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Ukrainian War: Sloviansk under heavy bombardment

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Status: 05.07.2022 3:26 p.m.

After the Ukrainian withdrawal from the city of Lysychansk, the fighting focused on the neighboring region of Donetsk. The city of Sloviansk was reportedly heavily bombed.

According to its mayor, the city of Sloviansk, in eastern Ukraine, was the target of heavy fire from the Russian army. “Sloviansk! Massive bombardment of the city. In the center, in the north. Everyone in the air-raid shelters,” Mayor Vadym Liach wrote on Facebook.

The city, which had a population of 100,000 before the start of the Ukrainian war, is apparently the next target for Russian forces as they advance through the Donetsk region. Sloviansk has been under rocket fire for days. Mayor Liach previously accused Russia of using cluster munitions in the attacks on the city. Cluster munitions are banned by international treaties, which Moscow has not signed.

the parties in conflict as a source

Information on the course of the war, shelling and casualties provided by official bodies of the Russian and Ukrainian parties to the conflict cannot be verified directly by an independent body in the current situation.

Slowjansk, the next target of the Russian advance

Sloviansk is seen as the next possible target for Russian troops advancing into Donbass. On Sunday, Russia announced the capture of the neighboring town of Lysychansk and thus the entire Donbass region of Luhansk.

In white: advance of the Russian army. In green: separatist zones supported by Russia. Crimea: annexed by Russia.

Image: ISW/04.07.2022

Fighting throughout the Donetsk region

Meanwhile, the Ukrainian military said it had repelled several advances by Russian troops. Russian units were pushed back north of Sloviansk near Dolyna, the General Staff in Kyiv said. Likewise, the Wuhlehirsk thermal power plant continues to be contested. A Russian attack south of this at Nowoluhanske was repulsed. Attacks on the border of the lost Luhansk region near Bilohorivka and Verkhnyokamyanske were also repelled.

A little further south, however, Russian units near Spirne with heavy artillery support and air force deployments continued to advance towards the town of Siwersk. In addition, the General Staff reported intensive artillery shelling of large parts of the front in the Kharkiv, Donetsk, Zaporizhia, Kherson and Mykolaiv regions. Airstrikes have also been carried out on several occasions, some with helicopters.

Nationwide air alert

For the first time in almost a week, an air alert has been issued across the country, including in the capital Kyiv. Several rockets hit Mykolaiv in southern Ukraine. Rocket attacks also took place in Kharkiv and Dnipro in eastern Ukraine.

Conscripts are no longer allowed to leave their place of residence

Meanwhile, Ukraine’s Defense Ministry has banned men of working age from leaving their homes. The army staff asked on Facebook to respond to this order with understanding. The basis for this is the Conscription Act of 1992. To leave the registered place of residence, men between the ages of 18 and 60 now need a permit issued by the associated district military replacement office. Checks currently take place mainly at the borders between administrative districts and at checkpoints at the city limits.

Before long, hundreds of outraged Ukrainians wrote comments below the post. The ministry has been accused of “idiocy”. The arrangement will foster corruption in the district’s military replacement offices, he said. There were fears of even more economic chaos as train, bus and truck drivers could be absent.

Many Ukrainians do not even live in their place of registration. When the Russian invasion began on February 24, tens of thousands of conscripts fled to safer areas in the west of the country. They were banned from leaving Ukraine when martial law was imposed about four and a half months ago. Nevertheless, border guards regularly arrest men trying to cross the border illegally into the Republic of Moldova or neighboring EU countries. President Volodymyr Zelenskyj spoke in May of around 700,000 Ukrainians defending the country with the army, national guard, border troops and police.

Fighting in the Donetsk region: Moscow advances Kherson connection

Stephan Laack, ARD Moscow, currently Cologne, July 5, 2022 3:42 p.m.

Source www.tagesschau.de

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