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Russo-Ukrainian War: What We Know About Day 108 of the Invasion | Ukraine

  • World chemical weapons watchdog says it is watching Ukraine closely since the invasion of Russia, monitoring “threats of the use of toxic chemicals as weapons”. The head of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, Fernando Arias, met with the speaker of the Ukrainian parliament, Ruslan Stefanchuk, to discuss “the implementation of the convention on chemical weapons”, the report said on Friday. organization based in The Hague.

  • Russia demolished 1,300 high-rise buildings in the city of Mariupol without removing the corpses residents, according to Vadym Boichenko, mayor of Mariupol. He said cholera and other deadly diseases could kill thousands in the southern Ukrainian town as corpses go uncollected and summer brings warmer weather.

  • Ukrainian forces held their positions in intense street fighting and under the bombardments day and night in Sievierodonetsk, officials said. It came amid Ukrainian pleas for more help from the west as Russia scrambles to control the key frontline town in Ukraine’s eastern Donbass region.

  • Russia has branded a non-governmental organization fighting for investigations into allegations of torture as a “foreign agent”. On Friday, Russia’s Justice Ministry updated its website’s list of blacklisted entities to include the Committee Against Torture, a United Nations-linked human rights treaty body.

  • Moscow announced its withdrawal from the UN’s World Tourism Organization on Friday. after suspending Russia in April following its military invasion of Ukraine. The Russian government said it had “accepted a proposal from the Foreign Ministry… regarding Russia’s withdrawal” from the organization, according to a decree signed by Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin.

  • Thirty-seven thousand women are in the Ukrainian army and more than 1,000 women have become commanders, Ukrainian first lady Olena Zelenskam said on Friday. “Most of our doctors are women, along with 50% of our contractors who work to support the warring economy.”

  • Ihor Zhovka, diplomatic adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, said that Ukraine will not “cede an inch” of territory to Russia. Speaking to Bloomberg, Zhovka said: “We are not going to give up territory, we are not going to give an inch – especially not in Donbass. Russia threw everything at it – I never tire of saying that Ukraine needs an immediate supply of heavy weapons.

  • Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić appeared on Friday to reject appeals from German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, for Serbia to join the European Union by imposing sanctions on Russia. Vučić said he did not believe the sanctions were “effective” and that his country was in a complicated position, given the long-standing special relationship between Serbia and Russia.

  • A video of one of the many mass cemeteries in Ukraine has appeared onlinetweeted the Ukrainian Center for Strategic Communications and Information Security under the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy on Friday.

  • Ukraine conducts its 11th prisoner exchange with Russia since the start of the invasion of Moscow in February, exchanging four Russian captives for five Ukrainians, the governor of the Mykolaiv region, Vitaliy Kim, wrote on Telegram. According to Reuters, one of the freed Ukrainians was a local village chief who had been “kidnapped” by Russian forces on March 10.

  • Ukraine tried on Friday to repel Russian troops to the east and south that France has offered to help secure access to the Ukrainian port of Odessa on the Black Sea and alleviate a global grain crisis. An adviser to the French president, Emmanuel Macron, said France was ready to participate in an operation to allow safe access to Odessa.

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