THE LATEST: Siemens AG Will Stop Operating In Russia

The most recent events of the war in Ukraine:

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MUNICH – German industrial giant Siemens AG announces that the company will end its presence in Russia, where it has operated for nearly 170 years.

“We condemn the war in Ukraine and have decided to carry out an orderly process of gradually ceasing our industrial business activities in Russia,” Roland Busch, CEO of the Munich-based company, said on Thursday.

Siemens had been one of the first companies to suspend its new business in Russia, as well as its international deliveries to the country, after Moscow invaded Ukraine in February.

The company said it had been evaluating the situation in order to ensure the safety of its 3,000 workers in Russia.

The train and industrial equipment maker said sanctions on Moscow cut some 600,000 euros ($623,000) from its fiscal second-quarter results, which were reported Thursday.

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kyiv — At least three people were killed and 12 wounded in a Russian airstrike on a town in northern Ukraine’s Chernihiv region, Ukrainian military officials said Thursday.

In the early hours of the day, Russian troops fired numerous rockets at a school and a residential complex for students in the city of Novhorod-Siversky, the “North” Operational Command said on Facebook.

He added that adjoining administrative office buildings, dormitories and private residences also suffered various damages.

The information could not be independently verified at this time.

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BERLIN – The UN refugee agency reported that more than 6 million people have fled Ukraine following Russia’s invasion.

The Geneva-based United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said Thursday that the number of refugees who have returned to Ukraine, either temporarily or completely, has reached more than 1.6 million. He says that figure reflects cross-border movements and does not necessarily indicate that the returns are “sustainable.” The agency noted that it is too early to draw conclusions about “definitive trends” in returns.

Matthew Saltmarsh, a spokesman for the agency, also said Thursday that a total of 2.4 million people who have left Ukraine have moved beyond Ukraine’s immediate border countries, which have hosted the bulk of the country’s refugees. . Poland alone has recorded more than 3.2 million people who fled Ukraine. This country and other members of the European Union have open borders, which makes tracking people a complex task.

On Tuesday, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, tweeted that the number of refugees from Ukraine had reached the same number of 5.7 million as the tally from the 11-year war in Syria, which was previously it was the source of the world’s largest refugee crisis.

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kyiv — Between eight and 12 Russian missiles fell on a crude oil refinery and other facilities in Ukraine’s industrial hub of Kremenchuk on Thursday, the acting governor of the central Poltava region said.

In a message on the Telegram app, Dmytro Lunin urged residents to stay in underground shelters, given the “persistent” threat of air strikes.

In early April, Lunin had said that the refinery in Kremenchuk – the only facility of its kind still in operation in Ukraine at the time – was no longer operational after a Russian attack. Moscow said it attacked the refinery again at the end of the month, destroying fuel production and storage facilities.

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VIENNA — German Chancellor Olaf Scholz spoke Thursday with Finnish President Sauli Niinistö, the same day Finland’s leaders announced that the country plans to apply for NATO membership, the German chancellery reported Thursday by the afternoon.

“Chancellor Scholz welcomed the statements made today by the President and Prime Minister of Finland Sanna Marin in which they both advocate the immediate accession of their country to NATO, and assured Finland of the full support of the Federal Government in this via,” Scholz’s office said in a statement.

Finland’s announcement paves the way for a historic expansion of the alliance that could deal a serious blow to Russia in its military struggle in Ukraine.

Finland shares a 1,340-kilometre (830 mi) land border with Russia.

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LEOPOLIS, Ukraine — Russia has used cluster bombs and phosphorus munitions in Ukraine’s Kryvyi Rih region, the regional military chief said.

It is the first complaint about this type of war equipment in the area, and at the moment the version could not be independently confirmed.

“The occupation forces are shooting at us, even with phosphorous and cluster munitions, which is prohibited,” regional military chief Oleksandr Vilkul told local television on Thursday. He did not specify when or where those weapons would have been used.

He reported that one person died and another was injured the day before.

Russian troops have launched an offensive towards the city of Kryvih Rih, the capital of that region. The city, birthplace of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, is north of Kherson, a port on the Black Sea.

Ukrainian forces have previously accused Russian forces of using cluster and phosphorus bombs in Donbas, a region in the country’s east.

The Ukrainian authorities have launched an investigation into the use of this type of weapon, which is prohibited according to an international treaty.

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BERLIN — Russian forces and affiliated armed groups are responsible for the majority of civilian deaths during the war in Ukraine, the United Nations human rights chief says.

Michelle Bachelet, the UN high commissioner for human rights, said her office found that the “vast majority” of civilian casualties were caused by explosive weapons, including heavy artillery, multiple launch rocket systems, and air and rocket attacks. missiles.

“According to our information, although these incidents can be attributed to both sides in the conflict, the majority of the victims appear to be attributable to the Russian armed forces and affiliated armed groups,” Bachelet told a Human Rights Council session on Thursday.

Ukraine and its supporters pushed for an extraordinary session of the 47-nation body. The Geneva-based council will vote on a resolution that would reiterate its call for an “immediate cessation of military hostilities against Ukraine.”

The UN General Assembly last month approved Russia’s suspension from the UN’s top human rights body over allegations of war crimes by Russian forces.

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LONDON — Ukraine is regaining control of several towns and villages from Russian forces in the country’s northeast, the British military says.

According to Britain’s Defense Ministry, Russia’s focus on the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine left troops still in the vicinity of Kharkiv “vulnerable to motivated Ukrainian counter-attack forces.”

Kharkiv, the country’s second largest city, has suffered heavy Russian bombardment during the war as troops try to encircle it. But according to the British intelligence report posted on social media Thursday, “(Moscow) has apparently withdrawn units from the region to reorganize and replenish forces after heavy losses.”

That withdrawal was “a tacit acknowledgment of Russia’s inability to capture key Ukrainian cities where they expected limited resistance from the population,” it added.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin reaffirms his country’s determination to strip Ukraine of separatist-controlled territories in a congratulatory message to the leader of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic in eastern Ukraine.

Moscow has been backing the separatists for years and recognized the territories’ independence on the eve of the start of the Ukraine invasion.

“I am sure that our joint efforts will defend the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity” of the Luhansk republic, Putin said in a statement released by the Kremlin on Thursday.

The leader of the self-proclaimed Luhansk republic, Leonid Pasechnik, said Thursday that they will never come under Ukraine’s control again and that most residents want to be part of Russia.

For their part, Russian immigration authorities reported that 15,000 people crossed into the Rostov region from Ukrainian Donbas in 24 hours, according to the Russian state news agency Tass. The figure could not be independently verified and the circumstances in which the crossings took place were unclear.

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kyiv, Ukraine — Ukraine’s military says Russian forces are continuing to launch airstrikes on the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol and continue to press to advance on towns in the country’s east.

In its report from the 78th day of the war, the Ukrainian General Staff said Thursday that Moscow troops fired artillery and grenade launchers at Ukrainian soldiers in the direction of Zaporizhia, which has served as a refuge for civilians fleeing Mariupol.

Ukrainian military authorities did not provide further details about the Azovstal metallurgical complex.

According to the army, Russian forces also fired artillery at Ukrainian units north of the northeastern city of Kharkiv. In addition, he reported Russian attacks in the Chernihiv and Sumy regions, in the north of the country.

In the eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, the scene of continuous fighting since the beginning of the war, the Ukrainian army recognized a “partial success” of Russia in its advance. kyiv troops repelled nine Russian attacks and destroyed several military drones and vehicles, he added. The information could not be independently verified.

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