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Last Minute of War, live | Ukraine is investigating the bombing of a prison in Donetsk that killed about 40 prisoners of war

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What has happened in the last few hours

On the 156th day of the Russian-initiated war against Ukraine, these are the key data at 12:00 this Friday, July 29th:

Russia is facing a “major infantry shortage,” Britain says. Russia faces a “major infantry shortage” in its offensive in Ukraine, the UK MoD stresses in its latest report, forcing it to use mercenaries on the front lines as regular army units. The Russian Wagner network, for example, has been operating in the east of the country since the beginning of the conflict. “Wagner’s role has probably changed due to the severe shortage of Russian infantry, although his forces are insufficient to make a difference as the war progresses,” explains British intelligence.

At least five dead in a Russian attack near a bus stop in the south. At least five people died and seven were injured in a Russian attack in the southeastern Ukraine city of Mikolaiv this Friday, regional governor Vitali Kim said in a message on the Telegram network. The bombing, Kim adds, took place near a public transport stop. The Ukrainian authorities have also come forward new attacks on the outskirts of the capital Kyivwhile fierce fighting continues in the Donetsk region in the east of the country.

Moscow has accused Ukraine of killing at least 40 people when a prison in Donetsk was bombed. The Russian Defense Ministry on Friday accused Kyiv of attacking a prison in the self-proclaimed Donetsk Republic in eastern Ukraine. At least 40 prisoners were killed and 75 injured, according to Russian news agencies.

Russia says it will propose a date to discuss prisoner swaps with the US. Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Friday that Moscow would “soon” propose a date to talk to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken about a possible prisoner swap. Blinken announced Wednesday that the United States has offered Russia a prisoner swap. The proposal, which “was put on the table a few weeks ago,” aims to recover two Americans at the hands of Moscow, basketball player Brittney Griner and former Marine Paul Whelan, who was sentenced to 16 years in prison in 2020.

Firefighters are working to put out the flames following a Russian bomb attack in Kharkov this Friday in a picture of Ukrainian emergency services distributed by AFP.

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