Wagner chief Prigozhin remains inSt Petersburg, Belarus leader Lukashenko states
A screen grab recorded from a video programs Wagner chief Yevgeny Prigozhin making a speech after Headquarters of the Southern Military District surrounded by fighters of the paramilitary Wagner group in Rostov- on-Don, Russia on June 24,2023 (Photo by Wagner/Anadolu Agency by means of Getty Images)
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Exiled Wagner Group mercenary employer Yevgeny Prigozhin remains in the Russian city ofSt Petersburg, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko informed press reporters on Thursday.
On June 27, Lukashenko validated that Prigozhin had actually gotten here in Belarus per the regards to the offer that saw him avert prosecution for an aborted mutiny, in which Wagner forces took the southern city of Rostov- on-Don and started marching towards Moscow.
According to Reuters, Lukashenko informed press reporters on Thursday: “As for Prigozhin, he’s in St Petersburg. He is not on the territory of Belarus.”
He likewise repeated a deal for Wagner to station a few of its mercenary fighters in Belarus, an idea that has actually bothered surrounding NATO nations.
— Elliot Smith
Human Rights Watch: Both Ukraine and Russia damaging civilians with cluster bombs
An bird’s-eye view of the damage of domestic structures on September 20, 2022 in Izium, Ukraine.
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Human Rights Watch on Wednesday implicated both Russian and Ukrainian forces of triggering civilian casualties through making use of cluster munitions.
The company discovered that Ukrainian cluster bomb attacks on Russian- managed locations around the eastern Ukrainian city of Izium in 2022 triggered several casualties amongst Ukrainian civilians, while Russian forces have “extensively” utilized cluster munitions in Ukraine, killing and hurting lots of civilians.
“Cluster munitions used by Russia and Ukraine are killing civilians now and will continue to do so for many years,” stated Mary Wareham, acting arms director at Human RightsWatch
“Both sides should immediately stop using them and not try to get more of these indiscriminate weapons.”
The U.S. federal government is thinking about a demand from Ukraine for the transfer of stocked cluster munitions. Should President Joe Biden accept the transfer, HRW stated it would “inevitably cause long-term suffering for civilians and undermine the international opprobrium of their use.”
— Elliot Smith
Russian rocket strike on Lviv house block eliminates a minimum of 4, Ukrainian authorities state
A Russian rocket attack struck a four-story house block over night in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv, killing a minimum of 4 individuals and hurting a minimum of 32, according to the Ukrainian interior ministry.
In a tweet early Thursday early morning, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy published a video of the damage, revealing the leading 2 floorings of the long, curved structure either missing out on or minimized to debris, and guaranteed a “strong” reaction.
Lviv is the westernmost significant city in Ukraine, simply over 40 miles from the Polish border and more than 600 miles from the frontline of the dispute. Many Ukrainians have actually transferred there searching for security because Russia’s intrusion started in the east.
Around 60 houses and 50 vehicles were harmed, Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovyi stated in a post on his Telegram channel. Rescuers are still browsing amongst the particles for survivors and casualties.
“This is the biggest attack on Lviv’s civilian infrastructure since the beginning of the full-scale invasion,” Sadovyi stated, according to a translation.
— Elliot Smith
No news to share on apprehended WSJ press reporter Evan Gershkovich, White House states
United States reporter Evan Gershkovich (BACK) apprehended on espionage charges searches as he stands inside an offenders’ cage prior to a hearing to think about an appeal on his prolonged detention at The Moscow City Court in Moscow on June 22, 2023.
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White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre stated that the Biden administration did not have news to share relating to the release of apprehended Wall Street Journal press reporter Evan Gershkovich in Russia.
“I wish I can stand in front of you and say that we have news to share on Evan. Sadly, we do not have any news to share,” Jean-Pierre informed press reporters throughout a White House instruction.
“What I can say is Evan, along with Paul Whelan, who are both wrongfully detained, as you know, should be home. They should be home with their families. I just don’t have anything to share at this time,” she included.
Gershkovich was apprehended by Russian authorities on March 29 on accusations of espionage. The Biden administration has actually rejected that Gershkovich dealt with behalf of the U.S. federal government as a spy.
— Amanda Macias
‘We can not unwind,’ IAEA chief states of stress at Zaporizhzhia nuclear reactor
A view of the Russian- managed Zaporizhzhia nuclear reactor in southern Ukraine on June 15,2023
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The Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency Rafael Grossi alerted about increasing stress at the Russian- inhabited Zaporizhzhia nuclear reactor.
“Nuclear power plants should never under any circumstances be attacked, nuclear power plants should not be used as a military base,” Grossi informed press reporters throughout an interview in Japan.
“The IAEA is there to observe, to monitor this, and to inform the world community if this happens. In our latest inspections, we haven’t seen any activity, but, we remain extremely alert. As you know there is a counter-offensive ongoing, there is a lot of combat,” he stated, according to an NBC News report.
“I have been there a few weeks ago and there is combat there, very close to the plant, so we cannot relax and we will be informing and updating constantly,” the head of the nuclear guard dog company included.
— Amanda Macias