More than 1,000 Ukrainian children have been killed or injured as Russian troops continue to intensify cities and towns with a barrage of missiles, often from batteries out of reach of Ukrainian military weapons.
Ukraine’s chief prosecutor said on Monday that at least 361 Ukrainian children had died and 711 were injured.
Russia has launched thousands of missile strikes, many of which rely on guidance systems dating back to the Soviet era. Ukrainian officials say indiscriminate missile launches and Russia’s indifference to damage across Ukraine have killed thousands of civilians.
The death of children has been seen in Moscow. Former Russian journalist Marina Ovsyannikova recently made global news when she was arrested for a street protest. In a Russian court last week, he placed a sign that read, “I wish the slain children fulfill your dreams tonight.”
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Ukraine’s military said on Monday it had thwarted more than a dozen Russian attacks in the country’s east and north, including advances on major cities in the eastern Donbass region.
Actor Liv Schreiber and former Ukrainian football star Andrey Shevchenko on Monday appealed for continued international donations to the country during a visit to a residential area outside Kyiv, which was badly damaged by Russian bombings.
Serhi Brachuk, spokesman for the Odessa Regional Military Administration, said: “Ukrainian troops destroyed two Russian military bases in the Zaporizhzhya and Luhansk regions and an enemy ammunition depot in the Kherson region.
Kharkiv Mayor Ihor Terekhov said a rocket attack on Saltyevsky district in Kharkiv injured five people and damaged a high-rise building.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky dismissed the chiefs of the security service for the Kyiv region, Lviv and Ternopil. No explanation was issued for the dismissal. Zelensky recently fired the head of the security service and the prosecutor-general for saying that many employees were working for the Russians.
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Russian lawyer for WNBA star Brittany Griner filed an appeal on Monday Asked whether his nine-year prison sentence for drug charges be reduced or thrown out.
Lawyers, who say appeals can take one to three months, say similar drug cases routinely result in sentences of five years or less.
“Griner’s attorneys are arguing in their appeal that the decision was procedurally flawed,” Carl Tobias, a law professor at the University of Richmond, told USA Today. “Perhaps more important are the ongoing talks between the US State Department and Russian officials. A prisoner swap.”
Phoenix Mercury center and two-time Olympic gold medalist Griner was arrested in February at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport after vape canisters containing cannabis oil were found in his luggage. He said he packed them by accident, pleaded guilty and was formally convicted on August 4. Griner played for a team in Yekaterinburg, Russia’s fourth largest city, during the WNBA off-season.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the Kremlin was ready for “a professional dialogue and concrete steps” toward freeing Griner and American Paul Whelan in exchange for Russian citizen Viktor Bout, who is serving a 25-year sentence. The appeal comes a day after. Including conspiracy to murder American citizens.
“The Russians are eager for the bout to be free, so a deal may be possible despite the icy relations between the two countries,” Tobias said.
Russian media reported that five European nationals captured in eastern Ukraine pleaded not guilty on Monday to stand trial in the city of Donetsk, which is controlled by Kremlin-backed separatists.
The Europeans – three from Britain, one from Sweden and one from Croatia – face charges of serving as mercenaries and “undergoing training to seize power by force”.
If convicted, he could face the death penalty under the laws of the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic, although Ukrainian social media posts suggest that foreign fighters caught in Moscow prisoner exchanges have been arrested for using or May seek to obtain concessions from Ukraine. He is due back in court on October 5.
Germany still welcomes Russian citizens. Their president, Vladimir Putin? This is another matter.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said on Monday that his country would not support pressure from other European countries – led by Ukraine and President Volodymyr Zelensky – to block Russians from visiting EU countries. Some of them say that the Russians should not be able to vacation in Europe while the Kremlin waging war in Ukraine.
“This is not the war of the Russian people. This is Putin’s war and we have to be very clear on that subject,” Scholz told reporters at a conference in Norway. “It is important for us to understand that many people flee from Russia. because they disagree with the Russian regime.”
A photo posted online by a pro-Kremlin journalist appears to have destroyed a building of mercenaries fighting for Russia.
Serhi Haidai, governor of Russian-controlled Luhansk province in the eastern Donbass region, said by Telegram on Monday that a Ukrainian attack “attacked the enemy’s headquarters, which was pointed out by a representative of the Russian mass media.” He said the death toll was still unknown.
Haidai said Sunday’s building in the city of Popasna served as a base of operations for the Wagner Group, a private military company linked to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
A few days before the strike, Russian journalist Sergei Sereda posted a picture of himself with four heavily armed men in combat gear, most likely Wagner’s mercenaries. A sign with the building’s address can be clearly seen on the top left of the picture. Srida later stepped down, but apparently not before the Ukrainians could see it.
Anton Listopad, one of the top pilots of Ukraine’s Air Force, has been killed in combat. Ivano-Frankivsk Physical-Technical Lyceum, from which Listopad graduated, announced his death a facebook post, Several Ukrainian media outlets also reported his death.
In 2019, Listopad was recognized as the top pilot in the Ukraine Air Force. A few days before his death, President Volodymyr Zelensky awarded Listopad the Order of Courage for his professionalism and gallantry.
“Anton Listopad was killed while defending the Ukrainian state,” the Facebook post said. “From the first minutes of the Russian massive offensive, Captain Anton (to fight) the independence and independence of Ukraine.”
At least three Ukrainian civilians have been killed and 20 wounded in the latest artillery barrage by the Russian military, Ukrainian officials said on Monday. The eastern region of Donetsk, one of the two provinces that make up the country’s industrial heartland Donbass, which has been the center of the Russian offensive, has faced the most intense shelling.
Regional officials said at least three people were killed and 13 wounded in Russian shelling in towns and villages in the Donetsk region over the past 24 hours. The barrage has damaged dozens of residential buildings and civilian infrastructure.
Contribution: The Associated Press