Ukraine war update Russia today: Putin expands Black Sea fleet with missile carriers and submarines

Putin declares victory in Luhansk region after fall of Lysychansky

Russia has bolstered its naval presence in the Black Sea by adding five missile carriers, two submarines and one amphibious assault ship, officials with Ukraine’s Southern Operational Command said.

This comes nearly a week after Russia said it was withdrawing from a strategic outpost on Snake Island in the Black Sea — a crucial gain it made within days of invading Ukraine — as a “goodwill gesture”.

In Kiev, Volodymyr Zelensky said the arsenal sent by Ukraine’s allies and Western countries has “started working vigorously” against Russian forces.

“Finally it is believed that the western artillery – the weapons we received from our partners – started to work very vigorously. Accuracy is exactly as needed. Our defenders are carrying out very high profile attacks on depots and other places important to the logistics of the occupiers,” Zelensky said in his overnight speech.

And, in a first since the invasion, Russia will send Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to the G20 meeting starting today in Indonesia, despite opposition from other countries within the group.

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71 million people pushed into poverty since war started in Ukraine, UN says

At least 71 million people around the world have been pushed into poverty as a result of rising food and energy prices following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the United Nations Development Program said Thursday.

The UNDP published the report and said that in the first three months after the war – March-May – 51.6 million more people were estimated to have fallen into extreme poverty and were forced to live on $1.90 (£1.50) per day or less.

Another 20 million reached the poverty line of $3.20 (£2.60) a day, the UNDP said.

Top UNDP official Achim Steiner said the “impact of the cost of living is almost unprecedented in a generation…and that’s why it’s so serious”.

Arpan RaiJuly 7, 2022 06:41

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Russia attends G20 meeting today as war rages in eastern Ukraine

Russia will participate in the two-day G20 meeting that begins today with ministers in Indonesia as the war unfolds in Europe and intensifies in eastern Ukraine.

Moscow’s foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, will participate along with other G20 ministers, and the tensions of the Russian invasion are likely to overshadow the summit.

Russia’s presence at the summit has been objected to because of its role in the invasion of Ukraine.

The country “must not use the G20 meeting as a platform given the war in Ukraine,” German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said before arriving in Bali.

“It is in the interest of all of us to ensure that international law is respected and complied with. That is the common denominator,” Ms Baerbock said in a statement.

Arpan RaiJuly 7, 2022 05:39

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Zelensky says fighting for all of south, Donbas: ‘Most brutal confrontation’

Volodymyr Zelensky said his troops are fighting the “most brutal confrontation” in the entire Ukraine’s Donbas region, while sharing the ground situation from the besieged country late on Wednesday.

“Ukrainian troops are currently advancing in different tactical directions, especially in the south – in the Kherson region, in the Zaporizhzhya region. We will not give up our country – the entire sovereign territory of Ukraine will be Ukrainian. People should know,” said Mr. Zelensky.

He added: “Therefore, if you have a chance to speak to people in the south of our country – with Kherson, Henichesk, Berdyansk, Melitopol and other cities and towns – please spread the truth there. Take every opportunity to tell the people in the occupied territories that we remember them and that we are fighting for them.”

Zelensky said: “we are fighting for our whole south, for the whole of Ukrainian Donbas – the most brutal confrontation is there at the moment, near Slovyansk and Bakhmut”.

“We are fighting for the Kharkov region. The occupiers should not think that their time in this country is long and that the superiority of their artillery is eternal,” he said.

Arpan RaiJuly 7, 2022 04:48

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Russia expands Black Sea fleet: Ukrainian officials

Russia has increased its presence by deploying additional units in the Black Sea, Ukrainian military officials said.

Moscow’s reinforcement of naval presence has been confirmed by Ukraine’s Southern Operational Command, reports The Kiev independent.

Russia has deployed five additional missile carriers, two submarines and one amphibious assault ship, the Ukrainian military said.

The General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces said in its war update on Thursday: “In the waters of the Black Sea and the Sea of ​​Azov, the enemy is holding four ‘Calibre’ naval cruise missile carriers ready to launch missile strikes against infrastructure facilities on the territory. of Ukraine”.

Arpan RaiJuly 7, 2022 04:35

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Weapons from the west ‘work powerfully’, says Zelensky

Artillery received from Western countries to assist Ukraine in the ongoing Russian invasion has “started working vigorously,” Volodymyr Zelensky said late Wednesday.

“Finally it is believed that the western artillery – the weapons we received from our partners – started to work very vigorously. Accuracy is exactly as needed. Our defenders are carrying out very high profile attacks on depots and other places important to the logistics of the occupiers,” Zelensky said in his overnight speech.

He added that the military prowess of the bonus has helped Ukrainian fighters “significantly reduce the offensive potential of the Russian army”.

The occupiers’ losses will only increase each week, as will the difficulty of supplying them, Mr Zelensky added.

He also describes the losses in the besieged country over the past 24 hours.

“Today in Kharkov the Pedagogical University was destroyed by a Russian missile attack – the main building, lecture halls, university museum, scientific library. This characterizes the Russian invasion with 100 percent accuracy,” he said.

Zelensky said that when it comes to the “definition of barbarity, this strike fits the most”.

“Only an enemy of civilization and humanity can do such things – attack missiles on a university, a pedagogical university,” he said.

Arpan RaiJuly 7, 2022 04:25

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Russia says Japan has ‘unfriendly’ attitude towards Moscow

Japan has taken an “unfriendly” position towards Russia, which is not helping to develop ties in trade and economy or the energy sector, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

The East Asian island nation has joined its Western allies in imposing sweeping economic sanctions on Russia over its actions in Ukraine. Moscow is also annoyed by reports that Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has proposed limiting the price of Russian oil to about half its current level.

“Japan is taking a very unfriendly attitude towards Russia. In any case, such an unfriendly attitude does not help to facilitate trade and economic relations, including the energy dialogue,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

“We discussed Mr Kishida’s proposal yesterday and said that this is just an announced initiative, that no consolidated decisions have been taken,” Peskov said. “It is doubtful whether such decisions can be made, frankly.”

Responding to comments reported by Kishida, former Russian president Dmitry Medvedev warned on Tuesday that global oil prices could exceed $300-$400 (£250-£335) a barrel if the price cap proposals were implemented.

Liam JamesJuly 7, 2022 03:20

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Scholz says Germany needs to accelerate green transition because of war in Ukraine

Germany needs to accelerate the transition to green energy because of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Chancellor Olaf Scholz said on Wednesday, adding that Russia used energy as a political weapon.

“Energy policy is not just a matter of price. Energy policy is also safety policy,” said Mr. Scholz at an event organized by the Renewable Energy Association.

“That’s why we need to turbocharge the expansion of renewable energy now,” he said.

Germany has agreed with other EU countries to ban Russian oil imports from December, with a petroleum ban following February 5, 2023. Last month, Russia closed the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline to Germany for planned maintenance work, but Berlin fears that Moscow will not stop the pump back on.

Liam JamesJuly 7, 2022 02:20

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Russia blocks oil pipeline to Europe over ‘environmental problems’

A court in Russia has ordered a pipeline carrying oil from Kazakhstan to Europe to be shut down for 30 days over what Russian media said were environmental violations.

A court ruling in Russia’s southern city of Novorossiysk cited the results of a recent inspection by the Caspian Pipeline Consortium.

Kazakh leader Kassym-Jomart Tokayev told EU Council President Charles Michel on Tuesday that Kazakhstan is “ready to use its hydrocarbon potential to stabilize the situation in global and European markets”.

European Union countries are moving away from Russian gas in response to the war in Ukraine, but officials fear Moscow will cut supplies before finding replacement sources.

Russia has already cut supplies to the Nord Stream 1 pipeline to Germany and France and has cut gas flow to other countries, including Italy and Poland.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen called for emergency plans on Wednesday to prepare for a complete lockdown by Moscow.

Liam JamesJuly 7, 2022 00:20

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Ukraine thwarts Russian advance to Donetsk, officials say

Ukraine has so far thwarted an attempt by Russia into the north of the Donetsk region, but the city of Slovyansk and other populated areas there were shelled by artillery and missiles, Ukrainian officials said on Wednesday.

Russia and separatist accomplices had already taken control of southern Donetsk province when they largely completed the capture of neighboring Luhansk region on Sunday with the capture of Lysychansk, much of which now lies in ruins.

Moscow says the complete expulsion of Ukraine’s military from both regions is central to what it calls its “special military operation” to ensure its own security, a more than four-month offensive that the West calls an unprovoked war.

The Donetsk and Luhansk provinces comprise the Donbas, Ukraine’s eastern, heavily industrialized region that has been Europe’s largest battlefield for generations and over which Russia seeks control over the separatists it supports.

Ukrainian officials reported heavy fighting as Russian forces attempted to penetrate south from Luhansk, into Donetsk and toward Sloviansk.

“We are holding back the enemy on the… [Luhansk/Donetsk[ border,” Luhansk Governor Serhiy Gaidai told Ukrainian TV.

He said Russian regular and reserve forces had been sent there in an apparent effort to cross the Siverskiy Donets river and that two small settlements just inside Luhansk’s boundary witnessed fierce fighting.

Liam James6 July 2022 23:20

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Biden speaks with American sports star detained in Russia

Joe Biden spoke today with the wife of a US basketball player who is detained in Russia, the White House said.

Brittney Griner, the 31-year-old WNBA star who was arrested in Moscow four months ago, is facing a 10 year prison term in Russia on charges including intentionally transporting narcotics.

After a call today to her wife from the president and Vice President Kamala Harris, the White House said: “The president called Cherelle [Griner] to reassure her that he is working to secure the release of Brittney as soon as possible, as well as the release of Paul Whelan and other US citizens who are wrongfully held or held hostage in Russia and around the world.”

The White House previously said the release of the arrested sports star was a priority for the president.

Liam JamesJuly 6, 2022 22:20

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