Welcome to Wednesday, where Russia launches missiles on the southern port city of Odessa, at least 32 die after a boat carrying migrants capsizes off Greece and the U.S. mourns the death of The Road author Cormac McCarthy. Meanwhile, Ukrainian news outlet Livy Bereg lays out a day-to-day account of Ukraine’s counteroffensive to liberate Russian-occupied regions.
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• Russian attacks on Odessa, Belarus takes delivery of Russian nukes: Russian forces launched missiles at the southern Ukrainian city of Odessa and shelling destroyed homes in the eastern Donetsk region, killing at least six people and injuring more than a dozen others. Meanwhile Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has said his country has started taking delivery of Russian tactical nuclear weapons, some of which he said were three times more powerful than the atomic bombs the U.S. dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.
• At least 32 migrants die after boat capsizes off Greece: At least 32 people have died and more than 100 were rescued after a fishing boat carrying migrants and refugees sank off the southern coast of Greece. The accident occurred in international waters in the Ionian Sea and the Italy-bound boat is believed to have sailed from the Tobruk area in eastern Libya.
• Trump pleads not guilty in federal documents case: Former U.S. President Donald Trump pleaded “not guilty” to 37 counts of federal criminal charges that he illegally kept national-security documents when he left office and lied to officials who sought to recover them. Trump is the first former president to be charged with federal crimes.
• Two soldiers dead in Japan military facility shooting: Two Japanese soldiers were killed after a new recruit opened fire at a military training range in central Japan. An 18-year-old trainee was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, police said.
• More than 100 killed after boat capsizes in Nigeria: A boat carrying residents returning from a wedding capsized in northern Nigeria, killing more than 100 people, police and local residents said as a search for survivors intensified. The boat capsized on the Niger River in the Pategi district of Kwara state close to neighboring Niger. Search and rescue efforts are ongoing to find more victims, officials said.
• Germany returns remains of Indigenous people to New Zealand: The remains of 95 Indigenous New Zealanders as well as artifacts and cultural treasures have been returned to New Zealand from museums and universities in Germany. The ancestral remains of the 95 Maori and Moriori individuals, including Maori mummified tattooed heads, were welcomed to Te Papa, New Zealand’s national museum, in a private ceremony on Wednesday.• Cormac McCarthy, author of The Road and No Country For Old Men, dies: U.S. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Cormac McCarthy has died at age 89 of natural causes at his home in Santa Fe, New Mexico. McCarthy's novels included The Road and No Country for Old Men, both of which were turned into successful films.
The Miami Herald features Donald Trump supporters waving to the former U.S. president’s motorcade as he left the federal courthouse in Miami. Trump pleaded “not guilty” to 37 counts of federal criminal charges.
The number of displaced people worldwide has reached a record 110 million, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), mainly as a result of the war in Ukraine, the crisis in Afghanistan and, more recently, the conflicts in Sudan. This figure includes people who have crossed borders, as well as those seeking safety in their own countries. Other factors such as persecution, discrimination, violence and climate change have also been cited.
One week into Ukraine's counteroffensive — here's the day-by-day timeline
Ukraine's counter-offensive to liberate Russian-occupied regions has finally begun. Ukrainian news outlet Livy Bereg explains how it's playing out over the first seven days, as the first villages are liberated.
🇺🇦 The offensive began, in reality, on June 4. In some parts of the Zaporizhzhia front, the advanced units of the Ukrainian Defense Forces began to probe the enemy's front line more forcefully than usual. The enemy, nervous about the "Great Counteroffensive," immediately deployed all previously disguised firepower and brought reserves to vulnerable areas. To make it look as though the enemy got it right, on June 5, Ukrainian troops advanced up to three kilometers to the northeast and liberated two villages.
💥 In five days, Ukraine was able to break through the enemy's defense to its full tactical depth in at least five areas. In five days, Russian losses amounted to 5,700 people, 72 tanks, 98 armored personnel carriers, 69 guns and 17 multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS). During this time, Russia lost two infantry regiments, one with equipment, an artillery brigade, an almost complete tank regiment and a division of MLRS.
⚠️ It would be a mistake to think that the enemy has given up. So far, the Russians have enough reserves to plug breakthroughs, their withdrawal is relatively organized (at least in most areas) and much attention is paid to ensuring command stability. The most difficult tactical situation for Russia is in the south of the Donetsk region, where the Defense Forces are breaking through, liberating small villages one by one.
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“The more territory the Ukrainians can liberate, the better their position will be at the negotiating table.”
— NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Tuesday, as Ukraine’s counteroffensive is progressing. The U.S. announced a €301 military aid package to help the country strengthen its air defenses. Stoltenberg added that even though the support provided to Ukraine was “now making a difference on the battlefield”, it was still too early to make an assessment.
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