Main information of the day
- Returning from the southern front, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that in a conflict that, according to the head of NATO, could last for years, his troops kept their morale high and did not doubt victory over the Russians.
- Ukrainian troops said on Sunday they had repelled Russian attacks on villages near Severodonetsk.
- Germany will take urgent measures to secure its supply, especially in the face of recent declines in Russian gas deliveries, including increased coal use.
18:49: Rabat, Moroccan convicted in Ukraine, urges Moscow to guarantee a “fair” appeal hearing
The National Council for Human Rights (CNDH), an official body in Morocco, has urged Russian authorities to provide a “fair trial” on appeal to a young Moroccan man sentenced to death by pro-Russian separatists for fighting the Ukrainian army. Brahim Saadoun, 21, was sentenced to death on 9 June, along with two Britons, by the Supreme Court of the Donetsk People’s Republic, a pro-Russian separatist district, for “participating as a mercenary in the conflict”.
13:51: Russia allegedly launched missiles at Kiev
Kyiv was again attacked from the air on Sunday, according to official Ukrainian information reported by the Belga news agency. Russia reportedly fired missiles at the Ukrainian capital, which were intercepted by the Ukrainian defense forces. Air raid sirens sounded as explosions were heard on Sunday.
12:05: kyiv said repulsed Russian attacks near Severodonetsk
Ukrainian troops said on Sunday they had repelled Russian attacks on villages near Severodonetsk, a key city in the east of the country, where the two armies have waged bloody battles for weeks. “Our units repelled the attack in the Toshkivka area,” the Ukrainian military said on Facebook. “The enemy has withdrawn and is regrouping. The Ukrainian military added that Russian forces “thrown” the village of Orikhove, but “successfully repelled” an attack near that village.
“All the statements that the Russians control Severodonetsk are lies. They do indeed control the majority of the city but not completely,” local governor Serguiï Gaïdaï said on Telegram on Sunday.
10:45 am: Germany will use “more” of its coal-fired power plants for its electricity
Germany will take urgent measures to secure its supply, particularly in the face of recent declines in Russian gas deliveries, including increased coal use, the government said on Sunday.
“To reduce gas consumption, you need to use less gas to generate electricity. Instead, coal-fired power plants will need to be used more.
9:55: “We will not give the South to anyone, we will take everything back”
Returning from the southern front, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky assures his troops this Sunday that their morale is high and they have no doubts about victory over the Russians. “We will not give the South to anyone, we will take everything back, and the sea will be Ukrainian, it will be safe,” he said in a video posted on Telegram on his way back to Kiev.
“More generally, I asked for help for people who have lost loved ones. We will certainly rebuild everything that has been destroyed. “There are not as many missiles in Russia as our people would like to live,” he said.
There are not as many missiles in Russia as our people would like to live
8:40 am: Lugansk governor under fire, “preparing for the worst”
Serguiï Gaïdaï, 46, leads the Lugansk region, which is home to the city of Severodonetsk, where Russian and Ukrainian forces clash in the street, and the city of Lyssytchansk, where artillery fire is almost permanent. “The situation in the city (in Lysytchansk) and in the whole region is difficult,” he said in an interview with AFP, because the Russians are “bombing our positions around the clock”. In Lysytchansk, there are signs of preparations for street fighting: soldiers are digging trenches and laying barbed wire, and police are placing burned vehicles on the streets to slow traffic. Underlining Mr. Gaïdaï, “A saying goes: You have to prepare for the worst and the best will come naturally”. “Of course we have to prepare,” adds the man, who has repeatedly warned that the Russians will besiege Lyssytchansk by cutting off the main supply lines. “This is a war, anything can happen,” he said. Ukrainian artillery from Lyssytchansk is firing at Russian positions in Severodonetsk, and the Russians are responding with mortars and rockets.
07:10: War in Ukraine could take “years”
In an interview published this Sunday by the German newspaper Bild, the NATO Secretary General warned that the war in Ukraine could last “for years” and urged Western countries to register their support for Kiev over time.
“We have to be prepared for this to take years,” said Jens Stoltenberg. We should not hesitate to support Ukraine, even though the costs are high not only in terms of military support, but also due to rising energy and food prices. »
We have to be prepared that this can take years.
06:55: Johnson urges Ukraine’s allies to be firm and determined for the long haul
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said Ukraine’s allies must support Kiev firmly and for a long time if they do not want to see “aggression” victory in Europe more than ever since the Second World War.
Countries supporting Ukraine in the face of the Russian invasion must keep their cool and ensure that Kiev has “the strategic resilience to survive and ultimately win,” he wrote. on Sundays.
“Time is a critical factor today,” Johnson says. “Everything will depend on how Ukraine can develop its ability to defend its territory faster than Russia can renew its offensive capacity. “Our task is to give time to the Ukrainian side,” he said.
To help, he outlines a four-point plan for “continuous funding and technical assistance” to Kiev, which he says should be sustained and potentially intensified “for years to come.”
What awaits Ukraine before it hopes to join the European Union?
The European Commission recommended on Friday that Ukraine be granted EU candidate status. The European Council will approve or not approve this decision next week. But even if Ukraine gains candidate status, it will still be far from being a member of the EU.
To read all the details here in our article.
06:50: “There is a strong Ukrainian wall protecting our country,” says Zelensky
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visited the Mykolaiv and Odessa regions in southern Ukraine for the first time on Saturday.
“On behalf of the Ukrainian people, on behalf of our state, I want to thank you for your great work, your heroic service,” he told the army in the Odessa region. “It is important that you are alive. There is a strong Ukrainian wall that protects our country as long as you live,” he said.
Russia puts the world in danger of famine
The head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, denounces “Russia’s deliberate political choice to ‘militarize’ grain exports and use them as a blackmail tool against anyone who opposes their aggression” in Ukraine.
You can read all the explanations in our article by clicking here.
06:45: “Hard battles” fought by Russia around Severodonetsk
Clashes continue near Severodonetsk, a key city in eastern Ukraine that has been beaten for weeks by Russian forces trying to take control, according to Ukrainian officials, who have reported “heavy fighting” in the surrounding areas.
On his Telegram network, regional governor Serguiï Gaïdaï also spoke of the additional “devastation” at the city’s Nitrogen chemical plant, in which hundreds of civilians are refugees.
Things to remember from Saturday
• Volodymyr Zelensky made a rare trip to southern Ukraine, near the front, to Mykolaiv. “There is a strong Ukrainian wall protecting our country,” he said.
• According to Kiev’s chief negotiator, David Arakhamia, Ukraine can resume peace talks with Russia until the end of August, when counter-offensive operations will be carried out.
• A Russian public television channel posted on social networks videos of two former American soldiers who went missing to fight Ukrainian forces voluntarily and went missing for several days.
• The Russian army shows that it does not intend to leave this strategic point by strengthening its dominance on the Snake Island in the Black Sea and deploying various defense systems.
• The head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, said that Russia is putting the world at risk of famine by restricting grain exports from Ukraine and its own exports.
• Sergiï Gaïdaï, governor of the Lugansk region, stated that the city of Lysychansk was “heavily bombed”. The city is preparing for possible street fights.
• Pro-Russian local authorities said that five civilians were killed and 12 injured in the Ukrainian shelling in Donetsk, in the separatist east of Ukraine.
06:45: Hello everyone, welcome to this live broadcast where we will follow the situation around the conflict in Ukraine on the 116th day of the Russian occupation.