Latest news on Russia and the war in Ukraine

Latest news on Russia and the war in Ukraine

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Zelenskyy gets rid of leading authorities after cases of treason in federal government firms

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy suspended the head of Ukraine’s security service and the district attorney general.

It was revealed on Sunday that Prosecutor General Irina Venediktova and the Head of the SBU (the Security Service of Ukraine) Ivan Bakanov were being suspended after Zelenskyy stated that there had actually been cases of treason found in both federal government firms.

“As of today, 651 criminal proceedings have been registered regarding high treason and collaborative activities of employees of prosecutor’s offices, pre-trial investigation bodies, and other law enforcement agencies,” Zelenskyy stated in his nighttime address onSunday

He stated that “more than 60 employees of the prosecutor’s office and the SBU remained in the occupied territory and are working against our state.”

Zelenskyy stated “all Russian war criminals” would be hauled into court along with “each of the collaborators” and “all those responsible for terror.”

There has actually been no remark from the authorities called by Zelenskyy.

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Increase operations in all instructions, Russia’s defense chief informs soldiers

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu participate in a wreath-laying event, which marks the anniversary of the start of the Great Patriotic War versus Nazi Germany in 1941, at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier by the Kremlin wall in Moscow, Russia June 22,2022

Mikhail Metzel|Sputnik|Reuters

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu informed the nation’s militaries to “intensify” their operations on all fronts, declaring this was to “prevent massive missile and artillery attacks” that he declared were being introduced by Ukrainian forces at civilian infrastructure centers, the Donbas and other areas.

The remarks by Shoigu, a close ally of President Putin, followed the Ukrainian armed force stated it had actually performed a series of effective strikes on Russian ammo depots and logistics centers in current weeks.

Shoigu’s remarks likewise mark what might be a more aggressive position by Russia as Western weapons provided to Ukraine begin to have an effect in this stage of war, which has actually seen extreme battling in the Donbas’ 2 primary areas: Luhansk, which is now totally inhabited by Russia, and surrounding Donetsk in which Russian forces are attempting to advance.

Russia declares it is attempting to “liberate” the Donbas, where there is a prevalence of ethnic Russians and where 2 self-proclaimed “People’s Republics” lie. Contrary to Shoigu’s claims, there have actually been several circumstances of Russia striking civilian facilities. Last week, there were several deaths following rocket attacks on main and eastern Ukraine.

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