Ukraine War News: Russian Cargo Plane Crashes West of Moscow

Ukrainian drone hits major Russian oil refinery

At least three people have been killed after a Russian military cargo plane crashed in the western Moscow city of Ryazan, the Interfax news agency reported.

The plane – an II-76 military cargo plane – crashed and caught fire as it tried to land in the Russian city.

The cargo plane had suffered an engine malfunction during a training flight, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

It comes just hours after European Union leaders officially accepted Ukraine as a candidate to join the 27-nation bloc, in a bold move that follows Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. .

Volodymyr Zelensky said it was the “biggest step towards strengthening Europe that can be taken now”.

This decision was hailed as a “historic moment” by the President of the European Council, Charles Michel. He tweeted: ‘Today marks a crucial step on your path to the EU’, before adding: ‘Our future is together’.

Elsewhere, Ukrainian military officials said Russian fighters were trying to fight for control of a key highway in the country’s war-stricken east as they planned to sever supply lines to the country. ‘artillery.

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Russian cargo plane crash kills three in Ryazan

At least three people were killed on Friday morning after a Russian military cargo plane crashed in the town of Ryazan, west of Moscow.

The plane – an II-76 military cargo plane – crashed and caught fire as it tried to land in the Russian city.

Of the nine people on board, three were confirmed dead, Russian news agency Interfax reported.

The Russian Defense Ministry said the cargo plane suffered an engine malfunction during a training flight.

Arpan RaiJune 24, 2022 5:16 a.m.

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Ukraine’s EU candidate status sends ‘message of solidarity’, says Michael Martin

Irish Prime Minister Taoiseach Michael Martin said Europe was sending a message of solidarity by announcing EU candidate status for Ukraine.

“Today, the European Union sends a message of solidarity to the Ukrainian people that you belong to the European family,” Mr Martin said.

The Irish Prime Minister was speaking in Brussels ahead of the European Council meeting where Ukraine, along with Moldova, qualified for candidate status for future EU membership.

“This is historic in the sense of European Union enlargement and I am particularly pleased as a long-time supporter of Ukraine’s bid for EU candidate status” , did he declare.

He added: “It’s very important for Ukraine, very important for Moldova and, indeed, Georgia, in terms of the European perspective.”

Arpan RaiJune 24, 2022 05:01

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Russia attempts to take control of key highway as battle rages in east

Ukrainian army officials say Russian forces are trying to fight for control of a key highway in the country’s war-stricken east as they plan to sever artillery supply lines .

The Russians are trying to overtake the hills overlooking the highway from Lysychansk to Bakhmut in the southwest, military officials said.

It is a critical supply route for Ukrainian forces on the eastern front line.

The Bakhmut-Lysychansk highway was not used due to heavy Russian shelling, regional governor Serhiy Haidai said.

He added that the Ukrainian forces are supplied by an alternative route.

Arpan RaiJune 24, 2022 4:34 a.m.

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ICYMI: EU grants Ukraine candidate status

Last night European leaders formally accepted Ukraine as a candidate for EU membership, a bold geopolitical move sparked by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, but a reminder that the 27-nation bloc will have needs a major overhaul as it looks to expand again.

Although it will take more than a decade for Ukraine and neighboring Moldova to qualify for membership, the decision at a two-day EU summit is a symbolic step that signals the bloc’s intention to penetrate deep into the former Soviet Union.

“A historic moment,” tweeted the President of the European Council, Charles Michel. “Today marks a crucial step on your path to the EU,” he said, adding: “Our future is together.”

Katy CliftonJune 24, 2022 2:51 a.m.

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Russia ‘arms hunger’

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has accused Russia of “weaponizing hunger” and using food security as a “ruthless tool of war” with its blockade of Ukrainian grain.

Speaking at a press conference alongside Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in Ankara yesterday, Ms Truss warned that the crisis is “urgent” and must be resolved next month to avoid “devastating consequences”.

Western officials later said they believed the month-long deadline was set based on an incoming harvest, rather than addressing global food security concerns as a whole.

When asked if that goal was realistic, they said there was “delicate and difficult negotiation to go through,” but that a deal to move the grain could be reached within that time frame.

They explained that there would then be a “lag”, saying: “Will maritime vessels start delivering within this timeframe? We’ll see. »

Katy CliftonJune 24, 2022 1:30 a.m.

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Fighting nears ‘fierce peak’ in Donbass

Ukrainian troops may have to withdraw from the key town of Lysychansk to avoid being surrounded after Russian forces captured two villages to the south, regional governor Serhiy Gaidai said yesterday.

The withdrawal of Ukrainian troops from Lysychansk and Sievierodonetsk, the last two Ukrainian towns in Luhansk, would bring Moscow closer to one of its main war objectives, namely to capture this entire region.

Separated by a river, the towns have become a key battleground in Russia’s assault on the industrial heartland of Donbas and the fighting is nearing a “fierce climax”, a senior official said on Wednesday.

The Ukrainian Armed Forces General Staff on Thursday confirmed the loss of Rai-Oleksandrivka and Loskutivka, about 5 km (3 miles) from Lysychansk, and said Russian troops were trying to surround Ukrainian forces there.

Katy CliftonJune 24, 2022 12:30 a.m.

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Ukraine files a complaint in European justice against Russia

Ukraine, in a symbolic gesture, said today that it had formally filed a complaint against Russia at the European Court of Human Rights to end the “massive and flagrant violations of human rights by Moscow forces during the war.

The offer has no chance of success in substance, given that on June 7, the Russian parliament approved two bills ending the court’s jurisdiction in Russia.

A statement from Ukraine’s Justice Ministry said Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was illegal under the European Convention on Human Rights.

“The Court will be called upon to find that Russia has been guilty of the most flagrant, serious and long-lasting violations of the Convention ever brought before the Court, and to award just satisfaction of an equally previous,” she said.

Katy CliftonJune 23, 2022 11:30 p.m.

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“I don’t think they should be underestimated”

The West should not underestimate Russia’s military capabilities in Ukraine, the Estonian leader said, adding that as the war enters its fifth month, Moscow’s forces are there for the long haul. Prime Minister Kaja Kallas said in an interview with The Associated Press that Europe should ensure those who commit war crimes and attempted genocide are prosecuted, noting that Russian President Vladimir Putin escaped prosecution. punishment for annexing the Crimean peninsula in 2014 and supporting an insurgency in Donbass, eastern Ukraine. region that has killed more than 14,000 people even before the start of this year’s war. “I heard that, you know, there’s no longer a threat because they’ve worn themselves out. No, they didn’t,” she said of the Russian army, which failed to take Kyiv at the start of the war and is now concentrating its firepower in the east. . “They still have a lot of troops that can come (to fight) – They don’t count the lives they lose. They don’t count the artillery they lose there. So I don’t think we have to under- estimate longer term to maintain this,” Ms. Kallas said, despite low morale and corruption plaguing forces in Moscow.

Katy CliftonJune 23, 2022 10:30 p.m.

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“The future of Ukraine is within the EU”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky tweeted his gratitude to the country for gaining EU candidate status and said, “Ukraine’s future is in the EU.” “It’s a victory. We have been waiting for 120 days and 30 years,” he added on Instagram, referring to the length of the war and the decades since Ukraine became independent after the breakup of the Soviet Union. “And now we will defeat the enemy.”

Katy CliftonJune 23, 2022 9:30 p.m.

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Watch: Ukrainian refugee says she felt a ‘sense of safety’ upon arrival in Wales

Retired teacher Marta Burak, 64, described feeling a ‘sense of security’ when she arrived in Wales from Ukraine.

She currently lives in a specialist camp run by the Urdd Gobaith Cymru youth group, as part of the Welsh Government’s ‘super sponsorship scheme’, which provides support to refugees when they arrive in the country.

Ukrainian refugee says she felt a ‘sense of safety’ upon arrival in Wales

Andy GregoireJune 23, 2022 8:33 p.m.

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