Putin appears to be hinting at more forays. Zelensky says Ukrainian forces are holding out in Donbass

‘Impossible’: Hungary’s foreign minister rules out Russian gas embargo in next round of EU sanctions

Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said: “When we impose sanctions we have to make sure that those sanctions do more harm than ourselves to those we impose sanctions on.”

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Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szyjjarto said it was not possible for the European Union to impose a Russian gas embargo in the next package of sanctions.

Speaking to CNBC’s Charlotte Reed on the sidelines of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development’s ministerial council meeting in Paris, Szijjarto said, “When we impose sanctions, we have to make sure that those sanctions do more harm to those on whom we impose sanctions than we do ourselves.”

“We must have a very clear position on the war, which we already have, we condemn Russia for this military aggression. We stand by Ukraine. But we also have to take reality into account,” he added.

Russia currently supplies 65% of Hungary’s demand for oil and 85% of its gas supply, Sijarto said, adding that the lack of available infrastructure means it is not possible for the landlocked European country to quickly reduce its dependence on Russian hydrocarbons.

The European Union agreed late last month to impose a partial ban on Russian crude in an attempt to disrupt President Vladimir Putin’s war machine. The softened deal covers Russian oil brought into the block by sea, with an exception granted for pipeline-delivered imports.

Szijjarto spoke of his frustration at portraying Hungary as a country reluctant to punish Russia’s war in Ukraine after the country opposed a blanket embargo on Russian oil.

Asked about the possibility that the European Union would target Russian gas exports in its next round of sanctions, Sejarto said: “No, it is impossible.”

“If you are not able to import gas from Russia, then the country will stop, the economy will stop, we can’t heat homes, we can’t manage the economy. Our question is who can provide a solution?” he added.

– Sam Meredith

Luhansk governor says we are exhausting the enemy: fierce battles continue in Severodonetsk

Serhiy Heidi, governor of the eastern Luhansk province, said heavy street fighting continued in Severodonetsk as Russian forces battled for control of the city.

“The entire Luhansk Free Zone was heavily bombed,” Heyday said via Telegram, according to a translation.

“Fierce battles continue in Severodonetsk. We are exhausted by the enemy,” he added.

– Sam Meredith

The UK says the Kremlin is struggling to provide basic services to the territories occupied by Russia

The British Ministry of Defense said the devastated port city of Mariupol is at high risk of a cholera outbreak.

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Russia is struggling to provide basic public services to the population in the Russian-occupied territories, with the devastated port city of Mariupol at high risk of a cholera outbreak, according to Britain’s Ministry of Defense.

“Access to safe drinking water has been inconsistent, while major interruptions in telephone and internet services continue. It is possible that there is an acute shortage of medicines in Kherson, while Mariupol is at risk of a significant cholera outbreak,” the ministry said via Twitter.

“Sporadic cases of cholera have been reported since May. Ukraine suffered a major cholera epidemic in 1995, and has experienced minor outbreaks since then, particularly around the coast of the Sea of ​​Azov – which includes Mariupol,” she added. “It is possible that the medical services in Mariupol are on the verge of collapse: an outbreak of cholera in Mariupol will only aggravate this.”

– Sam Meredith

Zelensky says that the strategically important cities of Donbass are still holding out

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visits Ukrainian troop positions in the city of Pakhmut and Lyschansk region, Ukraine, on June 5, 2022.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said his country’s forces are holding cities in the Donbass region despite constant pressure from Russian forces.

Donbass region refers to the Donetsk and Luhansk provinces in the far east of Ukraine. It is a major strategic, political and economic objective of the Kremlin.

In an evening address to the nation, according to a translation, Zelensky said: “The situation on the front lines to this day has not seen any significant changes. Sievierodonetsk, Lysychansk and other cities of the Donbass, which the occupiers now consider to be the main targets, are still holding out.”

We have some positivity [development] In the Zaporizhia region, where the plans of the occupiers can be thwarted. We are gradually moving forward in the Kharkiv region, to liberate our land. We keep the defense in the direction of Mykolaiv. ”

– Sam Meredith

Putin seems to be hinting at more conquests, comparing himself to Peter the Great

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets young entrepreneurs in Moscow on June 9, 2022.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin appeared to be hinting at further regional expansion, in comments likely to raise alarm bells.

“It is impossible – do you understand? – It is impossible to build a fence around a country like Russia. And we do not intend to build such a fence,” Putin said at a meeting with young businessmen in Moscow, according to Sky News.

This came as the Russian leader compared himself to Peter the Great on the 350th anniversary of the Tsar’s birth. Putin sought to compare the Kremlin’s violent offensive in Ukraine to the former Russian monarch’s invasion of the Baltic coast during a war against Sweden in the 18th century.

“When is [Peter the Great] The new capital was established, and none of the European countries recognized the area as Russian. They all admitted it was Swedish land. The Slavs together with the Finno-Ugric peoples have always lived there, moreover, this region was under the control of the Russian state. The same is heading towards the west.. Narva and his first expeditions.

“Why did he go there? He went there to recover and strengthen her, that’s what he was doing. Well, it looks like we’ve also signed on to restore and strengthen.” [territories]If we consider these basic values ​​as basic to our existence, we will win in resolving the issues we face.”

– Sam Meredith

Zelensky discusses EU membership with Macron

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addresses the South Korean parliament via video link, as Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues, in Kyiv, Ukraine on April 11, 2022.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky spoke with French President Emmanuel Macron, and they discussed Kyiv’s accession to the European Union amid the ongoing Russian war in Ukraine.

In April, Zelensky completed the first step in obtaining EU membership for Ukraine by submitting a lengthy questionnaire.

The two leaders also discussed the latest developments on the ground and additional French security assistance to Ukraine, according to the Elysee Palace of Communication.

– Amanda Macias

A look at air power and NATO patrols near Ukraine

A Mirage 2000-5F fighter jet takes off from Luxeuil-Saint Sauveur Air Base 116, in Saint-Sauveur, eastern France, on March 13, 2022.

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Since the Russian invasion in late February, NATO has deployed nearly 30 military aircraft in the skies near Ukraine at all times.

“Spanish planes guard Lithuania’s airspace, French reconnaissance planes survey the skies while American bombers train with Allied air forces,” NATO spokeswoman Oana Lungescu wrote.

“In order to deter any potential aggression against Allies, NATO is deploying an unprecedented mix of combat, reconnaissance and support aircraft,” she added.

Here is a look at the air power that the coalition has deployed to the region:

The airspace of the eastern wing of NATO


Ukrainian forces maintain the front line in the Donetsk region

Ukrainian soldiers hold the line in New York in the eastern Donetsk region.

A Ukrainian soldier sits in a trench at a front-line position, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, near New York City, Donetsk region, Ukraine on June 9, 2022.

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A Ukrainian soldier fires from a machine gun at a front-line position, amid a Russian attack on Ukraine, near New York City, Donetsk region, Ukraine on June 9, 2022.

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Ukrainian service personnel are seen at a front-line position, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, near New York City, Donetsk region, Ukraine on June 9, 2022.

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A member of the Ukrainian service walks into a front-line position, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, near New York City, Donetsk region, Ukraine, June 9, 2022.

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