- Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy compares Russia’s invasion of his nation on February 24 to Hitler’s shock assaults on the Soviet Union on June 22, 1941.
- Russia has commemorated the 81st anniversary of the invasion, with President Vladimir Putin laying a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on the Kremlin wall.
- In Ukraine’s occupied port metropolis of Mariupol, pro-Moscow activists lit 10,000 candles to spell out the phrase “Bear in mind 22.06.1941”.
- A Ukrainian official overseeing the nation’s push to affix the European Union says she is “100%” sure all 27 EU nations will approve Ukraine’s candidacy throughout a summit this week, maybe as quickly as Thursday.
- Russia’s International Minister Sergei Lavrov is in Iran to debate, based on Iran’s state media, “Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal, boosting bilateral and vitality cooperation, in addition to worldwide and regional points.”
These are the most recent updates:
Russia’s Lavrov in Iran to debate nuclear deal, cooperation
Russian International Minister Sergei Lavrov arrived in Iran on Wednesday, Iranian state TV reported, as world powers and Tehran are struggling to revive their 2015 nuclear pact amid stalled negotiations.
“Throughout Lavrov’s go to, Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal, boosting bilateral and vitality cooperation, in addition to worldwide and regional points might be mentioned,” Iranian state media reported.
Iranian state TV confirmed Lavrov assembly Iran’s hardline President Ebrahim Raisi, however gave no particulars. Iranian international ministry stated on Monday that Lavrov’s go to was aimed toward “increasing cooperation with the Eurasian area and the Caucasus.”
Final month, Moscow stated Russia and Iran – that are each beneath Western sanctions and sit on a few of the world’s largest oil and fuel reserves – had mentioned swapping provides for oil and fuel in addition to establishing a logistics hub.
US eager for optimistic decision quickly for Sweden, Finland’s NATO bid
America is hopeful there’ll quickly be a optimistic decision of the problems between Turkey, Finland and Sweden relating to the NATO accession bids of the 2 Nordic nations, the State Division’s prime diplomat for Europe has stated.
Karen Donfried, assistant secretary for Europe and Eurasian affairs, talking at a Senate international relations listening to, stated the US was “actually pushing” to get all events on the identical web page earlier than subsequent week’s NATO summit in Madrid.
G7, NATO leaders to ratchet up stress on Russia, protecting eye on China: US officers
Leaders from the Group of Seven wealthy nations and the NATO alliance will search to extend stress on Russia over its battle in Ukraine at conferences subsequent week, whereas making clear that they continue to be involved about China, Reuters cites senior US administration officers as having stated.
NATO would announce new commitments to shore up European safety, the officers stated, whereas the participation of leaders from Australia, Japan, South Korea and New Zealand would present that the battle in Ukraine had not detracted from concentrate on China.
G7 leaders had been additionally anticipated to deal with China’s “coercive financial practices,” which have change into much more aggressive lately, one of many officers stated, based on Reuters.
Russia marks anniversary of Hitler’s USSR invasion
Russia commemorated the 81st anniversary of Nazi Germany’s invasion of the Soviet Union on Wednesday, with Russian President Vladimir Putin laying a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on the Kremlin wall.
Hitler’s forces launched shock assaults on Kyiv, Moscow and Belarusian Brest on June 22, a day that marks the beginning of what Russia calls the Nice Patriotic Warfare and is as we speak recognized within the nation as Day of Remembrance and Sorrow.
The Essential Cathedral of the Russian Armed Forces kicked off commemorations after midnight with a Divine Liturgy and a memorial service for the estimated 27 million Soviet troopers and civilians killed within the battle, the Moscow Occasions experiences. Later 1,418 candles had been lit outdoors the cathedral for every day the battle lasted.
In Ukraine’s occupied port metropolis of Mariupol, pro-Moscow activists lit 10,000 candles to spell out the phrase “Bear in mind 22.06.1941”.
Russia did the identical in Ukraine as Germany when it invaded Soviet Union: Zelenskyy
Russia did the identical on February 24 when it invaded Ukraine as Nazi Germany did on June 22, 1941, when it invaded the Soviet Union, Zelenskyy has stated on the WW2 anniversary.
“At this time, June 22, is the Day of Mourning and Remembrance of the Victims of Warfare. A battle that was to stay perpetually within the historical past of the twentieth century and was by no means to be repeated. However it’s repeated,” Zelenskyy stated in his morning tackle.
“At this time there isn’t any scarcity of phrases that Russia did the identical on February 24 because the Nazis did on June 22 … And I need to add just one factor. Then 1418 days handed from the morning of the invasion to the defeat of the aggressor. We should liberate our land and obtain victory, however quicker. A lot quicker,” he stated.
“That is our nationwide objective, and we should work to realize it each day. Not solely the state, but in addition each citizen – on the degree at which it’s doable.”
At the present time in 1941, Nazi Germany invades the Soviet Union with the biggest invasion pressure within the historical past of warfare, known as operation Barbarossa. Approx. 3 million personnel invaded the USSR alongside a 2,900-kilometer (1,800 mi) entrance. #WW2 pic.twitter.com/xk6VjxESmk
— WWII Photos (@WWIIpix) June 22, 2022
Ukraine expects EU-wide assist for candidacy to affix bloc
A Ukrainian official overseeing the nation’s push to affix the EU has stated she is “100%” sure all 27 EU nations will approve Ukraine’s candidacy throughout a summit this week.
In an interview with The Related Press information company, Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Olha Stefanishyna stated the choice might come as quickly as Thursday, when the leaders’ summit begins.
Stefanishyna stated the Netherlands, Sweden and Denmark had been sceptical about beginning accession talks with Ukraine whereas it’s preventing Russia’s invasion however at the moment are supportive. Requested how assured she was that Ukraine can be accepted as an EU candidate, she stated: “The day earlier than the summit begins, I can say 100%.”
EU candidate standing, which might be granted provided that the present member nations agree unanimously, is step one in direction of membership. It doesn’t present safety ensures or an automated proper to affix the bloc. Ukraine’s membership bid is the highest order of enterprise for EU leaders assembly in Brussels.
You may learn all of the updates from June 22 right here.