Hour by Hour 🔴 Reside: Fierce combating raging for centre of Bakhmut, say Ukraine, Wagner Group
Fierce combating was raging for management of the centre of Bakhmut in japanese Ukraine, the longest-running and bloodiest battle of the struggle, stated either side on Monday. Observe our reside weblog for all the most recent developments. All occasions are Paris time (GMT+1).
8:40am: Ukrainian forces in ‘fierce battles’ with Wagner items for Bakhmut’s centre, navy says
Fierce combating was raging for management of the centre of Bakhmut in japanese Ukraine, the longest-running and bloodiest battle of the struggle, either side stated on Monday.
“Wagner assault items are advancing from a number of instructions, attempting to interrupt by means of our troops’ defensive positions and transfer to the centre of the town. In fierce battles, our defenders are inflicting vital losses on the enemy,” the Ukrainian navy stated in a morning briefing, referring to the Russian mercenary group that has claimed to be main Moscow’s offensive.
Wagner in the meantime stated: “the enemy is battling for each metre, the nearer we’re to the town centre, the tougher the battles”.
7:00am: HRW sounds alarm on youngsters ‘illegally taken’ from orphanages in Ukraine
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has had “devastating” penalties for kids in residential establishments, with hundreds transferred to occupied territories or to Russia, Human Rights Watch stated Monday.
In a report launched Monday, the watchdog additionally stated the struggle highlighted the pressing want for reform in Ukraine, which had over 105,000 youngsters in establishments earlier than the invasion, the most important quantity in Europe after Russia.
“This brutal struggle has starkly proven the necessity to finish the perils confronted by youngsters who have been institutionalised,” stated Invoice Van Esveld, affiliate youngsters’s rights director on the New York-based organisation.
“Returning youngsters who have been illegally taken by Russian forces needs to be a world precedence,” he added.
At the least a number of thousand youngsters have been transferred to Russia or occupied territories, the report stated.
It added that 100 establishments that had housed over 32,000 youngsters earlier than 2022 at the moment are in territories underneath Russian occupation.
12:02am: Arms transfers to Europe virtually doubled in 2022, says report
Arms imports into Europe virtually doubled in 2022, pushed by large shipments to Ukraine, which has develop into the world’s third-largest vacation spot, researchers stated Monday.
With a 93 p.c soar from the yr earlier than, imports additionally elevated as a consequence of accelerating navy spending by European states together with Poland and Norway, and they’re anticipated to speed up additional, in response to the report by the Stockholm Worldwide Peace Analysis Institute (SIPRI).
(FRANCE 24 with AFP, AP & Reuters)