Ukraine Update: What Happened Sunday Night
The Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, was rocked by several explosions on Sunday. “Several explosions occurred in the Darnitsky and Dniprovsky regions,” Kyiv mayor Vitali Klitschko said via Telegram. “Emergency services are in the process of being removed.”
The Russian army invaded Ukraine on February 24. Unable to capture Kyiv, she increasingly moved her forces to the east of the country.
In light of the massive destruction of cultural heritage caused by Russia’s aggressive war against Ukraine, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has strongly called for Moscow to be excluded from UNESCO. “UNESCO has no place for barbarians,” Zelensky said in his video address in Kyiv on Saturday. Russian forces will destroy cultural monuments, churches, and other religious sites en masse. He said that was reason enough to exclude the country from the United Nations cultural and educational organization.
113 churches have already been destroyed or damaged. Russia is a “terrorist state” that is destroying the historical heritage with its artillery. At the end of May he had already called for Russia to be excluded from UNESCO.
- Ukrainians keep the fortress – the fight for Sevgerodonetsk rages
Zelensky said that since the war began on February 24, Russia has fired more than 2,500 missiles at Ukraine. “Our heroes are holding the castle and doing their best to inflict as many casualties on the enemy as possible.” Referring to the focus of the fighting in Donbass in eastern Ukraine, the head of state said that the day would come when Russia would leave the region on its own. Only one person’s leadership is decisive in this, he said, without naming Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin in Moscow.
Selinsky and the Ukrainian General Staff reported heavy fighting, especially in eastern Ukraine. There is a concentration in the Luhansk region with the hotly contested administrative center Sievjerodonetsk. Zelensky said the bloody street fighting continued. Ukraine’s armed forces want to continue to prevent Russian forces from taking full control there. If the city had fallen, Russia would have achieved an important goal in the war: complete control of the Luhansk region. There were also reports of Russian air raids on the area.
- The first report on the killing of Germans on the Ukrainian side
For the first time, Ukraine officially reported the death of a German volunteer fighter in combat. The International Defense Corps of Ukraine announced Saturday in Kyiv that three volunteers from France, Australia and the Netherlands were among the “fallen brothers in arms”. The names of the four men are also mentioned in the statement, but not the time or place of their death. The German foreign ministry in Berlin said the embassy in Kyiv was trying to find out more and was “in contact with the Ukrainian authorities who have published the relevant news”.
Zelensky invited volunteers from all over the world to join the fight against the Russian army. For this purpose, the Legion was established, which is now actively engaged in recruitment. The Russian army has repeatedly spoken of the “annihilation” of mercenaries, and according to Moscow’s figures, the number of foreign deaths is in the thousands.
- The Russian region on the Ukrainian border reports bombing
In Russia, according to the Bryansk region, a village on the border with Ukraine was again bombed from the neighboring country. When the village of Slochevsk was bombed, a man was wounded and two houses caught fire. This was announced by Governor of the region Alexandre Bogomas via his news channel on Telegram, today, Saturday. He accused the Ukrainian forces of shooting at the village. The injured resident had to take him to the hospital. The fires were put out.
- A large wooden church was burned down in Svyatohersk – Russia and Ukraine blame each other
Zelensky, in a video message, accused Russian forces of bombing and setting fire to a large wooden church in Svyatohersk (Sugatogorsk). Pictures showed a fire in the onion-domed building. In a video clip on the online Telegram service, on Saturday, Zelensky said that 300 civilians, including 60 children, had previously sought bomb shelter in the church. The Russian Defense Ministry denied the allegations and accused the Ukrainian armed forces of shooting themselves.
- That day comes: Ukraine can qualify for the World Cup
While their homeland suffers from Russia’s war of aggression, the Ukrainian team is just one win away from qualifying for the World Cup in Qatar at the end of the year. In order to achieve this big goal, the team led by former Dortmund professional Andriy Yarmolenko will have to defeat Wales on Sunday (6 pm) in Cardiff.
It’s about the latest European ticket to the World Cup – and also about boosting Ukrainians’ national pride and soldiers’ morale through success on the international stage. Ukraine had reached the qualifying final after winning 3-1 in Scotland. It was the first competitive match since the start of the war at the end of February. If Ukraine qualifies, they will face England, Iran and the United States in Group B of the World Cup preliminary round.
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