War against Ukraine: That's the situation

Selenskyj describes Russia as a barbaric state that does not even stop at cultural heritage. Meanwhile, the fighting continues. The developments at a glance:

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In view of the massive destruction of cultural heritage caused by Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has emphatically called for Moscow’s exclusion from UNESCO.

“Unesco is no place for barbarians,” Zelenskyy said in a video address from Kyiv. Russian troops would destroy cultural monuments, churches and other religious sites en masse. That’s reason enough to exclude the country from the United Nations cultural and educational organization, he said.

113 Churches have already been destroyed or damaged. Russia is a “terror state” that is destroying historical heritage with its artillery. At the end of May he had already demanded Russia’s exclusion from UNESCO.

Kyiv: Several rocket attacks on the capital and suburbs

According to the Ukrainian general staff, Russia fired rockets at the capital Kyiv and a suburb again in the morning. The military leadership in Kyiv announced that military and civilian infrastructure had been hit. Kiev’s Mayor Vitali Klitschko also reported rocket attacks in his Telegram channel. The districts of Darnyzja in the southeast and Dnipro in the west of the metropolis were affected. According to the current status, there is one injured person who is being treated in the hospital, but no deaths, said Klitschko.

Emergency services were therefore on the spot. According to the authorities, the suburb of Brovary, which has already been shelled several times, was also hit by rockets. The exact extent of the damage was initially unclear.

People posted pictures and videos of fires and clouds of smoke on social networks. Impact noises were also heard. In the morning there had been a long air alert. Residents are repeatedly asked to go to protective bunkers in this case. It was the heaviest attack on the capital region in weeks.

Ukrainians hold the fort

Since the beginning of the war on 24. Zelenskyy complained that Russia had already fired more than 2500 rockets at Ukraine on February 2nd. “Our heroes stand their ground and do whatever it takes to inflict maximum casualties on the enemy.” Referring to the focus of the fighting in Donbass in eastern Ukraine, the head of state said the day will come when Russia will leave the area alone. Only the command of one person is decisive for this, he said, without naming Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin in Moscow.

Selenskyj and the Ukrainian general staff reported heavy fighting, especially in eastern Ukraine. There is a focus in the Luhansk region with the heavily contested administrative center Sievjerodonetsk. Bloody street fighting continued, Zelenskyy said. The Ukrainian armed forces want to continue to prevent Russian troops from taking complete control there. If the city falls, Russia would have achieved an important war goal: complete control of the Luhansk region. Russian air raids in the region were also reported.

First report of killed Germans on the Ukrainian side

For the first time, Ukraine officially informed about the death of a German volunteer fighter in the fighting. The International Legion for the Defense of Ukraine announced in Kyiv that three volunteers from France, Australia and the Netherlands were among the “fallen brothers in arms”. The names of the four men were also included in the statement, but not the time or place of their deaths. From the Foreign Office in Berlin it was said that the embassy in Kyiv was trying to find out more and was “in contact with the Ukrainian authorities who have spread the relevant news”.

Zelenskyj had called on volunteers from all over the world to join the fight against the Russian army. For this purpose, the Legion was founded, which is now actively recruiting. The Russian military repeatedly reports the “destruction” of mercenaries, the number of foreigners killed is in the thousands according to Moscow information.

Bodies exchanged for the first time

According to authorities in Kyiv, Ukraine and Russia handed over the bodies of 113 soldiers to the other side. The exchange took place on June 2 along the front line in the Zaporizhia region, it said. According to Ukrainian information, negotiations on the exchange of prisoners of war are still ongoing on both sides. Thousands of Ukrainian fighters are in Russian violence, including the defenders of Mariupol, who held the fort there at the Azovstal steelworks until Kyiv surrendered the city in May.

Russian region reports shelling

In Russia, according to the Bryansk region, a village on the border with Ukraine has again been shelled from the neighboring country. When the village of Sluchevsk was shelled, a man was injured and two houses caught fire. This was announced by the governor of the region, Alexander Bogomas, in his Telegram news channel. He accused Ukrainian forces of shooting at the village. The injured resident had to be taken to a hospital. The fires had been extinguished.

Large wooden church burned down in Svyatohirsk

In a video message, Zelenskyy accused Russian forces of shelling and setting fire to a large wooden church in Svyatohirsk (Swjatogorsk). Pictures showed that the building with the onion domes was ablaze. The Russian Ministry of Defense denied the allegations and accused the Ukrainian armed forces of having fired themselves.

The day will bring

While their home country is suffering from the Russian war of aggression, the Ukrainian national team is only one win away from qualifying for the World Cup in Qatar at the end of the year. In order to achieve this great goal, the team around former Dortmund Bundesliga professional Andrij Jarmolenko must defeat Wales today in Cardiff.

It’s about the last European ticket for the World Cup – and also about strengthening the national pride of the Ukrainians and the morale of the soldiers through success on the international stage. Ukraine had reached the final of the playoffs with a 3-1 win in Scotland. It was the first competitive game since the beginning of the war at the end of February. Should Ukraine qualify, they would face England, Iran and the USA in Group B of the World Cup preliminary round. (dpa)

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