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World Russia-Ukraine updates: Moscow says it has invited UN, ICRC to probe POW jail deaths

11:51  31 july  2022
11:51  31 july  2022 Source:   dw.com

Russia pounds major Ukrainian city after expanding war aims

  Russia pounds major Ukrainian city after expanding war aims KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian shelling pounded a densely populated area in Ukraine's second-largest city Thursday, killing at least two people and injuring at least 21 with a barrage that struck a mosque, a medical facility and a shopping area, according to officials and witnesses at the scene. Police in the northeast city of Kharkiv said cluster bombs hit Barabashovo Market. a public bazaar where Associated Press journalists saw a woman crying over her dead husband’s body. Local officials said the shelling also struck a bus stop, a gym and a residential building.

Russia and Ukraine have traded blame for the deaths of dozens of Ukrainian prisoners held at a jail in Olenivka © picture alliance/AP Russia and Ukraine have traded blame for the deaths of dozens of Ukrainian prisoners held at a jail in Olenivka

Moscow says the invitation was extended "in the interests of conducting an objective investigation." The Ukrainian president, meanwhile, has ordered residents to leave the eastern Donetsk region. DW rounds up the latest.Moscow has invited United Nations and Red Cross experts into Olenivka to investigate the attack on a Ukrainian prisoners of war (POW) jail which left scores killed, Russian officials said on Sunday.

The Russian Defense Ministry said that the invitation was extended "in the interests of conducting an objective investigation." Both Russia and Ukraine have traded blame for the attack on the jail, which is under the control of Russian-backed separatists in the Donetsk region.

Russia, Ukraine trade missile strikes on war's 150th day

  Russia, Ukraine trade missile strikes on war's 150th day KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia's military fired a barrage of missiles Saturday at an airfield in central Ukraine, killing at least three people, while Ukrainian forces launched rocket strikes on river crossings in a Russian-occupied southern region. The attacks on key infrastructure on the 150th day of Russia's war in Ukraine marked new attempts by the warring parties to tip the scales of the grinding conflict in their favor. In Ukraine's centralThe attacks on key infrastructure on the 150th day of Russia's war in Ukraine marked new attempts by the warring parties to tip the scales of the grinding conflict in their favor.

At least 50 people were killed in the attack, as per Russian Defense Ministry figures.

The UN had announced its readiness to send experts to carry out a probe into the attack, should both parties consent to its presence.

The ICRC, meanwhile, requested access to the jail "to determine the health and condition of all the people present on-site at the time of the attack." The committee stressed that ensuring those wounded receive "lifesaving treatment" and those killed are handled in a dignified manner was its priority.

On Saturday night, it said on Twitter that it had yet to hear back about its request for access, reminding that it was an obligation of parties to the conflict under the Geneva Convention.

Here are the other main headlines from the war in Ukraine on July 31.

Neither Moscow nor Kyiv can control Ukraine's skies. These are the jets they're using to fight the air war.

  Neither Moscow nor Kyiv can control Ukraine's skies. These are the jets they're using to fight the air war. As of late July, observers have identified 36 Russian aircraft and 35 Ukrainian aircraft as lost, but the totals for both sides are likely higher.Throughout the buildup to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, NATO countries, including the US, insisted they would not send troops to the region amid concern that the presence of their personnel on the ground would lead to a dangerous escalation of the conflict.

Russian official says Ukraine attacked fleet at Crimean port

A senior Russian official has accused Ukraine of attacking the Russian naval fleet in the Crimean port of Sevastopol on Sunday, as the Moscow-annexed region was preparing to celebrate Navy Day, an annual Russian holiday during which its fleets stage naval parades and honor its sailors.

The drone attack injured five fleet headquarters employees and resulted in the cancelation of festivities, said Mikhail Razvozhayev, governor of Sevastopol, home to Russia's Black Sea fleet. He accused Ukraine of "spoil(ing) the day for us."

"All celebrations have been canceled for security reasons," Razvozhayev said in a Telegram message. "Please remain calm and stay home if possible."

The alleged attack comes as Saint Petersburg prepares for a naval parade marking Navy Day, to be attended by President Vladimir Putin. The Russian president is also due to approve Russia's naval doctrine.

Moldova says it fears a Russian invasion as more neighbors ring alarm over Ukraine war

  Moldova says it fears a Russian invasion as more neighbors ring alarm over Ukraine war Moldova, which neighbors Ukraine, has a breakaway region backed by Russian forces. The Moldovan prime minister said a Russian invasion is "a risk."Throughout the buildup to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, NATO countries, including the US, insisted they would not send troops to the region amid concern that the presence of their personnel on the ground would lead to a dangerous escalation of the conflict.

Crimea has been under Russian control since its annexation from Ukraine in March 2014.

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Germany to send Ukraine 16 bridge-laying tanks, adding to its arsenal of Western weapons, as it wages a new offensive against the Russian invasion .
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