Ukraine is preparing for a new Russian offensive in the east, as attacks against authorities in occupied areas increase on Monday 11 July. Franceinfo summarizes the highlights of this 138th day of war.

kyiv fears a new offensive

Ukraine believes that the Kremlin will start new operations ofin eastern Ukraine, in the Donetsk region. “There are signs that enemy units are preparing to intensify combat operations in the direction of Kramatorsk and Bakhmut.”warned the staff of the Ukrainian forces.

The city of Kramatorsk, the administrative center of Donbass still under Ukrainian control, and the neighboring city of Sloviansk are considered to be the next targets of the Russian army in their plan to completely conquer the Donbass, four and a half months after the invasion began. from Ukraine.

The death toll in Chassiv rises to 31

The death toll from Sunday’s bombing of an apartment building in Chassiv Iar, another town in the Donetsk region, has risen to 31 dead, according to the Ukrainian emergency service. AFP reporters saw dozens of rescuers working in the ruins of this partially destroyed building, aided by a mechanical excavator.

The spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry Igor Konashenkov, for his part, assured this “more than 300” Ukrainian fighters had died near Chassiv Iar, without saying when. In Kharkiv, in the north-east, civilian buildings (a shopping center and housing) were hit by enemy fire in the morning. Several missiles hit homes, according to theUkrainian administration.

A leader of the occupation forces assassinated

The occupation authorities announced that a bomb attack had cost the life of the head of the administration settled by the Russians in Veliki, in the Kharkiv region, partially conquered by Moscow. This “terrorist act” it was committed, on an unspecified date, by a group of Ukrainian saboteurs who infiltrated behind Russian lines, according to these sources.

In recent weeks, attacks on officials by Moscow have multiplied in the occupied regions of Kherson and Zaporizhia, including in southern Ukraine. At the end of June, an occupation administration official had been killed in Kherson.

The Russian decree makes it easier for Ukrainians to obtain Russian citizenship

Russia has made it known that, through a decree of Vladimir Putin made public on Monday, it wanted to facilitate access to Russian nationality for all Ukrainians. A measure that the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry shortly after “firmly” condemned. “The aforementioned decision constitutes a new violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, incompatible with the norms and principles of international law”believes Ukrainian diplomacy.

The football championship will resume in August despite the war

The Ukrainian football championship will resume in August despite the invasion of Russia which began at the end of February, announces the Minister of Youth and Sports of Ukraine. The new season of “The Ukrainian football championship will start on 23 August”Vadym Gutzeit said on Facebook.

Ukrainian football clubs decided on April 26 to prematurely end the previous season, suspended in February due to the Russian offensive, without designating a champion.

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