Latest news about Russia and the war in Ukraine

Kremlin struggles to provide basic services to Russian-occupied territories, says UK

The ruined seaside town of Mariupol is at risk of a major outbreak of cholera, according to the UK Ministry of Defence.

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Russia is struggling to provide basic public services to people in Russian-occupied territories, with the ruined coastal city of Mariupol at risk of a major cholera outbreak, according to the UK Ministry of Defence.

“Access to drinking water has been inconsistent, while major disruptions to telephone and internet services continue. There is likely to be a critical shortage of medicines in Kherson, while Mariupol is at risk of a major cholera outbreak,” the ministry said via Twitter. .

“Isolated cases of cholera have been reported since May. Ukraine suffered a major cholera epidemic in 1995 and has experienced small outbreaks since then, especially around the coast of the Sea of ​​Azov – which includes Mariupol,” he added. “Medical services in Mariupol are probably already close to collapse: a major outbreak of cholera in Mariupol will make this even worse.”

— Sam Meredith

Zelenskyy says strategically important cities in the Donbas are resisting

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy visits Ukrainian troop positions in Bakhmut City and Lysychansk District, Ukraine, June 5, 2022.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said the country’s forces were holding cities in the Donbas region despite sustained pressure from Russian troops.

The Donbas region refers to the provinces of Donetsk and Luhansk in the easternmost part of Ukraine. It is an important strategic, political and economic target for the Kremlin.

“The situation on the front lines for the day has not changed significantly. Sievierodonetsk, Lysychansk and other cities in Donbas, which the occupiers now consider prime targets, are resisting,” Zelenskyy said in an evening address to the nation, according to a translation.

“We have a certain point [development] in the Zaporizhia region, where it is possible to thwart the plans of the occupiers. We are gradually advancing in the Kharkiv region, freeing up our land. We keep the defense in the direction of Mykolaiv.”

— Sam Meredith

Putin seems to suggest new invasions and compares himself to Peter the Great

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets young entrepreneurs in Moscow on June 9, 2022.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin appears to be hinting at further territorial expansion, in remarks that could raise alarm bells.

“It’s impossible – you understand? – impossible to build a fence around a country like Russia. And we don’t intend to build that fence,” Putin said at a meeting with young entrepreneurs in Moscow, according to Sky News.

It happened when Russia’s leader compared himself to Peter the Great on the 350th anniversary of the Tsar’s birth. Putin sought to draw a parallel between the Kremlin’s onslaught on Ukraine and the conquest of the Baltic coast by the former Russian monarch during a war against Sweden in the 18th century.

“When he [Peter the Great] founded the new capital, none of the European countries recognized the territory as Russian. They all recognized it as Swedish territory. Slavs, along with Finno-Ugric peoples, always lived there, moreover, this territory was under the control of the Russian state. The same going to the west – Narva and its first expeditions,” Putin said, according to a translation.

“Why did he go there? He went there to get him back and strengthen him, that’s what he was doing. Well, it seems that it was also up to us to recover and strengthen him. [territories]and if we take these basic values ​​as fundamental to our existence, we will prevail in solving the problems we face”, he added.

— Sam Meredith

Zelenskyy discusses EU membership with Macron

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy addresses the South Korean parliament via video conference as Russia’s assault on Ukraine continues, in Kyiv, Ukraine, April 11, 2022.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy spoke with French President Emmanuel Macron and they discussed Kyiv’s entry into the European Union amid Russia’s ongoing war in Ukraine.

In April, Zelenskyy completed the first step towards Ukraine’s membership of the European Union by sending a lengthy questionnaire.

The two leaders also discussed the latest developments on the ground and additional French security assistance for Ukraine, according to a reading of the Elysee Palace phone call.

— Amanda Macias

A look at NATO airpower and patrols near Ukraine

A Mirage 2000-5F jet fighter takes off from Luxeuil-Saint Sauveur airbase 116 in Saint-Sauveur, eastern France, March 13, 2022.

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Since the invasion of Russia in late February, the NATO alliance has placed around 30 military aircraft on patrol in the skies near Ukraine at all times.

“Spanish jets guard Lithuania’s airspace and French surveillance planes scan the skies while American bombers train with Allied air forces,” wrote NATO spokeswoman Oana Lungescu.

“To deter any potential aggression against the Allies, NATO is deploying an unprecedented mix of fighters, reconnaissance aircraft and support aircraft,” he added.

Here’s a look at the airpower the alliance has deployed in the region:

NATO East Flank Air Domain


Ukrainian troops occupy the front line in the Donetsk region

Ukrainian soldiers hold the line in New York, east of Donetsk.

A Ukrainian service member sits in a trench in a front-line position amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, near New York City, Donetsk region, Ukraine, June 9, 2022.

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A Ukrainian serviceman fires from a machine gun at a front-line position amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, near New York City, Donetsk region, Ukraine, June 9, 2022.

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Ukrainian service members are seen in front-line position amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, near New York City, Donetsk region, Ukraine, June 9, 2022.

Gleb Garanich | Reuters

A Ukrainian serviceman walks in a front-line position amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, near New York City, Donetsk region, Ukraine, June 9, 2022.

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— Gleb Garanich | Reuters

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