Iran to send Russia armed drones: White House

  • The death toll from a Russian rocket attack that hit an apartment block in the Donetsk town of Chasiv Yar over the weekend has risen to 33, Ukraine’s ministry of internal affairs reports.
  • President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says five people were killed after Russian forces shelled Ukraine’s second-largest city Kharkiv and its broader region.
  • The White House alleges Russia is turning to Iran to provide it with “hundreds” of unmanned aerial vehicles, including weapons-capable drones, for use in Ukraine.
  • US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen will meet with Japanese Finance Minister Shunichi Suzuk on Tuesday to discuss, among other things, a proposed price cap on Russian oil, a senior US official says.
  • Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte has met with Zelenskyy in Kyiv and reaffirmed his country’s support for Ukraine “politically, militarily and economically”.

 

Here are the latest updates:

Yellen to discuss Russian oil price cap with Japanese FM: US official

The global price of oil could surge by 40 percent to around $140 per barrel if a proposed price cap on Russian oil is not adopted, along with sanction exemptions that would allow shipments below that price, a senior US Treasury official has said.

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen will discuss implementation of the proposed oil price cap with Japanese Finance Minister Shunichi Suzuki when they meet later on Tuesday, the official said.

The goal was to set the price at a level that covered Russia’s margin cost of production so Moscow is incentivised to continue exporting oil, but not high enough to allow it to fund its war against Ukraine, the official said.

Japanese officials had expressed concern about the price cap being set too low, but had not rejected a potential price range of $40 to $60 per barrel outright, the official said.


Mykolaiv rocked by ‘powerful’ explosions: Mayor

The Black Sea port city of Mykolaiv has been rocked by powerful explosions, its mayor said in the early hours of Tuesday morning (local time).

“There are powerful explosions in Mykolaiv! I ask everyone not to come out of shelters!”, Alexander Senkevich wrote on Telegram.

Residents also reported blasts on social media, with several counting more than 20 explosions.

Mykolaiv was also rocked by explosions on Monday morning from six missiles, which wounded at least one person, the head of the regional military administration, Vitaliy Kim, said.


Kharkiv woman rescued from the rubble after Russian shelling

Eyewitness video released by the State Emergency Services of Ukraine shows the moment a woman was rescued from a destroyed building after Russian shelling in Kharkiv.

Valentina Popovichuk was woken up in her Kharkiv apartment in the early morning hours of Monday morning by a cloud of dust falling down on her bed.

She ran to the bathroom only to find herself under chunks of rubble raining down on her from the floor above.

Russian weapons pounding Ukraine’s second largest city Kharkiv killed at least three people on Monday and injured 31, including two children, regional governor Oleh Synyehubov said.

Valentina Popovichuk, who was rescued from residential building after Russian shelling, stands in front of her destroyed apartment block in Kharkiv, Ukraine, July 11, 2022
Valentina Popovichuk, who was rescued from residential building after Russian shelling, stands in front of her destroyed apartment block in Kharkiv, Ukraine, July 11, 2022 [Nacho Doce/Reuters]

French and Dutch FMs meet to discuss Ukraine and EU

French foreign minister Catherine Colonna has met with her Dutch counterpart Wopke Hoekstra in Paris, to discuss the EU and Ukraine-related topics.

Speaking at a news conference following the meeting, Hoekstra said the European Union needed to be strengthened in the face of the war in Ukraine.

“Europe will need to be more assertive in the defence of its interests, including the supply of oil and gas for which the European dependency is too important. We must rapidly reduce it,” he said.

Colonna added that the EU needed to keep providing support to Ukraine, including in the military field.


Chasiv Yar death toll reaches 33: Ministry of Internal Affairs

Rescuers have found the body of a child under the rubble of a five-storey residential building in Chasiv Yar, which collapsed due to a Russian missile strike on Saturday, the press service of Ukraine’s ministry of internal affairs has said.

The death toll has now reached 33, the ministry said, with rescue efforts continuing.


Biden will push for greater oil output on Mideast trip: Sullivan

United States President Joe Biden will make the case for greater oil production from OPEC nations to bring down gasoline prices, which have surged in the wake of sanctions on Russian oil and gas, when he meets Gulf leaders in Saudi Arabia this week, the White House national security adviser has said.

Biden leaves Tuesday night on his first visit to the Middle East as president, with stops in Israel, the occupied West Bank and Saudi Arabia on his agenda.

Jake Sullivan said members of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries have the capacity to take “further steps” to increase oil production despite suggestions from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates that they can barely do this.

“We will convey our general view…that we believe that there needs to be adequate supply in the global market to protect the global economy and to protect the American consumer at the pump,” Sullivan added.


Dutch PM meets with Zelenskyy in Kyiv

The prime minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte, has met with Zelenskyy in Kyiv and reaffirmed his country’s support for Ukraine “politically, militarily and economically”.

Rutte said he visited “various places where the Russian army has left behind a horrific trail of death and destruction. I am deeply shocked by what I witnessed today”.

“These appalling crimes must not go unpunished. This is also the subject of the Ukraine Accountability Conference which will be held later this week in The Hague,” Rutte said, adding that the conference is organised by the Dutch government, the International Criminal Court and the European Commission.

Zelenskyy told journalists after the meeting that he and Rutte discussed weapons supplies, but he could not disclose the details: “I am not sure that I can tell absolutely everything we are negotiating with the Dutch government. I would not like to prepare the Russian Federation for unpleasant surprises for them,” he said.


Latvia considers defence spending boost due to Russia risk

Latvia may have to increase its defence spending and introduce compulsory military service for citizens regardless of their gender to contain any possible security risks arising from Russia, the president has said.

NATO and European Union member Latvia plans to gradually raise its defence budget to 2.5 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) by 2025 from about 2 percent now. But President Egils Levits, 67, told the Reuters news agency the existing spending plans covered the building of more military bases to accommodate more troops from NATO allies – an increase agreed at the NATO summit in Madrid last month – but that Latvia, a former Soviet nation like Ukraine, may need to spend more.

“Security is a priority of our politics today,” Levits said. “2.5 per cent [of GDP] is already committed now but maybe it would not be enough and we should be prepared for that.”

Asked whether Latvia is worried about any direct conflict between the Baltic states and Russia, Levits said: “Of course, we are worried about the aggressive behaviour of Russia and our strategic answer is to be strong because weakness means in this situation [an] invitation to Russia to go forward to aggress another country. So, we have to be strong.”


Death toll from Chasiv Yar attack rises to 31: Zelenskyy

Zelenskyy has said that 31 people had been killed and nine rescued from the rubble in Chasiv Yar, after attacks hit a residential block on Saturday.

Speaking during his nightly video address, the president said Ukraine’s second-largest city, Kharkiv, had also come under attack by Russian artillery.

“Kharkiv faced new brutal attacks by the Russian army. Another missile hit a residential building – one block was completely destroyed. In the morning, the occupiers shelled the Saltiv and Kyiv districts with rocket artillery. Five people were killed,” he said.

“The Odesa region was hit by missiles, extremely violent fighting continued in the Donetsk region and in the territory of the Luhansk region,” he added.


Iran set to deliver armed drones to Russia: White House

The White House has said it believes Russia is turning to Iran to provide it with “hundreds” of unmanned aerial vehicles, including weapons-capable drones, for use in its ongoing war in Ukraine.

United States National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said it was unclear whether Iran had already provided any of the unmanned systems to Russia, but said the US has “information” that indicates Iran is preparing to train Russian forces to use them as soon as this month.

“Our information indicates that the Iranian government is preparing to provide Russia with up to several hundred UAVs, including weapons-capable UAVs on an expedited timeline,” he told reporters Monday.

Sullivan said it was proof that Russia’s overwhelming bombardments in Ukraine, which have led it to consolidate gains in the country’s east in recent weeks, were “coming at a cost to the sustainment of its own weapons”.


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