Russia-Ukraine war live news: Kiev region hit by missile strike, says governor; battle to liberate Kherson has begun, Ukraine claims | Ukraine

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Russia redeploys troops to southern Ukraine

Russian forces are undertaking a “massive redeployment” of troops to three southern regions of Ukraine in what appears to be a change of tactics by Moscow, a senior adviser to President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said Wednesday.

Oleksiy Arestovych said Russia is sending troops to the regions of Melitopol and Zaporizhia and Kherson, signaling a change in tactics towards strategic defense against attacks.

In an interview with Ukrainian television on Wednesday, he said:

(This would) put us in a position where we are unable to liberate all our territory and call for conversation.”

“Putin sent an army to Ukraine to recreate the Soviet Union,” Arestovych added.

UN Security Council can’t agree on grain deal statement

The UN Security Council has failed to agree on a statement welcoming last week’s deal to transport grain and fertilizer from Ukraine and Russia to millions of hungry people around the world, Norway’s UN ambassador said.

The statement is also said to have praised Secretary General Antonio Guterres and the Turkish government for their key role in arranging the deal.

“Norway and Mexico have spent days working to unite the council in one message and welcome the important deal to resume exports of grains, foodstuffs and fertilizers through the Black Sea,” Norwegian Ambassador Mona Juul told The Associated Press. “We are sorry this was not possible.”

Russia and Ukraine signed separate agreements with Turkey and the UN on Friday, paving the way for Ukraine – one of the world’s most important granaries – to export 22 million tons of grain and other agricultural products stuck in the ports of the Black Sea due to the Russian invasion.

The deal also aims to ensure that Russian food and fertilizers have unrestricted access to global markets.

Council diplomats said Russia objected to the latest draft grain deal statement because it referred to Guterres’ condemnation of Saturday’s airstrike.

The proposed statement from Norway and Mexico, obtained by AP, is said to have welcomed progress in signing the deal Friday “to ensure safe and secure exports of grains, foodstuffs and fertilizers from Ukraine and the Russian Federation.”

It would have praised Guterres and Turkey and called for swift implementation of the commitments made in Istanbul.

“A unified statement from the council welcoming the deal and praising the secretary general for his efforts would have sent an important signal,” Juul said.

“Norway believes that the personal efforts and involvement of the Secretary General have been essential to facilitate negotiations between the parties,” Juul said. “These efforts are more important than ever, as the effects of the war are still being felt on the people of Ukraine and beyond.”

Russia attacks Kiev region, says governor

According to Ukrainian officials, Russia reportedly hit infrastructure in the Kiev region early this morning.

Kiev regional governor Oleksiy Kuleba said a rocket attack was launched on the Vyshgorod district, just north of the capital.

In a Telegram update posted just after 6 a.m., Kuleba said:

This morning, the enemy launched a rocket attack on one of the communities of the Vyshgorod district.

The infrastructure object was fired upon. Information about the victims is being clarified. All emergency services are already on the scene.”

The Kiev city council also issued an air raid siren around the same time and called on residents to seek shelter.

⚡️Governor: Russia attacks infrastructure in Kiev Oblast early on July 28.

According to Kiev Oblast governor Oleksiy Kuleba, Russian troops hit an infrastructure object in one of the communities in the Vyshhorodsky district north of the capital.

— The Kiev Independent (@KyivIndependent) July 28, 2022

Operation to liberate Kherson ‘has already begun’, Ukraine says

Ukraine has said its operation to liberate Kherson has “already begun” after hitting Russia’s main supply route through the Antonivskiy Bridge to the Russian-occupied southern city on Wednesday.

Presidential adviser, Oleksiy Arestovych, also confirmed Ukraine’s strategy of isolating Russian forces, claiming that there is a “certain plan” by Ukraine’s armed forces to ” [Russia’s] military operations”.

No matter how much the enemy overtakes troops and resources on the western bank of the Dnieper, Ukraine’s armed forces will first leave them without ammunition depots, fuel, communications and command, and then they will clear the remnants of their troops.”

Arestovych added that Russian troops had three options:

Withdraw (if possible), surrender or be destroyed.”

Another senior presidential adviser, Mykhailo Podolyak, added:

Residents must learn to swim across the Dnipro River. Or leave Kherson while you still can. There may not be a third warning.”

Ukrainian officials also confirmed that his forces have used US-supplied precision missile launchers to launch the Antonivskiy. to damage bridge.

Zelenskiy promised that Ukraine would rebuild the bridge and other crossings in the region.

We are doing everything we can to ensure that the occupier does not get logistical opportunities in our country.”

Summary and welcome

Hello and welcome back to the Guardian’s live coverage of the war in Ukraine.

My name is Samantha Lock and I will bring you the latest developments in the near future.

Ukraine has said its operation to liberate Kherson “has already started” after hitting the main Russian supply route through the Antonivskiy Bridge to the Russian-occupied southern city on Wednesday.

Reports are coming in this morning suggesting that Russia has hit infrastructure in the Kiev regionaccording to Ukrainian officials.

It’s 8 o’clock in Kiev and here’s where things stand.

  • Russian troops undertake a “mass redeployment” of troops to three southern regions of Ukraine in what appears to be a change of tactics by Moscow, a senior adviser to President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Wednesday. Oleksiy Arestovych said Russia is sending troops to the regions of Melitopol and Zaporizhia and Kherson, signaling a change in tactics towards strategic defense against attacks.
  • Russian forces have reportedly taken over Ukraine’s second-largest power plant in eastern Ukraine, an adviser to President Zelenskiy said on Wednesday, following an earlier claim by Russian-backed troops that they had captured it intact. “They gained a small tactical advantage – they conquered Vuhlehirsk,” said Oleksiy Arestovych. Unverified images posted to social media appeared to show fighters from the Russian private military company Wagner posing in front of the factory.
  • Ukraine confirms its strategy to isolate Russian troops after attack on the important Russian-occupied Antonivskiy Bridge to the occupied southern city of Kherson and said the operation to liberate Kherson “has already begun.” Presidential adviser Oleksiy Arestovych said there is a “certain plan” by Ukraine’s armed forces to “isolate [Russia’s] military operations.” “No matter how much the enemy overtakes troops and resources on the western bank of the Dnieper, the armed forces of Ukraine will first leave them without ammunition depots, fuel, communications and command, and then they will destroy the remains of their troops. clean up,” he said, adding that Russian troops had three options: “withdraw (if possible), surrender, or be destroyed.” Another advisor, Mykhailo Podolyak, added: “Residents should learn to swim across the Dnipro River. Or leave Kherson while you still can. There may not be a third warning.”
  • Zelenskiy said Ukraine would rebuild Antonivskiy Bridge and other border crossings in the region after Ukrainian forces hit Russia’s strategic supply route in the Kherson region of southern Ukraine. “We are doing everything we can to ensure that the occupier does not get logistical opportunities in our country,” he added. Ukraine confirms strategy to isolate Russian troops:
  • Preparations for the first ships to leave Ukrainian ports continue as Turkey unveiled a center in Istanbul to oversee the process. The Ukrainian Navy also confirmed that work has begun in three Ukrainian Black Sea ports to prepare for renewed grain exports. The first shipment is expected to leave within days, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said.
  • US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said he will speak with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov by phone – the first between the two diplomats since before the start of the war. The call would not be a “negotiation on Ukraine,” he added.
  • Russia delivered less gas to Europe on Wednesday, as physical flows via Nord Stream 1 droppedo 14.4 million kilowatt-hours per hour (kWh/h) between 12:00 and 13:00 GMT from about 28 million kWh/ha a day earlier, already only 40% of normal capacity. Germany accused Moscow of “power play” regarding energy exports after network data from the gas transfer station in Lubmin, northeast Germany, showed that only about 17 million kilowatt hours of gas arrived between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m., compared to more than 27 million kWh between 6 a.m. o’clock and 7 o’clock.
  • West risks starting nuclear conflict with China or Russia over “communication failure” with the two countries, the UK’s national security adviser has warned. Sir Stephen Lovegrove, 55, said the erosion of backdoor channels had increased the likelihood of an accidental escalation into war.
  • Ukraine has approved the appointment of a new Attorney General, Andriy Kostin. “The person is decent, professional, he knows how to work systematically,” Zelenskiy said.
A rescue worker walks among the rubble in a residential area destroyed by a Russian military attack on July 27 in the city of Toretsk, Donetsk region, Ukraine.
A rescue worker walks among the rubble in a residential area destroyed by a Russian military attack on July 27 in the city of Toretsk, Donetsk region, Ukraine. Photo: State Emergency Service of Ukraine/Reuters

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