Russia and Ukraine conflict

Russia and Ukraine conflict
The war between Russia and Ukraine began on Feb. 2022, following a number of escalating events arising mostly from US and by western powers intimidating Russia, especially NATO’s expansion to Ukraine.  
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Fighting

  • Ukraine’s energy ministry has said that overnight Russian drones and missiles have attacked the country’s energy transmission systems in southern and western Ukraine. Two energy workers have been injured as a result of these attacks on Zaporizhia Oblast.
  • Ukraine has said it was dispatching reinforcements to an embattled strategic hilltop town of Chasiv Yar in the eastern Donetsk region, a vital flashpoint whose capture could accelerate Russian advances deeper in the industrial territory.
  • The Ukrainian military has launched a wave of drones that struck three oil refineries inside southern Russia overnight, a security official said on Friday. Russian regional authorities in the Krasnodar region said four people were injured, including oil refinery workers, as a result of drone strikes.

Politics and diplomacy

  • Reform UK leader Nigel Farage has been criticised for telling the BBC in an interview that the European Union and NATO’s eastward expansion “provoked” Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
  • Japan has unveiled trade restrictions against firms in China, India, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan over their alleged support for Russia’s war on Ukraine.
  • The European Union has agreed to start membership negotiations with embattled Ukraine and Moldova next week. Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called the talks an “historic step”.
  • Ukraine believes a second summit to consider its proposals for peace with Russia could be hosted by a country in the Global South, a senior official told the Interfax-Ukraine news agency on Friday.
  • German prosecutors have arrested three men – a Russian, a Ukrainian and an Armenian – on suspicion of spying for a foreign intelligence service. According to Germany’s Der Spiegel weekly, the suspects were acting on behalf of Russia.

Weapons

  • The White House has announced that it will rush delivery of “hundreds” of Patriot interceptor missiles to Ukraine by redirecting planned shipments to other allied nations as the United States scrambles to counter increased Russian attacks on Ukrainian energy infrastructure.
  • The Pentagon has given Ukraine approval to use US-supplied missiles to strike targets inside Russia across more than just the front lines near northeastern Ukraine’s Kharkiv region if acting in self-defence.

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Fighting

  • Russian guided bombs shattered an apartment building in Ukraine’s Kharkiv on Saturday, killing three people and injuring 52, Ukrainian officials said.
  • Two people were injured and scores of residential and other buildings damaged in a Russian missile attack on the Kyiv region overnight, Ukraine’s authorities said.
  • Ukraine launched at least 30 drones overnight, targeting Russia’s western region of Bryansk with no reported damage, Russian officials said.
  • Russia’s air defence systems destroyed a number of drones over the Smolensk region, said Vasily Anokhin, governor of the region in Russia’s west.
  • Russian-installed officials said Ukrainian attack drones also struck Enerhodar, a town near the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, wounding one person.

Politics and diplomacy

  • Russia’s Sports Minister Mikhail Degtyarev reportedly said his country’s athletes – mostly barred from the Paris Olympics – will soon take part in more competitions since international fixtures suffer from their absence, according to the Interfax news agency.
  • British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said a claim by far-right leader Nigel Farage that the West “provoked” Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was “completely wrong and only plays into [Vladimir] Putin’s hands”.
  • Moscow may change the timing for use of its nuclear weapons if threats against Russia increase, the RIA state news agency reported, quoting Andrei Kartapolov, the head of the Russian lower house’s defence committee, as saying.

Weapons

  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has said Russia deployed more than 2,400 guided bombs on Ukraine in June, with about 700 used on Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city.
  • Zelenskyy has also called on Ukraine’s Western allies to deliver promised military aid packages “without delay so that the agreements we reached with [US] President Biden can be realised”.

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Fighting

  • Four people were killed and more than 100 injured in a Ukrainian attack on the Russian-annexed city of Sevastopol on the Crimean Peninsula. The Russian Ministry of Defence said that air defences shot down four of the five Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) long-range missiles used in the attack, while the fifth exploded in midair. Russian-appointed officials said fragments fell on a beach to the north of the city where people were enjoying a day out. It claimed, without evidence, that the United States bore responsibility for the attack. Neither the US nor Ukraine have commented. Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014. The peninsula is internationally recognised as part of Ukraine.
  • At least one person was killed and 11 injured after Russia launched an apparent glide bomb attack on the northeastern city of Kharkiv, regional governor Oleh Syniehubov said. Mayor Ihor Terekhov said that about half of Kharkiv was without electricity because of the attack.
  • At least two people were injured and dozens of residential and other buildings were damaged in a Russian missile attack on the Kyiv region, according to Ruslan Kravchenko, the head of the region’s state administration. Kyiv, its surrounding region and several other areas across Ukraine were under air raid alerts for about an hour on Sunday morning, starting at 4.50am local time (01:50 GMT).
  • Ukraine’s energy operator, Ukrenergo, said that rolling electricity blackouts would be imposed nationwide throughout Monday because of increased Russian attacks on power stations.
  • The Ukrainian Navy released photos that it said confirmed the destruction of a warehouse that Russia was using to launch and store Iranian-designed Shahed drones. Navy officials said training instructors and cadets were killed in the attack on Friday night in Russia’s southern Krasnodar region. Moscow has not commented on the reports, although officials said air defences shot down several drones in the region overnight on Friday.

Weapons

  • Serbia has sold hundreds of millions of dollars of ammunition to Western countries, which has probably helped Ukraine’s fight against Russia, Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic told the United Kingdom’s Financial Times in an interview.
  • Pak Jong Chon, one of North Korea’s top military officials, criticised the US over its expanding military support for Ukraine and said Russia had the “right to opt for any kind of retaliatory strike”, the state-run KCNA reported.

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Fighting

  • At least five people were killed and 41 injured, including four children, after a Russian missile attack on the eastern Ukrainian city of Pokrovsk, according to Donetsk regional Governor Vadym Filashkin. About 61,000 people lived in Pokrovsk, which is about 24km (15 miles) from the front line, before Russia began its full-scale invasion of Ukraine.
  • Two people were killed in the northeastern region of Kharkiv when their car hit a Russian antitank mine near the border village of Lyptsi.
  • One man was killed in the southern Kherson region, which is partially occupied by Russian forces, after a Russian-guided aerial bomb attack.
  • Four people were injured after a Russian cruise missile hit a warehouse in the southern port city of Odesa, sparking a fire that spread across 3,000 square metres (3,590 square yards), Odesa Governor Oleh Kiper said.
  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy fired Lieutenant General Yuriy Sodol as the commander of the Joint Forces of Ukraine’s Armed Forces after he was accused of incompetence and abuse of power, replacing him with Brigadier General Andriy Hnatov.
  • The Ukrainian military said it registered 715 cases of the use of ammunitions containing “hazardous chemical compounds” by Russian forces in May.

Politics and diplomacy

  • The Kremlin warned the United States of “consequences” and summoned its ambassador after a Ukrainian attack on Moscow-annexed Crimea killed four people. Russia said the attack was carried out with US-supplied ATACMS long-range missiles and claimed Washington bore responsibility.
  • In response to the Russian claims, US State Department spokesman Matthew Miller said the United States regretted any civilian loss of life and that Russia was to blame for the war. “We provide weapons to Ukraine so it can defend its sovereign territory against armed aggression — that includes in Crimea which, of course, is part of Ukraine,” Miller told reporters. Pentagon spokesman Major General Pat Ryder said that Ukrainians “make their own decisions”.
  • Zelenskyy told Colonel Oleksii Morozov, the new chief of Ukraine’s state guard, to clear its ranks of people discrediting the service after two of its officers were accused of plotting with Russia to assassinate senior officials. The guard provides security for various government officials.
  • Polish President Andrzej Duda said during a visit to Beijing that he hoped China would “support efforts to strive for a peaceful end to the war waged by Russia in Ukraine,” that respects international law and Ukraine’s territorial integrity.
  • The US said it would help print 3 million new textbooks for Ukrainian primary schools, after a Russian strike destroyed the Faktur-Druk printing house in Kharkiv in May.
  • The European Union imposed sanctions on 61 more companies, including 19 in China, for allegedly providing “dual-use goods and technology”, which could be used by Russia’s defence and security firms to advance its invasion of Ukraine. Others targeted included companies from Russia, Turkey, Kyrgyzstan, India, Kazakhstan and the United Arab Emirates.
  • The EU was due to open membership talks with Ukraine on Tuesday at a ceremony in Luxembourg.

Weapons

  • The US is expected to announce on Tuesday that it will send an additional $150m in critically-needed munitions to Ukraine. The shipment is expected to include munitions for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS), anti-armour weapons, small arms and grenades and 155 mm and 105 mm artillery rounds, two US officials told the Associated Press news agency.

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Fighting

  • One woman was killed, four people injured and dozens of buildings damaged in multiple Ukrainian drone attacks on Russia’s southern Belgorod region, according to Vyacheslav Gladkov, the governor of the area bordering Ukraine.
  • Vadym Filashkin, the governor of Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk region, ordered the evacuation of children and their parents or guardians from several front-line towns and villages because of advancing Russian forces. Filashkin has been urging civilians to leave over recent weeks amid an increase in deadly Russian bombardments.
  • The Institute for the Study of War, a Washington, DC-based think tank, said Russian forces were attempting “to make tactically and operationally significant gains” before long-awaited supplies of Western weaponry arrived on the front lines.
  • Russia launched 42 glide bombs on the northeastern Kharkiv region over a 24-hour period, according to local authorities. No injuries were reported.
  • Ukraine said it had hit an ammunition depot in the Olkhovatsky district of Russia’s Voronezh region about 50km (30 miles) from the border with Ukraine. Voronezh Governor Alexander Gusev reported a fire at the site but no casualties.

Politics and diplomacy

  • The International Criminal Court (ICC) issued arrest warrants for Russia’s former Minister of Defence Sergei Shoigu and army chief General Valery Gerasimov for attacks targeting Ukraine’s energy infrastructure.
  • The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) found Russia guilty of systematic violations of human rights in the Crimean Peninsula, which it invaded and seized in 2014.
  • Russia and Ukraine each handed back 90 prisoners of war, with the United Arab Emirates acting as an intermediary in the exchange.
  • Defence chiefs from the United States and Russia spoke by telephone for the first time in more than a year. The Pentagon said US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Russian Defence Minister Andrei Belousov discussed the importance of open lines of communication. Russia’s Ministry of Defence said Belousov warned Austin of the dangers of the US continuing to supply arms to Ukraine.
  • Russia said it was banning access inside Russia to 81 different media outlets from the European Union, including the AFP news agency, digital outlet Politico and Ireland’s RTE in retaliation for an EU ban on several Russian media outlets. Moscow accused the organisations of “systematically distributing inaccurate information” about the war in Ukraine.
  • The EU opened membership talks with Ukraine. Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal, addressing the meeting in Luxembourg by video link, said the start of the talks was a historic moment. “For our nation, the European Union signifies much more than a physical space,” he said. “It represents values and home.”
  • Two key advisers to presumptive US Republican nominee Donald Trump have presented him with a plan to end Russia’s war in Ukraine – if he wins the November 5 presidential election – which involves telling Ukraine it will only get more US weapons if it enters peace talks. Washington would at the same time warn Moscow that any refusal to negotiate would result in increased US support for Ukraine, retired Lieutenant General Keith Kellogg, one of Trump’s national security advisers, told the Reuters news agency in an interview.

Weapons

  • Ukraine’s Air Force commander said Kyiv had brought down 1,953 Shahed drones out of 2,277 launched by Russia this year.
  • Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala said the first shipment of ammunition under a Prague-led initiative to buy ammunition with funding from NATO allies had arrived in Ukraine “some time ago”. The Czechs said in May that the first 50,000 to 100,000 artillery shells would arrive in June.

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Fighting

  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy visited soldiers defending the eastern front line region of Donetsk and introduced Brigadier-General Andriy Hnatov, the new joint forces commander. Hnatov’s main tasks include “preserving as many fighters’ lives as possible” while pushing back invading Russian forces, Zelenskyy said in a video. The clip was recorded in front of the sign for Pokrovsk, where five people were killed and dozens injured in Russian attacks earlier this week.
  • Five Lithuanians were injured when their vehicle came under fire while they were delivering aid to troops in Pokrovsk, officials and team members said. “All five of us are in hospital,” Sigitas Maliauskas, one of the Lithuanians told the AFP news agency via Facebook. One of the volunteers had a leg amputated, a colleague said.
  • Oleh Syniehubov, governor of the northeastern Kharkiv region, said the situation in the border town of Vovchansk was “volatile” amid intense fighting with invading Russian forces. He said several dozen Russian soldiers were blocked inside an industrial facility in the town, and that Moscow was also using aircraft to attack Vovchansk, which is about 5km (three miles) from the border.
  • A Russian missile attack struck Ukraine’s southern city of Odesa, damaging an administrative building, regional governor Oleh Kiper said. No casualties were reported.

Politics and diplomacy

  • Wall Street Journal correspondent  Evan Gershkovich went on trial behind closed doors in Russia on charges of espionage. Gershkovich, a US national, appeared in a glass-walled dock with his head shaved. He and the Journal have strenuously denied the allegations. The United States has designated the reporter as “wrongfully detained”. The next hearing will take place on August 13.
  • Russia said it had ordered Carola Schneider, the chief Moscow correspondent for Austrian broadcaster ORF, to leave the country in what it said was a “forced retaliatory move” after Vienna’s decision to revoke the accreditation of state news agency TASS’s chief correspondent in Austria.
  • The European Union announced sanctions against Belarus “to close the biggest loophole of our sanctions regime” against Russia, the EU presidency said in a statement. The bloc this week adopted its 14th package of sanctions against Russia over its full-scale invasion of Ukraine.
  • The US Justice Department said it charged 22-year-old Russian Amin Timovich Stigal with conspiring to hack and destroy computer systems and data in Ukraine and allied countries, including the US, and announced a $10m reward for information on his whereabouts.
  • NATO selected Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte as the organisation’s next secretary-general taking over from Jens Stoltenberg. Rutte, who is a staunch supporter of Ukraine, will start his new role on October 1.
  • Russian pranksters who use the aliases “Vovan and Lexus”, released footage of a video call with British Foreign Secretary David Cameron after tricking him into thinking he was speaking to former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. The foreign ministry did not comment on the video’s authenticity but acknowledged earlier this month that the call had taken place. “Vovan and Lexus” are well known inside Russia for having duped a string of Western politicians over the years, including Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Weapons

  • The EU is expected to sign a security agreement with President Zelenskyy on Thursday. The agreement will lay out the EU’s commitment to help Ukraine in nine areas of security and defence policy – including arms deliveries, military training, defence industry cooperation and demining – according to a draft seen by the Reuters news agency.

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Fighting

  • Ukraine’s military said its forces had forced Russian soldiers out of a district in the strategically important town of Chasiv Yar on the war’s eastern front. Russia, meanwhile, said its forces had destroyed a communications tower near the town and made further headway.
  • The head of Russia’s Investigative Committee, Alexander Bastrykin, said the country had sent about 10,000 naturalised citizens to fight in Ukraine, and that it was cracking down on those who had received Russian citizenship but were not registering with military authorities.
  • Russia’s Ministry of Defence said it launched missile attacks on Ukrainian airfields, which it believes have been designated to host Western military aircraft. It said the attacks were successful but did not provide any details.

Politics and diplomacy

  • Ukraine and the European Union signed a security pact to ensure long-term support to Kyiv, as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called on the EU’s leaders to live up to their promises to provide military equipment including air defence systems.
  • Lithuania and Estonia also signed security agreements with Ukraine.
  • Jordan Bardella, who could become French prime minister if the far-right National Rally (RN) wins the election for the national assembly, said in a debate that he would “not let Russian imperialism absorb an allied state like Ukraine”. Bardella also said he was against sending longer-range missiles to Ukraine that could hit Russian territory “and place France and the French in a situation of co-belligerence”. The RN is currently tipped to win the polls, which take place on June 30 and July 7.
  • Sri Lanka asked Russia to allow its former soldiers fighting for Russia against Ukraine to return home voluntarily, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement following two days of talks in Moscow. It also called for compensation for 17 Sri Lankans killed in the fighting.
  • A Russian court in the annexed Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea sentenced a man in his early 30s to 12 years in prison after he was found guilty of “high treason” for filming Russian military sites to help Ukraine’s armed forces, Russian news agencies reported.
  • South Korea imposed sanctions on five companies and eight individuals it said were involved in illegal military transactions with North Korea.

Weapons

  • The Czech Republic called for more donors to join its initiative to supply ammunition to Ukraine, warning that more contributions were needed to meet its targets. Some 18 countries are currently involved in the plan, and Prague said earlier this week that the first shipment of ammunition – 155mm shells – bought under the initiative had reached Ukraine.

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Fighting

  • Ukrainian officials said a Russian missile strike has hit a nine-storey residential building in the central city of Dnipro, killing at least one person and injuring 12 others.
  • Russia’s Ministry of Defence said its forces have taken control of the settlement of Rozdolivka in eastern Ukraine.
  • Heavy fighting is raging in areas around Rozdolivka, according to Ukraine’s army, which added that Russian forces launched 19 attacks in a broad sector that included the settlement.
  • The Ukrainian Ministry of Defence said its military destroyed a Russian space communication centre in Russia-occupied Crimea in an attack this week.
  • A Ukrainian drone attack on a house in a Russian border region of Kursk has killed five people, including two children, according to local officials.

Diplomacy and politics

  • Russia will not be sending any participants to the 2024 Summer Olympic Games in Paris, France, after only four of its 17 judokas received permission from the International Olympic Committee to compete.
  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said 10 civilians have been returned to Ukraine from captivity in Russia and its ally Belarus.
  • Zelenskyy said he is drawing up a “comprehensive plan” for how Ukraine believes the war with Russia should end.
  • Russia has protested to Japan over its plans to hold joint military exercises with Germany and Spain on the island of Hokkaido and accused Prime Minister Fumio Kishida of placing his country “on a path to dangerous escalation”.
  • The Czech Republic will conclude negotiations with Ukraine on a bilateral security agreement and sign it before a NATO summit in Washington on July 9-11, according to Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala.

SOURCE: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2024/6/29/russia-ukraine-war-list-of-key-events-day-855

Fighting

  • Four employees of Russia’s Ministry of Civil Defence, Emergencies and Disaster Relief have been injured in Ukrainian shelling of the Donetsk region, the ministry said.
  • Russia’s air defence systems destroyed 36 drones launched by Ukraine overnight targeting several regions in the southwest, according to the Russian Ministry of Defence.
  • Fifteen drones were destroyed over the Kursk region, nine over the Lipetsk region, four each over the Voronezh and Bryansk regions and two each over the Oryol and Belgorod regions, the ministry said.
  • Separately, the Kursk governor said the Ukrainian forces shelled parts of the region through Saturday.
  • The Russian Defence Ministry also said its forces had taken control of the settlement of Shumy in eastern Ukraine, according to state media.
  • Moscow’s forces fired missiles at the town of Vilniansk, outside the southeastern Ukrainian city of Zaporizhzhia, killing seven people, including two children, and injuring 31 others, Ukrainian officials say.

Diplomacy and politics

  • A speech by Nigel Farage, the British right-wing leader, was interrupted when a banner of Russian President Vladimir Putin descended from the ceiling at an election rally.
  • Ukraine and Russia say priests were among the dozens of captured soldiers and civilians they had exchanged earlier this week.

Weapons

  • Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has called for “accelerated” Western arms deliveries after deadly Russian strikes, saying, “any delay in decisions in this war means the loss of human lives”.
  • Belarus says it has deployed additional air defence forces to its border with Ukraine to protect “critical infrastructure facilities” due to increased Ukrainian drone activity in the area.

SOURCE: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2024/6/30/russia-ukraine-war-list-of-key-events-day-856

Fighting

  • One employee was killed and nine people injured, including an eight-month-old baby, after Russian glide bombs struck near a postal warehouse operated by private company Nova Poshta in northeastern Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city. Regional Governor Oleh Syniehubov said rescue teams were combing the site for as many as nine people still thought to be trapped under burning wreckage.
  • The number of injured from a Russian attack on the town of Vilniansk in Ukraine’s southern Zaporizhia region rose to 36, as the region marked a day of mourning for the seven people killed.
  • Ukraine’s military released drone footage showing what appeared to be bodies in a civilian area of the eastern Donetsk town of Toretsk, which has seen heavy Russian bombardment in recent days prompting mass evacuations.
  • Russian-appointed officials in parts of Donetsk that Moscow occupies said that two children were injured in Ukrainian shelling, while Russia’s Emergencies Ministry said four of its staff had came under shelling as they attempted to put out a fire in the Kremlin-occupied local capital, also called Donetsk.
  • Russia’s Ministry of Defence said its forces had taken control of the villages of Spirne and Novooleksandrivka in Donetsk, and improved their position around the front line in the area. Ukraine’s General Staff said in its daily update on the battlefield situation that “heavy fighting” was taking place in the area around the villages, but did not report any losses.

Weapons

  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Russia had dropped more than 800 glide bombs in Ukraine in the past week, and appealed to Western countries to further relax restrictions on the use of weapons against military targets inside Russia. Glide bombs are heavy Soviet-era bombs fitted with precision guidance systems and launched from aircraft flying out of range of air defences.

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Fighting

  • Two women were killed and eight people injured in a Russian attack on the town of Ukrainsk in eastern Donetsk. Regional prosecutors said the attack with an Uragan multiple rocket launcher damaged an administrative building and several homes in the town with a pre-war population of 13,000 people. Regional Governor Vadym Filashkin repeated a call for civilians to leave the town.
  • Kyiv said it had evacuated 700 residents from Toretsk, a mining town near the front line in Donetsk, which is being targeted by Russia. Some 5,000 people remain in the town which had a population of about 30,000 people before Moscow launched its full-scale invasion in February 2022.
  • Seven people were injured and dozens of residential buildings damaged in a Russian ballistic missile attack on the Ukrainian city of Dnipro, said Serhiy Lysak, the governor of the Dnipropetrovsk region.
  • At least one person was killed and nine injured in Ukrainian attacks on Russia’s Belgorod, regional Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said. Officials said Ukrainian attacks on border regions also led to power cuts and water supply issues.
  • Russia’s Ministry of Defence claimed that its forces captured two more Ukrainian villages, Novopokrovske in the war-battered eastern Donetsk region, and Stepova Novoselivka in the northeastern Kharkiv region.
  • The General Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces, in its evening update, said its forces had repelled 17 attacks in the Kupiansk sector near Kharkiv, including at Stepova Novoselivka. It said fighting was also raging near Synkivka, further west. It identified the Pokrovsk front as the location of some of the fiercest fighting, saying 44 Russian assaults had been repelled there in the previous 24 hours, with 14 battles still raging.

Politics and diplomacy

  • A Russian military court sentenced popular Ukrainian YouTube blogger and journalist Dmitry Gordon to 14 years in prison for making public calls to kill Russian President Vladimir Putin. The 56-year-old has millions of followers on social media and was convicted in absentia.
  • A posthumous book by Victoria Amelina, the Ukrainian author killed a year ago in a Russian missile strike, will be published next February on the war’s third anniversary, her publisher said. Looking at Women Looking at War: A War and Justice Diary draws on Amelina’s interviews with 11 women who had been documenting war crimes since the Russian invasion and will include a foreword by Margaret Atwood.
  • Russia’s United Nations Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia dismissed claims made by former United States President Donald Trump that if he was again elected president, he could settle the war between Moscow and Kyiv in a day.
  • The United Kingdom’s Financial Times newspaper reported that Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban would make his first trip to Kyiv on Tuesday and meet Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Orban has been an outspoken critic of Western military aid to Ukraine. Hungary this month took on the presidency of the European Union Council, which rotates among the bloc’s 27 members every six months.

Weapons

  • The Netherlands said the necessary permits had been approved and the first of 24 promised F-16 fighter jets would arrive in Ukraine soon. Outgoing Minister of Defence Kajsa Ollongren declined to specify how many planes would be in the first delivery and when they would arrive in Ukraine for security reasons.

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Fighting

  • Russian attacks on the central Ukrainian city of Nikopol killed two women aged 61 and 86, and wounded nine other people, according to regional Governor Serhiy Lysak. The attacks damaged residential housing, educational facilities and a clinic in the city, which lies across the Dnipro River from the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant.
  • Russia said it destroyed five Ukrainian SU-27 fighter jets with Iskander-M missiles and damaged two more at the Myrhorod Air Base in Ukraine’s central Poltava region. The attack comes as Ukraine prepares for the arrival of long-awaited F-16 fighters.
  • Ukraine said there had been a strike at the Myrhorod Air Base but claimed Moscow was exaggerating the damage caused. Its Air Force commander, Mykola Oleschuk, said Ukraine’s military had also carried out a “destructive strike” on a Russian ammunition depot in the town of Balaklava in Moscow-occupied Crimea on Monday.
  • Russia’s Ministry of Defence said its air defence systems destroyed 11 drones that Ukraine launched at Russian territory and the occupied Crimean Peninsula in the early hours of Tuesday.
  • Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said his country will not allow any clashes on its border with Ukraine after its military beefed up air defences in the area due to increased Ukrainian drone activity there.

Politics and diplomacy

  • Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban made his first trip to Kyiv in more than a decade and urged Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to consider a ceasefire to accelerate an end to the war with Russia. Ukraine, however, said it saw its own approach as the path to peace.
  • Zelenskyy said he spoke to Orban about Ukraine’s steps to bring peace in conjunction with international partners, and that he invited the Hungarian prime minister to join Kyiv’s efforts.
  • The United States’s Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with the Ukraine president’s chief of staff, Andriy Yermak, in Washington, DC and held discussions on NATO members’ intention to bring Ukraine closer to the alliance, according to a US official. The talks came as Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin also pledged to “take steps to build a bridge to NATO membership for Ukraine” during the alliance’s summit in the US capital next week.
  • The governments of Germany and Poland presented a joint action plan in which they agreed to discuss boosting defence cooperation, including a stronger NATO presence on the alliance’s eastern border, and the coordination of Ukraine aid.
  • Lithuania’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it had made a diplomatic protest to Russia after a Russian civilian aircraft entered its airspace without permission. The Pobeda airline aircraft entered Lithuanian airspace over the Baltic Sea for a minute on Sunday evening, on its way from Moscow’s Vnukovo airport to Kaliningrad airport, the ministry said.
  • A spokesman for the Kremlin said Russia could not comment on former US President Donald Trump’s idea for ending the war in Ukraine because Moscow did not know what the plan involved.
  • In the Russian city of Rostov-on-Don, a court sentenced a 19-year-old man to 12 years in prison for allegedly donating money to Ukraine’s forces, according to Russian state media.

Military aid

  • The US will soon announce more than $2.3bn in new security assistance for Ukraine, Defense Secretary Austin said during a meeting with his Ukrainian counterpart at the Pentagon. Austin said the latest weapons package would include arms such as antitank weapons and air defence interceptors, and would allow accelerated procurement of national advanced surface-to-air missile systems (NASAMS) and Patriot air defence interceptors.
  • The Netherlands said it will supply Ukraine with the first of 24 promised F-16 fighter jets soon, but did not specify how many planes would be sent in the initial delivery and when they would arrive in Kyiv for security reasons.

SOURCE: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2024/7/3/russia-ukraine-war-list-of-key-events-day-859

Fighting

  • At least five people were killed and dozens injured in a Russian missile and drone attack on the southeastern Ukrainian city of Dnipro.
  • At least one person was killed and 14 injured in a series of Russian attacks that struck Ukraine’s northeastern Kharkiv region, including the regional capital of Kharkiv, the country’s second-largest city.
  • At least one person was killed and three injured in a Russian missile attack on Ukraine’s Poltava region. Regional governor Filip Pronin said one person was in critical condition.
  • The United Nations human rights office (OHCHR) said Russia’s use of air-dropped bombs led to more civilian casualties in Ukraine between March and May. OHCHR found that the Russian offensive in the Kharkiv region from May 10 to 31 killed 78 civilians and injured 305 more. Between March and May, at least 436 civilians were killed and 1,760 injured in Ukraine, according to the agency.
  • Moscow-appointed officials at the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine said a Ukrainian drone attack on a nearby electricity substation injured eight workers and left the plant’s dormitory town of Enerhodar without power and water.
  • Russia’s Ministry of Defence said its forces destroyed two Ukrainian sea drones targeting the Black Sea port of Novorossiysk, a key naval base and hub for oil shipments. No casualties or damage were reported.

Politics and diplomacy

  • A military court in Moscow jailed three brothers for treason for trying to cross into Ukraine to join a unit of Russians fighting on Kyiv’s side. Ioann Ashcheulov, 24, was sentenced to 17-and-a-half years while his brothers – Alexei, 20, and Timofey, 19 – were handed 17 years, Russian state media reported.
  • A court in Rostov-on-Don found a 19-year-old man guilty of treason for allegedly donating money to Kyiv’s military and sentenced him to 12 years in prison.
  • A court in Saint Petersburg more than doubled the sentence for activist and documentary filmmaker Vsevolod Korolev to seven years after he and the prosecutors appealed his original jail term of three years for criticising the Russian offensive against Ukraine on social media. Korolev has been in pre-trial detention since July 2022,
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping discussed Ukraine when they met on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in Astana, and agreed that peace talks on Ukraine without Russia’s presence were pointless.
  • Also meeting on the SCO sidelines, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told Putin that Ankara could help end the conflict, but Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Erdogan could not play the role of an intermediary. He did not say why.
  • The Netherlands’ new Prime Minister Dick Schoof assured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy during a phone call that his country’s support for Ukraine would remain “rock solid”.
  • Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said he discussed bilateral cooperation and exchanged views on “a number of regional and global threats posed by Russia, Iran and North Korea” with Israeli counterpart Israel Katz.

Weapons

  • The United States announced $150m in new military assistance for Ukraine. The package includes missiles for HAWK air defence systems, ammunition for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS), 155mm and 105mm artillery rounds, 81mm mortar rounds, TOW (Tube-launched, Optically tracked, Wire-guided) missiles, Javelin and AT-4 antiarmour systems, as well as a range of other small arms ammunition and equipment.
  • NATO allies agreed to fund military aid for Ukraine with 40 billion euros ($43bn) next year, two Western European diplomats told the Reuters news agency, a week before the alliance’s leaders are set to meet in Washington.
  • The Czech Ministry of Defence said that the country had donated equipment from its army storage, including aircraft and ammunition, worth 6.75 billion crowns ($288.42m) to Ukraine as of the end of May.

SOURCE: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2024/7/4/russia-ukraine-war-list-of-key-events-day-860

Fighting

  • Russian attacks killed two people and wounded 26 in Ukrainian regions stretching from the south to the east and northeast, Ukraine authorities said. A missile strike in the southern Odesa region killed a woman and injured seven people, while a second woman was killed and a man was injured in a strike in Kharkiv region’s village of Ruska Lozova.

  • A six-year-old girl has died in hospital after a drone attack on the town of Primorsko-Akhtarsk in Russia’s Krasnodar region, Veniamin Kondratyev, the regional governor, said. Earlier on Friday, he said six people were hospitalised after the attack.
  • Nine people, including four children, were wounded in a drone attack and shelling in the town of Novohrodivka in Ukraine’s front-line Donetsk region, according to Governor Vadym Filashkin.
  • Dnipropetrovsk Governor Serhiy Lysak said seven people were wounded in the southern town of Nikopol following a series of drone and artillery strikes by Russian forces. An injured woman also succumbed to her injuries sustained on Wednesday in the region’s main city, Dnipro. That attack had killed at least seven people.
  • Two civilians in the southern city of Kherson were wounded in a drone strike, according to the city government.
  • Ukraine’s army has announced that its forces have retreated from a neighbourhood on the outskirts of Chasiv Yar, a strategically important town in the eastern Donetsk region that has been reduced to rubble under a months-long Russian assault.

Politics and diplomacy

  • Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban is expected to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Friday, according to Radio Free Europe and The Financial Times. The Kremlin neither confirmed nor denied the visit. It would be the first time since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine that Putin and Orban have met inside Russia.

  • Earlier this week, Orban visited Kyiv and urged Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to consider a ceasefire to accelerate an end to the war with Russia. Hungary currently holds the rotating presidency of the European Union and a visit to Moscow would spark fury in the bloc.
  • Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on July 8-9 is set to make his first visit to Russia since the invasion of Ukraine, walking a fine line between maintaining a longstanding Moscow alliance while courting closer Western security ties. He last visited Russia in 2019 and hosted Putin in New Delhi in 2021.
  • A Russian military court has placed Colonel Artyom Gorodilov, commander of the country’s 83rd Guards Air Assault Brigade, in pre-trial detention for two months on charges of large-scale fraud, according to state news agency TASS. Gorodilov is the latest in a series of high-ranking Russian military officers and senior defence officials to be arrested on charges of corruption in recent months.

Weapons

  • Russia’s Ministry of Defence is carrying out drills involving mobile nuclear missile launchers, the Interfax news agency cited the ministry as saying. Yars missile launcher crews from two units are set to move over 100km (62 miles) and practise camouflage and deployment, it said, with more crews joining drills in the future.

  • The ministry also said that its forces destroyed 50 Ukrainian drones both in Russian territory and areas of Ukraine it had annexed. It said 14 drones were destroyed over Krasnodar, 26 over Zaporizhzhia, and 10 over Rostov.

SOURCE: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2024/7/5/russia-ukraine-war-list-of-key-events-day-861

Fighting

  • Multiple Russian attacks killed at least seven people and wounded more than two dozen others in the eastern Donetsk oblast of Ukraine, according to officials. Russia has centred its firepower on the industrial region that has been partially controlled by Kremlin-backed forces since 2014.
  • Two of the Russian strikes on the town of Selydove, which lies close to the front where Moscow’s forces are advancing, killed at least five people and injured eight, regional governor Vadym Filashkin said.
  • A 32-year-old woman was also killed and 20 others were wounded by Russian shelling in the town of Komar, damaging homes, shops and an administrative building, Filashkin said.
  • One person was killed in a Russian Smerch rocket attack on the town of Ukrainsk, rounding up the seven casualties in Russian strikes. One person was reported wounded in the same town.
  • Denis Pushilin, the Russia-installed official in the Donetsk region, said five people were killed in various Ukrainian attacks on territory that Russia controls.
  • Further north in the Donetsk region, Russian forces are pushing towards the hilltop settlement of Chasiv Yar. Images distributed by Ukrainian forces show rows of destroyed and smouldering Soviet-era housing blocks in the town.
  • Ukraine’s air defence says it shot down 24 of 27 Russian drones fired in an overnight attack on Saturday. It said the drones were downed over 12 regions across the country.

  • Russian drone attacks on the northern Ukrainian city of Sumy early on Saturday cut power to the local water system and knocked out the water supply. Ukraine’s public broadcaster Suspilne reported a series of explosions in the city northeast of the capital, Kyiv.

Politics and diplomacy

  • In Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin told visiting Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban that Ukraine must abandon four regions in the east and south – including Donetsk – if it wants peace.
  • Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico, who was shot in May, said he would have joined Orban on his controversial visit to Moscow if his health had permitted.
  • The United States has joined the European Union in criticising Orban’s trip to Russia. White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said the trip “will not advance the cause of peace and is counterproductive to promoting Ukraine’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence”.
  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy thanked Keir Starmer for pledging his government would continue to support Ukraine, in a phone call hours after the United Kingdom’s new prime minister took office. Britain has been one of Ukraine’s staunchest supporters since Russia’s full-scale invasion in February 2022.
  • Starmer told US President Joe Biden that British support for Ukraine’s war with Russia was “unwavering”, in a first call hours after he took charge.
  • NATO allies at their summit in Washington, DC, next week will unveil a “bridge to membership” plan for Ukraine and announce steps to bolster Kyiv’s air defences, a senior US official said.

  • Mihail Popsoi, the foreign minister of Moldova, a former Soviet Republic, said his government reserved the right to order further expulsions of Russian diplomats if Moscow engaged in new activities harmful to the country’s interests. Moldova’s relations with Russia have deteriorated as President Maia Sandu has denounced Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and led a drive to join the European Union.

SOURCE: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2024/7/6/russia-ukraine-war-list-of-key-events-day-862

Fighting

  • Russian shelling killed three civilians in Ukraine’s southern Kherson region, officials said. Prosecutors said two bodies were recovered from the rubble of a house that came under fire in a village near Beryslav. Meanwhile, the region’s governor, Oleksander Prokudin, said an artillery strike in the evening killed one person in a village south of Kherson.
  • Ukraine said its air defence systems destroyed all 13 drones that Russia launched. The air force said in a statement on the Telegram messaging app that Russia also launched two Iskander ballistic missiles, but it did not say what happened to the weapons.

  • Citing the Russian Ministry of Defence, state news agencies claimed that Iskander ballistic missiles destroyed two launchers for Patriot surface-to-air missile systems in Ukraine’s Odesa region.

  • The Russian Defence Ministry said seven drones were intercepted over the Belgorod region, which is subjected to near-daily Ukrainian attacks.

  • Alexei Smirnov, governor of Kursk, further north and west, also reported seven drones had been downed over the region. He said Ukrainian forces had shelled about 10 villages over the course of the day.
  • Meanwhile, the Ukrainian General Staff said Ukrainian and Russian forces clashed 45 times near Pokrovsk over the previous day. Hours later, the Russian Defence Ministry announced its troops had captured a village some 30km (19 miles) east of the city.
  • Russian strikes left some 100,000 households without power in northern Ukraine and cut off the water supply to a regional capital, Ukrainian authorities reported, while civilian casualties rose sharply in the country’s embattled east. The northern Sumy region, which borders Russia, was plunged into darkness after Russian strikes starting late on Friday damaged energy infrastructure, the Ukrainian Ministry of Energy said.

Weapons

  • Ukraine’s air force duped Russian troops into deploying missiles against sophisticated mock-up weapons and military equipment put in place to look like military targets, its commander Mykola Oleshchuk said. A video attached to his Telegram post, described as footage from a Russian reconnaissance drone, showed what Oleshchuk said were Russian Iskander missiles attacking the simulated weapons.

SOURCE: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2024/7/7/russia-ukraine-war-list-of-key-events-day-863

Fighting

  • Russia’s missiles rained down on Kyiv and other cities across Ukraine, damaging the country’s largest children’s hospital and killing at least 41 people. More than 150 people were wounded.
  • It was Russia’s heaviest bombardment of the Ukrainian capital in almost four months, hitting seven of the city’s 10 districts. Authorities in Kyiv said at least 27 people had died in the city, including three children.
  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy promised retaliation, writing on the Telegram app, “The Russian terrorists must answer for this.” He also called for Kyiv’s Western allies to respond firmly.
  • The Russian Ministry of Defence said its forces had carried out strikes on defence industry targets and aviation bases in Ukraine.
  • In Russia, a fire broke out at a power substation in the Rostov region after Ukraine launched “tens” of drones overnight, according to Vasily Golubev, governor of the southern border region with Ukraine.
  • Three Russian civilians were killed and several others wounded in the Belgorod border region when Ukrainian shells hit a village there, the governor said.
  • Ukraine’s navy chief Vice Admiral Oleksiy Neizhpapa told the Reuters news agency that the Russian navy’s Black Sea Fleet has been forced to rebase nearly all its combat-ready warships from occupied Crimea to other locations, and its main naval hub is becoming ineffectual because of attacks by Kyiv.

Politics and diplomacy

  • Diplomats said the United Nations Security Council would meet on Tuesday at the request of the United Kingdom, France, Ecuador, Slovenia and the United States.
  • US President Joe Biden said that Moscow’s deadly missile strikes in Ukraine, including on the children’s hospital in Kyiv, were “a horrific reminder of Russia’s brutality”. He added that Washington and its NATO allies would be announcing new measures at an upcoming leader’s summit to strengthen Ukraine’s air defences.
  • UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk deplored Russia’s attacks, saying: “Among the victims were Ukraine’s sickest children.”
  • Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban met Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing to discuss a potential Ukraine peace deal. The visit is part of what Orban described as a third leg of a “peace mission” that he has undertaken without the backing of the European Commission or Ukraine.

SOURCE: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2024/7/9/russia-ukraine-war-list-of-key-events-day-865

Fighting

  • Russia’s Ministry of Defence said its forces took control of Yasnobrodivka settlement in the Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine, but Kyiv acknowledged no such loss and identified the village as one of several where its forces were defending positions.
  • A United Nations rights mission said there was a “high likelihood” that Kyiv’s main children’s hospital took a direct hit from a Russian missile during a series of air strikes on Ukrainian cities on Monday. The air attacks killed 44 people across the country, including four children and two people at the Okhmatdyt children’s hospital in the capital.
  • A senior NATO official told reporters in Washington, DC, that Russia lacks the munitions and troops to start a major offensive in Ukraine and needs to secure significant ammunition supplies from other countries beyond what it already has. “What we see today are still very high Russian losses. Russia is attempting to take ground. We’ve seen Ukrainian defences improve significantly,” the official said.

Politics and diplomacy

  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy urged political leaders in the United States not to wait for the outcome of November’s presidential election to take action to repel Russia’s offensive against his country. “It is time to step out of the shadows, to make strong decisions … to act and not to wait for November or any other month,” he said speaking at the Ronald Reagan Institute in Washington, DC, on the eve of a NATO summit.
  • US President Joe Biden, meanwhile, welcomed NATO leaders to Washington, DC, by pledging to forcefully defend Ukraine against Russia’s invasion. Russian President Vladimir Putin “wants nothing less, nothing less, than Ukraine’s total subjugation … and to wipe Ukraine off the map”, he said in his welcome address. “Ukraine can and will stop Putin.”
  • NATO is also expected to announce details of Ukraine’s pathway to membership in the alliance during the summit. NATO, which is built around the foundational agreement that an attack on one member is an attack on all, has maintained it will not bring Ukraine into the fold until after the conflict with Russia ends.
  • In New York, meanwhile, members of the UN Security Council condemned Russia over the missile strike that destroyed part of Ukraine’s largest children’s hospital. Moscow’s envoy denied responsibility for the hospital attack, saying it was hit by a Ukrainian air defence rocket.
  • In the Russian capital, Moscow, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi told Putin that “war cannot solve problems” and urged “peace through dialogue”. The Indian leader added that the death of innocent children was painful and terrifying, delivering an implicit rebuke to Putin at a summit intended to underscore the deepening partnership between their two countries.
  • Indian Foreign Secretary Vinay Mohan Kwatra also said that Russia had pledged to begin discharging Indian nationals who had been “misled” into joining its military. New Delhi has been seeking the release of its nationals whose families say they were lured to Russia by the promise of “support jobs” in the army and were later forced into active combat in Ukraine.

Weapons

  • Biden and the leaders of Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Romania issued a joint statement announcing the delivery of four additional Patriot air defence systems and an additional SAMP-T system to protect Ukrainian cities, civilians and soldiers. They said in the coming months, the US and its allies intend to provide Ukraine with dozens of tactical air defence systems, including NASAMS, HAWKs, IRIS T-SLM, IRIS T-SLS and Gepard systems.
  • NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg meanwhile urged the West to keep sending weapons and ammunition to Ukraine whatever the costs, saying the outcome of the war with Russia “will shape global security for decades to come”.
  • Zelenskyy, in a social media post, made it clear that air defence remains his country’s key request, saying in a post on X: “We are fighting for more air defense systems for Ukraine, and I’m confident we will succeed. We are also striving to secure more aircraft, including F-16s. Additionally, we are pushing for enhanced security guarantees for Ukraine, including weapons, financial aid, and political support.”

SOURCE: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2024/7/10/russia-ukraine-war-list-of-key-events-day-866

Fighting

  • Russia launched 20 drones and five missiles at Ukraine, killing two people in the Black Sea region of Odesa, damaging port infrastructure and hitting an energy facility in the northwest, Ukrainian officials said.
  • Another Russian missile strike on Ukraine’s southern Mykolaiv region killed one person and wounded eight more, the regional governor said.
  • Ukraine’s military denied Russian claims that its forces had captured the village of Yasnobrodivka in the eastern Donetsk region.
  • Ukraine’s top prosecutor accused Russian forces of killing two Ukrainian servicemen who were captured in June in the partially-occupied southeastern Zaporizhia region.
  • In Russia, the governor of the Belgorod region said one man was killed and seven wounded in a Ukrainian attack on the area, which lies on the border with Ukraine.
  • Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) also said it thwarted a plan for a “terrorist attack” on the country’s only aircraft carrier and detained a Ukrainian special services agent.

Politics and diplomacy

The 32 members of NATO formally declared Ukraine on an “irreversible” path to membership in the Western military alliance, offering a bare but more binding assurance of protection once its war with Russia ends. “Ukraine’s future is in NATO,” alliance members said in a communique following a summit in Washington, DC. “We will continue to support it on its irreversible path to full Euro-Atlantic integration, including NATO membership.”
The NATO allies, in their communique, also called China a “decisive enabler” of Russia’s war effort in Ukraine and said Beijing continues to pose systematic challenges to Euro-Atlantic security.
The United States said it will start deploying longer-range missiles in Germany in 2026, in a step aimed at countering what the allies call the growing threat Russia poses to Europe. “We cannot discount the possibility of an attack against Allies’ sovereignty and territorial integrity,” the two countries said in a communique.

Military aid

  • NATO has pledged to provide Ukraine with at least 40 billion euros ($43.28bn) in military aid within the next year but stopped short of the multi-year commitment sought by the alliance’s Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.
  • US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, speaking on the sidelines of the NATO summit, said the first batch of US-built F-16 fighter jets are being transferred to Ukraine from Denmark and the Netherlands and will be flying over Ukrainian skies this summer.
  • The Netherlands also announced additional ammunition for F-16 fighter jets worth a total of 300 million euros ($324.6m) for Ukraine. The new Dutch pledge comes on top of 150 million euros worth ($162.4m) of F-16 ammunition it has already promised to deliver
  • NATO is also expected to announce the establishment of a centralised command that will take a greater role from the US in coordinating training and weapons deliveries for Ukraine.
  • Separately, Stoltenberg, the NATO chief, said a new US air defence base in northern Poland, designed to detect and intercept ballistic missile attacks as part of a broader NATO missile shield, is now mission-ready.

SOURCE: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2024/7/11/russia-ukraine-war-list-of-key-events-day-867

Fighting

  • The Ukrainian Air Force said it downed five cruise missiles and 11 drones of 19 launched by Russia on Friday. It said Russia’s main target was the town of Starokostiantyniv, a crucial Ukrainian air base.
  • Russian forces targetted east and northeast Ukraine on Thursday, killing five people, including a child, days after the United Nations warned attacks against civilians had become systemic, officials said.
  • A Ukrainian drone strike outside a multi-storey apartment block in southern Russia’s Belgorod region injured five children, two of them seriously, the regional governor said.
  • Ukraine seized a cargo ship near Odesa and detained its captain, alleging that the vessel had illegally exported Ukrainian grain.

Diplomacy

  • President Joe Biden reiterated the United States’s support for Ukraine at the end of a NATO summit, saying the US “cannot retreat from the world”.
  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy told allies at the NATO summit they needed to lift all restrictions on Kyiv conducting long-range strikes on targets inside Russia if they wanted Ukraine to win the war.
  • Zelenskyy also said Ukraine was “very close” to achieving its goal of NATO membership despite the alliance not offering his country a formal invitation at the summit.
  • While introducing Zelenskyy, President Biden mistakenly called him “President Putin” before correcting himself.
  • China slammed a communique from the NATO summit, describing it as an “enabler” of Russia’s war efforts in Ukraine, as biased and “sowing discord”.
  • Norway’s Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Store announced at the summit that his country will donate 1 billion crowns ($92.69m) to support Ukraine’s air defence.
  • The United Nations General Assembly demanded that Russia “urgently withdraw its military and other unauthorized personnel” from Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant and return complete control to Ukrainian authorities.
  • The Kremlin said the US plan to periodically station long-range missiles in Germany would lead to a Cold War-style confrontation between Russia and the West.

Politics

  • Russia added opposition figure Yulia Navalnaya, the widow of deceased opposition leader Alexey Navalny, to its list of “terrorists” and “extremists,” two days after it issued an arrest warrant for her.
  • A Moscow court upheld a prison sentence against human rights advocate Oleg Orlov, the co-chair of the now-banned group Memorial, which was among the winners of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2022, for criticising the war in Ukraine.

SOURCE: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2024/7/12/russia-ukraine-war-list-of-key-events-day-868

Fighting

  • Russian attacks killed at least six people and injured 13 in Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk region, regional prosecutors said.
  • Three civilians were injured by a mine in the eastern Ukrainian region of Kharkiv, a few kilometres from the Russian border. The regional administration has warned of mine clearances taking place in other areas along the Russian border.
  • Ukraine’s domestic security service said it has documented the deaths of nearly 300 civilians from mines left by Russia and is collecting evidence for the International Criminal Court (ICC).
  • Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs dismissed an allegation by a Russian official that Kyiv was planning to stage attacks on its own power dams to blame Russia for the assault, describing it as a new intimidation tactic.
  • The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the United Nations nuclear watchdog, condemned a missile strike on a children’s hospital in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, earlier this week and blamed Russia, which has denied attacking civilian targets.
  • Ukraine asked the IAEA’s governing board to consider the matter because the Okhmatdyt children’s hospital had received support from the agency for cancer diagnostics and treatment.
  • Andriy Kostin, Ukraine’s prosecutor general, called on the ICC to prosecute Russia over the attack on the children’s hospital.

Diplomacy

  • Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that Russia does not rule out any scenarios regarding the possible resumption of the now-defunct Black Sea grain deal.
  • Russia accused Australia of inciting “anti-Russian paranoia” for charging a Russian-born couple – an army private and her husband who are Australian citizens – with espionage.
  • Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese rejected Russian criticism over the arrest of the Brisbane-based couple, telling the Kremlin to “back off”. Albanese said Russia had “no credibility”, accusing Moscow of engaging in “espionage here and around the world”.
  • United States Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Russian Defence Minister Andrei Belousov spoke for a second time in just over two weeks and discussed lowering tensions, the Pentagon said.
  • “The issue of preventing security threats and reducing the risk of possible escalation was discussed,” Russia’s Ministry of Defence said of the talks. The two sides have held occasional phone calls despite tensions over the Ukraine war, including one in June where Moscow criticised Washington’s arms supplies to Ukraine.
  • Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Moscow was not planning to attack NATO, and the military alliance was aggravating tensions.
  • The Russian Foreign Ministry accused South Korea of blackmail and threats over potential weapons supplies to Ukraine.
  • China said it was conducting joint military drills with Russia along its southern coast after the NATO meeting in Washington warned of a growing threat from Beijing’s strong ties with Moscow.

Politics

  • A Russian-installed court in Ukraine’s Donetsk region sentenced an Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) official to 14 years in prison on charges of spying, Russia’s prosecutor general said.

SOURCE: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2024/7/13/russia-ukraine-war-list-of-key-events-day-869

Fighting

  • Russian fire killed five civilians in Ukraine’s Kharkiv, with one missile attack carried out after emergency services had arrived at the scene of an earlier attack, officials said. A police officer and an emergency rescue official were killed in that second strike in the village of Budy. Ukrainian Interior Minister Igor Klymenko said it was not the first time that Russia attacked emergency services while they were “rescuing civilians”.
  • Regional Governor Oleg Synegubov said 22 people were injured in the twin attacks, including five railway workers. He accused Russia of “deliberately” targeting the area twice.
  • In the southern Kherson region, Governor Oleksandr Prokudin said three people were killed in Russian shelling. The victims were two women, aged 72 and 50, and a 41-year-old man, he said. Prokudin said Russian forces shelled Ukrainian-held positions throughout the day.
  • Donetsk Governor Vadym Filashkin said an attack by multiple rocket launchers hit a multistorey apartment building, killing one person in Chasiv Yar – a town targeted by Russian forces as a staging point in advancing through Ukraine’s east.
  • A guided bomb, increasingly used in Russian attacks, also killed one person near the town of Kurakhove, where some of the heaviest fighting is taking place along the 1,000km (600-mile) front.
  • Two bombs dropped on a village further west near the town of Komar killed two people. Ten buildings and a shop were damaged, according to reports.
  •  A fire, which broke out on Saturday morning after a drone strike, was extinguished at an oil depot in Russia’s southern Rostov region, Governor Vasily Golubev said in statements on messaging app Telegram. He said the fire in Tsimlyansky district, had covered 200 square metres (2,150 square feet) and burned for at least six hours.

Politics and diplomacy

  • The Kremlin has warned that the deployment of US missiles in Germany could make European capitals targets for Russian missiles in a repeat of Cold War-style confrontation. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov also hinted that such a confrontation could undermine Europe as a whole in the same way the Cold War ended with the Soviet Union’s collapse.
  • The new United Kingdom government said the “arc of conflict and instability” threatening Europe’s borders will be the focus of the upcoming European Political Community (EPC) meeting near London. Prime Minister Keir Starmer will welcome more than 45 European leaders to Blenheim Palace, west of London, on Thursday, to discuss Europe’s security concerns, including the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine.
  • Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, a close ally of Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin, said tensions had subsided at his country’s border with Ukraine and extra troops deployed there were being sent back to their bases. He was quoted by the official BelTA news agency as saying Belarusian intelligence had determined that Ukraine had withdrawn troops from sensitive areas.
  • Poland will spend 5 percent of its gross domestic product (GDP) on defence in 2025, its foreign minister told Bloomberg Television. Warsaw has been ramping up its defence spending in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Deputy Defence Minister Cezary Tomczyk had told private broadcaster TVN24 earlier that Poland would increase its defence budget by about 10 percent in 2025 to a record high.

  • Swiss prosecutors announced that they were investigating a Russian diplomat and suspected agent alongside two others reported to have tried to procure weapons and other potentially dangerous material. The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) said it had been conducting an investigation into the two accused people without diplomatic immunity, suspected of violating laws, including Switzerland’s War Material Act and Embargo Act.

SOURCE: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2024/7/14/russia-ukraine-war-list-of-key-events-day-870

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