June 17, 2024

Russia Ukraine war: Zelensky says counteroffensive against Putin’s troops about to ‘gain speed’ as Ukraine’s UK ambassador sacked

Aspen Security Forum: Top officials discuss Ukraine war

Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, said the country’s “gain” is to push Russian forces back into Russian occupation and that Kyiv expects more military help from its allies, including the US.

Mr Zelensky has asked allies to supply fighter jets and more long-range missiles, and Washington plans to announce a new military package for Ukraine soon.

The US national security adviser told the same security forum in Colorado that the results of the counterattack would not be clear until Kyiv fully commits its forces, saying this has not yet happened.

Meanwhile, President Vladimir Putin accused NATO member Poland of having territorial ambitions in the former Soviet Union, and said any attack against Russia’s neighbor and close friend Belarus would be considered an attack on Russia.

Moscow would respond to any attack against Belarus “with all the resources available to us”, Putin said at a meeting of his Security Council in televised remarks.

And a South African court has issued an arrest warrant for Mr Putin ahead of the Brics summit in Johannesburg next month. The Kremlin says Mr Putin will not attend.


Russia claims that Ukraine tried to attack with a drone

According to the Russian-installed controller of the occupied peninsula, Ukraine tried to attack Crimea infrastructure.

Matt Drake22 July 2023 09:25


People stuck on Crimea Bridge told to ‘stay calm’

No reason has been given so far for stopping the traffic.

The official Telegram channel said: “Those on the bridge and in the inspection area are asked to remain calm and follow the instructions of the transport security officers.”

Two civilians were killed in the drone attack this week and part of the road bridge was out of service.

It had only recently returned to full operation after being heavily damaged in a similar attack by Ukraine in October.

In the picture, traffic is restarting on the bridge last Tuesday after an attack the day before

(Marat Khusnullin/Telegram)

Matt DrakeJuly 22, 2023 09:20


Traffic on the Crimea Bridge temporarily blocked – claims reports

Russia’s state-owned TASS news agency said traffic on the Crimean bridge has been temporarily blocked.

The reports have not been independently verified and the situation remains unclear.

It comes just two days after Russia lifted cargo vessel restrictions along the Kerch Strait following a drone attack on the bridge last Monday.

In the picture, the Crimean Bridge is also called the Straight Kerch Bridge


Matt Drake22 July 2023 08:44


Supermarket fuel margins have more than doubled since the start of the war in Ukraine

Margins on fuel at supermarkets including Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons have doubled since the start of the war in Ukraine, new analysis suggests.

From an average of around 4.7p per liter on fuel sales in February 2022, fuel margins in these supermarkets are now around 10p per litre, which has led to higher pump prices, according to the RAC.

“While we accept that the cost of running forecourts may have increased, these bloated margins must make difficult reading for the millions of motorists already battling the rising cost of living,” said RAC fuel spokesman Simon Williams.

“In short, this means that everyone is paying more than they should be to a lesser or greater extent depending on where they live,” he said.

Vishwam Sankaran22 July 2023 08:30


UK fuel margins have more than doubled since the start of the war in Ukraine

Supermarkets have more than doubled their margins on fuel since the start of the war in Ukraine, new analysis suggests.

The RAC said Asda, Tesco, Morrisons and Sainsbury’s were making an average of around 4.7p per liter on fuel sales when the Russian invasion began in February 2022.

The motoring services company found this had increased to around 10p per litre, leading to higher pump prices.

Supermarket fuel margins were 2.3p per liter in 2016.

Lower fuel prices helped reduce the Consumer Price Index, a measure of inflation last month, to 7.9%, down from 8.7% in May.

Matt Drake22 July 2023 08:29


US to unveil new military aid package to Ukraine – report

The US is reportedly planning to announce a new military package worth up to $400m for Ukraine that will include artillery, anti-aircraft missiles and ground vehicles.

The new package will not include the controversial cluster munitions and could be announced as early as Tuesday, Reuters reported, citing officials close to the matter.

It is also expected to include armored personnel carriers, mine clearance equipment, and anti-tank weapons but the list may change before the announcement.

Once approved, this would mark the 43rd such military aid package the US has provided to Ukraine since Russia intervened in February 2022.

Vishwam SankaranJuly 22, 2023 08:00


Zelensky says counteroffensive is about to ‘gain speed’

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky says the country is going to push back the Russian forces in occupied Ukraine to “get fast.”

The expected start of the effort was much later than Kyiv had hoped due to a lack of sufficient ammunition supplies from allied countries.

But Mr Zelensky said yesterday that the week-old counteroffensive is about to change in momentum, with Ukraine ready to get more weapons.

He called on his allies to supply the war-torn country with more long-range missiles as well as advanced fighter jets, speaking to international leaders at the Aspen Security Forum.

“We are approaching a moment when relevant actions can accelerate because we are already going through several mine sites and we are describing those areas,” said Mr. Zelensky.

US national security adviser Jake Sullivan told an audience in Colorado that the results of Ukraine’s military effort would not be clear until Kyiv had fully committed its forces.

“It’s at that point when they make that commitment that we’ll really see what the results of the counteroffensive will be,” Mr. Sullivan said.

Vishwam Sankaran22 July 2023 07:22


Russian attack on Ukrainian ports will further blow ‘global food security,’ says United Nations

United Nations political affairs chief Rosemary DiCarlo said yesterday that Russia’s bombing of Ukrainian ports along the Black Sea could have further impacts on global food security.

Condemning the Russian aerial strikes on the Ukrainian ports of Odesa, Chornomorsk and Mykolaiv, Mr. DiCarlo said that this new wave of attacks would have “far-reaching effects on global food security, especially in developing countries.”

“Any risk of spillover conflict as a result of a military incident in the Black Sea – whether intentional or accidental – must be avoided at all costs, as this could have devastating consequences for all of us,” she said.

“We strongly condemn these attacks and urge Russia to stop them immediately,” Mr. DiCarlo said.

Vishwam SankaranJuly 22, 2023 07:00


The United Nations warns millions if the Black Sea grain market is cut off

When Russia ends the agreement allowing the safe export of Ukrainian grain through the Black Sea “millions of people could face starvation and worse,” the UN aid chief said yesterday.

The landmark deal, brokered a year ago to tackle a potential global food crisis, allowed Ukraine to export grain through the Black Sea but by pulling out of the agreement on Monday, higher prices will be “felt acutely by families in developing countries,” said Martin Griffiths, the UN Security Council’s chief aid executive.

The United Nations said the deal benefited poor countries by helping lower food prices around the world.

But Russia effectively scuttled the deal on Monday, saying it considers any ship traveling to Ukraine’s Black Sea ports likely to carry military cargo.

“Some will starve, some will starve, many may die as a result of these decisions,” Mr Griffiths said, according to Reuters.

Vishwam Sankaran22 July 2023 06:30


Zelensky says Ukraine will respond to Russia’s recent attacks

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a video speech yesterday that Ukraine would respond to Russia’s recent deadly attacks.

On Friday, Russian shelling killed two children in Donetsk, two women in Chernihiv, and missiles also hit Odesa, according to The Kyiv Independent.

The president said that more than 20 people, including two children, had been injured in attacks on Odesa in the past week.

Responding to the shelling, Mr Zelensky said that Ukraine would “respond” to the attacks, adding that “there will be punishment.”

“Also, there will be more consolidation in the world for defense and joint action, even more energy for victory, even more desire for justice, and just punishment of Russia for all the crimes of this war,” the Ukrainian president said.

Vishwam SankaranJuly 22, 2023 06:00

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