Russian assaults proceed after ICC arrest warrant for Putin

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Strikes on a number of fronts, together with capital Kyiv and the western Lviv province, come hours after ICC’s announcement.

Widespread Russian assaults have continued in Ukraine following the International Criminal Court’s determination to problem an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russia’s commissioner for kids’s rights.

The Ukrainian Air Force stated within the early hours of Saturday that Ukraine was attacked by 16 Russian drones on Friday evening.

Writing on Telegram, the air power command stated that 11 out of 16 drones had been shot down “in the central, western and eastern regions”.

Among the areas focused had been the capital, Kyiv, and the western Lviv province.

Head of the Kyiv metropolis administration, Serhii Popko, stated Ukrainian air defences shot down all drones heading for the Ukrainian capital, whereas Lviv regional Governor Maksym Kozytskyi stated on Saturday that three of six drones had been shot down, with the opposite three hitting a district bordering Poland.

According to the Ukrainian Air Force, the assaults had been carried out from the jap coast of the Sea of Azov and Russia’s Bryansk province, which borders Ukraine.

The Ukrainian navy added in its common replace on Saturday morning that Russian forces, over the past 24 hours, launched 34 air assaults, one missile strike and 57 rounds of anti-aircraft hearth.

The Facebook replace stated that falling particles hit the southern Kherson province, damaging seven homes and a kindergarten.

Pavlo Kyrylenko, regional governor of the Donetsk province, stated one individual was killed and three wounded when 11 cities and villages within the province had been shelled on Friday.

Further west, Russian rockets hit a residential space in a single day on Friday within the metropolis of Zaporizhzhia, the regional capital of the partially occupied province of the identical title.

No casualties had been reported, however homes had been broken and a catering institution destroyed, Anatoliy Kurtev of the Zaporizhzhia City Council stated.

ICC warrant

The International Criminal Court stated on Friday that it has issued an arrest warrant for Putin for battle crimes, accusing him of private accountability for the abductions of youngsters from Ukraine, along with Russia’s commissioner for kids’s rights, Maria Lvova-Belova.

It is the primary time the worldwide court docket has issued a warrant towards a pacesetter of one of many 5 everlasting members of the United Nations Security Council.

The move was instantly dismissed by Moscow – and welcomed by Ukraine as a serious breakthrough.

Its sensible implications, nevertheless, might be restricted because the probabilities of Putin going through trial on the ICC are extremely unlikely as a result of Moscow doesn’t recognise the court docket’s jurisdiction or extradite its nationals.

United Kingdom navy officers stated on Saturday that Russia is prone to widen conscription. In its newest intelligence replace, the UK Defence Ministry stated that deputies within the Russian Duma, the decrease home of Russia’s parliament, launched a invoice on Monday to alter the conscription age for males to 21 to 30, from the present 18 to 27.

The ministry stated that, in the mean time, many males aged 18 to 21 declare exemption from navy service as a result of they’re in increased schooling. The change would imply that they’d ultimately nonetheless need to serve. It stated the legislation will possible be handed and are available into power in January 2024.