RUSSIA/UKRAINE: As of day 132 of the Russia-Ukraine conflict, Moscow has made significant territorial advances in Ukraine’s east. Kyiv is concentrating on its post-war recovery strategy while allocating about $750 billion to rebuild the devastated country. On the other hand, the Ukrainian soldiers are prepared to hoist the national flag following their triumph on Snake Island.
According to reports, Oleh Syniehubov, the governor of Kharkiv Oblast, stated on July 5 that 220,000 residents of Kharkiv Oblast have been granted IDP status and have evacuated to safer locations as a result of Russia’s full-scale war against Ukraine.
Zelenskyy urges Europe to work collectively
Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the president of Ukraine, has once more raised his voice against Russia, the aggressor, and he has encouraged Europe to unite in putting sanctions on Moscow to put an end to the ongoing conflict.
Zelenskyy stated in an online discussion at the start of the 26th Annual Economist Government Roundtable on Tuesday that he cannot stop the Kremlin’s aggression alone and that the war-torn country needs a united Europe to protect its democracy and freedom.
“It is difficult to fight this. My voice, the voice of our society, is not enough for this; we need the voice of a united Europe. Therefore, as long as Europe and the whole world can support us, democracy and freedom will be protected,” he noted.
UK’s support for Ukraine
According to a press release from the office of the head of the British government, ten self-propelled artillery systems and loitering munitions, commonly known as suicide drones, will be delivered to Ukraine by the UK in the upcoming weeks.
This comes following a phone conversation between UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
On Tuesday, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson posted on Twitter that he had conversations with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who is embroiled in a war, in which he briefed him on the developments at the G7 Summit and NATO Summit last week.
Johnson asserts that he thinks the Ukrainian military can recapture areas that Russian forces have seized since the start of the conflict. “The UK remains committed to helping Ukraine defend itself and rebuild,” he said.
“Updated President @ZelenskyyUa on progress made at @G7 and @NATO last week. I believe the Ukrainian military can retake territory recently captured by Putin’s forces. The UK remains committed to helping Ukraine defend itself & rebuild. More UK military aid will arrive soon,” he said in another Twitter.
France to reconstruct Chernihiv oblast
According to a statement from the French Foreign Ministry, the country will supplement its current support to Ukraine with an emphasis on rebuilding Chernihiv Oblast, with which it reportedly has “historic links.”
Before this, Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, stated that Ukraine’s candidacy for membership in the European Union (EU) could hasten the reconstruction process in the aftermath of the war with Russia.
India-Russia bilateral ties
Denis Alipov, the representative of Russia, emphasised the closeness of the two countries’ relations on Tuesday, stating, “Unfortunately, there were some problems with exporting Russian goods to India and vice versa in the first months after the commencement of the special military operation in Ukraine.”
“However, today, we have successfully overcome most of these barriers. We are confident that Indian exports to Russia (including science-intensive ones) will gain momentum in the near future,” he added.