Latest news on Russia and the war in Ukraine

Latest news on Russia and the war in Ukraine

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No peace talks with Russia while its soldiers remain in Ukraine, leading authorities states

Andriy Yermak, the head of the President’s Office, stated on Telegram that “there will be no negotiations with Russia while their troops are in Ukraine.”

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While there are Russian soldiers in Ukraine, there will be no settlements with Russia, a top
Ukrainian main repeated Monday.

Andriy Yermak, the head of the President’s Office, stated on Telegram that “there will be no negotiations with Russia while their troops are in Ukraine. President Volodymyr Zelensky’s peace formula provides for the withdrawal of Russian troops from the entire territory of Ukraine,” the head of the governmental administration stated.

Both Zelenskyy and his Russian equivalent Vladimir Putin have actually consulted with African leaders in the last couple of days, with the possibility of peace talks high up on the program.

On Friday, Zelenskyy stated at an interview with leaders of a variety of African nations that Russia is thinking about settlements as a method to freeze the dispute and build up forces and broaden its aggressiveness, news company Ukrinform reported.

Diplomatic settlements, he stated, are for that reason difficult as long as Russians are on Ukrainian area.

— Holly Ellyatt

Russia’s Navalny in court to deal with extremism charges

Jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny appeared prior to a Russian court on Monday to deal with brand-new charges of extremism that might extend his jail term by years.

The hearing happened at the IK-6 chastening nest in Melekhovo, about 235 km (145 miles) east of Moscow, where Navalny is currently serving sentences amounting to 11 -1/ 2 years.

His fans implicate Russian authorities of attempting to break him in jail to silence his criticism of President Vladimir Putin, something the Kremlin rejects.

An entry in the court record last month revealed the brand-new charges associate with 6 various posts of the Russian criminal code, consisting of prompting and funding extremist activity and producing an extremist organisation.

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is seen on a screen by means of video link from a chastening nest throughout an initial hearing at the Moscow City Court in a brand-new criminal case versus Navalny on many charges, consisting of the development of an extremist company, in Moscow, Russia, May 31, 2023.

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Russia has actually disallowed Navalny’s project organisation as part of a crackdown on dissent that began well prior to the dispute in Ukraine and has actually magnified in the almost 16 months considering that it began. Last week among his local project leaders was imprisoned for 7-1/2 years.

In a tweet published on his account by his fans last month, Navalny reacted with common paradox to the brand-new charges.

“Well, Alexei, you’re in some real trouble now … The Prosecutor General’s Office has officially provided me with 3,828 pages describing all the crimes I’ve committed while already imprisoned.”

He stated he had actually not been enabled to check out the product to discover exactly what he was implicated of due to the fact that he was when again in singular confinement and enabled just a mug and one book.

Navalny, 46, made affection from the diverse opposition for willingly going back to Russia in 2021 from Germany, where he had actually been dealt with for what Western lab tests revealed was an effort to toxin him with a Soviet- period nerve representative.

The Kremlin rejected attempting to eliminate him and stated there was no proof he had actually been poisoned with such a contaminant.

It was not right away clear which particular actions or occurrences the brand-new charges described. One connects to “rehabilitation of Nazism” – a possible referral to Navalny’s statements of assistance for Ukraine, whose federal government Russia implicates of embodying Nazi ideology. Ukraine and its Western allies dismiss that charge as unwarranted.

— Reuters

Ukraine has actually freed 8 settlements in southern Ukraine, authorities states

Ukrainian soldiers of the 28 th Separate Mechanized Brigade fire a grenade launcher at the cutting edge near the town of Bakhmut in the Donetsk area, on June 17, 2023,.

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Ukraine has actually freed 8 settlements in southern Ukraine over the previous 2 weeks as its counteroffensive continues, the nation’s Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Maliar stated Monday.

Maliar kept in mind on Telegram that Ukrainian soldiers “were both on the offensive and on the defensive” recently.

“In the east, the enemy made a lot of efforts to stop the advance of our troops in the direction of Bakhmut. Transferred additional units there and increased the number of shelling,” she stated, stating that while the general strength of battling in this instructions reduced, 41 clashes happened. Ukrainian soldiers “advanced deep into the enemy in several areas,” she stated.

“Over the past week in the east, the enemy has fired more than 5,800 rounds and used 277,022 rounds of ammunition,” she included.

In southern Ukraine, on the other hand, there was an offensive in numerous instructions in the previous week, she stated.

“Units of missile troops and artillery of the Defence Forces of the Tavria direction performed 10,125 fire missions during the week,” she stated, with 8 “settlements liberated by units of the “Tavria” OSUV [Tavria operational-strategic group]: Novodarivka, Levadne, Storozheve, Makarivka, Blagodatne, Lobkovo, Neskuchne, Pyatikhatky” the latter being the current town to have actually been supposedly regained.

In basic, the systems in the Tavria instructions (in southern Ukraine) advanced to the depth of the opponent approximately 7 km (4.3 miles), she stated, with the liberated location in the south amounting to 113 square km.

“Over the past week, the enemy suffered significant losses. In particular, last week the losses of the enemy in all directions amounted to more than 4,600 killed and wounded, in addition, our defenders captured more than 80 fighters of the aggressor,” Maliar stated. CNBC was not able to right away confirm the details in the post.

–Holly Ellyatt

Russia states it warded off ‘Ukrainian terrorist plots’ versus Russian- backed authorities

A police vehicle passes by the head office of the Federal Security Service (FSB).

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Russia’s FSB security service stated on Monday it had actually warded off a series of Ukrainian “sabotage and terrorist plots” targeting Russian- backed authorities on Russian- managed area in Ukraine and had actually apprehended one female as part of its examination.

The FSB stated in a declaration that the attacks had actually targeted Russian police authorities and Russian- set up federal government authorities in the southern Zaporizhzhia area, among 4 locations in Ukraine that Moscow states it has actually annexed considering that the start of what it calls its “special military operation.”

Kyiv is presently installing a counteroffensive to retake what it and the West state was unlawfully taken area. There was no instant remark from Ukraine on the Russian claims.

The FSB stated it had actually opened criminal cases versus an unnamed female it referred to as “an accomplice” on charges associated with terrorism and the prohibited ownership of dynamites.

— Reuters

Russia most likely redeploying forces to support war locations, UK states

Russia has extremely most likely began, over the last 10 days, to move aspects of its Dnipro Group of Forces (DGF) from the eastern bank of the Dnipro River to strengthen the Zaporizhzhia and Bakhmut locations, Britain’s Ministry of Defense stated Monday.

“This potentially involves several thousand troops from the 49th Army, including its 34th Separate Motorised Brigade, as well as Airborne Forces (VDV) and Naval Infantry units,” the ministry stated in its most current intelligence upgrade on Twitter.

“The DGF redeployment likely reflects Russia’s perception that a major Ukrainian attack across the Dnipro is now less likely following the collapse of Kakhovka Dam and the resulting flooding,” the U.K. stated.

Residents bring valuables from a boat throughout the evacuation of a flooded location in the area of Mykolaiv, after a breach of the Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant dam, on June 10, 2023.

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Ukraine implicated Russia of exploding the Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant dam in early June, stating it did so to ward off Ukraine’s counteroffensive in the southern Kherson area. Russia rejected any participation in the occurrence, although initial proof recommends it was associated with weakening the dam.

Floodwaters in the Kherson area are diminishing however countless individuals aren’t able to go back to their houses yet, and those that are stay without power.

— Holly Ellyatt

‘Step by action,’ Ukraine’s soldiers are advancing, Zelenskyy states

“Our troops are advancing, position by position, step by step, we are moving forward,” Zelenskyy stated in his nighttime address Sunday.

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Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy stated the nation’s militaries are making gains in their counteroffensive.

“Our troops are advancing, position by position, step by step, we are moving forward,” he stated in his nighttime address Sunday.

Zelenskyy’s remarks come as Ukraine’s counteroffensive continues into its 3rd week. Unlike numerous previous counteroffensives that saw Ukraine regain a remarkable quantity of area fairly rapidly, this counteroffensive has actually been various, with Ukraine regaining simply a handful of settlements and development anticipated to be restricted by deep Russian defenses.

Ukraine consulted with its global allies recently to talk about Kyiv’s military development and continuous requirements however Zelenskyy stated Sunday that “the main thing is the speed of supply” of weapons after a series of hold-ups in decision-making over weapons, and their supply to Ukraine.

“Next week, we will have new important communications with our partners, for the sake of our movement, for the sake of weapons, for the sake of our warriors having everything they need,” he stated Sunday.

— Holly Ellyatt

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