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Over 160 civilians returned to Ukraine from Russian captivity – ombudsman

Over 160 civilians returned to Ukraine from Russian captivity – ombudsman

More than 14,000 Ukrainian civilians currently stay in Russia, and 161 people have already been returned to Ukraine. Verkhovna Rada Human Rights Commissioner Dmytro Lubinets said this at a briefing in Mykolaiv on Friday, according to an Ukrinform correspondent. "I don't keep statistics for individual regions, because there are those who immediately start comparing numbers and say that Lubinets works more here and less there. This is not so. According to my data, there are currently more than 14,000 civilian hostages - citizens of Ukraine - on Russian territory. So far it has been possible to return 161 people," Lubinets…
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Russian war crimes: Prosecutor General says some ICC warrants may be secret

Russian war crimes: Prosecutor General says some ICC warrants may be secret

Ukrainian courts have passed 121 verdicts in cases of war crimes committed by the Russian military on the territory of Ukraine. Prosecutor General of Ukraine Andriy Kostin said this in a commentary to an Ukrinform correspondent in The Hague. "We already have 121 verdicts of Ukrainian courts on war crimes committed by the Russian military in Ukraine," Kostin said. He has noted that the International Criminal Court can prosecute individuals who are beyond the reach of Ukrainian justice. According to him, it is very important that the ICC arrest warrants for four high-ranking Russian military officers were issued for committing…
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Ukraine, ICC simultaneously investigating Russia’s July 8 missile attack

Ukraine, ICC simultaneously investigating Russia’s July 8 missile attack

Ukrainian Prosecutor General Andriy Kostin has informed Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Karim Khan about Russia's massive missile attack on Ukraine's civilian infrastructure on July 8. Kostin said this in an exclusive comment to Ukrinform's correspondent in The Hague. "I provided information about massive attacks on peaceful Ukrainian cities, about the number of civilian casualties and destroyed infrastructure, including Okhmatdyt - the largest children's hospital in Ukraine, which was damaged in the attack. I informed [Khan] that we would provide all this information and evidence to the ICC team working in Ukraine. We agreed on the further receipt…
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Luxembourg, Denmark provide EUR 2M worth of equipment to Ukraine as part of IT coalition

Luxembourg, Denmark provide EUR 2M worth of equipment to Ukraine as part of IT coalition

Luxembourg and Denmark have supplied Ukraine with network equipment worth EUR 2 million as part of the IT coalition. That's according to the Ukrainian Defense Ministry's press service, Ukrinform reports. "Thanks to contributions from Luxembourg and Denmark, the IT coalition provided Ukraine with network equipment and auxiliary licenses with a total value of more than EUR 2 million. This equipment will strengthen the power of data processing centers and cyber protection of the Ministry of Defense and the Armed Forces of Ukraine," the statement reads. The ministry said that earlier the IT coalition, led by Estonia and Luxembourg, had handed…
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Opera singer Ihor Voronka killed in action

Opera singer Ihor Voronka killed in action

Ihor Voronka, an opera singer, artist of the National Academic Chapel “Dumka”, was killed in action in Ukraine. His wife Maryna Rayevska announced this on Facebook, Ukrinform reports. "It is with great sadness that I received the news from comrades-in-arms of my husband Ihor Voronka about his death on the battlefield on the evening of July 6," she wrote. Rayevska added that the family cannot organize a funeral and receive official documents about the death of the artist, as the territory where he was killed is occupied by Russia. According to her, the man is officially listed as missing. As…
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In U.S., Olena Zelenska discusses implementation of supported living projects

In U.S., Olena Zelenska discusses implementation of supported living projects

In the United States, First Lady of Ukraine Olena Zelenska discussed the implementation of supported living projects with activists from SEEC, an organization that helps people with disabilities live independently in society. Olena Zelenska said this in a post on Telegram, Ukrinform reports. "Today [July 11] in the United States, I'm meeting with activists from SEEC, an organization that helps people with disabilities live independently and fully in society - live in separate housing, study, work, and have fun," the First Lady said. During the roundtable, SEEC Executive Director Karen Lee and Secretary of the Maryland Department of Disabilities Carol…
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Russian shelling in Donetsk region damages 110-year-old church

Russian shelling in Donetsk region damages 110-year-old church

Russian shelling has partially destroyed a 110-year-old Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the village of Novoekonomichne, Donetsk region. The Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine reported this on Telegram, Ukrinform reports. "The Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary was damaged in the village of Novoekonomichne, Donetsk region, on July 8. It survived the Soviet rule, the battles of the Second World War and the German occupation, but it was destroyed by Russian aggression," the post said. The ministry recalled that the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe had recently…
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Ukrainians in Luxembourg hold performance rally in memory of victims of Russian missile attacks

Ukrainians in Luxembourg hold performance rally in memory of victims of Russian missile attacks

In Luxembourg, on Clairefontaine Square, the association of Ukrainians LUkraine organized a rally – a performance in memory of Ukrainians killed as a result of the latest Russian missile attacks.  According to an Ukrinform correspondent, the rally, which was held under the slogan "Europe! Save the children in Ukraine," many Ukrainians came from France and Germany. During the performance, several dozen people in "bloodied" clothes lay down on the pavement, symbolizing the victims of attacks in Kyiv, Kryvyi Rih, Dnipro, and other cities. Participants called the names of each person killed and told their stories.  "We wanted to show that…
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The R.T. Weatherman Foundation will never leave Ukraine behind

The R.T. Weatherman Foundation will never leave Ukraine behind

The Weatherman Foundation, a registered US 501-C3 Non-profit, has undertaken various missions for Ukrainian civil society and the country’s defense forces. As sirens announcing multi-vehicle motorcades clog the streets, metro riders face closed stations, and blocks upon blocks of temporary fencing and barricades line the sidewalks, Washington D.C. is the site of more gridlock than usual this week. With the annual NATO summit underway, the appearance of heads of state and high-level representatives from the alliance's 32 member states and dozens of leaders from nations outside the treaty organization made America’s capital city the epicenter of global interest. This level…
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Rally in support of Ukraine held outside Russian embassy in Prague

Rally in support of Ukraine held outside Russian embassy in Prague

On Wednesday evening, several dozen activists held a rally in support of Ukraine in Boris Nemtsov Square in Prague outside of the Russian embassy HQ. This was reported by Radio Prague International with reference to ČTK, Ukrinform saw. The protest rally came as a response to the airstrikes that the Russian army launched on July 8 against Ukrainian cities, including on the Okhmatdyt children's hospital in Kyiv. The participants applied red paint on a large canvas, white clothes, and their faces. In addition, the protesters held a white canvas against the wreckage of a destroyed car brought from Kyiv region…
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