemade. In it, the explosive device is characterized as “low-powered”. The mayor of Sevastopol, Mikhail Razvozhaev, reported six wounded. The celebration of the Day of the Russian Navy was canceled in the city.

2. President Zelensky orders the evacuation of Donetsk

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky called on civilians to leave the Donetsk region, fleeing “Russian terror”.

“A government decision has been made on the mandatory evacuation of residents of the Donetsk region,” Zelensky said in a video message on Saturday evening. “Please evacuate,” he demanded. “The more people who leave the Donetsk region now, the fewer people the Russian army will kill.”

“At this stage of the war, terror is Russia’s main weapon,” he said.

Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine Irina Vereshchuk earlier announced a mandatory evacuation of the entire population of Donetsk, one of two administrative regions of the Donbass industrial basin where Russia is gaining strength.

She justified this decision in television appearances by the destruction of gas networks and the lack of heating in the area next winter.

The Ukrainian authorities estimate that there are at least 200,000 civilians still living in the areas of Donetsk Oblast not under Russian occupation.

“At present, there are about 52,000 children in the Donetsk region. The police are explaining to parents that the evacuation involves the provision of housing and all necessary assistance, ”the state police in charge of the operation said.

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3. The Red Cross is struggling to find the prison where the Ukrainian prisoners of war died

Ukrainian and Russian officials on Saturday blamed each other for the deaths of dozens of Ukrainian prisoners of war in an attack on a prison in a separatist-controlled area. The International Red Cross asked for a visit to the prison to make sure that dozens of wounded POWs received proper treatment, but said its request had not yet been granted.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said the ICRC and the United Nations have an obligation to respond to the shelling of a prison complex in the Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine and reiterated his call for Russia to be declared a terrorist state.

“Condemnation at the level of political rhetoric is not enough for this massacre,” he said.

Separatist authorities and Russian officials said Friday’s attack killed 53 Ukrainian prisoners of war and wounded 75 more. On Saturday, the Russian Defense Ministry released a list listing 48 Ukrainian militants, aged between 20 and 62, who died in the attack; it is not clear if the ministry has revised the death toll.

Satellite photographs taken before and after the attack show that a small square building in the center of the Olenevsky prison complex was demolished, the roof covered in chips.

Both Ukraine and Russia argued that the attack on the prison was deliberate and aimed at silencing Ukrainian prisoners and destroying evidence.

The ICRC, which organized the evacuation of the civilian population and worked to monitor the treatment of prisoners of war held by Russia and Ukraine, said it had requested access to the prison “to determine the health and condition of all the people present at the time of the attack.” “.

“Now our priority is to ensure that the wounded receive life-saving treatment and that the bodies of the dead are treated with dignity,” the Red Cross said.

But the organization said its request for access to the prison has not yet been granted.

“Giving the ICRC access to prisoners of war is an obligation of the parties to the conflict in accordance with the Geneva Conventions,” the ICRC said on Twitter.

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4. Grain exporter – one of the richest people in Ukraine – died in shelling

One of Ukraine’s richest men, a grain merchant, was killed in what Ukrainian authorities described as a carefully targeted Russian missile attack on his home.

Oleksiy Vadatursky, 74, owner of Ukraine’s leading grain logistics company Nibulon, and his wife Raisa Vadaturskaya were at home in Nikolaev, southern Ukraine, at the time of the strike, according to Ukrainian authorities.

“This is not a coincidence, but a deliberate murder,” Mikhail Podolyak, adviser to the President of Ukraine, responded on Telegram. “The fact that the rocket hit the bedroom of their house leaves no doubt that Vadatursky was the target.

“He was one of the leading agricultural entrepreneurs in the country, a key figure in the region and a major employer,” Podolyak said.

Millionaire and “Hero of Ukraine” Oleksiy Vadatursky ranked 24th among the richest Ukrainians in the Forbes magazine list in 2021. Before the war, his company exported grain to 70 countries.

5. Russia wants to strengthen its position in the Arctic

Russia wants to strengthen its position in the Arctic both economically and militarily, according to the new Russian naval doctrine signed by Vladimir Putin on Sunday on the occasion of Russian Fleet Day.

The Arctic “is turning into a region of international competition not only from an economic but also from a military point of view,” says the doctrine, which was signed with great fanfare at a naval parade in St. Petersburg. Petersburg.

Russia said it would strengthen its “leading position in the exploration and development of the Arctic” and its mineral deposits, as well as ensure its “strategic stability” in the area by strengthening the military potential of Russia’s Northern and Pacific fleets, the document says.

In the Arctic, the country also wants to “fully develop the Northern Sea Route,” also known as the Northeast Passage, which links Europe to Asia along the Russian coast, to make it “a safe and competitive route that will operate all year round.” round”, according to the teaching.

The 55-page document also denounces the US pursuit of “dominance in world waters” and “the convergence of NATO military infrastructure with Russia’s borders”, describing these phenomena as “major threats” to Russia.

Moscow views NATO, its old Cold War enemy, as an existential threat and justifies its offensive in Ukraine by citing Kyiv’s Atlantic ambitions and Western political and military support for neighbor Russia.