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Russia-Ukraine war news: Leaders of Germany, France and Italy in Kyiv will send ‘message of unity’

A Ukrainian official shares images of the destroyed Wagner base in the Donbass on Friday

French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi arrived in Kyiv on Thursday morning to send a “message of unity” and to hold talks with President Volodymyr Zelensky.

The trio traveled together on a night train provided by the Ukrainian authorities and held long meetings in the dining car until after midnight.

Upon his arrival in Kyiv, Macron said: “This is an important moment. It is a message of unity that we send to the Ukrainians, of support, to talk about both the present and the future, because the next few weeks, as we know, will be very difficult.

They are expected to be joined by Romanian President Klaus Iohannis for talks with Zelensky which are expected to focus on Ukraine’s bid for EU membership and further arms shipments to help fend off Russian forces.

In other developments, Russian forces said they captured two American men who joined Ukrainian forces in the beleaguered country’s fight against the Russian invasion, according to a report.

The two soldiers – Robert Drueke, 39, and Andy Huynh, 27 – were captured in Kharkiv, Ukraine while fighting.

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“The spokesman of a devil”: the Ukrainian ambassador to the UN attacks his Russian counterpart

Ukraine’s ambassador to the United Nations (UN) has called his Russian counterpart a “spokesman for the devil” for defending Moscow’s unprovoked attack on his homeland.

Following a series of scathing public attacks on Putin’s envoy, Sergiy Kyslytsya told the Independent‘s Richard Hall that he has no mercy for the man who sits across from him at UN headquarters in New York.

Acknowledging Russia’s “very miserable” position at the heart of Putin’s regime, Kyslytsya said the scale of the “human tragedy” unfolding in Ukraine is so great that it does not deserve empathy.

“The spokesman of a devil”: the Ukrainian ambassador to the UN attacks his Russian counterpart

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France wants a victory for Ukraine which enshrines total territorial integrity

France wants a Ukrainian military victory against Russia that restores the country’s territorial integrity, including Crimea seized by Russia in 2014, a French diplomatic source said Thursday.

The source added that it was up to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to define what a military victory might look like.

French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi arrived in Kyiv on Thursday on a joint trip to show their support for Ukraine as it struggles to withstand a Russian onslaught.

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Ukraine calls on allies for more weapons to ‘turn the tide’ on Russia

Ukraine calls on allies for more weapons to ‘turn the tide’ on Russia

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German, French and Italian leaders arrive in Kyiv

French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi arrived in Kyiv on Thursday for a joint trip to show their support for Ukraine.

The three traveled together overnight on a train used to transport high profile visitors to Ukraine.

“It’s an important moment. It is a message of unity that we send to the Ukrainians, of support, to talk about both the present and the future, because the next few weeks, we know, will be very difficult,” Macron said upon their arrival. .

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis will join them for talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky which are expected to touch on Kyiv’s EU bid as well as the war itself.

“We are here, we are focused, we will join President Zelensky to go to a war site where massacres have been perpetrated,” Macron said.

Asked why the visit was taking place now, an Elysee official said he felt it was best done just before an EU summit next week which is due to discuss the bid of Kyiv to join the bloc of 27 nations.

The European Commission is due to make a recommendation on Friday on Ukraine’s status as an EU candidate, something Europe’s biggest nations have been lukewarm about.

“A balance must be found between Ukraine’s natural aspirations to (join) the EU at a very special time, and attention to all countries that already have candidate status and are stuck in the negotiation chapters and the fact that we must not destabilize the EU or fracture it,” the Élysée official said.

Zelensky is expected to urge his visitors to send more weapons to help his beleaguered army resist the Russian invaders.

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“The spokesman of a devil”: the Ukrainian ambassador to the UN attacks his Russian counterpart

“The spokesman of a devil”: the Ukrainian ambassador to the UN attacks his Russian counterpart

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Slovakia donates Mi-series helicopters and Grad rockets to Ukraine

Slovakia has donated five Mi-series military helicopters and thousands of Grad multiple rocket launchers to Ukraine, its defense minister announced on Thursday.

“Happy to confirm that thousands of #Slovak Grad 122mm rockets and Mi 5 series helicopters have been safely donated to the #Ukrainian Armed Forces,” Jaroslav Nad tweeted after a meeting of NATO and NATO. other Western defense ministers in Brussels.

The cargo includes four M1-17 helicopters and one Mi-2, he said, adding that these have already been replaced in the Slovak armed forces with American-made UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters.

A NATO member and Ukraine’s western neighbour, Slovakia has been a strong supporter of Ukraine’s defense against Russian invasion. It has already donated other military equipment and ammunition, including the S-300 air defense system.

The country has also agreed to sell eight new Zuzana 2 self-propelled howitzers to Ukraine.

Joe MiddletonJune 16, 2022 08:05

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German multiple rocket launchers will be delivered to Ukraine by July or August, minister says

Three multiple rocket launchers that Germany has promised Kyiv can be delivered in July or August after Ukrainian troops are trained in the weapons, German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht said on Thursday.

“Training on these multiple rocket launchers can start in late June, which means they can be delivered in late July or early August,” she told reporters as she arrived for a second day of talks with her counterparts. of NATO in Brussels.

Joe MiddletonJune 16, 2022 07:40

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Last minute: French President Macron, German Chancellor Scholz and Italian Prime Minister Draghi on their way to Ukraine

French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi are on their way to Ukraine, French presidential officials said Thursday.

The three European leaders were spotted en route to Ukraine on an overnight train and are expected to meet Ukrainian authorities, officials said.

This symbolic visit to Ukraine by the three leaders comes at a time when fighting in eastern Ukraine has intensified, prompting Kyiv to demand more weapons to fight against Russian advances.

The visit – the first by three European leaders – took weeks to organise, with the three leaders hoping to reverse criticism in Ukraine over their response to the war.

Arpan RaiJune 16, 2022 07:13

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Situation in key Donbas city extremely difficult for Ukrainian troops and civilians, says UK

The British Ministry of Defense said Ukraine had managed to withdraw a large part of its combat troops in the east of the country, but the situation remains grim for combatants and civilians because all the bridges leading to the region were destroyed.

“All major bridges over the Sieverskyy Donets River, which connect the disputed city of Sieverodonetsk and Ukrainian-controlled territory, have now most likely been destroyed,” the Defense Ministry said Thursday morning.

“Ukraine probably succeeded in withdrawing a large part of its combat troops, which initially held the city. The situation continues to be extremely difficult for Ukrainian forces and civilians remaining east of the river,” the UK MoD said in its latest intelligence update.

He added: “With the bridges most likely destroyed, Russia will likely have to either make a contested river crossing or advance on its currently pinned flanks to turn the tactical gain into an operational advantage.”

The Russian combat force in the Donbass is most likely operating in increasingly ad hoc and severely under-equipped groupings, according to the ministry.

“As Ukrainian authorities claim, some Russian Battalion Tactical Groups (BTGs) – usually consisting of around 600 to 800 men – were able to muster as few as 30 troops,” the ministry said.

For both sides fighting in contested towns, the ministry added that “front line combat is likely to increasingly devolve to small groups of troops generally operating on foot.”

“Some of Russia’s strengths, such as its advantage in tank numbers, become less relevant in this environment. This likely contributes to the continued slowness of its advance,” the Department of Defense said in the intelligence update.

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Ukraine could win victory over Russia with the right weapons, says senior official

Ukraine could defeat Russia in the ongoing war if given the right weapons, said the country’s top defense official leading the war in the southern region.

“Clearly this is not going to end anytime soon. But then again, if we get all the weapons we need, the counter-offensive could well be over by the end of the summer,” said Ukrainian Major General Dmytro Marchenko, who leads Ukrainian forces in Mykolaiv, on the US-backed TV channel. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.

Arpan RaiJune 16, 2022 06:38

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