Kyiv’s forces moving into Kherson

  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy calls Russia’s attacks on the Odesa port “barbarism”, adding that they have “destroyed the very possibility” of reaching any deals with Russia.
  • Ukrainian forces are gradually moving into the eastern Kherson region, which was taken by Russia at the start of the war, he says.

    Russia FM visits Egypt as part of Africa trip amid Ukraine war

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is in Cairo for talks with Egyptian officials as his country seeks to break diplomatic isolation and sanctions by the West over its invasion of Ukraine.

    Lavrov landed in Cairo late Saturday, the first leg of his Africa trip that will also include stops in Ethiopia, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), according to Russia’s state-run RT.

    The Russian chief diplomat was scheduled to meet later Sunday with the Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Aboul Gheit. He will also address the permanent representatives of the pan-Arab organization, RT reported.

    Egypt, the Arab World’s most populous country, refused to take sides since the war in Ukraine began in February as it maintains close ties with both Moscow and the west. Egypt is among the world’s largest importers of wheat, with much of that from Russia and Ukraine.

    Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has cultivated a close personal rapport with President Vladimir Putin. Both leaders have strengthened bilateral ties considerably in the past few years.

    Russia says it hit military boat in Odesa port in Ukraine

    Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova says Russian forces hit a Ukrainian military boat in the port of Odesa in Ukraine with high-precision missiles.

    The Ukrainian military had said Russian missiles hit the crucial southern port on Saturday, threatening a deal signed just one day earlier to unblock grain exports from Black Sea ports and ease global food shortages caused by the war.

    Ukraine says 358 children killed amid war

    Some 358 children have been killed in Ukraine and more than 684 injured as a result of Russia’s invasion, Ukraine’s prosecutor general’s office has said.

    The office noted these figures were not conclusive as work was still under way to establish them “in places of active hostilities” and “in temporarily occupied and liberated territories”.

    The prosecutor general’s office also said 2,188 educational institutions in Ukraine had been damaged by Russian shelling and 221 destroyed.

    North Korea resurfaces Russia’s ‘biological weapons’ claims: CNA

    North Korea has accused the United States of manufacturing biological weapons in Ukraine, echoing a Russian claim dismissed by the United Nations in March, CNA has reported.

    Washington “set up many biological labs in tens of countries and regions, including Ukraine, in disregard of the international treaties”, CNA said, citing the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

    KCNA reportedly said these laboratories had been “detected” by Russia.

    Russia’s claim it has expanded war aims beyond the Donbas ‘not true’: UK

    The United Kingdom says Russia’s claim it has expanded its war aims beyond the Donbas region is “almost certainly not true”.

    The UK’s Ministry of Defence noted Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s recent comments in which he said Russia had expanded the scope of its “special military operation” beyond Ukraine’s Donbas region to include areas such as the Kherson and Zaporizhia regions.

    “This is almost certainly not true. Russia has not ‘expanded’ its war; maintaining long-term control of these areas was almost certainly an original goal of the invasion,” the ministry said.

    “There is a realistic possibility that Lavrov made the comments to pave the way for referenda to take place in occupied territories beyond Luhansk and Donetsk,” it added.

    Two killed, two injured in Donetsk: Governor

    Russian shelling killed two civilians and injured another two in the Donetsk region on Saturday, the regional governor has said.

    Pavlo Kyrylenko said one person was killed in the town of Avdiivka and another in Toretsk.

    He said transport infrastructure had been hit in the industrial city of Kostyantynivka.

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