War in Ukraine: Five latest events you need to know about

Ukraine condemns “absolute terrorism” of Russian strikes on civilian targets

At least three people have been killed and dozens injured, including children, after Russian troops launched a new wave of attacks on Ukraine’s second-largest city, Kharkiv.

The governor of the region called the attacks on a school, a residential building and a warehouse complex “absolute terrorism.”

“All (three launched) exclusively against civilian targets, this is absolute terrorism!” Oleg Sinegubov said.

Hours after that first attack, shelling that officials said was from multiple launch rocket systems hit even more civilian targets.

“Only civilian buildings, a shopping center and the houses of peaceful Kharkiv residents came under fire from the Russians. Several shells hit the yards of private houses. Garages and cars were also destroyed, several fires broke out, ”Sinegubov wrote on the network.

The new strikes came just two days after Russian rockets hit homes in eastern Ukraine, killing at least 24 people. According to emergency services, a total of nine people were saved.

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2. Expands the “accelerated” acquisition of Russian citizenship for all Ukrainians.

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on Monday to expand the accelerated regime for obtaining Russian citizenship for all Ukrainians.

Until recently, only residents of the eastern Donetsk and Lugansk regions of Ukraine, as well as residents of the southern Zaporozhye and Kherson regions, a significant part of which are under Russian control, were eligible for the simplified procedure.

From 2019, when the procedure was first introduced for residents of Donetsk and Luhansk, to this year, more than 720,000 residents of militant-controlled areas in two regions have received Russian passports — about 18% of the population.

At the end of May this year, three months after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, an accelerated procedure was also offered to residents of the Zaporozhye and Kherson regions. It is reported that the first Russian passports were issued there a month ago.

Dutch PM warns ‘war could last longer than expected’

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said that the war in Ukraine may last longer than expected, but Western countries should “continue to support Ukraine in every possible way.”

Rutte made the comments during a visit to Kyiv on Monday, where he met with President Zelensky.

“It may take longer than we expected or hoped for. But that doesn’t mean we can sit back and passively watch this unfold,” Rutte told reporters.

“We must remain focused and continue to support Ukraine in every possible way,” he added.

Earlier, Rutte visited the city of Irpen, saying he wanted to see for himself the consequences of the Russian invasion.

“This is completely unacceptable,” he said after walking through a residential area where many buildings have been destroyed.

The prime minister said he hoped to use his visit to explain to the Dutch why it is important to support the people of Ukraine.

“It’s about civilization, about how you can’t put up with the invasion of one country into another – and this happens on a two and a half hour flight from Amsterdam,” he said.

Lithuania expands trade restrictions on Kaliningrad

Lithuania on Monday extended restrictions on trade through its territory to Baltic exclave of Russia in Kaliningradas new European Union sanctions against Moscow for its invasion of Ukraine came into force.

Additional goods banned since Monday morning include concrete, wood, alcohol and alcohol-based industrial chemicals, a Lithuanian customs official said.

Lithuanian Railways estimates that the restrictions will apply to the equivalent of about 15% of the 3.7 million tons of cargo transported from Russia to Kaliningrad in the first half of 2022. This includes an expansion of the ban on the import of ferrous metals, which began last month.

Kaliningrad, a Baltic port and its environs with a population of about 1 million, was annexed by the Soviet Union from Germany after World War II and is connected to the rest of Russia only through EU territory, mainly by rail via Belarus via Lithuania.

Moscow says the land transit ban on certain goods amounts to an illegal blockade; Lithuania says it has no other choice but to apply the sanctions imposed by Brussels.

On Friday, Russia warned Lithuania and the European Union that it could take “tough measures” against them if the transit of certain goods to and from Kaliningrad is not resumed “in the coming days.” read more

On Monday, the governor of the Kaliningrad region proposed to ban the movement of goods between Russia and the three Baltic EU member states Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, except for transit to Kaliningrad. This could divert Russian cargo from their ports.

Russia attributed to Rybakina the victory at Wimbledon

The Russian Tennis Federation called Elena Rybakina “our product” on the way to becoming Wimbledon Women’s Singles Champion on Saturday.

Rybakina, who plays for Kazakhstan, was born in Moscow and played in the Russian system until 2018, when she changed her citizenship due to financial problems.

“After all, this is a Russian school. She played with us here for a long time, and then in Kazakhstan, ”President of the Russian Tennis Federation Shamil Tarpishchev told the Championship sports website on Saturday after Rybakina beat Ons Zhaber with a score of 3:6, 6:2, 6:2 on the center court.

There was no official Kremlin reaction to Rybakina’s Wimbledon success, but some commentators called her victory a Russian achievement and a symbolic snub to the All England Club’s ban on players representing Russia and Belarus.

Players from these countries have been banned from Wimbledon due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Some Russian state media emphasized Rybakina’s Moscow roots, while others preferred to simply refer to her as a “representative of Kazakhstan”.

The last Russian to win a Grand Slam in singles was Maria Sharapova at the French Open in 2014. Moscow-born Sofia Kenin, who left Russia as a baby and plays for the US, won the 2020 Australian Open.

Kazakhstan, meanwhile, is thrilled to have its first Grand Slam singles champion.

Kazakhstani tennis player Elena Rybakina won a historic victory at the extremely prestigious Wimbledon tournament. I heartily congratulate this outstanding athlete!” President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev wrote about this on Twitter.