Ukraine Update: Day 80 Begins. Summary

Mainstream news is confirming the report that Russian forces lost a battalion of men and equipment in a failed attempt to cross a strategic river in Dombas. We also get confirmation that Russians have lost the battle to take Kharkiv. Their troops are falling back to the border.

From The Guardian

Summary

  • Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Friday that Turkey would not welcome either Sweden or Finland joining the Nato.
  • Ukraine’s defence minister, Oleksii Reznikov, said Kyiv hopes to arm a million people as the country prepares for a “new, long phase of war”.
  • Russia will suspend electricity supplies to Finland from 1am on Saturday the supplier, RAO Nordic, said, amid rising tensions over Helsinki’s bid to join Nato.
  • The US is sending 10,500 new troops to Europe to replace soldiers who were earlier deployed, the Pentagon said on Friday.
  • Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy said talks with Russia on getting wounded defenders out of the Azovstal plant in Mariupol were very complex and that negotiations were underway.
  • Ukrainians have repelled multiple attempts by the Russians to cross a strategically significant river in the Donbas, inflicting heavy losses in the process, according to local officials and British intelligence.
  • Georgia’s breakaway region of South Ossetia will hold a referendum on joining Russia on 17 July, the region’s leader announced on Friday.

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