The European Parliament (EP) approved a plan to accelerate the storage of natural gas in the countries of the European Union (EU) before winter with the aim of protecting homes and businesses in case Russia decides to suspend supply in retaliation for economic sanctions for the war in Ukraine.
The countries of the European Union (EU) agreed on Thursday to grant Ukraine and Moldova the status of candidates for membership of the bloc, announced the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, who assured that it is a “historic day”.
For his part, the French president, Emmanuel Macron, considered that the measure constitutes a “very strong signal” to Russia in the midst of the invasion of Ukraine.
The governor of Lugansk, Sergei Gaidai, has reported that the Russian Army is mobilizing “all” its remaining military equipment to the region, partially controlled by Moscow, to take it over completely.
Next, the minute by minute of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine (Ukrainian time, GMT+3):
Friday June 24:
12.40: Russia today blamed the US for being behind the restrictions imposed by Lithuania on the transit of certain goods sanctioned by the European Union in the Russian enclave of Kaliningradwhich Moscow describes as a blockade.
10.24: Russian forces have made substantial gains in the Severodonetsk-Lisichansk area, in the eastern Luhansk region, in recent days and Ukrainian troops continue to suffer heavy casualties, but have fundamentally achieved their objective in the battle by slowing down and wearing down Russian forces.
This is estimated by experts from the American think tank Institute for the Study of War (ISW) in their latest report.
9.17: At least four people were killed and five others were injured this Friday after a military transport plane crashed near the Russian city of Ryazanin the west of the country, as confirmed by the authorities.
The Ministry of Defense indicated that the device, an Il-76, suffered an accident during a training flight without load, supposedly due to an engine failure. “The crew decided to make a forced landing. Upon contacting the ground, the aircraft was partially destroyed,” he added.
A) Yes, the regional authorities confirmed the death of four of the occupants and have indicated that another five have been transferred to various hospitalswhere they have entered a stable state, according to the Russian news agency Interfax.
8.25: The European Broadcasting Union (EBU), organizer of the Eurovision Song Contest, has confirmed that the next edition of the musical contest cannot be held in Ukrainedespite the fact that this country won the last edition last May in the Italian city of Turin.
This was announced in a statement by the organization that “fully understands the disappointment received by the announcement that the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) 2023 cannot be held in Ukraine, the winning country this year.”
The EBU announced on June 17 that Eurovision could not be held in Ukraine due to the situation in the country, which was invaded by Russia on February 24, and announced that the organization was negotiating with the United Kingdom, which came in second place in the last contest, to organize the 2023 edition.
7.50: The Russian Human Rights Commission will meet this Friday with the head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Peter Maurer, with the aim of addressing the conditions in which Russian soldiers imprisoned in Ukraine find themselves in the context of the war.
This was confirmed by the Russian Human Rights Commissioner, Tatiana Moskalkova, who indicated that she would like to know “in more detail” this matter, as reported by the Russian news agency Interfax.
Secondly, The Russian official expressed concern about the lack of consensus between the parties to the conflict to carry out the return of 77 Russian sailorsheld in their boats in the Black Sea.
6.01: The Ukrainian authorities raised this Friday to about 340 the number of children killed since the beginning of the Russian invasionunleashed on February 24 by order of the President of Ukraine, in a drastic upturn compared to the previous day after the confirmation of victims in attacks carried out between March and May in Mariupol (southeast).
The Ukrainian Prosecutor’s Office said in a statement on its Telegram account that so far it has been able to verify 338 dead children and 610 injured, although it stressed that “these figures are not final, since work is underway in places of active hostilities and in the temporarily occupied and liberated territories.
In this sense, He pointed out that “as a result of indiscriminate artillery attacks between March and May by the Russian military against buildings in Mariupol, in Donetsknine children died and eight were injured of varying severity.
4.50: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Thursday that he considers that the UN Secretary General, António Guterres, is delaying a solution to the world food crisis.
“The UN secretary general is delaying a solution to the food crisis through his actions, he does not allow the shipment of grain as soon as possible. This is unfortunate,” Lavrov stressed in an interview with the Belarusian national broadcaster, as reported by the Russian news agency. TASS.
Thus, he has emphasized that Russia is alarmed by the slow response of the United Nations to the proposals on the transport of grain.
03.23: Ukrainian forces must withdraw from Severodonetsk, the regional governor said on Friday after weeks of heavy fighting with Russian troops in this strategic city in the east of the country.
“The Ukrainian armed forces will have to withdraw from Severodonetsk. They have received an order to do so.”said on Telegram Sergei Gaidai, governor of the Lugansk region where this industrial city is located.
“Staying in positions that have been bombed incessantly for months is pointless,” he added.
The city has been “almost turned to rubble” by continuous bombing, the governor said.
02.13: The American manufacturer of clothing and sports equipment Nike announced its complete exit from the Russian market, after the multinational announced last March the suspension of its activities in the country in response to the invasion of Ukraine.
“Nike has made the decision to leave the Russian market,” a company spokesperson confirmed. “Our priority is to ensure that we fully support our employees as we responsibly scale down our operations in the coming months,” he added.
00.53: The Ukrainian ambassador to Germany, Andriy Melink, stressed that while Berlin is not “the most powerful ally” against Russiawill continue to adopt a “hard” and “undiplomatic” position towards Berlin, days after he even described the German Chancellor, Olaf Scholz, as an “offended sausage”.
“The Germans are used to seeing a very aggressive, often harsh and undiplomatic position of the Ukrainian ambassador, who constantly requires more support from Germany, especially in the military sphere,” the diplomat has referred to himself in third persons. .
“I want to assure you that this is the path I intend to follow until Berlin becomes one of our most powerful allies in the fight against Russian aggression,” Melink settled in an interview for Ukrinform in which, among other things, he criticized Berlin’s “open delay” in supplying kyiv with heavy weapons to fight the Russians.
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