Ukraine War LIVE: Russia is preparing to annex temporarily occupied Ukrainian territories

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The European Union unveiled an emergency plan to reduce gas consumption amid fears that Russia could cut off its supplies this winter. Member States were proposed to set a voluntary target to limit gas use by 15% from August to March. Member states' diplomats will discuss the proposa

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  • Russia threatens Wikipedia for sharing information about the war in Ukraine. Wikipedia's parent company, the Wikimedia Foundation, is fighting a Russian court order to remove information about Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

  • The United States has expressed concern that Russia is preparing to annex temporarily occupied Ukrainian territories, appointing self-elected officials to power, introducing the ruble as the currency and forcing locals to take Russian citizenship.

  • The European Union plans to add the head of Russia's largest bank Sberbank and the head of zinc and copper company UMMC to a blacklist of individuals and companies accused of supporting Moscow's invasion of Ukraine. The new list of 48 officials and nine entities drawn up by the EU's external service also includes leaders of the Night Wolves motorcycle club, actors, politicians, the deputy head of Russia's security service, family members of sanctioned oligarchs and military personnel.

  • Russian troops are preparing for a new offensive, Kyiv Independent reports. According to Vadym Skibitsky, a representative of the Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, Russia's actions signal that "preparations are underway for the next stage of offensive activity."

  • The Russian Ministry of Defense claimed, without providing evidence, that the missile strike that hit Vinnytsia on Thursday was aimed at a military target - a meeting of the Ukrainian Air Force Command: "14. in July, high-precision rockets from the sea hit the building of the officers' house in the city of Vinnytsja. At the time of the attack, a meeting of the Ukrainian Air Force Command with representatives of foreign arms suppliers was held at this military facility. As a result of the attack, the meeting participants were destroyed."

  • According to the US Institute for Military Studies, Russia has begun volunteer mobilizations to reduce its troop shortage. The think tank said in its report that the Kremlin "probably ordered Russian regions to form volunteer battalions to participate in Russia's invasion of Ukraine, instead of declaring partial or full mobilization in Russia."

  • President Volodymyr Zelensky dismissed the head of the Security Service of Ukraine Ivan Bakanov and the Prosecutor General Irina Venediktova.

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