Russia-Ukraine War: Major Events on Day 860 | Russia-Ukraine War News

As the war enters its 860th day, here are some major developments:

The situation on Thursday, July 4, 2024 is as follows:

Finding

  • At least five people have been killed and dozens injured in a Russian missile and drone attack on the southeastern Ukrainian city of Dnipro.
  • At least one person has been killed and 14 wounded in a series of Russian military attacks in Ukraine’s northeastern region of Kharkiv, its capital and the country’s second-largest city.
  • A Russian missile attack has killed at least one person and wounded three in Ukraine’s Poltava region, with the region’s governor, Philip Pronin, saying one person was seriously injured.
  • The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said Russia’s use of air-dropped bombs contributed to increased civilian casualties in Ukraine between March and May. OHCHR said 78 civilians were killed and more than 305 were injured in a Russian offensive in the Kharkiv region between May 10 and 31. At least 436 civilians were killed and 1,760 were injured in Ukraine between March and May, according to the agency.
  • A Moscow-appointed official at the Zaporizhia Nuclear Power Plant in Russian-occupied Ukraine said a Ukrainian drone struck a nearby electricity substation, injuring eight workers and causing power and water outages in Enerhodar, the plant’s housing city.
  • The Russian defence ministry said its forces shot down two Ukrainian drones targeting the Black Sea port city of Novorossiysk, a key naval base and oil transport hub. No casualties or damage were reported.

Politics and diplomacy

  • A Moscow military court has sentenced three brothers to treason for trying to cross into Ukraine to join Russian troops fighting on Kiev’s side. Ioan Ashcheurov, 24, was sentenced to 17 and a half years in prison, while his brothers Alexei, 20, and Timofey, 19, were sentenced to 17 years in prison, according to Russian state media.
  • A court in Rostov-on-Don found a 19-year-old man guilty of treason for donating money to Kiev’s military and sentenced him to 12 years in prison.
  • A St. Petersburg court has more than doubled the prison sentence of activist and documentary filmmaker Vsevolod Korolyov to seven years. Korolyov was originally sentenced to three years for criticizing Russia’s attack on Ukraine on social media, but he and the prosecution appealed the decision. Korolyov has been in pretrial detention since July 2022.
  • Russian President Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping met on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Astana to discuss the Ukraine issue and agreed that it would be meaningless to hold peace talks in Ukraine without Russia’s presence.
  • Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who also met Putin at the SCO summit, told him Turkey could help end the conflict, but Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said Erdogan could not act as a mediator, without giving reasons why.
  • In a phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, the Dutch new Prime Minister Dick Schauff assured him that Dutch support for Ukraine remains “solid”.
  • Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said he and his Israeli counterpart Israel Katz discussed bilateral cooperation and exchanged views on “regional and global threats posed by Russia, Iran and North Korea.”

weapons

  • The United States has announced $150 million in new military aid to Ukraine, a package that includes missiles for the Hawk air defense system, ammunition for the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS), 155mm and 105mm artillery shells, 81mm mortar rounds, tube-launched, optically tracked, wire-guided (TOW) missiles, Javelin and AT-4 anti-armor systems, and a variety of other small arms munitions and equipment.
  • NATO allies have agreed to provide 40 billion euros ($43 billion) in military aid to Ukraine next year, two Western European diplomats told Reuters, a week before NATO leaders meet in Washington.
  • The Czech Defense Ministry said that as of the end of May the country had donated equipment from military warehouses, including aircraft and ammunition, worth 6.75 billion kroner ($288.42 million) to Ukraine.

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