Russia-Ukraine war: Zelenskiy sounds warning as EU decision nears; European ministers to meet on grain blockade – live news

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Hello it’s Samantha Lock backmost with you to present each the latest developments from Ukraine.

Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, has predicted Russia volition intensify its attacks this week, informing European partners that they excessively should beryllium prepared for an summation successful hostilities arsenic Kyiv awaits a determination connected its bid to articulation the EU.

Here are each the different large developments arsenic of 8am successful Kyiv.

  • Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelenskiy said helium expects Russia volition intensify attacks connected Ukraine and perchance different European countries aft the EU Commission projected it arsenic a campaigner for EU membership. “Obviously, this week we should expect from Russia an intensification of its hostile activities,” helium said successful a nightly video address. “And not lone against Ukraine, but besides against different European countries. We are preparing. We are ready. We pass partners.”
  • Ukraine’s forces stay connected the antiaircraft successful the eastbound Donbas region, wherever warring continues successful Sievierodonestsk. Serhiy Haidai, the politician of the Luhansk region, said Russia was massing forces successful an effort to instrumentality afloat power of the metropolis aft weeks of warring but maintained that “all Russian claims that they power the municipality are a lie”. “They power the main portion of the town, but not the full town,” helium told Ukrainian television.
  • European Union overseas ministers volition sermon ways to escaped millions of tonnes of atom stuck successful Ukraine astatine a gathering successful Luxembourg connected Monday. It is hoped a woody tin beryllium struck to resume Ukraine’s oversea exports successful instrumentality for facilitating Russian nutrient and fertiliser exports but remains unclear if the EU would get progressive successful militarily securing specified a deal. “Whether determination volition beryllium a request successful the aboriginal for escorting these commercialized ships, that’s a question people and I don’t deliberation we are determination yet,” an EU authoritative said.
  • The warfare successful Ukraine could past for years and volition necessitate semipermanent subject support, according to Nato and different occidental leaders. “We indispensable hole for the information that it could instrumentality years,” Nato’s caput general, Jens Stoltenberg, said successful an interview with the German paper Bild connected Sunday. British premier minister, Boris Johnson, added: “I americium acrophobic that we request to alloy ourselves for a agelong war.”
  • Ukraine’s parliament voted done 2 laws connected Sunday which volition spot severe restrictions connected Russian books and music. Proposed laws volition forbid the printing of books by Russian citizens, banning the commercialized import of books printed successful Russia and prohibiting the playing of euphony by post-1991 Russian citizens connected media and connected nationalist transport successful the latest effort to interruption taste ties betwixt the 2 countries.
  • The New York Times identified implicit 2,000 munitions utilized by Russian forces successful Ukraine, “a immense bulk of which were unguided.” According to the newspaper, implicit 210 weapons that were identified were types that person been wide banned nether a assortment of planetary treaties.
  • Austria’s authorities announced that it volition reopen a mothballed ember powerfulness presumption due to the fact that of powerfulness shortages arising from reduced deliveries of state from Russia. The authorities would enactment with the Verbund group, the country’s main energy supplier, to get the presumption successful the confederate metropolis of Mellach backmost successful action, the chancellery said connected Sunday.
  • Morocco’s nationalist quality rights assemblage has urged Russian authorities to warrant a “fair trial” for a young nationalist appealing a decease condemnation imposed by a pro-Russian tribunal successful Ukraine. Amina Bouayach, president of the National Council of Human Rights (CNDH), has contacted the High Commissioner for Human Rights successful the Russian Federation and urged the Russian assemblage to instrumentality “the indispensable steps to guarantee Brahim Saadoun receives a just proceedings during his appeal.”
A Ukrainian serviceman mans a presumption   successful  a trench connected  the beforehand   enactment     adjacent   Avdiivka, Donetsk portion   connected  18 June.
A Ukrainian serviceman mans a presumption successful a trench connected the beforehand enactment adjacent Avdiivka, Donetsk portion connected 18 June. Photograph: Anatolii Stepanov/AFP/Getty Images