Latest Developments in Ukraine: July 15

July 15, 2022 0:04 AM

A baby stroller lies by a road after a deadly Russian missile attack in Vinnytsia, Ukraine, July 14, 2022.
A baby stroller lies by a road after a deadly Russian missile attack in Vinnytsia, Ukraine, July 14, 2022.



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The latest developments in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. All times EDT.

4:13 a.m.: The International Skating Union dropped Russia as host of a Grant Prix of Figure Skating event, Al Jazeera reported. The city of Espoo, Finland, will hold the event instead. It’s set for Nov. 25-27.

3:13 a.m.: The Institute for the Study of War, a U.S. think tank, said in its latest assessment of the Ukraine conflict that Russia continues to strike Vinnytsia, Kharkiv City, and Mykolaiv City. It’s also trying to advance on Siversk and attacking Bakhmut and Slovyansk.

1:06 a.m.: The United States said Thursday that it would not bar the sale of farm equipment to Russia, again denying Moscow’s allegations that Western sanctions — not its invasion of Ukraine — are causing the global food crisis, Agence France-Presse reported.

The Treasury Department, in a legal form on sanctions exemptions, said it would not stop US transactions related to the production, sale or transport of agricultural equipment.

In line with previous rules set after the Feb. 24 invasion, the Treasury Department also said it was not prohibiting agricultural commodities such as fertilizer as well as medical devices and COVID-19 tests.

12:02 a.m.: Two months after falling to Russian troops, the eastern Ukrainian town of Popasna, once home to 20,000, has turned into a ghost town with little sign of life, Reuters reports.

Ukrainian troops retreated from Popasna in May after Russian forces launched an offensive along most of Ukraine’s eastern flank, with intense attacks and shelling around the town in the Luhansk region.

A Reuters reporter visited Popasna on Thursday and found the town deserted, with nearly all apartment buildings either destroyed or heavily damaged. Barren streets bore no sign of people or animals.

A former resident, Vladimir Odarchenko, stood inside his damaged home and surveyed the debris strewn across the floor.

“I have no idea what I’m going to do. Where to live? I don’t know,” he told Reuters.

Some information in this report came from Reuters and Agence France-Presse.

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