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Russia’s offensive against Ukraine slows down

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Russian troops launched a missile attack on the National Pedagogical University in Kharkiv, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky said. A video shot by Russians and uploaded to website of the Ukrainian Independent Information Agency (UNIAN) shows that the some of the missiles that were fired at Kharkiv from Belgorod suffered failure in the air and fell back on Russian territory. The two sides have blamed each other for civilian casualties in Donbas. 

The Russian Army is transforming Europe’s largest nuclear power plant into a military base overlooking an active front, intensifying a monthslong safety crisis for the vast facility and its thousands of staff, the Wall Street Journal wrote. At the Zaporizhia Nuclear Power Plant in Southern Ukraine, more than 500 Russian soldiers who seized the facility in March recently have deployed heavy artillery batteries, and laid anti-personnel mines along the shores of the reservoir whose water cools its six reactors, according to workers, residents, officials and diplomats.

The State Duma adopted in second and third reading a bill introducing war economy measures. It allows the law enforcement authorities to impose arbitrary prices and contracts on enterprises for the purpose of war. The Russian government will be able to compel businesses to  supply the military with goods and make their employees work overtime, Reuters reports. According to the Institute for the Study of War, the bill shows that the Kremlin is preparing to extend the so-called "special military operation in Ukraine".


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