Warfare in Ukraine: “Europe is with you”, says Ursula von der Leyen the day after her go to to Kyiv


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An anti-torture NGO announces its dissolution in Russia

The director of the Russian NGO Committee against Torture, Sergei Babinets, announced on Sunday the dissolution of his organization. He considers his designation as a “foreign agent” by the authorities “an insult and a slander”.

The Committee Against Torture, founded in 2000, campaigns to force authorities to investigate ill-treatment by security forces and take steps to end it. She notably worked on the situation in Chechnya.


Turkey’s blockade of Sweden and Finland’s NATO membership could last

According to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, this impasse may not be resolved in time for the Alliance’s summit scheduled for the end of the month. He said NATO was “working hard” to resolve the “legitimate” issues raised by Turkey, which accuses Sweden and Finland of offering refuge to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), a group classified as “terrorist” by Turkey and its western allies. .


Mariupol before and after the Russian bombings

The Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a video of the city of Mariupol in June 2021 and May 2022. And the stark contrast illustrates how the city in southeastern Ukraine was destroyed by war.


Family of ex-British soldier announces death in Ukraine

Jordan Gatley was shot and killed in the eastern Ukrainian city of Sievierodonetsk, where the battle is being fought, his family announced on social media. His father Dean Gatley said his son left the British army in March “to pursue his career as a soldier in other fields”.


John Cena, former wrestling star, touched by the plight of a young refugee with Down syndrome

Shocked by the recent reading of a Wall Street Journal report on the fate of Ukrainian refugees and their plight, the American wrestling legend privately discovered the journey of Misha Rohozhyn, a 19-year-old with Down syndrome, who had to flee his country and his city of Mariupol, razed by the Russians.


TotalEnergies chosen to develop the world’s largest gas field in Qatar

Qatar announced Sunday that it has chosen French hydrocarbon giant TotalEnergies as its first foreign partner to develop the world’s largest natural gas field and ultimately allay Europe’s energy fears.

European leaders have been fighting in the Gulf emirate in recent months, seeking alternatives to Russian gas with the war in Ukraine.

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220 Ukrainian soldiers killed in Mariupol returned by Russians

The Russians returned the bodies of 220 soldiers killed in Mariupol in two exchanges. According to Maksym Zhorin, former commander of the Azov regiment and head of the Central General Staff of the National Corps, these bodies arrived in Kyiv. The bodies are being identified.


Ukraine manages to export grain via Poland and Romania

Ukraine has just established two routes for exporting its grain via Poland and Romania, according to Dmytro Senik, Ukraine’s deputy foreign minister. “Existing roads are not perfect as they create certain bottlenecks, but we are doing our best to develop them in the meantime.” The problem ? Ukraine’s rail system operates in a different gauge than its European neighbors such as Poland. This involves goods transfers and additional costs.

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Severodonetsk still in the crosshairs

Placed under Russian fire for several weeks, Severodonetsk and its region suffered further attacks. The Ukrainian presidency reported in the morning of “constant attacks and artillery shelling on Severodonetsk and neighboring villages”.

The capture of the city would pave the way for another major city, Kramatorsk in Moscow, a stage to conquer the entire Donbass basin, a mainly Russian-speaking region partly occupied by pro-Russian separatists since 2014.

Severodonetsk under fire from the Russian army. AFP/ARIS MESSINIS

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Foreigners sentenced to death: A ‘fair’ sentence for a pro-Russian separatist leader

“They came to Ukraine to kill civilians for money. That is why I do not see conditions for any mitigation or modification of the sentence,” denis Pushilin, leader of the breakaway region of Donetsk, who sentenced them, told reporters.

According to Denis Pushilin, “the court imposed a perfectly fair punishment” on the three fighters. He also accused British Prime Minister Boris Johnson of not caring about his fate and not contacting separatist authorities.


Russia uses its artillery to gradually seize territory in and around Severodonetsk

According to the British MoD, Russian forces are concentrating their forces around Severodonestk. Its three battalions were deployed simultaneously.


“Europe is with you”, the message of support from Ursula von der Leyen

The day after her visit to Kyiv, the President of the European Commission posted a message on Twitter. “I am deeply touched by the strength and resilience of the Ukrainian people. They bravely defend their country, under very difficult conditions. But I see life returning to Kyiv. When rebuilding and modernizing Ukraine, Europe is with you! “.


Demonstration in front of the Russian Embassy building in Kyiv

Every year on June 12, Russians celebrate Russia Day. In Kyiv, a protest demonstration was held in front of the Russian Embassy building. This rally brought together dozens of people. Participants put a mourning wreath at the embassy and hung a banner on the fence with footprints and the inscription “Russia’s Last Day”.


Historic objects from Ukraine are sent to Russia

According to an international team of academics and digital technology experts tracking the thefts, a specialist gang is smuggling historic artifacts from Ukraine to Russia. “There is now very strong evidence that this is a deliberate Russian action, with specific paintings and adornments being targeted and taken to Russia,” said Brian Daniels, one of the team members.


Sri Lanka may need Russian oil

Sri Lanka may be forced to buy more oil from Russia as the island faces severe fuel shortages amid an economic crisis, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said. However, officials still say they want to source oil and coal from Middle Eastern suppliers.


Images of Mariupol after the bombings

The Ukrainian government made a montage of an image of Mariupol between June 2021 and May 2022. This montage is uplifting with a city that has been completely destroyed.


Coup allegedly tries to free prisoners

Artem Dekhtiarenko, a spokesman for the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), explained that the coup plotters called relatives and friends of soldiers from the Ukrainian Armed Forces “offering assistance for their supposed release from captivity. All for $1,700.


At least 22 injured in Russian attack in Chortkiv city

A Russian attack on the western Ukraine town of Chortkiv largely spared by the violence left at least 22 wounded on Saturday night, including civilians, according to an initial report released by regional governor Volodymyr Trouch. Four missiles were fired from the Black Sea.


Ukraine’s metallurgical production drops by almost 50% in 5 months

According to the association of metallurgical companies Ukrmetalurhprom, production of cast iron, steel and rolled metal in Ukraine decreased by an average of 47% compared to 2021.


Restored connection between Zaporizhia nuclear power plant and IAEA, according to Kyiv

The connection between the Ukrainian nuclear plant in Zaporizhia (south), under Russian control since the beginning of March, and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), is re-established almost a month and a half after the loss of transmissions, announced the Ukrainian operator. , Energoatom.

The connection had been lost on May 30, “when the Russians cut off Ukrainian mobile operator Vodafone on Energodar”.

From now on, the IAEA will be able to retrieve all data about the plant’s operation.


Former McDonald’s restaurants in Russia renamed “Vkousno i totchka”

Passed under the Russian flag, former McDonald’s restaurants in Russia were renamed “Vkousno i totchka” (“Delicious. Period”). The fast-food chain that replaces the American McDonald’s in Russia had already revealed the new logo. The circle and the two lines that appear on it represent a hamburger and two fries. Owner Alexander Govor has assured that the 51,000 former McDonald’s employees across Russia will keep their jobs.


Vladimir Putin facilitates the acquisition of assets from foreign companies

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday signed a law that makes it easier for Russian companies to buy or rent land or facilities from foreign companies that have left Russia.

Vladimir Poutine. AFP / Mikhail


Several cities without electricity

According to a member of the Donetsk military administration, all major cities on the territory of this region “have been deprived of electricity” since early Saturday night. This is the case in the cities of Bakhmut, Kramatorsk, Slavyansk, Konstantinovka and even Druzhkivka.


Quebec lottery winner wants to donate part of his winnings to Ukraine

Marcel Lussier, a retiree, has just pocketed the handsome sum of $70 million during the last lottery draw in Quebec. In addition to a cruise he plans to take with his wife, he announced that he intends to donate part of this money to the reconstruction of Ukraine.

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