Kyiv, Ukraine — Four people have been killed by Russian shelling in the eastern city of Sylviero Donetsk in the past 24 hours, a Ukrainian governor said. In the village of Komushuvakha, another person was killed by a Russian shell.
“The inhabitants of Silviero Donetsk have forgotten when the city was last silent for at least half an hour,” Luhansk Oblast Governor Shershi Heyday wrote in a telegram on Friday. He said, “Russians Residential areas are being mercilessly hit.”
Sievierodonetsk Mayor Oleksandr Stryuk said on Thursday that 60% of the city’s residential buildings have been destroyed and about 85-90% of the dwellings are damaged and need major repairs.
The main developments of the Russian-Ukrainian war:
– Russia slams sanctions as it tries to blame the West for food crisis
– The West is considering freeing Russian oligarchs from sanctions
– US wins latest legal battle over seizure of Russian yacht in Fiji
– US General: No need to add ground troops in Sweden, Finland
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WELLINGTON, New Zealand — The United States has won the latest round of legal battles to seize a $325 million Russian-owned superyacht in Fiji, a case that now appears to be before the Pacific nation’s Supreme Court.
The case underscores the thorny legal basis the U.S. has found in its attempt to seize the assets of Russian oligarchs around the world. The intentions were welcomed by many governments and citizens opposed to the war in Ukraine, but some actions have raised questions about how far U.S. jurisdiction extends.
The Fiji Court of Appeal on Friday rejected an appeal by Feizal Haniff representing the company that legally owns the superyacht Amadea. Hanif had argued that under Fiji’s mutual assistance laws, the US had no right to seize the ship, at least until a court found out who actually owned Amadea.
Hanif said he now plans to take the case to the Fiji Supreme Court and will apply for a court order to stop the US agents from leaving Amadea from Fiji pending an appeal hearing.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. general nominated to take over European Command told senators that efforts by Sweden and Finland to join NATO would not require adding more U.S. ground troops to either country. But Army Gen. Christopher Cavalli said Thursday that military exercises and the occasional rotation of U.S. troops could increase.
Cavalli, who currently heads the U.S. Army for Europe and Africa, said the military focus will likely continue to focus on Eastern Europe — where countries are more concerned about potential Russian aggression and any spillover effects from the war in Ukraine.
“The center of gravity of NATO forces has shifted east,” Cavalli told the Senate Armed Services Committee during his nomination hearing. “Depending on the outcome of the conflict, we may have to continue for a while,” he said.
Cavalli was asked about the U.S. military presence in Europe, which has grown from less than 80,000 to about 102,000 since the Russian invasion. He said the increase had nothing to do with recent moves by Finland and Sweden to seek NATO membership.
Kyiv, Ukraine — The Ukrainian city of Westvero Donetsk was the epicenter of fierce fighting in the east. Mayor Oleksandr Stryuk said the Russian reconnaissance and sabotage group was holding on even though it entered a city hotel.
At least 1,500 people were killed in Sievierodonetsk, and about 12,000 to 13,000 remained in the city, Stryuk said, where he said 60 percent of residential buildings were destroyed.
Sievierodonetsk is the only part of the Luhansk region of Donbas that is under the control of the Ukrainian government, and Russian forces have been trying to isolate it from other areas under Ukrainian control.
The main road between the neighbouring town of Lysychansk and Bakhmut to the southwest remains open, but travel is dangerous, Stryuk said. Only 12 people were able to be evacuated on Thursday, he said.
KYIV, Ukraine — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Thursday implored the West to send Ukraine multiple rocket launch systems as soon as possible to give it a chance to counter a Russian offensive in eastern Donbass.
“We are fighting to provide Ukraine with all the weapons it needs to change the nature of the fighting and start expelling the occupiers faster and more confidently,” Zelensky said in a nightly video address to the nation.
He said Russian forces were wiping some eastern towns from the face of the planet and the area could end up being “uninhabited”.
Zelensky said: “They want to turn Popasna, Bachmut, Lehmann, Lesichansk and Sivir Donetsk to ashes, as they did with Volnovaka and Mariupol. as it did.”
At least nine people were killed and 19 wounded in the shelling of Ukraine’s second-largest city, Kharkiv, on Thursday, Zelensky said. Among the victims was a five-month-old baby whose father and mother were seriously injured.
Zelensky also made harsh remarks on EU member states that have resisted imposing tougher sanctions on Russia, including a ban on imports of Russian oil and gas, Moscow’s main source of revenue.
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