Kyiv says Kherson to be recaptured soon

  • Ukraine’s southern region of Kherson will be recaptured by Kyiv’s forces by September, a Ukrainian official has said.
  • Russia’s foreign ministry has said it targeted a military boat and weapons delivered by the US in the port of Odesa on Saturday with high-precision long-range missiles.

    German industry cuts production due to high energy prices: Survey

    A survey of 3,500 companies in Germany has found that 16 percent of them are cutting production, or partially discontinuing business operations, due to soaring energy prices.

    “These are alarming figures,” said Peter Adrian, president of the Chambers of Industry and Commerce which made the study. “They show how permanently high energy prices are a burden,” he added.

    Germany is largely dependent on Russian gas to fuel its export-led economy and to keep homes warm. But the nation has been bracing for a possible complete halt in Russian supplies if Moscow steps up its use of gas as an economic weapon against the West while it wages war in Ukraine.

    A Canadian citizen died in Ukraine: Foreign ministry

    A Canadian citizen died in Ukraine, Canada’s foreign ministry spokesperson has said, adding that further details will not be shared due to privacy considerations.

    “Global Affairs Canada is aware of the death of a Canadian in Ukraine. Consular officials are in contact with the family and are providing consular assistance,” the spokesperson said.

    This comes a day after also two US citizens were confirmed dead in Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region, according to the US State Department. No further details on the circumstances of their deaths were provided.

    Photos: Teachers return to school hit by Russian shelling

    Teachers have returned to what remained of their school in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, after Russian forces hit the building. Some collected items or cleaned up, while others simply observed the level of destruction.

    A reporter from the AFP news agency captured these moments.

    Lavrov offers reassurance over Russian grain supplies in Cairo visit

    Russia’s top diplomat Sergei Lavrov has offered reassurances over Russian grain supplies to Egypt during his visit to Cairo.

    “We reaffirmed the commitment of Russian grain exporters to meet all their commitments,” Lavrov said in a press conference with Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry.

    “We discussed specific parameters of cooperation in this area, agreed on further contacts between the relevant ministries, and we have a common understanding of the causes of the grain crisis,” he added.

    Ukraine’s Kherson to be ‘liberated’ from Russia by September: Official

    A Ukrainian official has said that the country’s southern region of Kherson, which fell to Russian troops early in their February invasion, would be recaptured by Kyiv’s forces by September.

    “We can say that the Kherson region will definitely be liberated by September, and all the occupiers’ plans will fail,” Serhiy Khlan, an aide to the head of the Kherson region, said in an interview with Ukrainian television.

    The Ukrainian army, emboldened by deliveries of Western-supplied long-range artillery have been clawing back territory in the southern Kherson region in recent weeks.

    “We can say that a turning point has occurred on the battlefield. We see that the Armed Forces of Ukraine are prevailing in their most recent military operations,” Khlan said.

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