High treason: Ukraine's Zelensky moves against 'spies'
Ukraine's army is putting up fierce frontline resistance against Russian troops, but President Volodymyr Zelensky's shock dismissal of two top law enforcement officials has revealed another front in the war closer to home -- against spies and Kremlin sympathisers. His dismissal of SBU security chief Ivan Bakanov, a childhood friend of President Zelensky, and of prosecutor general Iryna Venediktova, is unprecedented since the start of the invasion. The decision was announced Sunday and approved by parliament on Tuesday, with Zelensky berating the pair for their failure to counter the activities of Russian spies and collaborators in Ukraine.
Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky has ordered all civilians still living in parts of eastern Donetsk region under Ukrainian control to evacuate. © Reuters Russia is continuing to target areas of Donetsk region still under Ukrainian control
Speaking during a late-night address from Kyiv, Mr Zelensky warned of an intensification of fighting.
"The more people leave Donetsk region now, the fewer people the Russian army will have time to kill," he said.
The region has seen heavy clashes amid a slow advance by Russian forces, who already control large parts of it.
"The more people leave Donetsk region now, the fewer people the Russian army will have time to kill," the Ukrainian leader said. "We will use all available opportunities to save as many lives as possible and to limit Russian terror as much as possible."
Guatemala president visits Ukraine at Zelensky's request
Guatemala President Alejandro Giammattei visited Ukraine on Monday at the invitation of his counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky to view the damage caused by Russia's invasion, the Central American country's government said. The invitation to visit Ukraine came in June during a telephone conversation between the two presidents. In a brief press release, Guatemala's communication secretariat for the presidency gave no details on when the visit began or how long it would last.Following Russia's initial invasion of Ukraine, Giammattei closed Guatemala's embassy in Moscow.The Central American country exports nickel to Ukraine while importing iron and steel.
Mr Zelensky's intervention comes as Russia invited UN and Red Cross officials to investigate the deaths of 50 Ukrainian prisoners of war (POWs) in another part of Donetsk region held by Russian-backed separatists.
The troops were killed in unclear circumstances during an attack on a prison in Olenivka, with both sides trading blame.
Speaking on Saturday evening, Russian defence officials said Moscow would welcome an "objective investigation" into the incident. © Reuters Relatives of troops who defended Azovstal rallied against Russia in Kyiv on Saturday
The Red Cross said on Friday it was asking for access to the Russian-run detention facility and to surviving prisoners - but no permission was immediately forthcoming.
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Its deputy head of delegation in Ukraine, Daniel Bunnskog, said granting access to POWs was an obligation under the Geneva Conventions.
The Olenivka prison camp is controlled by the Russian-backed self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DNR).
What happened there on Friday remains unclear. Unverified Russian video footage of the aftermath shows a tangle of wrecked bunk beds and badly charred bodies.
On Saturday, Russia published a list of what it said were the 50 POWs killed in the strike. Moscow says the attack was carried out by Ukraine using a US-made HIMARS artillery system.
Kyiv denies carrying out the strike and has alleged that Russia fired on the facility to cover up evidence of war crimes.
Elsewhere, Ukrainian officials labelled Russia a "terrorist state" after Moscow's UK embassy tweeted that Ukrainian Azov battalion soldiers deserved a "humiliating death" by hanging.
Johnson must not disappear, says Zelensky
Ukraine's president calls the PM a "big friend" and offers to work closely with his successor.Speaking to TalkTV, he said he would like the UK prime minister to remain "somewhere in politics in a position to be someone".
Twitter acknowledged that the post from the Russian embassy violated the social media company's "rules about hateful conduct" - but added that it might be in the public interest to keep it accessible.
The tweet sent out on Friday night said that Azov "militants deserve execution, but death not by firing squad but by hanging, because they're not real soldiers. They deserve a humiliating death".
The tweet included a video clip showing a couple in a wrecked building, accusing Azov troops of having shelled their home. The embassy's call for execution repeats what the man in the video says.
Azov troops were forced to lay down weapons in May after fiercely defending for weeks Azovstal, a giant steelworks in the south-eastern port of Mariupol that was eventually captured by Russia.
The Azov Regiment is a nationalist group with far-right links when it was set up in 2014. It was later incorporated into Ukraine's National Guard.
Russia has long accused the regiment of being neo-Nazis and war criminals, as part of the Kremlin's propaganda campaign to justify its invasion of Ukraine on 24 February 2022.
Russia suspends gas supplies to Latvia
Russian energy giant Gazprom Saturday suspended gas supplies to Latvia following tensions between Moscow and the West over the conflict in Ukraine and sweeping European and US sanctions against Russia. The declaration came a day after Moscow and Kyiv accused each other of bombing a jail holding Ukrainian prisoners of war in Russian-held territory, with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky saying more than 50 were killed and calling the attack a war crime. © Provided by AFP Zelensky calls for UN, Red Cross to react on killing of Ukrainian POWs "Today, Gazprom suspended its gas supplies to Latvia...
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Officials Blast Amnesty International Report Accusing Ukraine of Endangering Civilians .
A report from Amnesty International published Thursday claims that Ukrainian forces are putting civilians at risk by setting up bases in residential neighborhoods, even as authorities continue to deride Russian forces for committing atrocities against Ukrainians. “Ukrainian forces have put civilians in harm’s way by establishing bases and operating weapons systems in populated residential areas, including in schools and hospitals, as they repelled the Russian invasion that began in February,” Amnesty International said in a statement.