Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Live – War in Ukraine: Mariupol fell, several scenes in the Donbass


“Putin destroyed everything”: Former pro-Russian, Odessa mayor scolds Moscow

The mayor of the Ukrainian city of Odessa, Gennady Trokanov, who was once considered a pro-Russian politician, attacked Russia and President Vladimir Putin during an interview with the AFP.

“The Russians are currently on our land, they are bombing our cities, killing our people and our soldiers,” observes Gennady Trukanov. According to him, an irreversible point has passed: there can be no more questions about Russian-Ukrainian friendship. He condemned the airstrikes, the siege of the Black Sea and the millions of tons of grain trapped in ports, including Odessa.

“Putin has destroyed everything,” he said. He underscores that Russian troops “not only destroy our cities, they kill our people, but they also cause economic catastrophe.”

Russian gas supply to Finland has been cut off

Finland’s state – owned energy company Gasum said on Saturday that Finland’s natural gas supply from Russia was cut off. The company notes that gas will now be supplied from other sources via the Baltic connector gas pipeline that connects Finland with Estonia.

The Finnish team said on Friday that the Russian company Gosprom had informed them about the supply disruption on Saturday.

Several shots at Donbass

“Enemies continue to carry out offensive operations in the Eastern Operational Zone to establish full control over the Donetsk and Luhansk regions and to maintain the temporarily occupied Crimean land corridor,” it said. General staff of the Ukrainian forces on Facebook on Saturday morning.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has promised that the capture of the Lukansk region will be “almost complete” in the Donbass. Oleksandre Motouzianyk, a spokesman for the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense, said the situation was “showing signs of deteriorating” and that “Russian occupation forces are conducting intensive firing on the entire front line.”

“When we resist, our troops receive foreign weapons, are being rearranged, re-integrated, and I think we will see a counter-attack in June,” local Governor Sergei Keito promised on Friday night.

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Russian officials say the last pocket of protest has fallen on Mariupol

Earlier in the evening, a Russian Defense Ministry spokesman confirmed that the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol – the last pocket of resistance in this strategic port on the Sea of ​​Azov – had “gone under complete control”. The news reached President Vladimir Putin shortly after the surrender of the last Ukrainian soldiers.

The footage, released by Moscow, showed men armed with war tools emerging from the steel industry, some with crutches or bandages, after a long war that had become a symbol of Ukrainian opposition to the Russian invasion.

“The High Command has issued an order to save the lives of our garrison soldiers and to stop defending the city,” Regiment Commander Denise Prokopenko said in a video in the Telegram. From the right arm and what appeared to be an underground chamber swollen.