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Live updates on the Russia-Ukraine crisis.

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On February 24, Russian forces invaded neighboring Ukraine as part of a “special military operation” ordered by Russian President Vladimir Putin. These forces came from Belarus to the north and Russia to the east. According to U.S. officials, Ukrainian soldiers have put up “strong opposition.” Since then, the Russian military has begun a full-scale combat attack in the disputed Donbas region of eastern Ukraine, taking the vital port city of Mariupol and securing a coastal route to the Crimean Peninsula, which Moscow has seized. Please click here to view earlier stories.

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Jul 12, 1:49 AM In the seized Kherson region, Ukraine burns a Russian ammunition store. Local authorities said that on Monday night, Ukrainian forces attacked and probably destroyed a Russian ammunition storage in the Russian-occupied town of Nova Kakhovka in the Kherson region. A significant explosion was caused by the strike, and videos of it quickly went viral online. Local news sources claim that saltpeter warehouses and more than 40 gasoline-filled tankers were both destroyed. After the strike, Sergey Khlan from the Kherson Regional Military Administration remarked, “People’s windows are blasted out, but they are still delighted… because this signifies that the Ukrainian Armed Forces are close.” According to local media, Monday’s attack was at least the fourth time that Ukrainian forces had attacked ammunition stores in Nova Kakhovka. -Tatiana Rymarenko, Edward Szekeres of ABC News Yuri Drozd and Max Uzol

Jul 11, 10:40 AM Putin paves the path for Ukrainians to obtain rapid citizenship Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on Monday to streamline the application process for any Ukrainian seeking Russian citizenship, allowing them to expedite their applications as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine proceeds. Previously, only citizens of the Ukrainian territories of Donetsk and Luhansk could apply for fast-track citizenship.

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Jul 10, 6:26 PM Zelenskyy adviser: “12 HIMARS is “not enough,” 112 would be “better.” According to a Volodymyr Zelenskyy advisor, it is crucial that Ukraine retakes territory in the south of the nation before winter arrives. According to Serhiy Leshchenko, a military offensive would be far more difficult in the winter. He asserted that it is essential for Ukraine to launch a successful counterattack in the upcoming months because the Ukrainian government is concerned that Russia may utilize a standstill over the winter to bolster its hold over recently acquired territories in the Kherson and Zhaporizhia regions. Leshchenko stated that the reason it is crucial to launch a counterattack in the south before winter arrives is to expel them from this territory before winter arrives. “Our concern is that if winter comes, under Russian occupation of these territories, Russia will use these three to four months of the winter to fast integrate these territories into Russia,” Leshchenko said. Additionally, the presidential adviser reiterated calls for the US to supply more HIMARS, or High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems. The Biden Administration revealed on Friday that it will give Ukraine four additional HIMARS in addition to the eight that had already been sent. Leshchenko stated that although Ukraine was appreciative of the 12 HIMARS, it was insufficient. He remarked, “You gave good weaponry, but it’s not enough.” Twelve HIMARS are preferable to nothing, but having 112 is preferable. It would quickly and radically alter the situation on the front lines, he continued. -Tom Burridge of ABC News

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