Ukraine-Russia struggle: Putin will get Kim Jong-un’s ‘full support’ in North Korea as Kyiv claims Russian troops ‘beheaded’ soldie | EUROtoday

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Zelensky says China making an attempt to undermine Ukraine peace summit

Vladimir Putin was obtained with a lot pomp in North Korea by his “comrade” and the pariah state’s chief Kim Jong-un who as soon as once more pledged his help to Moscow amid a warning by the United States.

Kim Jong-un, who beforehand equipped arms to Moscow, promised his full help for Russia’s struggle in Ukraine earlier than starting a one-on-one assembly with Mr Putin in capital Pyongyang.

Mr Putin arrived on Tuesday for the summit set to deepen commerce and safety ties supposed to offset sanctions positioned on the 2 regimes by the US. He was given a heat, purple carpeted welcome with a hug from Mr Kim.

The go to seems to be to overshadow the mammoth peace talks held by Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky in Switzerland over the weekend. Nearly 80 nations agreed that peace talks will start solely after Russia restores Ukraine’s territorial integrity.

On the struggle entrance, Russian forces have possible beheaded a Ukrainian soldier in Donetsk, and Kyiv is investigating the suspected struggle crime, officers mentioned.

“The fact of decapitation of a Ukrainian defender was recorded in the Donetsk region,” Ukrainian basic prosecutor General Andriy Kostin mentioned.

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Russian interference might ‘ramp up dramatically’ forward of UK election, senior US senator warns

Russian interference within the UK basic election will possible “ramp up dramatically” previous to voting day, the chair of the US senate intelligence committee has warned.

Senator Mark Warner, who’s recurrently briefed on US intelligence, mentioned Washington was “closely monitoring” the scenario in Britain, including: “Clearly, Russia does not like the fact that the U.K. has been as stalwart as they have been in terms of defence on Ukraine.”

While US intelligences providers are but to see a lot exercise indicating Russian interference in Britain’s upcoming vote on 4 July, Mr Warner mentioned: “The chances are, as we saw in the past, this activity ramps up dramatically the closer it gets to the election.”

He added: “It clearly meets Putin’s plans if he can lessen the British or the Americans’ resolve for supporting Ukraine, he can save some money on his tanks, guns, ships, and planes if he can diminish support.”

Speaking at a Christian Science Monitor occasion, Mr Warner reportedly claimed that Russia was “sowing discontent or trying to pit groups against each other [to] further social division” within the UK, and singled out Nigel Farage as he described Mr Putin’s potential efforts to take advantage of political variations on Ukraine’s defence.

Andy Gregory19 June 2024 08:53

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Vietnam set to roll out purple carpet for Putin

Vietnam can also be getting ready to roll out the purple carpet for Vladimir Putin late on Wednesday evening in Hanoi, in a transfer condemned by the United States.

Vietnam’s fastidiously constructed alliances with each Washington and the European Union makes the Hanoi cease of Putin’s tour particularly necessary for the Russian chief, Alexander Vuving of the Hawaii-based Inouye Asia-Pacific Centre for Security Studies, instructed Reuters.

“Russia wants to send the message that it has friends everywhere in the world and that the West’s effort to isolate Russia is futile,” Mr Vuving mentioned, including that Hanoi has its personal pursuits past the 2 international locations’ shared Communist roots.

“Russia plays a unique and critical role in Vietnam’s foreign policy,” he mentioned, noting that Moscow has been a significant arms provider to Hanoi.

Andy Gregory19 June 2024 08:19

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With Putin by his aspect, Kim Jong-un vows ‘full support’ for Russia in Ukraine

North Korean chief Kim Jong-un promised full help for Russia’s struggle in Ukraine earlier than starting a one-on-one assembly with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Pyongyang right this moment, in a bid to broaden their financial and army cooperation and present a united entrance in opposition to Washington.

Kim mentioned relations between Moscow and Pyongyang at the moment are even nearer than throughout Soviet occasions and known as Putin’s go to a chance to solidify their “fiery friendship.”

Kim vowed his nation’s “full support and solidarity to the Russian government, army and people in carrying out the special military operation in Ukraine to protect sovereignty, security interests and territorial integrity.” It wasn’t instantly clear what that help would possibly appear to be.

Kim has used related language previously, constantly saying North Korea helps what he describes as a simply motion to guard Russia’s pursuits and blaming the disaster on the US-led West’s “hegemonic policy.”

Speaking earlier than the summit, Putin thanked Kim for help in Ukraine and mentioned the 2 international locations would signal an settlement to spice up their partnership as each “fight against the imperialist hegemonistic policies of the US and its satellites against the Russian Federation,” based on remarks carried by Russian state Tass and RIA Novosti information companies.

Putin’s go to comes amid rising considerations about an arms association through which North Korea offers Russia with badly wanted munitions to gasoline Moscow’s struggle in Ukraine, in trade for financial help and expertise transfers that would improve the risk posed by Kim’s nuclear weapons and missile program.

Arpan Rai19 June 2024 07:31

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Red carpet, heat hugs, Aurus Limousine: How Putin was obtained in North Korea

Vladimir Putin was embraced by North Korean chief Kim Jong-un on his arrival at Pyongyang’s airport for a uncommon go to within the early hours this morning. The two leaders shared a experience to the state visitor home in Pyongyang, North Korean state media mentioned.

Putin, who arrived earlier than daybreak, is on his first journey to the North Korean capital in 24 years, a go to more likely to reshape many years of Russia-North Korea relations at a time when each international locations face worldwide isolation.

Kim greeted Putin, shaking arms, embracing and speaking beside the Russian chief’s airplane. The pair then rode in Putin’s Russian-made Aurus limousine to the Kumsusan State Guest House.

Likely given the hour, the welcome was a comparatively subdued affair, with Kim greeting the Russian chief on the purple carpet with out the grand ceremony the North placed on for Chinese president Xi Jinping on his 2019 go to.

“Passing through charmingly lit streets of Pyongyang at night, the top leaders exchanged their pent-up inmost thoughts and opened their minds to more surely develop the DPRK-Russia relations,” KCNA reported, utilizing the initials of North Korea’s official identify.

State media photographs confirmed streets of Pyongyang lined with portraits of Putin and the facade of the unfinished and vacant 101-story pyramid-shaped Ryugyong Hotel brightly lit with an enormous message “Welcome Putin”.

Russian media images confirmed troopers and a big crowd of civilians gathered on the sq. by the Taedong River working by the capital, together with youngsters holding balloons and large portraits of the 2 leaders, with nationwide flags adorning the Grand People’s Study Hall.

Arpan Rai19 June 2024 07:11

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Trial of jailed journalist Evan Gershkovich to be held behind closed doorways

Alexander Butler19 June 2024 07:00

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The Putin-Kim bromance is a harmful liaison

The Putin-Kim bromance is a harmful liaison, not only for South Korea, Japan and different regional powers, however for the remainder of the world, and, certainly, the protagonists themselves. Thermonuclear struggle, in any case, means mutually assured destruction.

They are each closely sanctioned worldwide pariahs, each enemies of the West. They share an uneasy relationship with China, which, due to its large financial energy, army prowess and standing as a superpower, is extra dominant neighbour than reliable good friend.

It is, paradoxically, an indication of some weak spot that Mr Putin is being pushed in direction of Mr Kim. Although the United States and the remainder of the West are involved about Russia’s relationship with China, plainly Beijing’s backing for the struggle in Ukraine is each conditional and restricted. President Xi has prolonged important monetary support and diplomatic help, purchased Russian vitality and uncooked supplies, and equipped non-military and dual-use items to Moscow, however most likely not a lot in the way in which of clearly offensive package.

Read The Independent’s Editorial right here:

The Putin-Kim bromance is a harmful liaison

Editorial: Rather than the forging of a brand new axis in opposition to Western affect, the Russian president’s uncommon go to to North Korea is a telling signal of his weak spot – and the way, to declare victory in Ukraine, he could also be ready to take dangers

Arpan Rai19 June 2024 06:36

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Ukraine downs almost all of 21 drones launched by Russia

Ukraine’s air defence programs destroyed 19 out of 21 drones that Russia launched in a single day focusing on a number of areas, Ukraine’s air power mentioned this morning.

The aerial assault on Ukrainian cities, particularly western area of Lviv, has injured one man and broken a multi-storey residential constructing, the mayor of Lviv metropolis mentioned.

The drone assault within the village of Malekhiv within the Lviv metropolis district additionally broken scores of home windows in different residential buildings, Lviv mayor Andriy Sadovyi mentioned.

No main casualties or injury has been reported elsewhere in Ukraine instantly.

Arpan Rai19 June 2024 05:55

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Ukraine says Russia ‘beheaded’ its soldier and begins probe

Ukraine is investigating the suspected beheading of one among its servicemen by Russian forces in an occupied a part of the jap Donetsk area, the Ukrainian basic prosecutor’s workplace mentioned yesterday.

“The fact of decapitation of a Ukrainian defender was recorded in the Donetsk region,” Prosecutor General Andriy Kostin wrote on X, the social media platform.

In an announcement, the overall prosecutor’s workplace mentioned the severed head of a Ukrainian soldier had been recognized on a broken armoured car throughout aerial reconnaissance of the world.

It mentioned the Ukrainian army had obtained data on Monday that members of a unit of Russian forces in Donetsk area’s Volnovaha district had ordered their subordinates to not seize Ukrainian servicemen and to behead them.

Kostin says that Ukraine has documented almost 130,000 struggle crimes dedicated by Russia.

Russia, which has repeatedly denied its forces perform struggle crimes throughout the full-scale invasion of Ukraine launched in February 2022, has made no touch upon the allegation.

Arpan Rai19 June 2024 05:47

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Russian oil depot hit for second day, large blaze engulfs facility

A blaze at an oil depot within the city of Azov in Russia’s southern area of Rostov has been raging for greater than 24 hours, native emergency providers mentioned this morning.

Several oil storage tanks have been engulfed in hearth after a drone assault early yesterday {that a} Ukraine intelligence supply mentioned was performed by the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU).

“The fire at the Azov district has been localized at the 3,200 square metres at 5.30am (0200 GMT),” the emergency service mentioned on the Telegram channel.

The supply instructed Reuters the assault struck the Azovskaya and Azovnefteprodukt depots which have a complete of twenty-two gasoline tanks.

Kyiv has usually mentioned that focusing on Russia’s vitality, army and transport infrastructure undermines Moscow’s army effort.

The city of Azov is located on the Don River and is about 16 km (10 miles) from the Sea of Azov.

Arpan Rai19 June 2024 05:33

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Rod Stewart responds after ‘booing’ heard throughout show of help for Ukraine

Alexander Butler19 June 2024 05:00

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