1 civilian was injured in missile attack in southern Ukraine's Mykolaiv city on Thursday, Mayor Oleksandr Senkevych said. Residents were immediately urged to take shelter. Meanwhile, senior US officials said on Wednesday leaders from the Group of Seven rich democracies and the Nato alliance will work to increase pressure on Russia, next week, while underscoring their continued concerns about China. Stay with TOI for latest updates ---Read Less
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No town in Ukraine's Donetsk region is safe for residents: governor
Kyiv has urged its Western allies to deliver more heavy weapons to counter the Russian edge in firepower. Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov on Thursday announced the arrival of multiple-launch rocket systems supplied by the U.S. and enthusiastically thanked his American counterpart “for these powerful tools!”
India's Russian oil imports jump 50 times; now accounts for 10% of all import: official
India's crude oil imports from Russia have jumped over 50 times since April and now make up for 10 per cent of all crude bought from overseas, a senior government official said on Thursday. Russian oil made up for just 0.2 per cent of all oil imported by India prior to the Ukraine war. "Russia oil now makes up 10 per cent of India's oil import basket in April. It is now among the top 10 suppliers," the official told reporters.
Russians advance on war's front line in eastern Ukraine
The Russian military extended its grip Thursday on territory in eastern Ukraine, capturing two villages and vying for control of a key highway as it seeks to cut supply lines and encircle some frontline Ukrainian forces, British and Ukrainian military officials said. Ukrainian forces withdrew from some areas near the city of Lysychansk to avoid being surrounded as Russians sent in reinforcements and concentrated their firepower in the area, Britain’s Defense Ministry said. The city is located in Luhansk province, a major battlefield in Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war against Ukraine.
Ukraine troops may need to pull back from Lysychansk to avoid encirclement - governor
Ukrainian troops may need to retreat from the frontline city of Lysychansk to avoid encirclement after Russian forces captured two settlements to its south, regional governor Serhiy Gaidai said on Thursday. Lysychansk and nearby Sievierodonetsk have become the focus of Russia's offensive in the eastern Donbas region and the battle there is approaching a "fierce climax," a Ukrainian presidential adviser said on Wednesday. The general staff of Ukraine's armed forces on Thursday confirmed the loss of Rai-Oleksandrivka and Loskutivka, which lie around 5 km (3 miles) from Lysychansk, and said Russian troops were trying to surround Ukrainian forces there.
Zelenskyy blasts Israel over refusal to sanction Russia
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Thursday intensified his criticism of Israel's refusal to sanction Russia, during an address by the Jewish leader to the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Zelenskyy's speech four months into Russia's war on Ukraine comes amid a fresh political crisis in Israel that will likely see Naftali Bennett replaced as prime minister by Foreign Minister Yair Lapid within days. Bennett has refrained from criticising Russia's invasion and stressed Israel's close ties with Moscow and Kyiv while his administration has not imposed sanctions on Russian President Vladimir Putin's government.
1 civilian wounded as three missiles hit Mykolaiv city in Ukraine (Reuters)
Kremlin insists Russia has not stolen Ukrainian grain as Turkey investigates
The Kremlin on Thursday reiterated its assertion that Russia has not stolen any grain from Ukraine as Turkey said it was probing allegations from Kyiv and would not allow any such grain to be brought to Turkey. Kyiv's ambassador to Ankara said in early June that Turkish buyers were among those receiving grain that Russia had stolen from Ukraine, adding he had sought Turkey's help to identify and capture individuals responsible for the alleged shipments.
As Ukraine battles Russian forces in its East in a war that has killed thousands and flattened cities, the leaders will discuss the need for long-term financial aid to help the country rebuild, German official said.
The G7 leaders will launch a new infrastructure initiative aimed at offering low- and middle-income countries high-quality, transparent investments, senior US officials said, a clear response to China's Belt and Road project, which has been criticised for opaque contracts and onerous loan terms.
The leaders of the United States, Germany, France, Britain, Italy, Canada and Japan will discuss how to tighten the screws on the Kremlin at the three-day summit at Schloss Elmau, a luxury hotel in a Bavarian mountain valley.
The Group of Seven (G7) rich democracies will seek to demonstrate its long-term support for Ukraine in its fight against Russian aggression at a summit starting on Sunday even as the war's growing impact on the world economy tests their resolve.
G7 hopes to show unity on Ukraine despite darkening economic outlook
G7 leaders aim to ratchet up pressure on Russia at 3-day summit
UK announces new tranche of trade sanctions against Russia
Britain introduced a new tranche of trade sanctions against Russia on Thursday, a notice published on the government website said.
Ukraine has demanded that Russia be expelled from UNESCO, and the agency has indefinitely postponed a meeting to discuss the status of World Heritage Sites that Russia was to host this month in the city of Kazan.
These repeated attacks on Ukrainian cultural sites must stop. Cultural heritage, in all its forms, should not be targeted under any circumstances.
Explosions heard in Ukraine's southern city of Mykolaiv: Mayor
Explosions were heard in Ukraine's southern city of Mykolaiv on Thursday, Mayor Oleksandr Senkevych said, urging residents to take shelter.
Over 150 Ukraine cultural landmarks destroyed by Russia's war: UN
UN experts have confirmed the full or partial destruction of 152 cultural and historic heritage sites in Ukraine since Russia invaded the country, its cultural agency said Thursday. Read more
Germany raises gas alert level after Russia dwindles supply
Germany said Thursday it would raise the alert level under its emergency gas plan to secure supply following the recent reduction of pipeline supplies from Russia.
At least two oil tanks hit in Russian rocket attack on Mykolaiv
At least two sunflower oil tanks at a terminal in Ukraine's Black Sea port of Mykolaiv were seriously damaged in a Russian rocket attack, according to photos released on Thursday by the local emergency service.