Russian forces control areas in Donetsk and Ukraine halts its advance in Donbass

Russian forces control areas in Donetsk and Ukraine halts its advance in Donbass

Russian forces control areas in Donetsk and Ukraine halts its advance in Donbass

Russia yesterday announced control of several areas in Donetsk, while Ukraine confirmed it had halted the advance of Russian forces in six locations in the Donbass region, and Ukrainian prosecutors said 440 children were killed as a result of the war.

The Russian Defense Ministry said that “the city of Andreyevka in Donetsk has been completely liberated” and that the Russian army continues its offensive towards the city of Vodianoye.

On the other hand, the Ukrainian General Staff announced that the Ukrainian army had stopped the advance of Russian forces in six different locations in the Donbass region in the east of the country, noting that all sections of the front in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions were vulnerable to the Russian Artillery fire yesterday.

For his part, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that the West is putting pressure on Ukraine to continue fighting Russia, while stating that it is necessary to avoid any kind of military confrontation between nuclear powers, even if it involves conventional weapons only.

In addition, the Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine announced that more than 1,292 children in Ukraine were affected as a result of the Russian war and said in a statement that the total number of dead children reached 440 yesterday morning, and the number of those killed by the war injured children rose to 852 more.

He added that the figures are not definitive as efforts are underway to determine the number of casualties in areas of active attacks.

He added that most of the affected children are in the Donetsk region, namely 424 children, and explained that a child as young as five years old was injured in a Russian missile attack on the city of Bakhmut in the Donetsk region.

He added that the Russian army damaged 2,719 educational institutions in Ukraine and completely destroyed 332 of them.

For her part, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said yesterday that she wanted to “form a UN special tribunal to investigate and prosecute Russia over its alleged crimes in Ukraine”.

And she added in a video clip on the Twitter social network: “The terrible crimes will not go unpunished,” and spoke about what she described as “the atrocities discovered in the Kiev suburb of Bucha.”

She explained that the Commission is working to find international support for the establishment of the Special Court, in addition to supporting the International Criminal Court’s investigations in Russia.

Noting that Russia must compensate Ukraine for the damage it caused and bear the cost of rebuilding the country, she pointed to Russia’s asset freeze due to Western sanctions as a possible source of funding.

According to von der Leyen, 300 billion euros in assets from the reserves of the Russian central bank have been frozen, as well as 19 billion euros from funds held by private individuals and businessmen close to the Russian authorities.

The President of the European Commission confirmed that she intends to invest the money in coordination with international partners and said that after sanctions against Russia are lifted, these funds must be used so that Russia compensates for the full damage it caused in Ukraine . and estimated the amount of damage in Ukraine at 600 billion euros.

On the other hand, a Spanish police source confirmed that an employee at the Ukrainian Embassy in Madrid was slightly injured yesterday when handling a booby-trapped letter, while Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry said security measures would be tightened in all embassies abroad.

• The European Commission is calling for a special UN court to investigate and prosecute Russia.

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