Russia-Ukraine war: what we know on day 120 of the invasion | Ukraine

Written by Javed Iqbal

  • Russian forces are edges closer to grip the last resistance pocket in the eastern Luhansk region of Ukraine. Sievierodonetsk and its neighboring city, Lysychansk, continue to be hit by intense Russian shelling. Luhansk governor Serhiy Haidai said on Wednesday that Russian forces were moving towards Lysychansk, targeting police, state security and prosecutors’ buildings.

  • Dramatic footage has emerged from Russia of what appears to be one drone flies into an oil refinery and causes an explosion in what could be an attack within Russia’s borders. Video shared on social media showed the unmanned aircraft crashing into the Novoshakhtinsk oil refinery in the Rostov region, in what would be an embarrassing breach of Russia’s air defense systems.

  • A Russian missile attack has left at least one person dead in the southern Ukrainian port city of Mykolaiv, according to its mayor, Oleksandr Senkevych. The attack caused several fires and damaged a number of buildings including a school, Senkevych said. The Regional Governor, Vitaliy Kim, said seven missiles had hit Mykolaiv.

  • Residents and workers at a nuclear power plant in Enerhodar, a city in Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia region, are abducted by Russian occupiers. according to the region’s mayor. “Where are some unknown. The rest are in very difficult conditions: they are being tortured with electric shocks, bullied physically and morally,” said Mayor Dmytro Orlov.

  • A TV tower in the Ukrainian separatist-controlled city of Donetsk has been badly damaged by shelling, and broadcasting has been suspendedreported the local Donetsk news agency. Petrovskiy TV Center still stands, but some of its equipment has been damaged, while some equipment has been moved out, the agency said.

  • British intelligence services predict that Russia’s momentum will wane over the next few months.“However, our defense intelligence service believes that in the next few months, Russia may reach a point where there is no longer any forward momentum because it has depleted its resources,” British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told reporters.

  • Leaders at the forthcoming G7 summit in Germany will announce new measures aimed at pressuring Russia as well as new commitments to strengthen European security, a senior US official has said. “We will roll out a concrete set of proposals to increase pressure on Russia,” the official said. The G7 is also likely to discuss the fate of a Russian turbine blocked in Canada and accused of reducing gas supplies to Germany, Canada’s natural resources minister said.

  • The Kremlin said the EU sanctions that led Lithuania to block the transit of some goods to the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad were “absolutely unacceptable”. Moscow worked on retaliatory measures in response to the “illegal sanctions” from the EU, it says. Russia’s Foreign Ministry said Moscow’s response to Lithuania’s ban would not be purely diplomatic, but practical in nature.

  • Ukraine has downplayed the possibility of reaching an agreement with Russia that could allow blocked grain shipments to start sailing across the Black Sea. Consultations are underway, said spokesman for the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Oleg Nikolenko. Russia’s Defense Ministry said Moscow and Ankara had agreed to continue talks on safe vessel departures and grain exports from Ukrainian ports.

  • The head of Finland’s armed forces said his country was prepared for a Russian attack and would provide rigid resistance in the event that it should happen. The Finns are motivated to fight, and the country has built up a significant arsenal, said General Timo Kivinen. adds: “The main line of defense is between one’s ears.”

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin has called for strengthening ties with countries from the Brics group of emerging economies – Brazil, Russia, India, China South Africa – following Western sanctions on Ukraine. Putin said that discussions continued on “the opening of Indian chain stores in Russia, increase the share of Chinese cars “in the Russian market.

  • Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov visited Iran on Wednesday. The Iranian Foreign Ministry said Lavrov’s visit was intended to “expand cooperation with the Eurasian region and the Caucasus”.

  • Europe must immediately prepare for Russia’s closure of all gas exports to the region this winteraccording to the head of the International Energy Agency, Fatih Birol. He urged governments to work to reduce demand and keep nuclear power plants open.

  • A Ukrainian photojournalist and a soldier following him were “cold done”When they were killed in the first weeks of Russia’s invasion, according to Reporters Without Borders. Max Levin and Oleksiy Chernyshov reportedly searched Russian-occupied forests for the photographer’s missing image-taking drone, the agency said, citing its findings from an investigation into their deaths.

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