President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyasked the population evacuate the region of Donetskthe area in the front line of fire of the conflict and whose cities are constantly bombed by the Russians.
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Ukraine also asked the Red Cross and the UN access to its soldiers held by Russian forces.
“A government decision has been made on the mandatory evacuation of the Donetsk region,” the Ukrainian president declared in his daily address. “Please evacuate,” added the president, who said that Russia’s main weapon today is “terror.”
“The decision to leave has to be made at some point. The more people now leave the Donetsk region, the fewer people the Russian army will kill,” he added.
A little earlier, the Ukrainian head of Human Rights, Dmitro Lubinets, said on television that he had asked the Red Cross and the Human Rights Observation Mission of the UN to move to Olenivka.
It is in this town, now controlled by the Kremlin, where a prison with Ukrainian prisoners of war was attacked on Friday, leaving dozens dead.
According to Lubinets, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) submitted an application, but has not yet obtained authorization from the Russians.
Russia suspends gas supply to Latvia
The Conexus Baltic Grid company confirmed to the Latvian news agency LETA that the Russian giant Gazprom had reported the suspension of supply, but that other suppliers continued to operate.
“Gazprom suspended the supply of gas to Latvia (…), due to the violation of the conditions” of gas purchase, the Russian company announced in a statement on Telegram.
Economy Minister Ilze Indriksone told LETA that latvia “It did not have the supplies of natural gas from Russia.”
Gazprom already reduced gas deliveries to Europe through the Nord Stream gas pipeline to 20% of its capacity on Wednesday.
On two occasions in June it had already reduced gas flows to Europe.
The Russian state-owned company had earlier announced that it would reduce supply to 33 million cubic meters a day, half the amount it has been supplying since service was resumed last week after ten days of maintenance work.
The countries of the European Union accuse Russia to cut the flow in retaliation for Western sanctions over Moscow’s intervention in Ukraine.
With information from AFP