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From Francesco Battistini, Lorenzo Cremonese, Andrea Nicastro

Sunday, June 19, news of the war live.

• The war in Ukraine has reached its 116th day.

• Putin’s speech at the Saint Petersburg Forum: The United States dominates the world.
• The decision of the Five Star Movement on sending weapons to Ukraine.
• Moscow: The old Ukraine with its former borders no longer exists.
• Josep Borrell: Russia uses wheat as a tool for blackmail.
• First Lady Olena Zelenska: Two children die from war every day.
• After visiting Mykolaiv, Zelensky went to the Odessa region.

06:50 – Stoltenberg: The war can last for years

The Secretary-General of NATO warned in an interview published in German newspaper Bild Sunday that the war in Ukraine could last for years, urging Western countries to register their support for Kiev over time. We must be prepared for this to go on for years, we must not weaken support for Ukraine, even if the costs are high, not only in terms of military support but also because of rising energy and food prices,” said Jens Stoltenberg.

00:23 – Governor of Lugansk: We are preparing for the worst

The governor of the Lugansk region in eastern Ukraine, Sergey Gaidai, says we must prepare for the worst. Nominated by President Volodymyr Zelensky, the 46-year-old wears a flak jacket, stuffed with ammunition and first aid kits, and a semi-automatic rifle in his car, Koss tells us about the situation in the region: In Severodonetsk, Russian and Ukrainian forces clash in the streets, while In Lysechhansk permanent Russian artillery fire. In Lysytchansk, there are indications of preparations for street fighting: soldiers dig holes and install barbed wire, and police put burning vehicles through the streets to slow traffic. Life is very difficult for the 10% of Lyssytchansk who remained in the city in cellars, without a telephone network, running water or electricity. We try to get them to leave, but some categorically refuse. Only a small percentage hopes that Moscow will transform the region into a Russian world. Governor Gedai communicates daily about the status of the dispute, particularly on social networks such as Telegram or Facebook. He asserts that we have to speak up, to counter Russian propaganda, but also so that the peoples of the region understand that we have not abandoned them, that I am there with them.

00:01 – Yermak, chief of Zelensky’s office: website on Russian war crimes

Online site that collects information on war crimes committed by the Russian army in Ukraine. This was announced yesterday on Telegram by Andriy Yermak, the chief of staff of the Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky, who assured: that Ukraine will do everything in its power to find and punish everyone. The platform is called The Ukrainian People’s Executioner It collects photos of the crimes, profiles and roles of the Russian military, and details of what they did in Ukraine.

The platform also provides the ability to provide information and evidence to those who witnessed a crime. According to the Prosecutor General of Ukraine, in Ukraine they are currently subject to Investigating more than 1,700 Russian war crimes cases. The website stated that many cases of home destruction, killing of civilians and looting by the Russian army have been reported in the occupied Ukrainian lands. Investigations have just begun and will continue until the last executioner is found.

00:00 – Zelensky visits Mykolaiv

Yesterday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visited Mykolaiv for the first time, a city in the south of the country considered a strategy for the Russian advance towards Odessa, which in recent days has been the target of numerous attacks. This was announced by his staff and few details about the visit are released for the time being – one of the rare occasions since the start of the war that the president left Kyiv. Zelensky, his crew, visited the district building destroyed by a Russian missile. A video was posted of Zelensky observing a badly damaged building and then meeting with local officials. Mykolaiv, a port city with a population of almost half a million before the war, still under Ukrainian control, but close to the Kherson region, already occupied by the Russians. Useful outpost before the attack on Odessa.

Jun 19 2022 (change on Jun 19, 2022 | 06:51)

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