Russia should be finished calling up reservists in two weeks, President Putin said, promising an end to a divisive mobilization that has seen hundreds of thousands of men summoned to fight in Ukraine and huge numbers flee the country.
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* Russia does not need to unleash massive new strikes on Ukraine at the moment, Putin said, after days of raining missiles on cities including Kyiv and amid speculation that Moscow’s supplies of precision weapons may be depleted.
* Russian-backed forces have made tactical advances in the last three days towards the center of Bakhmut, a strategically important town in the eastern Donetsk region, and likely advanced into villages south of the town, Britain said.
* Ukrainian investigators have completed the exhumation of soldiers in one of two mass graves discovered after Russian troops retreated from the town of Lyman in eastern Donetsk region, police said.
* Ukraine’s armed forces have re-taken more than 600 settlements in the past month, including 75 in the strategic Kherson region, the government said.
* Damage to the bridge between the annexed Crimean peninsula and southern Russia won’t be repaired until next summer, a document published on the Russian government’s website said, after an explosion last week.
* Reuters was not able to verify battlefield reports.
* Some of oilfield service firm Schlumberger’s more than 9,000 Russian employees have begun receiving military draft notices through work, and the company is not authorizing remote employment to escape mobilization, according to people familiar with the matter and internal documents.
* Sweden has rejected plans to set up a formal joint investigation team with Denmark and Germany to look into last month’s ruptures of the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines, a Swedish prosecutor investigating the leaks said.
* Elon Musk said his rocket company SpaceX cannot indefinitely fund its Starlink internet service in Ukraine, which has helped civilians and military stay online during the war.
* French food company Danone announced plans to shed its dairy and plant-based food business in Russia in a transaction which could result in a up to 1 billion euro ($978.10 million) write-off.
* Turkish President Erdogan has ordered the energy ministry to work on building a gas hub in Turkey following talks with Putin on the issue. (Compiled by Grant McCool)