Russia-Ukraine war at a glance: what we know on day 341 of the invasion | Russia
As a result of Russian shelling of residential areas of Kherson in southern Ukraine, at least three people were killed and five were injured. local authorities said. The Kherson regional military administration said on its Telegram channel that on Sunday, Russian forces targeted a hospital, a school, a bus station, a post office, a bank and residential buildings.
According to the regional governor, a rocket hit a residential building in Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest city, killing one person and injuring several others. Oleg Sinegubov said that the rocket hit the city center on Sunday.
The Ukrainian military and the Russian private military group Wagner claim to control Blagodatne in eastern Donetsk Oblast. “Units of the Ukrainian Defense Forces repelled the attacks of the occupiers in the areas of … Blagodatny … in the Donetsk region,” the Ukrainian military said, adding that their forces also repelled attacks in 13 other settlements of the Donetsk region. Wagner, designated by the United States as a transnational criminal organization, said on messaging app Telegram on Saturday that his units had taken control of Blagodatnoye.
President Tayyip Erdogan has signaled that Turkey may agree to Finland joining NATO without Sweden, amid rising tensions in Stockholm. “We can deliver another message to Finland [on their Nato application] and Sweden will be shocked when they see our message. But Finland should not make the same mistake as Sweden,” Erdogan said in a televised address broadcast on Sunday. Sweden and Finland applied to join NATO last year, and accession requires the approval of all member countries. Turkey and Hungary hold on.
Vladimir Putin was open for contacts with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, although the phone call was not scheduledThis was reported to RIA Novosti by a representative of the Kremlin. Scholz told the Berlin daily Tagesspiegel: “I will also talk to Putin again because it is necessary.”
Kyiv and its Western allies are conducting “fast-track” talks on the possibility of equipping Ukraine with long-range missiles and military aircraftThis was announced by the chief assistant to the President of Ukraine. Mykhailo Podolyak said that Ukraine’s supporters in the west “understand how the war is developing” and that the US and Germany have committed to supply aircraft capable of covering armored vehicles.
The US military is reportedly urging the Pentagon to supply F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine. so he can better defend himself against Russian missiles and drones.
Olaf Scholz confirmed on Sunday that Germany would not send fighter jets. “I can only advise against getting into a permanent trade war when it comes to weapons systems,” Scholz told the Tagesspiegel newspaper. “If immediately after the decision [on tanks] done, the next debate begins in Germany, which is not perceived as serious and undermines the confidence of citizens in government decisions.”
The Russian Ministry of Education has provided additional information about plans to include basic military training in secondary schools, according to British intelligence. The UK Department of Defense (MoD) said on Sunday that the module “will include training with AK-series assault rifles and hand grenades, military exercises and fireworks.” He added that the initiatives, which will go into effect in September, were most likely a deliberate “remembrance of the Soviet Union,” since such training was carried out in schools before 1993.
Volodymyr Zelensky has stepped up his campaign to keep Russian athletes out of the 2024 Games in Paris.. The Ukrainian president said he had sent a letter to Emmanuel Macron and allowing Russia to compete would be tantamount to demonstrating that “terror is to some extent acceptable.”
Ukraine has imposed sanctions against 182 Russian and Belarusian companies and three individuals., in the latest in a series of moves to block Moscow and Minsk’s ties to Ukraine. Sub-sanctioned companies are mainly engaged in the transportation of goods, car leasing and chemical production, according to the list published by the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine.
Mourners gathered in Kyiv on Sunday to pay tribute to a British volunteer who died during a rescue operation in the eastern Ukrainian city of Soledar. British volunteer aid worker Andrew Bagshaw and fellow volunteer Chris Parry were killed during an attempted humanitarian evacuation.