The war in Ukraine: the events of the day.
19.25 Strong message about unity from G7 leaders. Putin “hopes that someone in the G7 and NATO will split, but that has not happened at all and will not happen,” assures Biden, announcing the $ 600 billion allocation between now and 2027 for infrastructure investments around the world. At the price cap proposed by the United States, Paris opens, but the President of the European Council Michel explains that we must “hit Russia and not our economies”. “Setting a ceiling on the price of fossil fuels imported from Russia has – said Draghi – a geopolitical goal as well as an economic and social one, because even when energy prices fall, it is inconceivable to return to having the same dependence on Russia. And we must eliminate one of the main causes of inflation ».
18.23 They arrive in helicopters, usual greetings from Chancellor Scholz, handshakes, they sit down at the table to talk immediately about Ukraine. Between bilateral, walks through the meadows of the Bavarian Alps and jokes on the first day of the G7, which opened at Elmau Castle, the big ones immediately showed their muscles to Russia. «Pictures with the jacket? Should we take off our coats? We must prove to be tougher on Putin “, joked the British Prime Minister Johnson,” we are doing a topless riding show, “Canadian Trudeau joked and reminded of the image of the 2009 Russian president who drove barefoot,” we must show. them our bibs ».
17.46 A civilian was killed in the missile attack this morning by Russian forces against the Ukrainian capital Kiev: the Attorney General’s office announced it on Telegram, according to Ukrinform. In addition, so far four civilians – including a seven-year-old girl – have been pulled up by the rubble and taken to hospital.
15.41 Russia is at risk of default, with few signs of payment from investors holding its international bonds. It would be the country’s first default since 1998. It is $ 100 million in interest on two bonds, one denominated in dollars and one in euros, maturing in 2026 and 2036. Moscow was due to pay the two bonds on May 27, but it was a grace period of 30 days, which expires today. Russia has struggled to keep payments on the $ 40 billion of outstanding bonds since the February 24 invasion of Ukraine. The attack resulted in extensive sanctions that effectively cut the country out of the global financial system and made its assets immovable to many investors.
14.40 The statements by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson about Ukraine that attempts to resolve the conflict will only lead to greater instability in the world are “monstrous”. This is stated by the spokeswoman for the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Maria Zakharova
10.41 Rescuers’ work continues in Kiev, where a 9-story building was hit by Russian missile bombing this morning. According to Mayor Vitaly Klitschko, quoted by the Ukrainian press, a 7-year-old child has been rescued and several injured have been hospitalized, but the rescue operations are complicated by the fact that too much water can not be used to extinguish the flames in order not to risk Immerse any survivors who are still buried under the rubble.
10.34 At least one person lost his life in Lysychansk in eastern Ukraine after the explosion of a mine, while the Russians are concentrating all their forces and their means on the occupation of the city after the conquest of Severdonetsk. head of the Lugansk Regional State Administration, Serhiy Gaidai. Ukirinfrom reports it. “There have been airstrikes in the city as well as in the Bila Hora area. There is a lot of destruction, Lysychansk is almost unrecognizable. A TV tower is on the ground, a road bridge has been badly damaged, homes, the security department building, etc. have been hit. The body of a man with no sign of life was found in a hospital area with injuries caused by a mine explosion, “Gaidai wrote on Facebook.
9.56 The Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation, General Sergei Shoigu, inspected Russian troops participating in the special military operation in Ukraine. “When she visited the command posts of the Russian forces, Shoigu listened to the commanders’ reports on the current situation and the actions of the Russian armed forces on the main operational fronts,” the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement. According to the Wall Street Journal, this is Shoigu’s first visit to occupied territories of Ukraine since the start of the war.
9.39 The number of children injured in Ukraine since the beginning of the Russian invasion has risen to 613, the country’s State Attorney’s Office said, according to Urkinform. The number of children killed remained unchanged from yesterday at 339.
8.31 The Russian missile attack that hit Kiev this morning at dawn had one goal: According to the mayor of the Ukrainian capital, Vitaly Klitschko, it is to “scare the Ukrainians in view of the NATO summit”, which will be held in Madrid from next Tuesday. The mayor of Kiev went to the site of the main explosion, which hit a 9-story residential building: a few wounded were hospitalized while some people who would be under the rubble are still wanted (the last three floors of the palace were destroyed by flames).
8.04 The conquest of Severodonetsk “is a significant achievement in the context of the reduced goal” of “a more targeted offensive in the Donbass”, which Russia decided in April last year compared to the original “goal of occupying most of Ukraine”. But, as British Defense Intelligence points out in its latest update on the state of war in Ukraine, which has reached its 123rd day if Severodonetsk “was an important industrial center and occupies a strategic position on the Siverskyi Donets River”, “nevertheless” . it is just one of several challenging goals that Russia will have to achieve in order to occupy the entire Donbas region. Among these advances at Kramatorsk’s main center and the security of the main supply routes for the city of Donetsk ».
7.32 At least one person was injured after the missile attack on Kiev, launched this morning by Russian forces: the Ukrainian emergency services reported, according to UNIAN. “After the enemy bombings, a fire broke out in a 9-storey residential building with partial destruction of the 7th, 8th and 9th floors – reads a statement – a fire broke out on a total area of 300 square meters. Measures are underway to extinguish fire and rescue people.According to preliminary data, one person was injured ».
6.56 In the last few hours, the Russians have fired 14 missiles at Kiev and its surroundings. Ukrainian MP Oleksiy Honcharenko reports on Telegram. Some missiles were intercepted by air defense, says Interior Ministry adviser Anton Gerashchenko. A residential complex in the Shevchenkivskyi district was hit. Journalists from France Presse report hearing four explosions. Rescue is on site. At least two residents were rescued and evacuated, said Kiev Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko. The explosions took place around 5.30 Italian time, half an hour after the anti-aircraft sirens went off. The Ukrainian capital had been spared Russian attacks for almost three weeks.
3.42 British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is arranging a state visit to Britain for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, which also includes an audience with Queen Elizabeth II. It writes the Sunday Times. According to the newspaper, Johnson intends to make Zelensky’s eventual visit coincide with the Conservative Party’s conference scheduled for Birmingham in October.
3.17 The city of Severodonetsk, which came under Russian control, is “90% destroyed”. It informs the Ukrainian governor of Lugansk, Sergiy Gaidai, on Facebook. “Severodonetsk is busy. After the withdrawal of units of our troops, the enemy consolidated in the regional center of Severodonetsk and in the satellite villages: Syrotyne, Voronove and Borivske,” Gaidai said.
2.16 The Russian army launched a missile attack on Kharkiv, which resulted in a fire and at least two wounded. This is stated by Ukrinform. Explosions have been reported in the northeastern sector and in the city’s industrial area.
1.58 Three civilians were killed and four others wounded in a missile strike that hit a gas station and a garage in the town of Sarny in the Rivne region. This was reported by the governor of the oblast, Vitalii Koval, on Telegram. According to Koval, two of the injured are in serious condition and there may still be people under the rubble.
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