It is the 468th day of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
Kyiv acknowledges relatively modest “offensive operations” and claims “success” at Bakhmut.
Russia claims that it is, on the contrary, repelling large-scale attacks.
The leader of the Wagner group accuses the Russian detachment of attacking his people.
Ukraine and Russia are meeting on Tuesday in front of the UN’s highest court in Kyiv, accusing Moscow of years of support for separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine.
EU imposes sanctions against nine Russians in connection with the conviction of an opponent of Kara-Murza
On Monday, the G27 sanctioned nine Russian officials, including a deputy justice minister accused of involvement in the arrest and jailing of opposition Democrat Vladimir Kara-Murza, who was sentenced in mid-April to 25 years in prison. The EU called for his “immediate and unconditional release”.
The assets of the nine victims of the “twenty-seven” will be frozen in the EU, where they will be prohibited from remaining. Among them is the Deputy Minister of Justice, “responsible for the application of legislation on foreign agentsat the center of a wave of texts directed against independent civil society, the media and dissidents,” the statement said.
Also at gunpoint are judges and other members of the judiciary, as well as a high-ranking official of the Russian penitentiary system, who is credited with “degrading treatment that led to a significant deterioration in health” Vladimir Kara-Murza.
Kyiv and Moscow before the international court
Ukraine and Russia meet at the UN Supreme Court on Tuesday, and Kyiv accuses Moscow of supporting separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine for years before a large-scale Russian invasion began last year.
Kyiv and Moscow will present their arguments to the judges of the International Court of Justice in The Hague in the coming days in a case initiated by Ukraine in 2017.
Kyiv has since filed another petition after the Russian invasion in February 2022, accusing Moscow of planning a genocide. The international court in this case ordered Russia to suspend the invasion.
Lawyers from Ukraine will testify on Tuesday, while lawyers from Russia will testify in court on Thursday.
Biden crosses fingers in response to Ukrainian counterattack
President Joe Biden on Monday wished success for Ukraine’s expected counteroffensive against the Russian army, with his fingers crossed.
During a meeting with Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen in the Oval Office, the US president asked AFP about the chances of Ukraine’s planned counter-offensive to succeed. Joe Biden responded by silently raising his hand and crossing his index and middle fingers.
New edition of boss Wagner
This is boss Wagner’s big new statement against Moscow. Paramilitary leader Yevgeny Prigozhin on Tuesday dismissed reports of Ukrainian casualties as “fantasy” by Moscow, which claims it repelled two major offensives in two days.
The Russian Defense Ministry said it repelled two large-scale offensives by Ukrainian troops on Sunday and Monday in the south of Donbas, killed “more than 1,500 Ukrainian troops” and destroyed “28 tanks.”
The Ukrainian government, declaring territorial acquisitions in the area of the destroyed city of Bakhmut in the east of the country, relativized the scale of its “offensive actions” and did not give any assessment.
Killing 1,500 soldiers in one day is a “hellish massacre,” Wagner’s boss joked, mocking Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov. “Indeed, why not add up all the figures given by Konashenkov. I think we have destroyed the entire planet Earth five times already,” he joked.
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