The only regular connection bringing energy to Ukraine’s Russian-held Zaporizhzhia nuclear power facility has reopened after being cut earlier on Thursday, according to the United Nations, highlighting the possible danger posed by close fighting.

FIGHTING

  • As the war began its seventh month, Russia confirmed its forces had struck a railway station in eastern Ukraine the day before, confirming an attack that Kyiv says also hit a residential area and killed 25 civilians on Independence Day. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, an Iskander missile struck a military train at Chaplyne station that was on its way to supply weaponry to Ukrainian soldiers fighting in the eastern Donbas region.
  • On the 31st anniversary of Ukrainian independence, Russia’s military targeted frontline cities and towns such as Kharkiv, Mykolaiv, Nikopol, and Dnipro while avoiding Kyiv, according to presidential adviser Oleksiy Arestovych.
  • According to regional authorities, Ukrainian forces shot down a Russian drone in the Vinnytsia region, while Russian missiles fell in the Khmelnytskyi region, both west of Kyiv and hundreds of kilometers from the front lines. There was no damage or casualties recorded. Reuters was unable to corroborate the accounts.
  • As the war in Ukraine enters its seventh month, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree increasing the size of Russia’s armed forces from 1.9 million to 2.04 million.

ECONOMY, DIPLOMACY

  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said he had a “a great conversation” with US President Joe Biden and thanked him for his support in the struggle against Russia, adding that they talked about next steps “on our path to victory”
    The top UN official in Ukraine said she was outraged by military strikes on Wednesday that killed children and other civilians in the town of Chaplyne, and she urged all sides to follow international law. more info
  • UN Human Rights Chief Michelle Bachelet has urged Putin to halt armed strikes on Ukraine and has called for the demilitarization of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant.
  • Ukraine’s economy should stabilize this year and grow by up to 15.5% in 2023, depending on military events in the country’s war with Russia, according to the country’s economy minister in an interview with Reuters.

Source: Reuters

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