Russia and Ukraine News Review http://feed.informer.com/digests/PAZ5XAQQ1J/feeder Russia and Ukraine News Review Respective post owners and feed distributors Tue, 27 Nov 2018 05:28:04 -0500 Feed Informer http://feed.informer.com/ Ukraine war briefing: Moscow warns of retaliation after blaming US for deadly Ukrainian attack https://www.theguardian.com/world/article/2024/jun/25/ukraine-war-briefing-moscow-warns-of-retaliation-after-blaming-us-for-deadly-ukrainian-attack Russia | The Guardian urn:uuid:543c57e8-55ed-b886-3d8b-8baa14853cf8 Mon, 24 Jun 2024 21:50:00 -0400 <p>Moscow says US has ‘become a party to the conflict’ after attack on occupied Crimea in which at least four people died. What we know on day 853</p><p><strong>The Kremlin on Monday blamed Washington for an attack on Crimea with US-supplied Atacms missiles that killed at least four people and injured 151 a day earlier, and formally warned the US ambassador that retaliation would follow</strong>. Russia’s foreign ministry summoned US ambassador Lynne Tracy and told her Washington was “waging a hybrid war against Russia and has actually become a party to the conflict”. It added: “Retaliatory measures will definitely follow.”</p><p><strong>In response Maj Charlie Dietz, a Pentagon spokesperson, said Ukraine “makes its own targeting decisions and conducts its own military operations”.</strong> A White House national security council spokesperson said any loss of civilian life was a tragedy: “That certainly includes the thousands of innocent Ukrainians who have been killed by Russian forces since this Russian war of aggression began.”</p><p><strong>The EU will open membership talks with Ukraine on Tuesday, giving the country a political boost in the midst of its war against Russia’s invasion, although a long and tough road still lies ahead before it could join the bloc</strong>. The ceremony in Luxembourg will be more about symbolism than the nitty-gritty of negotiations, which will start in earnest only after the EU has screened reams of Ukrainian legislation to assess all the reforms needed to meet the bloc’s standards.</p><p><strong>President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/article/2024/jun/24/zelenskiy-replaces-commander-leading-war-on-russia-in-eastern-ukraine">replaced the commander of the Joint Forces Command of Ukraine’s military</a>, after a well-known soldier accused the commander of causing mass casualties in the war with Russia</strong>. In his nightly video address on Monday, Zelenskiy said Lt Gen Yuriy Sodol had been replaced by Brig Gen Andriy Hnatov, without giving a reason for the shake up.</p><p><strong>Sodol was removed shortly after Bohdan Krotevych, the leader of Ukraine’s revered Azov regiment, accused the general of causing significant military setbacks and major losses in personnel. </strong>In a post on the Telegram messaging app, Krotevych did not identify Sodol by name, but said an unnamed general “has killed more Ukrainian soldiers than any Russian general”.</p><p><strong>Zelenskiy also said on Monday that Ukraine has hit more than 30 Russian oil processing and storage facilities</strong>. More than 30 oil refineries, terminals, and oil depots of the terrorist state have been hit,” Zelenskiy told officers of Special Operations Centre “A” of the State Security Service (SBU) involved in attacks, without providing any additional details or giving a time period.</p><p><strong>A Russian double-tap missile attack – in which two missiles hit the same spot half an hour apart – killed at least five people and wounded 41 others, including four children, in the eastern Ukrainian town of Pokrovsk on Monday, regional officials said</strong>. Regional governor Vadym Filashkin said it was one of the largest enemy attacks on civilians recently” while Zelenskiy said Ukraine would respond to the attack “in an absolutely fair manner”.</p><p><strong>The EU on Monday imposed sanctions on 19 Chinese companies aimed at punishing what the west believes is Beijing’s support for Russia’s war in</strong> <strong>Ukraine</strong>. A list published in the EU’s Official Journal includes several companies located in Hong Kong as well as two global satellite giants. The 14th package of sanctions against Russia added 61 new companies to the list of entities accused of directly “supporting Russia’s military-industrial complex” in the war in Ukraine, bringing the total to 675 firms.</p><p><strong>EU governments also agreed to use 1.4bn euros ($1.50bn) in profits from Russian frozen assets for arms and other aid to Ukraine, prompting Hungary to accuse fellow EU members of a “shameless” rule breach to bypass its objections</strong>. EU members had <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/article/2024/may/08/eu-reaches-deal-on-using-profits-from-russias-frozen-assets-for-ukraine">already decided in May</a> to use profits from the assets frozen in the EU to help Ukraine, with 90% of funds earmarked for military aid. But Hungary has been holding up approval of the necessary legal measures, diplomats say. Hungary maintains warmer relations with Moscow than any other EU country.</p><p><strong>The US is expected to announce Tuesday it is sending an additional $150m in critically needed munitions to Ukraine, according to two US officials</strong>. The upcoming shipment is expected to include munitions for the high mobility artillery rocket systems, or Himars. That system is also capable of firing the longer-range missiles from the Army Tactical Missile System, or Atacms, used by Ukraine in a Sunday attack on Ukraine which Russia has said would prompt retaliation.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/article/2024/jun/25/ukraine-war-briefing-moscow-warns-of-retaliation-after-blaming-us-for-deadly-ukrainian-attack">Continue reading...</a> Ukraine Russia US news Crimea Guardian staff and agencies Photograph: Alexey Pavlishak/Reuters Zelensky Removes Gen. Yurii Sodol Amid Criticism of Excessive Casualties https://www.nytimes.com/2024/06/24/world/europe/zelensky-ukraine-general-dismissed.html NYT > Russia urn:uuid:524eb2e1-e8be-5623-403a-fe12b896aa81 Mon, 24 Jun 2024 21:21:28 -0400 The announcement by Ukraine’s president on Monday came hours after a scathing social media post implicitly accused the general of “killing more Ukrainian soldiers than any Russian general.” Russian Invasion of Ukraine (2022) Zelensky, Volodymyr Defense and Military Forces Yurii Sodol Andrii Hnatov Ukraine Russia Marc Santora Zelenskiy replaces commander leading war on Russia in eastern Ukraine https://www.theguardian.com/world/article/2024/jun/24/zelenskiy-replaces-commander-leading-war-on-russia-in-eastern-ukraine World news: Ukraine | theguardian.com urn:uuid:8b136663-1596-349c-c5be-e4bfc5376862 Mon, 24 Jun 2024 18:05:39 -0400 <p>Dismissal of Lt Gen Yuriy Sodol comes amid series of personnel changes by Ukrainian president </p><p>President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has replaced the commander of the Joint Forces Command of Ukraine’s military, after a well-known soldier accused the commander of causing mass casualties in the war with Russia.</p><p>In his nightly video address on Monday, Zelenskiy said Lt Gen Yuriy Sodol had been replaced by Brig Gen Andriy Hnatov, without giving a reason for the shake up.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/article/2024/jun/24/zelenskiy-replaces-commander-leading-war-on-russia-in-eastern-ukraine">Continue reading...</a> Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskiy Russia Europe World news Pjotr Sauer in Kyiv Photograph: Global Images Ukraine/Getty Images Death Toll in Dagestan Church and Synagogue Attacks Rises, Officials Say https://www.nytimes.com/2024/06/24/world/europe/russia-attack-dagestan.html NYT > Russia urn:uuid:b2d4a4de-699a-d818-9f94-78eebb9de227 Mon, 24 Jun 2024 17:58:45 -0400 A deadly assault in the southern region of Dagestan has put a spotlight on the failing of Russian security services amid the war in Ukraine. Synagogues Dagestan (Russia) Russia Deaths (Fatalities) Anatoly Kurmanaev and Ivan Nechepurenko Deadly Attacks in Russia’s Dagestan Region: What to Know https://www.nytimes.com/2024/06/24/world/europe/russia-dagestan-attacks-what-to-know.html NYT > Russia urn:uuid:fea219ee-acc1-7143-c03c-ebf910adcc4c Mon, 24 Jun 2024 17:27:49 -0400 Gunmen killed at least 20 people in attacks in two Dagestan cities. No suspects or motives have been identified, but the region has long been rocked by ethnic and religious violence. Terrorism Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) Dagestan (Russia) Caucasus (Russia) Russia Moscow Concert Hall Shooting (March 2024) Islamic State Khorasan Murders, Attempted Murders and Homicides Defense and Military Forces Azerbaijan Afghanistan Armenia Chechnya (Russia) Tajikistan Syria Assad, Bashar al- Eve Sampson At least two dead in Moscow after jumping to escape office block fire https://www.theguardian.com/world/article/2024/jun/24/people-dead-in-moscow-after-jumping-to-escape-office-block-fire Russia | The Guardian urn:uuid:7161d2ab-c122-50c6-fd4b-5b4501edbf2a Mon, 24 Jun 2024 15:24:34 -0400 <p>Several people missing after eight-storey building in Fryazino erupted in flames</p><p>Two men jumped to their deaths and several other people are missing after an eight-storey office building near Moscow erupted in flames.</p><p>Video taken in the town of Fryazino on Monday showed smoke and flames billowing out of at least three of the building’s top floors and a group of four people huddled around a broken window trying to escape.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/article/2024/jun/24/people-dead-in-moscow-after-jumping-to-escape-office-block-fire">Continue reading...</a> Russia World news Europe Agence France-Presse in Moscow Photograph: Governor Of Moscow Region Press Service Handout/EPA Eight killed in Moscow office block fire including two who jumped to deaths https://www.theguardian.com/world/article/2024/jun/24/people-dead-in-moscow-after-jumping-to-escape-office-block-fire Russia | The Guardian urn:uuid:ca77d8ea-a02a-cb9d-fbba-c44971208b68 Mon, 24 Jun 2024 15:24:34 -0400 <p>Companies who rented space in the building reportedly include electronics institute sanctioned by US</p><p>At least eight people have died in a fire in an office building near Moscow, including two who jumped from the building to escape the flames.</p><p>Video taken in the town of Fryazino on Monday showed smoke and flames billowing out of at least three of the building’s top floors and a group of four people huddled around a broken window trying to escape.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/article/2024/jun/24/people-dead-in-moscow-after-jumping-to-escape-office-block-fire">Continue reading...</a> Russia World news Europe Agencies in Moscow Photograph: Governor Of Moscow Region Press Service Handout/EPA Extreme Wildfires Have Doubled in 2 Decades, Study Finds https://www.nytimes.com/2024/06/24/climate/extreme-wildfires-have-doubled-in-2-decades-study-finds.html NYT > Russia urn:uuid:a534cd87-4221-0861-7225-2a67ed55b41a Mon, 24 Jun 2024 15:08:27 -0400 In a changing climate, extreme wildfire events are becoming far more common and more intense, according to a new analysis. Global Warming Greenhouse Gas Emissions Wildfires Research Heat and Heat Waves Forests and Forestry Air Pollution Nature Ecology & Evolution (Journal) Canada North America Russia United States Austyn Gaffney NHS England confirms theft of patient records data from its provider https://www.theguardian.com/society/article/2024/jun/24/nhs-england-confirms-theft-of-patient-records-data-from-its-provider Russia | The Guardian urn:uuid:ec6fa3ed-ed1b-eb4a-8b19-ea0f87588584 Mon, 24 Jun 2024 14:37:29 -0400 <p>Russian group Qilin is understood to have hacked south-east London blood test provider Synnovis on 3 June</p><p>Data from a ransomware attack on NHS provider Synnovis has been confirmed as having come from the service, NHS England has said.</p><p>Synnovis, which manages blood tests for NHS trusts and GP services, primarily in south-east London, was the <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/society/article/2024/jun/21/records-on-300m-patient-interactions-with-nhs-stolen-in-russian-hack">victim of a cyber-attack</a> – understood to have been carried out by the Russian group Qilin – on 3 June.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/society/article/2024/jun/24/nhs-england-confirms-theft-of-patient-records-data-from-its-provider">Continue reading...</a> NHS Cybercrime UK news Hacking England London Russia PA Media Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA NHS confirms stolen data published online is from blood test provider https://www.theguardian.com/society/article/2024/jun/24/nhs-england-confirms-theft-of-patient-records-data-from-its-provider Russia | The Guardian urn:uuid:7f252289-0863-e729-492b-b4d9cbd47ca7 Mon, 24 Jun 2024 14:37:29 -0400 <p>Health service in England issues update saying there is ‘no evidence’ hackers published entire database</p><p>Stolen data published online has been confirmed as having come from the NHS provider Synnovis, NHS England has said.</p><p>Synnovis, which manages blood tests for NHS trusts and GP services, primarily in south-east London, was the <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/society/article/2024/jun/21/records-on-300m-patient-interactions-with-nhs-stolen-in-russian-hack">victim of a cyber-attack</a> – understood to have been carried out by the Russian group Qilin – on 3 June.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/society/article/2024/jun/24/nhs-england-confirms-theft-of-patient-records-data-from-its-provider">Continue reading...</a> NHS Cybercrime UK news Hacking England London Russia Health Technology PA Media Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Farage’s Ukraine comments were hardly offensive – other party leaders could use a history lesson | Simon Jenkins https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/article/2024/jun/24/nigel-farage-ukraine-party-leaders-reform World news: Ukraine | theguardian.com urn:uuid:4438e48c-3059-1217-4028-ec1a3fd95ee0 Mon, 24 Jun 2024 11:14:56 -0400 <p>Yes, the Reform leader’s words were opportunistic. But at their root is a call for peace – and that should be on everyone’s minds</p><p>Is Nigel Farage guilty as charged? An appeaser, a disgrace, an apologist for Putin, an insult to Ukraine, <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/politics/article/2024/jun/22/farage-playing-into-putins-hands-with-ukraine-claims-says-sunak">says a chorus of British party leaders</a> on the election campaign trail. They are clearly delighted to hurl abuse at the surging Reform party, an attack that does not involve spending public money.</p><p>What Farage said was that <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/politics/article/2024/jun/21/russia-was-provoked-into-ukraine-war-claims-nigel-farage">Nato and the EU bore some responsibility</a> for Putin’s attack on Ukraine, through its 20-year-old “provocation” of Moscow – extending Nato membership to encircle Russia’s national boundary. It had broken the old rule: “Don’t poke the Russian bear, it tends to react.”</p><p>Simon Jenkins is a Guardian columnist</p><p><em><strong>Do you have an opinion on the issues raised in this article? If you would like to submit a response of up to 300 words by email to be considered for publication in our<a href="https://www.theguardian.com/tone/letters"> letters</a> section, please <a href="mailto:guardian.letters@theguardian.com?body=Please%20include%20your%20name,%20full%20postal%20address%20and%20phone%20number%20with%20your%20letter%20below.%20Letters%20are%20usually%20published%20with%20the%20author%27s%20name%20and%20city/town/village.%20The%20rest%20of%20the%20information%20is%20for%20verification%20only%20and%20to%20contact%20you%20where%20necessary.">click here</a>.</strong></em><br></p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/article/2024/jun/24/nigel-farage-ukraine-party-leaders-reform">Continue reading...</a> Nigel Farage Reform UK Ukraine Russia Nato World news Politics UK news Simon Jenkins Photograph: BBC/Getty Images Volodymyr Zelenskiy orders purge of Ukraine state guard after alleged assassination plots – as it happened https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2024/jun/24/russia-ukraine-war-live-russia-claims-us-responsible-for-ukrainian-attack-on-crimean-peninsula World news: Ukraine | theguardian.com urn:uuid:5195cbc6-7c8c-b09b-dde4-37db1af01628 Mon, 24 Jun 2024 10:52:30 -0400 <p>This live blog is closed.</p><p>Ukraine’s state security service (SBU) said it had detained a “mole” spying for Russia who passed on information about Ukrainian troop positions on the border with <strong>Belarus</strong>.</p><p>The SBU wrote on Telegram:</p><p><em>At the instruction of the occupiers (Russian military), the ‘mole’ established the locations of fortified areas and the approximate number of Ukrainian troops defending the border with Belarus.</em></p><p><em>He also tried to transmit the coordinates of warehouses with weapons and ammunition of the armed forces of Ukraine in the region.</em></p><p><em>For the first time, the EU has adopted a measure targeting specific vessels contributing to Russia’s warfare against Ukraine, which are subject to a port access ban and ban on provision of services.</em></p><p><em>These vessels can be designated for various reasons such as the transport of military equipment for Russia, the transport of stolen Ukrainian grain, and support in the development of Russia’s energy sector, for instance through the transport of LNG components or transshipments of LNG.</em></p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2024/jun/24/russia-ukraine-war-live-russia-claims-us-responsible-for-ukrainian-attack-on-crimean-peninsula">Continue reading...</a> Ukraine Europe World news Yohannes Lowe and Lili Bayer Photograph: Michael Buholzer/Reuters Russia-Ukraine war live: Volodymyr Zelenskiy orders purge of Ukraine state guard after alleged assassination plots https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2024/jun/24/russia-ukraine-war-live-russia-claims-us-responsible-for-ukrainian-attack-on-crimean-peninsula World news: Ukraine | theguardian.com urn:uuid:785d9a18-f98e-bae4-0a7d-82cf31ff8acb Mon, 24 Jun 2024 10:36:59 -0400 <p>State security service said last month it had caught two guard service colonels accused of cooperating with Russia to plot Zelenskiy’s assassination</p><p>Ukraine’s state security service (SBU) said it had detained a “mole” spying for Russia who passed on information about Ukrainian troop positions on the border with <strong>Belarus</strong>.</p><p>The SBU wrote on Telegram:</p><p><em>At the instruction of the occupiers (Russian military), the ‘mole’ established the locations of fortified areas and the approximate number of Ukrainian troops defending the border with Belarus.</em></p><p><em>He also tried to transmit the coordinates of warehouses with weapons and ammunition of the armed forces of Ukraine in the region.</em></p><p><em>For the first time, the EU has adopted a measure targeting specific vessels contributing to Russia’s warfare against Ukraine, which are subject to a port access ban and ban on provision of services.</em></p><p><em>These vessels can be designated for various reasons such as the transport of military equipment for Russia, the transport of stolen Ukrainian grain, and support in the development of Russia’s energy sector, for instance through the transport of LNG components or transshipments of LNG.</em></p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2024/jun/24/russia-ukraine-war-live-russia-claims-us-responsible-for-ukrainian-attack-on-crimean-peninsula">Continue reading...</a> Ukraine Europe World news Yohannes Lowe (now) and Lili Bayer (earlier) Photograph: Michael Buholzer/Reuters Dagestan attack shows Russia’s vulnerability to terrorism amid Ukraine war https://www.theguardian.com/world/article/2024/jun/24/dagestan-attack-highlights-russias-islamist-terror-threat-as-forces-are-engaged-in-ukraine Russia | The Guardian urn:uuid:c2ffdebf-1fda-b51c-51a8-7c8b5ba6a242 Mon, 24 Jun 2024 09:51:28 -0400 <p>Violence could indicate Kremlin is struggling to maintain order at home with Putin’s focus solely on his conflict</p><p>Sunday’s<a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/article/2024/jun/23/gunmen-kill-police-priest-attacks-russia-dagestan"> terrorist attack in Dagestan</a> that left at least 19 people dead has highlighted Russia’s growing difficulties in managing a tide of Islamist terror at home as its security forces are engaged in the war in Ukraine.</p><p>The attack, which was carried out by four gunmen in the capital, Makhachkala, and two in the seaside city of Derbent, appeared to catch Dagestani officials by surprise. At least 15 police officers were among those killed, and the attackers also burned down a synagogue and set fire to a church in acts that Russian officials are clearly concerned could lead to a tide of inter-ethnic violence at home.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/article/2024/jun/24/dagestan-attack-highlights-russias-islamist-terror-threat-as-forces-are-engaged-in-ukraine">Continue reading...</a> Russia Europe Islamic State World news Andrew Roth Photograph: AP Dagestan attack highlights Russia’s vulnerability at home amid Ukraine war https://www.theguardian.com/world/article/2024/jun/24/dagestan-attack-highlights-russias-islamist-terror-threat-as-forces-are-engaged-in-ukraine Russia | The Guardian urn:uuid:2039df86-9ca8-382f-c4fc-a7bec0e63e20 Mon, 24 Jun 2024 09:51:28 -0400 <p>Violence could indicate Kremlin is struggling to maintain order with Putin’s attention focused on conflict</p><p>Sunday’s <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/article/2024/jun/23/gunmen-kill-police-priest-attacks-russia-dagestan">terrorist attacks in Dagestan</a> that left at least 19 people dead have highlighted Russia’s growing difficulties in managing a tide of Islamist terror at home as its security forces are engaged in the war in Ukraine.</p><p>The attacks, carried out by four gunmen in Dagestan’s capital, Makhachkala, and two in the seaside city of Derbent, appeared to catch Dagestani officials by surprise. At least 15 police officers were among those killed, and the attackers also burned down a synagogue and set fire to a church in acts that Russian officials are clearly concerned could lead to a tide of inter-ethnic violence at home.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/article/2024/jun/24/dagestan-attack-highlights-russias-islamist-terror-threat-as-forces-are-engaged-in-ukraine">Continue reading...</a> Russia Europe Islamic State World news Andrew Roth Photograph: AP Russia-Ukraine war live: EU targets Russia’s ‘shadow fleet’ in new round of sanctions against Moscow https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2024/jun/24/russia-ukraine-war-live-russia-claims-us-responsible-for-ukrainian-attack-on-crimean-peninsula World news: Ukraine | theguardian.com urn:uuid:d58fb333-4d53-444b-8cd9-bdf1ecf4596e Mon, 24 Jun 2024 07:26:19 -0400 <p>EU’s latest measures include targeting tankers moving liquefied natural gas through Europe, which Russia is suspected of evading sanctions with</p><p>Ukraine’s state security service (SBU) said it had detained a “mole” spying for Russia who passed on information about Ukrainian troop positions on the border with <strong>Belarus</strong>.</p><p>The SBU wrote on Telegram:</p><p><em>At the instruction of the occupiers (Russian military), the ‘mole’ established the locations of fortified areas and the approximate number of Ukrainian troops defending the border with Belarus.</em></p><p><em>He also tried to transmit the coordinates of warehouses with weapons and ammunition of the armed forces of Ukraine in the region.</em></p><p><em>For the first time, the EU has adopted a measure targeting specific vessels contributing to Russia’s warfare against Ukraine, which are subject to a port access ban and ban on provision of services.</em></p><p><em>These vessels can be designated for various reasons such as the transport of military equipment for Russia, the transport of stolen Ukrainian grain, and support in the development of Russia’s energy sector, for instance through the transport of LNG components or transshipments of LNG.</em></p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2024/jun/24/russia-ukraine-war-live-russia-claims-us-responsible-for-ukrainian-attack-on-crimean-peninsula">Continue reading...</a> Ukraine Europe World news Yohannes Lowe Photograph: Valerii Kadnikov/Alamy Death Toll in Dagestan Attack Rises, Officials Say https://www.nytimes.com/2024/06/24/world/europe/russia-attack-dagestan.html NYT > Russia urn:uuid:80689462-9d51-48f1-604d-fe1b0009cc3a Mon, 24 Jun 2024 07:11:01 -0400 The attack in Dagestan targeted synagogues and Orthodox churches. Russian investigators called it an act of terrorism, but it was not immediately clear who was responsible. Synagogues Dagestan (Russia) Russia Deaths (Fatalities) Ivan Nechepurenko and Anatoly Kurmanaev Gunmen who attacked religious buildings in Russia’s Dagestan region ‘eliminated’ https://www.theguardian.com/world/article/2024/jun/24/russia-dagestan-gunmen-who-attacked-religious-buildings-eliminated Russia | The Guardian urn:uuid:09ac1871-5aa5-d602-7efe-bf02a907621c Mon, 24 Jun 2024 06:50:42 -0400 <p>Three days of mourning declared after 15 people reportedly killed during multiple assaults in restive province</p><p>Five people responsible for multiple gun attacks targeting churches and synagogues in Russia’s Dagestan region have been “eliminated”, said the authorities as the region began three days of mourning.</p><p>A criminal investigation has been launched under anti-terrorism laws after gunmen <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/article/2024/jun/23/gunmen-kill-police-priest-attacks-russia-dagestan">killed 19 people in co-ordinated attacks</a> in two cities in the restive region in the North Caucasus.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/article/2024/jun/24/russia-dagestan-gunmen-who-attacked-religious-buildings-eliminated">Continue reading...</a> Russia Europe World news Jennifer Rankin Photograph: Russia&#x27;s National Antiterrorism Committee/AFP/Getty Images Biden Attacks Trump on Abortion, and an Illicit Hajj Industry https://www.nytimes.com/2024/06/24/podcasts/biden-abortion-hajj-industry.html NYT > Russia urn:uuid:7c9a59ce-a34f-122c-a4e8-c16b30514cfe Mon, 24 Jun 2024 06:13:55 -0400 Plus, the soaring costs of caring for pets. Pilgrimages Deaths (Fatalities) Stampedes Abortion Democratic Party Biden, Joseph R Jr Mecca (Saudi Arabia) Russia Tracy Mumford, Lisa Lerer, Ivan Nechepurenko, Katie Thomas, Ian Stewart and Jessica Metzger Russia-Ukraine war live: Russia claims US responsible for Ukrainian attack on Crimean peninsula https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2024/jun/24/russia-ukraine-war-live-russia-claims-us-responsible-for-ukrainian-attack-on-crimean-peninsula World news: Ukraine | theguardian.com urn:uuid:ba81713f-98e5-b947-0485-6c04108ba1b7 Mon, 24 Jun 2024 06:00:52 -0400 <p>Moscow’s defence ministry blames Washington for attack which killed four and injured 151, saying US specialists set missiles’ flight coordinates</p><p>Ukraine’s state security service (SBU) said it had detained a “mole” spying for Russia who passed on information about Ukrainian troop positions on the border with <strong>Belarus</strong>.</p><p>The SBU wrote on Telegram:</p><p><em>At the instruction of the occupiers (Russian military), the ‘mole’ established the locations of fortified areas and the approximate number of Ukrainian troops defending the border with Belarus.</em></p><p><em>He also tried to transmit the coordinates of warehouses with weapons and ammunition of the armed forces of Ukraine in the region.</em></p><p><em>For the first time, the EU has adopted a measure targeting specific vessels contributing to Russia’s warfare against Ukraine, which are subject to a port access ban and ban on provision of services.</em></p><p><em>These vessels can be designated for various reasons such as the transport of military equipment for Russia, the transport of stolen Ukrainian grain, and support in the development of Russia’s energy sector, for instance through the transport of LNG components or transshipments of LNG.</em></p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2024/jun/24/russia-ukraine-war-live-russia-claims-us-responsible-for-ukrainian-attack-on-crimean-peninsula">Continue reading...</a> Ukraine Europe World news Yohannes Lowe Photograph: Sgt. 1st Class Andrew Dickson/AP Yaroslava Mahuchikh’s Olympic dream: ‘We want to show the world the war is not finished’ https://www.theguardian.com/sport/article/2024/jun/24/yaroslava-mahuchikhs-olympic-dream-we-want-to-show-the-world-the-war-is-not-finished World news: Ukraine | theguardian.com urn:uuid:703ed6cf-09ad-d67b-bff3-7f332ce507ec Mon, 24 Jun 2024 03:00:23 -0400 <p>Ukraine’s best hope for gold at Paris 2024 is fresh from high-jumping glory in Rome but yearns for the day she can return home</p><p>Yaroslava Mahuchikh is remembering the moment she woke to the sound of rockets and started to laugh hysterically. It was 24&nbsp;February 2022, the day of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and the world’s best high jumper was trying to process the unfathomable.</p><p>“Of course, we heard a lot of conversations on TV beforehand, but every Ukrainian didn’t believe that it would happen,” she says. “I woke up around half past four or 5am and I heard an explosion. At first I thought, maybe it’s something else. But when I heard a second one I knew that the war had started.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/sport/article/2024/jun/24/yaroslava-mahuchikhs-olympic-dream-we-want-to-show-the-world-the-war-is-not-finished">Continue reading...</a> Paris Olympic Games 2024 Athletics Olympic Games Ukraine Sport Sean Ingle Photograph: Andrew Medichini/AP Gunmen kill at least 15 in attacks on synagogue and churches in Russia’s Dagestan https://www.theguardian.com/world/article/2024/jun/23/gunmen-kill-police-priest-attacks-russia-dagestan Russia | The Guardian urn:uuid:71f72667-55d8-1a4a-5c3b-ff9afeda87ef Mon, 24 Jun 2024 02:17:39 -0400 <p>Simultaneous shootings target a synagogue in city of Derbent and police in region’s capital Makhachkala</p><p>Gunmen opened fire in two cities in Russia’s north Caucasus region of Dagestan, targeting a synagogue, two Orthodox churches and a police post and killing at least 15 police officers and a priest, Russian media reported.</p><p>“This is a day of tragedy day for Dagestan and the whole country,” Sergei Melikov, governor of the Dagestan region, said in a video published early on Monday on the Telegram messaging app.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/article/2024/jun/23/gunmen-kill-police-priest-attacks-russia-dagestan">Continue reading...</a> Russia Europe World news Pjotr Sauer Photograph: X.com The Kremlin’s Noose by Amy Knight review – vital primer on Putin’s Russia and Boris Berezovsky’s death https://www.theguardian.com/books/article/2024/jun/24/the-kremlins-noose-vladimir-putin-bitter-feud-with-oligarch-by-amy-knight-review-vital-primer-on-putins-russia-and-boris-berezovskys-death Russia | The Guardian urn:uuid:b71dffd4-86ff-0850-69cb-f57d390bd821 Mon, 24 Jun 2024 02:00:23 -0400 <p>The American historian and expert on Russia has written a definitive study of the flamboyant life and mysterious death of the oligarch, a confidant of Yeltsin and<em> </em>a man to whom Putin was once indebted</p><p>In the week before his mysterious death, the Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky made plans. He booked a trip to Israel. There, he intended to combine business meetings with a holiday. His 23-year-old girlfriend – one of a string of younger lovers – would join him at the beach resort of Eilat. Berezovsky spoke to friends, met the headteacher of his daughter Arina’s boarding school and enjoyed a meal of veal chops and pasta.</p><p>All of which made Berezovsky’s end – on 23 March 2013 at his ex-wife’s mansion outside London – deeply puzzling. His Israeli bodyguard found him mid-afternoon lying dead on the floor of the bathroom. Berezovsky’s cashmere scarf was tied around his neck. Surrey police concluded he hanged himself. After all, the bathroom door was locked from inside. A coroner <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/27/boris-berezovsky-inquest-open-verdict-death">gave an open verdict</a>. Family members and allies were certain he was murdered.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/books/article/2024/jun/24/the-kremlins-noose-vladimir-putin-bitter-feud-with-oligarch-by-amy-knight-review-vital-primer-on-putins-russia-and-boris-berezovskys-death">Continue reading...</a> Journalism books Books Boris Berezovsky Vladimir Putin Culture History books Russia Luke Harding Photograph: Martin Godwin/The Guardian Gunmen Attack Synagogues and Churches in Russian Republic https://www.nytimes.com/2024/06/23/world/europe/russia-attack-dagestan.html NYT > Russia urn:uuid:b70a62f3-a01a-5169-185d-7f38bbd8004a Mon, 24 Jun 2024 01:08:23 -0400 Multiple law-enforcement officers and a priest in the region of Dagestan were killed in what appeared to be coordinated attacks, local officials said. Dagestan (Russia) Russia Terrorism Makhachkala (Russia) Synagogues Attacks on Police Israel-Gaza War (2023- ) Jews and Judaism internal-storyline-no Anti-Semitism Anton Troianovski and Ivan Nechepurenko Gunmen Kill at Least 6 at Synagogue and Churches in Russian Republic https://www.nytimes.com/2024/06/23/world/europe/russia-attack-dagestan.html NYT > Russia urn:uuid:4b788c3c-deb0-b099-68a4-e6818a637265 Sun, 23 Jun 2024 20:05:42 -0400 At least a half-dozen police officers and a priest in Dagestan died in what appeared to be coordinated attacks, local officials said. Dagestan (Russia) Russia Terrorism Makhachkala (Russia) Synagogues Attacks on Police Israel-Gaza War (2023- ) Jews and Judaism internal-storyline-no Ivan Nechepurenko Ukraine war briefing: Russia blames US for deadly Ukrainian attack on occupied Crimea https://www.theguardian.com/world/article/2024/jun/24/ukraine-war-briefing-russia-blames-us-for-deadly-ukrainian-attack-on-occupied-crimea World news: Ukraine | theguardian.com urn:uuid:dae79e7b-f745-beed-6b31-4187ec00e741 Sun, 23 Jun 2024 19:32:57 -0400 <p>Moscow says responsibility for strikes using US-supplied Atacms missiles ‘borne above all by Washington’. What we know on day 852</p><p><strong>Russia claimed on Sunday that the US was responsible for a Ukrainian attack on the Russian-annexed Crimean peninsula in which five US-supplied missiles that killed four people, including two children, and injured 151 more</strong>. The defence ministry in Moscow said US specialists had set the Atacms missiles’ flight coordinates on the basis of information from US spy satellites, meaning Washington was directly responsible. “Responsibility for the deliberate missile attack on the civilians of Sevastopol is borne above all by Washington, which supplied these weapons to Ukraine, and by the Kyiv regime, from whose territory this strike was carried out,” the ministry said.</p><p><strong>One person was killed and three injured in Russia’s Belgorod region, bordering Ukraine, when three Ukrainian drones attacked the city of Grayvoron, regional governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said</strong>. Air defences overnight shot down 33 Ukrainian drones over Russia’s western Bryansk, Smolensk, Lipetsk and Tula regions, the Russian defence ministry said Sunday.</p><p><strong>A new attack on Kharkiv killed at least one person and wounded 11 on Sunday, according to local officials</strong>. Mayor Ihor Terekhov said the city was attacked by a guided bomb and that around half of Kharkiv was without electricity because of the strike.</p><p><strong>Armed militants <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/article/2024/jun/23/gunmen-kill-police-priest-attacks-russia-dagestan">attacked two Orthodox churches, a synagogue and a traffic police post</a> in Russia’s southern republic of Dagestan, killing a priest, a church security guard and at least six police officers, Russian state news agency Tass said Sunday</strong>. Dagestan’s ministry of internal affairs said a group of armed men fired at a synagogue and a church in the city of Derbent, located on the Caspian Sea. Almost simultaneously, reports appeared about an attack on a traffic police post in the capital of the largely Muslim region, Makhachkala. Russian media later reported that five gunmen involved in the attack had been killed.</p><p><strong>Ukraine’s energy operator Ukrenergo said on Sunday that rolling electricity blackouts would be imposed nationwide throughout Monday because of <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/article/2024/jun/23/ukraine-endures-widespread-blackouts-as-russia-attacks-critical-infrastructure">increased Russian attacks on power stations</a></strong>. Ukraine has had to impose power restrictions since May due to intense Russian attacks. The more severe power outages will start from midnight Sunday and last until midnight Monday, Ukrenergo said</p><p><strong>Serbia has sold hundreds of millions of dollars of ammunition to western countries that have likely helped Ukraine’s fight against Russia, President Aleksandar Vucic said in an interview with the Financial Times</strong>. Russia and Serbia have traditionally been close. But the Financial Times reported on Saturday that exported ammunition that ended up in Ukraine through third countries is estimated at about 800m euros, a figure that the Serbian president acknowledged in the interview was largely accurate.</p><p><strong>The UN’s nuclear watchdog on Sunday called for a halt to attacks on Enerhodar, a town near the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power station after drone strikes this week hit two electricity substations serving the area</strong>.<br> The plant’s Russian-installed officials accused Ukraine of staging two drone strikes that destroyed one substation, damaged another and cut power to residents for a time. Rafael Grossi, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, made no reference to Ukraine but said “Whoever is behind this, it must stop.”</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/article/2024/jun/24/ukraine-war-briefing-russia-blames-us-for-deadly-ukrainian-attack-on-occupied-crimea">Continue reading...</a> Ukraine Russia Europe Guardian staff and agencies Photograph: EPA Dagestan Gunmen Target Synagogue and Churches https://www.nytimes.com/2024/06/23/world/europe/russia-attack-dagestan.html NYT > Russia urn:uuid:ae0b531a-83a3-6bd1-1bab-56b1abbcbe17 Sun, 23 Jun 2024 15:18:07 -0400 Gunmen killed at least a half-dozen police officers and a priest in Dagestan in what appeared to be coordinated attacks, local officials said. Dagestan (Russia) Russia Terrorism Makhachkala (Russia) Synagogues Attacks on Police Israel-Gaza War (2023- ) Jews and Judaism internal-storyline-no Ivan Nechepurenko Gunmen kill at least six police and a priest in attacks in Russia’s Dagestan https://www.theguardian.com/world/article/2024/jun/23/gunmen-kill-police-priest-attacks-russia-dagestan Russia | The Guardian urn:uuid:4e306df6-689b-623b-760c-1812abb3ec61 Sun, 23 Jun 2024 14:08:43 -0400 <p>Simultaneous shootings target a synagogue in city of Derbent and police in region’s capital Makhachkala</p><p>Gunmen opened fire in two cities in Russia’s north Caucasus region of Dagestan, targeting a synagogue, two Orthodox churches and a police post and killing at least six police officers and a priest, officials said.</p><p>In the city of Derbent, gunmen attacked a synagogue, home to a Jewish community in the predominantly Muslim region. Russia’s state media Tass said the attackers also shot at two nearby Orthodox churches, killing a police officer and a priest.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/article/2024/jun/23/gunmen-kill-police-priest-attacks-russia-dagestan">Continue reading...</a> Russia Europe World news Pjotr Sauer Photograph: X.com Gunmen kill at least 15 police and a priest in attacks in Russia’s Dagestan https://www.theguardian.com/world/article/2024/jun/23/gunmen-kill-police-priest-attacks-russia-dagestan Russia | The Guardian urn:uuid:1c2d7334-d00d-eb3f-83bc-801508386251 Sun, 23 Jun 2024 14:08:43 -0400 <p>Simultaneous shootings target a synagogue in city of Derbent and police in region’s capital Makhachkala</p><p>Gunmen opened fire in two cities in Russia’s north Caucasus region of Dagestan, targeting a synagogue, two Orthodox churches and a police post and killing at least 15 police officers and a priest, the region’s head has said.</p><p>“This is a day of tragedy day for Dagestan and the whole country,” Sergei Melikov, governor of the Dagestan region, said in a video published early on Monday on the Telegram messaging app.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/article/2024/jun/23/gunmen-kill-police-priest-attacks-russia-dagestan">Continue reading...</a> Russia Europe World news Pjotr Sauer Photograph: X.com Putin and Kim Deepen Their Friendship During State Visit https://www.nytimes.com/video/world/asia/100000009530909/putin-kim-north-korea-friendship.html NYT > Russia urn:uuid:561241af-81c9-35b4-806a-c4613190b077 Sun, 23 Jun 2024 14:01:21 -0400 North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, and Russia’s president, Vladimir V. Putin, played up their growing bond as they agreed to a mutual-defense pledge. International Relations Politics and Government Defense and Military Forces Kim Jong-un Putin, Vladimir V North Korea Russia South Korea Russian Pool Via The Associated Press Ukraine endures widespread blackouts as Russia attacks critical infrastructure https://www.theguardian.com/world/article/2024/jun/23/ukraine-endures-widespread-blackouts-as-russia-attacks-critical-infrastructure World news: Ukraine | theguardian.com urn:uuid:1383672e-9ea0-b999-5f67-c7ed75dafa76 Sun, 23 Jun 2024 11:44:56 -0400 <p>Moscow’s renewed assault on Ukraine’s energy grid has seen worst rolling blackouts since full-scale invasion began</p><p>Ukrainians are having to cope with widespread emergency blackouts as Russia continued to pound critical infrastructure over the weekend.</p><p>In recent months Moscow has intensified its attacks against Ukraine’s energy grid. On Friday night Ukrainian energy facilities came under a “massive attack”, Ukraine’s energy ministry said. Several workers were injured as a result of shelling at one of the facilities.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/article/2024/jun/23/ukraine-endures-widespread-blackouts-as-russia-attacks-critical-infrastructure">Continue reading...</a> Ukraine Russia US news Europe World news Volodymyr Zelenskiy Pjotr Sauer in Kyiv Photograph: Alex Babenko/AP CCTV footage shows moment Russian strike hits street in Kharkiv – video https://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2024/jun/23/cctv-footage-moment-russian-strike-street-kharkiv-ukraine-video World news: Ukraine | theguardian.com urn:uuid:3d087f2f-5f6e-70e3-f5ee-7e3d19d64a88 Sun, 23 Jun 2024 11:14:59 -0400 <p>CCTV footage from Saturday shows the moment a Russian bomb hit a street in Ukraine's second city of Kharkiv, narrowly missing a pedestrian. The video shows the person walking away after the blast only a few metres away. The latest Russian strikes killed at least three people and wounded 52 more. Ukraine is struggling with a new wave of rolling blackouts after relentless Russian attacks on energy infrastructure</p><p></p><ul><li><p><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/article/2024/jun/22/russian-bomb-attack-on-kharkiv-kills-three-and-wounds-38-people"><strong>Russian bomb attack on Kharkiv kills at least three and wounds 52</strong></a></p></li></ul> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2024/jun/23/cctv-footage-moment-russian-strike-street-kharkiv-ukraine-video">Continue reading...</a> Ukraine Russia Europe World news Guardian Staff Photograph: Reuters Ukraine Urges West to Allow Use of Weapons to Hit Russian Air Bases https://www.nytimes.com/2024/06/23/world/europe/ukraine-war-zelensky-us-weapons.html NYT > Russia urn:uuid:aa3f1dc2-e8b2-8a68-bb01-16615a50f0d8 Sun, 23 Jun 2024 11:10:12 -0400 After bombs again rained on Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-biggest city, President Volodymyr Zelensky asked Western partners to permit the use of their weapons against air bases inside Russia. Russian Invasion of Ukraine (2022) Missiles and Missile Defense Systems International Relations Military Aircraft Zelensky, Volodymyr Kharkiv (Ukraine) Ukraine Russia United States Defense and Military Forces Marc Santora ‘A return to the cold war’: Putin and Kim have joined forces as global delinquents | Andrew Roth https://www.theguardian.com/world/article/2024/jun/23/a-return-to-the-cold-war-putin-and-kim-have-joined-forces-as-global-delinquents Russia | The Guardian urn:uuid:dc9510c9-696b-9f9e-9e14-aa74ea05169f Sun, 23 Jun 2024 08:00:02 -0400 <p>The defiant Russia-North Korea friendship pact raises big questions for Washington and Seoul – but also for Beijing</p><p>A quarter of a century ago, Vladimir Putin flew to Pyongyang to sign a ­“friendship treaty” with Kim Jong-il that helped revive Russia’s relations with North Korea without obliging the two sides to come to each other’s aid in case of a military attack.</p><p>With his visit last week, Putin has in effect gone further into the past, <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/article/2024/jun/19/russia-and-north-korea-sign-mutual-defence-pact">signing a deal with Kim Jong-un</a> reminiscent of the 1961 security pact that existed under the Soviet Union during the cold war. But today Russia is engaged in a hot war in Ukraine that Putin has made his ­foreign policy priority, and a nuclear North Korea has become a crucial lifeline of munitions for his military.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/article/2024/jun/23/a-return-to-the-cold-war-putin-and-kim-have-joined-forces-as-global-delinquents">Continue reading...</a> Vladimir Putin Kim Jong-un Russia North Korea South Korea Nuclear weapons Ukraine China US news Asia Pacific World news Andrew Roth Photograph: KCNA via KNS/AFP/Getty Images Senior Tories line up to denounce Nigel Farage’s defence of Putin’s war https://www.theguardian.com/politics/article/2024/jun/23/senior-tories-line-up-to-denounce-nigel-farages-defence-of-putins-war World news: Ukraine | theguardian.com urn:uuid:de0c3027-38f0-ebfc-cd8f-854405ff425f Sun, 23 Jun 2024 04:00:10 -0400 <p>Conservatives are desperate to halt the rise of Reform UK, which is splitting their party in two</p><p>Rishi Sunak and a string of senior Conservatives have condemned Nigel Farage for claiming <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/politics/article/2024/jun/21/russia-was-provoked-into-ukraine-war-claims-nigel-farage">the west provoked the Russian invasion of Ukraine</a>, amid a growing internal Tory battle over how to deal with the Reform UK leader.</p><p>The prime minister accused Farage of playing “into Putin’s hands” after he made the claim in a BBC <em>Panorama </em>interview on Friday, in which he linked Nato and EU expansion to the conflict in eastern Europe. Tom Tugendhat, the security minister went further, telling the <em>Observer</em>: “It doesn’t matter whether you’re Jeremy Corbyn or Nigel Farage – if you parrot the Kremlin’s lies, you cannot be trusted with our national security.”</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/politics/article/2024/jun/23/senior-tories-line-up-to-denounce-nigel-farages-defence-of-putins-war">Continue reading...</a> General election 2024 Conservatives Rishi Sunak Nigel Farage Reform UK Ukraine Europe Politics UK news General elections Michael Savage, Policy Editor Photograph: EPA The Observer view on Vladimir Putin’s reckless visit to Asia | Observer editorial https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/article/2024/jun/23/vladimir-putin-asia-visit-north-korea World news: Ukraine | theguardian.com urn:uuid:7cce3489-9c94-8b58-c329-4793899fabb9 Sun, 23 Jun 2024 01:30:04 -0400 <p>The pact of pariahs between the Russian leader and North Korea’s unpredictable Kim Jong-un risks destabilising region</p><p>Vladimir Putin’s visits to North Korea and Vietnam last week caused great <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/article/2024/jun/21/us-concerned-vladimir-putin-weapons-north-korea-asia-tour">consternation among the western powers</a>, which was undoubtedly his intention. The Russian president is keen to demonstrate that, notwithstanding the widespread condemnation of his illegal, full-scale invasion of Ukraine and the ensuing diplomatic ostracism and sanctions, he still has international support, and can raise the cost to his opponents of continued backing for Kyiv.</p><p>If anyone doubted the extent to which the war in Ukraine has become a truly global issue, here was conclusive proof of its almost universal impact. Putin and North Korea’s dictator, Kim Jong-un, signed a <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/article/2024/jun/19/putin-kim-ukraine-war-north-korea-weapons-world">mutual defence treaty</a> that commits each country to provide military assistance to the other “with all means at its disposal” in the event of an attack. The treaty represents a significant boost for Kim’s isolated regime – and for Putin’s efforts, with China, to build up an anti-democratic, anti-western international alliance.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/article/2024/jun/23/vladimir-putin-asia-visit-north-korea">Continue reading...</a> Vladimir Putin World news Kim Jong-un North Korea Vietnam Ukraine Asia Pacific Nato China Observer editorial Photograph: Gavriil Grigorov/AP Ukraine war briefing: Zelenskiy calls for more military aid after strike on Kharkiv apartment block https://www.theguardian.com/world/article/2024/jun/23/ukraine-war-briefing-zelenskiy-calls-for-more-military-aid-after-strike-on-kharkiv-apartment-block World news: Ukraine | theguardian.com urn:uuid:b96bf1a1-b210-05b6-6366-a1cffe56020f Sat, 22 Jun 2024 21:16:34 -0400 <p>Three dead and dozens more injured after Kharkiv attack; Rishi Sunak says Nigel Farage’s Ukraine comments play ‘into Putin’s hands. What we know on day 851</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/russia+ukraine">See all our Ukraine war coverage</a></li></ul><p><strong>Russian guided bombs shattered an apartment building in Ukraine’s second-largest city of Kharkiv on Saturday, <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/article/2024/jun/22/russian-bomb-attack-on-kharkiv-kills-three-and-wounds-38-people">killing three people and injuring 52</a>,</strong> including three children, officials said. Pictures posted online showed parts of the five-storey apartment building in ruins, with windows smashed, balconies wrecked and rubble strewn about a crater on the ground. Regional governor Oleh Syniehubov said four of those hurt were in serious condition. “This Russian terror through guided bombs must be stopped and can be stopped,” president Volodymyr Zelenskiy wrote on Telegram. Kharkiv lies about 30 km (20 miles) from the border with Russia.</p><p><strong>Later, Zelenskiy called for more help to deal with the growing threat of such weapons.</strong> <strong>In his nightly video address, Zelenskiy said Russian forces had used more than 2,400 guided bombs on Ukrainian targets in June alone, with about 700 aimed at Kharkiv.</strong> He said after the US Congress gave delayed approval of a big aid package in April, Ukraine’s replenished arms supplies had reduced the devastation and frequency of missile attacks and the same had to be done now to fend off these bombs. Ukraine, he said, needed promised military aid packages “without delay so that the agreements we reached with president Biden can be realised”.</p><p><strong>The governor of eastern Ukraine’s partly occupied Donetsk region said Saturday that Russian attacks had killed five people</strong> and wounded seven the previous day. In the Russia-controlled part of the region, Moscow-installed governor Denis Pushilin said three people were killed and four were injured in shelling by Ukrainian forces Saturday morning. The reports could not be verified.</p><p><strong>Ukrainian attack drones again struck Enerhodar, a town near the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power station</strong>, after drones earlier in the week hit two of the town’s electric substations, a Russian-installed official said on Saturday. An official at the station had initially reported that it was unaffected, but Russian management said on Telegram on Saturday, before the latest drone strikes, that some “infrastructure facilities” including the transport department and print shop experienced disruptions after the attacks. Nuclear safety measures remained fully operational, it said.</p><p><strong>A new barrage of Russian missiles and drones damaged energy facilities in southeastern and western Ukraine on Saturday,</strong> wounding at least two energy workers and forcing record electricity imports, officials said. National Grid operator Ukrenergo said equipment at its facilities in the south-eastern Zaporizhzhia region and Lviv in the west had been damaged in the second large Russian air attack this week. The Russian strikes also hit a gas infrastructure facility in the west of the country, the energy ministry said. Ukraine’s navy said it was the first time that Russian forces had launched missiles from the Sea of Azov rather than the Black Sea. Ukraine’s air defences intercepted 12 of the 16 missiles and all 13 drones launched by Russia, the air force said.</p><p><strong>Russia’s air defence systems destroyed 12 Ukrainian drones that targeted Russia’s Bryansk region, the governor of the region that borders Ukraine said on Sunday,</strong> according to the Reuters news agency. According to preliminary information, there were no casualties and no damage from the attack, Alexander Bogomaz, governor of the Bryansk region said on the Telegram messaging app.</p><p><strong>Nigel Farage, leader of Britain’s anti-immigration Reform UK party,</strong> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/politics/article/2024/jun/22/farage-playing-into-putins-hands-with-ukraine-claims-says-sunak">has doubled down on his claims</a> that the west provoked the Russian invasion of Ukraine, refusing to apologise and insisting he is not an “apologist or supporter of Putin”. On Saturday, Rishi Sunak and <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/politics/keir-starmer">Keir Starmer</a> condemned the comments, with the prime minister saying it “plays into Putin’s hands” and the Labour leader describing it as “disgraceful”. Writing in the Telegraph newspaper, Farage said, “What I have been saying for the past 10 years is that the west has played into Putin’s hands”.</p><p><strong>French prosecutors on Saturday charged two Moldovans suspected of painting coffins and a slogan urging an end to Ukraine war</strong> on the facade of a prominent Paris newspaper, a judicial source said. It was just the latest in a series of such acts in the capital in recent weeks.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/article/2024/jun/23/ukraine-war-briefing-zelenskiy-calls-for-more-military-aid-after-strike-on-kharkiv-apartment-block">Continue reading...</a> Ukraine Russia Europe World news Guardian staff and agencies Photograph: Sergey Kozlov/EPA Russian bomb attack on Kharkiv kills at least three and wounds 52 https://www.theguardian.com/world/article/2024/jun/22/russian-bomb-attack-on-kharkiv-kills-three-and-wounds-38-people World news: Ukraine | theguardian.com urn:uuid:cb717604-0295-8120-7e68-5d88bd6303bf Sat, 22 Jun 2024 15:04:25 -0400 <p>President Zelenskiy calls for ‘bold decisions from our partners’ following aerial assault on Ukraine’s second city</p><p>At least three people were killed in a Russian bombing attack on Ukraine’s second city, Kharkiv, on Saturday afternoon, Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy said.</p><p>Another 52 people were wounded in the attack, Kharkiv mayor Ihor Terekhov said. Four aerial bombs were launched against the city, damaging residential buildings, shops and public transport stops, said Kharkiv’s regional governor Oleh Syniehubov. He said four of the wounded were in serious condition.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/article/2024/jun/22/russian-bomb-attack-on-kharkiv-kills-three-and-wounds-38-people">Continue reading...</a> Ukraine Russia Europe World news Associated Press Photograph: Andrii Marienko/AP Russian bomb attack on Kharkiv kills three and wounds 38 people https://www.theguardian.com/world/article/2024/jun/22/russian-bomb-attack-on-kharkiv-kills-three-and-wounds-38-people World news: Ukraine | theguardian.com urn:uuid:d3fdedc6-c011-2401-fe4f-c9da6c248f7f Sat, 22 Jun 2024 13:51:40 -0400 <p>President Zelenskiy calls for ‘bold decisions from our partners’ following aerial assault on Ukraine’s second city</p><p>At least three people were killed in a Russian bombing attack on Ukraine’s second city, Kharkiv, on Saturday afternoon, Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy said.</p><p>Another 38 people were wounded in the attack, Kharkiv mayor Ihor Terekhov said. Four aerial bombs were launched against the city, damaging residential buildings, shops and public transport stops, said Kharkiv’s regional governor Oleh Syniehubov. He said four of the wounded were in serious condition.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/article/2024/jun/22/russian-bomb-attack-on-kharkiv-kills-three-and-wounds-38-people">Continue reading...</a> Ukraine Russia Europe World news Associated Press Photograph: Andrii Marienko/AP Russian bomb attack on Kharkiv kills at least three and wounds 38 https://www.theguardian.com/world/article/2024/jun/22/russian-bomb-attack-on-kharkiv-kills-three-and-wounds-38-people World news: Ukraine | theguardian.com urn:uuid:7c7c6e9b-fc85-de9b-1005-1ddff8bd72f6 Sat, 22 Jun 2024 13:51:40 -0400 <p>President Zelenskiy calls for ‘bold decisions from our partners’ following aerial assault on Ukraine’s second city</p><p>At least three people were killed in a Russian bombing attack on Ukraine’s second city, Kharkiv, on Saturday afternoon, Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy said.</p><p>Another 38 people were wounded in the attack, Kharkiv mayor Ihor Terekhov said. Four aerial bombs were launched against the city, damaging residential buildings, shops and public transport stops, said Kharkiv’s regional governor Oleh Syniehubov. He said four of the wounded were in serious condition.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/article/2024/jun/22/russian-bomb-attack-on-kharkiv-kills-three-and-wounds-38-people">Continue reading...</a> Ukraine Russia Europe World news Associated Press Photograph: Andrii Marienko/AP On the digital map of history, when will big tech’s USSR moment finally come? | Alex Hern https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/article/2024/jun/22/big-tech-power-soviet-union-ussr-collapse Russia | The Guardian urn:uuid:a0bd9848-4e5d-0682-7f3c-c82e619788cf Sat, 22 Jun 2024 11:00:33 -0400 <p>The end of the all-powerful social networks seems inconceivable, but the disintegration of the Soviet giant once did too</p><p>I was born two years before the USSR ceased to exist. The largest country in the world disappeared overnight, replaced by the new largest country in the world, Russia. But the footprint it left took longer to be washed away. I grew up with a duvet cover printed with a world map prominently featuring the ex-nation, reading books and atlases that were published after I was born but before it vanished, and voraciously consuming science fiction that assumed the Soviets would continue to exist far into the future.</p><p>The USSR isn’t the only such artefact, of course. Randall Munroe, author of the webcomic <em>XKCD</em>, once put together <a href="https://xkcd.com/1688">a flow chart</a> to date almost any world map made since the 19th century to within a few years by answering some simple questions. Does it show Constantinople rather than Istanbul? Does Tokyo exist but not South Africa or Rhodesia? Is Bolivia landlocked? Then your map is from between 1884 and 1895.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/article/2024/jun/22/big-tech-power-soviet-union-ussr-collapse">Continue reading...</a> Social media Smartphones Computing X Facebook Instagram TikTok Mobile phones Technology Digital media Internet Meta Social networking Russia Alex Hern Photograph: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images Sunak and Starmer condemn Farage for saying west provoked Ukraine invasion https://www.theguardian.com/politics/article/2024/jun/22/farage-playing-into-putins-hands-with-ukraine-claims-says-sunak Russia | The Guardian urn:uuid:098fed4c-a167-cfd7-8991-90354c2b5695 Sat, 22 Jun 2024 09:01:24 -0400 <p>PM says Reform leader’s comments ‘play into Putin’s hands’ while Labour leader describes them as ‘disgraceful’</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/politics/live/2024/jun/22/nigel-farage-wallace-ukraine-war-comments-putin-uk-general-election-updates">UK election live – latest updates</a></li></ul><p>Rishi Sunak and Keir Starmer have condemned Nigel Farage for his claim the west provoked the Russian invasion of Ukraine, with the prime minister saying it “plays into Putin’s hands” and the Labour leader describing it as “disgraceful”.</p><p><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/politics/article/2024/jun/21/russia-was-provoked-into-ukraine-war-claims-nigel-farage">Farage made the claim</a> on Friday in a BBC Panorama interview, drawing a link between Nato and EU expansion in recent decades and the conflict in eastern Europe.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/politics/article/2024/jun/22/farage-playing-into-putins-hands-with-ukraine-claims-says-sunak">Continue reading...</a> Rishi Sunak Nigel Farage General election 2024 Reform UK Conservatives Vladimir Putin Russia Europe General elections Politics UK news Keir Starmer Labour Mabel Banfield-Nwachi and Eleni Courea Photograph: BBC/Getty Images Farage doubles down on claim west provoked Ukraine invasion https://www.theguardian.com/politics/article/2024/jun/22/farage-playing-into-putins-hands-with-ukraine-claims-says-sunak Russia | The Guardian urn:uuid:f682c77f-1c90-8a8c-86cb-08fc5448d5f2 Sat, 22 Jun 2024 09:01:24 -0400 <p>Reform UK leader refuses to apologise after his remarks attracted widespread condemnation</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/politics/live/2024/jun/22/nigel-farage-wallace-ukraine-war-comments-putin-uk-general-election-updates">UK election live – latest updates</a></li></ul><p>Nigel Farage has doubled down on his claims that the west provoked the Russian invasion of Ukraine, refusing to apologise and insisting he is not an “apologist or supporter of Putin”.</p><p>The Reform UK leader had appeared on the BBC’s Panorama programme on Thursday night, <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/politics/article/2024/jun/21/russia-was-provoked-into-ukraine-war-claims-nigel-farage">drawing a link between Nato and EU expansion in recent decades</a> and the conflict in eastern Europe.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/politics/article/2024/jun/22/farage-playing-into-putins-hands-with-ukraine-claims-says-sunak">Continue reading...</a> Rishi Sunak Nigel Farage General election 2024 Reform UK Conservatives Vladimir Putin Russia Europe General elections Politics UK news Keir Starmer Labour Mabel Banfield-Nwachi and Eleni Courea Photograph: BBC/Getty Images Sunak and Starmer condemn Farage's claims the west provoked Russia's invasion of Ukraine – video https://www.theguardian.com/politics/video/2024/jun/22/sunak-starmer-condemn-farage-claims-west-provoked-russia-invasion-ukraine-video World news: Ukraine | theguardian.com urn:uuid:d6e44e29-5ca8-4485-4092-08991939fb62 Sat, 22 Jun 2024 08:58:31 -0400 <p>Nigel Farage’s claim that the west provoked Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was 'completely wrong and only plays into Putin’s hands', Rishi Sunak has said. The prime minister was speaking after <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/politics/article/2024/jun/21/russia-was-provoked-into-ukraine-war-claims-nigel-farage">Farage claimed 'we provoked this war</a>' in a BBC Panorama interview, drawing a link between Nato and EU expansion in recent decades and the war in eastern Europe. The Labour leader, Keir Starmer, said Farage's remarks were 'disgraceful', as he campaigned in Vauxhall in London</p><ul><li><p><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/politics/article/2024/jun/22/farage-playing-into-putins-hands-with-ukraine-claims-says-sunak">Farage ‘playing into Putin’s hands’ with Ukraine claims, says Sunak</a></p></li></ul> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/politics/video/2024/jun/22/sunak-starmer-condemn-farage-claims-west-provoked-russia-invasion-ukraine-video">Continue reading...</a> Rishi Sunak Keir Starmer Nigel Farage General election 2024 Reform UK Conservatives Labour Russia Vladimir Putin Ukraine Photograph: Wires Farage condemned for claiming west provoked Russia’s invasion of Ukraine https://www.theguardian.com/politics/article/2024/jun/22/farage-playing-into-putins-hands-with-ukraine-claims-says-sunak Russia | The Guardian urn:uuid:d4c7c2e9-031c-2760-c8ce-596f1bf2b205 Sat, 22 Jun 2024 08:28:09 -0400 <p>Sunak says Reform leader’s comments ‘play into Putin’s hands’ while Starmer describes them as ‘disgraceful’</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/politics/live/2024/jun/22/nigel-farage-wallace-ukraine-war-comments-putin-uk-general-election-updates">UK election live – latest updates</a></li></ul><p>Nigel Farage has been condemned for his claim that the west provoked Russia’s invasion of Ukraine with the prime minister saying it “plays into Putin’s hands” and the Labour leader describing them as “disgraceful”.</p><p><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/politics/article/2024/jun/21/russia-was-provoked-into-ukraine-war-claims-nigel-farage">Farage made the claim</a> on Friday in a BBC Panorama interview, drawing a link between Nato and EU expansion in recent decades and the conflict in eastern Europe.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/politics/article/2024/jun/22/farage-playing-into-putins-hands-with-ukraine-claims-says-sunak">Continue reading...</a> Rishi Sunak Nigel Farage General election 2024 Reform UK Conservatives Vladimir Putin Russia Europe General elections Politics UK news Mabel Banfield-Nwachi and Eleni Courea Photograph: BBC/Getty Images Farage ‘playing into Putin’s hands’ with Ukraine claims, says Sunak https://www.theguardian.com/politics/article/2024/jun/22/farage-playing-into-putins-hands-with-ukraine-claims-says-sunak Russia | The Guardian urn:uuid:5da7b1fd-f5f3-69de-7212-15da62d1bce5 Sat, 22 Jun 2024 07:24:13 -0400 <p>Reform leader’s ‘appeasement’ of Russian president is danger to security of Britain and allies, PM says</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/politics/live/2024/jun/22/nigel-farage-wallace-ukraine-war-comments-putin-uk-general-election-updates">UK election live – latest updates</a></li></ul><p>Nigel Farage’s claim that the west provoked Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was “completely wrong and only plays into Putin’s hands”, Rishi Sunak has said.</p><p>The prime minister was speaking after <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/politics/article/2024/jun/21/russia-was-provoked-into-ukraine-war-claims-nigel-farage">Farage claimed “we provoked this war”</a> in a BBC Panorama interview, drawing a link between Nato and European Union expansion in recent decades and the conflict in eastern Europe.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/politics/article/2024/jun/22/farage-playing-into-putins-hands-with-ukraine-claims-says-sunak">Continue reading...</a> Rishi Sunak Nigel Farage General election 2024 Reform UK Conservatives Vladimir Putin Russia Europe General elections Politics UK news Mabel Banfield-Nwachi and Eleni Courea Photograph: Benjamin Cremel/AFP/Getty Images ‘War how it truly is’: Ukrainian director turns accidental footage into a film https://www.theguardian.com/world/article/2024/jun/22/oleh-sentsov-ukrainian-director-turns-accidental-footage-film World news: Ukraine | theguardian.com urn:uuid:ea8626e9-6b98-9c62-4caf-03473aeac627 Sat, 22 Jun 2024 00:00:20 -0400 <p>Oleh Sentsov’s film Real is 90 minutes of frontline action captured when he didn’t realise his camera was on</p><p>In the new film by the Ukrainian director Oleh Sentsov, soldiers pinned down in a trench try to organise the evacuation of a group of fellow fighters who are stuck and wounded in a frontline position.</p><p>Sentsov, who spent several years as <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/aug/19/ukrainian-filmmaker-oleg-sentsov-russian-court-suffer-or-die-for-his-beliefs">a political prisoner</a> in Russia and is now fighting in the Ukrainian army, found the 90 minutes of shaky footage six months after the battle. He was going through old files on his GoPro camera and realised it had been switched on that day.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/article/2024/jun/22/oleh-sentsov-ukrainian-director-turns-accidental-footage-film">Continue reading...</a> Ukraine Documentary films Film Culture Europe World news Russia Crimea Shaun Walker Photograph: Real | Oleh Sentsov Ukraine war briefing: Zelenskiy hails ‘historic step’ as EU set to open Ukraine accession talks https://www.theguardian.com/world/article/2024/jun/22/ukraine-war-briefing-zelenskiy-hails-historic-step-as-eu-set-to-open-ukraine-accession-talks Russia | The Guardian urn:uuid:8ac11c36-bb17-9f0e-e35e-805ef8da19ad Fri, 21 Jun 2024 21:53:27 -0400 <p>President says Ukrainians ‘realising their European dream’ as bloc approves negotiations next week; two killed in Russian strike as Ukraine attacks Russian oil refineries. What we know on day 850</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/russia+ukraine">See all our Ukraine war coverage</a></li></ul> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/article/2024/jun/22/ukraine-war-briefing-zelenskiy-hails-historic-step-as-eu-set-to-open-ukraine-accession-talks">Continue reading...</a> Ukraine Russia Europe World news Guardian staff and agencies Photograph: Anadolu/Getty Images Putin Shows He Can Antagonize the U.S. Far Afield From Ukraine https://www.nytimes.com/2024/06/21/world/europe/putin-russia-north-korea.html NYT > Russia urn:uuid:3c70e9ef-fe66-2f15-6c05-3e540d72ee62 Fri, 21 Jun 2024 17:50:51 -0400 His support for North Korea’s military ambitions showed he can inflict pain on the U.S. and its NATO allies in ways beyond aggression in Ukraine. 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