Boris Johnson meets President Zelensky in Kyiv
President Zelensky has said that he expects Russia to intensify its attacks on his country while it awaits a European Union decision this week on granting Ukraine the status of a candidate country.
“Obviously, this week we should expect from Russia an intensification of its hostile activities, as an example,” Mr Zelensky said in his nightly video address.
“And not only against Ukraine, but also against other European countries. We are preparing. We are ready.”
Mr Zelensky’s message comes after the news that whole Russian units are still refusing orders and engaging in “armed stand-offs” with officers.
The British defence ministry said both Russia and Ukraine were “committed to intense combat” in the eastern Donbas region and were likely experiencing “variable morale”.
“Ukrainian forces have likely suffered desertions in recent weeks, however, Russian morale highly likely remains especially troubled,” the UK defence ministry said on Sunday morning.
It added low Russian morale was likely driven by factors including perceived poor leadership, very heavy casualties and problems with pay.
War in Ukraine ‘could take years to finish’ – Nato’s Jen Stoltenberg
The war in Ukraine “could take years” to come to an end, Nato secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg has said.
He told the German weekly newspaper Bild am Sonntag: “We must prepare for the fact that it could take years.
“We must not let up in supporting Ukraine. Even if the costs are high, not only for military support, also because of rising energy and food prices.”
Earlier this week, he said that a Nato summit later this month is expected to agree on an assistance package for Ukraine that will help the country with the move from old Soviet-era weaponry to Nato standard gear.
Lamiat Sabin19 June 2022 08:00
Third US military volunteer in Ukraine is missing
A third American volunteer fighting in Ukraine has been reported as missing amid concerns that all three may have been captured by Russian or pro-Russian forces.
The family of the former Marine Corps officer Grady Kurpasi disclosed that he had been missing in the Kherson area since late April following the earlier disclosure that two other American military veterans had lost contact with their families.
Peony Hirwani19 June 2022 07:30
5 civilians killed, 12 injured in a Ukrainian bombardment of Donetsk
Five civilians were killed and 12 injured in a Ukrainian bombardment of the eastern separatist city of Donetsk, local authorities said on Saturday (18 June).
They wrote on Telegram: “As a result of the bombardment by Ukrainian forces, five people were killed and 12 others were wounded in the Donetsk People’s Republic.”
Peony Hirwani19 June 2022 07:00