Ukraine war: Russia blames Kiev for car bomb attack, Zaporizhia injuries and Zelensky warning

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1. FSB says Ukraine killed Dugin’s daughter

Russia’s security service FSB has accused Ukraine’s secret services of murdering Daria Dugina, daughter of Russian ultra-nationalist Alexander Dugin. He was killed in a suspected car bombing near Moscow on Sunday.

The FSB said a Ukrainian woman in her forties was responsible for the attack, and said she had fled to Estonia.

FSB statements carried by Russian news agencies said the woman and her teenage daughter arrived in Russia in July and spent a month preparing for the attack by renting anĀ investigation into the life style of an apartment and dugina in the same housing block.

The FSB said the attacker attended an event outside Moscow on Saturday evening, attended by Dugina and her father, before Dugina’s car exploded in a “controlled explosion” and fled Russia to Estonia.

There was no immediate response from cab to the FSB statement. Earlier, the Ukrainian government had denied involvement in the attack.

“Ukraine, obviously, has nothing to do with it since we are not a lawbreaker state like the Russian Federation, and besides we are not a psychological militant state,” Mykhailo Podolik said on Ukrainian TV.

2. Russian shelling was blamed for the killings near Zaporizhia

Ukrainian officials said on Monday that four people were wounded in Russian shelling from Sunday to Monday night near Zaporizhia, Europe’s largest nuclear plant.

Artillery shelled Nikopol, a town near a nuclear facility, while missiles were fired near the Black Sea port of Odessa over the weekend.

Fighting near Zaporizhia and missile attacks on the southern city of Vozhensk, not far from Ukraine’s second-largest nuclear plant, have raised fears of a nuclear accident.

On Sunday, US President Joe Biden, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Macron held a phone call in which they underlined their “unwavering commitment” to Ukraine to ensure the safety of nuclear installations.

Ukrainian officials on Monday reported more Russian attacks on targets in the east and south of the country.

The General Staff of Ukraine said in its daily update that in the eastern Bakhmut region, Russian forces damaged artillery and several rocket launcher systems in the areas of Soledar, Zaytsev and Bilogorivka settlements.

The General Staff stated that they continued to focus their efforts on establishing full control over areas in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions, the occupied territories of Kherson, and parts of Kharkiv, Zaporizhia, and Mykolaiv regions.

3. Zelensky warns against ‘disgusting show trials’

In his address late Sunday night, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky warned that Russia was preparing the ground for an “absolutely despicable and absurd demonstration test” in Mariupol.

“This will be the line beyond which any negotiations are impossible,” Zelensky said, accusing Moscow of violating international norms.

The president believes a test is being timed to coincide with Ukraine’s Independence Day on Wednesday, which also marks six months since the Russian invasion. Over the weekend, he called for vigilance, saying Moscow could try to do “something particularly violent”.

In May, the Ukrainian Azov Regiment entered the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol, and was ordered by Kiev to surrender to Russian forces.

Ukrainian officials said it was the only way to save the lives of Mariupol’s defenders, who spent months at the plant under constant fire without access to basic supplies.

Zelensky said over the course of the end of the week that he had examined “all dangers” with French President Emmanuel Macron, and the word was given to different pioneers, counting Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and the UN secretary-general.

“Ukraine’s partners have been all educated for this present week regarding what a psychological militant state (Russia) can set up,” the president said.

Turkey’s Erdogan has dismissed speculation of possible talks between Zelensky and Vladimir Putin. After speaking with his Russian counterpart, Macron said Russia had accused Ukraine of carrying out “imperialist, resurgent attacks” in violation of international law.

4. Latvia will demolish a Soviet-era monument a week after its neighbor Estonia

Latvia will take down a Soviet-era monument commemorating the Red Army’s victory over Nazi Germany on Tuesday, officials said, a week after Estonia removed a similar sign.

Police have set up a yellow fence to cordon off the area near the monument, which resembles a skyscraper in downtown Riga’s Victory Park. It has an 80-meter concrete spire with a Soviet star on the edge of the lake with two groups of statues.

The memorial, erected in 1985 when Latvia was still part of the Soviet Union, will be dismantled using machinery on Tuesday, said Janice Lang, executive director of the Latvian capital. It will be demolished without using explosives, he said at a press conference, according to Latvian television.

It was not immediately clear what would happen after the monument’s demolition.

The concrete obelisk is part of a complex that includes two groups of statues – a group of three Red Army soldiers, and on the other side, a woman representing the “Motherland”, holding her hands. The entire premises will be demolished.

Latvia, which shares a 214 km border with Russia, has a large ethnic Russian population. On May 9, Russia’s annual Victory Day holiday, they gather in front of the monument and hold concerts.

The incident sparked controversy in Latvia, which gained independence in 1991 and became a member of NATO and the European Union.

At the end of the week, the Latvian Russian Federation said it planned to hold a protest on Monday evening. The group says it has collected more than 10,000 signatures in opposition to the monument’s removal, the Baltic News Service said.

But Lang said at a press conference on Monday that the Riga City Council had said it would not allow them to protest.

In May, Latvia’s parliament casted a ballot to make room for the landmark’s destruction in the capital, and the Riga City Council followed after accordingly.

The Baltic nations have eliminated numerous landmarks commending the Soviet Union or socialist pioneers.

In 2007, the conversion of a World War II memorial to a Red Army soldier in the Estonian capital Tallinn led to several days of uproar. Last week, Estonia removed a Soviet-era monument with a tank outside the city of Narva in the Baltic country’s Russian-speaking east and moved a replica of the tank to a war museum north of Tallinn.

Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania have taken a strong stand against Russia’s aggression against Ukraine.

5. Ukraine lost nearly 9,000 troops after Russia’s full-scale invasion in February

About 9,000 Ukrainian servicemen have been killed in the war with Russia, the head of Ukraine’s armed forces said on Monday.

The toll given by General Valery Zaluzny appears to be the first toll given by Ukraine’s military top brass since the February 24 invasion by Russia.

Zaluzny, commander-in-chief of Ukraine’s armed forces, said at a conference honoring military veterans and the families of those killed that children in many parts of the country, including the capital Kiev, need protection.

“They don’t actually comprehend whatever’s continuing and most certainly need assurance … since their dad is gone and most likely among the 9,000 legends who have kicked the bucket,” he said.

Zaluzani did not elaborate and did not say whether the figure he cited included all service personnel killed in action, such as border guards.

President Volodymyr Zelensky told the conference that about one million people are protecting Ukraine as part of the Ukrainian Armed Forces or other services.

Zaluzny did not say how many civilians were killed or how many Russian personnel were estimated to have died in the fighting in Kiev, but the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine put the number of Russian military casualties at 45,400.

Moscow has refused to confirm the numbers and has been vague about its casualties.

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