Russians bomb both cities in northeastern and southern Ukraine | War in Ukraine

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Russians bomb both cities in northeastern and southern Ukraine | War in Ukraine

The town of Siversk was the target of shelling on Saturday.

Russian forces are launching a series of strikes in several Ukrainian cities with heavy shelling on Sumy in the north, Mykolaiv and a missile strike in Odessa in the south, Ukrainian authorities said on Tuesday.

Ukraine says Russian forces stepped up long-range strikes on targets far from the front, killing large numbers of civilians. Moscow says it only targets military targets.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Russia fired more than 3,000 cruise missiles and countless artillery shells during the five-month conflict.

In Odessa, a Russian missile strike injured at least four people and burned down houses, said Oleksii Matsulevych, spokesman for the regional administration, on his account Telegram.

Russian forces targeted Mykolaiv on Monday, injured at least two people and damaged windows and roofs of houses, Mayor Oleksandr Senkevich revealed in a message posted on the networks social.

A war crimes prosecutor, a rescuer and a civilian observe a destroyed building after being hit by a missile strike near from Odessa.

More than 150 shells were fired at the Sumy region, Dmytro Zhyvytskyi, head of the Sumy regional military administration, told Telegram.

Kyiv hopes the war is at a turning point, with Moscow having exhausted its offensive capabilities by seizing some small towns to the east, while the Ukraine now has long-range Western weapons that can strike behind Russian lines.

kyiv claims to have succeeded in a series of strikes against 30 Russian logistics and ammunition centers, which it claims cripple Russian artillery.

In a Facebook post on Monday, Ukraine's top military commander, General Valery Zaluzhny, said US-provided long-range rocket systems, known as HIMARS , helped stabilize the situation with major strikes at enemy command points, ammunition and fuel warehouses.

Russia said on Monday Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu had ordered the military to focus on destroying Ukrainian rockets and artillery supplied by the West.

A HIMARS system, at an arms manufacturers' fair held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in March 2022.

European Union foreign ministers agreed on Monday to provide Ukraine with an additional 500 million euros (C$657 million) in European funds for armaments, bringing support Europeans to 2.5 billion euros (CA$3.29 billion) since the invasion launched on February 24.

To the south, Ukraine is preparing a counterattack to retake the largest sliver of territory conquered since the invasion. It reported destroying Russian missile and communications systems, radars, ammunition depots and armored vehicles in strikes in the southern Kherson region.

In the east, Ukrainian forces withdrew from Luhansk in early July.

kyiv says Moscow is planning another assault for control of the last Ukrainian pocket in neighboring Donetsk province.

This week could be crucial for European countries concerned about the impact of war and sanctions on gas supplies.

Russia is due to reopen its main gas pipeline to Germany, Nord Stream 1, in the coming days after regular maintenance, but Europeans fear Moscow will keep it closed.

Russia's Gazprom, which operates the pipeline, told its European customers it could not guarantee gas supplies due to extraordinary circumstances, according to a letter seen by Reuters. This raises the stakes in an economic exchange with the West.

The Ukrainian Parliament voted on Tuesday in favor of the dismissal of the head of the security services (SBU) and the general prosecutor, in accordance with the wishes of President Zelensky.

Parliament voted to end Iryna Venediktova's duties as chief prosecutor, MP David Arakhamia wrote on Telegram. Several other deputies also announced the dismissal of SBU chief Ivan Bakanov.

The dismissal of Mr. Bakanov, a childhood friend of the president, was approved by 265 deputies against a required minimum of 226 and that of Ms. Venediktova, by 264 parliamentarians, wrote on their Telegram channels MPs Oleksiï Gontcharenko and Yaroslav Zhelezniak.

Former Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova and ex-Head of the Security Service (SBU) Ivan Bakanov, at a press conference in May 2021.

The replacement of the two officials was announced on Sunday by Volodymyr Zelensky, who criticized them for insufficient efforts in the fight against Russian espionage.

On Monday, the Ukrainian president again announced a review of the cadres within the SBU when at least three senior officials of this organization had been suspected of high treason in recent months .

Everyone expected more tangible results from the dismissed officials in cleaning up the collaborators and traitors infiltrated in their structures, detailed on Monday a deputy head of the presidential administration, Andrii Smyrnov.

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