Russian Forces fired 14 missiles at the south of Ukraine, and Ukrainian parliament has voted to ratify the Istanbul Convention.The Main News on June 20

A Ukrainian sapper is looking for mines in the fields near the front line. By Esteban Biba

TOP NEWS: Russian Forces carried out a massive attack on the south of Ukraine, launching missile strikes on Ochakiv, the Danube river, the Odesa region and the city of Odesa itself. The Verkhovna Rada has voted to ratify the Istanbul Convention. This is a necessary condition for further European integration of Ukraine. Russian Forces seized control of the village of Metolkine near Severodonetsk. Russian Forces have intensified the shelling of the Kharkiv region to prevent the advancing of Ukrainian defenders to the state border.

PHOTO OF THE DAY: In Lysychansk, a father lost his son in an attack by Russian Forces

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The Verkhovna Rada voted to ratify the Istanbul Convention

The Istanbul Convention is an international standard for the protection of women from all forms of violence, including domestic violence. Its ratification is a necessary condition for further European integration of Ukraine.

Russian Forces launched a massive attack on south of Ukraine

Within three hours, Russian Forces fired 14 missile strikes at Ochakiv, the Danube river, the Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi district of Odesa region and the city of Odesa itself. As a result of the attack on Odesa, the logistics food warehouse caught fire.

Russian Forces have seized control of the village of Metolkine near Severodonetsk

The head of the Luhansk regional military administration Serhiy Haidai announced that Russian Forces had gained control over the village of Metolkine. According to him, Russian Forces have intensified artillery and air strikes on the industrial zone of Severodonetsk and its outskirts, as well as the villages of Toshkivka and Ustynivka.

Russian Forces have intensified the shelling of the Kharkiv region, as Ukrainian defenders have almost reached the state border

Russian Forces continue to prevent the Ukrainian Armed Forces advancing to the state border.

Russian Forces have again targeted the Dnipropetrovsk region

Russian Forces attacked the Dnipropetrovsk region with artillery. As a result of the attack, a house in the village of Velyka Kostromka burned down.

In addition, the number of people killed in a missile strike by Russian Forces on an oil depot in the Novomoskovsk region has risen to three. Rescuers found the body of one more victim.

Russian Forces continue to attack Sumy region

Russian Forces targeted the Seredyna-Buda community with artillery.

Half a million people remain in the Kherson region, occupied by Russian Forces

This was announced by the head of the Kherson Regional Military Administration Hennady Laguta. According to him, in the Kherson region, Russian Forces are holding in captivity more than 600 activists, members of the anti-terrorist operation in Donetsk and Luhansk regions, and citizens who oppose the occupation.

Of the 350 humanitarian corridors, only 165 were operational

Russia has allowed less than half of the humanitarian corridors to be opened from the temporarily occupied territories. According to Deputy Prime Minister – Minister for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine Iryna Vereshchuk, Russian Forces use women, children, and the elderly as human shields.

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