Russia-Ukraine conflict are living information: Ukrainians step up counter-attacks in south; Kharkiv hit, mayor says | Ukraine

Russian private military firm Wagner has likely been allocated responsibility for specific sectors of the front line in eastern Ukraine, possibly as Russia is facing a major shortage of combat infantry, Britain’s Ministry of Defence said in an intelligence update this morning.

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Since March, Russian private military company (PMC) Wagner Group has operated in eastern Ukraine in coordination with the Russian military. Wagner has likely been allocated responsibility for specific sectors of the front line, in a similar manner to normal army units.

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This is a significant change from the previous employment of the group since 2015, when it typically undertook missions distinct from overt, large-scale regular Russian military activity.

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This new level of integration further undermines the Russian authorities’ long-standing policy of denying links between PMCs and the Russian state.”

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It also said that Wagner’s forces are highly unlikely to be sufficient to make a significant difference in the trajectory of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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Ukraine has stepped up its campaign to retake Russian-controlled regions in the south by trying to bomb and isolate Russian troops in hard-to-resupply areas, military officials have said.

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Ukrainian planes struck five Russian strongholds around Kherson and another nearby city on Thursday, its military claimed.

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Kyiv said it had also retaken some small settlements on the Kherson region’s northern edge.

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The Ukrainian counteroffensive in the country’s south is “gathering momentum”, according to British defence and intelligence officials.

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Ukraine has virtually cut off the Russian-occupied southern city of Kherson, leaving thousands of Russian troops stationed near the Dnieper River “highly vulnerable” and isolated, the UK ministry of defence said.

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Ukraine’s second-largest city of Kharkiv has reportedly been hit this morning by Russian shelling, local officials say.

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City mayor Ihor Terekhov said a central part of the northeastern city was hit, including a two-story building and a higher educational institution.

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Terekhov said the strike occurred just after 4am on Friday

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“The State Emergency Service is already working – they are sorting out the rubble, looking for people under them,” in a Telegram update.

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

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I’m Samantha Lock and I will be bringing you all the latest developments for the next short while.

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Ukraine’s second-largest city of Kharkiv has reported been hit this morning by Russian shelling, local officials say. We will bring you more details as they unfold.

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It is 8am in Kyiv and here is where things stand.

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  • Ukraine has stepped up its campaign to retake Russian-controlled regions in the south by trying to bomb and isolate Russian troops in hard-to-resupply areas. Ukrainian planes struck five Russian strongholds around Kherson and another nearby city on Thursday, its military claimed. Kyiv said it had also retaken some small settlements on the Kherson region’s northern edge.
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  • The Ukrainian counteroffensive in the country’s south is “gathering momentum”, according to British defence and intelligence officials. Ukraine has virtually cut off the Russian-occupied southern city of Kherson, leaving thousands of Russian troops stationed near the Dnieper River “highly vulnerable” and isolated, the UK ministry of defence said.
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  • Residents of Russian-occupied areas in Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region have been urged to evacuate. Ukraine’s deputy prime minister, Iryna Vereshchuk, said people risked being cut off from “power, water, food and medical supplies, heating and communication” if they stayed in the area.
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  • Five people were killed and at least 25 injured when Russian missiles struck the hangars of an aviation enterprise in Kropyvnytskyi, north of Mykolaiv, on Thursday.
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  • At least two people were killed in the Donetsk town of Toretsk on Thursday, when a five-storey building collapsed after a Russian missile strike.
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  • Two people in the southern seaside town of Koblevo were blown up by a sea mine while swimming despite a ban, said the Mykolaiv regional governor, Vitaliy Kim.
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  • US lawmakers were briefed by US officials who said more than 75,000 Russians were estimated to have been killed or injured in the war. The number was “enormous”, Elissa Slotkin, a Democratic House representative who previously attended a secret US government briefing, told CNN. However, there was no current information from official authorities in Russia on the number of deaths.
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  • The UN aid chief said he was hopeful the first shipment of grain from a Ukrainian Black Sea port could take place as early as Friday. Martin Griffiths said “crucial” details for the safe passage of vessels were still being worked out and “the devil was in the details”.
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  • Talks between the Kremlin and Washington about a possible prisoner swap were said to not have come to a concrete agreement “yet” on Thursday. The deal reportedly involves trading a notorious Russian arms dealer for a US basketball star and a former marine.
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  • Estonia said on Thursday it would block Russian nationals from obtaining temporary residence permits or visas to study in Estonia, in a move its foreign minister described as putting “relentless pressure” on Russia and its population.
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  • Hungary’s prime minister said Ukraine could not win the war against Russia under Nato’s current support strategy. “This war in this form cannot be won,” Viktor Orbán said. “Without changing the strategy, there is not going to be peace.”
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  • Former Russian state TV journalist Marina Ovsyannikova was fined 50,000 roubles ($820 or £681) after being found guilty of discrediting the country’s armed forces in social media posts condemning Russia’s actions in Ukraine. Ovsyannikova rejected the proceedings against her as “absurd”.
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  • Russia’s media regulator, Roskomnadzor, has filed a lawsuit to revoke the registration of the independent Novaya Gazeta newspaper, which had previously announced it would resume operations in Russia after the war had ended.
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  • The UK foreign minister, Liz Truss, said she would be Ukraine’s “greatest friend” if she replaced the British prime minister, Boris Johnson. Truss said she would work with allies to provide more weapons and humanitarian aid in a commitment to “ensuring Putin fails in Ukraine and suffers a strategic defeat, and that Russia is constrained in the future”.
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  • German cities are imposing cold showers and turning off lights to reduce their energy consumption in the face of a looming Russian gas crisis. Hanover announced energy-saving measures including turning off hot water in the showers and bathrooms of city-run buildings and leisure centres. Other cities are switching off spotlights on public monuments and turning off fountains.
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Key parties

A photograph of a Ukrainian woman dressed in a T-shirt bearing the phrases ‘Ukraine’ whilst defiantly pointing in opposition to a development partly destroyed by way of Russian shelling is readily changing into an emblem of Ukrainian resistance throughout native media shops this morning.

The photograph was once reportedly taken in Russian-occupied Mariupol.

A brave woman went out with a #Ukrainian t-shirt in occupied #Mariupol. percent.twitter.com/ANJ2hU5ehT

— NEXTA (@nexta_tv) July 29, 2022

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Russia’s Wagner allotted duty for sectors of entrance line, UK says

Russian personal army company Wagner has most likely been allotted duty for particular sectors of the entrance line in jap Ukraine, most likely as Russia is dealing with a significant scarcity of struggle infantry, Britain’s Ministry of Defence stated in an intelligence replace this morning.

Since March, Russian personal army corporate (PMC) Wagner Group has operated in jap Ukraine in coordination with the Russian army. Wagner has most likely been allotted duty for particular sectors of the entrance line, in a equivalent means to standard military gadgets.

This is an important exchange from the former employment of the gang since 2015, when it normally undertook missions distinct from overt, large-scale common Russian army job.

This new stage of integration additional undermines the Russian government’ long-standing coverage of denying hyperlinks between PMCs and the Russian state.”

It additionally stated that Wagner’s forces are extremely not going to be enough to make an important distinction within the trajectory of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Latest Defence Intelligence replace at the scenario in Ukraine – 29 July 2022

Find out extra about the United Kingdom govt's reaction: https://t.co/CD3LU2jI92

🇺🇦 #StandWithUkraine 🇺🇦 percent.twitter.com/NMjaQWZiQU

— Ministry of Defence 🇬🇧 (@DefenceHQ) July 29, 2022

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Ukraine step ups counter-attacks in south

Ukraine has stepped up its marketing campaign to retake Russian-controlled areas within the south by way of seeking to bomb and isolate Russian troops in hard-to-resupply spaces, army officers have stated.

Ukrainian planes struck 5 Russian strongholds round Kherson and some other within sight metropolis on Thursday, its army claimed.

Kyiv stated it had additionally retaken some small settlements at the Kherson area’s northern edge.

The Ukrainian counteroffensive within the nation’s south is “gathering momentum”, consistent with British defence and intelligence officers.

Ukraine has just about bring to a halt the Russian-occupied southern metropolis of Kherson, leaving 1000’s of Russian troops stationed close to the Dnieper River “highly vulnerable” and remoted, the United Kingdom ministry of defence stated.

Kharkiv centre struck by way of Russian shelling, mayor says

Ukraine’s second-largest metropolis of Kharkiv has reportedly been hit this morning by way of Russian shelling, native officers say.

City mayor Ihor Terekhov stated a central a part of the northeastern metropolis was once hit, together with a two-story development and a better tutorial establishment.

Terekhov stated the strike befell simply after 4am on Friday

“The State Emergency Service is already working – they are sorting out the rubble, looking for people under them,” in a Telegram replace.

This morning, #Russian occupiers shelled #Kharkiv once more. percent.twitter.com/tNf1EMuvw6

— NEXTA (@nexta_tv) July 29, 2022

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⚡️Mayor: Russian strike hits Kharkiv downtown.

Kharkiv Mayor Ihor Terekhov reported that Russian forces hit a two-story space and a college at 4:09 a.m. on July 29. The State Emergency Service is operating at the scene. There is not any data on casualties these days.

— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) July 29, 2022

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⚡️Mayor: Russian strike hits Kharkiv downtown.

Kharkiv Mayor Ihor Terekhov reported that Russian forces hit a two-story space and a college at 4:09 a.m. on July 29. The State Emergency Service is operating at the scene. There is not any data on casualties these days.

— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) July 29, 2022

Summary and welcome

Hello and welcome again to the Guardian’s are living protection of the conflict in Ukraine.

I’m Samantha Lock and I will be able to be bringing you the entire newest trends for the following twinkling of an eye.

Ukraine’s second-largest metropolis of Kharkiv has reported been hit this morning by way of Russian shelling, native officers say. We will carry you extra main points as they spread.

It is 8am in Kyiv and this is the place issues stand.

  • Ukraine has stepped up its marketing campaign to retake Russian-controlled areas within the south by way of seeking to bomb and isolate Russian troops in hard-to-resupply spaces. Ukrainian planes struck 5 Russian strongholds round Kherson and some other within sight metropolis on Thursday, its army claimed. Kyiv stated it had additionally retaken some small settlements at the Kherson area’s northern edge.
  • The Ukrainian counteroffensive within the nation’s south is “gathering momentum”, consistent with British defence and intelligence officers. Ukraine has just about bring to a halt the Russian-occupied southern metropolis of Kherson, leaving 1000’s of Russian troops stationed close to the Dnieper River “highly vulnerable” and remoted, the United Kingdom ministry of defence stated.
  • Residents of Russian-occupied spaces in Ukraine’s jap Donbas area were suggested to evacuate. Ukraine’s deputy high minister, Iryna Vereshchuk, stated other folks risked being bring to a halt from “power, water, food and medical supplies, heating and communication” in the event that they stayed within the space.
  • Five other folks had been killed and no less than 25 injured when Russian missiles struck the hangars of an aviation endeavor in Kropyvnytskyi, north of Mykolaiv, on Thursday.
  • At least two other folks had been killed within the Donetsk the town of Toretsk on Thursday, when a five-storey development collapsed after a Russian missile strike.
  • Two other folks within the southern seashore the town of Koblevo had been blown up by way of a sea mine whilst swimming in spite of a ban, stated the Mykolaiv regional governor, Vitaliy Kim.
  • US lawmakers had been briefed by way of US officers who stated greater than 75,000 Russians had been estimated to were killed or injured within the conflict. The quantity was once “enormous”, Elissa Slotkin, a Democratic House consultant who in the past attended a secret US govt briefing, advised CNN. However, there was once no present data from legit government in Russia at the choice of deaths.
  • The UN assist leader stated he was once hopeful the primary cargo of grain from a Ukrainian Black Sea port may just happen as early as Friday. Martin Griffiths stated “crucial” main points for the protected passage of vessels had been nonetheless being labored out and “the devil was in the details”.
  • Talks between the Kremlin and Washington a few imaginable prisoner switch had been stated not to have come to a concrete settlement “yet” on Thursday. The deal reportedly comes to buying and selling a infamous Russian palms broker for a US basketball celebrity and a former marine.
  • Estonia stated on Thursday it might block Russian nationals from acquiring brief place of dwelling allows or visas to review in Estonia, in a transfer its overseas minister described as striking “relentless pressure” on Russia and its inhabitants.
  • Hungary’s high minister stated Ukraine may just now not win the conflict towards Russia below Nato’s present improve technique. “This war in this form cannot be won,” Viktor Orbán stated. “Without changing the strategy, there is not going to be peace.”
  • Russia’s media regulator, Roskomnadzor, has filed a lawsuit to revoke the registration of the unbiased Novaya Gazeta newspaper, which had in the past introduced it might resume operations in Russia after the conflict had ended.
  • The UK overseas minister, Liz Truss, stated she could be Ukraine’s “greatest friend” if she changed the British high minister, Boris Johnson. Truss stated she would paintings with allies to supply extra guns and humanitarian assist in a dedication to “ensuring Putin fails in Ukraine and suffers a strategic defeat, and that Russia is constrained in the future”.
  • German towns are enforcing chilly showers and turning off lighting to cut back their calories intake within the face of a looming Russian gasoline disaster. Hanover introduced energy-saving measures together with turning off sizzling water within the showers and lavatories of city-run constructions and recreational centres. Other towns are switching off spotlights on public monuments and turning off fountains.
Ukrainian servicemen perform with US-made 155mm M777 towed howitzer on their positions within the Kharkiv space, Ukraine, 28 July. Photograph: Sergey Kozlov/EPA

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