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Reuters reported that Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili said at an economic conference in Qatar that his country is committed to joining NATO, but that it must first solve its regional problems with Russia.

Georgia lies between Russia in the north and Turkey, Armenia and Azerbaijan in the south. The breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia are internationally recognized as part of Georgia’s territory, although a handful of countries, including Russia, officially recognize them.

Three people were killed and seven others were wounded by Russian shelling in the Kharkiv region during the past 24 hours, according to a telegram post by the region’s governor, Oleh Senehubov.

He claimed that a fire broke out at a gas processing plant in Izyum after the strikes, and that an educational building in the Kyiv region of Kharkiv was 40% destroyed after the attacks.

He said that fighting continues in the Izyum region, but that Ukrainian forces “repel enemy attacks and securely hold their positions.”

These claims have not been independently verified.

Sirhai Heidithe governor of Ukraine’s Luhansk, has confirmed that the regular free evacuation train from Pokrovsk In eastern Ukraine you will run to group Across Dnipro afternoon.

Russian journalist sells Nobel Peace Prize at auction for $103.5 million

The Nobel Peace Prize that Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov auctioned off to raise money for Ukrainian refugee children has sold for $103.5 million (Β£84.5 million), breaking a Nobel record.

Muratov, who won the gold medal in October 2021, helped found the independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta and was its editor-in-chief when it was closed down in March amid the Kremlin’s crackdown on journalists and public opposition in the wake of the Russian invasion. Ukraine.

It was Muratov’s idea to auction his prize, after he had already announced that he was donating the accompanying $500 thousand prize to charity. The idea of ​​the donation, he said, “is to give refugee children a chance for the future.”

Muratov said the proceeds would go directly to UNICEF in its efforts to help children displaced by the war in Ukraine. If melted, the 175 grams of 23 karat gold contained in Muratov’s medal would be worth about $10,000.

Ukraine claims first success with West-donated Harpoon anti-ship missiles: UK MoD

British intelligence said Ukrainian forces claimed it was their first successful use of West-donated Harpoon anti-ship missiles to engage the Russian navy.

The target of the June 17 attack was most likely the Russian naval tug Spasatil Vasily Beck, which was transporting weapons and personnel to Snake Island in the northwest Black Sea, according to the latest UK Ministry of Defense. Report.

The report adds that the destruction of the Russian ship on a resupply mission “illustrates the difficulty that Russia faces when trying to support its forces occupying Snake Island.”

These are the latest in a series of Russian ships, including the cruiser Moskva, that have been damaged or destroyed by Ukraine during the conflict.

Ukraine’s coastal defense capability has neutralized Russia’s ability to establish control over the sea and unleash naval power in the northwest Black Sea.

This undermined the feasibility of Russia’s original operational design for the invasion, which included exposing the Odessa region to sea risk.”

Denmark announces ‘early warning’ of gas supply concerns to Russia

The Danish Energy Agency has declared a Level 1 “early warning” alert over concerns about gas supplies, due to uncertainty over energy imports from Russia due to the war in Ukraine.

The European Union has created a system to allow member states to report on impending difficulties with energy supplies using three ascending levels of alerts – starting with ‘Early Warning’, ‘Alert’, then ‘Emergency’.

The system allows for mutual assistance from other EU countries, but it could also mean the start of rationing supplies.

On Monday, the deputy director of the Danish Energy Agency, Martin Hansen, issued a Level 1 warning.

“This is a dangerous situation we are facing, which has been exacerbated by reduced supplies,” Hansen said in a statement.

Danish gas stocks are 75% full, the agency added, “and gas has been added in recent days.”

The announcement comes after the Danish energy company Orsted announced at the end of May the suspension of deliveries of Russian gas to the Scandinavian country from June 1, after Orsted refused to settle the payment in rubles.

Russia is one of Denmark’s main sources of natural gas imports, according to the Danish Energy Agency.

The Netherlands also announced on Monday that it would lift restrictions on coal power generation, a day after Germany and Austria took similar steps to ease their dependence on Russian gas supplies.

Russia holds more than 1,500 Ukrainian civilians in prisonsDeputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Irina Verychuk claimed.

More than 1,500 civilians are being held in Russian prisons – they are in Rostov, Kursk, they are in prison, they are being held as prisoners of war, although they should not be prisoners of war … They should be released,” Vereshchuk said during a televised briefing on Monday.

Moscow summons the ambassador of the European Union later today

The Russian Foreign Ministry is preparing to summon the European Union ambassador to Moscow, Markus Ederer, later today due to Lithuania’s ban on transit of goods under EU sanctions through Kaliningrad.

Vilnius has banned the transit of goods under EU sanctions through Lithuanian territory to and from the Russian exclave located between Lithuania and Poland, citing EU sanctions rules.

Kaliningrad Governor Anton Alikhanov told Russian television late on Sunday.

This is, of course, a situation that can be resolved by diplomatic means.

As far as I know, Marcus Ederer, the EU ambassador to Russia, will be summoned tomorrow to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs … and will be informed of the appropriate circumstances here.”

Russia stated that in the case of goods transit to and from # Kaliningrad Across # Lithuania Is not restored in the near future Moscow reserves the right to take countermeasures. Very mild reaction at this point despite the fact that Vilnius violated 2002 #European UnionRussia agreement.

– Mikhail Ulyanov (@Amb_Ulyanov) June 20 2022

Russia threatens to retaliate against the transit ban

Russia has threatened to respond to the ban imposed by Lithuania on the transit of some goods through its territory to the Russian region of Kaliningrad on the Baltic Sea.

The move by the government in Vilnius was described as “unprecedented” in Moscow, where the Russian Foreign Ministry said it reserves the right to respond to protect its national interests.

Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, further escalated tensions on Monday by threatening to respond to what he said was an “illegal move”.

This decision is truly unprecedented. It is a violation of everything. We consider this illegal. The situation is more than serious… We need a serious in-depth analysis in order to work out our response. “

Located between Lithuania to the north and east, and Poland to the south, Kaliningrad is about 800 miles (1,300 km) from Moscow and relies on much of its supplies coming by rail.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said Vilnius should reverse the “openly hostile” move.

If the transit of goods between the Kaliningrad region and the rest of the Russian Federation through Lithuania is not fully restored in the near future, Russia reserves the right to take measures to protect its national interests. ”

Kaliningrad is located about 800 miles (1,300 km) from Moscow and depends on much of its supplies coming by rail.
Kaliningrad is located about 800 miles (1,300 km) from Moscow and depends on much of its supplies coming by rail.

Lithuania’s foreign minister, Gabrielius Landsbergis, said Moscow was spreading false information and that the state railway service was acting legal once the EU sanctions regime banning the supply of steel or iron ore goods to Russia was implemented.

Landsbergis said that less than half of goods normally supplied by transit through Lithuania will be covered by the sanctions regime over time, with the ban on steel coming into effect on June 17.

“I think there has been some misinformation, not for the first time, announced by the Russian authorities, but I’m glad we had a chance to explain it,” he said. At this point, almost half of the goods passing through Lithuania are on the sanctions list, but this does not mean that all of them are subject to sanctions at the moment.

β€œBecause there are different periods of suspension, and some of them, for example oil, will only be sanctioned at the end of the year, starting in December, although the authorities have announced that they have already been sanctioned, which is not actually true.”

Summary and welcome

Hey, Samantha Lock is back with you as we continue to report the latest news from Ukraine.

The Russian Foreign Ministry is preparing to summon the European Union ambassador to Moscow, Markus Ederer, later today due to Lithuania’s ban on transit of goods under EU sanctions through Kaliningrad.

Here are all the other major developments as of 8am in Kyiv.

  • Russian officials accused Ukraine of launching missile strikes on three gas platforms in the Black Sea, south of Odessa, in an apparent escalation of Kyiv’s attempts to weaken the maritime hegemony of Russia. Sergei Aksyonov, president of occupied Crimea, reported that seven people were missing and three others were injured after Monday’s strikes.
  • Turkey has said it does not see next week’s NATO summit as a deadline for resolving its objections to Finland and Sweden joining the military alliance. Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin reported that there had been no breakthrough in the talks in Brussels, but said discussions between Ankara, Stockholm and Helsinki would continue.
  • Moscow called Americans captured in Ukraine “mercenaries” Engaged in illegal activities and should take responsibility for their “crimes”. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the detainees were not covered by the Geneva Conventions because they were not regular soldiers, according to the RIA news agency.
  • The United States is in talks with Canada and other allies to further constrain Moscow’s energy revenue by imposing a cap on the price of Russian oil, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen told reporters on Monday. “We are talking about setting a price cap or a price exception … that would lower the price of Russian oil and reduce Putin’s revenue, while allowing more oil supplies to reach the global market,” she said.
  • The former director of British Special Forces said the UK should “prepare for war” as a deterrent against Russia. General Sir Adrian Bradshaw’s comment came after the new commander of the British Army, General Sir Patrick Sanders, told soldiers they should prepare to “fight in Europe again”.
  • Putin fears “spark of democracy” will spread to Russia, according to German Chancellor Olaf Schulz Who said that the Russian president was trying to divide Europe and return to a world dominated by spheres of influence. The Russian president must accept that a community of law-based democracies in his neighborhood is getting closer than ever. Schultz told the Munchener Merkur newspaper that he clearly fears the spark of democracy spreading in his country.
  • The upcoming decision on granting Ukraine its candidacy for EU membership makes Russia “very nervous”, the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said in his last evening speech on Monday evening. We are moving towards the main European Council decision, which will be adopted on Friday. As I expected, Russia is very concerned about our activity.”

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