- Russia’s capture of the Luhansk region was relatively quick and showed better coordination than in its earlier offensives, the United Kingdom’s defence ministry has said.
- Sloviansk mayor says Russia is pounding the town with “massive shelling”.
- Russian lawmakers have given the first stamp of approval to two bills enabling war economy measures.
- NATO allies have signed off on the accession protocols for Sweden and Finland, sending the membership bids of the two nations to the alliance capitals for legislative approvals.Russia’s speaker asks parliament to look at scrapping Norway sea treaty
The speaker of Russia’s lower house of parliament has asked a senior lawmaker to look into scrapping a treaty that establishes the country’s maritime border with NATO member Norway.Responding to comments in parliament accusing Norway of blocking food deliveries destined for Russian-populated settlements on the Svalbard archipelago, State Duma speaker Vyacheslav Volodin asked the head of the chamber’s international affairs committee to look into “denouncing” the treaty.
The treaty, which was signed in 2010, aimed to put an end to disputes between Russia and Norway in the Barents Sea, the part of the Arctic Ocean adjoining the northern coasts of Norway and Russia.
Russia and Ukraine’s war over grain
Ukraine’s grain, 10 percent of the global supply, is stopped at Ukraine’s ports. The EU’s chief of foreign affairs is calling it a war crime by Russia but Russia says Ukraine is to blame.
‘Massive’ Russian shelling on Ukraine’s Sloviansk: Mayor
Russian forces are pounding Sloviansk with “massive” shelling, its mayor has said, as the eastern Ukrainian city becomes Moscow’s next target in its campaign in the Donbas region.
Phosphorus bombs: What you should know about Russia’s alleged use
According to Ukrainian claims, Russian forces have used phosphorus bombs on several occasions in different areas of the country.
Most recently, on Friday, Ukraine’s army accused Russia of dropping munitions on Snake Island after Moscow withdrew its troops from the Black Sea outpost.
Anton Gerashchenko, a Ukrainian official, said they were used in Mariupol in May, a city now fully under Russian control.