As the Russia-Ukraine war enters its 158th day, we take a look at the main developments.Here are the key events so far on Sunday, July 31.
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A senior official in Russian-annexed Crimea accused Ukraine of carrying out a drone attack before planned celebrations to mark Russia’s Navy Day, injuring five and forcing the cancellation of festivities.
“An unidentified object flew into the courtyard of the fleet’s headquarters,” Mikhail Razvozhayev, governor of Sevastopol, home to Russia’s Black Sea fleet, wrote on the Telegram messaging application.
Mykolaiv Mayor Oleksandr Senkevych said the southern Ukrainian city had been hit by heavy Russian strikes overnight, with two people confirmed killed and three wounded. He wrote earlier on Telegram that the Mykolaiv strikes were “probably the most powerful of the entire time [of the war]”.
The southern city of Nikopol also came under heavy attack, the governor of Dnipropetrovsk, Valentyn Reznichenko, wrote on Telegram. He said up to 50 rockets hit residential areas in Nikopol on Sunday morning, wounding one man and damaging homes and gas and water pipes.
Ukraine’s government has decided on a mandatory evacuation of people in the eastern Donetsk region, the scene of fierce fighting with Russia, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Saturday.
The possibility of the first grain-exporting ship leaving Ukraine’s ports on Monday is high, a spokesperson for Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday.
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