Live war in Ukraine, Day 129: Powerful explosions, Saturday morning, in Nikolaev / New installment of US military aid to Ukrainians

Heavy explosions rocked the Ukrainian city of Nikolaev early Saturday, a day after authorities said Russian missiles hit an apartment building near the Black Sea port of Odessa, killing at least 21 people.

Ukraine warPhoto: Ukrainian Army

Highlights of Saturday’s 129th day of war in Ukraine, LIVETEXT:

08:30 Vladimir Putin is mobilizing Russia’s economy How to change the law to provide for a long war/army

08:08 A video on social media shows how three Russian soldiers in an “old” T-62 escape from the tank after being hit by Ukrainian artillery.

Pictures of the tanks, manufactured in the Soviet Union between 1961 and 1975, were posted online in May, fueling speculation of his military. Putin’s modern tanks are exhausted and removing obsolete Soviet models from “mothballs”.

07:41 Air raid sirens sounded in the Nikolaev area, followed by explosions.

“There are heavy explosions in the city! Stay in shelters!” wrote Nikolaev Mayor Oleksandr Senkevich on the Telegram app.

07:35 A brief recap of recent events, Saturday morning:

  • Despite all the evidence, Moscow denies that civilians were killed. Dmitry Peskov said: “I would like to remind you of the President’s words that the Russian Armed Forces do not operate with civilian targets.”
  • The regional governor said the Russians were shelling the eastern city of Lysizansk from various directions. Russian forces have captured an oil refinery in the city, the Russian Defense Ministry said.
  • America sends Ukraine A new tranche of military aid: two NASAMS surface-to-air missile systems, four additional anti-aircraft radars and 150,000 155 mm artillery shells.
  • Vladimir Putin issued a decree taking full control of the Sakhalin-2 gas and oil project in Russia’s Far East, which could force foreign investors to divest.
  • A Reuters survey of companies, directors and investors behind Russia’s defense sector shows that a significant number of them have not yet been affected by the sanctions.
  • American basketball star Brittney Griner has been sentenced to 10 years in prison in Moscow for drug trafficking.
  • Russia’s TASS news agency reported that two Britons have been charged with “mercenary operations” in the separatist region of Donetsk. Two other Britons were sentenced to death last month on similar charges.
  • The Russian ambassador to Bulgaria said he would ask Moscow Close its embassy in SofiaAfter the expulsion of 70 Russian diplomatic staff.
  • A Ukrainian nuclear power operator said it has re-established contact with monitoring systems at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, Europe’s largest, which is occupied by Russian forces.
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