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Evacuations in Donbas

In Ukraine, officials are calling on civilians in the eastern city of Slovyansk to urgently evacuate as Russian troops continue to advance to secure the entire Donbas region. Slovyansk has become a new battleground just days after Russian troops took control of the neighboring Luhansk province. Local officials say Russian forces have been shelling the city chaotically over the past couple of days, mostly targeting civilian areas. The governor of Donetsk says the city is now within the range of Russian multiple-rocket launchers. In an attack on Tuesday, at least two people were killed and seven others injured, some of them seriously. Russia consistently denies it targets civilians. Donetsk province is now the new epicenter of the war between Kiev and Moscow. Together, Luhansk and Donetsk form the Donbas region which has witnessed deadly conflict between the Ukrainian military and pro-Russian groups in the past.

Boris on the brink

Media reports and speculations are growing about the imminent collapse of the government of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson amid high-profile cabinet resignations. Health Secretary Sajid Javid and Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak stepped down on Tuesday. Will Quince, Minister for Children and Camilies and Junior Transport Minister Laura Trott quit today in a fresh blow to the PM. They all questioned the prime minister’s ability to govern, saying they can no longer tolerate the culture of scandals. The resignations came hours after Johnson apologized for keeping a former Conservative Party whip in his post despite being accused of sexual misconduct. Johnson’s move has caused backlash among lawmakers. The crisis comes less than a month after Johnson survived a no-confidence vote on his leadership. Tory MP Andrew Bridgen says it’s time for Johnson to go home, calling his latest scandal 'icing on the cake'.

Another killing in West Bank

One more Palestinian falls victim to Israeli gunfire as the regime’s forces intensify crackdowns in the occupied West Bank. The Palestinian health ministry says 20-year-old Rafiq Riyad Ghanam was shot during an Israeli raid on a village, south of the city of Jenin. The victim was standing in front of his home when targeted and then detained along with another youth. Ghanem later succumbed to his injuries. Israeli forces carry out deadly raid in the occupied territories on almost a daily basis. The flashpoint city of Jenin has become a center of resistance in the wake of repeated attacks by Israeli settlers and forces there.

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