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Mariupol fall imminent; Russian soldier pleads guilty


The decomposing bodies of 200 people have been found in the basement of a bombed-out apartment building in battered Mariupol, authorities said on Tuesday, in a frustrating series of discoveries since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began three months ago. The latest in .

The mayoral adviser Petro Andryushchenk said local residents had refused Russia’s request to collect the bodies of the dead, so Russia’s Ministry of Emergency Situations left the bodies in the rubble.

Mariupol was reduced to rubble after weeks of missile strikes. Last week, the last Ukrainian fighters surrendered, giving Russia complete control of the pre-war city of 450,000. An estimated 100,000 more. Mayor Vadim Boychenko claimed that the Russian bombing of the city killed thousands of civilians.

Earlier, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky accused Russia of trying to inflict as much death and destruction on Ukraine as possible.

“Continental Europe has not had a war like this for 77 years,” Zelensky said in his evening speech.

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► Eduard Basurin, spokesman for the militia calling itself the Donetsk People’s Republic, said that the port of Mariupol had been cleared of mines and work was underway to resume operations. Mariupol is the largest port in Ukraine on the Sea of ​​Azov.

►Vladimir Saldo, appointed by Russia as governor of the southern Ukraine region of Kherson, said that from Monday the region will adopt a dual currency – the Russian ruble and the Ukrainian hryvnia.

► Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that the Russian army continued to block some 22 million tons of grain for export at Ukrainian ports, a move that will exacerbate the global food crisis.

Russian leader defends progress in war

Three months into the war on Tuesday, the Russian leader made it public that all was well. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoygu dismissed claims that his forces had made little progress, saying the attack was deliberately slowed down “to avoid civilian casualties.” This is despite the relentless shelling of the city that has reportedly killed thousands of civilians.

Nikolai Patrushev, secretary of the Russian Security Council, told Russian media that the Kremlin was “not working on a deadline” to end the war. He raised the Kremlin’s recurring theme that the war would end Nazism in Ukraine, even though the government is democratically elected and led by a Jewish president.

“Nazism either has to be 100% eradicated, or within a few years it’s on the rise in uglier forms,” ​​he said.

Austin: ‘This is not a fight for America’

The United States has provided Ukraine with tens of billions of dollars in aid, some of it military. On Saturday, President Joe Biden signed a $40 billion aid package that includes more than $20 billion for the Pentagon to provide Ukraine with weapons, intelligence and training.

But the U.S. is not sending U.S. troops to the war-torn country. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told a news conference Monday that bringing U.S. troops back to Ukraine would require a “presidential decision.”

“I think it’s a fight in Ukraine,” Austin said. “This is not a fight for America. We are doing everything we can to make sure we support their efforts to defend sovereign territories.”

Meanwhile, Biden told Indo-Pacific leaders attending a four-nation summit on Tuesday that they were going through a “dark moment in our shared history” because of Russia’s brutal war, urging the group to do more to stop the aggression of Vladimir Putin. .

“This is not just a European issue. This is a global issue,” Biden said at the start of a “quartet” of summits with Japan, Australia and India. While he did not directly name any countries, Biden’s message appeared to point at least in part to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, with whom he disagreed over how to respond to a Russian incursion.

Blinken discusses food security with Ukrainian foreign minister

On Tuesday, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken spoke with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitro Kuleba about the global food security crisis caused by the war and potential means of exporting Ukrainian grain to international markets. Blinken spokesman Ned Price said Blinken communicated details of the $40.1 billion supplemental appropriations bill that President Joe Biden signed into law on May 21.

“The Secretary reiterated that the United States firmly supports Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of Moscow’s aggression,” Price said.

Navalny doesn’t give in: Putin ‘will be defeated in… stupid war’

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was sentenced to nine years in prison for fraud, an appeals court upheld on Tuesday, but Vladimir Putin’s foil remains unbowed. Although Navalny knew a previous false conviction disqualified him from running for president, he was found guilty of defrauding supporters by seeking donations to run for president.

Navalny’s spokeswoman, Kira Yarmysh, wrote on Twitter that the prison Navalny will be transferred to is notorious for torture and killing of prisoners.

“But as Navalny said in his final words today, ‘Putin can destroy a lot of lives, but sooner or later he will be defeated in this war and the stupid war he is going on,'” Yamish wrote road.

US, UK accuse Russia of cyberattack, spreading disinformation

The United States and Britain have accused Russia of manipulating public opinion and spreading disinformation about the war in Ukraine by conducting cyberattacks and censoring content. British Deputy Ambassador James Rothko told the UN Security Council that Russia used cyberattacks and “an online troll factory to spread disinformation and manipulate public opinion about its war”.

U.S. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield said the Russian government “continues to shut down, restrict and degrade Internet connections, censor content, spread disinformation online, and intimidate and arrest journalists reporting the truth about its intrusions.”

Russia has passed tough censorship laws that threaten individuals with up to 15 years in prison for publishing information that runs counter to Russia’s narrative of the invasion.

Contributed by: Associated Press

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