On the 119th day full-scale war of Russia against Ukraine Russian troops continue to try to capture the settlements of the neighboring country. The Armed Forces of Ukraine and its territorial defense units are resisting aggression. It is impossible to quickly verify the statements of representatives of both sides of the conflict from independent sources. According to the UN, about 14 million Ukrainians have already left their homes.DW following developments Wednesday, June 22 (Moscow time).
Europe should prepare for a complete shutdown of Russian gas this coming winter, and the reduction in supplies to EU countries last week should be seen as a foreshadowing of their complete halt, said Director General of the International Energy Agency (IEA) Fatih Birol in interview with The Financial Times. “Moscow is trying to use gas as a pressure factor in the ongoing war with Ukraine. Europe must be ready for a complete shutdown of Russian gas. The closer we get to winter, the better we understand Russia’s intentions. I’m sure the supply cuts are aimed at preventing Europe to fill storage facilities and increase Russia’s influence in the winter months,” Birol said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold an operational meeting with the permanent members of the Security Council, said its spokesman Dmitry Peskov. “He has working meetings, and he also plans to hold an operational meeting with the permanent members of the Security Council in the middle of the day,” he said. The topics of discussion are not reported.
After the end of Russian-Turkish negotiations port of Mariupol left the Turkish cargo ship, which had been waiting for a permit for several days, the Turkish Defense Ministry said. The Azov Concorde was the first foreign ship to leave Mariupol since it was seized by Russian forces in May, the statement said.
A few hours earlier, talks between Russia and Turkey ended in Moscow. As noted in the Russian Ministry of Defense, the Russian and Turkish military discussed the safe exit of Turkish merchant ships and export of grain from Ukrainian ports. “The delegations of Russia and Turkey emphasized the importance of interaction in a bilateral format, which made it possible to ensure the exit from the port of Mariupol, including the Turkish dry cargo ship Azov Concorde. As a result, an agreement was reached to continue consultations,” the Russian ministry said.