Russia-Ukraine War Latest: What We Know on Day 158 of the Invasion | Ukraine

  • Ukrainian officials have condemned a call by the Russian embassy in Britain for Azov regiment fighters to face a “humiliating” execution, has reported the Agence France-Presse. Twitter said the embassy broke its rules on “hateful behavior” but tagged the tweet with a warning rather than banning the post about the Azovs, a Ukrainian battalion that retains some far-right affiliations. Andriy Yermak, the head of the Ukrainian Presidency’s office, responded to Telegram on Saturday: “Russia is a terrorist state. In the 21st century, only savages and terrorists can talk diplomatically that people deserve to be executed by hanging. Russia is a state sponsor of terrorism. What other evidence is needed?”

  • Renewed Russian attacks on the Ukrainian front have killed one person in the south of the country and also hit a school in Kharkiv, officials said. The mayor of the southern city of Mykolaiv said one person was killed when rockets hit two residential neighborhoods overnight, AFP reported. In Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city, missiles from an S-300 surface-to-air system destroyed part of an educational facility, local authorities said.

  • Russia announced it would ban 32 New Zealand officials and journalists from entering its territory, in response to similar measures Wellington took against Moscow over its invasion of Ukraine, AFP reported. Among those facing sanctions are Wellington Mayor Andrew Foster; the Mayor of Auckland, Philip Goff; the Commander of the New Zealand Navy, Commodore Garin Golding; and journalists Kate Green and Josie Pagani, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

  • The Ukrainian military said it killed scores of Russian soldiers and destroyed two ammunition dumps in fighting in the Kherson region, the center of Kiev’s counter-offensive in the south and a vital link in Moscow’s supply lines. Reuters reported the military’s Southern Command has said rail services to Kherson across the Dnipro River have been disrupted, potentially further isolating Russian forces west of the river from supplies in occupied Crimea and to the east.

  • Gazprom has stopped gas supplies to Latvia after tensions between Moscow and the West over the conflict in Ukraine and sweeping sanctions against Russia, reports AFP. The company on Wednesday slashed gas supplies to Europe via the Nord Stream pipeline to about 20% of its capacity. EU states have accused Russia of squeezing supplies in retaliation for Western sanctions over Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.

  • The United States Ambassador to the United Nations said Friday there should be no more doubt that Russia intends to dismantle Ukraine. Reuters reported. Linda Thomas-Greenfield told the UN Security Council that the US is seeing increasing signs that Russia is laying the groundwork for an attempt to annex all of eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk regions, as well as the southern Kherson and Zaporizhia regions.

  • Russia is “running out of steam” in its war against Ukraine., said the head of the British intelligence agency MI6, Richard Moore, in a brief comment on Twitter on Saturday. Moore made the remark over an earlier Defense Department tweet that said the Kremlin was “desperate.”

  • Russia and Ukraine have both launched criminal investigations into strikes that have reportedly killed at least people 50 Ukrainian prisoners of war who were being held in a pre-trial detention center in the village of Olenivka, after both countries blamed the other side for the attack. The UN is ready to send an expert group to Olenivka to investigate the incident if it gets the consent of both parties.

  • Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has accused Russia of a “petrifying war crime”. about the murders and called on world leaders to “recognize Russia as a terrorist state.”

  • Ukraine has said it is ready for grain exports to leave its ports again awaiting UN approval.

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