War against Ukraine: the commander of the Russian Black Sea fleet sacked after the loss of the Moskva

Dhe commander of Russia Black Sea Fleet, Igor Osipov, has been removed from his post, according to information from the British secret service. This was announced by the British Ministry of Defense on Twitter on Thursday. The Black Sea Fleet lost its flagship “Moskva” in mid-April – according to the Ukrainian account, by two rockets fired at it.

Moreover, according to British information, Russian Lieutenant General Sergei Kissel was replaced after unsuccessful attacks in the Kharkiv region. There was no confirmation of this from the Russian side.

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The Ukrainian secret service recently reported on the alleged dismissal of the two high-ranking military officers. It was also noticed that Osipov was absent from the May 9 military parade marking the 77th anniversary of the end of World War II in Sevastopol on the annexed Black Sea peninsula in Crimea.

British intelligence believes that many Russian military officials are increasingly concerned about denying responsibility for setbacks. “This will likely further increase pressure on centralized Russian command structures,” the statement said.

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In the Eastern Ukraine Meanwhile, four civilians died in attacks by Russian forces. Luhansk region governor Serhiy Hajday said on Thursday that people had been killed the day before when Russian troops entered the city. Shevjerodonezk would have bombed. Three residents were injured. The attacks continued Thursday morning.

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Sieverodonetsk is at the center of the fighting in eastern Ukraine, where Russian forces are trying to continue their offensive against fierce resistance from Ukrainian soldiers. Pro-Russian separatist officials in the Donetsk region bordering Luhansk said Ukrainian shelling had killed two civilians and injured five others in the past 24 hours.

In Mariupol Hundreds of other Ukrainian fighters surrendered from the besieged steelworks, according to Russian sources. In the past 24 hours, there were 771, Russian news agency RIA reports, citing the Defense Ministry in Moscow. This means that 1,730 Ukrainian fighters have gone there since Monday. Ukraine and Russia give conflicting accounts of how many fighters who have been locked in bunkers and tunnels at the vast plant site for weeks have surrendered to Russian troops.

Russian soldier pleads guilty in Ukraine’s first war crimes trial

Barely three months after the start of the Ukrainian war, Kyiv the first war crimes trial against a Russian soldier has begun. The 21 year old Wadim Schischimarin pleaded guilty to shooting dead an unarmed civilian in a district court in Ukraine’s capital at the start of the trial on Wednesday.

Shishimarin is accused of shooting an unarmed 62-year-old man from a stolen car in the northern Ukrainian village of Chupakhivka on February 28. When asked in court if he had pleaded guilty, Shishimarin said yes. The soldier from Irkutsk, Siberia faces a life sentence for war crimes and murder.

The young soldier with the shaved head looked down during the indictment. According to Ukrainian investigators, the 21-year-old wanted to flee with four comrades in a stolen car after an attack on his convoy in northern Ukraine. The victim witnessed the theft of the car.

Russian soldier Vadim Schischimarin at the opening of the trial

Russian soldier Vadim Schischimarin at the opening of the trial

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“I was ordered to shoot, I shot him once. He fell and we kept going,” Shishimarin said in a video released by Ukrainian authorities in early May. In the video, the 21-year-old also said he came to Ukraine to “support his mother financially”.

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The Kremlin said Wednesday it had no information about the case. “Possibilities for support are also very limited due to the lack of a diplomatic mission there,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

Shishimarin’s attorney, Viktor Owsjannikow, described the process as a challenge. “This is the first case in Ukraine with such an accusation. There is no relevant legal practice or judgments on such cases.

Ukraine accuses the Russian military of committing numerous war crimes and crimes against humanity since the start of the invasion on February 24. War crimes trials against two other Russian soldiers in Ukraine are due to begin on Thursday. The International Criminal Court (ICC) also investigates alleged international crimes.

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According to the Prosecutor General of Ukraine, Iryna Venediktova, there are more than 11,000 ongoing war crimes cases in Ukraine and so far 40 suspects. “With this first trial, we are sending a clear signal that any perpetrator, anyone who ordered or aided in the commission of crimes in Ukraine cannot escape responsibility,” she tweeted.

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Zelenskyi extends martial law for 90 days

Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is preparing the people of his country, which is under attack from Russia, for a protracted war. In his Wednesday night video speech, he gave hope to residents of Russian-occupied areas in the south that Ukraine would liberate them.

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“Kherson, Melitopol, Berdyansk, Enerhodar, Mariupol and all our towns and villages that are under occupation, under temporary occupation, should know that Ukraine will return,” he said. How long it will take depends on the situation on the battlefield. “We are trying to do this as soon as possible. We are obliged to evict the occupiers and ensure real security for Ukraine,” he said.

In this context, he also placed the announcement Extension of martial law and general mobilization for another 90 days by August 23. “Our army and all those who defend the state must have all legal means to act calmly,” Zelenskyy said.

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At the same time, he promised all victims of the Russian occupation in his country special state assistance. He had signed a corresponding law, but gave no details. Aid also applies to “all Kremlin prisoners”, as he put it, in Crimea or the Russian-occupied part of Donbass.

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Meanwhile, the United States has accused Russian armed forces of serious mistreatment in the beleaguered port city of Mariupol. A US official said on Wednesday that Russian soldiers had “beaten” and “electrocuted” Ukrainian officials there. They “also looted the houses”. Russian officials “fear that these acts will further incite the residents of Mariupol to resist the Russian occupation”, he said.

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The Mariupol city government said on Telegram that the Russians were trying to “hand over the trading port in order to export grain, metal products and other products worth millions of dollars”. This is theft”.

According to Russian reports, 1,730 fighters from the besieged Azovstal steelworks have moved to the Ukrainian port of Mariupol since the start of the week. In the past 24 hours alone, more than 770 Ukrainians have been captured, the Defense Ministry in Moscow said on Thursday. There was initially no confirmation from the Ukrainian side.

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