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Ukraine: Russian troops take control of key city of Kherson

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Russian forces have seized control of a key port city in southern Ukraine, the mayor says.

Kherson is the first major city to be taken by Russia, after heavy fighting, since it invaded a week ago.

Its mayor, Igor Kolykhaev, said Russian troops had forced their way into the city council building and imposed a curfew on residents.

Several cities have come under intense shelling, with Wednesday one of the most destructive days of the fighting.

An investigation into possible war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Ukraine has been launched by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague.

Russia has for the first time admitted taking heavy military casualties during its attack on Ukraine, with 498 troops killed and a further 1,597 injured. Ukraine says Russia’s losses run into the thousands.

Ukraine reports that more than 2,000 civilians have died since the invasion began last Thursday. The conflict has also caused more than a million people to flee Ukraine, according to the UN.

In a Facebook post, Mr Kolykhaev said Russian forces were in control of Kherson, a port on Ukraine’s southern Black Sea coast with a population of more than 280,000 people.

He urged Russian soldiers not to shoot at civilians, saying there were no Ukrainian forces in the city.

Mr Kolykhaev called on residents to follow conditions set by Russian forces in order to “keep the Ukrainian flag flying”. These include:

  • Observing a strict curfew from 20:00 to 06:00
  • Only going out in groups of two at most
  • Allowing only cars carrying food, medicine and other supplies to enter the city, driving at minimum speed

“The (Russian) occupiers are in all parts of the city and are very dangerous,” Gennady Lakhuta, head of the regional administration, was quoted as saying by AFP news agency.

The capture of Kherson – located on the banks of the Dnieper River where it flows into the Black Sea – is significant because it could allow Russia to create a base for the military there as it seeks to push further inland.

Ukraine’s second-largest city, Kharkiv, came under a fierce aerial assault. Its mayor told the BBC shelling and cruise missile strikes were hitting residential areas and inflicting heavy civilian casualties.

And in the southern port of Mariupol, hundreds are feared dead following hours of sustained shelling.

But Russian efforts to encircle the capital Kyiv have slowed, with one US official saying a huge Russian convoy to the north of the city barely moved all day on Wednesday.

Large explosions were heard in the capital overnight into Thursday, with footage showing a huge fireball lighting up the night sky.

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Four blasts were heard in the city centre, near Friendship of the Peoples metro station, Ukrainian media report.

In other developments:

Map showing areas of Ukraine that are under Russian control

Pictures of fighting in Ukraine have prompted international condemnation of Russia, with an overwhelming majority of UN countries calling on Moscow to immediately withdraw its troops.

Only five countries voted against the resolution, including Syria and North Korea.

The ICC said it was collecting evidence into possible violations after 39 countries called for it to open an inquiry.

They include the UK, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson personally accusing Russian President Vladimir Putin of committing “horrific” atrocities on Ukraine’s cities.

‘Hundreds dead’ in Mariupol

Joel Gunter, BBC News, Ukraine

After more than 15 hours of continuous bombardment by Russian forces, the key Ukrainian port city of Mariupol is “near to a humanitarian catastrophe”, the city’s deputy mayor told the BBC.

“The Russian army is working through all their weapons here – artillery, multiple rocket launch systems, airplanes, tactical rockets. They are trying to destroy the city,” Serhiy Orlov said.

Mr Orlov said Russian forces were several kilometres from the city on all sides and had launched strikes on key infrastructure, cutting water and power supplies to parts of the city. One densely populated residential district on the city’s left bank had been “nearly totally destroyed”, he said.

“We cannot count the number of victims there, but we believe at least hundreds of people are dead. We cannot go in to retrieve the bodies. My father lives there, I cannot reach him, I don’t know if he is alive or dead.”

Ukraine’s army has resisted Russian forces so far in key parts of the country but the increased aerial bombardment of cities has raised fears Russia is shifting tactics.

“The Ukrainian army is very brave and they will continue to defend the city but the style of the Russian army is like pirates – they do not fight with their army, they just destroy entire districts,” Mr Orlov said.

“We believe in our Ukrainian army, but we are in a terrible situation.”

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Pastor caught pants down bonking married woman [Video]

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A Ghanaian pastor has been caught red-handed screwing a married woman in her matrimonial home in the absence of her husband.

The pastor, whose name is not yet known, was nabbed in the act sweating profusely as though he was partaking in an Olympic marathon.

When he was subjected to questioning, the so-called man of God claimed he was invited by the woman, also believed to be a member of his church, when nobody was home.

In a viral video obtained by GHPage, he confirmed that he was fully aware that the woman was married with children.

According to him, the woman rang his phone to tell him that she was feeling lonely at home and needed company.

As a man of God who cares about the welfare of his members, he stopped everything he was doing and quickly headed for the woman’s house.

However, one thing led to the other and they had sex.

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When he was pressed to explain how he stripped down to his pants and ended up in bed with the woman, knowing well that she was married, he began beating about the bush.

It’s shocking how a pastor who carries the Bible as his armour and preaches against adultery forgoes his own teachings to fall victim to what he condemns.

What are his members expected to do as well?





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Adwoa Safo gifts son a $60,000 Chevrolet Corvette on his birthday [Video]

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Sarah Adwoa Safo has sparked mixed reactions on social media after posting videos of a brand new vehicle she’s purchased as a birthday gift for one of her children in the United States.

Kelvin Ohene Safo-Agyapong – the Dome-Kwabenya MP’s son with Assin Central MP Kennedy Agyapong – received a Chevrolet Corvette worth $60,000 (nearly GH¢500,000) as he turned a year older.

Adwoa Safo shared videos of Kelvin’s new car on her Facebook page on Wednesday, May 18 with the caption “Kelvin’s Perfect Birthday Gift…”

She’s happily heard passing commentary about the car in the background as it arrives at their home in the United States.

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Apparently, Kelvin took delivery of the luxury vehicle a few days ago after he was seen in an earlier video on April 23, 2022, trying his hands on the whip at a dealership.

In the new videos sighted by GHPage, Kelvin is seen standing beside the car as he is given a tour of the expensive car by a salesman.

He goes ahead to sit in the corvette and test out some of the cool features of the car.

Check out some reactions to the video on social media below:

lynette_nyarko: Why not Kantanka car buy what you sell

tashairis1: What happened to Kantaka cars

divaangels wrote: What about her father’s cars. Anyway in abroad ni you can buy any type of car on credit as long as your credibility & payments are on point.

walter_harry1 wrote: Instead of using the money to develop your community, you’re spending it on cars hmm

akwasi_ppong wrote: She couldn’t patronise her dads car!! So unpatriotic…so how then does she expect Ghanaians to patronise her dad’s cars??





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Kwaku Bonsam ‘curses’ President Akufo-Addo, this is what he said

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Celebrity fetish priest Nana Kwaku Bonsam has vented what he described as the collective frustration of Ghanaians on President Nana Akufo-Addo.

According to him, President Akufo-Addo will go to hell for lying to Ghanaians and letting the citizenry down.

Speaking on Angel FM where he pronounced the curses, Nana Kwaku Bonsam said Akufo-Addo has failed to deliver on his promises to Ghanaians and thus is a sure candidate for Hell.

“You mentioned that we have the money yet are hungry. But now that you’ve joined the government, we’re even more hungry. We can’t afford to live comfortably, and our girlfriends are deserting us because we can’t afford to keep up,” he explained.

“The bible talks about lies, and the President lied, thus he will go to hell,” the fetish priest believes the President’s lies will send him to hell.

Nana Kwaku Bonsam intimated that it was unacceptable for Ghanaians to be living in abject penury which has been worse by poor governance and economic hardship.

Therefore he has laid the blame on the head of President Akufo-Addo who according to him has failed to capitalize on the resources of the country to push for Ghana to be a prosperous nation.



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