Russia’s Ukraine war live: Putin faces rare protest as Kiev uses first US weapons inside Russia

Zelensky says that China is trying to undermine the Ukrainian peace summit

Vladimir Putin faced a rare protest in Moscow by Russian women who asked his Defense Minister Andrei Belusov to return their husbands who had been mobilized from the Ukrainian front.

A group of 18 women gathered to personally appeal to Belusov, who was appointed to the role last month. They were asked to impose strict limits on how long soldiers could serve before they were discharged from active duty, said Paulina, 20, whose husband is fighting in Ukraine.

Meanwhile, Russian sources said Ukraine had fired US weapons at Belgorod for the first time since Washington lifted Kiev’s ban on using its weapons inside Russia.

Ukrainians have reportedly fired an M142 High Mobility Artillery Missile System, or HIMARS, at the border city of Belgorod, the Russian Defense Ministry and military bloggers said.

The escalation comes as Norway’s top general warned that NATO’s window to prepare against Russia has been cut from about a decade to two or three years.

“At one point someone said it would take ten years, but I think we’re back in less than ten years because of the industrial base that is now operating in Russia,” said General Eirik Kristoffersen, head of Norway’s armed forces.

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China is backing Beijing’s version of the Ukraine peace plan after rejecting Switzerland’s

China’s foreign minister is pushing Beijing’s potential role as a mediator in Ukraine-Russia peace talks, days after China pulled out of a peace summit in Switzerland.

Wang Yi told reporters that Russia and Ukraine have separately expressed support for the peace plan drafted by China and Brazil last month.

Mr Wang said the two countries had “confirmed most of the content of the plan”, which called for an international conference to which both Russia and Ukraine were invited.

He said 26 countries had agreed or expressed interest in the plan, and a total of 45 countries had given “positive feedback” to the idea.

China is seen as a close ally of Russia, which calls into question its ability to serve as an independent mediator, although Ukraine has not completely ruled out the idea.

Shweta Sharma5 June 2024 05:38

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Biden to skip Switzerland-Ukraine peace summit

US President Joe Biden is set to skip a Ukraine peace summit in Switzerland, despite Ukraine’s president addressing his most important ally directly.

The US will instead be represented by Vice President Kamala Harris and Biden’s national security adviser Jake Sullivan at the two-day event on June 15 and 16 in Lucerne, the White House said in a statement.

Mr Zelensky said only Vladimir Putin would “applaud” Biden if he didn’t show up in Switzerland.

“I believe the peace summit needs President Biden and other leaders need President Biden because they will look at the reaction of the US,” Mr Zelensky said at a news conference in Brussels last week.

Biden’s absence “will only be met with applause from Putin – a personal, standing ovation,” he added.

China has already pulled out of the summit after expressing concern over Russia’s invitation.

The Kremlin has been pressuring its allies not to take part in the summit, arguing that it has no clear objectives and that it is absurd to hold it without Russia.

Shweta Sharma5 June 2024 05:05

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As Russian forces draw ever closer, Kharkiv’s mayor has a defiant message for Putin

Alexander ButlerJune 5, 2024 at 05:00

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Great Britain will deliver 1000 drones to Ukraine

According to a tender published on the government’s website, Great Britain will send 1,000 drones to Ukraine.

The government is inviting bidders to supply drones that “can carry a variety of payloads depending on their propeller size,” according to The Telegraph.

The announcement called for 15 lots of 20 “first view racing quadcopter-style drones” worth £300,000.

The potential delivery would be part of an international coalition that Britain and Latvia launched in February to deliver unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to the Ukrainian frontline.

Shweta Sharma5 June 2024 04:42

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Russia calls French military instructors in Ukraine a legitimate target

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said any French military instructor in Ukraine would be a “legitimate target” for Russia’s armed forces, as Paris considered sending trainers to Kiev.

Yesterday, during the African tour, Mr. Lavrov said that the French instructors were already on the territory of Ukraine.

“As for the French instructors, I think they are already on Ukrainian territory,” Mr. Lavrov said, referring to military instructors France could send to train the Ukrainian army. Regardless of their status, military officials or mercenaries are legitimate targets for our armed forces.

Ukraine’s top commander said last week that he had signed documents allowing French military instructors to enter Ukrainian training centers soon.

But French President Emmanuel Macron said last week that he would not comment on “rumors or decisions that may be taken”.

He said he would discuss in detail France’s support for the 80th anniversary of D-Day later this week.

Macron’s office said it would not comment on Lavrov’s statements.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that “instructors who train the troops of the Kiev regime do not have any kind of immunity, and it does not matter if they are French or not.”

(EPA)

Shweta Sharma5 June 2024 04:14

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Biden will meet with Zelensky during his visit to France

President Joe Biden will meet with Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky in Normandy during his D-Day visit to France, White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said.

He confirmed that the US was not going to send American military trainers to Ukraine.

“For our part, we are not planning a training mission to Ukraine,” Mr. Sullivan said.

“They need more air defenses and we’re working on that, and they need a steady stream of weapons that we’re going to get them.”

The US president’s remarks in Normandy, both at the official 80th anniversary ceremony on Thursday and at the famous Pointe-du-Hoc cliffs on Friday, will focus on the dangers of isolationism and the need to stand up to dictators, Mr Sullivan said.

Shweta Sharma5 June 2024 03:54

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They survived Russia’s deadly attack on Kharkiv – now these Ukrainians face another disaster.

Alexander ButlerJune 5, 2024 at 03:00

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Russian glide bombs are changing the face of Ukraine’s war

Russian glide bombs are changing the face of Ukraine’s war

Winged explosives weighing up to 1,500 kilograms – and nicknamed the ‘building wrecker’ – have had a devastating impact wherever they have been used, writes Tom Watling. Kiev is fighting them as best it can, but needs reinforcements from its Western allies and more weapons, air defenses and ammunition.

Alexander ButlerJune 5, 2024 01:00

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The war against rabies in Ukraine and the race to stop it crossing its borders

The war against rabies in Ukraine and the race against time to stop its spread

A disease largely eradicated from Europe, rabies is suddenly rearing its head in Ukraine, where millions of abandoned pets are now unaccounted for. Ahead of the film, which exposes the public health crisis, Joe Schutt talks to Krystyna Drahomaretska, who contracted the disease during her work vaccinating feral cats and dogs that roamed the streets in the Land of Warriors.

Alexander ButlerJune 4, 2024 at 11:00 p.m

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Putin’s forces killed his brother. He retaliates by using hundreds of suicide bombers to bomb Russian troops

Alexander ButlerJune 4, 2024 at 21:00

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