Update 18: Russia's War with Ukraine

Fighting in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions (that together make up the Donbas) continues to grind on. The strategically important city of Sievierodonetsk has been the epicentre of intense street fighting and constant shelling and is in the last pocket of Luhansk province that has not yet been claimed by Russia or Moscow-backed separatists. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said the battle for the city would decide the fate of Donbas and was seeing probably the most difficult fighting since Russia’s invasion began. Russia also attacked Ukraine’s capital Kyiv with missiles on 5 June for the first time in more than a month.

Read more on the continuing absence of peace talks, Western military assistance to Ukraine, humanitarian consequences of the armed conflict, the investigation of war crimes, sanctions against Russia, the blockade on Ukrainian grain exports and international food security, and developments within NATO in the attached pdf.

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