- The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is expected at the Zaporijjia nuclear power plant today. Russia has said it is ready for talks.
- The IOC has been pleading for a return to competition for Russian athletes, but a delay to the 2024 Olympics has sparked anger in Berlin and Warsaw. Moscow cries for discrimination.
- Russia reportedly shot down US long-range rockets. Ukraine has not provided any information on the deployment of these devices.
- In the debate arena “in peace Ukraine” organized by Washington, kyiv demands that Russia withdraw from “every square meter” of its territory.
- In the Donetsk region, the city of Avdiivka is “to be wiped off the face of the earth”.
- Zelensky welcomes the National Assembly’s decision to recognize the Holodomor as genocide.
Departure of representatives of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine
Representatives of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, dependent on the Moscow Patriarchate, will leave the monastery of the Lavra of Caves in Kiev. In recent weeks, the Ukrainian secret service has highlighted the involvement of some agents with Moscow.
This morning, a service brought the faithful together.
Russia still wants to achieve all ‘special military action’ targets
The Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation, Nikolai Patrushev, reaffirmed that Russia intends to achieve all the objectives of its “special military operation”. “Despite the continued increase in military aid to Ukraine from the United States and other Western states, all the stated objectives of the special military operation will certainly be achieved,” he explained to TASS.
NATO: Sweden to summon Russian ambassador after threat of “retaliation”
Canada provides about $1.9 billion in subsidized loans to Ukraine
This loan is funded by Canada’s federal budget. It will be provided through a special IMF account to support Ukraine. In addition, Canada will increase funding to its Department of Foreign Affairs by approximately $65 million to provide targeted support to Ukraine in humanitarian and psychosocial assistance, demining, agriculture and other priority areas.
Serbia is sending four humanitarian aid trucks
Serbia has sent four humanitarian aid trucks to Ukraine. These trucks were loaded with equipment for the rehabilitation of energy infrastructure.
Russia’s Decision to Install Nuclear Weapons in Belarus: “Prayer! ” says Donald Trump
Former US President Donald Trump has commented on Putin’s decision to deliver nuclear weapons to Belarus. “This situation is caused by us. That’s what happens when incompetents run your government. All I can say to you now is, PRAY! »
Global commodity trader Cargill to stop exporting Russian grain
Global commodities trader Cargill has announced it will stop exporting Russian grain from the start of the next export season, which begins on July 1. “The suspension of its export activities on the Russian market will not affect the volume of domestic grain exports abroad,” the Russian Ministry of Agriculture responded.
Hundreds of new graves at Wagner BMC Soldiers Cemetery in two months
Christian Dreibert, a journalist for the New York Times, showed through Maxer satellite images that hundreds of new graves of Wagner’s soldiers had appeared in the cemetery of Baginskaya village in the Krasnodar region.
Zelensky warns of the consequences of losing Bachmouth
Ukrainian President Zelensky has warned that if Russia seizes Bakmut, the consequences will be significant. According to him, if the city falls, President Putin will “sell this victory to the West, to his society, to China, to Iran”, in an interview with AP. In a separate note, Zelensky said Chinese President Xi Jinping wanted to meet him and was still waiting to talk to him.
Construction of Russia’s nuclear-powered mega icebreaker delayed
The construction site of the future Russian nuclear-powered icebreaker called “Russia” has been halted. The reason? Russia bombed the “EnergoMashSpetsStal” factory in Kramatorsk, Donetsk region.
The problem is that this factory has to provide large components for the overlay. In addition to the expected delays in completing the works scheduled in principle by 2027, the additional cost of the project will double compared to the initial amounts planned.
Moscow is launching more and more cyber attacks against Europe
According to American and French analysts, Moscow is increasingly using cyber attacks in Europe. In a statement, French defense firm Thales says Russia is attacking Poland, Nordic and Baltic states with an arsenal of cyber weapons aimed at promoting division and anti-war messages. Microsoft said in a threat assessment earlier this month that Russian actors carried out attacks in at least 17 European countries in the first six weeks of this year.
“By the third quarter of 2022, Europe will be caught up in a high-intensity hybrid cyber war at a turning point in the conflict,” said Pierre-Yves Jolivet, Vice President of Cyber Solutions at Thales. These attacks are increasingly carried out by Kremlin-aligned “hacktivist” groups rather than official groups.
Ukrainian bombing of the occupied city of Melitopol
The city, which had been occupied by the Russians for a year, was bombarded by the Uranians. Several explosions were heard in the city, according to sacked and expelled Melitopol mayor Ivan Fedorov. According to the Russian news agency TASS, the explosions damaged the city’s electricity supply system. As a result, electricity was cut off in the city and surrounding villages. Also, an engine depot was destroyed. “There were no casualties,” Doss said.
Moscow has begun test-firing its new intercontinental ballistic missile
Russia has begun exercises with the Yars intercontinental ballistic missile system and several thousand troops, the Defense Ministry said. Putin aims to make the system, which replaced the Tobol system, part of Russia’s “weapons of invincibility” and a fundamental component of its nuclear arsenal.
In Russia, labor shortages were exacerbated by the war
The Russian president’s desire to expand his forces exacerbates labor shortages in the country, which has already suffered hundreds of thousands of workers leaving the front lines, Bloomberg notes, which estimates that about 500,000 people joined the army last year.
After the mobilization announcement last September, millions of working-age Russians also left the country, adding to the phenomenon of population decline. The US agency estimates that the working-age population will decline by 6.5% over the next decade.
IAEA in Zaporizhia this morning
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) director Rafael Croci is expected to visit the Zaporijjia nuclear power plant occupied by Russian forces today, whose safety the international community fears.
According to TASS agency citing an official of the Russian operator Rosnergodom, Krosi and his delegation were to arrive at the base in the morning and leave in the afternoon. This will be Krosi’s second visit to Zaporizhia, Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, since the conflict began in February 2022.
I came in Earlier in the week in Ukraine, the head of the IAEA had to cross a front line to enter installations under Russian control.
i’Holodomor, a genocide: Zelensky hails a “historic” end
The National Assembly on Tuesday recognized as a genocide the Holodomor, the famine inflicted by the Soviet authorities in Ukraine in the early 1930s, which resulted in the deaths of millions of people, as voted by the Ukrainian president.
In a nearly unanimous resolution (168 votes to 2), delegates called on the government to do the same, responding to Kiev’s strong expectations of this painful memory revived by the Russian invasion of the country. “Thank you to the representatives of the National Assembly for this historic decision. The dictatorial rule of the Kremlin, past or present, cannot destroy, will not destroy truth and justice! “, congratulated the President of Ukraine in a tweet published in French.
Ukraine is satisfied with “postponing” the IOC’s decision on Russian athletes at the 2024 Olympics.
Ukraine said it was satisfied with “postponing” the IOC’s decision on the participation of Russian and Belarusian athletes in the Paris 2024 Olympics, after the international body avoided deciding the question on Tuesday.
“We were able to postpone the decision on the integration of Russians and Belarusians at the 2024 Olympics,” Ukrainian Sports Minister Vadim Gutsaid said on Facebook. He said he wanted to “work” so that no “patriotic” Russian athlete could “enter the international sports arena.”
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