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China claims to have “never provided material support to Russia” in the conflict

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Cover image: Russian soldiers march near the town of Shchastia in the Luhansk region of eastern Ukraine on June 11, 2022. PA

  • Ukraine’s request for European Union (EU) candidate status will soon be answeredpromised on Saturday, Ursula von der Leyen. “We want to support Ukraine on its European journey”assured Volodymyr Zelensky, the President of the European Commission, visiting kyiv.
  • On the ground, the fighting in eastern Ukraine is intensifying. The Ukrainian general staff clarified on Sunday morning that the Russians were leading ” without success “ assaults against Sievierodonetsk in the Donbass, pointing out that the Ukrainian soldiers had also repelled the army from Moscow near Vroubivka, Mykolaiv or even Vassylivka.
  • President Zelensky pointed out to him, Saturday nightthe recapture by Ukrainian forces of localities like Tavrisk in the region of Kherson, and in that of Zaporijia, while the Russian army is still pounding the outskirts of Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second city. The area around Chortkiv in western Ukraine was also shelled in the evening, regional governor Volodymyr Trouch said.
  • During an interview on Friday on the YouTube channel “Feigin live”, Oleksiy Arestovych, adviser to President Zelensky, admitted that the Ukrainian army had lost about 10,000 fightersat the rate of a hundred a day.
  • Speaking via video to the Asia-Pacific Security Forum, Zelensky reiterated call on international community to press for Russia to end blockade of Ukrainian Black Sea portsotherwise, “Scarcity of food will inexorably lead to political chaos, which risks bringing about the overthrow of many governments”.
  • Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe, speaking at the forum, said on Sunday that Beijing “supported the peace talks” between the two belligerents and assured that his country had not “never provided material support to Russia” in this conflict.

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