In Russia’s Kursk region there are several border towns that have been under attack by Ukrainian forces since this morning, including the village of Markovo and the settlement of Tyotkino.
While Moscow troops have started the second phase of the offensive in Donbass after the capitulation of Lysyhansk, Vladimir Putin orders the army “to proceed as planned”.
On the Kiev front, however, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, in his usual video message last night, spoke of a “very important day” as he commented on the conference dedicated to his country’s reconstruction in Switzerland. But he added that we need to go beyond “restoring the walls that we had that were destroyed by bombs”.
“Ukraine – he declared – must become the freest, most modern and safest country in Europe, in every sense of the word, especially in terms of the environment. I’m sure we will.”
“The Ukrainian armed forces cleared more than a thousand centers from the occupiers and new ones are added every week. In the south, everyone has suffered great destruction. And that also means the need for colossal funds for infrastructure reconstruction, such as the return of medicines and social services, for the restoration of normal economic life. Tens of thousands of houses are being destroyed in the liberated areas alone,” he stressed, adding that “a significant part of the economy has been destroyed”. “Therefore, Ukraine’s reconstruction is not just about what needs to be done next after our victory , but also about what needs to be done now. And we need to do it together with our partners, with the whole democratic world. And do it now”.
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The day in hourly cycles:
13.45 – Zelenskyy: “We are not in NATO, but we have to protect ourselves”
“Ukraine is not in NATO. And when we tried to start the membership campaign, we also received a negative response to the request for a membership action plan. But that’s no reason to stop. We need a system of security guarantees, a space so secure that it can be effective even under conditions where we are not a member of the Alliance”.
12.50 – Mattarella in Maputo: “EU ready to help with the food crisis caused by the war in Ukraine”
“We talked about Russian aggression, which in this millennium means that a larger country can attack a smaller one. The EU is ready to help countries in difficulty due to the food crisis.” This was stated by the President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella, at the Presidential Palace in Maputo, together with the President of Mozambique, Filipe Jacinto Nyusi.
12.20 – Moscow: “Two corridors created for grain exports in the Black Sea”
Russia has created two corridors in the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov to facilitate grain exports, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has announced, according to RIA Novosti. “We are taking a number of measures to ensure the safety of shipping in the waters of the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov – said the minister -. The threat of mines in the waters of the port of Mariupol has been completely eliminated.”
11.40 a.m. – Moscow: “The special mission ends when the objectives are reached”
“The special operation in Ukraine will end with the full completion of all tasks, the priority today is to preserve the life and health of the Russian military and civilian population.” This was announced by Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu in a conference call in Moscow, according to Russian authorities.
10.30 – Moscow: “150 Ukrainian troops eliminated in Kharkiv”
The Russians eliminated up to 150 Ukrainian troops and 12 pieces of equipment with precision weapons in Kharkiv. This was reported by the Daily of the Russian Defense Ministry, as reported by Tass.
9.50 am – Kyiv: “Restricting Russian access to maritime transport”
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba today called on the international community to limit Russia’s access to shipping: “Russia’s export-oriented economy is highly dependent on shipping from foreign fleets. I call on partners: limit Russia’s access to their services and undermine Putin’s war machine. After that, all that Russia really exports to the world today is death, crisis and lies,” Kuleba wrote on his Twitter account.
8:55 a.m. – Bombing of Donetsk, killing two civilians within 24 hours
Two civilians were killed and four others injured in bombing raids by Russian forces in Ukraine’s Donetsk region over the past 24 hours, said the head of the regional and military administration, Pavlo Kyrylenko, according to Ukrinform’s reports on Facebook. “Russia is killing civilians! On July 4, the Russians killed two civilians in the Donetsk region of Bakhmut. Four other people were injured,” wrote Kyrylenko.
7.55 am – Kyiv, rockets on the Sumy region, 6 injured
Six people were injured yesterday in the Sumy region of eastern Ukraine after two attacks by Russian forces: the head of the regional military administration, Dmytro Zhyvytskyi, reported on Telegram, according to Ukrainska Pravda. The Moscow army fired rockets at a school in the village of Esman, injuring four people. Two other people were injured in attacks on one of the villages in the neighboring municipality of Bilopillia. In addition, no injuries or casualties were reported from the nearby village of Nova Sloboda, but a commercial building and power grids were destroyed by mortar fire.
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