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Russia Ukraine war LIVE updates: Putin says Russia has destroyed US weapons in Ukraine by the dozen – Times of India
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Russia Ukraine war LIVE updates: Putin says Russia has destroyed US weapons in Ukraine by the dozen – Times of India 

Russia’s defence ministry said on Saturday its forces shot down a Ukrainian military transport plane carrying weapons and munitions near the Black Sea port of Odesa. The ministry said Russian missiles also struck an artillery training centre in Ukraine’s Sumy region where foreign instructors worked. Another strike destroyed a “foreign mercenaries'” outpost in the Odesa region, it said. Stay with TOI for latest updates:Read Less
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Russia puts more strength behind ‘creeping’ Ukraine advance
Reinforced Russian troops backed by airstrikes pummeled a portion of eastern Ukraine on Saturday, blowing up bridges and shelling apartment buildings as they fought to capture two cities that would put a contested province under Moscow’s control, Ukrainian officials said. Russian and Ukrainian forces battled street-by-street in Sievierodonetsk and neighboring Lysychansk, regional governor Serhiy Haidai said. Russian strikes killed four people, including a mother and child, in the nearby village of Hirske, Haidai said. (AP)
Ukrainian forces trying re-establish ‘total control’ of Severodonetsk: mayor
Ukrainian forces are trying to “re-establish total control” of Severodonetsk, the mayor of the key eastern city said Saturday. While Russian troops had had some success and taken a “good part” of the city, Ukrainian forces had redeployed and were doing everything to re-establish total control of the city, Oleksandr Striuk said in a televised interview broadcast on Telegram.
In recent days Russian forces have focused on capturing Sievierodonetsk, which had a prewar population of about 100,000. At one point they held 90% of the city, but Ukrainian soldiers clawed back some ground, Haidai reported Friday. Zelenskyy described the city’s situation as “extremely difficult” on Saturday.

Ukraine says it pushes back Russian troops in battlefield city
Ukraine said on Saturday it had recaptured a swathe of the battlefield city of Sievierodonetsk, in a rare counter-offensive against Russia’s main assault force that had been steadily advancing in the east. The Ukrainian claim could not be independently verified, and Moscow said its own forces were making gains there. But it was the first time Kyiv has claimed to have launched a big counter-attack in Sievierodonetsk after days of yielding ground there.
Russia puts more strength behind ‘creeping’ Ukraine advance
Reinforced Russian troops backed by airstrikes pummeled a portion of eastern Ukraine on Saturday, blowing up bridges and shelling apartment buildings as they fought to capture two cities that would put a contested province under Moscow’s control, Ukrainian officials said. Russian and Ukrainian forces battled street-by-street in Sievierodonetsk and neighboring Lysychansk, regional governor Serhiy Haidai said. Russian strikes killed four people, including a mother and child, in the nearby village of Hirske, Haidai said.
New Indian envoy to Ukraine presents credentials to Zelenskyy
The new Indian ambassador to Ukraine, Harsh Jain, presented his credentials to President Volodymyr Zelenskyy earlier this week. India had last month decided to reopen its embassy in Kyiv. According to Ukraine, Zelenskyy noted that Ukraine and India are united by the belief in freedom and independence. “The President quoted the words of the national hero of India Mahatma Gandhi that aptly describe Ukraine and Ukrainians: ‘Strength is in the absence of fear, not in the number of muscles in our body. First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win,” said the President’s office in a press release.
A private airfield in Ukraine’s Kharkiv region was hit by a missile strike, damaging planes and destroying several hangars

Russian anti-aircraft forces have shot down dozens of Ukrainian weapons and are “cracking them like nuts,” President Vladimir Putin said in a brief excerpt of an interview aired on Saturday.

Putin says Russia has destroyed US weapons in Ukraine by the dozen
Russian President Vladimir Putin, in comments about a US decision to send new arms to Ukraine, said Russia was easily coping and was already destroying American-supplied weapons by the dozen, state-run news agency RIA reported on Saturday. Putin made the remarks in an interview with national television, RIA said. It is due to be shown on Sunday.
A ship sent to load metal and ship it to Russia has entered the Ukrainian port of Mariupol, TASS news agency reported.

At least seven civilians were reported killed in the Lugansk region where Severodonetsk is located and in the southern city of Mykolaiv.

‘Stay strong Ukraine’: French Open champion Swiatek in emotional peace plea
Iga Swiatek received a standing ovation at Roland Garros on Saturday with an emotional “stay strong Ukraine” peace plea after winning her second French Open title. The 21-year-old Pole was speaking after a 6-1, 6-3 win over Coco Gauff in only 68 minutes on Court Philippe Chatrier, equalling Venus Williams’ record for the longest winning run by a woman in the 21st century.
Finland and Sweden joining NATO would put Russia in a difficult military position in the Baltic Sea, top US General Mark Milley said on Saturday during a visit to Stockholm ahead of a military exercise.

A wooden Orthodox church on one of Ukraine’s most sacred Orthodox sites was set ablaze, church authorities said, amid fierce fighting in the Donbas between Russian and Ukrainian forces.

Russia says Ukrainian units withdrawing from Severodonetsk

Ukraine says no point in talks until Russian troops pushed back
Ukraine on Saturday dismissed French President Emmanuel Macron’s call not to “humiliate” Russia for the sake of diplomacy and said that there was no point in negotiating until Moscow’s forces were pushed back as far as possible. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba rejected Macron’s logic emphatically on Twitter, saying that such calls “could only humiliate France and every other country that calls for it”.
Ukraine criticised comments by French President Emmanuel Macron, who recently repeated that Moscow should not be humiliated to improve chances of diplomatically resolving the war in Ukraine.

Ukraine slams Macron’s call for Russia not to be humiliated

Kyiv said it was pushing back Russian troops in Sievierodonetsk as intense fighting raged around the industrial city, the focus of a Russian offensive to take the eastern Donbas region.

Russia puts more strength behind ‘creeping’ Ukraine advance

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