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Zelensky says China making an attempt to undermine Ukraine peace summit

Almost 100 nations are gathering in Switzerland this weekend to take part in peace talks led by president Volodymyr Zelensky, as he seeks to drum up assist for a plan to finish the Ukraine battle.

US vice chairman Kamala Harris, French president Emmanuel Macron and the leaders of Germany, Italy, Britain, Canada and Japan are amongst these set to attend the 15-16 June assembly on the Swiss mountaintop resort of Buergenstock.

Russia was not invited to the talks, whereas China – its most vital ally – has refused to attend.

Seeking to distract from the Swiss government-hosted talks close to Lucerne, Vladimir Putin set out yesterday the phrases underneath which Russia would conform to a ceasefire in Ukraine.

They observe the same sample to earlier statements by Russian officers and embody circumstances Ukraine has already rejected outright, together with the everlasting switch of 4 jap Ukrainian provinces Russia is at the moment occupying elements of, and a proper dedication that Kyiv won’t ever be a part of Nato.

Zelensky dismissed it as an unacceptable “ultimatum” whereas the US mentioned Putin may “end [the war] today if he chose”.


World leaders collect in Switzerland with Putin noticeably absent

The presidents of Ecuador, Ivory Coast, Kenya and Somalia will be a part of many Western heads of state and authorities and different leaders at a convention this weekend aimed to plot out first steps towards peace in Ukraine – with Russia notably absent.

Swiss officers internet hosting the convention say greater than 50 heads of state and authorities, together with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, will be a part of the gathering on the B�rgenstock resort overlooking Lake Lucerne. Some 100 delegations together with European our bodies and the United Nations shall be readily available.

Who will present up – and who won’t – has turn into one of many key stakes of a gathering that critics say shall be ineffective with out the presence of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s authorities, which invaded Ukraine in February 2022 and is pushing forward with the battle.

US Vice President Kamala Harris is about to attend whereas Turkey and Saudi Arabia have dispatched their international ministers. Key growing nations like Brazil, an observer on the occasion, India and South Africa shall be represented at decrease ranges.

Ukraine’s Zelensky arriving in Switzerland
Ukraine’s Zelensky arriving in Switzerland (‘ KEYSTONE POOL / MICHAEL BUHOLZER)

Holly Evans15 June 2024 08:35


Ukraine employs a versatile defence amid wait for brand new Western ammo

Ukrainian firepower has been enhancing since US lawmakers authorized a much-needed army support bundle this spring, although not rapidly sufficient to halt the Russian offensive in jap Ukraine.

New weapons and ammunition have been trickling to the entrance line since Joe Biden signed off on the huge support bundle in April. But it’ll take weeks, if not months, for Ukraine to totally replenish its depleted shares.

Kyiv has turned to a bend-but-don’t-break technique to purchase time till it could actually get extra Western weapons and ammunition to the entrance. By ceding some territory, Ukraine has been in a position to combat from higher defended positions, in response to interviews with senior Ukrainian army leaders, troopers and officers within the discipline, and analysts.

Although the inflow of Western munitions has shrunk Kyiv’s obvious artillery drawback, Moscow’s forces are nonetheless gaining floor alongside the snaking entrance line and can probably proceed to take action by the summer time, when the drier floor and longer days will solely support their push.

Ukraine remains to be on the defensive within the Donetsk area, enabling Moscow’s forces to inflict heavy losses throughout Ukrainian troop rotations and bringing them nearer to essential Ukrainian provide routes.

Arpan Rai15 June 2024 08:17


Kyiv’s diplomatic clout to be examined in Swiss peace talks

Peace talks happening in Switzerland at present and tomorrow characterize a take a look at of Ukraine’s diplomatic clout, with China’s determination to remain away already limiting the extent to which the summit can put stress on Russia.

Russia has not been invited to the talks, whereas the Kremlin dismissed the occasion as a waste of time and claimed it had no real interest in attending. China had mentioned it might think about participating, however finally declined as a result of Russia wouldn’t be there.

Without China, hopes of isolating Moscow have light, whereas latest army reverses have put Kyiv on the again foot. The battle in Gaza between Israel and Hamas has additionally diverted consideration from Ukraine.

“The summit risks showing the limits of Ukrainian diplomacy,” mentioned Richard Gowan, UN Director on the International Crisis Group. “Nonetheless, it is also a chance for Ukraine to remind the world that it is defending the principles of the UN Charter.”

“It’s clear that at the moment, in geopolitical terms, for China the special relationship with Russia takes precedence over any other consideration,” mentioned Bernardino Regazzoni, a former Swiss ambassador to China.

“What can (Zelensky) hope for out of it?” mentioned Daniel Woker, a former Swiss ambassador. “Another small step forward in international solidarity with Ukraine as the victim of Russian aggression.”

The talks are anticipated to give attention to broader issues triggered by the battle, equivalent to meals and nuclear safety and freedom of navigation, and a draft of the ultimate declaration identifies Russia because the aggressor within the battle, sources mentioned.

Arpan Rai15 June 2024 07:59


Putin guarantees ceasefire if Ukraine withdraws troops from 4 occupied Ukrainian areas

Vladimir Putin has promised to “immediately” order a ceasefire in Ukraine and start negotiations if Kyiv begins to withdraw troops from the 4 occupied Ukrainian areas and renounces plans to hitch Nato.

Such a deal seems a non-starter for Kyiv, which desires to hitch the army alliance and has demanded that Russia withdraw its troops from all of its territory.

“We will do it immediately,” Mr Putin mentioned in a speech on the Russian international ministry in Moscow.

His remarks got here as leaders of the G7 leaders met in Italy and as Switzerland ready to host scores of world leaders this weekend to attempt to map out first steps towards peace in Ukraine.

Mr Putin mentioned his proposal is geared toward a “final resolution” of the battle in Ukraine slightly than “freezing it”, and careworn that the Kremlin is “ready to start negotiations without delay”.

Broader calls for for peace that the Russian chief listed included Ukraine‘s non-nuclear status, restrictions on its military force and protecting the interests of the Russian-speaking population in the country.

“We’re urging to show this tragic web page of historical past and to start restoring, step-by-step, restore the unity between Russia and Ukraine and in Europe on the whole,” Mr Putin mentioned.

Mr Putin’s remarks represented a uncommon event by which he clearly laid out his circumstances for ending the battle in Ukraine, but it surely didn’t embody any new calls for.

Maryam Zakir-Hussain15 June 2024 07:00


World leaders attain Switzerland as Zelensky’s peace talks start at present

World leaders are becoming a member of Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky at a summit in Switzerland beginning at present to discover methods of ending the deadliest battle in Europe because the Second World War.

Russia hasn’t been invited to the occasion and China has declined, however the Swiss authorities says 92 nations shall be represented. US vice chairman Kamala Harris, French president Emmanuel Macron and the leaders of Germany, Italy, Britain, Canada and Japan are amongst these set to attend the 15-16 June assembly on the Swiss mountaintop resort of Buergenstock.

India, which has helped Moscow survive the shock of financial sanctions, is anticipated to ship a delegation. Turkey and Hungary, which equally preserve cordial ties with Russia, shall be represented by their international ministers.

But regardless of months of intense Ukrainian and Swiss lobbying, some others won’t be there, most notably China, a key shopper of Russian oil and provider of products that assist Moscow preserve its manufacturing base.

“This meeting is already a result,” Zelensky mentioned in Berlin earlier this week, whereas acknowledging the problem of sustaining worldwide assist because the battle, now properly into its third yr, grinds on.

Organisers making ready a joint assertion have battled to strike a steadiness between condemning Russia’s actions and securing as many members as potential, diplomats say.

A ultimate draft of the summit declaration refers to Russia’s “war” in opposition to Ukraine, and likewise underlines dedication to the UN constitution and respect for worldwide legislation, in response to two individuals conversant in the doc.

Switzerland desires the summit to pave the way in which for a “future peace process” by which Russia takes half – and to find out which nation may tackle the subsequent part.

Several diplomats mentioned Saudi Arabia is among the many favourites, with different Middle Eastern states additionally potential.

Zelensky visited Saudi Arabia on Wednesday to debate the summit with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Saudi Arabia’s international minister will attend, Switzerland mentioned.

Arpan Rai15 June 2024 06:36


Putin says greater than 600,000 Russians are preventing in Ukraine

Vladimir Putin has claimed that greater than 600,000 Russian troops are preventing in Ukraine as his 27-month-old invasion drags on.

Speaking at a public occasion with Russian army personnel, Putin claimed there have been 617,000 army personnel preventing in Ukraine in December 2023.

This is the primary time Putin has publicly acknowledged deployment of a whole lot of hundreds of his troopers in Ukraine.

Ukraine’s army intelligence company’s spokesperson Andrii Yusov mentioned that the true variety of Russian troops in Ukraine on 15 December was 450,000 and Putin is exaggerating the figures to “increase information pressure” on the war-hit nation.

Kyiv’s tally of Russian troopers killed, wounded or captured preventing in Ukraine contains greater than 500,000 Russian troops.

A declassified US intelligence report in December mentioned that Russia had misplaced 315,000 troops in Ukraine because the begin of the full-scale invasion, representing practically 90 per cent of the army personnel it had in February 2022.

Arpan Rai15 June 2024 06:21


Armenian chief broadcasts plan to go away Russia-dominated safety alliance as ties with Moscow bitter

The chief of Armenia on Wednesday declared his intention to drag out of a Russia-dominated safety alliance of a number of ex-Soviet nations as tensions rise between the 2 allies.

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan mentioned his authorities will determine later when to go away the Collective Security Treaty Organization, or CSTO, a grouping that features Russia and the previous Soviet Central Asian nations of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

Amid the widening rift with Russia, Armenia earlier froze its participation within the alliance, canceled its involvement in joint army drills and snubbed CSTO summits.

Maryam Zakir-Hussain15 June 2024 06:00


Kamala Harris to deal with Ukraine summit in Switzerland, meet Zelensky

US vice chairman Kamala Harris will attend the worldwide Ukraine peace summit in Switzerland beginning at present, the place she is going to meet with Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky and deal with world leaders.

She will stress that the end result of the battle in Ukraine impacts the whole world, a US official mentioned, and push for the utmost variety of nations to again the notion that Russia’s invasion violates the UN Charter’s founding rules and that Ukraine‘s sovereignty and territorial integrity must be respected.

Ms Harris, who will spend less than 24 hours at the gathering in Lucerne, will be standing in for president Joe Biden at the event.

Ms Harris will meet Mr Zelensky and address the summit’s plenary session. Mr Biden met his Ukrainian counterpart each on the G7 summit, the place they signed a US-Ukraine safety settlement, and in France for occasions surrounding the eightieth anniversary of the D-Day invasion.

The president shall be returning to the United States after his participation on the G7 summit in Italy to attend a fundraiser for his re-election marketing campaign in Los Angeles.

Arpan Rai15 June 2024 05:25


Zelensky meets Pope forward of peace summit

Volodymyr Zelensky met Pope Francis yesterday and spoke to him about “Russian aggression and terror” and thanked the sovereign of Vatican metropolis for participation within the peace talks.

“I met with @Pontifex and thanked His Holiness for his prayers for peace in Ukraine, his spiritual closeness to our people, and humanitarian aid for Ukrainians. I informed the Pope about the consequences of Russian aggression, its air terror, and the difficult energy situation,” he mentioned on X.

The Ukrainian war-time chief mentioned he’s wanting ahead to seeing the Pope play a job in establishing peace.

“We discussed the Peace Formula, the Holy See’s role in establishing a just and lasting peace, and expectations for the Global Peace Summit. I thanked the Holy See for its participation in the Summit and highlighted its efforts aimed at bringing peace closer, particularly returning Ukrainian children abducted by Russia.”

Arpan Rai15 June 2024 05:08


US submarine pulls into Guantanamo Bay a day after Russian warships arrive in Cuba

A U.S. Navy submarine has arrived in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in a present of drive as a fleet of Russian warships collect for deliberate army workout routines within the Caribbean.

U.S. Southern Command mentioned the USS Helena, a nuclear-powered quick assault submarine, pulled into the waters close to the U.S. base in Cuba on Thursday, only a day after a Russian frigate, a nuclear-powered submarine, an oil tanker and a rescue tug crossed into Havana Bay after drills within the Atlantic Ocean.

The cease is a part of a “routine port visit” because the submarine travels by Southern Command’s area, it mentioned in a social media submit.

Maryam Zakir-Hussain15 June 2024 05:00