Fate of Donbas city, Ukraine faces uncertain future

Fate of Donbas city, Ukraine faces uncertain future

Ukraine s army fights to hold defensive positions in the Donbas region in the face of an unrelenting Russian bombardment, its military leaders face an impossible choice. On Monday, President Volodymyr Zelensky called Sievierodonetsk and Lysychansk dead cities, nearly empty of civilians. Moscow has surrounded Sievierodonetsk from three sides, which would save lives by withdrawing forces from frontline cities. Sievierodonetsk is Ukraine's last stand in the entire Luhansk region, which is part of the Donbas. Zelensky said Russia could launch constant missile strikes on the centre of Ukraine if it took control of the Donbas. That could make future attempts to retake territory more costly. Toll: Ukraine said more than 40,000 civilians have been killed or wounded since the war began and that around three million people are under Russian occupation.

Mariupol: The fate of the Russian-occupied city is close to mind for Ukrainian leaders. After vowing to fight, around 2,500 fighters had to surrender to Russian custody. Dozens of people died. Now sewage systems are not working, dead bodies are rotting in the streets and tens of thousands of people don't have access to clean water. Artillery: Powerful Western weapons systems may already be having an effect in the Black Sea: Ukraine's navy said Russian warships had pulled back more than 70 miles from the coast after Harpoon anti-ship missile systems arrived from Denmark.

The decision on Monday undermined the two-tier legal system that governs 61 percent of the West Bank that is under direct Israeli control. There, Israelis live under civilian law, while Palestinians generally live under military law. Israel first enforced the two-tier system after its 1967 occupation of the West Bank, and lawmakers have extended it every half decade since. Israel has an apartheid-like system in the West Bank, which is at the heart of accusations that it operates an apartheidlike system in the West Bank. Details: Details: The vote was hampered by dissent from leftist and Arab lawmakers in the coalition, as well as right-wing opposition lawmakers who support Benjamin Netanyahu, the former prime minister who is on trial for corruption, and see an opportunity to break apart the current government. If some lawmakers don't change course by the end of June, the move could topple Prime Minister Naftali Bennett's government. Analysts believe that the Netanyahu government would be one of the most right-wing in Israeli history. In the future, officials and legal experts said a failure to extend the legislation would cause chaos and upend daily life in the West Bank.

The chemicals set off a series of powerful explosions. At least 41 people were killed, according to nine firefighters. Hundreds of others suffered burns. The depot held clothing ready for export and drums filled with hydrogen peroxide, which is often used to bleach and dye fabric.

Ukraine's strategic dilemma in Sievierodonetsk: Stand and fight, or pull back?

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The bodies of soldiers who died in defending Mariupol have been returned to Ukraine. When our first team arrived here to douse the fire, the authority did not tell them about the chemical inside, a national fire department official said. If they had said so earlier, there would not have been so many deaths. In recent years, Bangladesh has suffered several mass-casualty fires and industrial disasters, many of which are linked to its garment factories, which account for 80 percent of the country's exports. Human rights and labor organizations have expressed concern about working conditions and safety measures in garment factories for a long time.