Hanna Maliar, the deputy defense minister, reported that the Ukrainian army had defeated Russian soldiers and retaken the settlement of Staromaiorske in the southwest. She posted on Telegram, “Staromaiorske in the Donetsk region has been liberated.”
Glory to Ukraine!
— Володимир Зеленський (@ZelenskyyUa) July 27, 2023
- An overnight missile strike by Russia on port facilities in the Odesa area of Ukraine resulted in the death of a security guard and damage to a cargo terminal, according to the local governor. Russian attacks on Odesa’s ports have been routine since Moscow withdrew from the Black Sea Grain Initiative last week.
According to the Tass news agency, Ukrainian forces suffered substantial losses in an attack in the Zaporizhia region, according to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Putin informed reporters that more than 200 people had been killed by Russian soldiers. “Unfortunately, we also suffered losses, but the difference is stark — frequently, by a factor of more than ten, our losses are less than the enemy’s.”
- Putin claimed that during the past two days, Ukraine has stepped up its front-line assaults after numerous news agencies cited anonymous US officials as claiming Kyiv had begun a new phase of its counteroffensive. Officials and analysts from the West and Ukraine claim that Ukraine has been working to drive Russian military out of the southeast of the nation.
Russian media publish this screenshot of Prigozhin reportedly meeting with representatives of the Central African Republic at the Russia-Africa summit in St Petersburg. (This means that Prigozhin is in Russia and freely visits an official event where Putin also spoke). pic.twitter.com/SKyaN5RTjr
— Anton Gerashchenko (@Gerashchenko_en) July 27, 2023
- At a UN Security Council meeting intended to condemn Moscow’s recent assaults on the significant port of Odesa, Russia declined to speak. A junior Russian ambassador remained mute during the discussion as a sign of Moscow’s rage at Ukraine and its Western sponsors.
At the Africa-Russia conference, where topics like Ukraine and food security would be discussed after the Black Sea grain deal fell through, Putin launched a charm drive by extending the red carpet to African leaders.
- In a speech during the Russia-Africa summit, African Union leader Azali Assoumani urged “peaceful coexistence” between Russia and Ukraine, arguing that it would save the lives of those who depend on food supplies from the rival nations. At the summit’s plenary session, the president of the Comoros spoke alongside Putin.
- Antonio Guterres, the secretary-general of the United Nations, issued a warning that a “handful of donations” will not be able to undo the devastating effects of Russia pulling out of the grain deal.
- General Daniel Hokanson, commander of the national guard, stated in a speech that Switzerland, Finland, and Sweden are considering joining the United States National Guard’s security partnership program.
- Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa are the members of the BRICS alliance, and Russia announced that it will host a competition for them the following year. Russian Sport Minister Oleg Matytsin stated during the Russia-Africa conference in St. Petersburg that athletes would be asked to take part in the competition in Kazan, Russia, in June. According to state media, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu to talk about military matters and the regional security environment.
- Olha Kharlan of the Ukraine was disqualified from the Fencing World Championships for failing to shake the hand of her defeated Russian rival Anna Smirnova. The four-time world champion declared, “My message today is that we Ukrainian athletes are ready to compete against Russians on the sporting field, but we will never shake hands with them.” Kharlan’s dismissal was criticized as “absolutely shameful” by Ukraine’s presidential advisor Mykhailo Podolyak.
- Following the ICC’s accusation of Putin of war crimes in Ukraine, Russia added a third ICC official to its wanted list, according to the state news agency TASS. Judge Tomoko Akane was designated as “wanted under an article of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation” in the interior ministry of Russia’s online database.
- According to the state news agency TASS, a Russian court sentenced two Ukrainian intelligence agents to 15 years in jail for espionage.
- According to the Russian news agency TASS, the Federal Security Service (FSB) of the nation discovered signs of explosives on board a foreign ship carrying grain from Turkey to Russia after stopping at a port in Ukraine.
Washington would back the ICC’s probe into alleged violations by Russian soldiers in Ukraine, two senior US senators have announced.