DIRECT. Ukraine war: after a drone attack in Crimea, kyiv denies targeting the Russian fleet

Violent bombing of Mykolaiv, in the South

The city of Mykolaiv, in southern Ukraine, was the target of heavy Russian bombardment, possibly “the most powerful” since the start of the war in February, which left two dead, authorities announced on Sunday.

“Mykolaiv is under strong attack today. Probably the strongest so far,” the city’s mayor Oleksandr Senkevych wrote on Telegram, saying that “loud explosions” were heard twice a night from Saturday until Sunday.

The governor of the region, Vitali Kim, reported two deaths, a couple of civilians, in these strikes. Other strikes hit Kharkiv (east) and Sumy (northeast) regions.

The Russian Fleet will get a new hypersonic missile, Putin announced

The Russian Fleet will get “in the coming months” a new Zircon hypersonic cruise missile “without known obstacles”, announced President Vladimir Putin on Sunday. The Russian Fleet “is capable of imposing a lightning response on everyone who decides to undermine our sovereignty and independence”, he assured during a naval parade in Saint Petersburg (north-west), to emphasize “in their delivery to the Russian armed forces which. will begin in the coming months”.

Ukraine denies the attack by the Russian fleet in Crimea

Ukraine denied on Sunday that it attacked the headquarters of the Russian Black Sea Fleet in Crimea with a drone, a strike that injured six according to Moscow, which called the Russian accusations a “deliberate provocation”.

Russia’s accusations of “a so-called Ukrainian attack on the Russian Fleet Headquarters in Sevastopol” are “a deliberate provocation”, Odessa regional government spokesman Sergii Brachuk said in a statement. . video on Telegram. “The liberation of Ukrainian-occupied Crimea will take place in another, more efficient way,” he added.

In Cyprus, a summer without Russian tourists

In Ayia Napa, a famous seaside resort in Cyprus, the party continues, but without the flow of Russian tourists, once the second largest contingent of visitors after the British, a void is hard to pun on. “This year, we expect 800,000 Russian tourists” (as in 2019), Haris Loizides, head of the Cyprus Hotel Association, told AFP. It is impossible to reach a threshold because in the first six months of the year, only 17,000 Russian tourists came to the Mediterranean island, according to official statistics.

The Russian market was “wiped out overnight” following EU sanctions after Moscow invaded Ukraine, said Christos Angelidis, president of the Pancyprian Association of Hotel Managers.

Nicosia and Moscow have close political and cultural ties, but when Russia sent troops to Ukraine, the Cypriot parliament unanimously passed a resolution condemning the invasion.

Festivals were canceled in Crimea

All celebrations related to the Russian Fleet Day “are canceled due to security reasons”, informed the governor of Sevastopol M. Razvojayev, after the attack of a drone. Many celebrations are planned for this holiday across Russia, including a sea parade in Saint Petersburg (northwest), which will be presided over by President Vladimir Putin.

In Crimea, a drone attacked the personnel of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, five were injured

A drone attack on Sunday targeted the headquarters of the Russian Black Sea Fleet in Sevastopol, injuring five, said the governor of this city on the annexed peninsula of Crimea, Mikhail Razvojayev. “This morning, the nationalists of Ukraine decided to destroy the Russian Fleet Day for us” which is celebrated in Russia this Sunday, wrote Mr. Razvozayev on Telegram. He pointed out that a drone landed on the grounds of the Fleet staff and reported that five staff members were injured.

Zelensky called for the evacuation of the Donetsk region

The Ukrainian president on Saturday evening called on the population to evacuate the Donetsk region in the east of the country, whose cities are the target of bombing by Russian forces, in a video address. “A government decision was taken on the mandatory evacuation of the Donetsk region (…) Please evacuate,” he added. “At this stage of the war, terror is Russia’s main weapon. »

France condemns the treatment of prisoners in Ukraine

“France expressed its horror at reports of killings and acts of torture against Ukrainian prisoners of war in the detention center of Olenivka (Ukrainian city located in Donbass, editor’s note), under the protection of Federation of Russia,” the Quai d’Orsay said in a statement on Saturday. This is the prison where the fighters of the Azov regiment, defenders of Mariupol, were imprisoned.

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