1. Claim and counterclaim as strikes continue in the east and south

The staff of the Ukrainian army reported numerous Russian bombardments but almost no ground assaults by Muscovite forces on Sunday, as the day before.

Russian rockets hit the eastern Ukrainian town of Chasiv Yar, destroying a five-story building and killing at least 15 people, Ukrainian officials said on Sunday. Learn more here.

Kyiv said it targeted two Russian “command points” and depots in the southern Chernobayevka region. Ukrainian forces also claimed a strike on a Russian base in the occupied Kherson region, also in the south, without giving further details.

In Kharkiv, the country’s second largest city, Governor Oleg Synegoubov reported on Telegram that new missile strikes hit an “educational institution” and a house, injuring one person.

Other Russian strikes were reported near Siversk and Sloviansk in the east, as well as in the Mykolaiv region in the south.

“High-precision ground weapons hit a temporary deployment point of the artillery unit of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and an ammunition depot on the territory of the ceramics factory in the city of Sloviansk,” the report said. Russian army.

“Up to 100 people” were killed and “more than 1,000 artillery shells for American-made M777 howitzers and about 700 rockets for Grad MLRS” were destroyed, he added. The claims could not be verified.

The Moscow envoy of the separatist Luhansk Republic, Rodion Mirochnik, said on Telegram on Sunday morning that in the Donetsk region an offensive had been “launched against Siversk from the north” and that the town of Grygorivka had been “captured after the fights”.

“Our troops continue to carry out military operations to liberate Serebrianka”, another locality in the region, he added. (AFP)

2. Russia’s grain blockade may have impacted unrest in Sri Lanka — Blinken

Russian restrictions on Ukrainian grain exports may have contributed to the unrest in Sri Lanka, according to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who expressed concern that they could trigger further crises.

“We see the impact of this Russian aggression playing out everywhere. It may have contributed to the situation in Sri Lanka. We are concerned about the implications around the world,” Blinken told a news conference in Bangkok. .

Reiterating a request he has made several times, Blinken called on Russia to let around 20 million tonnes of grain leave Ukraine, which Moscow invaded in February.

“We are witnessing growing food insecurity around the world, which has been greatly exacerbated by Russian aggression against Ukraine,” Blinken said.

He added that there was also an impact in Thailand where fertilizer prices had “skyrocketed” due to the blockade.

Sri Lanka has been caught in the throes of severe unrest caused by severe shortages of food, medicine and fuel. The president agreed to step down after protesters stormed his official residence on Saturday.

Russia has said it would allow Ukrainian ships laden with supplies to leave if the Ukrainian military clears its ports, but that option has been rejected by Kyiv, which fears for the safety of its Black Sea coast. (AFP)

3. German Welt paper matrix blocked in Russia

The website of German newspaper die Welt has been blocked in Russia, after being added to a growing list of sites banned by media watchdog Roskomnadzor, Russian agencies said on Sunday.

The blocking follows a request from the prosecution, a source said.

The site could no longer be opened on phones and computers, AFP journalists in Russia found.

Since the beginning of the Russian offensive in Ukraine, the German newspaper had started publishing content in Russian, when most independent news was suppressed in Russia.

The paper also employed Russian journalist Maria Ovsiannikova for a time, after she burst onto the set of a pro-Kremlin newscast holding a sign against the Russian offensive in Ukraine. (AFP)

4. Russia claim Wimbledon title from Elena Rybakina

The Russian Tennis Federation was quick to claim Elena Rybakina as “our product” in their run for the women’s title at Wimbledon.

They went on to praise her training schedule in the country after she became champion while representing Kazakhstan.

“It’s the Russian school, after all. She played here with us for a long time, then in Kazakhstan,” Russian Tennis Federation President Shamil Tarpishchev told sports website Championat after Rybakina beat Ons Jabeur 3-6, 6-2, 6- 2 Saturday.

Rybakina, 23, was born in Moscow and played in the Russian system until 2018, when financial problems led her to change nationality.

There was no official reaction from the Kremlin to Rybakina’s success at Wimbledon, but some commentators claimed his victory as a Russian achievement and a symbolic snub to the All England Club, which banned players from Russia and Wimbledon Belarus due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Some Russian state media have highlighted Rybakina’s roots in Moscow, with others choosing to simply call her a “representative of Kazakhstan”. (AP)

5. France’s energy industry turns to oil over fears of Russian gas shutdown

Energy-intensive French companies are accelerating contingency plans and converting their gas boilers to run on oil as they seek to avoid disruption in case a further cut in Russian gas supplies leads to power outages. running.

Gathered this weekend at a business and economics conference in Aix-en-Provence, southern France, several senior executives said they were preparing for possible power cuts.

In June, Russia cut flows through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline, its main gas route to Western Europe, to 40% capacity. Politicians and industry fear there will be further supply constraints linked to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Industry across Europe has resorted to more polluting fuels than gas as it prioritizes tackling the cost to the economy of business disruption and soaring fuel prices. energy, rather than longer-term goals to switch to carbon-free fuel.

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire told senior business leaders at the conference that it would be irresponsible not to prepare for shortages.

“Let’s prepare for a Russian gas cut,” he told them. “Today is the most likely scenario.”

France depends on nuclear power for around 70% of its electricity, which means that it depends much less directly on Russian gas than neighboring Germany.

However, state-controlled power producer EDF is struggling to meet France’s needs due to outages at its aging plants, increasing pressure on the rest of the power sector. (Reuters)

6. Canada Returns Nord Stream Pipeline Turbines to Germany

Canada has decided to return the turbines of the Russian Nord Stream gas pipeline to Germany, despite sanctions against Moscow.

Kyiv had called on Germany not to “submit to the blackmail of the Kremlin”. The turbines are under maintenance in the Siemens workshops near Montreal.

Russian gas group Gazprom had cited the repair work as the reason for reducing its deliveries to Germany via Nord Stream in mid-June.

“Canada will grant Siemens Canada a time-limited and revocable license to return repaired Nordstream 1 turbines to Germany, which will support Europe’s ability to access reliable and affordable energy,” said the Minister of Resources. natural, Jonathan Wilkinson.

The minister accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of wanting to “sow division between allies”.

Canada has also announced its intention to extend its economic sanctions against Russia to industrial manufacturing.

“The new sanctions will apply to land and pipeline transportation, as well as the manufacturing of metals and transportation, computer, electronic and electrical equipment and machinery,” said Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly. (AFP)