TOP NEWS: The European Commission has taken a historic step, recommending Ukraine be granted European Union candidate status. The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom has again visited Ukraine. Russian Forces launched a missile strike on Mykolaiv. Russian Forces continue to shell Sumy, Dnipropetrovsk, Kharkiv and Donetsk regions. Ukraine introduces a visa requirement for Russian citizens as of July 1, 2022.
PHOTO OF THE DAY: Boris Johnson in Kyiv for the second time during a full-scale war with Russia
The European Commission has recommended Ukraine to be granted European Union candidate status
“We recommend giving Ukraine the candidate status, on the understanding that the country will carry out a number of important reforms,” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said during a June 17 press conference. “Ukraine has clearly shown commitment to live up to European values and standards.”
The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom visited Ukraine
Boris Johnson visited Ukraine for the second time during the full-scale war with Russia.
“We are with you! We will work to intensify sanctions against the Putin regime. We will continue to strengthen the diplomatic coalition around the world in support of Ukraine,” said the British Prime Minister in Kyiv.
Russian Forces launched a missile strike on Mykolaiv
As a result of the attack, residential buildings were damaged. At least two people were killed and 20 were injured.
There are at least 20 filtration camps in the temporarily occupied territories
Russian Forces continue to shell Sumy, Dnipropetrovsk, Kharkiv and Donetsk regions
Russian Forces continue to shell Sumy region with mortars. In the Dnipropetrovsk region, Russian Forces targeted the Zelenodolsk community with artillery. Kharkiv also remains under fire. Russian Forces continue to attack the Donetsk region with tanks, artillery, mortars, Grad MLRS, as well as X-22 and X-59MK missiles. Constant fighting continues in the Kherson region.
300 civilians killed by Russian Forces in Luhansk region are buried in a mass grave
Ukrainian defenders have been burying residents of Lysychansk, Severodonetsk and Rubizhne killed by Russian Forces in a mass grave since April 2022.
Ukraine introduces visa regime for Russian citizens
Ukraine is reviewing the entry regime of Russian citizens into the country to counter unprecedented threats to national security, sovereignty and territorial integrity. The visa regime will be introduced from July 1, 2022.