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EU Parliament: “Awarding candidate status to Ukraine.” Medvedev attacks again: “Western leaders’ level has fallen” – Mubasher

Ukraine: “We are waiting for the green light to place the EU candidate”

Ukraine is “waiting for the green light” from the European Union Council to certify its status as a candidate for EU membership, nearly four months after the Russian military’s invasion. “We are waiting for the green light,” Andrey Yermak, head of Ukraine’s presidential administration, said, noting that “the clear goal is full membership in the European Union,” a measure that could take years.

Peskov: There is no cancellation of the border between Russia and Zaporizhia

The idea of ​​abolishing the border between Russia and the occupied territories of Ukraine is “out of the question”. This was stated by Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov. This proposal was made by Vladimir Rogov, a member of the pro-Russian administration of the Zaporizhzhya region.

Russia “accurately records” all incidents of the use of Western weapons in Ukraine. This was stated by the Kremlin press secretary Dmitry Peskov. “If some of these weapons reach the front lines and are not destroyed by our military, we will follow up on how they are used,” he added.

Bombardment of Skadovsk port: 1 dead

A civilian was killed in a Russian bombing of the Russian-occupied port of Skadovsk in southern Ukraine on June 22. This was announced by Mayor Oleksandr Yakovlev, according to Ukrainska Pravda. The mayor specified that the city’s infrastructure remains intact and urged residents to be vigilant.

USA Robots Field Dogs for Mine

The American magazine Foreign Policy reported that the US Army will provide one of the two robot dogs to help the American NGO HALO Trust remove mines in areas in Ukraine previously occupied by Russian forces near the capital, Kyiv. Chris Whatley, the NGO’s executive director, said the HALO Trust will use Spot, a Boston Dynamics robotic dog that can clear explosive devices. Spot was successfully tested last year, and will also be used in Ukraine to neutralize the so-called “submunitions” – or insufficient ammunition – of cluster bombs used by the Russians in the country. In particular, the mechanical quad will have a robotic arm instead of the head, since it will be able to pull unexploded ordnance into pits containing other ammunition, which will be safely detonated.

Lavrov: Kyiv releases foreign ships in ports

“It is necessary to force Ukraine to release foreign ships carrying food hostage from the ports,” he added. This came on the lips of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, quoting the Interfax agency.

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GB: “Putin uses hunger as a weapon and opens grain lanes”

“It is necessary that these measures be implemented next month,” he added. British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, during a joint press conference with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in Ankara, said about a plan to allow grain exports from Ukrainian ports. “Putin is using hunger as a weapon,” Truss said, explaining that he discussed with his Turkish counterpart how to export Ukrainian wheat.

European Parliament: immediately put the candidate in Ukraine and Moldova

The European Parliament approved the report by 529 votes to 45 against and 14 abstentions, requesting immediately granting EU candidate country status to Ukraine and Moldova. The report also indicates the readiness of the House of Representatives to grant status to Georgia, once the necessary reforms are completed. The MPs emphasize that “in the context of Russia’s brutal aggressive war against Ukraine, this choice will show leadership, determination and foresight” but stress that “there are no accelerated procedures for accession to the European Union” and that this is still an “organized and merit-based process”.

Russian raids in 14 places in Donetsk: civilian casualties

Russian forces attacked 14 localities in the . region Donetsk in Ukraine During the past 24 hours, killing and wounding a number of civilians. This was announced by the National Police on Telegram noting that it was Turetsk, Slovyansk, Bakhmut, Chasev Yar, Avdiivka, Kurakhov, Ilinivka, Prestok, Oritin, Horhivka, Sherebenivka, Ivanivka, Priship and Zaitsev who end up under enemy fire. The Russians used the S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems, artillery and tanks. 25 civilian buildings were destroyed and damaged: 18 apartment buildings, including 2 apartment buildings. Ukrinform writes it.

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