On the 156th day of the full-scale Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine Russian troops continue to try to capture the settlements of the neighboring country. The armed forces and units of the territorial defense of Ukraine resist aggression. It is impossible to verify the statements of representatives of both sides of the conflict from independent sources. According to the UN, about 14 million Ukrainians have already left their homes. DW is watching developments Friday, July 29 (Moscow time).
Russian troops were strenuously trying to achieve concrete successes around Seversk and, presumably, due to this, to maintain activity in the direction of Bakhmut, the report says American Institute for the Study of War (ISW). The Russians carried out limited ground attacks northwest of Slovyansk, as well as northeast and southwest of Bakhmut. Experts consider the capture of Bakhmut unlikely, but they do not exclude the resumption of offensive operations in the direction of Kharkov.
The Ukrainian military inflicted two strikes on the enemy’s cluster in the Bruskinsky area of the Kherson region. According to the Operational Command “South”, this made it possible to stop an attempt to counterattack on Belogorka by the forces of a company tactical group of the Russian army.
Several explosions thundered in Kharkov, from 4 o’clock in the morning an air raid alert was announced, the Suspіlne Telegram channel reports. Details about the causes of the explosions were not reported. Until the end of the air raid alert, citizens are advised to stay in a safe place.
At the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) will consider human rights situation in Russia. According to US State Department spokesman Ned Price, this is a response to Moscow’s recent measures to restrict freedom of speech and assembly, as well as reports of torture of detainees and prisoners in Russia. To investigate possible cases of violations, the OSCE will resort to the so-called “Moscow mechanism” – the organization will select a group of 45 independent experts who “assess the state of Russia’s implementation of its obligations. The expert group is due to report in September.
Russian military hijacked a passenger ship on the Dnieper
In Kherson, the Russian military hijacked a passenger ship and with its help they cross the Dnieper in the area of the damaged Antonovsky bridge. This was reported in the Kherson regional police, specifying that the ship was moored on Karantinny Island.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky held a meeting of the Headquarters of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief on Thursday evening. “From what can be said publicly – we analyzed the state of supplying our defenders with weapons at the present time, aid supplies from partners and, in general, the state of implementation of the Ukrainian defense plan, which was put into effect on February 24,” Zelensky said in his video message.
The US State Department approved the sale of F-35 fighter jets to Germany
GUS Department of State approves sale of F-35 fighter jets to Germany, ammunition and equipment worth $8.4 billion. State Department approval is a necessary condition for such a deal, Reuters stresses, but it does not signify a contract or end negotiations. Agreement on the purchase of Germany from the United States a batch of fighters F-35 to replace obsolete Tornado was achieved after German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, against the backdrop of Russia’s war against Ukraine, announced a modernization of the Bundeswehr.
The authorities of the Sumy region registered 44 arrivals from mortars, grenade launchers and self-propelled artillery installations of the Russian troops. This was announced in the Telegram channel by the chairman of the Sumy Regional Military Administration Dmitry Zhivitsky. According to him, the blows were inflicted on the Krasnopolsky, Burynsky districts and Shalygino, there were no casualties or destruction.
Zelensky: No one in the world contributes more to terrorism than Russia
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky expressed gratitude to US senators, who approved a resolution calling on the US State Department to recognize Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism. “You can take any day in Ukraine … after February 24 to see that no one in the world contributes to terrorism more than Russia. This really needs a legal response at the global level. And there is no rational reason for such a reaction not to be , in particular, in the United States,” Zelensky said in his video message on the results of the 155th day of the war unleashed by the Kremlin.
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken during an upcoming telephone conversation with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov plans to discuss the war unleashed by Russia in Ukraine, problems with the export of grain, as well as the exchange of prisoners. This was stated at a briefing by US State Department spokesman Ned Price.
Dmitry Kuleba: There are no signals from Moscow about the intention to start negotiations
The Russian side every day sends certain signs to Kyiv in the form of statements from the leadership or rocket attacks on Ukrainian territory, believes Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmitry Kuleba. According to him, said on the air of the national telethon, at the moment there are no signals that would indicate Moscow’s intention to negotiate. “Russia wants to continue to fight“, the minister said.
Liz Truss promises to increase aid to Kyiv by becoming British Prime Minister
British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss stated that if she becomes prime minister, military and humanitarian aid to Ukraine will be increased. According to her, cited by Reuters, the first person she will call as head of government will be Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. The war in Ukraine is far from over and now is not the time to talk about concessions to the Russian president, Truss stressed.