Kramatorsk, Sloviansk under fire

  • Russian raids targeted cities in Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk region, according to Kyiv. In Kramatorsk, a local official reported casualties while several people were reportedly injured Sloviansk.
  • Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has flown to Indonesia’s resort island of Bali for a meeting of G20 foreign ministers, which is set to be overshadowed by tensions triggered by the Russia-Ukraine conflict.
  • An estimated 23,000 people await evacuation from Sloviansk as the Donbas offensive continues. Ukrainian authorities said.
  • Australia’s Foreign Minister Penny Wong asks China to exert its influence on Russia to halt the war in Ukraine.

    Zelenskyy meets US senators

    Ukrainian President Zelenskyy has met with two US senators in Kyiv, according to a statement from his office, which published images of the president with United State Senators Lindsey Graham, a Republican from South Carolina, and Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat from Connecticut.

    Zelenskyy spoke with them about Ukraine needing more air defenses before the scheduled start of its school year in September.

    “We must ensure such a level of security in the sky (so) that our people are not afraid to live in Ukraine,” Zelenskyy said.

    Russian prosecutor seeks 7 years in jail for councillor over Ukraine criticism

    A Russian prosecutor has requested a seven-year prison term for a Moscow city councillor for criticising Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, AFP news agency reported from court.

    Alexei Gorinov, a 60-year-old lawyer by training, was arrested in late April for spreading “knowingly false information” about the Russian army and is now on trial.

    Ukraine claims control of Snake Island

    The Ukrainian army claims it has regained control of the symbolic Snake Island in the Black Sea, after raising its flag there this week following the withdrawal of Russian forces.

    “We have effectively reestablished our control over Snake Island,” a senior Ukraine military official, Oleksiy Gromov, said according to Ukraine’s Interfax news agency.

    Ukrainian forces have “physical control” of the island, he said.

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