Kyiv: On June 21, German self-propelled howitzers arrived in Ukraine in the first delivery of heavy weapons promised by Berlin. "We have replenishment!...The German Panzerhaubitze 2000 with trained Ukrainian crews joined the Ukrainian artillery family," Ukraine's Defence Minister Oleksii Reznikov said on social media. Ukraine has pleaded with the West to send more and better artillery as the country runs out of ammunition for its existing Soviet-era arsenal, which is dwarfed by Russia's.
Brussels: On June 21, it emerged that Ukraine would become an official candidate for European Union membership on Thursday. "We are working towards the point where we tell (Russian President Vladimir) Putin that Ukraine belongs to Europe, that we will also defend the values that Ukraine defends," Luxembourg's foreign affairs minister Jean Asselborn told reporters before a meeting with other EU ministers.
Kyiv: On June 20, the Ukrainian military said that a food warehouse in the Black Sea port of Odesa was destroyed in a Russian missile attack but no civilians were killed. The Operational Command "South" said Russian forces fired 14 missiles at southern Ukraine during a three-hour barrage "in impotent anger at the successes of our troops." Russia's military did not immediately comment on the reports.
Kyiv: On June 16, the leaders of Germany, France, and Italy visited Ukraine in a display of solidarity with a country pleading for weapons to fend off Russia's invasion. "It's an important moment. It's a message of unity we're sending to the Ukrainians," French President Emmanuel Macron flanked by Germany's Olaf Scholz, Italy's Mario Draghi, and Romania's Klaus Iohannis.
On June 12, Kyiv's deputy foreign minister said that Ukraine had established two routes through Poland and Romania to export grain and avert a global food crisis. Dmytro Senik said that global food security was in jeopardy because Russia's invasion of Ukraine had thwarted Kyiv's Black Sea grain exports, inflicting widespread shortages and soaring prices.
On June 12, the war in Ukraine and China's increasingly troubled relationship with the United States featured in nearly every session of the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore. Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghe said that it was up to the United States to improve the bilateral relationship with his country, as ties were at a critical juncture. "We request the U.S. side to stop smearing and containing China. Stop interfering in China's internal affairs," Wei told delegates.
Kyiv: On June 10, Ukrainian officials pleaded for more help from the West, including quicker deliveries of weapons to deter better armed Russian forces at a critical time in the battle in the east. Heavy fighting was still being reported in Sievierodonetsk. This small eastern city has become the focus of Russia's advance and one of the bloodiest flashpoints in a war that has increased financial and physical hardship around the world.
On June 5, Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that Moscow would strike new targets if the West supplied long-range missiles to Ukraine. He also added that new arms deliveries to Kyiv were aimed at “prolonging the conflict”. If Kyiv is supplied with long-range missiles, “we will draw the appropriate conclusions and use our arms [...] to strike targets we haven't hit before,” Putin was quoted by Russian media.
Berlin: On June 1, Chancellor Olaf Scholz said that Germany would supply Ukraine with the IRIS-T air defense system. The decision was made following pleas from both Kyiv and German opposition parties for heavy weapons deliveries. Scholz also said Germany had been "delivering continuously since the beginning of the war", pointing to more than 15 million rounds of ammunition, 100,000 grenades, and over 5,000 anti-tank mines sent to Ukraine since Russia invaded it.
On June 1, President Joe Biden announced that the supply of precision rocket systems and munitions was expected to be unveiled on Wednesday. The rockets could strike at long-range Russian targets and are part of a $700 million weapons package. "We have moved quickly to send Ukraine a significant amount of weaponry and ammunition so Ukraine can fight on the battlefield and be in the strongest possible position at the negotiating table," Biden wrote in an opinion piece in the New York Times.
Warsaw: Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Wednesday that Poland would stand to get an economic boost from agreements to help Ukraine. He also opened temporary housing funded and built by Warsaw in a town destroyed during the war with Russia. "Today we are preparing several agreements between specific ministries, which will help Ukraine and give Poland an economic impulse," Morawiecki stated. "For example, these are agreements concerning the export of Ukrainian grain," he said, adding that Poland could become an economic hub for Ukraine.
Kyiv: On May 30, it emerged that Russian troops had entered the outskirts of the Ukrainian city of Sievierodonetsk. According to the regional governor, fierce fighting was heard over the ruins of a city that had become the focus of Moscow's offensive. Persistent shelling has left Ukrainian forces defending ruins in Sievierodonetsk, but their refusal to withdraw hindered the wider Russian offensive across the Donbas region. Luhansk region governor Serhiy Gaidai said that Russian troops had advanced into the city's southeastern and northeastern fringes.
Washington: President Joe Biden said on Monday that the United States would not send Ukraine rocket systems that can reach into Russia. Ukraine has been pushing allies for a longer-range weapons system to help in its fight. The longer-range rockets including the Multiple Launch Rocket System, or MLRS, that can fire a barrage of rockets hundreds of miles away.
Koenigswinter: On May 19, group of Seven financial leaders is likely to agree on around $15 billion to help Ukraine pay its bills in the coming months. Surging inflation, climate change, supply chains, and the approaching food crisis are also on the program. "The war in Ukraine ... also entails additional risks for the development of the world economy ... inflation, but also the lack of recovery after the pandemic. Therefore, we will have to discuss what we can do together in our respective areas of responsibility to avoid stagflation scenarios," German Finance Minister Christian Lindner said.
Koenigswinter: On May 19, German Finance Minister Christian Lindner said that he pledged 1 billion euros ($1.06 billion) in grants to Ukraine at a meeting of finance officials from the Group of Seven (G7) economic powers. "I have just declared for Germany in the meeting that we want to participate to the tune of 1 billion euros ... in grants," Lindner told reporters. He also added that the finance ministers and central bankers had also discussed inflation.
The Cannes Film Festival will screen the farewell film of Lithuanian director Mantas Kvedaravičius, who was assassinated by Russian soldiers in Ukraine last month. Kvedaravicius was apparently arrested and slain while filming a followup to his renowned documentary "Mariupolis," about the violence in the Donbas region. His fiancée Hanna Bilobrova, who was with him in Mariupol during the siege, carried his footage out of the country, where it was edited by Dounia Sichov.
On Monday, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for dialogue to end the war in Ukraine at the start of a European tour. He steered clear of condemning Russia over the invasion as India imports much of its military hardware from Russia. “We have insisted on a ceasefire and called for talks as the only way to resolve the dispute since the start of the Ukraine crisis,” Modi told reporters after talks with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Berlin.
Berlin: On April 29, it was reported that Germany was considering sending long-ranged howitzers to Ukraine. A security source confirmed a report published by Welt am Sonntag newspaper only days after Berlin first authorized to supply heavy weapons to Kyiv. The move follows warnings by the Kremlin that Western arms supplies to Ukraine posed a threat to the security of the European continent "and provoke instability".
Amsterdam: On April 28, it emerged that the Dutch government was likely to send a forensic team from the national military police to Ukraine to help investigate possible war crimes. The team would leave for Ukraine at short notice to help the International Criminal Court (ICC) gather evidence at sites where war crimes may have been committed. The Dutch foreign ministry is yet to comment on the report.
Washington: U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Tuesday that the United States and Ukraine were "largely aligned" against Russia. Both countries agreed on the military equipment that Ukraine needed to continue its fight against the Russian invasion and what Washington can provide. "I think we're largely aligned in what they say they need and what we think we're able to provide," Blinken told a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Berlin: Germany confirmed on Tuesday its first delivery of heavy weapons to Ukraine to help it resist Russian attacks. The decision was made after weeks of pressure at home and abroad to do so amid confusion over its position. German Defence Minister Christine Lambrecht said the government had authorized the delivery of "Gepard" anti-aircraft tanks from the stocks of company KMW.
Amsterdam: On April 25, the European Union's agency for criminal justice cooperation said that the International Criminal Court (ICC) would take part in the joint team investigating reports of war crimes in Ukraine. ICC prosecutor Karim Khan and the Prosecutors General from Lithuania, Poland, and Ukraine have signed an agreement for the investigative team. "With this agreement, parties are sending a clear message that all efforts will be undertaken to effectively gather evidence on core international crimes committed in Ukraine and bring those responsible to justice," the Eurojust agency said in a statement.
On April 24, the United Nations Ukraine crisis coordinator, Amin Awad, called for an “immediate stop” to fighting in Mariupol to allow the evacuation of trapped civilians in the battered city “today”. “The lives of tens of thousands, including women, children, and older people, are at stake in Mariupol,” Awad said in a statement. “We need a pause in fighting right now to save lives. The longer we wait the more lives will be at risk. They must be allowed to safely evacuate now, today. Tomorrow could be too late,” he added.
Prague: On April 19, the Czech Defence Ministry declared that Czech defense companies would repair Ukrainian tanks and other military vehicles that had been damaged in fighting or need servicing after long-term storage. "Small faults or fighting damage will be repaired by the Ukrainian army's and Ukrainian defense industry's efforts," the ministry said. "Czech assistance will utilize the capacities of Czech defense industry companies for more extensive works, including overhauls and bringing equipment in long-term storage to service."
On April 17, it was reported that five people were killed in the shelling of the city center of Kharkiv, and 13 were injured. The Ukrainian Suspilne public broadcaster confirmed the casualties citing local health authorities. It also notified: "Rescuers are operating in the sites (affected by shelling)."
Lviv: On April 11, Ukraine said that its forces were still holding out in the port of Mariupol, where Russia was renewing its assault in a siege. Ukraine also claimed that Russia had killed thousands of trapped civilians. "Communication with the units of the defense forces heroically holding the city is stable and maintained," Ukraine's military commander-in-chief, General Valeriy Zaluzhnyi, said on Facebook.
Kyiv: On April 8, it was reported that the European Commission chief and the EU's top diplomat arrived in Kyiv to extend Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's support. They also gave him reassurance over his bid for EU membership in a capital gradually reviving after Russia pulled back forces. On her way to Kyiv, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen told reporters the most important message she was bringing to Zelenskiy was that there "will be the EU path" for Ukraine. "Usually it takes years before the EU council accepts application for membership but Ukraine did that in a week or two and I ask to move forward as soon as possible," she said. "Our goal is present the Ukraine application to the council this summer."
Kyiv: On April 8, Ukraine said dozens of people died and many more were wounded in a rocket strike at a railway station. The site was packed with civilians escaping fighting and a threat of a major Russian offensive in the country's east. Pavlo Kyrylenko, governor of the Donetsk region where the Kramatorsk station is located, said at least 39 people were killed and 87 wounded, with many in serious condition, in a deliberate attack by Russian forces. "They wanted to sow panic and fear, they wanted to take as many civilians as possible," he said.
Brussels: Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba warned on Thursday at NATO that the battle for Donbas would remind us of World War Two with large operations maneuvers and thousands of tanks, planes, and armored vehicles. H also called for immediate help from allies within days. "Either you help us now - and I'm speaking about days, not weeks - or your help will come too late, and many people will die," he pleaded.
Lviv: On April 6, Russian artillery pounded key cities in Ukraine after its president urged the West to act decisively in imposing new and tougher sanctions against Russia. The United States announced a new round of sanctions targeting Russian banks as well as Kremlin officials and their family members. The head of the European Commission signalled further moves - including analysing energy imports - on top of sanctions unveiled by the bloc.