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Since the launch of the special operation in February, Russian forces have eliminated 190 Ukrainian warplanes, 1,127 drones, 473 rocket launchers, and 3,424 tanks and other armoured vehicles.
Russian troops and Donbass militia continue advancing amid the special operation in Ukraine. Previously, both the Russian defence ministry and the DPR authorities noted that the city of Svyatogorsk north of Donetsk is almost fully liberated from Ukrainian troops, and the cleanup operation is taking place.
At the same time, remaining Ukrainian troops are being forced out of the city of Severodonetsk.
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03:36 GMT 08.06.2022
US Immigrant Rights NGO Sees Increasing Number of Ukrainian Refugees - Executive Director
The United States is seeing an increase in the number of Ukrainian and Afghan refugees as the immigration pattern shifts, Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA) Executive Director Angelica Salas told Sputnik.
"Immigration is changing. For many years, there was a lot of migration. It still remains to be the highest number of migrants are from Mexico and then from Central America," Salas said on the sidelines of the Summit of the Americas. "But now we have folks from Haiti... many from Cameroon, from the African diaspora here, but also increasing Ukrainian refugees and Afghan refugees."
Salas stressed that as an organization they have to ensure that they are able to support the changing demography of refugees and new arrivals.
"Even as we continue to support immigrants who have been here in the United States for many years, who still need our support because they have not been able to, they're still vulnerable," she said. "And so it's a way by which to expand our services, even while not making sure that we're very supportive of the migrants who've been here for a very long time."
Salas said the purpose of California-based CHIRLA is to work directly with immigrant communities - immigrant workers, immigrant youth and their families - in order for them to be able to know their rights and what resources are available to them so that they can integrate into society.
"Part of the organization is to provide the services that immigrants need, but also to engage them to participate in their communities in order to improve their communities so that policies and laws are changed in order for them to be able to be welcomed and to be treated humanely," she said.
Salas stressed, however, that right now CHIRLA is focusing a lot on asylum.
"We believe that the United States can do much more to actually allow individuals who are coming seeking asylum in the southern border to be allowed to come into the United States," she stated, adding that there are some 11 million undocumented workers and their families in the United States.
"We've been demanding that there'll be legal status given to these 11 million individuals who are contributing to the country. Majority of them have lived in this country for more than ten years, a vast majority for more than 20 years. And so we believe that this is something fundamental towards advancing immigrant rights in the United States," Salas said.
Salas said they receive over 5,000 calls each month from migrants who are seeking their support and service.
"We help them with legal services, if that is what they need. If not, we will help them find the resource that they need," she added.
The Ninth Summit of the Americas is taking place in Los Angeles from Monday to Friday.
00:26 GMT 08.06.2022
Lavrov to Discuss in Ankara Grain Export From Ukraine, Resumption of Peace Talks
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will meet with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu on Wednesday.
The sides are expected to discuss a possible solution to the problem of Ukrainian grain exports and the prospects for the resumption of Russian-Ukrainian talks, in which Turkey previously acted as a mediator.
Russian and Turkish defense ministers Sergei Shoigu and Hulusi Akar discussed in detail safety of navigation in the Black Sea in connection with the solution to the problem of exporting grain from Ukraine by phone on Tuesday.
00:26 GMT 08.06.2022
Canada, US to Strengthen Enforcement of Export Controls Against Russia - Border Services
US and Canadian law enforcement agencies have agreed to enhance joint efforts to enforce export control measures related to technologies and other products that could strengthen Russia’s military, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) said in a press release.
"Today, we are strengthening our US-Canada enforcement relationship through a joint commitment to leverage our authorities and resources to detect, deter, and stop violations of export controls and to ensure compliance with laws and regulations," the release said on Tuesday.
The two countries had played an important role in the coordinated efforts to restrict access to technologies and other goods that Russia needs to sustain its military capabilities, the release added. Now, the US and Canada, as part of the new deal, will share information, seize shipments, and cooperate on probes and enforcement actions, according to the release.
In the same statement, Canadian Public Safety Minister Marco Mendecino said the renewed collaboration with the United States will help bolster efforts to stop critical goods and technologies "from falling into Russian hands."
To underscore the importance of the agreement, the release added, US Commerce Department Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement, Matthew Axelrod, met virtually with CBSA officials earlier in the day.
21:09 GMT 07.06.2022
Russia-US Dialogue at Low Level, Limited to Technical Issues - Ambassador
The political dialogue between Russia and the United States is at an unprecedented low level and is limited to the discussion of technical issues, Russian Ambassador to the US Anatoly Antonov said on Tuesday.
"Russian-American political dialogue is at an unprecedented low level. Trust is undermined, cooperation is collapsing even on issues of obvious mutual interest. Communication between the parties is limited today," Antonov said on the air of the Bolshaya Igra ("Big Game") show on Channel One, adding that the dialogue is "limited to the discussion of technical issues."
The diplomat also said that the sides currently do not conduct a dialogue on the strategic stability and called the situation "wrong" as the "world expects concrete actions" from the US and Russia.
Antonov added that he is "unaware" of any unofficial dialogue between Moscow and Washington.
21:09 GMT 07.06.2022
Radiation Detectors Around Chernobyl NPP Resume Data Transmission - IAEA
Radiation detectors from the area around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant (NPP) resumed transmitting data to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) monitoring system, IAEA said on Tuesday.
"Radiation detectors from the area around the Chornobyl Power Plant, for the first time since 24 February, are transmitting data to the IAEA monitoring system. Measurements received so far indicate levels in line with those before the conflict," the agency tweeted.
According to the statement, IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi congratulated Ukraine with the resumption of radiation data transmission achieved with the help of the agency’s assistance adding that this is "a very positive step" in ensuring Ukrainian nuclear safety and security.
On February 24, Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine after the breakaway republics of Donetsk and Luhansk appealed for help in defending themselves against Ukrainian forces.
On February 25, the Russian airborne forces took control over the Chernobyl NPP. On April 2, Grossi said that Russia had confirmed the withdrawal of its forces from the Chernobyl NPP.
21:08 GMT 07.06.2022
Antonov Confident Russia Able to Protect Itself if Kiev Receives US Long-Range Missiles
Russia will surely take steps to protect its territory if Ukraine receives long-range missiles from the United States, Russian Ambassador to the US Anatoly Antonov said on Tuesday.
"If the Americans decide to supply long-range missiles, [to Ukraine] then I have no doubt that the Russian side will take adequate steps to protect our territory from a possible attack," Antonov said on the air of the Bolshaya Igra ("Big Game") show on Channel One.
18:39 GMT 07.06.2022
Russian Defense Official Says Ukrainian Forces Deliberately Destroyed Grain in Mariuol
The head of the Russian National Defense Control Center, Mikhail Mizintsev, said on Tuesday that Ukrainian forces have deliberately set fire to the Mariupol port and destroyed over 50,000 tons of grain.
"It has been reliably established that the militants of the nationalist battalions, when abandoning the occupied territories and pursuing a goal to not leave grain supplies for locals in Mariupol, deliberately set fire to a large granary in the seaport. As a result, more than 50,000 tons of grain were destroyed," Mizintsev told a briefing, adding that this shows that “the Kiev regime” is using “food terrorism tools”.
16:37 GMT 07.06.2022
UN WFP Unable to Verify Allegations of Russia 'Stealing' Ukraine Grain
The World Food Programme (WFP) has been unable to verify allegations of Russia "stealing" Ukrainian grain, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said on Tuesday.
On Monday, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said, citing "credible reports," that Russia is pilfering Ukraine's grain exports to sell for its own profit. Russia dismisses the claim.
"We've seen [recent media reports], are talking to our colleagues at the WFP, they have no way of verifying these allegations, we are advocating for free movement in the Black Sea," Dujarric told a briefing.
Ukraine and Russia account for around 30% of global exports of wheat, 20% of maize, and 76% of sunflower. The West has accused Russia of stopping grain exports from Ukraine. Russia has repeatedly rejected this claim, stressing that seaports will be reopened as soon as Ukrainian naval mines are cleared.
15:45 GMT 07.06.2022
Le Pen Agrees With Macron, Warns Against 'Humiliating' Russia
French right-wing opposition leader Marine Le Pen on Tuesday agreed with French President Emmanuel Macron that Russia must not be humiliated and that dialogue on Ukraine must continue.
On June 3, Macron warned against humiliating Moscow, adding that doing so would complicate finding a diplomatic way out of the Ukrainian conflict.
"Yes. And I don't understand why [Ukrainian] President [Volodymyr] Zelenskyy is rebuking him for this, because the Ukrainian president himself said that the only way out is a diplomatic solution to the conflict. By definition, when you're trying to reach a diplomatic solution, the channel of communication should not be broken. The French president is right to try to stop the war through dialogue," Le Pen said on the air of France Info radio network while answering question on whether she agreed with Macron that Russia should not be humiliated.
15:44 GMT 07.06.2022
US Wants Russian Oil to Flow to World, While Limiting Moscow's Revenue
The United States wants Russian oil to flow to the world to relieve the global supply deficit in the commodity but it also hopes to limit the revenue Moscow can earn from this, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said Tuesday.
"I think what we want to do is keep [a] portion [of] oil flowing into the global market to hold down global prices, and try to avoid a [price] spike that causes a worldwide recession," Yellen told a US Senate hearing. "But absolutely, the objective is to limit the revenue going to Russia. There are different ways, technically, of accomplishing that. But it's certainly a desirable strategy."
14:44 GMT 07.06.2022
President Zelensky Says Ukraine Military Capabilities Inferior to Russia's
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Tuesday that his country's military capabilities are inferior to those of Russia's, making advances in the battlefield against its powerful neighbor all but impossible.
"We are inferior in terms of equipment and therefore we are not capable of advancing. We are going to suffer more losses and people are my priority," Zelensky told Financial Times editor Roula Khalaf at the FT’s Global Boardroom conference.
Zelenskyy said pushing Russian forces back into positions held before the start of the military operation would mean a "serious temporary victory" for Ukraine.
14:39 GMT 07.06.2022
US Bans Investors From Purchasing Russian Debt, Equity Securities
The United States is blocking the purchase of new and existing debt from Russian entities as part of new sanctions against Russia in response to its special military operation in Ukraine, the Treasury Department said on Tuesday.
“Yes, the respective EOs [Executive Orders] prohibit US persons from purchasing both new and existing debt and equity securities issued by an entity in the Russian Federation. However, the new investment prohibitions of the respective EOs do not prohibit US persons from selling or divesting, or facilitating the sale or divestment of, debt or equity securities issued by an entity in the Russian Federation to a non-US person,” the Treasury Department said in an frequently asked questions document on the new sanctions.
The Treasury Department pointed out, however, that the purchase of shares in a US fund that contains debt or equity securities by Russian entities generally would not be considered prohibited under the new sanctions.
The sanctions also do not prohibit the export or import of goods, services or technologies that have not already been specifically restricted by existing sanctions, the Treasury Department added.
The move comes in a long series of financial measures taken against Russia since late February by the United States and its allies as part of an effort to impose consequences on Moscow for launching the special military operation in Ukraine.
14:24 GMT 07.06.2022
Russian, Turkish Defence Ministers Discuss Situation in Ukraine, Syria
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and his Turkish counterpart, Hulusi Akar, discussed the situation in Ukraine and Syria during a phone conversation on Tuesday, the Russian Defense Ministry told reporters.
"At the initiative of the Turkish side, on June 7, 2022, a phone conversation was held between Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar. The main attention was paid to the exchange of views and assessments of the situation in Ukraine and Syria," the ministry said.
Shoigu and Akar also discussed the "navigation safety" in the Black Sea and issues related to exports of Ukrainian grain.
14:22 GMT 07.06.2022
Displaced persons, fleeing Ukraine, wait in a line for registration at the former Jules Bordet Institute in Brussels, Thursday, March 10, 2022 - Sputnik International, 1920, 07.06.2022
Belgian Families Hosting Ukrainian Refugees Complain of Exhaustion, Social Worker Says
14:10 GMT 07.06.2022
World Bank Sees Ukraine GDP Shrinking 45% in 2022 - Report
The GDP of Ukraine is projected to shrink 45% this year, the World Bank said on Tuesday in its Global Economic Prospects report.
"In Ukraine, GDP is projected to contract by about 45 percent in 2022," the report read, adding that poverty rates below the $5.50 per day threshold are expected to increase from around 2% to 20% of the population this year.
The World Bank also expects that four other countries in the region — Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova and Tajikistan — will have their economies shrink in 2022.
13:28 GMT 07.06.2022
Poland Plans to Sign $630 Mln Contract for Arms Delivery to Ukraine, Largest in 30 Years
Poland will sign contract for the supply of weapons to Ukraine worth almost $630 million, the largest in 30 years, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said while visiting the Stalowa Wola defense industry enterprise.
"As a matter of fact, we are now signing one of the largest, if not the largest, arms export contracts in the last 30 years. The sale of arms for the Ukrainians, to Ukraine. Weapons that have been tested will already be very important weapon on the battlefield, most likely in eastern Ukraine," Morawiecki said.
However, he did not specify which types of weapons would be supplied to Ukraine under the contract.
Morawiecki said that the financing of arms supplies to Ukraine would be partially covered by the European Union.
"Ukraine partly receives money for this from the European Union, partly pays from its own budget. And Poland receives this money in order to boost our production potential," he said.
In turn, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of State Assets of Poland Jacek Sasin said that the contract would be worth almost $630 million.
"Almost 3 billion, more than 2,7 billion zlotys (about $628 million). There has not been such a contract in the Polish defense industry over the past 30 years," Sasin said.
12:16 GMT 07.06.2022
Lavrov and Cavusoglu to Discuss Prospects for Resuming Russia-Ukraine Peace Talks - Moscow

"The ministers will exchange views on the current state of affairs in the Ukrainian crisis, the prospects for the resumption of Russian-Ukrainian peace talks. The Russian side will inform the Turkish colleagues about the course of the special military operation of the Russian armed forces in Ukraine and the steps taken to ensure the civilian population's safety," the ministry said in a statement.

11:55 GMT 07.06.2022
New Zealand Sanctions Russia's Gazprom Among 44 State-Linked Entities
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - New Zealand has imposed sanctions on 44 Russian and Belarusian companies, including Russian energy giant Gazprom, as a response to Russia’s military operation in Ukraine, New Zealand Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta said on Tuesday.

"In these latest sanctions, 44 entities have been designated, including six Belarusian defence entities. New Zealanders will be prohibited from dealing with these companies," Mahuta said in a statement.

The list includes companies which New Zealand believes to be "of strategic importance" to the Russian government as they supply "raw materials, infrastructure, communications, transportation, weapons and funding".

"One of the state entities is Gazprom, Russia’s largest company and a key source of Russia's export revenue through its gas sales", the statement read.

Sanctions include asset freezes, entry bans and business blacklisting.
10:46 GMT 07.06.2022
One Person Injured by Blast in Kherson, Authorities Say
10:39 GMT 07.06.2022
Kremlin Denies Refusing to Discuss Zaporozhye and Kherson Status With Ukraine
Media reports claiming that Russia refuses to discuss the status of the Zaporozhye and Kherson regions at talks with Ukraine are untrue, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday. On Monday, the Izvestia newspaper reported that the status of the regions will not be discussed as part of any new agreement with Ukraine should Kiev contact Moscow.
The newspaper cited a high-ranking source. Russia has previously taken the issues of Crimea and Donbass off the table, but has never done likewise with Zaporozhye and Kherson.
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