Ukraine-Russia live news: WW2 being repeated, Zelenskyy says | Russia-Ukraine war News
- Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy compares Russia’s invasion of his country on February 24 to Hitler’s surprise attacks on the Soviet Union on June 22, 1941.
- Russia has commemorated the 81st anniversary of the invasion, with President Vladimir Putin laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Kremlin wall.
- In Ukraine’s occupied port city of Mariupol, pro-Moscow activists lit 10,000 candles to spell out the phrase “Remember 22.06.1941”.
- A Ukrainian official overseeing the country’s push to join the European Union says she is “100 percent” certain all 27 EU nations will approve Ukraine’s candidacy during a summit this week, perhaps as soon as Thursday.
- Around 25 people have killed in Russia’s shelling of the Kharkiv vicinity on Tuesday and Wednesday, the regional governor says.
These are the latest updates:
8 mins ago (02:02 GMT)
Diary of 12-year-old Ukrainian refugee to be released
The reflections of a 12-year-old refugee from the Russian invasion of Ukraine will be published this autumn (October 25). Yeva Skalietska’s book is called “You Don’t Know What War Is: The Diary of a Young Girl from Ukraine.”
Yeva Skalietska, a 12-year-old refugee from the Russian invasion of Ukraine who wrote a book called “You Don’t Know What War Is: The Diary of a Young Girl from Ukraine.” [Iryna Skalietska/Union Square & Co. via AP]
“Everyone knows what the information ‘war’ method, but nearly no one knows what this information really represents,” Skalietska said in a statement released Wednesday. “I want the world to know what we have experienced.”
Skalietska’s book begins with her 12th birthday, shortly before the Russians attacked on February 24. She had been living in Kharkiv with her grandmother when the bombing began. (Yeva’s parents separated when she was a baby, and her grandmother has raised her).
“She describes the bombings they endured while sheltering underground, and their desperate journey to West Ukraine. She shares her confusion about why the Russians would attack them, since she speaks Russian and follows many of their customs,” according to Union Square’s announcement.
15 mins ago (01:55 GMT)
Russian strikes on Kharkiv kill 25 people: Governor
The Russian strikes on Tuesday and Wednesday on Kharkiv have killed at the minimum 25 people, according to the regional governor.
Oleh Synehubov, governor of Kharkiv vicinity, said Russians continued shelling residential districts of Ukraine’s second-largest city Kharkiv and towns within Kharkiv vicinity.
“There is no letup in the shelling of civilians by the Russian occupiers,” he wrote on Telegram. “This is evidence that we cannot expect the same scenario as in Chernihiv or Kyiv, with Russian forces withdrawing under pressure.”
Ukrainian presidential adviser Oleksiy Arestovych said in a video address that Russian forces were hitting Kharkiv to terrorise the population and force Ukraine to divert troops.
42 mins ago (01:29 GMT)
Zelenskyy speaks with 11 leaders on eve of EU summit
Ukraine’s president spoke with 11 European leaders on Wednesday, he has said, in an effort to raise the chances of the European Parliament approving Kyiv’s bid for EU candidacy.
In what Zelenskyy described as a second day “marathon” of talks, he listed his discussions with the chief ministers of Bulgaria, Latvia, Greece, Sweden, Estonia, the Czech Republic, Belgium and Slovenia, in addition as with the presidents of Moldova and Lithuania, and Austria’s chancellor.
“Tomorrow I will continue this marathon – we must provide maximum sustain to our state,” Zelenskyy said.
“We expect a meaningful European decision tomorrow night,” he additional.
Discussed the forthcoming European Council Summit with Federal Chancellor @karlnehammer. Thanked 🇦🇹 for the humanitarian sustain. Exchanged views on the reconstruction of 🇺🇦 and the forthcoming Conference on the Reconstruction of Ukraine in Lugano
— Володимир Зеленський (@ZelenskyyUa) June 22, 2022
1 hour ago (01:03 GMT)
Russia’s Lavrov in Iran to discuss nuclear deal, cooperation
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov arrived in Iran on Wednesday, Iranian state TV reported, as world powers and Tehran are struggling to revive their 2015 nuclear pact amid stalled negotiations.
“During Lavrov’s visit, Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal, boosting bilateral and energy cooperation, in addition as international and regional issues will be discussed,” Iranian state media reported.
Iranian state TV showed Lavrov meeting Iran’s hardline President Ebrahim Raisi, but gave no details. Iranian foreign ministry said on Monday that Lavrov’s visit was aimed at “expanding cooperation with the Eurasian vicinity and the Caucasus.”
Last month, Moscow said Russia and Iran – which are both under Western sanctions and sit on some of the world’s largest oil and gas reserves – had discussed swapping supplies for oil and gas in addition as setting up a logistics center.
1 hour ago (00:56 GMT)
US hopeful for positive resolution soon for Sweden, Finland’s NATO bid
The United States is hopeful there will soon be a positive resolution of the issues between Turkey, Finland and Sweden regarding the NATO accession bids of the two Nordic countries, the State Department’s top diplomat for Europe has said.
Karen Donfried, assistant secretary for Europe and Eurasian affairs, speaking at a Senate foreign relations hearing, said the US was “certainly pushing” to get all parties on the same page before next week’s NATO summit in Madrid.
1 hour ago (00:51 GMT)
G7, NATO leaders to ratchet up pressure on Russia, keeping eye on China: US officials
Leaders from the Group of Seven high nations and the NATO alliance will seek to increase pressure on Russia over its war in Ukraine at meetings next week, while making clear that they keep concerned about China, Reuters cites senior US administration officials as having said.
NATO would announce new commitments to shore up European security, the officials said, while the participation of leaders from Australia, Japan, South Korea and New Zealand would show that the war in Ukraine had not detracted from focus on China.
G7 leaders were also expected to address China’s “coercive economic practices,” which have become already more aggressive in recent years, one of the officials said, according to Reuters.
2 hours ago (23:54 GMT)
Russia marks anniversary of Hitler’s USSR invasion
Russia commemorated the 81st anniversary of Nazi Germany’s invasion of the Soviet Union on Wednesday, with Russian President Vladimir Putin laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Kremlin wall.
Hitler’s forces launched surprise attacks on Kyiv, Moscow and Belarusian Brest on June 22, a day that marks the start of what Russia calls the Great Patriotic War and is today known in the country as Day of Remembrance and Sorrow.
The Main Cathedral of the Russian Armed Forces kicked off commemorations after midnight with a Divine Liturgy and a memorial service for the estimated 27 million Soviet soldiers and civilians killed in the war, the Moscow Times reports. Later 1,418 candles were lit outside the cathedral for each day the war lasted.
In Ukraine’s occupied port city of Mariupol, pro-Moscow activists lit 10,000 candles to spell out the phrase “Remember 22.06.1941”.
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a wreath-laying ceremony, which marks the anniversary of the beginning of the Great Patriotic War against Nazi Germany in 1941, at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier by the Kremlin wall in Moscow, Russia, June 22, 2022 [Sputnik/Mikhail Metzel/Kremlin via Reuters]
3 hours ago (23:33 GMT)
Russia did the same in Ukraine as Germany when it invaded Soviet Union: Zelenskyy
Russia did the same on February 24 when it invaded Ukraine as Nazi Germany did on June 22, 1941, when it invaded the Soviet Union, Zelenskyy has said on the WW2 anniversary.
“Today, June 22, is the Day of Mourning and Remembrance of the Victims of War. A war that was to keep forever in the history of the 20th century and was never to be repeated. But it is repeated,” Zelenskyy said in his morning address.
“Today there is no shortage of words that Russia did the same on February 24 as the Nazis did on June 22 … And I want to add only one thing. Then 1418 days passed from the morning of the invasion to the defeat of the aggressor. We must liberate our land and unprotected to victory, but faster. Much faster,” he said.
“This is our national goal, and we must work to unprotected to it on a daily basis. Not only the state, but also every citizen – at the level at which it is possible.”
This day in 1941, Nazi Germany invades the Soviet Union with the largest invasion force in the history of warfare, called operation Barbarossa. Approx. 3 million personnel invaded the USSR along a 2,900-kilometer (1,800 mi) front. #WW2 pic.twitter.com/xk6VjxESmk
— WWII Pictures (@WWIIpix) June 22, 2022
3 hours ago (23:16 GMT)
Ukraine expects EU-wide sustain for candidacy to join bloc
A Ukrainian official overseeing the country’s push to join the EU has said she is “100 percent” certain all 27 EU nations will approve Ukraine’s candidacy during a summit this week.
In an interview with The Associated Press news agency, Deputy chief Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Olha Stefanishyna said the decision could come as soon as Thursday, when the leaders’ summit starts.
Stefanishyna said the Netherlands, Sweden and Denmark had been sceptical about starting accession talks with Ukraine while it is fighting Russia’s invasion but are now supportive. Asked how confident she was that Ukraine would be accepted as an EU candidate, she said: “The day before the summit starts, I can say 100 percent.”
EU candidate position, which can be granted only if the existing member countries agree unanimously, is the first step towards membership. It does not provide security guarantees or an automatic right to join the bloc. Ukraine’s membership bid is the top order of business for EU leaders meeting in Brussels.
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