Russia Ukraine live news: Putin snubs western long-range rockets after menacing strikes

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Zelensky dismisses anchor’s suggestion that Trump stopped Russian invasion

President Vladimir Putin has hinted that the West sending more advanced rocket systems to bolster Ukraine’s defenses would bring no fundamental change to the battlefield.

It comes after Putin earlier said Russia would launch attacks against a new set of Ukrainian targets if the United States began supplying Kyiv with longer-range missiles.

According to the TASS news agency, Putin told state broadcaster Rossiya-1 that if such missiles are delivered, “we will hit the targets we haven’t hit yet.”

But despite suggesting that they would exacerbate the conflict, President Vladimir Putin said: “We understand that this supply (of advanced rocket systems) from the United States and some other countries is intended to compensate for the losses of this military equipment.

“It’s not new,” he said. “It doesn’t really change anything.”

It follows reports that multiple explosions rocked the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv early on Sunday, hitting unspecified “infrastructure” targets.

This morning’s attacks mark the first assault on the Ukrainian capital in weeks after a period of relative calm in the city and its suburbs.

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US Ambassador to Ukraine visits devastated town of Borodyanka

US Ambassador to Ukraine visits devastated town of Borodyanka

Joe MiddletonJune 5, 2022 4:48 p.m.

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Footage captures people sorting through the rubble of destroyed buildings after a missile strike, which killed an elderly woman, hit the town of Druzhkivka in Ukraine’s Donbass region.

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Emily AtkinsonJune 5, 2022 4:30 p.m.

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Several explosions rock Kyiv, the Ukrainian capital, according to Mayor Vitali Klitschko

“Several explosions in the Darnytskyi and Dniprovskyi districts of the capital,” Klitschko wrote on the Telegram messaging app, adding: “Services are already working on the spot. More detailed information – later.

A Reuters witness saw smoke in the city after the explosions.

Ukrainian journalist Nika Melkozerova reported that “Kyiv is being shelled” and that “at least five explosions” were heard near her home in the capital.

Emily AtkinsonJune 5, 2022 4:00 p.m.

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Watch: US Ambassador to Ukraine visits devastated town of Borodyanka

US Ambassador to Ukraine visits devastated town of Borodyanka

Emily AtkinsonJune 5, 2022 3:32 p.m.

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Zelensky pays tribute to children killed in the conflict

In a speech on the 101st day of the Russian occupation of Ukraine, President Volodymyr Zelensky spoke of the deaths of hundreds of children who he said “would all be alive now if only one person in Moscow didn’t had not caused this disaster”.

According to a reading of his statement, Zelensky said: “Today in our country the memory of children who died as a result of Russian aggression has been honored. During the past day, the worst figure – the number of children killed – has not changed. 261 children. This is the number of Ukrainian children who have lost their lives because of Russia. But this is the official number. The more we learn about those who were buried in the occupied territories, the more, unfortunately, the number of names on this list may be.

“It’s scary to read. Year of birth, place of residence, circumstances of death… Everyone would be alive now if only one person in Moscow had not caused this catastrophe.

“This can no longer be fixed. Because this war is already underway. But the terrible consequences of this war can be stopped at any time.

“The Russian army can stop burning churches. Russian army can stop destroying cities. The Russian army can stop killing children. If the same person in Moscow gives just such an order. And the fact that there is still no such order is an obvious humiliation for the whole world.

You can read Zelensky’s address in full here.

Emily AtkinsonJune 5, 2022 3:06 p.m.

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Watch: Russian soldiers walk away from their tank after being hit by two landmines and a missile

Russian soldiers walk away from their tank after being hit by two landmines and a missile

Emily AtkinsonJune 5, 2022 2:50 p.m.

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The footage captures the gutted remains of Kharkiv National University buildings, destroyed by Russian attacks on the city.

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Emily AtkinsonJune 5, 2022 2:29 p.m.

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Exclusive: European shipping lines ‘sneer’ at Russian sanctions as oil shipments double

European companies have nearly doubled their shipments of Russian oil since Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine began, despite European leaders’ desperate efforts to rein in the Kremlin’s war machine by blocking Russian exports from world markets.

Campaigners said EU-based shipping companies had made a ‘mockery’ of sanctions plans against Russia, and warned a partial oil embargo announced this week would do little to hurt Mr Putin or shorten the war.

The damning assessment came as an exclusive new analysis, seen by The Independentshowed how shipping companies based in Greece, Cyprus and Malta have stepped up their transport of Russian oil around the world in recent weeks, taking advantage of sharp increases in tanker cargo tariffs.

Emily AtkinsonJune 5, 2022 1:56 p.m.

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US gives green light to shipment of Venezuelan oil to Europe, reports say

Italian oil company Eni SpA and Spain’s Repsol SA could start shipping Venezuelan oil to Europe as early as next month to offset Russian crude, five people familiar with the matter have said, resuming oil-for-debt swaps halted there. two years ago when Washington intervened. sanctions against Venezuela.

The volume of oil Eni and Repsol are expected to receive is not large, one of the people said, and any impact on world oil prices will be modest. But Washington’s green light to resume long-frozen Venezuelan oil flows to Europe could give Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro a symbolic boost.

The US State Department gave the two companies the go-ahead to resume shipments in a letter, the sources said. US President Joe Biden’s administration hopes that Venezuelan crude can help Europe reduce its dependence on Russia and redirect some of Venezuela’s cargoes from China. Getting Maduro to resume political talks with the Venezuelan opposition is another goal, two of the people told Reuters.

Emily AtkinsonJune 5, 2022 1:26 p.m.

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Watch: Russia now occupies 20% of Ukraine, says Zelensky

Russia now occupies 20% of Ukraine, according to Zelensky

Emily AtkinsonJune 5, 2022 1:00 p.m.

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