► Explosion: the Russian army says it intercepted two Ukrainian missiles, at least 15 injured
The Russian army said on Friday July 28 that it intercepted a Ukrainian missile whose debris fell on the city of Taganrog, near Ukraine in the south of the country, where at least 15 people were injured according to the authorities. A second would have been intercepted a few hours later, the debris of which this time fell “in a deserted area”.
“The Kyiv regime carried out a terrorist attack against residential infrastructure in Taganrog”the Russian Defense Ministry said on Telegram, adding that the air defense shot down the missile, the debris of which is “fallen on the territory of the city”. The regional governor had earlier said that 15 people were injured in an explosion.
► Moscow and African countries pledge to promote a “multipolar order” without “neocolonialism” according to Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin affirmed Friday, on the last day of the Russia-Africa summit in Saint Petersburg, that Moscow and the countries of the continent were committed to promoting a “multipolar world order” and fight against “neocolonialism”.
“The commitment of all our States to the formation of a just and democratic multipolar world order (…) has been reaffirmed”said Vladimir Putin during a closing speech, referring to a “common determination to fight against neocolonialism” and the penalties “illegitimate”.
► Ukraine moves its Christmas to December 25
Ukraine will now celebrate Christmas on December 25 instead of January 7, as was the case until then, following a law signed into law on Friday by President Volodymyr Zelensky.
“The Ukrainian people have long been subject to Russian ideology in almost all areas of life, including the Julian calendar and the celebration of Christmas on January 7”indicates the explanatory note of the text voted by the deputies in mid-July.
But, the text continues, “The powerful rebirth of the Ukrainian nation continues. The continuous and fruitful struggle for their identity contributes to the awareness and desire of every Ukrainian to live their own life, with their own traditions, their own holidays..
► Moscow studies “carefully” African initiatives, says Putin
Russia is considering “carefully” African proposals to find a solution to the armed conflict in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday during the plenary session of the second Russia-Africa Summit organized in Saint Petersburg.
“We respect your initiatives and study them carefully”did he declare. “Previously, mediation missions were monopolized by countries with so-called advanced democracy. Now Africa is also ready to help solve problems that seem outside its priority area of interest”he added.
► The head of the Russian Olympic Committee accuses the IOC of acting “in the interests” of Ukraine
The head of the Russian Olympic Committee, Stanislav Pozdnyakov, on Friday accused the International Olympic Committee of acting ” in the interest “ of Ukraine, after the IOC called for showing “sensitivity” with Ukrainian athletes.
“The IOC took the side of the political conflict, began to act in the interest of this party”lamented Stanislav Pozdniakov in a statement published on Telegram, reacting to the disqualification on Thursday of a Ukrainian saber fencer who refused to shake hands with her Russian opponent after beating her at the World Fencing Championships.
Ukrainian fencer Olga Kharlan will be guaranteed a place at the Paris-2024 Olympics in case [elle] it is [serait] unable to [se] qualify in the remaining period”IOC President Thomas Bach announced in a letter released by Ukrainian Sports Minister Vadym Gutzeit
► Zelensky visited in Odessa the cathedral hit during a Russian bombardment
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visited Thursday during a trip to Odessa, a major Black Sea port targeted several times by Russia, the Transfiguration Cathedral, damaged during a recent Russian bombardment.
“Volodymyr Zelenskyy inspected the destruction in the Transfiguration Cathedral caused by the recent massive Russian bombings on civilian infrastructure and the historic center of Odessa”the Ukrainian presidency said in a statement.
► The Ukrainian army recaptured a village from Russian forces on the southern front
The Ukrainian army has retaken from Russian forces the village of Staromayorske, on the southern front, where Kiev forces have stepped up their counter-offensive in recent days, Deputy Defense Minister Ganna Maliar announced.
“Staromayorské in the Donetsk region has been liberated. Our defenders are currently carrying out mopping up operations” Russian troops, she said on Telegram.
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