Latest news on the war in Ukraine: Punishing Russia could “threaten humanity”, says Putin’s predecessor

“The Third World War has already begun”, says the Ukrainian Minister of Defense

Vladimir Putin’s predecessor has warned the United States that any attempt by the West to punish Russia for its invasion of Ukraine risks endangering humanity.

Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has said attempts to use courts or tribunals to investigate Russia’s actions would be futile and catastrophic.

Mr Medvedev, now deputy chairman of the Russian Security Council, said on Telegram: “The idea of ​​punishing a country that has one of the greatest nuclear potentials is absurd. And potentially poses a threat to the existence of mankind.

Russia and the United States control about 90% of the world’s nuclear warheads, with about 4,000 warheads each, according to the Federation of American Scientists. Relations between Russia and the West have not been so weak since the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962.

Meanwhile, Mr Putin’s troops are heading towards Donetsk as part of his plan to take over the entire Donbas region in eastern Ukraine, days after declaring a ‘major victory’ in the neighboring region of Luhansk.

Luhansk Governor Serhiy Haidai said the Russians were “bombing everything in their path”.

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Mariupol port operating at ‘full capacity’, Russia says

The port of Mariupol, in Ukrainian territory controlled by Russia, is operating at full capacity, Russian news agency Tass reports, citing port officials.

Russia captured Mariupol on Ukraine’s southern coast in May after months of fierce fighting for control of the city.

Yesterday, Russian-backed separatists seized two foreign-flagged vessels in Mariupol, saying they were now state-owned, in the first such action against commercial shipping.

Liberia registered Smarta Shipping, owner of the Liberian-flagged vessel. Smarta bulk carrier, one of the two vessels captured, said it was notified of the seizure by email on June 30, calling it illegal and “against all norms of international law”.

“Such forced appropriation is a violation of basic human rights with respect to property rights,” the company said in a statement.

The company said the Smarta arrived at Mariupol on February 21 to load a cargo of steel and was hit by a bombardment on March 20 which severely damaged her bridge.

More than 80 foreign-flagged ships remain stranded in Ukrainian ports, according to IMO data. Some of these terminals remain under Russian control. The International Maritime Organization said it was “aware of at least one ship departing Mariupol, but little has changed”.

Liam JamesJuly 6, 2022 5:45 p.m.

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EU chief calls for contingency plans for Russian gas cut

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has said the European Union needs to draw up contingency plans to prepare for a complete Russian gas cut following the war in Ukraine.

The EU has already imposed sanctions on Russia, including on some energy supplies, and is trying to find other sources.

But Ms von der Leyen said the bloc needed to be ready for shock disruptions from Moscow.

Liam JamesJuly 6, 2022 5:05 p.m.

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Russia blocks oil pipeline to Europe over ‘environmental concerns’

A Russian court has ordered a pipeline carrying oil from Kazakhstan to Europe to be halted for 30 days for what it said were environmental violations, Russian media reported.

The ruling by a court in the southern Russian city of Novorossiysk cited the results of a recent inspection by the Caspian Pipeline Consortium.

Kazakh leader Kassym-Jomart Tokayev told EU Council President Charles Michel on Tuesday that Kazakhstan “is ready to use its hydrocarbon potential to stabilize the situation on world and European markets”.

European Union countries are moving away from Russian gas in response to the war in Ukraine, but officials fear Moscow may cut off supplies before replacement sources are found.

Russia has already cut supplies on the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline serving Germany and France and reduced the flow of gas to other countries, including Italy and Poland.

Liam JamesJuly 6, 2022 4:33 p.m.

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Russia ‘kills eight civilians in Ukraine in past 24 hours’

Russian shelling has killed at least eight civilians in Ukraine in the past 24 hours and injured 25 others, Ukrainian officials said.

Meanwhile, pro-Russian separatists said attacks by Ukrainian forces had killed four civilians.

Ukraine’s presidential office said Russian forces had targeted towns and villages in the southeast of the country, with most civilian casualties occurring in Donetsk province, where Russia has stepped up its offensive in recent days.

Governor Pavlo Kyrylenko said in a Telegram post that two people died in the province’s central town of Avdiivka, and the Donetsk towns of Sloviansk, Krasnohorivka and Kurakhove each reported the death of one civilian. .

“Every crime will be punished,” he wrote.

Mr Kyrylenko urged the province’s more than 350,000 remaining residents to flee on Tuesday night, saying the evacuation of Donetsk was necessary to save lives and allow the Ukrainian army to better defend itself against the Russian advance.

Reporting by Associated Press

Associated pressJuly 6, 2022 4:00 p.m.

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Russia ‘should not be allowed to use G20 meeting as a platform’

Russia must not be allowed to use the G20 meeting this week as a platform given its war in Ukraine, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock has said.

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“It is in all of our interests to ensure that international law is upheld and respected. This is the common denominator,” Ms Baerbock said in a statement ahead of her trip to Indonesia – where the G20 meeting will be held.

“And that’s also why we won’t just sit on the sidelines and allow Russia to use the meeting as a platform.”

Lamiat SabinJuly 6, 2022 3:30 p.m.

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EU plans to use frozen Russian assets to rebuild Ukraine

The European Commission is studying the possibility of using frozen Russian assets – including those of the oligarchs – to rebuild Ukraine.

Commission President Ursula von der Leyen told a press conference in Strasbourg: “I think it is a matter of justice to consider this issue.

“We are working on the legal framework so that the assets of Russia and partly the assets of the oligarchs can be used to restore Ukraine.”

Lamiat SabinJuly 6, 2022 3:05 p.m.

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Punishing Russia could risk nuclear war, says Medvedev

Vladimir Putin’s predecessor has warned the United States that any attempt by the West to punish Russia risks endangering humanity.

Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said attempts to use courts or tribunals to investigate Russia’s actions in Ukraine would be futile.

File photo of Dmitry Medvedev [R] shake hands with Vladimir Putin

(Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Medvedev, the deputy chairman of the Russian Security Council, said on Telegram: “The idea of ​​punishing a country that has one of the greatest nuclear potentials is absurd. And potentially poses a threat to the existence of mankind.

Russia and the United States control about 90% of the world’s nuclear warheads, with about 4,000 warheads each in their military stockpiles, according to the Federation of American Scientists.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine sparked the most serious nuclear fears in Russian-Western relations since the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962.

Lamiat SabinJuly 6, 2022 2:30 p.m.

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Austria challenges ‘green laundering’ of EU gas in Ukraine war

Austria will file a complaint against the European Union’s decision to classify gas and nuclear energy as green and sustainable transition energy sources, its climate protection minister has said.

Leonore Gewessler said in a statement: “Especially with the war raging in Ukraine, we cannot have a greenwashing program for investments in nuclear energy and fossil gases.

“Nuclear energy and natural gas do not contribute to climate protection.”

On Tuesday, the European Parliament refused to block the European Commission’s so-called energy taxonomy decision.

“As soon as this greenwashing program comes into force, Austria will file its already prepared complaint against it with the European Court,” she said, adding that Austria would seek to recruit other member states as allies. in his legal action.

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Ukraine says its grain harvest ‘is not bad considering the difficulties’

Ukraine expects a grain harvest of at least 50 million tonnes this year.

Ukrainian farmers mix barley and wheat after harvest in the Odessa region of Ukraine

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This amount is “not bad considering all the difficulties,” Ukrainian Deputy Agriculture Minister Taras Vysotskiy said.

Ukraine, a major global grain exporter, harvested a record 86 million tonnes of grain in 2021.

Lamiat SabinJuly 6, 2022 1:30 p.m.

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Russia says Japan has ‘unfriendly’ stance towards Moscow

Japan has adopted an “unfriendly” stance towards Russia, which does not help to develop trade and economic ties or in the energy sector, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

Asked about Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s comments on capping the price of Russian oil at about half of its current level, Peskov said Tokyo was taking a “very hostile” stance toward Moscow.

Lamiat SabinJuly 6, 2022 1:00 p.m.

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