- Ukraine has withdrawn its forces from town of Lysychansk within the Luhansk area, however President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says preventing stays on town’s outskirts.
- Russia has claimed full management of the Luhansk area.
- At least six individuals have been killed and 20 wounded in Sloviansk after the japanese city was hit by Russian shelling from a number of rocket launchers, Zelenskyy estimates.
- Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has visited Kyiv and and mentioned Canberra would ship Ukraine 14 extra armoured personnel carriers and 20 Bushmaster automobiles.
Here are the newest updates:
7 minutes in the past (01:24 GMT)
Ukraine will likely be helped however not as if a NATO member: Germany’s Scholz
Germany is discussing safety ensures for Ukraine with its allies in preparation for a time after the battle, however these won’t be the identical as for a member of the transatlantic alliance, the German chancellor has mentioned.
“We are discussing with close allies the question of the security guarantees we can give. This is an ongoing process. It is clear that it will not be the same as if someone were a member of NATO,” Olaf Scholz instructed the broadcaster ARD on Sunday.
30 minutes in the past (01:01 GMT)
UK to host 2023 Ukraine restoration convention
The United Kingdom will host a convention subsequent yr centered on serving to Ukraine get well from the harm attributable to Russia’s invasion, the international workplace mentioned, as nations collect in Switzerland for this yr’s occasion.
The Ukraine Recovery Conference (URC2022) starting on Monday in Lugano will focus on rebuild Ukraine, bringing collectively a Ukrainian delegation with representatives of different international locations, worldwide organisations and civil society.
The UK mentioned it was working with Ukraine and others to host subsequent yr’s convention, and it could sit on a supervisory board to assist coordinate between Ukraine and its allies on restoration measures. An workplace will likely be arrange in London.
“We have led on support for Ukraine during the war and will continue to lead in supporting the Ukrainian Government’s Reconstruction and Development Plan,” Foreign Secretary Liz Truss mentioned in an announcement.
49 minutes in the past (00:42 GMT)
Belarus chief stands with Russia in Ukraine marketing campaign
The president of Belarus – Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin’s closest ally – has mentioned his ex-Soviet state stands absolutely behind Russia in its navy drive in Ukraine.
Addressing a ceremony marking the anniversary of the World War Two liberation of Minsk by Soviet troops on Sunday, Alexander Lukashenko, in energy since1994, mentioned he had thrown his weight behind Putin’s marketing campaign in opposition to Ukraine “from the very first day” in late February.
“Today, we are being criticised for being the only country in the world to support Russia in its fight against Nazism. We support and will continue to support Russia,” a video on the state BelTA information company confirmed Lukashenko telling the gathering on Sunday. “And those who criticise us, do they not know that we have such a close union with the Russian Federation?…That we have practically a unified army. But you knew all this. We will remain together with fraternal Russia.”
Zelenskyy has mentioned the Belarusian chief’s assertion amounted to a “signal”, along with his actions to be watched fastidiously. Some Ukrainian officers recommend Belarus may quickly turn into straight concerned within the battle.
2 hours in the past (23:50 GMT)
Turkish customs detain Russian ship carrying Ukrainian grain: Kyiv ambassador
Turkish customs authorities have detained a Russian cargo ship carrying grain that Ukraine says is stolen, Ukraine’s ambassador to Turkey has mentioned.
“We have full co-operation. The ship is currently standing at the entrance to the port, it has been detained by the customs authorities of Turkey,” Ambassador Vasyl Bodnar mentioned on Ukrainian nationwide tv on Sunday.
Bodnar mentioned the ship’s destiny could be determined by a gathering of investigators on Monday.
Ukraine has accused Russia of stealing grain from the territories that Russian forces have seized since its invasion started in late February. The Kremlin has denied that Russia has stolen any Ukrainian grain.
2 hours in the past (23:49 GMT)
With brooms, nail weapons, and shovels, Kharkiv residents clear up after assault: Reuters
Armed with brooms, nail weapons and shovels, residents in Kharkiv gathered to wash up after a number of Russian rockets hit at 4am (01:00 GMT), the top of the Kharkiv regional navy administration, Oleh Synyehubov, mentioned on Sunday.
One of the rockets hit the yard between a college and a few personal homes. Residents have been seen shovelling earth again into a big crater created by the assault, whereas others have been sweeping damaged window glass from the flooring inside the varsity and surrounding homes. On Sunday morning, locals have been busy fixing roofs and sweeping soot off the façade of the district’s faculty.
“It (missile blast) happened very early in the morning and in 15 minutes everyone was here.” Vita Kuzub, a college principal, instructed the Reuters information company.
The raids that started on Tuesday, June 21, have been the worst for weeks in an space the place regular life had been returning since Ukraine pushed Moscow’s forces again in May.
2 hours in the past (23:39 GMT)
Russia shelled Sloviansk, Kramatorsk, Kharkiv Sunday: Zelenskyy
The Russian military shelled the japanese cities of Sloviansk and Kramatorsk on Sunday, in addition to town of Kharkiv, with a number of launch rocket methods in addition to Soviet Smerch rockets, Zelenskyy has mentioned, including that Russia has sufficient weapons to destroy each metropolis in Ukraine.
“In Sloviansk alone, six people are on the list of dead, and about 20 are wounded. A girl died, her name was Yeva. She would have turned 10 in August this year,” Zelenskyy mentioned in his nighttime tackle.
“Russia has enough Smerch, Uragan and Grad systems to destroy city after city in Ukraine. They have now accumulated their largest firepower in Donbas,” he added.
2 hours in the past (23:36 GMT)
Fighting stays on Lysychansk outskirts: Zelenskyy
Kyiv’s forces are nonetheless battling Russian troopers on the outskirts of town Lysychansk “in a very difficult and dangerous situation,” Zelenskyy has mentioned after Ukraine withdrew its forces from Lysychansk and the Russian defence ministry claimed its military had captured the Luhansk area.
“We cannot give you the final judgment. Lysychansk is still being fought for,” Zelenskyy instructed a information convention in Kyiv given alongside Australia’s visiting prime minister. He famous that territory can move shortly from one aspect to the opposite.
Russian forces keep a bonus within the space, he acknowledged, calling it a Ukrainian navy “weak spot”.
The seize of Lysychansk would give the Russians extra territory from which to accentuate assaults on the neighbouring Donetsk area. In current weeks, Russian forces have been thought to carry about half of Donetsk, however it isn’t clear the place issues stand now.
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