On the 120th day of Russia’s full-scale war against Ukraine, Russian troops continue their attempts 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 is following developments on Friday, June 24th (Moscow time).
the EU should stop imposing sanctions against Russia and start negotiations instead, including on a ceasefire in Ukraine, said Balazs Orban, a senior aide to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban. According to the official, the more sanctions the EU imposes, the more it harms itself. Instead of sanctions, “negotiations, a ceasefire, peace. Diplomacy. This is our decision,” he said in a interview with Reuters.
The United States does not know how long the war in Ukraine can continue, said John Kirby, coordinator for strategic communications at the National Security Council. He said that the US administration does not intend to send troops there even if the fighting drags on. “What we will do is help Ukraine defend itself,” he explained at the briefing.
UNESCO calculated the loss of cultural heritage monuments
According to UNESCO, in Ukraine, 152 cultural objects were partially or completely destroyed during the hostilities. Among them – 70 religious buildings, 30 historical buildings, 18 houses of culture, 15 monuments, 12 museums and 7 libraries. Three quarters of the damaged objects are concentrated in three regions: in Donetsk, Kharkiv and Kyiv regions, reports organization.
Louisville (Kentucky, USA) tore sister city relations with Perm. Mayor Greg Fisher sent a corresponding letter to the head of Perm, Alexei Demkin. In the letter, he noted that Louisville is ready to renew friendly relations with the capital of the Kama region if the war in Ukraine stops. “At this point, we can mutually consider rebuilding our relationship around a future based on respect for basic human rights,” he said. Previously, sister city relations with Perm were terminated by the British Oxford before the end of the war. The mayor’s office of the German city of Duisburg (Perm’s twin since 2007) advocated maintaining friendly ties between the cities.
According to Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Irina Vereshchuk, since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine number of Ukrainian prisoners of war amounted to approximately 2 thousand people. She stressed that this figure reflects the official number of prisoners, confirmed with the assistance of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on June 7 that the total number of Ukrainian prisoners of war was 6,489. The self-proclaimed “LPR” reported 7,000 Ukrainian prisoners of war.
Trial in the case of Russian military Mikhail Romanov began in Kyiv
The Solomensky District Court of Kyiv held a preparatory hearing on case of Russian serviceman Mikhail Romanovaccused of murdering a resident of the village of Bogdanovka Alexei Zdorovets and rape of his wife. The meeting was attended by representatives of the prosecutor’s office, the widow of Zdorovets, lawyers for the victim and the accused. All participants asked to conduct the process behind closed doors
The United States plans to supply additional weapons to Ukraine for another $450 million. Among them are four more HIMARS missile launchers. This was reported to Reuters two representatives of the US government.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (Olaf Scholz) congratulated Ukraine and Moldova on their admission to the group of EU candidate countries. “27 times yes!” Scholz wrote on Twitter. “The European Council welcomes two new candidates for EU membership. For good cooperation in the European family!” – such a wish was expressed by the head of the German government.
Earlier, the heads of state and government in Brussels unanimously voted to declare Ukraine and Moldova candidates for EU membership. Scholz had already advocated for this during a visit to Kyiv a few days before the decision was made.