Russia-Ukraine warfare: don’t permit Moscow to sow concern, says Zelenskiy; suspected ‘spying’ raid in Albania – newest updates | Russia

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A very interesting story is developing in Moscow where the daughter of a key ally of Vladimir Putin has been killed in a car bomb, according to multiple reports.

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Darya Dugina, daughter of Russian political commentator Alexander Dugin – dubbed “Putin’s brain” – died when the Toyota Land Cruiser she was driving was ripped apart by a powerful explosion about 20km west of the capital at around 9.30pm local time.

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Andrey Krasnov, a friend of Dugina and the head of the Russian Horizon social movement, confirmed the reports, according to the news agency Tass.

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He said that the bomb could have been intended for her father.

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“This was the father’s vehicle. Darya was driving another car but she took his car today, while Alexander went in a different way. He returned, he was at the site of the tragedy. As far as I understand, Alexander or probably they together were the target,” Krasnov said.

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The head of the self-proclaimed, pro-Kremlin Donetsk People’s Republic, Denis Pushilin, blamed the Ukrainian government.

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Full story here:

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Another intriguing story comes from Albania today where two Russians and a Ukrainian have been arrested after what appears to have been a spying raid gone wrong at a military base and arms factory in central Albania.

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The Albanian defence ministry said on Saturday night that one of the suspects tried to disable guards with a paralysing spray when he was caught taking photographs at the factory.

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Albania’s prime minister called it “suspected espionage”.

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The full story is here:

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An exhibition of destroyed Russian military vehicles adorns the streets of Kyiv ahead of Ukrainian independence day on Wednesday. Ukrainians are saying that Vladimir Putin got his wish for a parade in their capital, but just not the one he wanted.

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Volodymyr Zelenskiy is clearly fearful that Russia goes to attempt to spoil the celebrations and has warned his countrymen and ladies that Putin may attempt one thing “ugly” or “vicious” forward of Wednesday.

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“We should all remember that this week Russia may attempt to do one thing significantly ugly, one thing significantly vicious,” Zelenskiy stated in his nightly remarks on video on Saturday.

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Safety has been stepped up within the second metropolis, Kharkiv, with town’s curfew prolonged on Wednesday.

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Full report right here:

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Good morning/afternoon/evening wherever you are and welcome to the Guardian’s live coverage of the war in Ukraine.

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The coming week looks set to be dominated – one way or another – by Ukraine’s celebrations of its independence from Soviet rule 31 years ago. President Volodymyr Zelenskiy warned on Saturday night that Russia might try to do something “ugly” to spoil the show.

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Fighting continues to rage across the country with Ukrainian drone attacks on Crimea, and Russia missile strikes injured several people in an attack near Mykolaiv.

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And there’s an intriguing story from Albania where three people carrying Russian and Ukrainian passports have been arrested after what appears to be a bungled spying raid on a military base.

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Anyway, here are the main developments over the last few hours:

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  • Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy has warned Ukrainians to be vigilant in the coming week as they prepare to celebrate their independence day on Wednesday. In his nightly video address on Saturday, Zelenskiy said Ukrainians must not allow Moscow to “spread despondency and fear” as they mark the 31st anniversary of independence from Soviet rule. “We must all be aware that this week Russia could try to do something particularly ugly, something particularly vicious,” Zelenskiy said.

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  • The curfew in Ukraine’s second largest city, Kharkiv, will be extended for the entire day on Wednesday, regional governor Oleh Synehub said on Saturday. The north-eastern city is regularly hit by Russian shelling and normally has a curfew from 10pm to 6am but extra precautions were required on independence day.

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  • Ukraine launched a fresh strike on Russia’s Black Sea fleet headquarters at Sevastopol earlier on Saturday. Officials in the annexed Crimean peninsula said that at least one drone had been shot down and that the city’s air defence system had been called into action again on Saturday night.

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  • Video shared on Twitter appeared to show Russian air defences attempting to destroy the UAV and dark plumes of smoke rising from the city.

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  • Three people with Russian and Ukrainian passports have been arrested for suspected spying after trying to break into a military base and arms factory in central Albania, the Albanian defense ministry said on Saturday. Two Albanian soldiers were injured in the incident at the Gramsh base, the ministry said, adding the conditions of the soldiers was stable. Albania’s prime minister Edi Rama said the three individuals are “suspected of espionage”.

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  • The US is planning to buy about 150,000 metric tonnes of grain from Ukraine in the next few weeks for an upcoming shipment of food aid from ports no longer blockaded by war, the World Food Programme chief has said. The planned shipment, one of several the U.N. agency that fights hunger is pursuing, is more than six times the amount of grain that the first WFP-arranged ship from Ukraine is now carrying toward people in the Horn of Africa at risk of starvation.

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  • António Guterres, the UN secretary general, said he was moved by the sight of Ukrainian wheat being shipped from Turkey. Russian fertilisers and agricultural products must be able to reach world markets “unimpeded” or a global food crisis could strike as early as next year, he said.

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  • Four children have reportedly been injured following a Russian strike on a residential building in the Mykolaiv region of Ukraine.

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  • Russian entities and individuals were attempting to use Turkey to bypass western sanctions imposed over Moscow’s war in Ukraine, the US deputy treasury secretary, Wally Adeyemo, told Turkey’s deputy finance minister, Yunus Elitas, that the US treasury department said. In a phone call, the department said, the two also discussed efforts to implement and enforce sanctions against Russia, Reuters reports.

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  • Ukraine’s defence ministry on Saturday said its forces had killed a total of 44,900 Russian personnel – a rise of 200 on the day before.

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  • Olaf Scholz has praised Alexei Navalny on the second anniversary of the jailed Russian opposition politician’s attempted poisoning.

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Key occasions

Russia has deployed hypersonic Kinzhal (Dagger) missiles thrice over the course of its invasion of Ukraine, Russia’s defence minister Sergei Shoigu has stated.

The Kinzhal missiles are a part of an array of latest hypersonic weapons president Vladimir Putin unveiled in 2018 in a speech through which he stated they may hit nearly any level on the planet and evade a US-built missile defend.

Shoigu, talking on state tv, stated the missiles had proved efficient in hitting high-value targets on all three events, hailing them as with out evaluate and as nearly unimaginable to take down when in flight.

“Now we have deployed it thrice throughout the particular army operation,” Shoigu stated in an interview broadcast on Rossiya 1. “And thrice it confirmed sensible traits.”

Russia first used the Kinzhal system in Ukraine a couple of month after sending tens of 1000’s of troops into the nation, putting a massive weapons depot in Ukraine’s western Ivano-Frankivsk area.

This week, Russia’s defence ministry stated three MiG-31E warplanes geared up with Kinzhal missiles had been relocated to the Kaliningrad area, a Russian Baltic coast exclave situated between NATO and European Union members Poland and Lithuania.

On Russia’s Navy Day late final month, Putin introduced that the navy would obtain what he referred to as “formidable” hypersonic Zircon cruise missiles in coming months. The missiles can journey at 9 instances the velocity of sound, outrunning air defences.

Ted Widmer

The warfare in Ukraine will attain a grim anniversary on 24 August, once we will likely be six months right into a battle whose terminus we nonetheless can’t see.

Can historical past provide any clues? Vladimir Putin likes to speak in regards to the second world warfare, Russia’s greatest warfare, however the closest parallel is most likely the Crimean warfare, which dragged on for 2 and a half years, from 1853 to 1856, earlier than the exhausted belligerents labored out a peace settlement.

An underachieving Russian army failed to attain any of its objectives. However the British and French, who solid an alliance with the Turks, encountered frustrations of their very own as they groped towards a victory that felt pyrrhic at instances. Surprisingly, considered one of the warfare’s nice legacies was felt within the US, the place an surprising chain of occasions, tied to Russia’s defeat, helped to finish slavery.

Can any classes be drawn from the Crimean warfare immediately?

Guardian soccer author Nick Ames stories on FC Kryvbas, a Ukrainian soccer membership refusing to depart their metropolis regardless of the specter of assault from Russia.

FC Kryvbas is not going to relocate to Kyiv, as others have completed, even when areas on town’s periphery are often being shelled and the troubling spectre of the Enerhodar nuclear energy station looms 60 miles to the south-east.

The town is protected by 4 traces of defence and can’t be entered with out passing a sequence of military checkpoints.

In June, the membership informed its rivals to neglect any concept of taking part in league video games overseas, saying there’s “no different choice, neither from an ethical viewpoint nor from sporting precept” than to compete domestically.

The identical month, Vernydub grew to become supervisor. “It has to occur right here, in our land,” he says. “It’s very vital to our troopers, our warriors, that we do it.”

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In additional cheerful information for Ukraine, boxer Oleksandr Usyk retained his heavyweight world titles with a factors victory over Britain’s Anthony Joshua in Saudi Arabia on Saturday night time.

Oleksandr Usyk celebrates winning his fight against Anthony Joshua with the Ukrainian flag.
Oleksandr Usyk celebrates profitable his struggle in opposition to Anthony Joshua with the Ukrainian flag. {Photograph}: Andrew Couldridge/Motion Photos/Reuters

Usyk, who frolicked earlier than this struggle serving in his nation’s armed forces as a part of their defence the Russian invasion, paid tribute to his comrades in his victory speech.

“I dedicate this victory to my nation, to my household, to my crew, to all of the army defending this nation,” the 35-year-old Usyk stated by means of a translator. “Thanks very, greatly.”

Learn our struggle report right here:

Misha, a baby born prematurely at 33 weeks, is checked on by staff in a room fortified with sandbags in the window at the Pokrovsk Perinatal hospital, the only one under government control remaining equipped to care for premature babies.
Misha, a child born prematurely at 33 weeks, is checked on by employees in a room fortified with sandbags within the window on the Pokrovsk Perinatal hospital, the just one below authorities management remaining geared up to look after untimely infants. {Photograph}: David Goldman/AP
A girl with a Ukrainian flag stands on a destroyed Russian tank during an exhibition destroyed Russian military vehicles in the centre of Kyiv in Ukraine.
A woman with a Ukrainian flag stands on a destroyed Russian tank throughout an exhibition destroyed Russian army autos within the centre of Kyiv in Ukraine. {Photograph}: Maxym Marusenko/NurPhoto/REX/Shutterstock
A Ukranian soldier watches a puppy at their position in a basement base, close to the frontline, in southern Ukraine.
A Ukranian soldier watches a pet at their place in a basement base, near the frontline, in southern Ukraine. {Photograph}: AFP/Getty Photos

Daughter of Putin ally killed in a automobile bomb

A really fascinating story is growing in Moscow the place the daughter of a key ally of Vladimir Putin has been killed in a automobile bomb, in line with a number of stories.

Darya Dugina, daughter of Russian political commentator Alexander Dugin – dubbed “Putin’s mind” – died when the Toyota Land Cruiser she was driving was ripped aside by a strong explosion about 20km west of the capital at round 9.30pm native time.

Andrey Krasnov, a buddy of Dugina and the pinnacle of the Russian Horizon social motion, confirmed the stories, in line with the information company Tass.

He stated that the bomb might have been meant for her father.

“This was the daddy’s automobile. Darya was driving one other automobile however she took his automobile immediately, whereas Alexander went differently. He returned, he was at the location of the tragedy. So far as I perceive, Alexander or most likely they collectively had been the goal,” Krasnov stated.

The pinnacle of the self-proclaimed, pro-Kremlin Donetsk Folks’s Republic, Denis Pushilin, blamed the Ukrainian authorities.

Full story right here:

Two Russians and Ukrainian arrested in Albania ‘spy’ raid

One other intriguing story comes from Albania immediately the place two Russians and a Ukrainian have been arrested after what seems to have been a spying raid gone incorrect at a army base and arms manufacturing facility in central Albania.

The Albanian defence ministry stated on Saturday night time that considered one of the suspects tried to disable guards with a paralysing spray when he was caught taking pictures on the manufacturing facility.

Albania’s prime minister referred to as it “suspected espionage”.

The total story is right here:

Combating has continued on a number of fronts throughout Ukraine up to now 24 hours, together with new strikes on the Russian-annexed area of Crimea.

Authorities in Sevastapol stated that they had shot down a Ukrainian drone over town on Saturday after what seemed to be a drone assault on Russia’s Black Sea fleet headquarters.

Damaged buildings in Voznesensk near Mykolaiv.
Broken buildings in Voznesensk close to Mykolaiv. {Photograph}: Mykolaiv Area Prosecutor’s Workplace HANDOUT/EPA

Video appeared to show Russian air defences making an attempt to destroy the drone and darkish plumes of smoke rising from town.

Additionally on Saturday, a Russian missile hit a residential space of a southern Ukrainian city not removed from a nuclear energy station, wounding 14 civilians, Russian and Ukrainian officers stated.

The strike on the Pivdennoukrainsk (South Ukraine) nuclear station and recent shelling close to the Zaporizhzhia station, Europe’s largest, revived fears of a nuclear accident, Ukrainian officers stated.

The assault on Voznesensk was “one other act of Russian nuclear terrorism,” stated state-run Energoatom, which manages Ukraine’s 4 nuclear vitality mills.
“It’s potential that this missile was aimed particularly on the Pivdennoukrainsk plant, which the Russian army tried to grab again at first of March,” it stated in a press release.

Zelenskiy warns Ukrainians to be vigilant forward of independence day

An exhibition of destroyed Russian army autos adorns the streets of Kyiv forward of Ukrainian independence day on Wednesday. Ukrainians are saying that Vladimir Putin acquired his want for a parade of their capital, however simply not the one he wished.

A woman and two young children look through the back of a destroyed Russian armored vehicle in Kyiv’s historic Khreschatyk Street.
A lady and two younger youngsters leaf through the again of a destroyed Russian armored automobile in Kyiv’s historic Khreschatyk Road. {Photograph}: Madeleine Kelly/SOPA Photos/REX/Shutterstock

Volodymyr Zelenskiy is clearly fearful that Russia goes to attempt to spoil the celebrations and has warned his countrymen and ladies that Putin may attempt one thing “ugly” or “vicious” forward of Wednesday.

“We should all remember that this week Russia may attempt to do one thing significantly ugly, one thing significantly vicious,” Zelenskiy stated in his nightly remarks on video on Saturday.

Safety has been stepped up within the second metropolis, Kharkiv, with town’s curfew prolonged on Wednesday.

Full report right here:

Welcome

Good morning/afternoon/night wherever you might be and welcome to the Guardian’s dwell protection of the warfare in Ukraine.

The approaching week appears set to be dominated – one approach or one other – by Ukraine’s celebrations of its independence from Soviet rule 31 years in the past. President Volodymyr Zelenskiy warned on Saturday night time that Russia may attempt to do one thing “ugly” to spoil the present.

Combating continues to rage throughout the nation with Ukrainian drone assaults on Crimea, and Russia missile strikes injured a number of individuals in an assault close to Mykolaiv.

And there’s an intriguing story from Albania the place three individuals carrying Russian and Ukrainian passports have been arrested after what seems to be a bungled spying raid on a army base.

Anyway, listed here are the predominant developments over the previous couple of hours:

  • Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy has warned Ukrainians to be vigilant in the approaching week as they put together to rejoice their independence day on Wednesday. In his nightly video tackle on Saturday, Zelenskiy stated Ukrainians should not permit Moscow to “unfold despondency and concern” as they mark the thirty first anniversary of independence from Soviet rule. “We should all remember that this week Russia may attempt to do one thing significantly ugly, one thing significantly vicious,” Zelenskiy stated.

  • The curfew in Ukraine’s second largest metropolis, Kharkiv, will likely be prolonged for your entire day on Wednesday, regional governor Oleh Synehub stated on Saturday. The north-eastern metropolis is usually hit by Russian shelling and usually has a curfew from 10pm to 6am however further precautions had been required on independence day.

  • Ukraine launched a recent strike on Russia’s Black Sea fleet headquarters at Sevastopol earlier on Saturday. Officers within the annexed Crimean peninsula stated that at the least one drone had been shot down and that town’s air defence system had been referred to as into motion once more on Saturday night time.

  • Video shared on Twitter appeared to point out Russian air defences making an attempt to destroy the UAV and darkish plumes of smoke rising from town.

  • Three individuals with Russian and Ukrainian passports have been arrested for suspected spying after making an attempt to interrupt right into a army base and arms manufacturing facility in central Albania, the Albanian protection ministry stated on Saturday. Two Albanian troopers had been injured within the incident on the Gramsh base, the ministry stated, including the situations of the troopers was secure. Albania’s prime minister Edi Rama stated the three people are “suspected of espionage”.

  • The US is planning to purchase about 150,000 metric tonnes of grain from Ukraine in the subsequent few weeks for an upcoming cargo of meals assist from ports now not blockaded by warfare, the World Meals Programme chief has stated. The deliberate cargo, considered one of a number of the U.N. company that fights starvation is pursuing, is greater than six instances the quantity of grain that the primary WFP-arranged ship from Ukraine is now carrying towards individuals within the Horn of Africa vulnerable to hunger.

  • António Guterres, the UN secretary normal, stated he was moved by the sight of Ukrainian wheat being shipped from Turkey. Russian fertilisers and agricultural merchandise should have the opportunity to achieve world markets “unimpeded” or a worldwide meals disaster may strike as early as subsequent 12 months, he stated.

  • 4 youngsters have reportedly been injured following a Russian strike on a residential constructing within the Mykolaiv area of Ukraine.

  • Russian entities and people had been making an attempt to make use of Turkey to bypass western sanctions imposed over Moscow’s warfare in Ukraine, the US deputy treasury secretary, Wally Adeyemo, informed Turkey’s deputy finance minister, Yunus Elitas, that the US treasury division stated. In a telephone name, the division stated, the 2 additionally mentioned efforts to implement and implement sanctions in opposition to Russia, Reuters stories.

  • Ukraine’s defence ministry on Saturday stated its forces had killed a whole of 44,900 Russian personnel – an increase of 200 on the day earlier than.

  • Olaf Scholz has praised Alexei Navalny on the second anniversary of the jailed Russian opposition politician’s tried poisoning.


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