Luhansk governor said Russian troops shelled indiscriminately populated areas on Friday, Reuters reports. “They are not stopped by the fact that there are still civilians, dying in houses and yards,” Serhiy Gaidai said.
The deputy prime minister of Ukraine has asked all residents of the Russian-occupied territories in the Kherson and Zaporizhzhya regions to “evacuate by all possible means”. There would be a “heavy battle” as the Ukrainian army “would clear these areas,” he said.
Belgium will reopen its embassy in Kiev and send a new ambassador, confirmed the Belgian Prime Minister. The embassy was set to open next week and Ambassador Peter Van De Velde, who met Alexander De Croo before being sent to Ukraine, will represent Belgium.
The Ukrainian army says it has two Russian command posts near Kherson . has destroyedsaid Natalia Humeniuk, a spokesman for the Joint Southern Command of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
Ukraine’s foreign minister criticized Russia at the G20 summit in Bali, saying it prefers its own rules rather than working multilaterally with the international community. “I’m a big proponent of multilateralism,” Dmytro Kuleba said. “But it lacks the means to protect themselves from those who disrespect other nations, who prefer to play by common rules rather than by the rules. We have such a country at this table today – Russia.”
The Ukrainian parliament passed a series of new laws during its plenary session on Friday. The new laws include security guarantees for journalists working in combat zones, improved social protections for rescue workers and delayed transitions to keep track of gas volumes in energy units.
US sends four more Himars, or high-mobility artillery missile systems, to Ukraine, a senior US defense official said at a news conference on Friday. The four additional Himars will bring the total number given to Ukraine to 12. According to the official, the first eight were especially useful as the fighting in Donbas against Russian forces developed into an artillery battle.