War in Ukraine: EU wants to toughen sanctions against Moscow, several cities hit by strikes

Kharkiv, the country’s second largest city in the northeast, was targeted by missile attacks overnight, according to regional governor Oleg Synegubov.

“At around three o’clock in the morning, in the Kyivsky district (of Kharkiv), one of the floors of a five-story industrial building caught fire as a result of two missile strikes. A 59-year-old woman was injured and hospitalized.” . he said.

Vitaliy Kim, head of the Mykolaiv region (south), near the Black Sea, for his part denounced this Sunday several strikes carried out the day before in the south of this region and in the city itself in the morning.

“Around 3:05 am, Mykolaiv was hit by heavy shelling. Currently, we are aware of a fire at two industrial enterprises,” he said.

He added that the towns of Shevchenkove, Zoria and Novoruske were also shelled the day before. “Three people were killed and three were injured in Shevchenkove,” she said, adding that a woman was killed in a shelling in Shyrokiv on Saturday where “a residential building was destroyed.”

The Donetsk region (east) has also been targeted by “the Russians (who) continue to bomb civilian infrastructure, especially educational institutions,” regional governor Pavlo Kyrylen said.

“Three missiles hit the Toretsk community: one in a residential area, two in Zalizne where a school and a kindergarten were damaged. In Kostiantynivka, the Russians bombed a medical college. There is no information on casualties for now,” she added.

It is in this context that EU ministers will have to consider on Monday, among other things, a European Commission proposal to ban gold purchases from Russia in order to bring EU sanctions in line with those of its G7 partners.

Another proposal aims to put new Russian personalities on the EU blacklist.

“Pay full price”

“Moscow must continue to pay a high price for its aggression,” said the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, after transmitting the new measures to the Twenty-seven.

According to a senior European official, during an initial discussion in Brussels on these new sanctions, no decision is expected.

The largest buyer of Russian gold is the United Kingdom with 290 tons in 2020 for an amount of 16.9 billion dollars, according to indications from Russian customs.

Le coût de la guerre qui a été déclenchée le 24 février por la Russie est ressenti aussi pour le reste du monde, ont fait valoir les pays occidentaux au G20 de Bali, qui s’est cependant achevé samedi sans communiqué conjoint, faute de consensus sur this point.

Russia’s involvement was “absurd” and “akin to inviting an arsonist to a firefighters’ meeting,” Canadian Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland said.

The accusations are of the same order in Ukraine, where the national nuclear energy operator has accused the Russian army of having installed missile launchers on the same site as the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant (south), in an area that has been under its control since March. .

“The situation is extremely tense and the tension is increasing day by day. The occupiers are bringing there (…) including the missile systems with which they have already attacked the other side” of the Dnieper River “and in the territory of Nikopol ” , 80 kilometers southwest of Zaporizhia, said Petro Kotin, president of Energoatom, on Telegram.

According to him, about 500 Russian soldiers are on the site of this Ukrainian power plant, the largest in Europe.

thousands of dead

In Donbass, separatist forces and the Russian military said they were still advancing and were in the process of taking full control of the city of Siversk, which came under attack after taking Lysychansk further east earlier this month.

The Russian Defense Ministry said this Saturday that the minister, Sergei Shoigu, had visited the soldiers involved in the offensive in Ukraine, without specifying the date of this visit, the second after a first in June, or if it had taken place in Ukraine. or Russia.

He “gave the necessary instructions to further increase” military pressure, the ministry added.

The war in Ukraine will enter its sixth month on July 24 and so far there is no total number of civilian casualties from the conflict.

The UN has counted close to 5,000 confirmed deaths, including more than 300 children, but acknowledges that its real figure is undoubtedly much higher.

For the city of Mariupol (southeast), which fell in May after a terrible siege, the Ukrainian authorities evoked some 20,000 deaths.

On a military level, Western security sources now speak of 15,000 to 20,000 dead Russian soldiers. Kyiv has reported at least 10,000 dead among its troops.

Independent statistics are not available.

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