Updates on the War between Russia and Ukraine: Vatican’s Peace Mission, Military Operations, and International Relations

War of the Russian Federation against Ukraine

Representative of the Vatican travels to Kyiv on a peace mission

The Italian Cardinal Matteo Zuppi, who has been assigned by Pope Francis to carry out a peace mission to try to help end the war, will visit Kyiv on June 5-6.

The Vatican said that the main purpose of this visit was “to listen carefully to the Ukrainian authorities about possible ways to achieve a just peace and to support gestures of humanity that can help reduce tensions.”

Secret Black Box project caused more than $700 million in damage to Russians, – GUR

During April-May 2023 project results could be observed in enemy logistics centers, transport hubs, in places of accumulation of military equipment and manpower of the enemy, and for other purposes.

Ukraine won’t use F-16s in summer counteroffensive

Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov, in an interview with NHK, answering questions about the F-16 fighter jets that Ukraine has long wanted to get, said that they “will not change the rules of the game this summer.”

At the same time, according to him, Ukraine will use all available ground equipment, and Kyiv will be ready to deploy the F-16 in autumn or winter.

Move and strengthen the defense. Russians nervous before AFU counteroffensive – Gumenyuk

Southern Defense Speaker Natalya Gumenyuk noted that the Defense Forces are constantly monitoring the maneuvers of the occupiers. They get nervous and don’t stay in one particular place. The enemy is constantly fortifying defensive structures, in some cases resorting to desertion. Gumenyuk added that everything speaks of the moral and psychological instability of the enemy.

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The situation in the Belgorod region

Fighters of the Legion “Freedom of Russia” destroyed four pieces of equipment in the Shebekino area

During the night, the legion destroyed two tanks of the Russian army, as well as one infantry fighting vehicle and one combat reconnaissance landing vehicle near the Shebekino checkpoint in the Belgorod region.

The fighters say they will move on, until the complete dismissal of Russia.

The Russian Federation acknowledged the loss of control over one of the villages of the Belgorod region. RDK entered there

The governor of the Russian Belgorod region, Vyacheslav Gladkov, said that representatives of the regional authorities “cannot enter” the village of Novaya Tavolzhanka.

At the same time, representatives of the “Russian Volunteer Corps” in their Telegram channel turned to Gladkov with a request to clarify why the Russian Federation cannot regain control over the settlement.

US general: Ukraine very well prepared for counteroffensive, but too early to make predictions

The head of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, speaking of Ukraine’s “very good readiness” to liberate the territories from the Russians, noted that “it is too early to talk about what the results will be.”

Armed Forces of Ukraine are moving to offensive operations in some areas

Deputy Defense Minister Anna Malyar noted that the Ukrainian military continues the defense, which began on February 24, 2022.

Malyar noted that the Bakhmut direction remains the epicenter of hostilities. There, Ukrainian fighters are moving along a fairly wide front. They prosper and occupy the dominant heights. At the same time, the Russians are on the defensive and want to hold the position.

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British Foreign Minister arrived in Kyiv and met with Zelensky

The President of Ukraine and James Cleverly discussed Ukraine’s expectations from the NATO summit in Vilnius, the promotion of the Ukrainian formula for peace and the preparation of the Global Summit for its implementation, as well as the London International Conference on the Reconstruction of Ukraine.

Counteroffensive will give Ukraine the victory it needs to join NATO – Kuleba

Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba refused to answer questions from Reuters about whether Ukraine’s counteroffensive had already begun. According to him, the main thing is that it will end with the victory of Ukraine.

The Minister noted that NATO membership is Ukraine’s next big goal after a number of allies agreed to start training Ukrainian pilots on F-16 fighter jets.

The European Commission extended until September the ban on grain imports from Ukraine

Ukrainian products such as wheat, corn, rapeseed and sunflower will continue to be imported for consumption or processing in the EU to all countries except Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia.

The decision comes into force from the moment of publication and will be valid until September 15.

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2023-06-06 05:15:00

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