Russia hands out passports to Ukrainians in occupied cities, makes headway to capture eastern Ukraine. Top updates
The Russian authorities began the process of handing out passports to the residents living in the occupied city of Kherson in southern Ukraine, as per news agency Reuters report citing state-owned local media. So far, a total of twenty-three Kherson residents have reportedly received their Russian passport at a special event. This development comes on the back of reports suggesting that the Russian forces are relying on weapons able to cause mass casualties as they try to make headway in capturing eastern Ukraine and fierce, as prolonged fighting depletes resources on both sides. Russian bombers have likely been launching heavy 1960s-era anti-ship missiles in Ukraine, the UK Defence Ministry said.
Both sides have expended large amounts of weaponry in what has become a grinding war of attrition for the eastern region of coal mines and factories known as the Donbas, placing huge strains on their resources and stockpiles. As Russia also sought to consolidate its hold over territory seized so far in the 108-day war, the U. Meanwhile another BBC report citing Russia's Tass news agency, in Melitopol city, the decree was signed by Russian president Vladimir Putin in May which facilitated the passports authorisation. "All our Kherson residents want to obtain a passport and (Russian) citizenship as soon as possible, " the regional administration's pro-Moscow chief Vladimir Saldo was quoted as saying by TASS, the Russian state-owned news agency.
"It's a new era that is beginning for us. Additionally, on Saturday, Ukraine president Volodomyr Zelenskyy said that while "fierce street fights continue in Severodonetsk," Ukraine's military was gradually liberating territory further west in the Kherson region and had had some successes in Zaporizhzhya too. Sievierodonetsk and neighboring Lysychansk are the last major areas of Luhansk remaining under Ukrainian control. The Ukrainian army said Saturday that Russian forces also were to launch an offensive on the city of Sloviansk in Donetsk province, which together with Luhansk makes up the Donbas.
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