Ukraine-Russia war – live: Putin official killed in Kherson car bomb as Kyiv gains ground near Bakhmut

By Isaac M October 7, 2023

Russian strike hits village in Kharkiv on Thursday, killing over 50 people

An official of Vladimir Putin’s party has been killed in a car explosion in the Ukaine’s Kherson on Saturday, the regional governor has said.

Vladimir Malov, executive secretary of of Russia‘s governing United Russia party in Nova Kakhovka, died in hospital, Vladimir Saldo said in a post on his Telegram channel.

He said it had been a “terrorist attack”, meaning one orchestrated by Ukraine.

“The law enforcement officers will do everything necessary to punish the perpetrators of the crime,” Mr Saldo posted on Telegram.

There was no immediate comment from Kyiv.

On the battlefield, Ukrainian forces have gained ground near Bakhmut as Volodymyr Zelensky condemned Russia’s strike on a funeral service “inhuman” and “a completely deliberate act of terrorism”.

According to the latest report from The Institute for the Study of War (ISW), Ukrainian military sources reported a successful offensive south of Bakhmut near Andriivka and advanced in western Zaporizhia Oblast on 6 October.

It comes after a village where a Russian missile killed at least 52 civilians in one of the deadliest attacks in the war had no military targets, according to Ukraine’s defence minister.

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In pictures: Firefighters battle blaze next to Danube river

Photos show firefighters working to extinguish a fire on the port infrastructure on the Danube river in the Odesa region on Friday.

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Maryam Zakir-Hussain7 October 2023 15:47

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Russia hits Odesa grain facility in overnight missile strike

Russian forces carried out an overnight missile strike on Ukraine‘s southern Odesa region, damaging port infrastructure, Ukrainian authorities said early on Saturday.

Governor Oleh Kiper said four people were wounded in the strike, which hit a boarding house and a portside grain facility. He did not specify where the attack took place.

Ukraine‘s military said the strike involved supersonic Onyx missiles fired from Russian-occupied Crimea.

Russian forces have carried out regular missile and drone strikes on port infrastructure in recent weeks, making it difficult for major grain producer Ukraine to export its products.

Moscow quit a deal in mid-July that had enabled Black Sea grain shipments and helped combat a global food crisis.

Maryam Zakir-Hussain7 October 2023 15:43

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Car bomb kills official in Russian-held Ukrainian town -governor

A party official in the Russian-held town of Nova Kakhovka in Ukraine‘s Kherson province was killed by a car bomb on Saturday, the provincial governor said.

Vladimir Malov, executive secretary of the town branch of Russia‘s governing United Russia party, died in hospital, Vladimir Saldo said in a post on his Telegram channel.

He said it had been a “terrorist attack”, meaning one orchestrated by Ukraine. There was no immediate comment from Kyiv.

Officials seen as supporting Russian rule in the parts of Ukraine that Moscow claims to have annexed since its full-scale invasion in February last year have often been targeted in assassination attempts, many of them fatal.

In July, Russia said it had thwarted a Ukrainian attempt to kill Sergei Aksyonov, the Russian-backed head of unilaterally annexed Crimea, arresting an agent before he could blow up Aksyonov’s car.

Maryam Zakir-Hussain7 October 2023 14:42

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Ukraine voices support for Israel’s ‘right to defend itself’

Ukraine’s foreign ministry has voiced its support for Israel’s “right to defend itself and its people” as Hamas fired thousands of rockets at Israel and stormed across the heavily fortified border from Gaza.

The ministry said it “strongly condemns the ongoing terrorist attacks against Israel, including rocket attacks against the civilian population in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv”.

Andy Gregory7 October 2023 14:08

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IDF says it is striking targets in Gaza

The Israel Defence Forces have said they are striking targets in Gaza, as Al Jazeera cites medical sources claiming that scores of Palestinians have been killed.

Andy Gregory7 October 2023 14:07

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Rishi Sunak says Russia’s attack on Ukrainian supermarket shows Putin’s ‘barbarity’

Rishi Sunak says Russia’s attack on Ukrainian supermarket shows Putin’s ‘barbarity’

Andy Gregory7 October 2023 13:39

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Footage from inside Kharkiv apartment captures aftermath of deadly strike

Terrifying footage posted on Telegram on Friday, 6 October, shows the aftermath of a blast in Kharkiv, Ukraine, filmed from inside an apartment. A Russian missile strike killed a 10-year-old boy and injured two dozen other people on Friday, according to officials. Today’s attack came a day after a strike in the same region killed at least 51 people. Thursday’s strike was one of the deadliest attacks in the war in months. An explosion on Friday left a crater in the streets of Kharkiv close to an apartment building.

Maryam Zakir-Hussain7 October 2023 12:45

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Russian defence minister inspects nuclear missiles entering service soon

Defence minister Sergei Shoigu has inspected the manufacture of Sarmat, Russia‘s new silo-based intercontinental ballistic nuclear missile system, due to enter service shortly, his ministry said on Saturday.

Shoigu essentially repeated comments by President Vladimir Putin that the missiles were being made combat-ready, but the timing of the statement added to an intensification of Russia‘s nuclear rhetoric in its standoff with the West over the war in Ukraine.

“Re-equipping the Strategic Missile Forces with this system, which will become the basis of Russia‘s ground-based strategic nuclear forces, is a priority in ensuring the country’s defence capability,” Shoigu was quoted as saying.

On Thursday, Putin said Russia had successfully tested the Burevestnik, a nuclear-powered and nuclear-capable cruise missile with a potential range of many thousands of miles.

And after Putin declined to rule out the possibility that Russia could carry out explosive nuclear weapons tests for the first time in more than three decades, officials on Friday promptly said Moscow would take steps to revoke its ratification of the global Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.

Russia‘s full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, which it calls a “special military operation”, prompted the West to send billions of dollars of weapons to Ukraine, and Finland and Sweden to seek to join the U.S.-led NATO alliance.

In response, Moscow has suspended its participation in the New START treaty, the last remaining pact limiting the size of the Russian and U.S. nuclear arsenals, and hinted at a possible use of nuclear weapons if it feels sufficiently threatened.

Maryam Zakir-Hussain7 October 2023 12:16

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Russia plans to reverse global nuclear test ban, announces envoy

“Disturbed” by the move, the US denounced it as endangering “the global norm” against nuclear test blasts.

The announcement by Mikhail Ulyanov on Friday added new fuel to tensions between Russia and the United States over Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine and arms control disputes between the world’s largest nuclear weapons powers.

Maryam Zakir-Hussain7 October 2023 11:56

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‘You can still smell the blood’: Inside the village where more than 50 were killed by a Russian missile

Many woke up dazed in the Ukraine’s Hroza on Friday – with the village in the northeast of the country having lost a sixth of its residents in the devastation caused by a Russian missile strike the previous day.

Ihor Klymenko, minister of internal affairs of Ukraine, said the village only had 330 residents – and that at least 52 had been killed in the assault. He added that every family had at least one person they knew at the wake for Ukrainian soldier Andrii Kozyr inside the cafe (and grocery shop) that was wrecked by the missile.

That wake followed a funeral that had been an attempt to rebury a father who had been killed in Russian-occupied territory last year. Now candles mark the spot where the lives of those mourners were lost.

Maryam Zakir-Hussain7 October 2023 11:10

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