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Fires ablaze in Mykolaiv after Russia launches seven missile strikes

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A Ukrainian service member points AK-74 assault rifle in the industrial area of the city of Sievierodonetsk, as Russia's attack on Ukraine continues, Ukraine June 20, 2022. Picture taken June 20, 2022. REUTERS/Oleksandr Ratushniak  - REUTERS/Oleksandr Ratushniak

A Ukrainian service member factors AK-74 assault rifle within the industrial space of town of Sievierodonetsk, as Russia’s assault on Ukraine continues, Ukraine June 20, 2022. Image taken June 20, 2022. REUTERS/Oleksandr Ratushniak – REUTERS/Oleksandr Ratushniak

Russian missile strikes have killed at the least one particular person and broken a faculty within the southern Ukrainian metropolis of Mykolaiv.

Oleksandr Senkevych, town’s mayor, stated the assaults brought about a number of fires, broken plenty of residential and enterprise buildings and left smoke hanging over the port metropolis.

“I hold saying it is nonetheless harmful within the metropolis. Earlier than, folks have been going out in droves however they exit much less now,” Mr Senkevych stated.

Vitaliy Kim, the regional governor, stated earlier as we speak that seven missiles had hit Mykolaiv.

Viterra, the grain dealing with firm, stated its terminal in Mykolaiv was on fireplace after being hit in an assault, however that nobody had been killed there.

The variety of folks killed within the strike has not but been independently verified.

Observe the most recent updates under.

02:23 PM

Russia warns in opposition to Article 5 discuss in Kaliningrad standoff

A prime Russian official warned the West to cease speaking about triggering Nato’s “Article 5” mutual defence clause in a standoff between Lithuania and Russia.

Moscow has promised sensible retaliation that can have an effect on Lithuania’s inhabitants after the Baltic state blocked the transit of products topic to EU sanctions from Russia to its Baltic exclave.

“I want to warn Europeans in opposition to harmful rhetorical video games on the subject of battle,” the Russian information company Interfax quoted Russian Deputy International Minister Sergei Ryabkov as saying as we speak.

02:01 PM

Putin: Russia is rerouting commerce and oil to BRICS nations

Vladimir Putin stated that Russia was within the technique of rerouting its commerce and oil exports in direction of nations from the BRICS group of rising economies within the wake of Western sanctions over Ukraine.

The BRICS nations comprise Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

In a video handle to the BRICS Enterprise Discussion board contributors, Putin stated Russia was discussing rising the presence of Chinese language automobiles on the Russian market in addition to the opening of Indian grocery store chains.

“In its flip, Russia’s presence within the BRICS nations is rising.­­ There was a noticeable improve in exports of Russian oil to China and India,” Putin stated.

01:36 PM

Putin attends ceremony marking anniversary of starting of WW2

Vladimir Putin attends a ceremony in Moscow marking the anniversary of the beginning of WW2 - via REUTERS /SPUTNIK 

Vladimir Putin attends a ceremony in Moscow marking the anniversary of the start of WW2 – through REUTERS /SPUTNIK

01:16 PM

Germany ‘firmly rejects’ Russia’s Lithuania threats over rail ban

Germany has warned Russia to not search reprisals over Lithuania’s rail transit ban on EU-sanctioned items to Moscow’s exclave of Kaliningrad.

Germany “firmly rejects” Russia’s risk of “critical” penalties for the transit cease, authorities spokesman Steffen Hebestreit stated at an everyday press convention.

“We name on Russia to not take any measures that violate worldwide regulation,” he added.

01:13 PM

Lithuania: We’re prepared if Russia cuts us out of energy grid

Lithuania might be ready if Russia disconnects it from the regional energy grid in retaliation for blocking rail shipments of some Russian items to Moscow’s Kaliningrad exclave, however no army confrontation is anticipated, its president stated as we speak.

He spoke after the Kremlin warned Lithuania on Tuesday that Moscow would reply to the ban on the transit of products sanctioned by the EU to Kaliningrad in such a method that residents of the Baltic state would really feel the ache.

Kaliningrad is sandwiched between Nato members Poland and Lithuania and provided by rail through the territory of Lithuania.

Lithuania shut the route for transport of metal and different ferrous metals from mainland Russia on Friday, saying it had to take action underneath EU sanctions that took impact that day.

“We’re prepared and we’re ready for unfriendly actions from Russia (in response), comparable to disconnection from the BRELL (energy grid) system, or others,” Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda stated within the interview with Reuters.

01:01 PM

Italy’s international minister quits get together over Ukraine weapons row

Italy’s international minister has give up his get together, the 5 Star Motion, in a bitter dispute over whether or not Italy ought to proceed supporting the Anglo-American exhausting line in opposition to Russia by sending weapons to the Ukrainians, experiences Nick Squires in Rome.

The departure of Luigi Di Maio is a bitter blow for the 5 Star Motion, which has seen its assist plummet from a excessive of 33 per cent a couple of years in the past to 12 per cent in latest native elections.

The international minister, who will proceed to stay a key member of the governing coalition, will take at the least 60 MPs and senators with him and intends to arrange a brand new political group in parliament.

Tensions inside the ruling coalition over assist for Ukraine within the warfare in opposition to Russia have been simmering for weeks.

5 Star and the hard-Proper League get together, each of which have been comfortable on Moscow prior to now, have objected to the dispatch of extra armaments to Kyiv and have referred to as for fast peace talks.

12:44 PM

Russia might minimize off fuel to Europe solely, says power company head

Russia might minimize off fuel to Europe solely because it seeks to bolster its political leverage amid the Ukraine disaster, the top of the Worldwide Vitality Company stated as we speak, including that Europe wanted to arrange now.

“Contemplating this latest behaviour, I wouldn’t rule out Russia persevering with to seek out completely different points right here and there and persevering with to seek out excuses to additional scale back fuel deliveries to Europe and perhaps even minimize it off utterly,” Fatih Birol, IEA govt director,  stated in an announcement to Reuters.

“That is the rationale Europe wants contingency plans”.

12:34 PM

Moscow accuses Berlin of ‘Russophobic hysteria’ on anniversary of Nazi invasion

Russia’s international ministry has accused Germany of anti-Russian sentiment in an announcement on the anniversary of the invasion of the Soviet Union by Nazi troops in 1941 as tensions rage over Ukraine.

“Russophobic hysteria is systematically fuelled by virtually each day public assaults in opposition to our nation by members of the German authorities,” the ministry stated, including that authorities in Berlin undermine the method of “historic reconciliation” between Russians and Germans after the Second World Conflict.

12:25 PM

PM seems at messages from Ukrainian youngsters given throughout Kyiv go to

Boris Johnson looks at messages from Ukrainian children given to him on his recent trip to Kyiv - Simon Dawson / No10 Downing Street 

Boris Johnson seems at messages from Ukrainian youngsters given to him on his latest journey to Kyiv – Simon Dawson / No10 Downing Avenue

12:07 PM

Ukrainian steelmaker urges clients to not purchase ‘stolen’ Mariupol metal

Ukraine’s largest steelmaker has urged clients to not purchase any merchandise made at its crops in Mariupol as a result of it fears they might have been stolen by Russian forces occupying the southern metropolis.

Metinvest stated in an announcement that greater than 234,000 tonnes of metal merchandise manufactured by its Ilyich Metal and Azovstal factories had been in storage in Mariupol when Russia’s invasion of Ukraine started on Feb. 24.

The 2 crops haven’t cooperated with Russian representatives since Russian and separatist forces took full management of Mariupol in Might, it stated.

Russian forces have blockaded Ukrainian ports within the Again and Azov seas, stopping Azovstal and Ilyich Metal from exporting merchandise to shoppers in Europe and the Center East. However ships loaded with grain and metals will go away Mariupol quickly, a pro-Russian separatist chief stated final week.

“Metinvest enterprises have underlined that there’s a excessive chance of theft and smuggling of Ukrainian metal merchandise,” Metinvest stated in an announcement.

11:53 AM

Turkish ship leaves Mariupol after grain talks with Russia

A Turkish cargo ship left Ukraine’s Russian-occupied port of Mariupol as we speak after a spherical of “constructive” grain talks with Moscow, the Turkish defence ministry stated, with out specifying if it was carrying wheat.

“The assembly in Moscow gave its first concrete consequence,” the Turkish ministry stated in an announcement.

“Just some hours after the top of the lengthy assembly, the Turkish dry cargo ship, which had been ready for days, left the Ukrainian port.”

11:37 AM

Inside occupied Mariupol, a metropolis rebuilding itself but surrounded by dying

Uncommon entry exhibits our bodies filling makeshift morgues as markets spring up and faculty phrases start once more in obliterated metropolis, report Luc Lacroix and Alexandra Dalsbaek.

Valeriya Chigrina walked in direction of the cluster of warehouses on the jap fringe of Mariupol. They as soon as saved greens however are actually filled with useless our bodies.

She was on the lookout for assist. Her 32-year-old husband was killed in entrance of their daughter in mid-March by a rocket.

“I’ve been in all places. I’m now right here to attempt to persuade the undertakers to maneuver my husband,” she stated, with a streak of desperation, on her return to her residence metropolis after fleeing into Russia at first of the battle.

Mariupol was once a thriving city of 400,000 folks mendacity on Ukraine’s southern coast, alongside the Sea of Azov. A predominantly working-class place, with Europe’s largest steelworks on the centre of its comparatively affluent economic system.

Now, as an alternative, it’s a place of dying. Dying, right here, assaults the senses. You possibly can see the miles of mass graves dug to bury hundreds of civilians, scent the rotting our bodies of these left unburied and listen to the silence of the empty condominium blocks and destroyed household houses.

Read the full dispatch here. 

11:25 AM

Russian refinery blames drones ‘from Western border’ for fireplace

The Novoshakhtinsk oil refinery in Russia’s Rostov area, bordering Ukraine, suspended operations as we speak after two unmanned aerial autos attacked its amenities “from the Western border”, the refinery stated in an announcement.

Social media footage confirmed a drone flying in direction of the refinery, positioned simply 5 miles from the border with Ukraine, earlier than a big ball of flame and black smoke billowed up into the sky.

11:16 AM

Finland is able to combat Russia if attacked, says defence chief

Finland has ready for many years for a Russian assault and would put up stiff resistance ought to one happen, its armed forces chief stated.

The Nordic nation has constructed up a considerable arsenal. However apart from the army {hardware}, Common Timo Kivinen stated, an important issue is that Finns could be motivated to combat.

“A very powerful line of defence is between one’s ears, because the warfare in Ukraine proves in the mean time,” Kivinen stated in an interview.

Finland fought two wars within the Nineteen Forties in opposition to its jap neighbour, with which it shares a 1,300-km (810-mile) border.

11:07 AM

EU sanctions that prompted Lithuania transit ban ‘unacceptable’ – Kremlin

The Kremlin has stated that the EU sanctions that led Lithuania to impose a ban on the transit of some items from mainland Russia to the exclave of Kaliningrad have been “completely unacceptable”, and that Moscow was engaged on retaliatory measures.

Chatting with reporters on a convention name, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated Moscow had but to resolve when it could impose countermeasures.

10:51 AM

Russian McDonald’s sells ‘document’ variety of burgers

The brand new, rebranded McDonald’s in Russia seems to be off to a roaring begin: The chain offered a document 120,000 burgers on its opening day, the chain’s CEO informed Reuters.

“We’ve got by no means seen such each day turnover in the entire time McDonald’s has labored in Russia,” Oleg Paroev informed Reuters in an unique interview printed on Tuesday. Mr Paroev was the previous CEO of McDonald’s Russia.

McDonald’s exited the Russian market in Might after 32 years within the nation, citing “the humanitarian disaster attributable to the warfare in Ukraine, and the precipitating unpredictable working atmosphere.”

The US fast-food chain offered the Russian enterprise to native licensee and businessman Alexander Govor, and it reopened on June 12 underneath the brand new title ‘Vkusno & tochka’, which interprets to “tasty and that is it.” A complete of 15 rebranded outlets opened in and round Moscow on June 12, with one other 35 opening the following day, based on Reuters.

Pictures from Vkusno & tochka’s opening in Russia earlier this month present eating places full of diners.

Final week, James Kilner despatched this report on the opening of Vkusno & tochka.

10:33 AM

Regardless of the horror, Ukrainians keep it up with each day life

Ukraine war: Russia lays down curtain of fire - Anadolu Agency /Anadolu 

Ukraine warfare: Russia lays down curtain of fireplace – Anadolu Company /Anadolu

Ukraine war: Russia lays down curtain of fire - Anadolu Agency /Anadolu 

Ukraine warfare: Russia lays down curtain of fireplace – Anadolu Company /Anadolu

Ukraine war: Russia lays down curtain of fire - Anadolu Agency /Anadolu 

Ukraine warfare: Russia lays down curtain of fireplace – Anadolu Company /Anadolu

10:14 AM

Russia’s decreasing of fuel flows a ‘rogue transfer’

Russian reductions of fuel flows to Europe are “very rogue strikes” a senior European Fee official has stated, including plans to step up coal use within the bloc could be short-term and local weather objectives remained intact.

“The illegal invasion by Russia of Ukraine has resulted in an emergency state of affairs within the EU,” Elina Bardram, appearing director for Worldwide Affairs and Local weather Finance on the European Commision, informed the Africa Vitality Discussion board in Brussels.

“With the very rogue strikes we’re observing from the Putin administration when it comes to Gazprom decreasing the circulate very all of a sudden, we’re doing a little crucial measures, however all of these measures are short-term”, she added, referring to coal use.

The EU and different developed economies have widened sanctions on Russia to incorporate its oil and coal however have held off on banning fuel imports.

Nonetheless, fuel costs have hit document highs as a slowdown in flows from Russia in latest days has deepened worries over provide in higher-demand winter months.

09:56 AM

‘Kamikaze drone’ causes fireplace at Russian oil refinery

A hearth at Russia’s Novoshakhtinsk refinery within the Rostov area started after two Ukrainian drones have been noticed over the plant, TASS cited an unidentified supply within the native authorities.

“Considered one of them made an impression, crashing right into a warmth switch unit, after which the blaze began. The second flew away,” the supply informed TASS.

The native emergency service stated the blaze has been put out, Interfax information company reported.

09:35 AM

Dozens of civilians killed in Kharkiv area after heavy Russian shelling

09:18 AM

Struggle with Russia in Severodonetsk ‘hell’ – Kyiv

Ukraine has stated that the jap industrial metropolis of Severodonetsk was “hell” as Russian forces moved to encircle two key cities within the Donbas the place Moscow has concentrated its army efforts.

“For 4 months all our positions have been underneath fireplace from the whole lot – and I simply need to emphasis this – from all of the weapons that the Russian military has,” the Luhansk regional governor Sergiy Gaiday stated in an announcement on social media.

“It is simply hell on the market,” he added, referring to Severodonetsk. “Our boys are holding their positions and can proceed to carry on so long as mandatory,” he added.

08:57 AM

Ukrainians use American weapons to fireside at Russians

Ukraine war: Russia lays down curtain of fire - TYLER HICKS /NYTNS / Redux / eyevine 

Ukraine warfare: Russia lays down curtain of fireplace – TYLER HICKS /NYTNS / Redux / eyevine

Ukraine war: Russia lays down curtain of fire - TYLER HICKS /NYTNS / Redux / eyevine 

Ukraine warfare: Russia lays down curtain of fireplace – TYLER HICKS /NYTNS / Redux / eyevine

08:29 AM

Sergei Lavrov heads to Iran for talks

Russian International Minister Sergei Lavrov was due in Iran Wednesday for talks on boosting commerce and power cooperation as the 2 nations grapple with Western financial sanctions.

Tehran and Moscow each have big oil and fuel reserves however are constrained by sanctions that restrict their capability to export their output.

“Lavrov will meet our international minister (Hossein Amir-Abdollahian) tomorrow (Thursday),” Iran’s official IRNA information company stated.

Russia was slapped with sanctions following its February invasion of neighbouring Ukraine, whereas Iran’s economic system has been reeling underneath biting sanctions reimposed by the US in 2018, following Washington’s withdrawal from a nuclear accord between Tehran and main powers.

08:18 AM

The second a Russian journalist auctions his Nobel Peace Prize for £84m to assist Ukrainian refugees

08:04 AM

Ukraine continues to combat for Severedontesk, in photos

Ukraine war: Russia lays down curtain of fire - OLEKSANDR RATUSHNIAK/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock /Shutterstock 

Ukraine warfare: Russia lays down curtain of fireplace – OLEKSANDR RATUSHNIAK/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock /Shutterstock

Ukraine war: Russia lays down curtain of fire - STRINGER/REUTERS

Ukraine warfare: Russia lays down curtain of fireplace – STRINGER/REUTERS

Ukraine war: Russia lays down curtain of fire - STRINGER/REUTERS

Ukraine warfare: Russia lays down curtain of fireplace – STRINGER/REUTERS

Ukraine war: Russia lays down curtain of fire - OLEKSANDR RATUSHNIAK/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock /Shutterstock 

Ukraine warfare: Russia lays down curtain of fireplace – OLEKSANDR RATUSHNIAK/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock /Shutterstock

07:52 AM

Indonesian president to go to Kyiv, Moscow this month

Indonesian President and G20 chair Joko Widodo will go to the leaders of Ukraine and Russia this month to debate the financial and humanitarian fallout of Moscow’s invasion, his international minister stated on Wednesday.

The G20 summit – which might be held on the Indonesian island of Bali in November – has been shrouded in controversy due to Jakarta’s choice to ask Russia regardless of alleged warfare crimes in Ukraine.

Indonesia holds the rotating presidency of the G20 this yr, and has come underneath strain from some Western nations, led by america, to exclude Russia from the assembly.

International Minister Retno Marsudi stated Mr Widodo would go to Kyiv and Moscow after representing Indonesia as a visitor nation on the G7 summit in Germany on June 26 and 27, changing into the primary Asian chief to journey to each nations since combating started.

“Within the go to to Kyiv and Moscow, the president will meet with President (Volodymyr) Zelensky and President (Vladimir) Putin,” Mr Marsudi stated in an internet briefing on Wednesday.

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06:59 AM

Britain says casualty fee nears 55pc amongst forces of Donetsk Republic

Casualties have amounted to about 55 per cent of the unique energy of the forces of the self-proclaimed Donetsk Individuals’s Republic (DPR), considered one of Russia’s proxies in jap Ukraine, Britain stated on Wednesday.

Figures printed by the DPR confirmed that by June 16, 2,128 army personnel had been killed in motion, with 8,897 wounded for the reason that starting of 2022, the defence ministry stated in a each day Twitter replace.

Russian authorities haven’t launched the tally of army casualties in Ukraine since 25 March, it added.

05:41 AM

Key Ukrainian metropolis underneath ‘huge’ Russian bombardment

Ukrainian forces are dealing with “huge” and relentless artillery assaults in a battleground jap metropolis, Kyiv warned, as Russian troops gained floor all through the Donbas area.

Moscow’s troops have been pummelling jap Ukraine for weeks and are slowly advancing, regardless of fierce resistance from the outgunned Ukrainian army.

With President Vladimir Putin’s forces tightening their grip on the strategically essential metropolis of Severodonetsk within the Donbas, its twin metropolis of Lysychansk is now coming underneath heavier bombardment.

“The Russian military is massively shelling Lysychansk,” Sergiy Gaiday, governor of the Lugansk area, which incorporates each cities, wrote on Telegram.

“They’re simply destroying the whole lot there… They destroyed buildings and sadly there are casualties.”

04:33 AM

Howitzers arrive in Ukraine, first in pledged weapons bundle from Germany

German self-propelled howitzers have arrived in Ukraine within the first supply of heavy weapons promised by Berlin, Ukraine’s defence minister stated on Tuesday.

Ukraine has pleaded with the West to ship extra and higher artillery because the nation runs out of ammunition for its present Soviet-era arsenal, which is dwarfed by Russia’s.

“We’ve got replenishment!…The German Panzerhaubitze 2000 with skilled Ukrainian crews joined the Ukrainian artillery household,” Ukraine’s Defence Minister Oleksii Reznikov stated on social media.

03:47 AM

EU to welcome Ukraine candidacy on Thursday

In a symbolic choice, Ukraine is about to turn into an official candidate for European Union membership on Thursday, EU diplomats stated.

Russia’s failure to make a serious breakthrough to date since invading Ukraine means time is on the aspect of Ukrainians, based on some army analysts.

“It is a heavyweight boxing match. In 2 months of combating, there has not but been a knockout blow. It should come, as RU forces turn into extra depleted,” retired US Lieutenant Common Mark Hertling, a former commander of US floor forces in Europe, wrote on Twitter.

03:31 AM

Italy’s authorities hit after 5 Star get together cut up over warfare

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s coalition authorities was rocked by recent turmoil on Tuesday after the most important get together in parliament cut up, with the international minister beginning a breakaway group.

Luigi Di Maio stated his choice to depart the 5 Star Motion (M5S) – the get together he as soon as led – was because of its “ambiguity” over Italy’s assist of Ukraine following Russia’s invasion.

But it surely follows months of inner tensions within the get together, which has misplaced many of the assist that propelled it to energy in 2018 and dangers being virtually worn out in nationwide elections due subsequent yr.

As many as 60 former 5 Star lawmakers have already signed as much as Mr Di Maio’s new group, “Collectively for the Future”, media experiences stated.

03:21 AM

Newest pictures of the warfare in Ukraine as combating continues within the east

Housing and Communal College building damaged in a recent shelling in Kharkiv, - SERGEY KOZLOV/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock 

Housing and Communal Faculty constructing broken in a latest shelling in Kharkiv, – SERGEY KOZLOV/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

Mandatory Credit: Photo by ORLANDO BARRIA/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock (12994967c) View of a destroyed building in the center of Kharkiv, Ukraine, 21 June 2022. On 24 February Russian troops entered Ukrainian territory starting a conflict that has provoked destruction and a humanitarian crisis. Daily life in Kharkiv, Ukraine - 21 Jun 2022  - ORLANDO BARRIA/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock 

Necessary Credit score: Picture by ORLANDO BARRIA/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock (12994967c) View of a destroyed constructing within the middle of Kharkiv, Ukraine, 21 June 2022. On 24 February Russian troops entered Ukrainian territory beginning a battle that has provoked destruction and a humanitarian disaster. Each day life in Kharkiv, Ukraine – 21 Jun 2022 – ORLANDO BARRIA/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

Mandatory Credit: Photo by OLEKSANDR RATUSHNIAK/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock (12994963p) Ukrainian servicemen go to a position in the city of Severodonetsk of Luhansk area, Ukraine, 19 June 2022 (issued 21 June 2022). The city of Severodonetsk and its surroundings witnessed heavy fighting for the last days. Ukrainian troops control a part of city include the Azot plant where 568 people, including 38 children, remain in the bomb shelters, the head of the Luhansk Regional State Administration Serhiy Haidai said on June 21. On 24 February Russian troops entered Ukrainian territory starting a conflict that has provoked destruction and a humanitarian crisis. Fights in Severodonetsk, Luhansk, Ukraine - 19 Jun 2022  - OLEKSANDR RATUSHNIAK/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock 

Necessary Credit score: Picture by OLEKSANDR RATUSHNIAK/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock (12994963p) Ukrainian servicemen go to a place within the metropolis of Severodonetsk of Luhansk space, Ukraine, 19 June 2022 (issued 21 June 2022). The town of Severodonetsk and its environment witnessed heavy combating for the final days. Ukrainian troops management part of metropolis embody the Azot plant the place 568 folks, together with 38 youngsters, stay within the bomb shelters, the top of the Luhansk Regional State Administration Serhiy Haidai stated on June 21. On 24 February Russian troops entered Ukrainian territory beginning a battle that has provoked destruction and a humanitarian disaster. Fights in Severodonetsk, Luhansk, Ukraine – 19 Jun 2022 – OLEKSANDR RATUSHNIAK/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

Mandatory Credit: Photo by OLEKSANDR RATUSHNIAK/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock (12994963h) A Ukrainian serviceman takes a cigarette proposed by a comrade on a position in the city of Severodonetsk of Luhansk area, Ukraine 19 June 2022 (issued 21 June 2022). The city of Severodonetsk and its surroundings witnessed heavy fighting for the last days. Ukrainian troops control a part of city include the Azot plant where 568 people, including 38 children, remain in the bomb shelters, the head of the Luhansk Regional State Administration Serhiy Haidai said on June 21. On 24 February Russian troops entered Ukrainian territory starting a conflict that has provoked destruction and a humanitarian crisis. Fights in Severodonetsk, Luhansk, Ukraine - 19 Jun 2022  - OLEKSANDR RATUSHNIAK/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock 

Necessary Credit score: Picture by OLEKSANDR RATUSHNIAK/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock (12994963h) A Ukrainian serviceman takes a cigarette proposed by a comrade on a place within the metropolis of Severodonetsk of Luhansk space, Ukraine 19 June 2022 (issued 21 June 2022). The town of Severodonetsk and its environment witnessed heavy combating for the final days. Ukrainian troops management part of metropolis embody the Azot plant the place 568 folks, together with 38 youngsters, stay within the bomb shelters, the top of the Luhansk Regional State Administration Serhiy Haidai stated on June 21. On 24 February Russian troops entered Ukrainian territory beginning a battle that has provoked destruction and a humanitarian disaster. Fights in Severodonetsk, Luhansk, Ukraine – 19 Jun 2022 – OLEKSANDR RATUSHNIAK/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

A Ukrainian service member pets a dog in the industrial area of the city of Sievierodonetsk, as Russia's attack on Ukraine continues, Ukraine June 20, 2022. Picture taken June 20, 2022. REUTERS/Oleksandr Ratushniak  - REUTERS/Oleksandr Ratushniak

A Ukrainian service member pets a canine within the industrial space of town of Sievierodonetsk, as Russia’s assault on Ukraine continues, Ukraine June 20, 2022. Image taken June 20, 2022. REUTERS/Oleksandr Ratushniak – REUTERS/Oleksandr Ratushniak

02:55 AM

Ukraine strengthening defences in Luhansk

Ukrainian and Russian forces remained entrenched in jap Ukrainian battlegrounds going into Wednesday, a day of commemoration in each nations to mark the anniversary of Hitler’s invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941.

Preventing within the months-long warfare has favoured Russia in latest weeks due to its big edge in artillery firepower, a reality Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky acknowledged in a late Tuesday night time handle.

“Due to tactical maneuvers the Ukrainian military is strengthening its defences within the Luhansk area,” he stated. “That’s actually the hardest spot. The occupiers are additionally urgent strongly within the path of Donetsk.”

“And simply as actively as we’re combating for a constructive choice by the European Union on Ukraine’s candidate standing, we’re additionally combating on daily basis for contemporary weaponry for our nation. We do not let up for a single day,” Mr Zelensky stated, urging these nations supporting his nation to hurry up arms deliveries.

01:10 AM

As we speak’s High Tales

  • Mariupol was once a thriving city of 400,000 folks mendacity on Ukraine’s southern coast, alongside the Sea of Azov. A predominantly working-class place, with Europe’s largest steelworks on the centre of its comparatively affluent economic system. Now, as an alternative, it’s a place of dying. Dying, right here, assaults the senses

  • Germany has “finally” delivered its first cargo of heavy weapons to Ukraine almost 5 months into the warfare with Russia, Kyiv stated on Tuesday

  • Ukrainian forces have launched a “huge” night-time mission to retake Snake Island, the Black Sea outpost captured by Russia at first of the warfare

  • Vladimir Putin warned that Russia would deploy its newest intercontinental ballistic missile, able to reaching Britain in three minutes, by the top of the yr