Zelensky at the G7: I want the war to end before winter
According to Reuters news agency, President Volodymyr Zelensky has told G7 leaders that he wants to end the war in Ukraine by next winter. The Ukrainian leader linked via video link with the leaders of Britain, France, Germany, the United States, Japan and Italy. Zelenskiy would also again appeal for faster deliveries of military equipment to his country.
Interfax Ukraine also provides information about the appeal regarding further sanctions. At the same time, he thanked for the support of Western countries. “Ukraine feels the support of the G7 countries. Thank you for choosing us and providing financial aid to our country in the fight against the Russian invasion,” the president said, quoted by the news agency.
According to the AFP agency, representatives of the G7 group have assured Ukraine continued military, humanitarian and economic support for as long as it is needed. At the same time, they expressed serious concern about arms supplies to Belarus.
“Financial Times”: withdrawal from Sewierodoniecka “tactical”
The American daily writes about him, citing the words of General Kyryło Budanov, head of the Ukrainian military intelligence service. According to him, the retreat from Sewierodonetsk was necessary to avoid the Mariupol scenario, in which the Ukrainian defenders of the city were in the grip of the Russian armed forces on the grounds of the Azovstal smelter. In the case of the long-defended city in Luhansk Oblast, a similar fate could await the industrial complex of Azot, where Ukrainian units defended themselves.
“The decision to tactically regroup was completely justified,” said the general in an interview with FT.
Budanov also shared his belief about Putin’s disease – according to him, the Russian leader will suffer from cancer. About the fact that such messages should be approached with caution, we already wrote in OKO.press.
The President of Moldova, Maia Sandu, visits Kiev
The Moldovan leader is visiting Kiev and according to the Ukrainians’ announcements, she will also see places in the region most damaged by Russian forces: Borodzianka, Bucha and Irpień. Then he will meet President Volodymyr Zelensky.
This is Maja Sandu’s first meeting with the President of Ukraine after both countries were granted candidate status for accession to the European Union. Since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, there has been talk of the threat posed by Russian units to neighboring Romania and Ukraine. The risk comes from the Dniester River – a self-proclaimed republic whose political reality is influenced by the Russian armed forces present on its territory.
British Ministry of Defence: Russia will build reserves in the coming weeks
“In the coming weeks, the Russian military campaign will increasingly be based on successive reserve troops,” the Defense Ministry said in its latest summary of the war situation. According to MoD experts, reservist troops are largely made up of veterans who have actively served in the military for the past five years. According to the British, the Russian authorities still do not intend to announce a general mobilization.
Latest Defense Intelligence update on the situation in Ukraine – June 27, 2022
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CNN: US will transfer NASAMS missile defense system to Ukraine
According to CNN journalists, Americans will announce the purchase of an advanced NASAMS air defense system this week. The equipment that the Americans produce together with the Norwegians has a range of 100 to 160 km. At the moment it is used, among other things, to defend Washington against a possible threat from the air.
President Volodymyr Zelensky today called on allies to act faster and provide missile defense systems. “We talk about it every day with our partners. There are already some agreements. Partners should act faster if they are really partners, not observers,” Ukraine’s president said.
Blinken: strategic Russia has already lost
“Let’s not confuse the tactical aspect with the strategic. When it comes to Putin’s strategic goals, he has already lost,” US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said in an interview with CNN journalist Jaj Tapper. The interlocutor asked him about the recent advance of Russian troops, who now control almost the entire area of the Luhansk region. According to Blinken, they do not prove Putin’s imminent victory in Ukraine.
“A tactical, bitter battle is taking place in eastern Ukraine, and Ukrainian forces are pushing back the Russian aggressors. Both sides have gained ground,” Blinken summed up the situation at the front. He also ruled that yesterday’s attacks on Kiev had no military significance. Its purpose was to intimidate the civilian population.
Today, Volodymyr Zelensky’s speech to the leaders of the G7 countries is announced. The leaders of the world’s largest economies and political powers meet in the Bavarian Alps. Russia’s aggression against Ukraine is the main topic of the summit. For the time being, the leaders have agreed, among other things, to an embargo on the purchase of Russian gold.
Below an overview of the events of Sunday 26 June 123rd war day
- Next week Vladimir Putin will travel to Tajikistan and Turkmenistan. These are the first foreign visits by the President of Russia since the start of the war with Ukraine.
- The UN human rights mission in Ukraine said on Sunday it has received “hundreds of allegations of torture and ill-treatment, including conflict-related sexual violence” since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February. “People were held and blindfolded for several days, they were beaten, put on mock executions, put in closed metal boxes, forced to chant slogans or shout to glorify the occupiers, they were not given food, water or small amounts of it, and were held in overcrowded rooms without sanitation,” Ukraine’s UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission reported. “We have also documented cases where people were tortured to death.”
- The G7 countries, as well as European Union leaders and allies, began a three-day meeting in Elmau, Germany. One of the first findings is a ban on gold imports from Russia, agreed by the US, UK, Japan and Canada.
- The G7 heads of state will also discuss the possibility of imposing a cap on Russian oil prices, as proposed by the US government. The French authorities initially promised support, but Germany is sceptical.
- Russia launched a rocket fire on Kiev and Cherkassy. More than 200 apartments have been destroyed in the capital, one person has died. One person was also killed in Cherkassy, the logistically important bridge over the Dnieper River was destroyed. Ukraine interprets Russia’s actions as a warning signal to the West in connection with the G7 summit and the NATO meeting scheduled for next week.
- The Ukrainian Attorney General has reported that more than 952 children have been injured in Ukraine as a result of Russia’s armed aggression. 339 children were killed, 613 injured. These figures do not include data from areas where fighting is currently underway.
- Ukrainian intelligence services estimate that the Kremlin is continuing its covert activities to partially mobilize. The aim is to increase the number of Battalion Tactical Groups (BTGs) from 105 to 150-160.
- The Germans sold a new batch of Matador anti-tank grenade launchers to Ukraine.
- The United Kingdom has agreed to grant Ukraine a loan guarantee from the World Bank to finance public sector salaries and the running of schools and hospitals.
- Russian news agencies reported that the Russian army was preparing to attack neighboring Lysychansk after the capture of Severodonetsk in the Luhansk region.