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Ukraine and Russia: What you need to know right now

World Jun 24, 2022 12:01PM ET
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2/2 © Reuters. Ukrainian national flag is seen through the window of an apartment destroyed during Russia's invasion of Ukraine in the town of Borodianka, in Kyiv region, Ukraine May 13, 2022. REUTERS/Vladyslav Musiienko 2/2

(Reuters) - Ukrainian troops were set to withdraw from the eastern city of Sievierodonetsk after weeks of intense bombardments and street fighting, the regional governor said on Friday.

The day marks four months since Russian President Vladimir Putin sent forces across the border into Ukraine, sparking the biggest conflict in Europe since World War Two.

FIGHTING

* Luhansk governor Serhiy Gaidai said Ukrainian forces will have to leave Sievierodonetsk. Troops had already received the order to move to new positions, he added.

* Russian forces are seeking to surround eastern Ukraine's embattled Lysychansk, the sister city of Sievierodonetsk, the Ukrainian Defence Ministry said.

* Russia is trying but has been unable to target Western weapons flowing into Ukraine, including longer-range systems that Kyiv hopes will be decisive on the battlefield, a senior U.S. defense official said on Friday.

* Reuters was unable to independently verify the situation on the ground.

NUCLEAR WORRIES

* The U.N. nuclear watchdog is increasingly concerned about the welfare of Ukrainian staff at the Russian-held Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine, Europe's largest, it said on Friday, adding that it must go there as soon as possible.

ECONOMY AND DIPLOMACY

* EU leaders on Friday warned that "cheap energy is gone" and agreed to boost preparations for further cuts in Russian gas, accusing Moscow of "weaponising" energy via a supply squeeze which Germany warned could partly shut its industry.

* Italy's dependence on Russia for imported gas has decreased to 25% from 40% last year, Prime Minister Mario Draghi said on Friday following a summit of EU leaders where inflation and rising energy prices were a key issue.

* The lawyer defending one of two Britons sentenced to death in a Russian-backed breakaway territory of Ukraine said on Friday that they had not yet submitted an appeal because they seemed to be holding out for intervention from London.

* Poland and the Baltic states want to see a stronger NATO defensive presence in the Suwalki Gap, the stretch of land that separates the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad from Belarus, the Polish prime minister said on Friday.

QUOTES

* "Russia has stolen our peace," Zelenskiy told the crowds at Glastonbury, the world's largest green field festival.

"Remaining in positions smashed to pieces over many months just for the sake of staying there does not make sense," Luhansk governor Serhiy Gaidai said of the situation in Sievierodonetsk.

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ge Kret
ge Kret Jun 20, 2022 8:29PM ET
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Russia and the Ukees should sit down and settle this now. The US should call for a cease.
Sucesion Ossana
Sucesion Ossana Jun 20, 2022 8:29PM ET
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basta con que rusia se retire y listo, se acaba el problema
Ken Roth
Ken Roth Jun 19, 2022 4:47PM ET
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Dear russians, keep dreaming your economy is nothing compared to us, uk and europe. Who do you think has the money for a long war. Russia will gain nothing but instead you have destroyed your own country and your future nobody in the world will trust a russian
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Jun 19, 2022 8:07AM ET
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Russian mothers, your media is not telling you truth. Ukraine is not run by Nazis. That is something Putin fabricated to hide his real motives: an old man's fever for what he thinks will make him great before he dies. 15,000 of your sons have died in the streets of Ukraine so far. Another 45,000 have been injured. For what? To serve an old man's folly.
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Jun 19, 2022 8:07AM ET
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LOL. Okay. Probably true.
Ken Roth
Ken Roth Jun 19, 2022 8:07AM ET
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Actually it more like 30.000 russian soldiers killed so far twice the number of killed compared to 10 years occupation of afghanistan, but Putin could not care less about his dead soldiers standing military order is to leave the dead we see this daily on news from CNN, BBC, RTL and all western media who are there filming the whole thing
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Western media is manipulating people. Notice how they never mention that America backed the coup in 2014 that overthrew Ukraine's democracy? They don't tell you that Ukraine is shelling Russian civilians and has been for years. They don't tell you that Zelenski has banned all opposition parties to keep this conflict going. The more people who die the more money Ukraine gets from Western governments (i.e your tax money). This is an American proxy war that is making you poorer to the benefit of the MIC and the corrupt elites who profit from America's constant state of war.
Ken Roth
Ken Roth Jun 19, 2022 5:24AM ET
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Piss off russian bot we do not need your attempt to divide us
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Jun 19, 2022 5:24AM ET
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Do not assume we in the west are as manipulated as you Russians. We are fully aware that the Ukrainian Supreme Court ruled that the 2004 presidential election was fraudulent.
Dave Shortreed
Dave Shortreed Jun 19, 2022 5:24AM ET
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All media lies, all the time.
Ken Roth
Ken Roth Jun 19, 2022 5:24AM ET
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Ukraine have not been shelling russian civilians. Putin started a riot in eastern ukraine and creates a false republic not recognized anywhere in the world on ukraine territory with the plan to make fake referendum and steal land. Offcourse kiev was infected with traitors who had no problem with Ukraine being a part of russia
Ken Roth
Ken Roth Jun 18, 2022 3:29PM ET
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Dear Russians make no mistake to think that US or Europe will let Russia win anything. We will stand by Ukraine forever because they have reminded us what true freedom and democracy is. The right to decide one own fate and not be dictated by a tyrant who decides what you can say and live. Putin cares nothing for russian people only himself and i magalomanic ideas of russia from the past it like saying that germany own all of europe because adolf invaded other peoples countries.
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Ken Roth
Ken Roth Jun 18, 2022 3:29PM ET
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Alexey Krutov and US will free Ukraine from Russian invasion
Ken Roth
Ken Roth Jun 18, 2022 3:29PM ET
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Jeff Gordon in your dreams. Russia has an economy the size of Italy and Russia is op against europe, uk and US do the math who can afford most weapons in the long game. You might win something in the beginning but when the war is over russia will have lost all territories they have stolen from ukraine, moldova, georgia etc.
Ken Roth
Ken Roth Jun 18, 2022 3:29PM ET
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Jaden Sy you sound like a russian thief and every thief believes everybody is stealing
Ken Roth
Ken Roth Jun 18, 2022 3:29PM ET
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Alexey Krutov keep dreaming
Ken Roth
Ken Roth Jun 18, 2022 3:29PM ET
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Alexey Krutov only the facts will tell me who is wrong facts that comes from independent sources papers and tv media across the world not putin tv the only channel available for russian people
Mark Jannetty
Mark Jannetty Jun 18, 2022 1:24PM ET
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wasting billions just to slow the inevitable
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Jun 18, 2022 1:24PM ET
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If you never stand for something, you'll fall for anything.
Robert Lihet
Robert Lihet Jun 18, 2022 1:24PM ET
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If you stand for whatever comes into your way, you'll fall for everything. Any theory has a reverse, too, you know...
Ken Roth
Ken Roth Jun 18, 2022 1:24PM ET
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Brad Albright why do you bother debating with a lost russian who has no clue whats about to happen with his country and their economy. Remember russians have been feed with putin lies for 20 years
S S Shet
pingo_0070 Jun 18, 2022 11:10AM ET
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the more West will push ukraine in to war by supplying weapons.. the more they will justify putins main concern of ukraine joining nato ..and thus justify putins defensive aggression
Jan Buyle
Jan Buyle Jun 18, 2022 11:10AM ET
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Puyin started this war, they have all right to defend themselves!
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Jun 18, 2022 11:10AM ET
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Defensive aggression? Sick.
ZS Beck
ZS Beck Jun 18, 2022 10:53AM ET
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What's the point to support if you don't send enough weapons, just only enough to survive.
Milan Shukla
Milan Shukla Jun 18, 2022 10:12AM ET
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By the time Ukraine will not exist, most central, south & east will be taken by russia. South will be annexed by Poland. My best guess is Z woild be taken down or shipped to Moscow along with Azov or Azot defiants who eventually surrendered lol
Ken Roth
Ken Roth Jun 18, 2022 7:02AM ET
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Ukraine needs long range artillery and lots of ammunition just give them 10.000 of them not necessary with nuclear weapons.
 
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