UPDATED: Russia starts annexation vote in occupied areas of Ukraine, West condemns ‘sham’

UPDATED: Russia starts annexation vote in occupied areas of Ukraine, West condemns ‘sham’

KYIV, Sept 23 (Reuters) - Russia began referendums on Friday aimed at annexing four occupied regions of Ukraine, raising the stakes of the seven-month-old war in what Kyiv called an illegal sham that saw residents threatened with punishment if they did not vote. The votes on whether the regions should become part of Russia began after Ukraine earlier this month recaptured large swathes of northeastern territory in a counteroffensive against the invasion that began on Feb. 24. With Russian President Vladimir Putin also announcing a military draft this week to enlist 300,000 troops to fight in Ukraine, the Kremlin appears…
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Ukraine’s Zelenskiy announces mandatory evacuation of Donetsk region

Ukraine’s Zelenskiy announces mandatory evacuation of Donetsk region

KYIV, July 30 (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Saturday his government was ordering the mandatory evacuation of people in the eastern Donetsk region, scene of fierce fighting with Russia. In a late-night television address, Zelenskiy also said the hundreds of thousands of people still in combat zones in the larger Donbas region, which contains Donetsk as well as the neighboring Luhansk region, needed to leave. "The more people leave (the) Donetsk region now, the fewer people the Russian army will have time to kill," he said, adding that residents who left would be given compensation. Separately, domestic Ukrainian media…
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Ukraine battling to stem Russian advance in north of Donetsk region

Ukraine battling to stem Russian advance in north of Donetsk region

KYIV/KRAMATORSK, Ukraine, July 6 (Reuters) - Ukraine has so far staved off any major Russian advance into the north of its Donetsk region, but pressure is intensifying with heavy shelling, missile and rocket fire on the city of Sloviansk and nearby populated areas, Kyiv's military said on Wednesday.  Russia and separatist proxies were already in control of the southern part of Donetsk province when they effectively completed the seizure of the neighbouring Luhansk region on Sunday with the capture of Lysychansk, much of which now lies in ruins.  Moscow says ejecting the Ukrainian military out of both regions is central to what it calls…
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Russian advance on Ukraine’s Donetsk region thwarted so far, Kyiv says

Russian advance on Ukraine’s Donetsk region thwarted so far, Kyiv says

KYIV, July 6 (Reuters) - Ukraine has so far thwarted an attempted Russian advance into the north of its Donetsk region but the city of Sloviansk and other civilian areas are being heavily shelled, Ukrainian officials said on Wednesday. Russia has increased its focus on Donetsk, the southern part of which it and its proxies already control, after completing its seizure of the neighbouring Luhansk region on Sunday with the capture of Lysychansk, which now lies in ruins. Moscow says fully pushing the Ukrainian military out of both regions is central to what it calls its "special military operation" to ensure its…
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Russia shells Ukraine’s Donetsk region seeking new gains after seizing Luhansk

Russia shells Ukraine’s Donetsk region seeking new gains after seizing Luhansk

SLOVIANSK/KYIV, July 5 (Reuters) - Russian forces struck targets across Ukraine's eastern Donetsk region on Tuesday to prepare the way for an expected armoured thrust to try to take more territory as the five-month-old war entered a new phase.  The strikes, reported by regional officials and the Russian military, followed Moscow's capture of the Ukrainian city of Lysychansk on Sunday, a move that handed it total control of the Luhansk region, one of its main war aims.  Taking full control of Donetsk, the neighbouring region in Donbas, the industrialised eastern part of Ukraine that has become the stage of the biggest battle…
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UPDATED: Over 2,400 civilians killed in Mariupol, 90 children have been killed in Ukraine war

UPDATED: Over 2,400 civilians killed in Mariupol, 90 children have been killed in Ukraine war

BRUSSELS, March 14 (Reuters) - More than 2,400 civilians have been killed in the southern Ukrainian city of Mariupol since Russia invaded the country last month, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said on Monday. Borrell, speaking at a news conference in Skopje, said that more than 2.6 million people have fled Ukraine and the number of refugees could swell to 4-5 million. Ninety children have been killed and more than 100 wounded in Ukraine since Russia invaded on Feb. 24, the Ukrainian general prosecutor's office said on Monday. "The highest number of victims are in the Kyiv, Kharkiv, Donetsk, Chernihiv, Sumy,…
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Ukraine signs key agreement with pro-Russia separatists

Ukraine signs key agreement with pro-Russia separatists

Ukraine has signed an agreement with pro-Russia separatists allowing for local elections to be held in separatist-controlled territory in eastern Ukraine. It could pave the way for further peace talks. The Ukrainian government signed an agreement Tuesday with pro-Russia separatists, Russia and European monitors that will allow a local election to be held in separatist-controlled regions in eastern Ukraine. The agreement was signed after the parties met in the Belarusian capital of Minsk and is seen as a major step by the new Ukrainian government under President Volodymyr Zelenskiy toward resolution of the conflict in eastern Ukraine between Kyiv and pro-Russia separatists.…
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Zakarchenko, the leader of separatists in Donetsk killed in explosion

Zakarchenko, the leader of separatists in Donetsk killed in explosion

An explosion at a cafe has killed Alexander Zakharchenko, the leader of the Russian-backed separatists in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, sources there say. The report was carried by the rebel "Donetsk Republic" news agency, DNR. Russia's Interfax and Tass news agencies are also reporting it. There are few details so far. The heavily-armed rebels in Donetsk and Luhansk regions refuse to recognise the Ukrainian government in Kiev. According to ItarTass news agency we read that the Russian Federation Council's Kosachyov, said that the killing is a terrorist attack which cannot have any justification. This is a developing story    
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