Timeline: Week 22 of Russia’s war in Ukraine

by | Jul 28, 2022 | World

Al Jazeera looks at the main events that marked the 22nd week of the war in Ukraine:July 20
Ukrainian forces repel a Russian attack on Bohorodychne, a town in the teeth of the Russian advance in the eastern region of Donetsk. Russian forces need to take Bohorodychne to advance on Sloviansk and Kramatorsk, in the heart of the part of Donetsk still controlled by Ukraine. Russian forces may have secured Berestove, moving closer to their objective of Bakhmut, which is crossed by two logistics highways.
The Contact Group on the Defence of Ukraine meets for the fourth time and pledges undisclosed weapons deliveries.
The EU agrees to ban Russian gold and freezes the assets of Sberbank, Russia’s top lender, as part of a seventh set of sanctions. Russia is the world’s second-largest gold producer, making $15.45bn in sales last year.
In an interview with Russian newspaper Ria Novosti, Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov said Russia had departed from its shrunken official goal of occupying the two eastern regions of Luhansk and Donetsk, saying Zaporizhia and Kherson in the south are also important.
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Ukrainian military intelligence reports that Russia is exporting stolen Ukrainian grain. Two Russian dry bulk carriers loaded with a total of 54,000 tonnes of such grain, the Matros Koshka and Matros Pozhynich, were reportedly refused entry in Beirut and were redirected to Latakia and Tartus in Syria. Ukraine says Russia plans to truck the stolen grain from there to buyers in the Middle East.
EU high representative Josep Borrell says EU members agreed to release a 5th tranche of military assistance to Ukraine worth 500 million euros ($507m).
July 21
Russia shells settlements in Luhansk and Donetsk oblasts without …

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