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Ukrainian service members fire towards Russian positions with a CAESAR self-propelled howitzer, as Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues, in Donetsk region. Civilians fled intense fighting in eastern Ukraine on June 10 as Russian and Ukrainian forces engaged in a grinding battle of attrition for key cities in the country's industrial heartland. Mostly women, children and elderly residents left on a special evacuation train that departed from the city of Pokrovsk and headed west. Meanwhile, Moscow on Friday officially announced its withdrawal from the United Nations World Tourism Organization which suspended Russia in April over its military operation in Ukraine. The government said it had "accepted a proposal from the Foreign Ministry. The agency had suspended Russia on April 27, saying the Ukraine operation went against its "values". Ukraine pleaded to Western countries for faster deliveries of weapons as better-armed Russian forces pounded the east of the country, and for humanitarian support to combat growing outbreaks of deadly diseases.
In Sievierodonetsk, the small city that has become the focus of Russia‘s advance in eastern Ukraine and one of the bloodiest flashpoints in a war well into its fourth month, further heavy fighting was reported. President Joe Biden, speaking to donors at a Democratic fundraiser, said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky “didn’t want to hear it” when U. The remarks came as Biden was talking about his work to rally and solidify support for Ukraine as the war continues into its fourth month. A decision to give Ukraine candidate status to the European Union has to be done without weakening the bloc and to ensure Kyiv is not left in limbo for years, a French presidential official said on Friday. The European Commission, the bloc’s executive arm, will give its opinion on Ukraine‘s candidacy request on June 17, with the bloc’s heads of state expected to discuss it at a summit a week later. Authorities in a part of Ukraine seized by Russia are using “cunning schemes” to avoid Western sanctions and sell grain to North America and other parts of the world, Russian state-run RIA news agency reported on Friday. Ukraine has accused Russia of stealing grain from the territories Moscow occupied since launching what it calls a special military operation in February.
Russia on Friday labelled a non-governmental organisation fighting for investigations into allegations of torture as a “foreign agent” in its latest move to silence critics in the country. The Committee Against Torture’s name appeared on the Justice Ministry’s updated website list of such black-listed entities. Ukraine tried to push back Russian troops in the east and south on Friday as France offered to help ensure access to the port of Odessa and ease a global grain crisis. The United Nations and Western countries meanwhile raised fresh concerns over death sentences handed by pro-Russian separatists to two Britons and a Moroccan who were captured while fighting for Ukraine. The head of Russia’s central bank says it’s impossible to draw conclusions on the impact of Western sanctions at this stage. “So far, the effects of the sanctions are less acute than we feared.
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