Ukraine war latest: Putin 'to hold talks with Xi Jinping and Erdogan'; attempt to 'overthrow Ukraine government' foiled (2024)

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In pictures: Battered buildings in Luhansk region

Apartment buildings have been left destroyed in the rural settlement of Toshkivka, in the eastern Luhansk region, amid fierce fighting in the region.

Luhansk - along with the Donetsk area - forms part of the Donbas region.

The region is one which Russia is trying to seize.


Russian aircraft enters Lithuanian airspace

Lithuania's foreign ministry has made a diplomatic protest to Russia after a Russian civilian aircraft entered its airspace without permission.

The Pobeda airline aircraft entered Lithuanian airspace over the Baltic sea for a minute on Sunday evening, on its way from Moscow Vnukovo airport to Kaliningrad airport, the ministry said.

Lithuania, neighbour to both Russia and its ally Belarus, was once ruled from Moscow but is now a member of NATO and the EU.

The country has shown its backing for Ukraine during the war and provided military support to the country.


Belarus won't allow clashes on border with Ukraine, Lukashenko says

Belarus will not allow any clashes on the border with Ukraine, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has said according to the country's state-run Belta news agency.

"I guarantee you that we will not allow any clashes on the border with Ukraine. There won't be any," Mr Lukashenko said.

Last week, Belarus announced that it had deployed additional air defence forces to its border with Ukraine to protect "critical infrastructure facilities" due to increased Ukrainian drone activity in the area.

President Lukashenko, who has been the head of state of Belarus since 1994, is a longstanding ally of Mr Putin.

At the onset of Russia's invasion, Belarus provided logistical support for Russia, with Russian forces entering Ukraine from Belarusian territory.

But Mr Lukashenko has not sent any troops.


Two women killed in Russian attacks on Nikopol

Two women have been killed after Russian attacks on the central Ukrainian city of Nikopol.

Regional governor Serhiy Lysak said on Telegramthe women were aged 61 and 86.

Another nine people were wounded.

"There is a lot of destruction in the district centre," he said.

"Local housing, educational institutions and a dispensary were damaged. Shops, beauty salons and cars were also affected."

Nikopol has been subjected to aerial attacks since the start of the Russian invasion in February 2022.

Russia denies targeting civilians or civilian infrastructure.


US to announce £1.8bn in security aid for Ukraine

US defence secretary Lloyd Austin has said Washington will soon announce an additional £1.8bn in security assistance for Ukraine.

The package will include anti-tank weapons, interceptors and munitions for Patriot and other air defence systems.

It marks a strong response to pleas from Kyiv for help in battling Russian forces in the eastern Donetsk region.

On Sunday, Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that Russia had dropped more than 800 powerful glide bombs in Ukraine in the last week alone.

He urged national leaders to relax restrictions on the use of Western weapons to strike military targets inside Russia, adding that Ukraine needed the "necessary means to destroy the carriers of these bombs, including Russian combat aircraft, wherever they are".


Putin to hold talks with Xi Jinping and Erdogan tomorrow - report

Vladimir Putin will hold meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan tomorrow during a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in Kazakhstan's capital Astana, Russian state news agency TASS reports.

Mr Putin last met Mr Xi in May when he visited China on his first foreign trip after being inaugurated for a fifth term as Russian president.

The SCO is a Eurasian political, economic, international security and defence organisation established by China and Russia in 2001.

The other full members are India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

Turkey, though not a member, often takes part in its meetings as a "dialogue partner".


Ukraine expected to get 'good news' about air defence at NATO summit

Ukraine is expected to get "good news" in its quest for more air defence systems at a NATO summit in Washington next week, a senior US state department official has said.

The official told Reuters: "We hope we'll be able to get to the summit and make some new announcements on air defence.

"You've heard that the Ukrainians are keen to secure additional Patriots or similar systems. And I think we'll have some additional good news for them on that front."

The official did not provide any further details.

For context: Ukrainian officials have been urging their allies for months to supply more air defence systems to defend against frequent missile and drone attacks from Russian forces.

The upcoming NATO summit in Washington, which will be held from 9-11 July, is intended in part to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the military alliance.


Russian houses damaged after drone attack

Four settlements in the Russian region of Belgorod have been attacked by Ukrainian drones, the region's governor has said.

Vyacheslav Gladkov, reporting the news on his Telegram channel, said there were no civilian casualties according to preliminary data.

"In the Graivoron urban district, in the city of Graivoron, as a result of a drone crash with subsequent detonation, a parked passenger car caught fire," he wrote.

"Fire crews quickly extinguished the source of the fire. In the village of Bezymeno, five private houses were destroyed after several attacks."


Ukraine carry out 'destructive strike' in Crimea

Ukraine carried out a "destructive strike" on a Russian ammunition depot in Crimea yesterday, according to the country's air force commander.

It comes following Russia's claims that they managed to destroy five Ukrainian SU-27 fighter jets today on an airfield in the Poltava region.

Ukraine's air force commander, MykolaOleshchuk, said on Telegram: "Once again, Ukrainian aircraft 'destroyed' by enemypropaganda continue to successfully perform combat missions."

Mr Oleshchuk did not specify the exact location of the ammunition depot targeted, but posted avideo from a local Ukraine-linked Telegram channel allegedly showing the strike on Balaklava, nearSevastopol.

The video's authenticity has not been independently verified by Sky News.


Modi's visit to Russia is 'very important', Kremlin says

The Kremlin has said that an upcoming visit by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Moscow was "very important".

The final details of the visit are being worked out, though Mr Modi, who recently won a third term in office, is expected to visit between 8-9 July.

Regional and global security are likely to be on the agenda for discussions, as will the trade partnership between the two countries.

India is the world's third-largest crude consumer and a major buyer of Russian oil, increasing its purchase more than 20 times compared with 2021 as Russia discounts its barrels amid Western energy restrictions.

"I can only confirm once again that the visit is in thefinal stage of preparation," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskovtold reporters.

"A very important visit."

Mr Peskov added that both Mr Modi and Vladimir Putin had a "very trusting" relationship and said that regional security and global securityissues were always high on the agenda of such meetings.

"In addition, our trade and economic cooperation is alsoone of the main issues that is being discussed, the most diverseareas of cooperation that we intend to develop, for which thereis mutual political will," he said.

Ukraine war latest: Putin 'to hold talks with Xi Jinping and Erdogan'; attempt to 'overthrow Ukraine government' foiled (2024)


What was the cause of the Russo Ukraine war? ›

Russian annexation of Crimea (2014)

In late February 2014, Russia began to occupy Crimea, marking the beginning of the Russo-Ukrainian War. On 22 and 23 February, in the relative power vacuum immediately after the ousting of Yanukovych, Russian troops and special forces were moved close to the border with Crimea.

Why is Ukraine so important to Russia? ›

Russia has deep cultural, economic, and political bonds with Ukraine, and in many ways Ukraine is central to Russia's identity and vision for itself in the world. Family ties. Russia and Ukraine have strong familial bonds that go back centuries.

What language is spoken in Ukraine? ›

The official language of Ukraine is Ukrainian, a Slavic language, which is spoken regularly by 88% of Ukraine's population at home in their personal life, and as high as 87% at work or study. It is followed by Russian which is spoken by 34% in their personal life.

Is NATO getting ready for war? ›

However, while NATO might be ready for war, the question remains whether it is ready to fight—and thereby deter—a protracted war. To meet this goal, allies still need to spend more, boost industrial capacity, address critical capability gaps, and bolster national resilience.

Why is Putin invading Ukraine? ›

Putin espoused irredentist views challenging Ukraine's right to exist, and falsely claimed that Ukraine was governed by neo-Nazis persecuting the Russian minority. He said his goal was to "demilitarise and denazify" Ukraine.

Why did Russia sell Alaska? ›

Defeat in the Crimean War further reduced Russian interest in this region. Russia offered to sell Alaska to the United States in 1859, believing the United States would off-set the designs of Russia's greatest rival in the Pacific, Great Britain.

Why is Russia fighting Ukraine? ›

A principal demand of Russia is to prevent Ukraine from joining NATO, a military alliance between 29 European countries and two North American countries dedicated to preserving peace and security in the North Atlantic area. Ukraine is one of just a few countries in Eastern Europe that aren't members of the alliance.

What nickname was given to Ukraine? ›

From the 18th century on, Ukraine became known in the Russian Empire by the geographic term Little Russia. In the 1830s, Mykola Kostomarov and his Brotherhood of Saints Cyril and Methodius in Kyiv started to use the name Ukrainians.

How much money has the US sent to Ukraine so far? ›

From the total $175 billion in U.S. spending, $107 billion worth of aid goes to the government of Ukraine. Weapons and equipment are provided through the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative, Presidential Drawdown Authority,* and Foreign Military Financing Program.

What type of food do Ukrainians eat? ›

The most famous traditional Ukrainian dishes are borshch, varenyky, holubtsi, Chicken Kyiv, banosh, and syrnyky, and it surely is not an exhaustive list. Borshch (sometimes written as borsch, borsht, bortsch, or borshch) is a sour soup with distinctive red colour.

What religion is Ukraine? ›

In Ukraine the dominant religion is Eastern Orthodox Christianity (over 88% of religious population) and about 15,8% of the religious population in Ukraine are Catholics (mostly in Western Ukraine). In addition, nearly 500,000 Muslims and 400,000 Jews are estimated to live in Ukraine.

Can Russians and Ukrainians understand each other? ›

Ukrainians understand Russian much better than Russians can understand Ukrainian (actually, few of them can), which can explain a lot. This asymmetry is great evidence that similarity is insufficient to understand both languages equally. Moreover, it says a lot about the political influence of Russia in Ukraine.

How do civilians prepare for war? ›

Identify the best shelter in frequently visited places (work, school, home). For shelter you need a place with thick walls, no windows, but air access. The basem*nt is usually the safest place; Prepare an emergency kit and be ready to evacuate.

Is Canada part of NATO? ›

Discover Canada in the 1950s

Canada's Instrument of Accession to NATO was signed in Ottawa by Prime Minister Louis St. Laurent, 30 April 1949, formally confirming Canada's entry into NATO.

What is article 5 of the Washington Treaty? ›

Article 5 provides that if a NATO Ally is the victim of an armed attack, each and every other member of the Alliance will consider this act of violence as an armed attack against all members and will take the actions it deems necessary to assist the Ally attacked.

Why did Russia and Ukraine go to war? ›

Tensions came to a head in 2014 after Ukrainians ousted a Russia-aligned president. Russia – under the dubious claim of protecting ethnic Russians and Russian-speakers from Ukrainian persecution – annexed the Crimea region of Ukraine in a move widely condemned by the international community.

What was the reason for the Russo-Japanese War? ›

What caused the Russo-Japanese War? The war developed from Russia's and Japan's rivalry for dominance in Korea and Manchuria. After the First Sino-Japanese War, Japan acquired the Liaodong Peninsula from China, but European powers forced Japan to return it. China subsequently leased it to Russia.

When did the Russo-Ukrainian war begin? ›

Which of the following were important causes of the Russian defeat in the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-1905? ›

Final answer: The important causes of the Russian defeat in the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-1905 were the Russian military's lack of preparedness and outdated tactics, the defeat at the Battle of Tsushima, internal instability and political unrest, and logistical challenges.


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