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# Russia

6th June 2023
# Kakhovka dam
World leaders condemn dam attack in Ukraine as flooding and evacuations continue
Officials raced to check cooling systems at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power station.
Ukrainian and Russian authorities accused each other of destroying the dam as tens of thousands of residents evacuate.
Explainer: Why would Russia strike a dam in territory it currently controls?
Ukraine denies that Russia repelled its counteroffensive in Donetsk
# Ukraine dam strike
Explainer: Why would Russia strike a dam in territory it currently controls?
Russia has blamed Ukraine for the attack, but experts say that Moscow is the only State that would stand to benefit as Ukraine’s counter-attack looms.
This week
4th June 2023 - 7th June 2023
# Donetsk
Ukraine denies that Russia repelled its counteroffensive in Donetsk
Ukraine has for months said it is preparing a major counteroffensive, hoping to reclaim territory lost since Russia launched its invasion.
Last week
28th May 2023 - 3rd June 2023
# Ukraine
Four killed by shelling in Russian border region while Moscow continues attack on Kyiv
Belgorod governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said 2,500 people were being accommodated in temporary shelters.
# War in Ukraine
Ukrainian air defences thwart sixth Russia attack in six days against Kyiv
A recent spate of attacks on the capital has put strain on residents and tested the strength of Ukraine’s air defences.
Tom Clonan: Ukraine's counter-offensive is imminent - but success will come at a terrible cost
The burning question over the coming days will be where, precisely, Zelenskyy’s forces will launch their attack.
# triple lock
Tanaiste says ‘Russia cannot have a veto’ on Irish peacekeeping missions
Russia is one of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council which hold a veto over resolutions.
# belgorod
Russia to evacuate children from border territory over fears of Ukrainian attack
Last week saw the biggest armed incursion into Russia from Ukraine since the offensive began.
# tara reade
Woman who accused Joe Biden of sexual assault asks for Russian citizenship
Tara Reade, who worked for Biden in 1993, said she wanted to stay in Russia and believed she was in physical danger.
# Chisinau
Leo Varadkar joins European leaders in Moldova to show 'solidarity' against Russia
The Taoiseach will join up to 46 leaders from across the continent in Moldova for the second meeting of the European Political Community.
# drone attack
Putin accuses Ukraine of trying to 'frighten' Russia after drones hit Moscow high-rise
Ukraine’s capital Kyiv has faced a relentless wave of strikes by Russia in recent days.
# War in Ukraine
Russia strikes Kyiv in daylight after series of nighttime barrages
Kyiv has faced nearly nightly aerial attacks this month.
# War in Ukraine
Massive Russian drone attack marks dawn of Kyiv Day in Ukrainian capital
A man was killed and woman injured when debris fell on a seven-storey non-residential building and started a fire
Last month
May 2023
# Russia
Drones damage building of oil pipeline in Russia's Pskov region
There were no reported casualties, and an investigation was still ongoing.
# Ukraine
Russia strikes Ukraine medical facility, killing at least two people
A video distributed by officials showed a blaze ripping through a two-storey building in Dnipro.
# russian invasion
Russian air attack on Kyiv repelled as missiles were 'intercepted and destroyed'
Ukrainian officials said the attack was launched from the Caspian sea, where Russian bombers are stationed.
# Ukraine
Wagner mercenary group says it is leaving its positions in Bakhmut to regular Russian army
‘We are withdrawing units from Bakhmut today. We are handing over positions to the military, ammunition and everything,’ Wagner boss Yevgeny Prigozhin said.
# Russia
Russia vows 'extremely' harsh response to incursions from Ukraine after attack on Belgorod
Belgorod governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said that the territory was targeted overnight by numerous drones.
# War in Ukraine
Russian Wagner group has lost 20,000 fighters in battle for Bakhmut, founder says
Yevgeny Prigozhin also said the Kremlin’s forces have killed civilians during the war.
# War in Ukraine
Russia says it deployed jets and artillery to destroy armed group attacking its border
The Kremlin voiced “deep concern” after explosive strikes had forced civilians from border villages to flee.
Russian-held nuclear power plant in Ukraine switches to emergency generators
The head of the UN nuclear watchdog has warned the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant is ‘extremely vulnerable’.
# Russia
Zelenskyy denies confirming Russian forces have taken control of Bakhmut
Zelenskyy also compared the destruction of Bakhmut to Hiroshima as he attended the G7 conference.
# Kremlin
German police investigating suspected Kremlin-ordered poisoning of Russian exiles
Two participants who attended a meeting of Russian dissidents in Berlin experienced health problems shortly afterwards.
# The Hague
International Criminal Court 'undeterred' after Russia puts prosecutor on wanted list
Kharim Khan, a UK citizen, had issued an arrest warrant for Putin in March for allegedly unlawfully deporting Ukrainian children.
# Ukraine
Zelenskyy arrives at G7 after winning access to US fighter jets
The Ukrainian President had previously been expected to only appear at the summit via video call.
# group of seven
Zelenskyy to attend G7 in Hiroshima as bloc targets Russia 'war machine'
US President Joe Biden said Washington will support providing advanced warplanes, including F-16 fighter jets, to Ukraine.
# banned entry
Russia bans entry to 500 Americans, including Barack Obama and TV host Jimmy Kimmel
Television hosts Stephen Colbert and Seth Meyers are also on the banned entry list.
# Jeddah
Zelenksyy calls out Arab leaders for supporting Russia after Assad's return to the Arab League
This meeting marks the return of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad – a staunch Russian ally.
# odessa
Missiles kill one as Ukraine slams 'unprecedented' attack following grain deal
The attack came after Ukraine and Russia reached an agreement to extend a deal allowing grain exports across the Black Sea.
# Black sea
Russia agrees two-month extension to deal allowing Ukrainian grain to be exported
Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that the two sides had agreed to extend the deal.
# China
Embassies in Beijing told to stop displaying ‘propaganda’ on their buildings
Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s government says it is neutral in Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.
# Ukraine
Taoiseach signs 'Register of Damages' for those who have suffered from ongoing war in Ukraine
It’s described as the ‘first step towards an international compensation mechanism for victims of Russian aggression’.
# War in Ukraine
Ukraine claims gains around embattled Bakhmut, but admits Russian progress
Deputy Defence Minister Ganna Malyar said Ukraine had wrested back about 20 square kilometres around Bakhmut.
# reykjavik
Zelenskyy thanks Council of Europe for 'damages register' and calls for additional fighter jets
He also called on leaders to support Ukraine’s ‘peace formula’.
# reykjavik
Varadkar lends support to Ukraine 'damages register' and pledges new funding to Council of Europe
Russia was excluded as a member last year and the ongoing war in Ukraine will dominate the Summit.
# bakhmut
Zelenskyy thanks Germany for weapons pledge as Ukraine captures outskirts of Bakhmut
Germany unveiled a new military package for Kyiv worth €2.7 billion, as Zelenskyy made his first visit to Germany since Russia’s invasion.
# ukraine latest
Ukrainian Eurovision act's hometown bombed during performance last night
Moments after the electronic duo finished performing, they posted on Instagram that Ternopil was under attack.
# National Security
Defence Forces launches campaign to recruit Russian linguists to carry out intelligence work
The role is similar to that used by foreign intelligence services such as MI5 and MI6 in the UK.
# Whiskey
Jameson ceases exports to Russia after growing criticism
A senator called for the whiskey’s parent company to be added to the EU sanctions list while Ukraine’s Ambassador to Ireland demanded a boycott of Jameson.
# bakhmut
Ukraine claims significant gains around embattled city of Bakhmut
Russia denied Ukraine had made any breakthroughs, saying that reports of territorial losses around the city did ‘not correspond to reality.