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Russian forces in Bakhmut pushed back by up to 2km in some areas, claims Ukraine military commander

Ukraine pushes Russians back
A Ukrainian military commander has said that Russian forces in Bakhmut had been pushed back by up to 2km in some areas, after counteroffensives. Col Gen Oleksandr Syrskyi, who heads Ukraine’s ground forces, made the comments in a post on Telegram. He said: “In some areas of the front, the enemy could not resist the onslaught of the Ukrainian defenders and retreated to a distance of up to two kilometers.
  • Russia’s oil pipeline operator Transneft said that a filling point on the Europe-bound Druzhba pipeline in a border area between Russia and Ukraine had been targeted in a “terrorist” attack, according to the Tass news agency. Transneft said nobody was injured in the incident, which it called a “terrorist attack”, according to Reuters

  • It comes as Ukraine’s military said its forces have seriously damaged Russia’s 72nd independent motorised rifle brigade near Bakhmut, made up of thousands of troops. Serhiy Cherevatyi, a spokesperson for Ukrainian troops in the east, said the situation remained “difficult” in Bakhmut but Moscow was increasingly forced to use regular army units because of heavy losses among the Wagner private army group.

Djerba Tunisia: Deadly shooting near Africa's oldest synagogue

Shootoing near Tunisia's oldest synagogue

Two visitors and two security guards have been killed in a gun attack near Africa's oldest synagogue, on the Tunisian island of Djerba.

The attack took place during an annual pilgrimage to the island, which attracts Jewish visitors from Europe and Israel.

A guard reportedly shot dead his partner before opening fire on visitors and security forces near the synagogue before being killed himself.

His motivation was not clear.

One of the visitors killed is a French national. Four other visitors and five members of the security forces were injured.

It is not clear whether the visitors were pilgrims visiting the Ghriba synagogue. Video posted online, that has not been independently verified, showed visitors running as gunshots rang out.



Ukraine cities hit as Russia evacuates civilians amid Victory Day security fears

Ukraine cities hit before Victory day

Russia has launched a fresh wave of drone, missile and airstrikes on cities across Ukraine, as Moscow stepped up attacks on the eve of its Victory Day parade commemorating the defeat of Nazi Germany.

Russia’s latest missile barrage came as both sides appeared to be preparing for a widely expected Ukrainian offensive Kyiv hopes will help recapture territory lost since the start of the war.

At the weekend, Russia began evacuating hundreds of civilians from occupied areas in south-eastern Ukraine, including families from Enerhodar, a city close to Europe’s largest nuclear power plant.

​​Moscow attacked Kyiv with three dozen drones overnight on Sunday, Ukrainian officials said, in what the city’s mayor, Vitaliy Klitschko, described as the “biggest” drone attack so far.


Russia ‘evacuates’ area around major nuclear plant in Ukraine

Russi evacuates aea around major nuclear plant in Ukraine

Hundreds of civilians on Sunday fled Ukrainian territories under Russian control as part of an “evacuation” ahead of what’s feared to be intense fighting around an area home to Europe’s largest nuclear power plant.

A Ukrainian mayor slammed Moscow’s move as a cover-up operation to move troops, while the U.N. nuclear watchdog raised concerns over heavy fighting during a potential spring counteroffensive when Ukrainian forces are expected to seek to regain control of territories lost to Russian control.

Russian forces announced the evacuation for 18 settlements on Friday, and over the weekend, civilians have been rushing to leave those areas. The Ukrainian mayor of Melitopol, Ivan Fedorov, called it a “mad panic” as thousands of cars were stuck on the roads with five-hour waits, BBC reported.



Tens of thousands join protests against Israeli judicial overhaul

Tel Aviv protestsTens of thousands of Israelis joined protests across the country on Saturday against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's bitterly disputed plans to tighten controls on the Supreme Court.

The planned overhaul, which would give the government control over naming judges to the Supreme Court and let parliament override many rulings, was paused after opponents organised some of the biggest street protests ever seen in Israel, now in their 18th consecutive week.

The government accuses activist judges of increasingly usurping the role of parliament, and says the overhaul is needed to restore balance between the judiciary and elected politicians.

Critics say it will remove vital checks and balances underpinning a democratic state and hand unchecked power to the government.

Five months into the far-right coalition's term, 74% of Israelis think the government is functioning poorly, according to a poll released by the Israeli public broadcaster on Friday.


Ukraine buries a 'brave son' from America

Ukraine buries brave son from AmericaWhen Christopher James Campbell dropped out of school, sold his belongings and moved to Ukraine in the spring of 2022, his loved ones weren't sure why.

"He would always say, 'I feel like I have a unique ability to help. I have the knowledge to be here to fight, and I have the ability to help people,'" said Nelson Rumsey, Campbell's platoon sergeant when the two served in the U.S. Army in Iraq.

"I couldn't fathom putting myself in that situation [but] he was a cut above a lot of people when it comes to morals and sense of duty," Rumsey said.

Campbell's volunteer mission to Ukraine came to an end on April 7, when he was killed defending the embattled Ukrainian city of Bakhmut.

According to the Associated Press, he's one of at least nine Americans known to have died in Ukraine since Russia's invasion began in February 2022.


Ukraine says its newly fielded U.S. Patriot system downed a Russian hypersonic missile

Ukaine uses Patriot system to down Russian missile

Ukraine said Saturday that a U.S.-supplied Patriot battery was used to intercept an incoming Russian hypersonic missile over the capital, Kyiv, in what is believed to be the first downing of the sophisticated Russian weapon and Ukraine's first use of the U.S. defense system.

In a post on Telegram, Ukrainian Air Force commander Mykola Oleshchuk said the Patriot destroyed the Kinzhal, a type of missile that can travel up to ten times the speed of sound to

Oleshchuk said the Russian missile was shot down during a night-time attack on Kyiv earlier this week. "Yes, we shot down the 'unique' Kinzhal," he wrote, adding that it had been launched from a Russian MiG-31K aircraft.

In past strikes, Kyiv's air force has managed to intercept many Russian missiles, but earlier this year, the Kremlin began increasing its use of the Kinzhals, or "Daggers" in Russian, in an apparent effort to overwhelm Ukraine's air defenses.


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