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The NATO and Russian fleets have been carrying out naval maneuvers in the Baltic Sea, a short distance from each other, as Ukraine enters a key phase of the war. The Russian Ministry of Defense has undertaken this morning naval exercises in the Baltic, just one day after the maneuvers of the Atlantic Alliance began, the first in which Finland takes part as a member of this defensive platform. On the other hand, the Russian Defense Ministry reported on Monday that it has rejected "a large-scale offensive" by Ukrainian forces in the Donetsk region, partially occupied by Kremlin troops and one of the four provinces formally annexed by Moscow last September. Kiev has not reported the alleged attack, which Moscow says killed 250 Ukrainian soldiers. The Ukrainian Defense Ministry has not confirmed that the attack took place.
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The Ukrainian military says it has no information about the major offensive in the Donetsk region that Moscow claims to have disrupted
Ukraine's military said Monday through a spokesman that it has no information about the offensive that Russia says Kiev has launched at five points in the Russian-occupied Donetsk region. The Russian Defense Ministry said Monday it had foiled a major Ukrainian attack involving six mechanized and two tank battalions in southern Donetsk in occupied Ukraine. Official Russian sources say that 250 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed in the offensive. For his part, a spokesman for the Ukrainian armed forces said: "We do not have that information and we do not comment on any false information."
In recent weeks, Ukraine has sought to weaken Russian positions, but its plans have been shrouded in secrecy as it prepares to launch a counteroffensive. (Reuters)
ACT.5 JUN 2023 - 14: 52
Russia sees no "prospects" of renewal of grain deal
Russia's Foreign Ministry said Monday it sees no prospects for extending the Black Sea grain export deal, which is set to expire in mid-July, Russian news agencies reported. The TASS news agency quoted the ministry as saying it was continuing consultations with the United Nations and ship inspections had resumed. The RIA news agency said a new round of Russia-UN talks will take place in Geneva on June 9. The deal was originally negotiated by Turkey and the United Nations last July to allow Ukraine to resume exports from its southern ports, which had been blocked by Russia since the beginning of its invasion. (Reuters)
ACT.5 JUN 2023 - 13: 45
Belgium to ask Ukraine for explanations for alleged use of Belgian weapons on Russian territory
The Government of Belgium has asked its intelligence services to analyze whether anti-Russian militias have used Belgian-made weapons on Russian territory, as reported by The Washington Post, as reported today by the Prime Minister of Belgium, Alexander De Croo. "I have read that information. We have asked our intelligence services and military services to look into it. I have no confirmation," De Croo said in an interview on public broadcaster RTBF. "There are rules that are extremely strict, as strict for Belgian weapons as for weapons from other European countries. We ask the Ukrainians to clarify the situation for us," De Croo added.
The US newspaper published on Saturday photographs and videos in which fighters of the Russian Freedom and Russian Volunteer Corps militias during a raid in the Russian border region of Belgorod appeared with Scar assault rifles manufactured by the Belgian company FN Herstal. (EFE)
ACT.5 JUN 2023 - 13: 00
What has happened in the last few hours
These are the most important news of the war at 12.00 on the 467th day since the invasion of Ukraine by Russia.
Russia sends its fleet to the Baltic Sea in the middle of NATO maneuvers. The tension hangs over the waters of the Baltic Sea, where two rival fleets, that of Russia and that of NATO, rehearse a short distance between them a hypothetical confrontation between them while Ukraine enters a key phase of the war. The Russian Ministry of Defense has undertaken naval exercises in the Baltic on Monday, just one day after the maneuvers of the Atlantic Alliance began, the first in which Finland takes part as a member of this defensive platform.
Ukraine rules out the use of F-16 fighters in this summer's announced counteroffensive. Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksi Reznikov has ruled out the use of F-16 fighter jets in the much-heralded counteroffensive, now planned for summer, he confirmed during the Shangri-La Dialogue security conference, which was held this weekend in Singapore. Reznikov explained that despite the good news that his allies have finally opted to give up this type of aircraft, it will not make a difference this summer, because even Ukrainian pilots have to continue to be trained in their handling, he said in an interview for the Japanese network NHK. In that regard, he pointed out that Ukraine will be able to deploy this arsenal as early as autumn or winter.
The mercenary group Wagner imprisons a Russian soldier and spreads his confession. The head of the Russian mercenary company Wagner has gone from threats to faits accomplis in his confrontation with the Russian Defense Ministry. The military contractor group has taken prisoner a lieutenant colonel of the Russian army and Yevgeny Prigozhin has shown his confession on camera as if he were a Ukrainian enemy. It is a quantitative leap in his challenge to the high command headed by Sergei Shoigu, whom he has accused these days of hiding during the Ukrainian attacks on Russian territory.
Ukraine repels 90% of drones launched by Russia, according to the UK. During the month of May, Russia has launched more than 300 Iranian-made Shahed drones against Ukraine, with an unprecedented intensity of attacks in the conflict, according to the latest report from the Ministry of Defense of the United Kingdom, published on Monday. However, Kiev's defenses have managed to shoot down at least 90% of these unmanned vehicles.
Kiev says its troops are still advancing toward Bakhmut. Ukrainian military officials say their troops are still advancing toward the besieged northeastern city of Bakhmut. The head of the infantry, Oleksandr Sirskyi, has reported in a message published on the Telegram platform on Monday that Ukrainian forces have managed to destroy a Russian position near the city. (Reuters)
Russia claims to have repelled a major Ukrainian offensive in southern Donetsk. Russian authorities said Monday they have rejected "a large-scale offensive" by Ukrainian forces in the Donetsk region, partially occupied by Russian troops and one of the four provinces formally annexed by Moscow last September. Kiev has not reported the alleged attack, which Moscow says killed around 250 Ukrainian soldiers.
ACT.5 JUN 2023 - 14: 01
Javier G. Cuesta
Russia sends its fleet to the Baltic Sea in the middle of NATO maneuvers
The tension hangs over the waters of the Baltic Sea, where two rival fleets, that of Russia and that of NATO, rehearse a short distance between them a hypothetical confrontation between them while Ukraine enters a key phase of the war. The Russian Ministry of Defense has undertaken naval exercises in the Baltic on Monday, just one day after the maneuvers of the Atlantic Alliance began, the first in which Finland takes part as a member of this defensive platform.
Both fleets are similar on paper in their figures. Moscow has announced: "Up to 40 surface warships, boats and support vessels are participating in this military exercise. More than 3,500 military personnel, up to 25 planes and helicopters, and up to 500 vehicles and other military apparatus are also taking part."
For its part, NATO training includes 50 ships, 45 aircraft and 6,000 Alliance personnel, according to Reuters.
ACT.5 JUN 2023 - 11: 44
Ukraine rules out use of F-16 fighters in announced counteroffensive this summer
Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksi Reznikov has ruled out the use of F-16 fighter jets in the much-heralded counteroffensive, now planned for summer, he confirmed during the Shangri-La Dialogue security conference, which was held this weekend in Singapore. Reznikov explained that despite the good news that his allies have finally opted to give up this type of aircraft, it will not make a difference this summer, because even Ukrainian pilots have to continue to be trained in their handling, he said in an interview for the Japanese network NHK. In that regard, he pointed out that Ukraine will be able to deploy this arsenal as early as autumn or winter.
Precisely, the Pentagon had been using as an argument to resist giving up these fighters the ineffectiveness it would have in the short term, betting on other types of equipment. On the other hand, the Armed Forces of Ukraine have assured this Monday that the announcement of the counteroffensive is wreaking havoc on the morale of the Russian troops, due to the "constant tension" caused by the fact of not knowing when and where it will take place. (EUROPA PRESS)
ACT.5 JUN 2023 - 10: 52
Javier G. Cuesta
Still from the video with the confession of the Russian soldier.
The mercenary group Wagner imprisons a Russian soldier and spreads his confession
The head of the Russian mercenary company Wagner has gone from threats to faits accomplis in his confrontation with the Russian Defense Ministry. The military contractor group has taken prisoner a lieutenant colonel of the Russian army and Yevgeny Prigozhin has shown his confession on camera as if he were a Ukrainian enemy. It is a quantitative leap in his challenge to the high command headed by Sergei Shoigu, whom he has accused these days of hiding during the Ukrainian attacks on Russian territory.
Locked in a basement and with a bruise on his nose, the soldier responds in the video to the interrogation of the mercenaries. The officer introduces himself as Roman Gennadievich Venevitin, commander of the 72nd Motor Rifle Brigade, and admits to being "guilty" of having ordered the disarming of a Wagner unit and shooting at his vehicle while intoxicated. According to the officer in the interrogation, he did so out of "personal contempt" for Wagner.
Wagner's press service reported before releasing this recording that his mercenaries and the Russian army were shot dead on May 17, in the village of Semigorye, near Bakhmut, when mercenary units discovered that Russian troops had mined their way when they left the city after its conquest.
Prigozhin had already accused the Ministry of Defense last Friday of having placed anti-tank mines and personnel "at a dozen points" where his troops were going to pass.
The capture of the Russian lieutenant colonel crosses a new red line in Prigozhin's confrontation with the Russian high command, which he previously accused of not supplying him with ammunition in his offensive on Bakhmut and of hiding and doing nothing during Ukrainian attacks on Russian territory.
The Kremlin, which has allowed Wagner to extrajudicially execute Russian citizens for defecting despite the fact that the death penalty is suspended in Russia and mercenary companies are allegedly illegal, has so far chosen to remain in the background, at least publicly, in this factional struggle.
ACT.5 JUN 2023 - 09:03
Ucrania repele el 90% de los drones lanzados por Rusia, según el Reino Unido
Durante el mes mayo, Rusia ha lanzado más de 300 drones Shahed de fabricación iraní contra Ucrania, con una intensidad de ataques sin precedentes en el conflicto, según el último informe del Ministerio de Defensa del Reino Unido, publicado este lunes. Sin embargo, las defensas de Kiev han logrado derribar al menos el 90% de estos vehículos no tripulados.
“Es probable que Rusia esté lanzando tantos drones en un intento de obligar a Ucrania a disparar reservas de valiosos y avanzados misiles de defensa antiaérea”, destaca la inteligencia británica. Y añade: “Es poco probable que Rusia haya tenido un éxito notable: Ucrania ha neutralizado al menos el 90% de los drones utilizando principalmente sus armas de defensa antiaérea más antiguas y baratas”.
ACT.5 JUN 2023 - 07:57
Kiev asegura que sus tropas siguen avanzando hacia Bajmut
Las autoridades militares ucranias aseguran que sus tropas siguen avanzando hacia la asediada ciudad de Bajmut, en el noreste del país. El jefe de la infantería, Oleksandr Sirskyi, ha informado en un mensaje publicado este lunes en la plataforma Telegram de que las fuerzas ucranias han logrado destruir una posición rusa cerca de la ciudad. (Reuters)
ACT.5 JUN 2023 - 07:50
Rusia afirma haber rechazado una gran ofensiva ucrania en el sur de Donetsk
Las autoridades rusas han afirmado este lunes que han rechazado “una ofensiva a gran escala” de las fuerzas ucranias en la región de Donetsk, parcialmente ocupada por las tropas rusas y una de las cuatro provincias anexionadas formalmente por Moscú en pasado mes de septiembre. Kiev no ha informado del supuesto ataque, en el que Moscú asegura que han muerto alrededor de 250 soldados ucranios.
“El enemigo lanzó una ofensiva a gran escala en cinco sectores del frente” en el sur de Donetsk, indicó el ministerio ruso de Defensa en Telegram, añadiendo que el asalto corrió a cargo de seis batallones mecanizados y dos de tanques en una zona donde Rusia sospechaba que podía ser uno de los puntos por donde podía llegar la ofensiva ucrania. "El objetivo del enemigo era romper nuestras líneas de defensa en la parte más vulnerable, en su opinión, del frente", dice el mensaje, publicado esta madrugada. Pero “no logró su objetivo, no tuvo éxito”, agregó el departamento que dirige Serguéi Shoigú. En el mensaje adjuntan un video, supuestamente del ataque, en el que vehículos blindados ucranios enfrentan artillería pesada.
El Ministerio ucranio de Defensa no ha confirmado que el ataque haya tenido lugar. En su informe bélico diario, el Estado Mayor ucranio solo afirma que ha habido combates en las provincias de Donetsk y Lugansk. El ministro de Defensa, Oleksii Reznikoz, publicó un mensaje en Twitter en el que incluía parte de la letra de la canción Enjoy the silence de Depeche Mode: "Las palabras son muy innecesarias / solo pueden hacer daño", dice la letra, que viene acompañada de un vídeo de varios militares ucranios que se llevan el índice a la boca para mandar silencio. No obstante, su mensaje se publicó varias horas antes del comunicado ruso.
Kiev ha dicho durante meses que está preparando una contraofensiva a gran escala contra las fuerzas de Moscú para recuperar territorios perdidos desde que Rusia lanzó su operación militar en febrero de 2022. Gran parte de Donetsk ha estado desde 2014 bajo control de separatistas prorrusos. Se trata de uno de los cuatro territorios ucranios que Rusia anexó en septiembre pasado, junto a Lugansk, Zaporiyia y Jersón.
Al otro lado de la frontera, las autoridades rusas aseguraron haber repelido el domingo una incursión de combatientes ucranios en el poblado de Novaya Tavolzhanka. El gobernador de la región rusa de Belgorod, Viacheslav Gladkov, reportó en Telegram los combates en la zona, escenario en los últimos días de bombardeos ucranios. (AFP)
ACT.5 JUN 2023 - 09:08
INVASIÓN DE RUSIA EN UCRANIA
El soldado que dibuja desde las trincheras las penurias y esperanzas del ejército ucranio
Cristian Segura (Enviado Especial)
The more danger, the more Ruslan Pijota wants to draw. The two months the 52-year-old Ukrainian soldier spent in hospital were the worst. "I thought rest would help me be more creative, but I lacked being in the trenches, being with teammates, I lacked inspiration." Pijota was wounded in the leg last December in Bakhmut, on the toughest front of the war in Ukraine. He returned to the front line with renewed energy. Since then, his popularity as an illustrator of war has only grown.
ACT.5 JUN 2023 - 07: 22
Two drones fall on a highway about 300 kilometers from Moscow
Two drones have fallen on a Russian highway in the Kaluga region, bordering the north with the province of Moscow, according to the governor, Vladislav Shapsha, who has reported that the explosives that loaded the devices have not exploded.
"The area has been cordoned off," Shapsha said on his Telegram channel. According to his account, the drones have fallen to the ground at a point located between 280 and 300 kilometers from Moscow.
Last week, several drones hit the Russian capital and hit buildings in an upper-class neighborhood. Moscow accused Ukraine of launching these devices, but Kiev denied that it had anything to do with the attack, although some authorities predicted that more would occur. (Reuters)
ACT.5 JUN 2023 - 07: 31
Belgium asks Ukraine for explanations for the use of Belgian weapons on Russian territory
The Belgian government said on Sunday that it will ask Ukraine for explanations after an investigation by The Washington Post that reveals the use of American, Polish, Czech and Belgian weapons by pro-Ukrainian militias responsible for the latest attacks in the Russian region of Belgorod.
Belgian Defense Minister Ludivine Dedonder and Foreign Minister Hadja Lahbib will contact Ukrainian authorities to ask for clarification after the dissemination of images of pro-Ukrainian forces on Russian territory equipped with SCAR rifles manufactured by the Belgian state company FN, according to Belgian broadcaster RTBF. The Ministry of Defense has stressed that this material was delivered to Kiev in order to strengthen its defense, to defend its territory, according to the documents that accompany each delivery.
In addition, it is also made explicit in each delivery that this material can only be used by the regular Armed Forces, with exceptions accepted by Belgium. Therefore, Ukraine should not hand over these weapons to independent groups with their own objectives inside Russia. Likewise, it is stressed that Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law must be respected, highlights the Belgian Ministry of Defense.
The Washington Post has published an investigative article on the use of this weapon of NATO member countries by the Freedom Legion of Russia and the Russian Volunteer Corps, militias that have claimed responsibility for the latest military incursions on Russian soil. Some of these organizations have a clear neo-Nazi tendency.
A spokesman for the Freedom Legion of Russia has assured the American newspaper that some of these vehicles were seized by Russian forces from the Ukrainian army and were later recovered by this militia.
ACT.5 JUN 2023 - 07: 23
Orthodox priests bless faithful participating in the celebration of the Trinity in Zaporizhia this Sunday. / Andriy Andriyenko / AP
What has happened in the last few hours
These are the most important news of the war at 20.00 on the 466th day since the invasion of Ukraine by Russia.
Almost half of the Kiev shelters inspected were closed or unfit. A senior Ukrainian government official expressed "disbelief" Sunday after learning that nearly half of Kiev's bomb shelters inspected during a preliminary audit were closed or unfit for use. President Volodymyr Zelensky on Friday ordered an inspection of all Ukrainian shelters, a day after three people died in Kiev after they were unable to access one.
The Ukrainian Armed Forces call for "silence" on the imminent counteroffensive. Ukrainian authorities have repeatedly called for speculation about the counteroffensive, with which the government of President Volodymyr Zelenskiy hopes to reconquer territory under the control of the Kremlin, as these can help Russian troops. "Plans love silence. There will be no announcement of the beginning," the Ministry of Defense explained.
Stoltenberg: "Sweden has implemented the agreement with Turkey to enter NATO." In a press conference after meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the secretary general of the Alliance said about an early entry of the Scandinavian country into NATO: "We are still in time to achieve it at the summit of the allies [in Vilnius on July 11 and 12]."
Russia says it has repelled a cross-border incursion by a group of "saboteurs." Earlier, the governor of Belgorod, a Russian region bordering Ukraine, had reported fighting in the border town of Novaya Tavolzhanka.
ACT.5 JUN 2023 - 11: 47
Russia repels a cross-border incursion of a group of "saboteurs"
On Sunday, Russian forces repelled with artillery a cross-border incursion by a group of pro-Ukrainian "saboteurs", the Interfax agency quoted the Russian Defense Ministry as saying. Earlier, the governor of Belgorod, a Russian region bordering Ukraine, had reported fighting in the border town of Novaya Tavolzhanka. (Agencies)
ACT.4 JUN 2023 - 19: 07
Stoltenberg: "Sweden has implemented the agreement with Turkey to enter NATO"
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Sunday in Ankara that Sweden has implemented everything agreed with Turkey to be able to enter NATO in the coming weeks. In a press conference after meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the secretary general said about the early entry of the Scandinavian country into the Alliance: "We are still in time to achieve it at the summit of the allies [in Vilnius on July 11 and 12]."
"What we have seen is that Sweden has implemented the agreement that President Erodgan negotiated with Sweden and Finland at the Madrid summit [in June 2022]," Stoltenberg said. "Sweden has since amended its constitution, strengthened anti-terrorism legislation, lifted its arms embargo. It is now as easy to export military equipment from Sweden to Turkey as to any other NATO ally." "And then we have also seen that Finland, Sweden and Turkey are now working much more closely together when it comes to exchanging information and intelligence to support efforts in the fight against terrorism."
Finland joined NATO at the beginning of last April, while neighboring Sweden is still waiting for the go-ahead from Turkey and Hungary. To advance Sweden's entry into NATO, representatives of Turkey, Finland and Sweden will meet on June 12, Stoltenberg explained.
Finland and Sweden, both located in northern Europe and until now neutral countries, applied to join the Atlantic Alliance last year in reaction to Russia's invasion of Ukraine. (Efe)
ACT.4 JUN 2023 - 19: 06
Ukrainian armored vehicles face Russian army heavy artillery