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Ukraine has claimed it damaged three Russian surface-to-air defence systems overnight in missile attacks on occupied Crimea.

One S-400 anti-aircraft missile unit was hit near Dzhankoi, and two more S-300 anti-aircraft missile units were attacked near occupied Chornomorske and Yevpatoria, Ukraine’s military said.

It comes as Kyiv said it also destroyed a Russian Su-57 plane, a twin-engine stealth fighter worth up to £28million around 370 miles from the frontline.

The strike, believed to have been conducted using drones, comes after Ukraine’s Western allies permitted Kyiv to use their weapons for limited strikes inside Russia.

Earlier, US president Joe Biden said Vladimir Putin was not going to stop with the war in Ukraine, pledging to support Europe against Russia.

Mr Biden said the whole of Europe was threatened by the Russian president. The US president met his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron in Paris, and the two pledged solidarity on the wars raging in Europe and the Middle East.

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Vladimir Putin to visit North Korea in the coming weeks

Vladimir Putin will visit North Korea and Vietnam in the coming weeks, Russia’s Vedomosti newspaper reported on Monday, with an official telling Reuters the Vietnam visit was planned for June 19-20 but has not yet confirmed.

Putin’s visit to Pyongyang is being “actively prepared”, Russian ambassador to North Korea Alexander Matsegora confirmed to the newspaper.

The newspaper reported that Putin could visit Vietnam as early as June and most likely immediately after his visit to North Korea.

An official in Vietnam told Reuters the dates of the Hanoi visit had been agreed, but the agenda was still under discussion.

Energy, military cooperation, settlement of payments and an agreement in the education field are among the main issues expected to be discussed, the official said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in September 2023
Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in September 2023 (Sputnik)

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Pictured: Ukrainian soldiers maintain a tank in Donetsk

Ukrainian soldiers maintain a T-72 tank in Donetsk, Ukraine
Ukrainian soldiers maintain a T-72 tank in Donetsk, Ukraine (AFP via Getty Images)
A Ukrainian serviceman fixes a T-72 tank in Donetsk, Ukraine
A Ukrainian serviceman fixes a T-72 tank in Donetsk, Ukraine (AFP via Getty Images)

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Ukraine says it struck one of Russia’s most advanced warplanes

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Ukraine wartime reconstruction chief quits over ‘systemic obstacles’

A top Ukrainian reconstruction official known for his reform efforts resigned on Monday, citing budget cuts and bureaucratic delays, at a time when Kyiv seeks crucial international investment to rebuild after Russia’s invasion.

The resignation of Mustafa Nayyem, head of the State Agency for Restoration and Infrastructure Development, comes a day before a major international conference in Berlin dedicated to mobilising international support for Ukraine’s reconstruction.

“I made the decision on my own due to systemic obstacles that do not allow me to continue to effectively exercise my powers,” Nayyem said on messaging app Telegram.

“Starting from November last year, the Agency’s team began to face constant opposition, resistance and the creation of artificial obstacles,” he said, which included delays in payment for defence fortifications.

Alexander Butler10 June 2024 15:33

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Ukraine damages three Russian air defence systems, Kyiv claims

Ukraine has claimed it damaged three Russian surface-to-air defence systems overnight in missile attacks on occupied Crimea.

One S-400 anti-aircraft missile unit was hit near Dzhankoi, and two more S-300 anti-aircraft missile units were attacked near occupied Chornomorske and Yevpatoria, Ukraine’s military said.

“None of our missiles fired were intercepted by the enemy’s ‘highly effective’ air defence. In addition, further detonations of ammunition were observed in all three areas of the launching positions of the Russian anti-aircraft missile divisions,” Kyiv said.

Alexander Butler10 June 2024 14:47

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Four people injured by landmine in Russia’s Belgorod, governor says

Four people were injured by a landmine in Russia’s Belgorod, the governor, Vyacheslav Gladkov, said on Monday on the Telegram messaging app.

Among the injured was a cameraman for Russian state TV channel Rossiya 24, who suffered shrapnel wounds to his abdomen Gladkov said.

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Ukraine is in a race against time to steel itself for a Russian summer assault

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Russia takes control of Staromaiorske in eastern Ukraine, defence ministry says

Vladimir Putin’s troops have taken control of Staromaiorske, Donetsk, a small village in eastern Ukraine, according to the Russian military.

Alexander Butler10 June 2024 11:57

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F-16 jets and bases outside Ukraine will be targets for Russia if they do combat missions

F-16 jets and military airfields outside Ukraine will become legitimate targets for Moscow if they take part in combat missions against Russian forces, a Russian official said.

Andrei Kartapolov, head of the State Duma lower house of parliament’s defence committee, made the remarks after Western countries gave the go ahead for Ukraine to use their weapons to strike Russian territory.

File photo of F-16 jets, which Russia has said would become a target if used against Russian forces in Ukraine
File photo of F-16 jets, which Russia has said would become a target if used against Russian forces in Ukraine (Copyright 2024 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Alexander Butler10 June 2024 10:59

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Ukrainian official denies Russian troops take border village

A local Ukrainian official on Monday denied a claim by the leader of Russia’s Chechnya region that Russian forces led by a Chechen-based special forces unit had seized control of a border village in northeast Ukraine.

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov said on Sunday the Akhmat-Chechnya unit spearheaded Russian troops in taking control of Ryzhivka in Sumy region.

The “large-scale planned advance” inflicted “significant losses on the Ukrainian side, which was forced to retreat,” Kadyrov said.

However, Yuriy Zarko, a local official in Sumy, denied the presence of Russian troops in Ryzhivka on Monday in a comment to Ukrainian media outlet Suspilne.

Alexander Butler10 June 2024 09:38

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