Ukraine-Russia Live News: Kyiv prepares for Donetsk battles | Russo-Ukrainian War

Luhansk Governor Serhiy Haidai said Ukrainian forces that withdrew from Lysychansk are now holding the line between Bakhmut and Sloviansk, preparing to repel a new Russian advance.

  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said his forces had “no alternative” but to “repel and destroy the offensive potential” of Russian forces, as the battle shifts from Luhansk to Donetsk.
  • President Vladimir Putin praises Russian troops for “liberating” the eastern Ukrainian region of Luhansk.
  • Luhansk Governor Serhiy Haidai said Ukrainian forces that withdrew from Lysychansk are now holding the line between Bakhmut and Sloviansk, preparing to repel a new Russian advance.
  • Ukraine is in talks with Turkey and the United Nations to obtain guarantees for grain exports from Ukrainian ports, Zelenskyy said.
  • Ukraine’s reconstruction is expected to cost $750 billion, Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal has said, adding that seized Russian assets should be used to pay for recovery.
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Here are the latest updates:

Ukraine in talks with Turkey and UN over grain exports: Zelenskyy

Ukraine is in talks with Turkey and the United Nations to obtain guarantees for grain exports from Ukrainian ports, Zelenskyy said.

“There are actually talks going on with Turkey and the UN (and) our representatives who are responsible for the safety of grain leaving our ports,” Zelenskyy told a news conference alongside the prime minister. Swedish Magdalena Andersson.

“It’s a very important thing that someone guarantees the safety of the ships for this or that country – apart from Russia, which we don’t trust. So we need safety for the ships that will come here to load food.

Zelenskyy said Ukraine was working “directly” with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on the issue and that the organization was “playing a leading role, not as a moderator”.


Ukraine did not lose the war (Governor of Lugansk)

Serhiy Haidai, the Ukrainian governor of the Luhansk region, acknowledged that his entire province was now effectively in Russian hands, but told Reuters: “We have to win the war, not the battle of Lysychansk… It hurts a lot , but it’s not losing. the war.”

Haidai said the Ukrainian forces that withdrew from Lysychansk were now holding the line between Bakhmut and Sloviansk, preparing to repel a further Russian advance.

Russia captured the eastern Ukrainian city of Lysychansk on Sunday, ending one of Europe’s biggest battles in generations and completing its conquest of Luhansk province, one of two regions it has asked Ukraine to cede to the separatists in the Donbass region.

Ukraine could have withdrawn from Luhansk weeks ago, but chose to keep fighting to exhaust the invading force. He hopes the fierce battle will leave the Russians too exhausted to hold any gains elsewhere.


‘We have to break them,’ says Zelenskyy after Putin praises his strength

Ukraine’s armed forces were undeterred in their efforts to “break” Moscow’s will to continue a nearly five-month war, Zelenskyy said, as Russia’s Vladimir Putin hailed his army’s victory in the Exhausting Battle of Luhansk.

“There have been no significant changes on the battlefield in the past 24 hours,” Zelenskyy said in his overnight video message.

“The Ukrainian armed forces react, push back and destroy the offensive potential of the occupiers day after day. We have to break them. It is a difficult task. It takes superhuman time and effort. But we have no alternative.

Earlier Monday, Putin praised Russian forces for their “victories in the direction of Lugansk”, after his troops captured the city of Lysychansk, Ukraine’s last stronghold in the region. Participants in this fight must “absolutely rest and regain their military readiness”, while units in other areas continue to fight, the Russian president said during a brief televised meeting with his defense minister.


Swedish Prime Minister meets Zelenskyy in Kyiv

Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson traveled to Kyiv on Monday to meet Ukraine’s president, with the two sides signing a joint statement on defense cooperation and energy cooperation.

“This is the first such document in the history of bilateral relations. The joint statement sets out the key issues for our two states. This applies in particular to defense cooperation, sectoral cooperation in the fields of nuclear energy, energy efficiency and financial support for Ukraine,” Zelenskyy said in a statement.

Zelenskyy also thanked Sweden for its humanitarian support to Ukraine.

“One hundred thousand Ukrainian citizens are in Sweden and Sweden supports them. We will remember your sincere attention to the citizens of Ukraine in this difficult period of the Russian war,” he said.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy welcomes Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson to Kyiv
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy greets Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson in Kyiv, Ukraine, July 4, 2022 [Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Handout via Reuters]

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