Russia-Ukraine War: List of Major Events, Day 142

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As the war between Russia and Ukraine enters its 142nd day, we take a look at key developments.

These are the most important events so far on Friday 15th July.

Get the latest updates here.

To fight

  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy admonished Moscow for carrying out a rocket attack in the central city of Vinnytsia, calling it an “act of terror” and saying that no other country in the world represents a greater “terrorist” threat than Russia.
  • Authorities said at least 23 people were killed, including three children under the age of 10, and about 100 more were injured in the attack. There was no immediate response from Russia.
  • In eastern Ukraine, Russian forces continue to advance slowly west from the city of Lysychansk in the Luhansk region to Siversk in Donetsk, the Defense Ministry said.
  • Ukraine’s Dnipropetrovsk region has faced a “tense night of alarms and shelling,” Governor Valentyn Reznichenko said.

Diplomacy

  • US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen condemned Russia’s “cruel and unjust war” in Ukraine and said Russian financial officials who attended the G20 meeting in Bali shared responsibility for the “horrific consequences”.
  • Canada’s finance minister told Russian officials at the G20 meeting that she held them personally responsible for “war crimes” committed during Russia’s war in Ukraine, a Western official told Reuters news agency.
  • More than 40 countries agreed to work together to investigate suspected war crimes committed by Russian forces in Ukraine during a conference at the International Criminal Court headquarters in The Hague.
  • A top Russian official said Moscow would respond positively if Kiev is ready to resume peace negotiations, but that Ukraine must accept the “territorial reality” of the situation, Interfax news agency reported.

Economy

  • The International Monetary Fund expects Ukraine to continue to repay its foreign debt, a spokesman said, as speculation mounts that Ukraine will be unable to pay its debt as the fight against the Russian invasion continues.
  • Germany is allocating an additional 2.4 billion euros this year to cover the financial costs of caring for Ukrainian refugees in the country, Labor Minister Hubertus Heil said. 30 percent are under the age of 14.
  • France must quickly learn to run without Russian gas as Moscow uses supplies to Europe as a weapon in its war with Ukraine, President Emmanuel Macron said, urging everyone to curb their energy consumption.
  • The US tried to facilitate the export of Russian food and fertilizers by reassuring banks, shipping and insurance companies that such transactions would not violate sanctions. This is part of efforts by the United Nations and Turkish officials to negotiate a package deal that would also allow shipments of Ukrainian grain to resume from the port of Odessa on the Black Sea.



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