Russia-Ukraine war latest: what we know on day 182 of the invasion | Ukraine

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  • Ukraine braces for possible Russian attacks as it marks its independence day and 31 years since the end of the Soviet rule. Authorities have canceled celebrations in Kiev as officials warn that Russia is preparing to attack the capital. Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said he had information from Ukrainian intelligence and international partners that there was an increased threat as the US said it believes Russia would target civilian and government infrastructure in the coming days. Ukraine’s defense ministry advised Ukrainians to exercise particular caution, citing the threat of missile strikes and “provocations” from Russia.

  • Many civilians tried to leave Kiev for fear of a Russian attack, said an adviser to the Ukrainian president. Alex Rodnyansky said people were concerned and there was “certainly some concern” that an attack on Wednesday could hit decision-making centers. Russia and the Putin regime “are really obsessed with dates and symbols, so it would make sense to be wary and prepared for the Independence Day attack,” said Andriy Yusov, the head of the ministry’s intelligence directorate. .

  • Zelenskiy has warned Russia of a strong response to any attacks on Independence Day. Russia “will have an answer, a strong answer”.

  • Zelenskiy said Ukraine will not agree to any proposal to freeze current front lines to “calm down” Moscow, which controls about 22% of Ukraine, including Crimea. “At the point where we are, we are not ready for a ceasefire. We explained that there will be no Minsk-3, Minsk-5 or Minsk-7. We will not play these games, we have lost part of our territories in this way… it is a trap,” he said at a press conference after a Crimean platform summit in Kiev.

  • Zelenskiy also vowed to return Crimea to Ukraine, and said it would become part of the EU along with the rest of the country. “We will return Crimea, because it is our territory. In any case, we decide. We will decide for ourselves, without consulting any other state. It all started with Crimea and it will end with Crimea.”

  • UN nuclear watchdog said it would visit Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant in Ukraine “within the next few days if the ongoing negotiations are successful”.

  • US to announce new security assistance package for Ukraine worth about $3 billion (£2.5bn), officials have said, to equip it for a war of attrition and secure its medium to long-term defense position. The money will fund contracts for as many as three types of drones and other weapons, ammunition and equipment that may not see the battlefront for a year or two, US officials told the Associated Press.

  • Ukraine accuses Russia of organizing illegal mass adoptions of Ukrainian children after being transferred from the occupied territories to mainland Russia. “More than 1,000 children from Mariupol [a southern Ukrainian city occupied by Russian troops] were illegally handed over to outsiders in Tyumen, Irkutsk, Kemerovo and Altai Krai” in Siberia, Ukraine’s foreign ministry said.

  • The UN has said it is “deeply concerned” about plans by Russian-backed authorities to hold trials in Mariupol against imprisoned Ukrainian soldiers. Pro-Russian officials appeared to install metal cages in a hall in Mariupol as part of plans to establish an “international tribunal,” a spokesman for the UN rights agency said. that such a trial could itself be a war crime.

  • A $75 million (£63) superyacht linked to a Russian steel billionaire has been auctioned in Gibraltar in the first sale of an oligarch’s assets since Putin invaded Ukraine in February. The 72.5-meter-long Axiom was seized by Dmitry Pumpyansky in March under sanctions from the UK, EU and US.

  • Hundreds of people gathered in Moscow for Darya Dugina’s funeral. Dugina, daughter of ultranationalist Alexander Dugin, was killed in a car bomb attack outside Moscow on Saturday. Russia’s FSB security service has accused Ukrainian intelligence services of ordering her murder, which Kiev denies.

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    Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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