When the Russia-Ukraine war enters its 115th day, we look at the main events.
Here are the main events so far on Saturday, June 18.
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- Russia has heavily shelled the eastern city of Lisichansk, killing several people and making a key highway out of the city impassable, according to Luhansk Governor Sergei Haidai.
- According to them, the Russian media broadcast photos of two American citizens captured during the battles for Ukraine. US President Joe Biden said he had been informed about the missing Americans, but did not know where they were.
- Ukraine says its forces hit a Russian naval tug with two Harpoon missiles in the Black Sea, the first time it claimed to have hit a Russian ship with anti-ship weapons delivered from the West.
- Russia has released a Ukrainian medic whose staff was smuggled out of Mariupol by an Associated Press team, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky said.
- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson offered military training to Ukrainian forces while meeting with Zelensky in Kyiv on his second visit to Ukraine since the beginning of war.
- Russian President Vladimir Putin we blame The West of colonial arrogance and an attempt to crush its country with “stupid” sanctions that amounted to an economic blitzkrieg.
- Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba called on the West not to “offer peaceful initiatives on unacceptable terms”, apparently referring to French President Macron’s remarks that the diplomatic decision calls for Russia not to be humiliated.
- The US plan to sell four large drones to Ukraine has been halted for fear that its sophisticated surveillance equipment could fall into enemy hands, two sources told Reuters.
- Lithuania has told Russia in the Kaliningrad region that it will block the import and export of a large number of goods by rail due to Western sanctions, the regional governor said.
- Italy may declare an increased state of readiness for gas next week if Russia continues to cut supplies, two government sources said after energy company Eni reported a shortage of flows from Moscow for a third day.
- Gas flows from Germany to France have stalled since what German authorities called Russia, a politically motivated decision to cut supplies to the EU.
- A senior US Treasury Department official has warned bankers of increased cyber threats as a result of the Russian invasion and stressed the ministry’s commitment to sharing real-time intelligence.