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Moscow drone attack: Buildings damaged in wake of suspected strike

Russia attacked Kyiv overnight with 15 cruise missiles and 18 Iranian-made Shahed drones in the latest bombardment of the capital, Ukrainian authorities said today.

The Ukrainian military reported on Facebook that all the drones were shot down by air defences, but falling debris damaged many buildings including a children’s clinic.

“Unfortunately, the attacks have killed and wounded civilians, including children,” the statement said.

Russia earlier said it repelled an attempted attack on its border by “pro-Ukrainian militants”, as heavy shelling and a suspected drone attack forced some civilians to flee.

Moscow said its forces saw off three cross-border attacks near the town of Shebekino in the Belgorod region, and accused Ukraine of using “terrorist formations” to try to target Russian civilians.

Ukraine denies its military is involved in the incursions, blaming Russian volunteer fighters opposed to Moscow’s regime.

The Kremlin said Vladimir Putin was being regularly briefed on the situation and noted that Western powers had refrained from condemning attacks on Russian territory that it blamed on Ukraine.

The Russian Volunteer Corps, a far-right paramilitary group of ethnic Russians that supports Ukraine, said it was fighting on Russian territory.


Russia attacks Ukraine with 15 cruise missiles, 18 drones in overnight aerial attack

Russia attacked Kyiv overnight with 15 cruise missiles and 18 Iranian-made Shahed drones in its latest attack on the capital, Ukrainian authorities said.

General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported on Facebook that all the drones were shot down by Ukrainian air defences.

Earlier, Kyiv reported that more than 30 Russian drones were shot down overnight on 2 June.

“Unfortunately, the attacks have killed and wounded civilians, including children. Also, a children’s clinic, apartment buildings, private houses, and other civilian infrastructure have been damaged,” Kyiv said.

“The likelihood of missile and air strikes across Ukraine remains high.”

Maroosha Muzaffar2 June 2023 06:20


Man strips on the altar of St Peter’s Basilica to protest Ukraine war

A man visiting St Peter’s Basilica yesterday reportedly took off his clothes and stood naked on the church’s main altar, a Vatican source was quoted as saying by Reuters.

It appeared that the man was protesting the war in Ukraine.

The unidentified man had an inscription painted on his back calling for the children of Ukraine to be saved.

The source said that the man had self-inflicted wounds and cuts on his body from his fingernails.

He was later handed over to the Italian police by the Vatican guards.

Maroosha Muzaffar2 June 2023 06:05


Russian authorities claim drone attacks in the city of Kursk

Russia claimed that several Ukrainian drones were shot down overnight in the city of Kursk in the western part of the country.

Kursk Oblast governor Roman Starovoyt wrote in a Telegram post: “Tonight the air defence system near Kursk shot down several Ukrainian drones.”

Kyiv has, however, neither denied nor confirmed the drone strike.

A day before, Mr Starovoyt claimed that “drone munition” had been dropped on a substation in the village of Gogolevka in Kursk Oblast, resulting in power blackouts, the Kyiv Independent reported.

Maroosha Muzaffar2 June 2023 05:50


Olaf Scholz and Emmanuel Macron say Ukraine needs security guarantees from Nato members

Olaf Scholz, the German chancellor and France’s Emmanuel Macron both emphasised the necessity of security guarantees for Ukraine over Nato membership status.

Speaking at the second European Political Community Summit [EPC] in Moldova yesterday, Mr Scholz said that Ukraine and its allies are still “very far away” from any kind of peace agreement and added that the security guarantees for Ukraine should take precedence over Nato membership, Reuters reported.

“Given the current situation, it is not about establishing membership … We all have to focus on how we as individuals can support Ukraine,” he said.

“They must be designed in such a way that they give Ukraine the security it needs against the danger of being attacked, that they also stabilise Ukraine at the same time, … and of course, it is always part of the security guarantee that it is taken seriously.”

Mr Macron also said that he favoured “stronger, concrete very clear security guarantees” for Ukraine by Nato members.“We have to give a long-term perspective to Ukraine.”

Maroosha Muzaffar2 June 2023 05:33


Russia claims it thwarted three cross-border attacks in Belgorod

Russia’s defence ministry claimed that it thwarted three cross-border attacks near the town of Shebekino in the Belgorod region.

“Overall, the attack involved up to 70 militants, five tanks, four armoured vehicles, seven pick-up trucks and a Kamaz truck,” the Russian defence ministry said yesterday evening.

The ministry claimed to have killed more than 50 Ukrainian soldiers.

Maroosha Muzaffar2 June 2023 05:02


Russia has lost more than 200,000 troops since the beginning of invasion, Kyiv authorities claim

Russia has lost about 208,000 troops since the beginning of the invasion, according to Ukraine.

Serhii Cherevatyi, spokesman for the Eastern Grouping of the Ukrainian Armed Forces said that this was more than the 170,000 Russian forces he says were involved in the initial invasion in 2022.

Meanwhile, Sky News reported that Russia has suffered over 60,000 casualties as of 1 June in its assault on the Ukrainian city of Bakhmut.

Last month, Russia declared its success in capturing Bakhmut after approximately a year-long battle.“We judge that capturing Bakhmut has likely cost Russia at least 60,000 casualties in that Bakhmut-Popasna sector over the course of the year-long battle,” it reported citing a Western official.

Yesterday, Russia shelled Ukraine’s position in Bakhmut at least 476 times, according to Mr Cherevatyi.“We are doing everything to exhaust their logistics — we are hitting the accumulation of equipment and personnel, headquarters.”

Maroosha Muzaffar2 June 2023 04:34


US to stop giving Russia some New START nuclear arms data

The United States has decided to stop providing Russia with some notifications required under the New START arms control treaty — including updates on its missile and launcher locations.

In a fact sheet on its website, the State Department said it would also stop giving Russia telemetry information — remotely gathered data about a missile’s flight — on launches of US intercontinental and submarine-launched ballistic missiles.

The move is aimed to reiterate Moscow’s “ongoing violations” of the accord, Reuters reported.

The New START treaty was signed in 2010 by then-presidents Barack Obama and Dmitry Medvedev and limits each country to no more than 1,550 deployed nuclear warheads and 700 deployed missiles and bombers. The agreement envisages sweeping on-site inspections to verify compliance.

“Beginning 1 June 2023, the United States is withholding from Russia notifications required under the treaty, including updates on the status or location of treaty-accountable items such as missiles and launchers,” the State Department factsheet said.

Maroosha Muzaffar2 June 2023 04:21


Kyiv authorities lift air raid alerts and claim 30 Russian missiles and drones were downed

Authorities in Ukraine today lifted air raid alerts across most of the country, it was reported.

Officials in Kyiv said defences downed more than 30 missiles and drones fired by Russia.

“According to preliminary information, more than 30 air targets of various types were detected and destroyed in the airspace over and around Kyiv by air defence forces,” military officials said in a statement shared on Telegram.

Kyiv mayor Vitali Klitschko, who earlier reported two separate waves of attacks, wrote on Telegram that there had been no calls for rescue services.

Maroosha Muzaffar2 June 2023 04:02


Reminder: Fresh Russian bombardment of Kyiv kills at least three

Russian forces began June with a fresh aerial bombardment of Kyiv on Tuesday, killing at least three people and wounding others, authorities said.

Two of the dead were children, according to city officials:

Jane Dalton2 June 2023 02:50


Revealed: Life inside the notorious Russian jail holding a US journalist

For decades, Lefortovo prison, where American journalist Evan Gershkovich is being held, has been a symbol of oppression and control in Russia.

Testimony from inmates, lawyers and prison monitors say it is designed to instil fear, isolation and despair, with psychological pressure that defines the torment of prisoners:

Jane Dalton2 June 2023 01:40

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