- NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg warns that the war in Ukraine could drag on for years and calls for the supply of more modern armaments to Ukrainian troops.
- Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky has revealed that he expects Russia to step up attacks on Ukraine while Kyiv awaits the European Union’s decision to grant it candidate status.
- Luhansk Governor Sergei Haidai says he is preparing for “the worst” as Russian forces step up their attack on eastern cities.
- Russia claims that its offensive against Severodonetsk continues successfully after it took control of Metolkine, a village on the eastern outskirts of the city.
- Moscow-backed separatists say some Ukrainian forces in Metolkin have surrendered, along with their commander, and are now testifying against their counterparts in Severodonetsk.
Here are all the latest updates:
Russian forces shell the Ukrainian border region Sumy: Governor
Russian forces fired several shots at a city in Ukraine’s Sumy border region on Sunday, damaging at least 10 private buildings, the regional governor said.
“They fired mortars at residential areas in the town of Sredina Buda. At least 10 private houses on civilian and farm buildings were damaged. A house was destroyed by fire, “Dmitry Zhivitsky told Telegram.
Later in the day, Zhivitsky said preliminary data showed no casualties, but that was still being clarified.
Russia assures Hungary to continue gas supplies: FM
Russia has promised to continue gas supplies to Hungary and that Moscow’s state energy giant Gazprom will fulfill its contractual obligations to the country, Budapest’s foreign minister said in an interview with public radio.
Peter Siarto said on Sunday that Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller and Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak had assured him of a phone call. The minister did not say when the phone call took place.
Under an agreement with Gazprom signed last year, Hungary receives 3.5 billion cubic meters (bcm) of gas a year through Bulgaria and Serbia under its long-term agreement with Russia and another 1 billion cubic meters of gas from Austria.
In response to Western sanctions imposed on Moscow following its invasion of Ukraine, Gazprom cut supplies to Danish Orsted and Shell Energy for its gas supply contract. Germany. It also cut supplies to Dutch gas trader GasTerra along with Bulgaria, Poland and Finland for refusing to make payments for Russian gas in rubles under a new ruble scheme.
Senior EU Human Rights Officer on a fact-finding mission to Ukraine
A senior European Union human rights envoy said war crimes committed in Ukraine would be thoroughly investigated.
“When we talk about war crimes, we are not just talking about those who committed the crime […] Of course, they are responsible. But we are also talking about those in the chain of command, if necessary right up to the top, “said Eamon Gilmore, the EU’s special envoy for human rights.
Gilmore spoke after touring destroyed buildings and wrecked cars in Irpin, a city near Kyiv that became the scene of heavy fighting at the start of the invasion.
The tour in Irpen was intended to highlight what Ukraine and its supporters say are large-scale atrocities committed by Russian troops, which Scholz described as a scene of “unimaginable cruelty” and “senseless violence”.
The Prime Minister of Japan is planning a meeting with South Korea, Australia, New Zealand to oppose China: Reports
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is considering a summit with the leaders of South Korea, Australia and New Zealand on the sidelines of a NATO summit in June in a show of solidarity against a more assertive China, Yomiuri reported.
The leaders of the four Asia-Pacific countries were invited to the NATO summit in Madrid, where members seek to convey a message of international solidarity on the crisis in Ukraine.
Surrendered Ukrainian fighters testifying against colleagues: Russian-backed fighters
Ukrainian fighters who surrendered to Russian-backed troops in the village of Metelkin, which Moscow claims its forces now control, testified against colleagues hiding in a chemical plant in the eastern city of Severodonetsk, Russia’s state news agency TASS reported.
Fighters from the self-proclaimed Russian-backed Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) said on Sunday that soldiers from the Ukraine-based Aidar Battalion in Luhansk surrendered to the LPR on June 18th during Russia’s takeover of Metelkin on the outskirts of Severodonetsk, according to russian news agencies. The extremists did not say how many of the Ukrainian troops had surrendered, but said the unit commander was among them.
Tass on Monday quoted a source close to the LPR as saying that Russian-backed separatists were now using information provided by the Aidar battalion in talks with Ukrainian troops at the Azot chemical plant.
Hundreds of civilians and some Ukrainian forces have taken refuge in the Severodonetsk plant, which the Luhansk governor says is guarded daily by Russian forces.
Gennady Burbulis, a senior aide and employee of Yeltsin, has died at the age of 76
Gennady Burbulis, a top aide to former Russian President Boris Yeltsin who helped prepare and sign the 1991 pact that led to the official collapse of the Soviet Union, has died. He was 76 years old.
As Secretary of State and First Deputy Prime Minister from 1991-1992, Burbulis played an important role in governing the new, post-Soviet Russian state.
With Yeltsin, he signed for Russia the agreement reached on December 8, 1991 with the leaders of Ukraine and Belarus to dissolve the Soviet Union. The pact was signed in Belovezhskaya Gora, in today’s Belarus.
Burbulis is the third key player in the deal to die in recent weeks. Former Ukrainian President Leonid Kravchuk and former Belarusian President Stanislav Shushkevich died in May.
Ukraine is investigating Russian soldiers for sexual violence
Ukraine’s deputy chief prosecutor said Kyiv had launched 19 criminal proceedings against Russian soldiers for raping at least 14 women in the temporarily occupied territories.
“Every culprit must be punished,” Gunduz Mammadov tweeted.
UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Ukraine Osnat Lubrani on Saturday said that the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has investigated cases of sexual violence against women and men in Ukraine.
“Due to active hostilities, mass internal displacement, the stigma associated with sexual violence and the breakdown of referral routes, survivors are often unable or unwilling to report to law enforcement or service providers,” Lubrani said.
1/2 Today is @UN International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict. Sexual violence is still used as a method of warfare. 19 criminal proceedings have already been instituted for the rape of at least 14 women in the OTTOT, due to aggression.
– Gunduz Mamedov / Gunduz Mamedov (@MamedovGyunduz) June 19, 2022
UK, NATO warn of long war in Ukraine as Zelensky visits front lines
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg have warned Western allies to prepare for the long journey to Ukraine.
Separate warnings from Johnson and Stoltenberg came on Saturday when Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky visited the front lines in the southern regions of Nikolaev and Odessa, where he said Ukrainians would “definitely win” against invading Russian troops.
Johnson, writing in The Sunday Times, called for continued support for Ukraine, saying foreign supporters of the country must keep their nerves to ensure that it has “the strategic resilience to survive and ultimately prevail.” .
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The EU is seeking to release Ukrainian grain blocked by Russia’s naval blockade
EU foreign ministers will discuss ways to release millions of tonnes of grain stuck in Ukraine due to Russia’s blockade of the Black Sea port at a meeting in Luxembourg on Monday.
The EU supports UN efforts to mediate in a deal to resume maritime exports from Ukraine in exchange for facilitating Russia’s food and fertilizer exports, but this will need a green light from Moscow.
Turkey has good relations with both Kyiv and Moscow, and said it is ready to take on a role in the Istanbul-based “monitoring mechanism” if there is a deal. It is unclear whether the EU will be involved in the military provision of such a deal.
“Whether there will be a need to escort these merchant ships in the future is a question mark, and I don’t think we’re still there,” an EU official told Reuters.
Russia is advancing in the battle for the key city in eastern Ukraine
Russia said his strength captured a village near the Ukrainian industrial city of Severodonetsk, a major target in Moscow’s campaign for control of the country to the east.
The defense ministry said Sunday it had won Metolkin, a village of less than 800 before the war. Russia’s state news agency TASS reported that many Ukrainian fighters had surrendered there.
Moscow said on Sunday that its offensive to win over Severdonetsk was successful.
Luhansk Governor Sergei Haidai told Ukrainian television that the fighting made evacuation from the city impossible, but that “all Russian claims that they control the city are lies. “They control most of the city, but not the whole city.”
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Zelensky expects Russia to step up attacks on Ukraine
Zelensky said he expects Russia to step up attacks on Ukraine while Kyiv awaits the EU’s decision to grant it candidate status.
“Obviously this week we should expect Russia to intensify its hostile activities, as an example,” Zelensky said in an evening video address.
“And not only against Ukraine, but also against other European countries. We are preparing. We’re ready. “
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