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Ukraine’s top military commander said Russian troops had focused their shelling on his northern Lugansk region and pleaded with his American counterpart to send in more artillery.
At least 22 people were injured in Russian missile attacks in western Ukraine that also damaged part of a military installation and four apartment buildings. The last bridge connecting Sievierodonetsk to the rest of Ukraine came under heavy artillery fire from Russian forces.
Iran seized an opportunity offered by Western sanctions against Moscow and revived a goods transit corridor linking Russia to Asian markets. Iran’s state-owned shipping company has started its first transfer of Russian goods to India.
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US sees signs of Asian nations examining future of Russian ties
‘Party like a Russian’ turns toxic at Putin’s flagship forum
Von der Leyen says Ukraine’s EU bid is progressing during Kyiv visit
Biden says Zelenskiy brushed off Russian invasion warnings
US gasoline tops $5 a gallon on average in new inflation marker
Hungary releases fuel from reserves to help Austrian refiner OMV
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IAEA, Ukraine Restoring backup data link (00:01)
The International Atomic Energy Agency and the Ukrainian operator of the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant have restored a remote transmission system for the backup of data sent to the United Nations atomic watchdog. That process was halted for nearly two weeks due to technical issues, the IAEA said.
IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi hailed the move as positive for safety, but said in a statement that agency inspectors should still be on site as soon as possible for essential verification activities. nuclear materials that cannot be carried out remotely.
Russia wrested control of the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant – the largest such facility in Europe – at the start of the war and has maintained control ever since. He also demanded that Ukraine start paying for the electricity produced in the occupied atomic power plant.
Ukraine pleads with the United States for artillery (8:00 p.m.)
Ukrainian Commander-in-Chief Valeriy Zaluzhnyi said on Facebook that he asked General Mark Milley, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, “to help us get more 155mm caliber artillery systems into the shortest time possible”.
Russia deployed up to seven tactical battalion groups in the assault on the city of Sievierodonetsk and its forces resumed bombardment of residential areas in Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city, Zaluzhnyi said. The front line spans 2,450 kilometers (1,530 miles) of Ukrainian territory, with active hostilities over 1,105 kilometers, he said.
Blinken says war is robbing Russians of a better future (4:00 p.m.)
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a Russian National Day message that President Vladimir Putin’s war “deprives Russian citizens of the opportunity to build a better future in harmony with their neighbours”.
He said the United States was seeking a more peaceful and open future for the Russian people as they celebrated their national day, and criticized the Kremlin for “its crackdown on civil society and independent media”.
NATO seeks to address Turkish concerns (3:08 p.m.)
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is in close contact with Finland, Sweden and Turkey to address “legitimate Turkish concerns” about terrorism and to advance the two Nordic countries’ membership of the alliance, General Secretary Jens Stoltenberg told reporters. The NATO summit in Madrid at the end of June “was never a deadline”, he said, but added “I would like this to be resolved as soon as possible”.
Finnish President Sauli Niinisto dismissed suggestions that his country could proceed with its candidacy faster than Sweden, saying the nations are “moving hand in hand”.
Iran tests Russia-India trade corridor (1:30 p.m.)
Iran’s state-owned shipping company has started its first transfer of Russian goods to India using a new trade corridor that transits through the Islamic Republic, a port official said.
Two containers carrying sheets of laminated wood left St. Petersburg for the port city of Astrakhan on the Caspian Sea, the Islamic Republic News Agency reported, quoting Dariush Jamali, manager of a detained Iranian-Russian terminal. jointly in Astrakhan.
Since Russia was sanctioned, Iranian officials have been keen to relaunch a stalled project to develop the so-called North-South Transit Corridor that uses Iran to link Russia to Asian export markets.
Russia tries to cut off Sievierodonetsk by bombing the last bridge (12:44 p.m.)
Russian troops destroyed another bridge over the Sieverskyi Donets River west of Sievierodonetsk last night and are now trying to completely cut off the city, Ukrayinska Pravda reported, citing Lugansk regional governor Serhiy Haiday. Two of the three crossing points have now been demolished and the last one is under fire.
Putin Rewards Loyal Cultural Figures and Scientists (11:51)
Putin pinned awards on a pantheon of Russian scientific and cultural figures during a televised ceremony on Sunday.
Among the winners were an engineer from the country’s nuclear weapons complex, conductor Yuri Bashmet, a columnist for a state newspaper and Oscar-winning director Nikita Mikhalkov.
Russian Missile Strike Military Facility, Apartments (10:51 a.m.)
Four missiles that hit Chortkiv in the Ternopil region of western Ukraine on Saturday night were launched from the Black Sea, said Volodymyr Trush, the region’s governor. Part of a military installation and four apartment buildings were damaged and at least 22 people were injured.
Russian missiles destroyed a Ternopil storage facility for US and European weapons, Tass reported, citing Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov.
German arms manufacturer says upgraded tanks ready for delivery (10:39 a.m.)
Rheinmetall AG’s first modernized Marder tanks are ready for delivery, Managing Director Armin Papperger told Bild am Sonntag. “When and where the Marders are delivered is the decision of the German government,” he said.
It was unclear whether the tanks would be sent to Ukraine or other countries to replace the vehicles delivered there. Germany has been criticized for being lukewarm in helping Ukraine with military hardware.
EU must keep talking to Russia, says Borrell (10:12 a.m.)
The dialogue with Russia must continue and the European Union will have to find a way to coexist with it on the same continent, the EU’s foreign policy chief said in an interview published on Sunday.
European military aid to Ukraine is designed to strengthen the beleaguered nation’s position so that Russia cannot occupy land taken since the February 24 invasion, Josep Borrell told Le Journal du Dimanche.
Von der Leyen hopes the EU will do the “right thing” for Ukraine (10:00 a.m.)
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen says the executive’s opinion on Ukraine’s candidate status for EU membership will “carefully” reflect the country’s many strides over the past decade, but also that “there is still a long way to go”.
“Hopefully in 20 years, when we look back, we can say we did the right thing,” Von der Leyen told a group of reporters on his return from Kyiv on Saturday night. “The challenge will be to come out of the board with a united position, which reflects the enormity of these historic decisions.”
Former McDonald’s chain changes name (9:15 a.m.)
The company that took over former McDonald’s restaurants in Russia has unveiled its new brand, Vkusno i Tochka, as the chain’s flagship restaurant in central Moscow prepares to open on a public holiday on Sunday, the news agency reported. Cup. The new name translates to Delicious Full Stop.
The US fast-food chain last month sold its network of 850 restaurants in Russia to Alexander Govor, a McDonald’s franchisee, after closing them in March in response to the invasion.
Wary tycoons and corporations to see at Putin’s Flagship Forum (8 a.m.)
The annual St. Petersburg International Economic Forum has always been a hot ticket for Russian and foreign business moguls keen to curry favor with the Kremlin by hosting lavish parties or announcing major investments.
At least two leaders said they planned to leave early to avoid attending Putin’s speech at the event, which in recent years has been the high point for well-connected people. Some asked the organizers, Roscongress, not to identify them on their badges during the SPIEF forum from June 15-18, people familiar with the matter said.
Putin will not meet with foreign business leaders and international investors during the forum as he has traditionally done in the past, his spokesman said in an interview with Tass on Sunday.
Sri Lanka open to more Russian oil, AP says (5 a.m.)
Sri Lanka may be forced to buy more oil from Russia as the island grapples with a severe fuel shortage amid an economic crisis, the Associated Press reported, citing Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.
Authorities are trying to get oil and coal from Middle Eastern suppliers, but “may have to go back to Russia”, he said.
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