At least 13 people were killed in a Ukrainian attack in Donetsk, a Russian-controlled city in eastern Ukraine, the head of the Moscow-appointed local administration, Alexei Kulemzin, said on Sunday. Follow the latest information on the conflict.
A SMALL PLACE IN EASTERN UKRAINE
Russia claims to have captured a small town in eastern Ukraine.
Thirteen dead in Donetsk
At least 13 people were killed and 10 others injured on Sunday in a Ukrainian attack on a market in Donetsk, a Moscow-controlled city in eastern Ukraine, said the head of the region's Russian occupying force, Denis Pushilin.
“At least 13 people were killed and 10 injured in a horrific bomb attack on a market in Donetsk's Textilshchik district,” he said on Telegram. An earlier report by the pro-Russian authorities reported 12 deaths without providing information about the injured.
A RUSSIAN GAS TERMINAL DEVASTATED BY FLAMES
A fire broke out at a gas terminal in the port of Ust-Luga on Russia's Baltic Sea, the region's governor said on Sunday morning. The site, located 110 kilometers west of St. Petersburg near the border with Estonia, is managed by Novatek, Russia's largest natural gas producer.
“No injuries caused by fire at Novatek terminal in Ust-Luga port. The personnel have been evacuated,” Leningrad Region Governor Aleksandr Drozdenko wrote on Telegram, his message accompanied by a short video showing a huge fire and smoke. “A high alert level has been declared in the Kingiseppsky district, which includes the port,” he added.
Russia's TASS agency and other state media said the cause of the fire was not known. According to LCI correspondent on site Jérôme Garro from the Russian medium Fontanka 2, two drones were seen heading to Saint Petersburg shortly before the fire.
“Ukraine can count on France,” assured new Foreign Minister Stéphane Séjourné in the columns of Le Parisien. “France has always helped Ukrainians by providing comprehensive capabilities useful in Ukraine's fight for its defense. We will continue,” the diplomatic chief affirmed, estimating that “the impact of a Ukrainian defeat would be significant.” He also insisted that no French mercenaries fought in Ukraine, which Vladimir Putin described as “gross manipulation.”
Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico said on Saturday that “Ukraine is not an independent and sovereign country” but is “under the complete control and influence of the United States.” On Wednesday he is scheduled to meet his Ukrainian counterpart Denys Chmygal in a town on the border between the two countries. “I will tell him that I am against Ukraine's membership in NATO and that I will veto it. It would trigger World War III, nothing more and nothing less,” he told public television station RTVS. He added that he wanted to confirm to Denys Chmygal that he “will not receive weapons from the army and the Slovak state.” As a NATO member, Slovakia is one of the most pro-Russian countries within the European Union.
North Korea's top diplomat reiterated that her country is “ready to receive Russian President Vladimir Putin,” the official KCNA agency reported on Sunday, the latest sign of rapprochement between Pyongyang and Moscow. Vladimir Putin expressed “his desire to visit the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (official name of North Korea, editor's note) soon,” the agency's press release said. According to the same document, Russia conveyed its “deep gratitude (…) to North Korea for the full support and solidarity with the position of the Russian government and people on the special military operation in Ukraine,” as Russia called it offensive.
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“France has always helped Ukrainians by providing comprehensive capabilities useful in Ukraine's fight for its defense. We will continue, Ukraine can count on France,” assured French Foreign Minister Stéphane Séjourné in Le Parisien on Saturday. “It is also an important message for the French, because the impact of a Ukraine defeat would be significant.”
“The aim was to reaffirm our long-term support. “This is important because Russia sees the weakening and fatigue of the allies,” he said of his visit to Kiev, adding “to work” on “a series of announcements that have been made there.” during Emmanuel Macron's trip in February.
Russia, for its part, will next week consider a bill aimed at confiscating money, property and valuables from anyone found guilty of spreading “false information” about its army, a senior parliamentarian announced on Saturday. Shortly after the attack on Ukraine began in February 2022, Moscow declared criticism of the military illegal. Since then, thousands of opponents of the conflict have been imprisoned.
The bill, which according to state media has the support of all major parliamentary groups, will be submitted to the Duma, the lower house of the Russian parliament, on Monday, said its spokesman Vyacheslav Volodin.
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