LIVE – War in Ukraine: Donbass is the “main objective” of the Russians according to kyiv

Explosions are heard in kyiv

Large explosions were heard in kyiv during the night from Thursday to Friday. reports the Reuters news agency

The blasts appear to be among the largest in Ukraine’s capital region since Russian troops withdrew from the area in early April, the news agency said.

Zelensky warns that Donbass is the “main objective” of Russian forces

In his evening ritual video message, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says the Donbass region is the “main target” of Russian forces seeking to “destroy” the region.

He adds that “Russian ships can only go to the bottom”, while the Russian flagship in the Black Sea sank after being hit by a Ukrainian missile according to kyiv.

Russian politician charged in the United States for propaganda operations

A Russian politician Alexander Babakovalready subject to international sanctions in the past, and two of his collaborators were charged on Thursday by US courts with Illegal influence and propaganda operations hostile to Ukraine on US soil, prosecutors in New York said.

Alexander Babakov, deputy to the Duma, and his two accomplices are suspected of having acted under the cover of an NGO, “the Institute of Studies for International Integration”, to carry out their operations since 2012, before the war in Ukraine.

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The Pentagon considers the loss of the Moskva cruiser a “severe blow” for the Russian fleet in the Black Sea

The loss of the cruiser Moskva, the flagship of the Russian fleet in the Black Sea, which sank on Thursday, is “a huge blow” to the Russian fleet in the region, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said on Thursday.

“This will have consequences for their” combat capabilities, because the ship was a “key element in their efforts to establish naval dominance in the Black Sea,” the US spokesman added on CNN.

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CIA warns of nuclear risk posed by Putin mishaps

Military setbacks in Ukraine could prompt Russian President Vladimir Putin to use a low-yield or tactical nuclear weapon there, CIA chief William Burns said Thursday.

“Since President Putin and the Russian leadership may sink into despair, given the setbacks they have suffered so far from a military point of view, none of us can accept the threat posed by the potential use of tactical nuclear weapons or nuclear weapons. low power”. weapons,” William Burns said during a speech in Atlanta.

“Obviously we are very concerned. I know that President (Joe) Biden is deeply concerned about the risk of a Third World War and is doing everything possible to avoid getting to the point where a nuclear conflict is possible,” he added.

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