Ukraine war latest news: UK says Russian threat ‘neutralized’ by Kyiv in Black Sea

Actor Ben Stiller is seen in Lviv while working with UNHCR to support Ukrainian refugees

Britain’s Ministry of Defense said Ukraine had “largely neutralized” the threat posed by Russia in the northwest Black Sea.

In its latest military update, the Defense Ministry said Kyiv had successfully used Western-donated Harpoon anti-ship missiles against the Russians for the first time, destroying the naval tug Spasatel Vasily Bekh while on a resupply mission near Snake Island on June 17.

The Ministry of Defense added that by such actions, Ukraine “undermined the viability of Russia’s original operational design for invasion, which included endangering the Odessa region.”

On the other hand, the Ukrainian governor of Luhansk province said that the situation in the eastern Donbass region was “extremely difficult”, warning that Russia was preparing for a large-scale offensive.

Speaking on Monday night, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Moscow was likely to increase its attacks in preparation for the EU summit on Thursday and Friday.

“We are defending Lysychansk, Sievierodonetsk, this whole region, the most difficult. We have the toughest fight there,” he said. “But we have our strong guys and girls there.”

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Nobel Peace Prize laureate Russia is selling a medal for £84 million to raise money for Ukrainian refugees

A Russian Nobel Peace Prize winner has auctioned his medal for a record $103.5 million (£84 million), with the proceeds donated to Ukrainian refugee aid programs.

Dmitry Muratov, editor of Novaya Gazeta, one of Russia’s remaining independent newspapers, was the award winner in 2021.

His award was auctioned in the United States by Heritage Auctions, who said, “This award is unlike any other auction offering.

“Mr. Muratov, with the full support of his staff at Novaya Gazeta, allows us to auction his medal not as a collectible but as an event that he hopes will have a positive impact on the lives of millions of Ukrainian refugees.”

Rory SullivanJun 21 2022 08:03

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Ukraine prepares for Russia’s storm in Donbass

The region’s governor said Russia seized some territory in Luhansk on Monday and was preparing for a large-scale offensive.

“It was the calm before the storm,” Sri Gayday said.

His comments come as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Moscow was likely to increase its attacks in the run-up to an EU summit later this week.

“We are defending Lysychansk, Sievierodonetsk, this whole region, the most difficult. We have the toughest fight there,” he said. “But we have our strong guys and girls there.”

Meanwhile, Rodion Miroshnik, a pro-Russian separatist in Luhansk, said the Kremlin’s forces were advancing towards Lysechansk, near the besieged city of Severodonetsk.

“The coming hours should bring about major changes in the balance of power in the region,” he said on Telegram.

Rory SullivanJun 21 2022 07:25

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Ukraine has halted Russia’s control of the Black Sea, says UK

The British Ministry of Defense claimed that Ukraine’s coastal defensive capability rendered Russian attempts to control the sea during its invasion largely ineffective.

“Ukraine’s coastal defense capability has largely neutralized Russia’s ability to control the sea and a naval power project in the northwest Black Sea,” the Defense Ministry said in its latest intelligence update.

This advantage demonstrated by Ukraine, she added, “undermined the feasibility of Russia’s original operational design for the invasion, which included endangering the Odessa region.”

This comes a few days after the Ukrainian forces announced their first successful use of the Harpoon anti-ship missiles donated by the West to engage the Russian Navy.

The British Ministry of Defense claimed that “the target of the attack was most likely the tugboat of the Russian Navy Spasatel Vasily Bekh, which was transporting weapons and personnel to the island of Snake in the northwest Black Sea.”

She added: “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.”

This is the latest in a series of Russian ships, including the cruiser Moskva, that have been damaged or destroyed by Ukraine during the conflict, the ministry said.

Urban RayJun 21 2022 07:02

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Ben Stiller visits Ukraine on World Refugee Day and calls Zelensky ‘my hero’

US actor Ben Stiller made a surprise visit to Poland and Ukraine and said that the head of the war-stricken country, Volodymyr Zelensky, is his “hero”.

Stiller said the search for safety is a right and everyone should be supported.

The 56-year-old actor shared a video on his Instagram account and said, “Hi, I’m Ben Stiller, I’m here in Ukraine. I meet people affected by war and hear how their lives have changed.”

Stiller, long-time Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) visited Ukraine on World Refugee Day.

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Urban RayJun 21 2022 06:27

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More than 1,500 Ukrainians held in Russian prisons – officials

Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister Irina Vereshuk said that more than 1,500 Ukrainian civilians are currently imprisoned in Russia.

“They are in Rostov, Kursk, they are in prison, they are being held as prisoners of war, although they should not be,” Ms Vereshuk said at a press briefing.

It added that these civilians included Ukrainian priests, volunteers, activists, journalists and heads of local government agencies.

Urban RayJun 21 2022 06:18

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Ukraine War Approaching Four Months Anniversary: ​​Pictures from the Front Line

The war in Ukraine will exceed four months this week, as Russia continues to intensify its efforts to control swathes of territory in the eastern part of the country.

Officials described the situation in Luhansk as “extremely difficult” along the entire frontline, as Russia amassed the reserves needed to launch a large-scale offensive.

As of Monday, officials said Russian forces had intensified their attacks on two major Donbass cities ahead of the upcoming EU summit.

Russia describes its action in Ukraine as a “special military occupation”.

Here are some photos of the battle in Ukraine as of Monday.

Flames rising from a structure after it was hit by a shell in Druzkivka

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People are hiding like whistles projected above after someone crashes into a structure

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Helping an elderly woman board a train carrying evacuees trying to escape a front-line war with Russia in Pokrovsk, Ukraine

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Soldiers ride a tank as it is lowered onto the highway near Bakhmut, Ukraine

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Ukrainian soldiers collect destroyed Russian tanks outside the village of Dmitrievka in the Kyiv region

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Workers of the Lyubotinsky Railway Transport Secondary School and local residents dismantle the ruins of an administrative building as a result of a Russian missile explosion in Lyuboutin, Kharkiv region

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Urban RayJun 21 2022 05:52

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Zelensky says Ukraine is defending its afflicted eastern country

Volodymyr Zelensky said his forces are defending the east of the country, which is witnessing the fiercest Russian offensive in weeks now, even as the bombing continues.

Again the bombing of Kharkiv, Odessa, and again attempts at brutal offensive actions in the Donbass. This is an evil that can only be appeased on the battlefield. “We are defending Lysychansk and Sievierodonetsk,” said Mr. Zelensky.

He added: This whole area is the most difficult, and there are the most difficult battles. But our strong boys and girls are there. The occupiers receive responses for their actions against us. I am grateful to the army and intelligence that provided us with it.”

Zelensky added that, according to his predictions, “Russia is very nervous about our activity.”

Urban RayJun 21 2022 05:25

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Second US citizen killed in Ukraine fighting

The US State Department has confirmed that a second US citizen was killed in Ukraine last month, after an obituary was published in a New York daily.

Stephen Zabelsky, 52, was killed May 15 in combat, an obituary was published in registered He said.

His death was first reported in the news on Monday.

Zabelsky was among thousands of foreign fighters who joined Ukraine’s defense against the Russian invasion that began on February 24.

A native of New York, Zabielski is survived by his wife, five stepchildren, and a grandson among another family.

A spokesperson for the agency said the State Department had been in contact with the US citizen’s family and provided “all possible consular assistance.”

Urban RayJun 21 2022 04:33

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‘It’s just hell out there’: Russia is still bombing eastern Ukraine

He said the Russians continue to deploy additional forces and equipment to the area.

“It’s just hell out there,” Hayday said in written comments. “Everything is on fire and the bombing doesn’t stop even for an hour.”

Only a tiny fraction of the 100,000 people who lived in Severodonetsk before the war are left in the city, without electricity, communications, food, or medicine.

Emily AtkinsonJune 21, 2022 03:00

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Moscow says NBA player Greiner faces trial

American basketball player Britney Grenier, who is being held in Russia, is reportedly facing a criminal trial.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was quoted by the RIA news agency as telling US MSNBC television: “Why should we call her a hostage? She broke Russian law, and now she is facing a criminal trial.”

“It’s not about being a hostage.”

Emily AtkinsonJun 21 2022 02:00

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