- 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 “Remember 22.06.1941”.
- A Ukrainian official overseeing the nation’s push to affix the European Union says she is “100 percent” sure all 27 EU nations will approve Ukraine’s candidacy throughout a summit this week, maybe as quickly as Thursday.
- Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is in Iran to debate, based on Iran’s state media, “Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal, boosting bilateral and energy cooperation, as well as international and regional issues.”
These are the newest updates:
Russia’s Lavrov in Iran to debate nuclear deal, cooperation
Russian Foreign 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.
“During Lavrov’s visit, Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal, boosting bilateral and energy cooperation, as well as international and regional issues will be discussed,” Iranian state media reported.
Iranian state TV confirmed Lavrov assembly Iran’s hardline President Ebrahim Raisi, however gave no particulars. Iranian overseas ministry stated on Monday that Lavrov’s go to was aimed toward “expanding cooperation with the Eurasian region and the Caucasus.”
Last month, Moscow stated Russia and Iran – that are each underneath Western sanctions and sit on a number of the world’s largest oil and gasoline reserves – had mentioned swapping provides for oil and gasoline in addition to establishing a logistics hub.
US longing for constructive decision quickly for Sweden, Finland’s NATO bid
The United States is hopeful there’ll quickly be a constructive decision of the problems between Turkey, Finland and Sweden concerning the NATO accession bids of the 2 Nordic international locations, the State Department’s high diplomat for Europe has stated.
Karen Donfried, assistant secretary for Europe and Eurasian affairs, talking at a Senate overseas relations listening to, stated the US was “certainly 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 struggle 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 struggle in Ukraine had not detracted from give attention to China.
G7 leaders had been additionally anticipated to deal with China’s “coercive economic practices,” which have develop into much more aggressive in recent times, 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 Great Patriotic War and is at this time identified within the nation as Day of Remembrance and Sorrow.
The Main 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 struggle, the Moscow Times studies. Later 1,418 candles had been lit outdoors the cathedral for every day the struggle lasted.
In Ukraine’s occupied port metropolis of Mariupol, pro-Moscow activists lit 10,000 candles to spell out the phrase “Remember 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.
“Today, June 22, is the Day of Mourning and Remembrance of the Victims of War. A war that was to remain forever in the history of the 20th century and was never to be repeated. But it is repeated,” Zelenskyy stated in his morning deal with.
“Today there is no shortage of words that Russia did the same on February 24 as the Nazis did on June 22 … And I want to add only one thing. Then 1418 days passed from the morning of the invasion to the defeat of the aggressor. We must liberate our land and achieve victory, but faster. Much faster,” he stated.
“This is our national goal, and we must work to achieve it on a daily basis. Not only the state, but also every citizen – at the level at which it is possible.”
This day in 1941, Nazi Germany invades the Soviet Union with the most important invasion pressure within the historical past of warfare, referred to as operation Barbarossa. Approx. three million personnel invaded the united states alongside a 2,900-kilometer (1,800 mi) entrance. #WW2 pic.twitter.com/xk6VjxESmk
— WWII Pictures (@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 percent” sure all 27 EU nations will approve Ukraine’s candidacy throughout a summit this week.
In an interview with The Associated Press information company, Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Olha Stefanishyna stated the choice may 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. Asked how assured she was that Ukraine could be accepted as an EU candidate, she stated: “The day before the summit starts, I can say 100 percent.”
EU candidate standing, which could be granted provided that the prevailing member international locations 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.
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