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  • EU to arrange platform for Ukrainian reconstruction
  • Pope Francis desires to go to Moscow and Kyiv
  • Russia can wage battle for a “actually very long time,” says German Chancellor Olaf Scholz
  • The UK will host a convention subsequent yr targeted on serving to Ukraine recuperate

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Kyiv holding talks with Turkey, UN on grain exports — Ukraine’s Zelenskyy

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy mentioned that Kyiv is holding talks with Turkey and the United Nations on securing ensures for grain exports.

“Talks are actually happening now with Turkey and the UN (and) our representatives who’re liable for the safety of the grain that leaves our ports,” Zelenskyy mentioned at a information convention throughout a go to by Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson.

“This can be a essential factor that somebody ensures the safety of ships for this or that nation, other than Russia, which we don’t belief. We due to this fact want safety for these ships which is able to come right here to load foodstuffs,” Zelenskyy added.

Ukraine’s president mentioned that the UN was “enjoying a number one position” and that Kyiv was working with the group “immediately.”

Germany’s Scholz discusses Ukraine technique with France’s Macron

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz met with French President Emmanuel Maron in Paris on Monday night to debate a typical technique for each nations on additional supporting Ukraine.

The 2 leaders additionally mentioned European methods on vitality independence, protection and higher securing strategic uncooked supplies.

“Whether or not on the G7 assembly in Elmau, the NATO summit, or right here in Paris, it’s good that we’re in shut alternate on the numerous urgent problems with nowadays,” Scholz wrote on Twitter.

Ukrainian military: Lack of Lysychansk is ‘non permanent’

Yuriy Sak, advisor to the Ukrainian protection minister, spoke to DW about Russia’s current seize of Lysychansk, which was one of many final Ukrainian-controlled cities within the japanese Luhansk province. 

“Non permanent lack of each meter of territory is critical. And because of this each time when now we have to briefly depart sure areas or sure cities, we insist that we’ll be again,” Sak mentioned.

He added that the Ukrainian authorities was targeted on liberating “all of the briefly occupied territories.”

“In these areas the place Russians have targeted and concentrated all of their firepower, firing tens of hundreds of artillery shells a day, it is smart for Ukrainian armed forces as a result of we worth human life to retreat briefly,” Sak added.

He pressured that Russia’s key overarching navy goal has at all times been “to encircle Ukrainian armed forces within the east of Ukraine and destroy them,” one thing that Sak insisted Moscow had not been profitable at. 

Lithuanian crowdfunding marketing campaign buys drone for Ukraine

Lithuania has taken supply of a fight drone from Turkey after tons of of Lithuanians clubbed collectively to purchase it for Ukraine.

The nation’s protection ministry mentioned it will be handed over to Ukraine as quickly as potential.

A Lithuanian crowdfunding marketing campaign to purchase the drone raised greater than €6 million ($6.25 million) in a couple of days.

When the Turkish producer Baykar heard concerning the marketing campaign, they mentioned they’d donate the drone without cost.

Lithuania’s authorities mentioned it will spend  €1.5 million of the cash to arm it, and the remaining goes in the direction of humanitarian assist for Ukraine.

UK to introduce new sanctions on Belarus

Britain mentioned it will on Tuesday introduce new financial, commerce and transport sanctions on Belarus over the nation’s help for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The brand new package deal will embody import and export bans on items value round 60 million kilos (€70 million) together with on exports of oil refining items, superior know-how parts and luxurious items, and imports of Belarusian iron and metal.

Britain will even ban extra Belarusian corporations from issuing debt and securities in London.

Britain has already raised import tariffs on a spread of merchandise from Belarus by 35 proportion factors and sanctioned Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and senior authorities officers.

Ukraine’s PM says his nation wants $750 billion for restoration plan

Ukraine wants $750 billion (€718 billion) for a three-stage restoration plan within the wake of Russia’s invasion, Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal mentioned on Monday.

Shmyhal additionally informed the Ukraine Restoration Convention in Lugano that there had been over $100 billion (€96 billion) of direct injury to infrastructure from Russia’s invasion.

He added that the Ukrainian authorities believed {that a} key supply of funding for the restoration plan ought to be belongings confiscated from Russian oligarchs.

In accordance with Shmyhal, Ukraine’s restoration plan has three phases: A primary targeted on fixing issues that matter for folks’s day by day lives like water provide which is ongoing, a “quick restoration” part that will likely be launched as quickly as preventing ends together with non permanent housing, hospital and college initiatives, and one which goals to remodel the nation over the long term.

EU to arrange platform for Ukrainian reconstruction

The European Union will arrange a reconstruction platform to coordinate the rebuilding of Ukraine after its battle with Russia, EU Fee President Ursula von der Leyen mentioned on Monday.

The platform will likely be used to map funding wants, coordinate motion and channel sources, von der Leyen informed the Ukraine Restoration Convention within the Swiss metropolis of Lugano.

“Because the starting of the battle, the European Union has mobilized round €6.2 billion ($6.48 billion) in monetary help,” von der Leyen mentioned. “Extra will come. We’ll have interaction considerably within the mid- and long-term reconstruction.”

The platform will carry collectively nations, establishments, the personal sector and civil society. It would additionally embody worldwide organizations just like the European Financial institution for Reconstruction and Improvement and the European Funding Financial institution.

“By way of the reconstruction platform, the European Fee can supply its intensive experience in operating packages that mix reform and investments,” von der Leyen mentioned.

“As well as, now we have been working carefully with Ukraine for a very long time. And this work will solely intensify now that Ukraine has formally change into a candidate to affix our Union.”

Europe has a “particular accountability and a strategic curiosity to be at Ukraine’s facet,” she added.

“The Kremlin’s objective is the navy, political and financial destruction of Ukraine,” she mentioned. “They need to undermine Ukraine’s very existence as a state. We can not and we is not going to let this occur.”

Zelenskyy says Ukraine reconstruction is ‘widespread activity’ of democratic world

Rebuilding Ukraine is the “widespread activity of the entire democratic world”, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy mentioned on Monday, insisting the restoration of his war-torn nation would serve world peace.

“Reconstruction of Ukraine is the largest contribution to the help of worldwide peace,” Zelenskyy mentioned, talking by way of video hyperlink to the Ukraine Restoration Convention in Lugano, southern Switzerland.

“Russia’s battle towards Ukraine shouldn’t be solely an try to seize our land and destroy state establishments, to interrupt our independence. It’s a worldview confrontation. The anti-democratic and anti-European system in-built Russia is attempting to show that it’s supposedly stronger than all of us: Ukraine, Europe, and the democratic world,” he mentioned.

Turkey investigates Russian ship over stolen grain claims

Turkey has halted a Russian-flagged cargo ship off its Black Beach and is investigating a Ukrainian declare that it was carrying stolen grain, a senior Turkish official mentioned on Monday.

“Upon request, the ship named Zhibek Zholy was halted off Karasu (port),” a senior official mentioned. “The allegations are being investigated totally. It isn’t written on the grain who it belongs to.”

He mentioned Turkey was involved with Russia, the United Nations and third events relating to the difficulty.

Ukraine’s ambassador to Turkey mentioned on Sunday the Zhibek Zholy was detained by Turkish customs authorities. Ukraine had beforehand requested Ankara to detain it, in response to an official.

Kyiv has accused Moscow of stealing grain from the territories that Russian forces have seized since their invasion started in late February. The Kremlin has beforehand denied that Russia has stolen any Ukrainian grain.

Ukraine says it’ll elevate flag once more on Snake Island

The Ukrainian flag was delivered by helicopter to Snake Island within the Black Sea, and will likely be raised when Ukrainian troops return, a Ukrainian navy spokesperson mentioned on Monday.

“The territory (Snake Island) has been returned to the jurisdiction of Ukraine,” Natalia Humeniuk, spokesperson for Ukraine’s southern navy command, informed a information convention.

Humeniuk had earlier made remarks that the flag had been raised, however later mentioned her assertion was meant “metaphorically.” 

“Nobody is taking any dangers for the sake of a media photograph,” she mentioned.

Russian troops occupied the island within the first days of the Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.

Snake Island is the one noteworthy island within the Black Sea near Ukraine’s southwestern shoreline.

Controlling it allowed Russia each a launching level for assaults from the ocean and the power to impede maritime site visitors coming into or leaving Ukraine.

Putin congratulates Russian troops on ‘liberating’ Ukraine’s Luhansk area

President Vladimir Putin on Monday congratulated Russian troops on “liberating” the japanese Ukrainian area of Luhansk, a major milestone for Moscow in its navy marketing campaign in Ukraine.

In a televised assembly with Protection Minister Sergey Shoygu, Putin mentioned the troops concerned within the operation to seize the Luhansk area ought to relaxation however that different navy models ought to proceed preventing.

“Army models, together with the East group and the West group, should perform their duties in response to beforehand accepted plans,” Putin informed Shoygu.

After giving up on its preliminary goal of capturing the capital, Kyiv, following robust Ukrainian resistance, Russia has targeted its efforts on securing full management of the Donetsk and Luhansk areas in japanese Ukraine.

Pope Francis desires to go to Moscow and Kyiv

Pope Francis is contemplating a visit to Moscow amid the continuing Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Chatting with Reuters, Francis famous that there had been contacts between Vatican International Minister Cardinal Pietro Parolin and Russian International Minister Sergey Lavrov a few potential journey to Moscow.

“I wish to go [to Ukraine], and I needed to go to Moscow first,” Francis mentioned, including that he had exchanged messages with Putin hoping for “a small window to serve the reason for peace.”

“And now it’s potential, after I come again from Canada, it’s potential that I handle to go to Ukraine,” he mentioned. “The very first thing is to go to Russia to attempt to assist in a roundabout way, however I wish to go to each capitals.”

Francis is anticipated to go to Canada on July 24-30.

When the Vatican first requested a few journey a number of months in the past, Francis mentioned Moscow replied that it was not the best time.

Commenting on the interview, Ukrainian International Ministry spokesman mentioned Ukraine renewed its invitation to Pope Francis to go to Ukraine and urged him to proceed to hope for the Ukrainian folks.

Ukrainian officers anticipate Russian navy to maneuver focus to Donetsk area

Following Russia’s weekend seize of the japanese Ukrainian metropolis of Lysychansk, its troops are turning their consideration to town of Slovyansk in Donetsk area, the Ukrainian common employees has mentioned.

“The Russians try to ascertain management over the villages of Bohorodychne, Dolyna and Mazanivka, within the path of Slovyansk,” the navy’s common employees mentioned in its day by day replace.

All three villages are situated lower than 20 kilometres to the north and northeast of Slovyansk, on the south facet of the Siversky Donets River.

Russian troops had been trying to push Ukrainian forces again to a brand new defensive position between the cities of Siversk, Soledar and Bakhmut, in response to the report. These three cities are about 30 to 40 kilometres east of the Slovyansk-Kramatorsk city space.

Lysychansk was the final main settlement in Luhansk area nonetheless underneath Ukrainian management, permitting the Russian navy to show its eye to Donetsk.

Luhansk governor Serhiy Gaidai additionally mentioned that he anticipated town of Slovyansk and the city of Bakhmut particularly to come back underneath assault as Russia tries to take full management of what’s often called the Donbas in japanese Ukraine.

UK estimates Ukraine grain export to drop by two-thirds

The UK Ministry of Protection says the Russian invasion of Ukraine continues to have a devastating influence on Ukraine’s agricultural sector.

It says the battle has affected provide chains for seed and fertilizer that Ukrainian farmers want.

The ministry additionally mentioned the Russian blockade of Odesa was stopping the export of meals. It mentioned Ukraine’s grain exports in 2022 unlikely to be greater than 35% of the whole final yr.

In the meantime, after the final remaining main inhabitants heart within the Luhansk area — Lysychansk — fell underneath Russian management, the UK ministry mentioned Russia’s focus would possible change to Donetsk. A big portion of that a part of Donbas stays underneath the management of Ukrainian forces.

“The battle for the Donbas has been grinding and attritional and that is extremely unlikely to vary within the coming weeks,” the ministry mentioned.

Ukraine says G20 summit attendance is dependent upon whether or not Russia goes

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy mentioned his participation in November’s G20 summit in Indonesia is dependent upon whether or not Russia will attend the gathering.

“Our participation is dependent upon the Russian Federation, whether or not will probably be there,” Zelenskyy was quoted as saying by the Interfax-Ukraine information company.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo, the summit’s host, issued an invite to Zelenskyy throughout his go to to Kyiv final week.

“I informed the Indonesian president that we’re grateful for the invitation, however now we have a safety state of affairs,” Zelenskyy mentioned, including that he doubted many leaders would attend the summit if the Russian president deliberate to be there.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has already signaled his intention to attend the G20 summit. Nevertheless it stays unclear whether or not he plans to attend the occasion just about or in individual.

Ukraine restoration assembly to open in Lugano

Leaders from dozens of nations, worldwide organizations and the personal sector are assembly in Switzerland to debate a restoration plan for Ukraine.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy will deal with the gathering just about.

The 2-day convention had been deliberate properly earlier than Russia launched its full-scale invasion on February 24. It had initially been slated to debate reforms in Ukraine, however after the battle started the main focus was shifted to reconstruction.

Rebuilding Ukraine as soon as the battle ends is anticipated to price tons of of billions of {dollars}.

The trouble would require “colossal investments,” Zelenskyy mentioned on the weekend.

Kyiv Faculty of Economics has estimated the injury achieved up to now to buildings and infrastructure at almost $104 billion (€100 billion).

It estimated that not less than 45 million sq. meters of housing, 256 enterprises, 656 medical establishments, and 1,177 academic establishments had been broken, destroyed or seized, whereas Ukraine’s financial system had already suffered losses of as much as $600 billion.

Ukraine’s ambassador to Switzerland Artem Rybchenko mentioned forward of the convention that it will assist create “the roadmap” to his nation’s restoration.

Scholz: Russia can wage battle for a ‘actually very long time’

Chancellor Olaf Scholz mentioned Russia’s resolution to invade Ukraine was made “one yr earlier than it began or presumably earlier,” including that he believes Moscow will likely be “capable of proceed with the battle for a very very long time.”

Throughout an interview with CBS News’ “Face the Nation,” Scholz additionally defended Berlin’s delays in delivering weapons to Ukraine.

He mentioned the wait was because of the want to coach Ukrainian troopers in Germany.

“We’ll at all times see that Germany is without doubt one of the nations that’s doing probably the most, as a result of what we’re sending now could be probably the most refined know-how you need to use,” Scholz mentioned.

He additionally admitted that it had been a mistake by European nations to change into so depending on Russian vitality. 

“We should always have invested throughout Europe in infrastructure that provides us the power to vary the provision, from at some point to the opposite,” he mentioned. “That is the lesson that has been discovered… be ready for a state of affairs like this.”

UK to host Ukraine restoration convention

The UK will host a convention subsequent yr targeted on serving to Ukraine recuperate from the injury attributable to the Russian invasion, the International Workplace mentioned.

This yr’s Ukraine Restoration Convention is going down in Switzerland from Monday.

The assembly brings collectively representatives from Ukraine and different nations in addition to worldwide organizations and civil society teams.

“Now we have led on help for Ukraine throughout the battle and can proceed to guide in supporting the Ukrainian Authorities’s Reconstruction and Improvement Plan,” International Secretary Liz Truss mentioned in a press release.

The International Workplace mentioned Britain had been requested by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to champion the restoration of Kyiv and the encircling area.

Russia has claimed positive factors in its navy offensive in japanese Ukraine

Recap of Sunday’s occasions

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy confirmed that his forces have withdrawn from Lysychansk, the final holdout metropolis within the japanese Luhansk area. 

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz mentioned Berlin was discussing with allies what safety ensures may be given to Kyiv when the battle is over.

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier spoke out towards urging Ukraine to barter an finish to the battle. Moscow has accused Western nations of stopping peace negotiations, thus dragging out the battle.

Throughout talks with Zelenskyy in Kyiv, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese pledged additional navy help, together with armored automobiles and drones.

Turkish customs authorities detained a Russian cargo ship carrying grain that Ukraine says is stolen.

A number of folks died when Russian troops shelled Slovyansk within the japanese Donetsk area, which the Ukrainian navy described because the “greatest” bombardment in current occasions.

Click on right here for all updates from Sunday.

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