Russia-Ukraine live news: Several killed in Russian attack

  • Five people have been killed and 25 wounded in a Russian missile strike on a flight school in the central Ukrainian city of Kropyvnytskyi on Thursday, the regional governor said.
  • Kharkiv mayor says Ukraine’s second biggest city has been hit by a barrage of shelling, leaving residents no place for shelter.

    US says more than 75,000 Russian soldiers have been killed or injured

    More than 75,000 Russian soldiers have been killed or injured since the Kremlin launched an invasion of Ukraine on February 24, according to US intelligence estimates.

    A congresswoman who recently visited Ukraine confirmed that the estimate had emerged in a briefing from the Department of State, Department of Defense, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

    Speaking to CNN, Michigan Rep. Elissa Slotkin said: “We were briefed that over 75,000 Russians have either been killed or wounded [in Ukraine], which is huge…over 80% of their land forces are bogged down, and they’re tired,” she said.

    Steelmaker ArcelorMittal says profits fell in second quarter due to war in Ukraine

    ArcelorMittal, the world’s number-two steel maker, has said its profits fell in the second quarter, weighed down by inflation and Russia’s war in Ukraine.

    The group said in a statement that its performance was “overshadowed by the outbreak of war in Ukraine, where we have steel and mining operations”.

    In the second quarter, net profit eased by 2 percent to $3.9bn, AFP reported.

    ArcelorMittal said steel output fell by 18 percent to 14.6 million tonnes in the period from April to June.

    Second-quarter sales, on the other hand, grew by 14.5 percent to just more than $22.3bn, driven by an increase of some 30 percent in steel prices.

    Belarus opposition leader condemns attacks on Ukraine launched from her country

    The Belarusian opposition leader, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, has condemned the latest escalation in the war in Ukraine launched from Belarus.

    “Horrified to see how Russia continues to use Belarus to attack Ukraine,” she tweeted. “At least 25 missiles were launched from Belarus targeting Kyiv, Chernihiv and other cities this morning. Lukashenka can’t fool anyone. He is guilty of crimes against Belarusians and Ukrainians and must be held accountable.”

    German government under pressure for stance on Russia sanctions

    The German government’s hard line on Russia over the Ukraine war is coming under pressure at home amid growing worries about soaring energy prices and possible gas shortages in Europe’s largest economy come winter.

    Until now, all mainstream parties have backed the tough Western sanctions imposed on Russia after it invaded its neighbour.

    In recent weeks though, some conservatives have voiced scepticism about the West’s strategy. And while opinion polls show that more than two-thirds of Germans still back sanctions, about half think these are hurting Germany more than Russia.

    Approximately half of German households rely on gas for their heating while gas also accounts for a third of industry’s energy. In recent years, half of that gas has come from Russia.

    Germany recorded its first monthly trade deficit since 1991 in May, partly due to inflation running at approximately 8 percent.

    “Our entire economic system is in danger of collapsing. If we are not careful, Germany could become de-industrialised,” Michael Kretschmer, conservative leader of the eastern Saxony region, told Die Zeit newspaper in an interview printed on Thursday.

    ‘Without changing [NATO’s] strategy, there is not going to be peace’ in Ukraine: Orban

    Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban has said Ukraine cannot defeat Russia under NATO’s current strategy of support.

    “This war in this form cannot be won,” Orban said, speaking to journalists alongside Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer in Vienna.

    Orban said that NATO countries’ strategy of supporting Ukraine with weapons and training “has shown until now that it will not lead to success.”

    “Without changing the strategy, there is not going to be peace,” he said, warning that, without peace in Ukraine, all of the European Union will “be pushed into a war situation”.

    Russian court fines journalist for anti-Ukraine war posts

    A Russian court fined former state TV journalist Marina Ovsyannikova $822 for “discrediting Russia’s armed forces” in social media posts in which she publicly opposed Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

    Ukraine-born Ovsyannikova rose to prominence in March after holding up an anti-war placard on the Vremya nightly news programme, where she worked as an editor, Reuters reported.

    Ukraine appoints anti-corruption prosecutor, answering EU request

    Ukraine has appointed experienced investigator Oleksandr Klymenko as the head of its Specialised Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office, responding to a European Union request as the embattled nation seeks EU membership.

    “The fight against corruption is a priority for our state, as our investment attractiveness and business freedom depend on its success,” Andriy Yermak, the head of the presidential office, wrote on Telegram.

    The EU granted Ukraine candidate status earlier this month, putting it on the long road to membership, but said important work remained to be done, including in fighting corruption.

    Mayor says nowhere in Kharkiv is ‘safe’

    Ukraine’s second-biggest city has been hit by a barrage of Russian shelling, leaving residents little hope for a return to normalcy.

    “We have nine districts in the city and they are all being bombed with varying intensity and at different times. So you can’t say anywhere in Kharkiv is safe,” Igor Terekhov told AFP.

    Kharkiv, Ukraine’s one-time Soviet capital, was besieged from the first days of the full-scale conflict and has been a key focus of the Russian invasion.

    Last week, raids killed three people including a 13-year-old boy, adding to a toll that Terekhov says is in the “many hundreds.”

    Russian anti-war protester defies court, says charge ‘absurd’

    A former state TV journalist charged with discrediting Russia’s armed forces by protesting against Moscow’s actions in Ukraine has told a court that the charge against her was absurd.

    “What’s going on here is absurd,” Marina Ovsyannikova told the court. “War is horror, blood and shame.”

    Ovsyannikova is facing up to 15 years in jail over social media posts in which she wrote that those responsible for Russia’s actions in Ukraine would find themselves in the dock before an international tribunal.

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