LIVE | 115th day of war in Ukraine

The war in Ukraine continues for the 115th day as the Russians tighten their grip on Snake Island in the Black Sea.

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7:41 p.m. | Ukraine: Lugansk governor under fire ‘preparing for worst’




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Serguiï Gaïdaï, governor of a region in eastern Ukraine constantly bombed by the Russians, opens the pockets of his bulletproof vest, which is filled with ammunition and first-aid kit. “We have to prepare for the worst,” he said.

4:17 p.m. | Johnson calls on Ukraine’s allies for strong and long-term support

Ukraine’s allies must support Kyiv firmly and for a long time if they do not want “aggression” to triumph in Europe as it has not done since World War II, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Saturday.

10:45 am | Five civilians killed, 12 injured in shelling in Donetsk

Five civilians were killed and 12 others injured in Ukrainian shelling in Donetsk in breakaway eastern Ukraine on Saturday, pro-Russian local authorities said in a statement.

7:05 am | Rare trip from Zelenskyj to southern Ukraine

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, whose trips outside the capital Kyiv have been infrequent since the Russian invasion began, paid the first visit to the southern Ukraine city of Mykolaiv on Saturday.




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6:53 am | Russia puts the world in danger of famine

By blocking grain exports from Ukraine and restricting its own exports, Russia is exposing the world to starvation, accused the head of European diplomacy, the Spaniard Josep Borrell, on Saturday.

The threat to food security and the “narrative battle” with Russia over the reality of the sanctions imposed on Moscow will be the focus of EU foreign ministers’ talks in Luxembourg on Monday.




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6:18 am | Ukraine: “Fierce fighting” near Severodonetsk, says governor

Ukrainian authorities on Saturday reported “bitter fighting” in villages near the eastern city of Severodonetsk, which Russian troops have been trying to bring under their control for weeks.

5:54 | Ukraine: German criminal police investigating hundreds of possible war crimes

Germany’s Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) said on Saturday it was investigating several hundred possible Russian war crimes in Ukraine and also specified that it was looking for the military and political leaders of these crimes.

5:32 | Russians consolidate their hold on Snake Island

The Russian army has increased its hold on Snake Island in the Black Sea and deployed several defense systems, suggesting that despite the threat of new artillery systems and Ukrainian missile fire, it has no intention of simply letting go of this strategic point.

The latest open-source satellite images of this island off the Ukrainian and Romanian coasts make it possible to distinguish different surface-to-air defense systems, and the Russians have also installed them on ships positioned nearby to further strengthen the protective bubble .



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5:22 | In Kyiv, a crowd at the funeral of a Maidan figure killed in battle

Hundreds of people flocked to the gold-domed St. Michael’s Monastery in central Kyiv on Saturday to attend the funeral of a young Ukrainian activist who was killed in the east and was a figure of the pro-movement.-European Maidan, noted AFP.

Roman Ratouchny died on June 9 near Izium in the Kharkiv region, where Ukrainian forces are facing the Russian army that invaded the country on February 24.




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