The Russo-Ukrainian War: What we know on the 97th day of the invasion


  • European Union leaders They supported a partial embargo on Russian oil After late-night talks at the Brussels summit. Officials said the sanctions would immediately affect 75 percent of Russian oil imports, with a goal of banning 90 percent of all Russian oil imports into Europe by the end of the year. European Council President Charles Michel hailed the agreement as a “remarkable achievement” that would put “maximum pressure on Russia to end the war”. The settlement excludes the Druzhba pipeline from the oil embargo and exempts shipments to Europe via the pipeline, after Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban warned that supplies would be halted. destroys his country’s economy.

  • The latest sanctions package also includes eliminating access to Swift payments for Russia’s largest bank, Sberbank; ban of three other Russian state-owned radio stations; and other sanctions against “individuals responsible for war crimes in Ukraine”.

  • European Council President Charles Michel addressed speculation about the division within the European Union In the days leading up to the agreement. “In the last hours and the last days there were speculations about the absence of European unity,” he told reporters. We do not underestimate all the difficulties. We know we needed a few weeks before we could make a decision.”

  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky earlier expressed his regret at the delay in the European Union leaders imposing tougher sanctions on Vladimir Putin.. “The pause in agreeing on new sanctions in Europe has been too long,” he said. He said.

  • The European Council added that it was ready to give Ukraine 9 billion euros to help in post-war reconstruction. European Council President Charles Michel said late on Monday that the council “will continue to assist Ukraine in meeting its immediate liquidity needs, along with the G7.” European Union Commission President Ursula von der Leyen He warned that Ukraine needed €5 billion per month just to maintain basic services and “…to give Ukraine a fair chance to rise from the rubble”.

  • Zelensky claims that Russia is banning exports 22 million tons of grain from the ports of Ukraine warned that it poses a threat of starvation. “The Russian blockade of our exports is destabilizing the situation on a global scale,” he said in the latest edition of his compatriots. Tabuk. Zelensky added that Russian forces “have already stolen at least half a million tons of grain” and are “now looking for ways to sell it illegally somewhere.”

  • The situation in Donbass remains “extremely difficult”, Zelensky said Russian forces bombed Kharkiv again on Monday. “The territory of our Sumy region was bombed across the border between Ukraine and Russia,” he said.

  • Russian tanks and troops Began to advance to SievierodonetskAnd the The largest city in Donbass is still under control UkraineThis led to the outbreak of street fighting on Monday. The region’s governor, Serhi Gaidai, described the “fierce battles” and said the fighting was “extremely fierce”.

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogansaying that if sanctions were lifted, Russia could “export large quantities of fertilizers and agricultural products.”

  • Joe Biden said The United States will not supply Ukraine with long-range missiles Able to reach Russia. Ukraine has ordered Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (MLRS) with a range of about 300 kilometers (185 miles) to offset Moscow’s increasingly effective use of long-range artillery.

  • France is set to boost its military aid to Ukraine. Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna said France would “continue to boost arms shipments” while visiting Kyiv on Monday.

  • Belarus will hold military mobilization exercises in June and July in the Gomel regionState News Agency Belta reports.

  • Russia will stop supplying gas to the Netherlands from tomorrow after government-backed dealer GasTerra refused to pay Gazprom in rubles. About 44% of energy use in the Netherlands depends on gas, but only about 15% of Dutch gas comes from Russia, according to government figures.

  • Georgia’s breakaway region of South Ossetia has canceled plans to hold an accession referendum Russia which was scheduled to take place on 17 July. The head of the Moscow-controlled enclave, Alan Gaglov, warned of “the uncertainty about the legal implications of the issue put to the referendum,” according to a report by Agence France-Presse.

  • French journalist Frédéric Leclerc Imhoff, 32, was martyred After he was riding in an armored evacuation vehicle He was wounded by shrapnel from a Russian shell In the city of Severodonetsk in the east UkraineUkrainian and French authorities said. France called for an investigation into the journalist’s death, with Zelensky offering his “sincere condolences” to his colleagues and family.

  • First case of alleged rape by a Russian soldier referred to courtThe Prosecutor General of Ukraine said. Irina Venediktova said the soldier would be tried for the alleged murder of the victim’s husband and “sexual violence against his wife.”

  • Winners of the Eurovision Song Contest Kaloosh Orchestra They sold the trophy at auction to raise money for the Ukrainian army. The band, whose song Stefania won in Turin earlier this month, said they had raised $900,000 (£713,000) by auctioning the glass mic and another $370,000 by pulling on the pink hat Ole Bisuc wore during the performance. .

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