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“Every minute was a test because it could be my last”

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HIn early April, a car with civilians leaving Melitopol passed a Russian checkpoint in the occupied city of Vasilyevka in Zaporozhye, at which point a Russian serviceman approached the car and saw a teenager checking something on his mobile phone.

What are you doing, filming me? the soldier asked before taking his cell phone and pulling him out of the car. “Should I shoot him right now or smash his phone?” he shouted, pointing the gun at the boy.

The man dragged the teenager into the nearest yard where Russian troops were based, leaving those in the car speechless and frightened.

After an hour of checking his identity, the Russian military realized that he was Vladislav Buryak, the son of one of the highest Ukrainian officials in the region, Oleg Buryak, head of the state administration of the Zaporozhye region.

According to the publication, the next 90 days, the 16-year-old boy was in Russian captivity. Kyiv independent, locked in a small cell where he heard the screams of Ukrainian prisoners of war being tortured by Russian soldiers. He saw how some of them died after many hours of torture, and was forced to clean the blood-soaked place.

“Every minute was a very serious test, because every minute could be my last,” the boy said during an interview with his father.

Vladyslav Buryak com o pai Oleh Buryak© Reproduction in social networks

Vladislav is not the only Ukrainian underage who has spent a lot of time in Russian captivity since the start of the war in Russia on February 24: according to the governor of the Zaporizhia region, Oleksandr Starukh, the Russians held five minors captive in that city, two of them from late July.

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In total, at the beginning of August, 203 children were missing in Ukraine, most of whom disappeared in hot spots. Official figures show that at least 358 children have died as a result of the Russian invasion as of August 4, and these figures are estimated to be higher because they do not include casualties in Russian-occupied territories and in areas where fighting is taking place.

Among all the atrocities of Russia against Ukrainian children, the story of Buryak has a happy ending: on July 7 he was released.

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Israel bombs Gaza after ceasefire in response to Palestinian rockets

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“In response to rocket attacks on Israeli territory, the army is currently attacking a large number of targets belonging to the Islamic Jihad terrorist organization in the Gaza Strip,” the Israeli army said in a statement sent at 21:33.

In addition, air raid warning sirens were turned on in southern Israeli cities near the Gaza Strip.

“The sirens sounded in the sector adjacent to the Gaza Strip,” the same military statement said late on Sunday.

The Egyptian-brokered ceasefire included Cairo’s commitment to “work towards the release of two prisoners,” Mohammed Al-Hindi Bassem Saadi and Khalid Awadeh, head of the JIP’s political wing, said in a statement.

Last Monday’s arrest of Bassem Saadi, the leader of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad in the West Bank, which has been occupied by Israel since 1967, led to the current outbreak of violence.

The Israeli army launched an operation on Friday, billed as a “preemptive strike” against Islamic Jihad, in which its top military leaders in Gaza, Taysir al-Jabari and Khaled Mansour, were killed, as well as several fighters of the group.

The deaths of the military leaders were confirmed by the Islamic Jihad organization, which Israel, the United States of America and the European Union consider “terrorist”.

Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid said the Gaza operation would continue “for as long as necessary”, calling Saturday’s attack that killed Khalid Mansour an “extraordinary result”.

Israeli authorities justified the operation, launched on Friday, on fear of reprisals from Islamic Jihad after Bassem al-Saadi was arrested on August 1 in the West Bank, a Palestinian territory occupied by Israel.

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Over the past two days, about 40 Islamic Jihad members have been arrested by Israeli forces in the West Bank.

Before the Islamic Jihad announcement, the Palestinian armed movement fired several mortars at Israel and Jerusalem, which, according to its army, were intercepted by the Israeli missile defense system.

In the Gaza Strip, 17 Palestinians, including nine children, were killed today in Israeli army raids in Jabaliya, Gaza City and Rafah, according to the Palestinian armed movement Hamas, which is in power in the enclave, which has been under an Israeli blockade for more than 15 years. . .

Since the start of this Israeli operation against Islamic Jihad on Friday, “43 Palestinians have been martyred, including 15 children” and “311 people have been injured,” according to the latest Hamas health ministry report.

The director of the Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza said that the institutions under his supervision urgently needed medicines and electricity to continue caring for the wounded.

Gaza’s only power plant was shut down on Saturday due to fuel shortages, four days after Israel closed roads connecting the enclave, citing security concerns.

Before the mortar attack today, sirens were sounded from Gaza regarding shells in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Ashkelon.

The clash between Israel and Islamic Jihad is the worst since the clash between Israel and Hamas in May 2021. According to local authorities, 260 Palestinians, including militants, and 14 Israelis, including a soldier, were killed in 11 days. .

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The Russian army announced the destruction of 45,000 tons of Ukrainian weapons sent by NATO

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“In the city of Voznesensk, Mykolaiv region, an arsenal was destroyed, which stored 45,000 tons of ammunition supplied to the Ukrainian army by NATO,” said Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov, quoted by EFE.

According to the Russian authorities, the country’s aviation inflicted more than 300 casualties among Ukrainian defenders.

“Consequences of the attack of the Russian Air Force on the temporary deployment of units of the 72nd mechanized brigade in an agricultural company in the city of Artemovsk (Russian name Baimut, in Donetsk) numbering up to 130 military personnel and eight pieces of equipment and armored vehicles. were destroyed,” Konashenkov said.

He added that “after a strike with high-precision missiles” on the 95th Airborne Assault Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the city of Dzerzhinsk (Toretsk, in Russian, in Donetsk), up to 70 servicemen were destroyed, three artillery pieces and three vehicles were destroyed.

The Ministry of Defense also added that in the Yarkovsky district in eastern Ukraine, the Russian Air Force shot down more than 100 personnel of the 3rd brigade of the National Guard of Ukraine on the territory of a thermal power plant.

“Due to heavy losses, the Zelensky regime [presidente ucraniano] is taking steps to strengthen troops in the Donbass,” Konashenkov said.

According to a Russian official, this forced the Ukrainian authorities to send newly mobilized civilians to the front, who made their debut as part of the 72nd mechanized brigade in the city of Bila Tserkva, south of Kyiv.

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