Drone footage shows extent of destruction in Odessa after Russian attack
The threat of Vladimir Putin’s use of tactical nuclear weapons is “real,” US President Joe Biden said as the war in Ukraine nears 500 days.
“When I was out here about two years ago and said I was worried the Colorado River was going to dry up, everyone looked at me like I was crazy,” Mr. Biden said in California.
“They looked at me like they did when I said I was worried that Putin might use tactical nuclear weapons. It is real.”
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, Russia’s staunch ally in the ongoing invasion of Ukraine, last week confirmed Moscow’s delivery of tactical nuclear weapons to his country, claiming some of the nuclear weapons are three times more powerful than the nuclear bombs the US dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki had in 1945.
This is Russia’s first such use of warheads, shorter-range, lower-power nuclear weapons that can be used in a war, outside its borders since the fall of the Soviet Union.
As the war enters its 481st day, Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Ukrainian defenders were making progress and that there were no lost positions, “only liberated ones”.
The threat of Putin using tactical nuclear weapons is “real,” Biden warns
The threat of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s use of tactical nuclear weapons is “real,” his US counterpart Joe Biden said days after he denounced Russia’s use of such weapons in Belarus.
“When I was out here about two years ago and said I was worried the Colorado River was going to dry up, everyone looked at me like I was crazy,” Biden told a group of donors in California on Monday.
“They looked at me like they did when I said I was worried that Putin might use tactical nuclear weapons. It’s real,” Biden said.
Mr Biden last week called Mr Putin’s announcement that Russia had deployed its first tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus as “absolutely irresponsible”.
This came as Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said his country had begun supplying Russian tactical nuclear weapons, some of which he said were three times more powerful than the atomic bombs dropped by the US on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.
Arpan RaiJun 20, 2023 3:44 am
Russia fires missiles and drones from east to west in a night airstrike
Russia launched a wide-ranging airstrike on Ukraine overnight, targeting the capital and cities in a wide east-west arc while most of the country spent several hours through the night with air sirens wailing.
The attack hit “critical infrastructure” in the city of Lviv and sparked a fire, officials at the military administration in the city of about 700,000, which is just 70 km (43 miles) from the border with NATO member Poland, said.
No immediate casualties were reported.
The Russian airstrike targeted telecommunications infrastructure and agricultural and agricultural land, said Yuri Malashko, head of the military administration of the Zaporizhia region in south-eastern Ukraine.
The Kiev military administration said its air defense systems were busy repelling the Russian drone attack on the capital and the region.
The overall extent of the attack and the full extent of the damage was not immediately clear.
Arpan RaiJune 20, 2023 4:32 am
Ukraine has said in its two-week counteroffensive it drove Russian forces out of an eighth village, a settlement on a heavily fortified part of the front line near the most direct route to the country’s Sea of Azov coast.
Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Maliar said Ukrainian forces recaptured Piatykhatky and advanced as much as seven kilometers (4.3 miles) into Russian lines in two weeks and captured 113 square kilometers (44 sq mi) of land.
“During two-week offensive operations towards Berdyansk and Melitopol, eight settlements were liberated,” Maliar told news app Telegram, referring to two cities on the Russian-held coast.
In a later statement, she said Russia had concentrated its forces, including air raid troops, in the east, but that Ukrainian forces were hampering their advance.
Katy CliftonJune 20, 2023 02:00
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Ukrainian forces did not lose any positions in their counter-offensive against Russian troops, while enemy forces suffered only casualties.
“In some sectors our armed forces are advancing, in others they are defending positions or resisting attacks and intensified attacks by the occupiers,” the Ukrainian president said in his nightly video address.
“We have no lost positions, only liberated ones. And they only have losses. Overall there is pressure from us that paves the way for our flag.”
Katy CliftonJune 20, 2023 00:01
In pictures: Drone footage shows car ‘filled with explosives’ at Kakhova Dam
Martha McardyJune 19, 2023 10:00 p.m
Why did Russia invade Ukraine?
Ukraine has bravely resisted Putin’s twisted attempt to reclaim territory lost to Moscow from the collapse of the Soviet Union and continues to defy odds, using Western military aid to hold off Russian attacks.
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Martha McardyJune 19, 2023 21:30
“We will rouse people against the war,” says Navalny, while another trial is pending
“We will turn people against the war,” said jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny as he faces another trial.
Navalny, 47, is already serving a total of 11.5 years in prison and is now facing a range of charges related to alleged “extremist” activities. Acquittals by opposition figures are practically unknown in Russia.
As reporters waited for news from the hearing, Navalny’s camp announced a new campaign to turn Russian public opinion against Putin and the war in Ukraine.
Navalny, who posts on social media through his lawyers and allies and who incited tens of thousands of people to take to the streets in the 2010s, called on Russians to “join forces in the fight against Putin’s lies and the Kremlin’s hypocrisy.”
He asked marketing and IT specialists, sociologists, political scientists, donors and volunteers to register.
“We will campaign against the war. And against Putin. Just that. “A long, persistent, arduous, but fundamentally important campaign, with which we will turn people against the war,” he said.
The next presidential election in Russia is in 2024 and Putin has yet to confirm whether he will run.
Navalny’s movement is banned from all political activity, but he said it can still make a powerful impact through targeted messaging because “every grandmother now has WhatsApp and Telegram.”
“Our activities are of course declared illegal and subversive. “All the forces of the state apparatus are thrown into the fight against it,” said Navalny.
“Well, great, and we will put all our forces into the fight against the war machine, the corruption and the stupidity.”
He said Putin is a talentless military leader who “madly and stupidly” led Russia to an impasse with his all-out invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.
Martha McardyJune 19, 2023 21:00
Prime Minister praises the “bravery” of Ukrainian soldiers in talks with Zelenskyy
After the phone call between Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Monday, a Downing Street spokesman said: “The Prime Minister paid tribute to the courage of the Ukrainian soldiers on the front lines of the counter-offensive and said it was clear that they were making good ones.” progress.
“He told President Zelenskyy that the UK stands firmly behind Ukraine as they continue to push back invading Russian troops.
“Small steps forward would bring success,” added the Prime Minister.”
The Ukrainian president said the pair discussed his country’s need for long-range weapons and advocated tougher sanctions against Russia.
Mr Sunak, who visited Washington for talks with US President Joe Biden earlier this month, said Britain and the US were “in lockstep in their unwavering support for Ukraine”.
Both Mr Sunak and President Zelenskyy are expected to address the UK-hosted conference on Ukraine’s reconstruction this week.
Downing Street said the two leaders agreed that this was “a unique opportunity to underscore the strong public and private sector support for Ukraine and to demonstrate the country’s transformation and ongoing reforms”.
Martha McardyJune 19, 2023 8:30 p.m
Ukraine is said to have recaptured the village in Zaporizhia – while fierce fighting continues on the front lines
Ukraine is said to have retaken its first village in several days – while fierce fighting continues on the front lines.
A Russian-installed official said Ukraine had recaptured Piatykhatky, a village in the southern Zaporizhia region, and was entrenching itself there while coming under fire from Russian artillery.
“The enemy’s ‘wave’ offensives showed results, despite huge losses,” official Vladimir Rogov told the news app Telegram.
Martha McardyJune 19, 2023 20:00
Watch: Ukrainian soldiers rescue Russian troops who were drowned after the destruction of the Kakhovka Dam
Ukrainian soldiers rescue Russian troops who were drowned after the destruction of the Kakhovka dam
Martha McardyJune 19, 2023 7:30 p.m