Ukraine Daily Summary - Saturday, July 22

Russia tries to conduct sabotage raids in Sumy, Chernihiv oblasts -- Russia threatens Ukrainians who don't take passports with deportation -- Russian missiles hit grain warehouses in Odesa Oblast -- France says China is supplying Russia with non-lethal military aid -- and more

Saturday, July 22

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The documentary, authored by journalist Olesia Bida and directed by Vitalii Havura, uncovers the inner workings of the forced deportation of Ukrainian children to Russia and the occupied territories of Ukraine.

The film tells the story of a group of children known as “Group 31” who were taken to Russia from now-occupied Mariupol in May of last year and have not yet been able to return. Among them is Pylyp Holovnya, who was taken into the family of Maria Lvova-Belova, the presidential commissioner for children’s rights in Russia.

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Russia’s war against Ukraine

Zelensky on Russia’s latest attacks: ‘We will respond’. President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a video address on July 21 that Ukraine would respond to Russia’s deadly attacks against Donetsk, Chernihiv, and Odesa oblasts.

Official: Russia plans to check all ships in Black Sea for potential military cargo.

Russia will inspect all ships sailing in the Black Sea to make sure they don’t carry military cargo, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Vershinin said on July 21, as reported by Russian news agency Interfax.

Court arrests Russian FSB officer who launched war in Donbas in 2014. A Moscow court on July 21 sanctioned the arrest of Igor Girkin, a Russian war criminal and a former commander of Russian proxy forces in Ukraine.

Ukraine nationalizes Russian oligarch’s bank. The Cabinet of Ministers decided to nationalize Sense Bank of Ukrainian-born Russian oligarch Mikhail Fridman, the Finance Ministry announced on July 21.

1 killed in Russian strike on cultural center in Chernihiv Oblast. Russian forces launched a missile strike against a cultural center in Chernihiv Oblast on July 21, killing one of its employees, Governor Viacheslav Chaus reported.

Diaspora organization pledges $3 million in aid to Territorial Defense. Through its fundraising initiative Unite with Ukraine, the Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) pledged Hr 117 million ($3.2 million) in aid to the Territorial Defense Forces, the UWC informed on July 18.

Zelensky dismisses Ukrainian ambassador to UK. President Volodymyr Zelensky issued a decree on July 21 to dismiss Vadym Prystaiko, Ukraine’s ambassador to the U.K.

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General: Russia tries to conduct sabotage raids in Sumy, Chernihiv oblasts.

Russian sabotage units are trying to cross the Ukrainian border in Sumy and Chernihiv oblasts but without success, Lieutenant General Serhii Naiev said on July 21.

Explosions reported in Odesa Oblast. Explosions were reported by residents of Odesa Oblast, Dzerkalo Tyzhnia wrote on July 21.

UK Defense Ministry: Last Wagner convict contracts ending soon, fighters to be released. The Wagner Group is likely going to release the last of its recruited convicts from mandated service and offer them contracts, the U.K. Defense Ministry reported on July 21.

National Resistance Center: Russia threatens Ukrainians who don’t take passports with deportation. Russian occupation authorities in an occupied village of Kherson Oblast forced residents to take Russian passports, threatening them with deportation to Russia, the National Resistance Center reported on July 20.

Russian missiles hit grain warehouses in Odesa Oblast. A Russian missile strike on the night of July 21 targeted grain warehouses at an agricultural company in Odesa Oblast, injuring two people, said Serhii Bratchuk, spokesperson for the Odesa military administration.

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Ukraine war latest: Russia tries to conduct sabotage raids in Sumy, Chernihiv oblasts

Russian sabotage units tried unsuccessfully to cross the Ukrainian border into Sumy and Chernihiv oblasts. Igor “Strelkov” Girkin, a Russian war criminal and a former commander of Russian proxy forces in the occupied part of Donetsk Oblast, has been arrested.

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Human cost of war

Authorities: Russian attack kills 4 in Zaporizhzhia Oblast. Russian troops shelled a settlement near Huliaipole in Zaporizhzhia Oblast, killing four workers of an agricultural enterprise on July 21, according to local authorities.

Death toll of Russian attack on Chernihiv Oblast rises to 2. The death toll of Russia’s July 21 missile attack on a community center in Chernihiv Oblast reached two people, as rescuers found a woman’s body under the rubble, Governor Viacheslav Chaus reported.

Governor: Russian shelling kills 2 children in Donetsk Oblast. Russian troops launched an artillery attack against the village of Druzhba in Donetsk Oblast at around 3 p.m. on July 21, killing two children, Donetsk Oblast Governor Pavlo Kyrylenko wrote on Telegram.

Russian attacks kill 7, injure 9 over past day. Russian forces attacked 10 Ukrainian oblasts over the past day, killing at least seven people and injuring at least nine, regional officials reported on July 21.

General Staff: Russia has lost 240,690 troops in Ukraine. The General Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces reported on July 21 that Russia had lost 240,690 troops in Ukraine since the beginning of its full-scale invasion on Feb. 24 last year. This number includes 680 casualties Russian forces suffered just over the past day.

International response

Bulgaria to provide Ukraine with armored personnel carriers. The parliament of Bulgaria agreed to send additional military aid to Ukraine, including approximately 100 Soviet-era armored personnel carriers.

South African authorities agree **to issue a warrant for Putin’s arrest.**The South African government stated on July 21 that it failed to fulfill its international obligations by refusing to immediately issue a warrant for the arrest of Russian dictator Vladimir Putin.

Zelensky and Erdogan hold phone call, discuss grain deal. President Volodymyr Zelensky wrote on Twitter on July 21 that he and Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had discussed the Black Sea Grain Initiative during a phone call.

Germany hands over 10 Leopard 1 tanks, other aid to Ukraine. The German government announced on July 20 it handed over 10 Leopard 1A5 tanks, as well as other military aid to Ukraine.

France says China is supplying Russia with non-lethal military aid. China is supplying Russia with non-lethal military aid like helmets, armor, and dual-use technologies, CNN reported on July 21, citing French officials.

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