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As the weekend in Kiev and Moscow draws to a close, here are the key developments:
Ukrainian officials said 23 people were injured after a Russian missile hit Chortkiv in the Ternopil region of western Ukraine. “There was no tactical or strategic sense in this attack, as with the vast majority of other Russian attacks,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Sunday. “This is terror, just terror.”
The family of a 48-year-old British man held by Russian-backed rebels called for his release on Saturday after he was sentenced to death in a trial in the separatist-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, Ukraine. Shaun Pinner, who has lived in Ukraine for four years, served in the division defending Mariupol before it fell to Russian forces. Another Briton and a man from Morocco were also sentenced to death in what Pinner’s family described as a “show trial.”
Russian troops use more deadly, inaccurate ordinances as ammunition is low, Ukrainian and British officials said on Saturday. Because modern ammunition is scarce, Russia has resorted to using old anti-ship missiles designed to take out aircraft carriers. However, the ammunition is very imprecise and can cause extreme collateral damage.
A former British soldier has been killed in a battle in eastern Ukraine. Jordan Gatley, a former British Army gunner, fought on the front lines in Severodonetsk in Ukraine’s Donbas region. Both Ukrainian and Russian troops have suffered heavy casualties during intense fighting around Severodonetsk, an important city that Russia wants to conquer.
Russia has achieved at least one of its war goals: returning Ukrainian water to Crimea.
Evgenia Kara-Murza, wife of imprisoned Russian opposition politician Vladimir Kara-Murza, told NPR on Saturday that she has not had direct contact with him for two months.
Open source intelligence methods are used to investigate war crimes in Ukraine.
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