Cover image: On May 26, the city of Dnipro in Ukraine was hit by a Russian strike. Saturday evening, it was in Pidhorodne, near Dnipro, that buildings were targeted. State Emergency Service of Ukraine / AP
A Russian strike on Saturday hit a residential area of Pidhorodne, near Dnipro in Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, injuring 20 people, including five children, local governor Serhi Lyssak said. According to the emergency services, two buildings caught fire after being hit, trapping people in the rubble. Ukraine’s Defense Minister, Oleksii Reznikov, on Saturday categorically rejected the peace plan between Ukraine and Russia proposed by Indonesia. “It looks like a Russian plan, not an Indonesian plan,” he said. “We don’t need this mediator to come to us [avec] this strange plan,” he added.New bombardments on the Russian region of Belgorod, bordering Ukraine, on Saturday left at least two dead and two injured. The attacks of the previous day have left at least five dead, the governor of the region reported on Saturday morning. The latest toll reported four deaths.The boss of the paramilitary group Wagner assured Saturday that he was ready to send his units to defend the Russian region of Belgorod. “If the Ministry of Defense [russe] don’t stop what is happening in the Belgorod region (…) where Russian territories are in fact being captured, so obviously we will get there,” said Yevgeny Prigozhin.According to British intelligence “the whole of the Russian force is likely to be less flexible in reacting to operational challenges” waiting for him in Bakhmout where Wagner’s men gave way to the regular army. The British Ministry of Defense considers the Russian Airborne Forces (VDV) to be “much degraded from their ‘elite’ status before Russia’s invasion” of Ukraine.The counter-offensive to recover the areas captured by Russian forces in Ukraine is ready to be launched, assured the Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky. “I don’t know how long it will take. To be honest, things can play out in different ways. But we will do it and we are ready,” he said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal.
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