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LIVENewsblog on the Ukraine War Reports on heavy explosions in Kherson

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Day 64 since the beginning of the war: Ukraine is prepared for an attack from Transnistria. Russia is increasingly attacking railway lines and bridges. All information in the news blog.

12:05 a.m.: According to a report by US business magazine Bloomberg, the US has lifted some restrictions on sharing intelligence information. Accordingly, the Director of National Security confirmed to members of Congress that they wanted to help Ukraine in its defense efforts.

midnight: The governor of Sumy reports heavy rocket attacks in the region. Within half an hour, 50 hits were counted at Esman, writes Dmytro Zhyvytskyi on Telegram.

11.30 p.m.: The US has announced plans to supply Ukraine with 90 howitzers. Now, according to CNN, Defense Ministry spokesman John Kirby made it clear: almost half are already in Ukraine. 50 Ukrainian soldiers were trained to use the weapons.

11:05 p.m.: The Russian news agency RIA reports several explosions in the southern Ukrainian city. They are said to come from attacks by Ukrainian troops. The region around the television tower is affected. At least two rockets were fired. Cherson is largely under Russian control.

11:56 p.m.: The president of the separatist republic of Transnistria in east Moldova, Vadim Krasnoselsky, has dismissed reports that he had announced general mobilization. Nor is it true that he banned men of military age from leaving the country. Russia, which supports the separatists in Transnistria, had threatened to intervene after reports of acts of sabotage in Transnistria.

10:55 p.m.: According to human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, the atrocities allegedly committed by Russian soldiers in Ukraine were made possible by years of turning a blind eye to other conflicts. “For too long we have watched as perpetrators have murdered, tortured and raped in mass abuses of human rights without consequences – from Darfur to Myanmar to Yemen,” Clooney said on Wednesday at a meeting of the states of the UN Security Council in New York . The meeting discussed how Russia can be held accountable for violations of the laws of war.

Amal Clooney at a meeting of the UN Security Council: The human rights lawyer spoke about the atrocities in the Ukraine war. (Source: David ‘Dee’ Delgado/Reuters)

10:21 p.m.: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has welcomed EU plans to stop levying import duties on goods from Ukraine for the time being. This will allow the country to maintain its economic activity and production as much as possible despite the Russian war of aggression, Zelenskyy said in a video distributed on the Telegram Internet service on Wednesday. He is grateful to EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and “all our European friends” for this step.

The Ukrainian President again accused Russia of wanting to create “chaos” on the world’s food markets and of initiating a “global price crisis”. The European waiver of import duties is an important tool for stabilizing the European and world markets.

The EU Commission had previously proposed not to levy import duties on Ukrainian goods for a year. The move aims to support Ukrainian exports to the EU and improve the situation of producers and exporters in Ukraine in the face of Russian war of aggression. For the plan to come into force, both MEPs and the 27 member states must approve it.

9:25 p.m.: According to Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov, Ukraine is facing “extremely difficult weeks”. Russia has massed troops for a “large-scale offensive in eastern Ukraine” and will “try to inflict as much suffering as possible,” Reznikov told Facebook on Wednesday.

In the face of the threat of “destruction and painful sacrifices,” he called on the Ukrainian population to show “resistance and extraordinary unity.” The coming weeks would “decide on the future of our country”.

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