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Josep Borrell calls on Europeans to continue sanctions against Russia and to “hold on” in the face of the consequences of the war

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Cover image: EU Foreign Minister Josep Borrell, right, talks to Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Albares Bueno during a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels on Monday, July 18, 2022 . Virginia Mayo/AP

  • Southern Ukraine was bombed overnight from Sunday to Monday. Mykolaiv Mayor Oleksandr Senkevich wrote on Telegram: “Another massive bombardment of Mykolaiv. Loud explosions are heard. About ten have been heard so far. »
  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky published Sunday July 17 in the evening ofThe decrees dismissing the head of the powerful Ukrainian internal security agency, the SBU, as well as the Attorney General. In a message posted on Telegram, Mr. Zelensky explains that he dismissed senior officials because of the collaboration with Russia of many members of their agencies.
  • In Donbass, eastern Ukraine, Russian forces are “probably coming out of operational pause” they had decreed eight days ago to regenerate, says the American Institute for the Study of War (ISW). Moscow troops conducted “a series of ground assaults”, “still on a small scale” and “largely unsuccessful” in Donetsk Oblast, northwest of Sloviansk, southeast of Bakhmout, and southwest of the city of Donetsk, he lists.
  • Russian offensives in the Donbass remain “reduced”, confirms the British Ministry of Defense, the fighting focusing on Siversk and Bakhmout. Since abandoning Lysychansk at the beginning of July, Ukrainian troops have ” shortcut “ their line of defence, allowing them to “concentrate” their strengths “against reduced Russian attacks and contributed to reducing Russia’s momentum”notes the British Ministry of Defence.
  • There is no overall assessment of the civilian victims of the conflict. The UN has tallied nearly 5,000 confirmed dead, including more than 300 children, but acknowledges that the true number is likely much higher. For the only city of Mariupol, in the South-East, fallen in May at the end of a terrible siege, the Ukrainian authorities evoked some 20,000 dead. On the military level, Western security sources are now talking about between 15,000 and 20,000 Russian soldiers killed. kyiv reported at least 10,000 dead in its troops. No independent statistics are available.
  • More than six million Ukrainians are internally displaced, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). They are added to the few 5.5 million Ukrainians registered as refugees in other European states since the start of the invasion.

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