Ukraine: President Volodymyr Zelensky said supplying his country with long-range weapons doesn’t increase the risk of it attacking Russian territory. The comments come after the Biden administration said it would provide Ukraine with a guided-rocket system capable of striking targets from as far as 48 miles.
Russian forces now control 70% of the eastern city of Severodonetsk, the governor of Luhansk said, boosting Moscow’s aim of seizing the entire Donbas area of Ukraine.
More than 5.2 million children are in need of humanitarian assistance and at least 262 have been killed since the war began nearly 100 days ago, Unicef reported.
Europe: Germany will send a modern aerial-defense system and an anti-artillery radar to Ukraine to help the country’s forces push back against the Russian onslaught, Chancellor Olaf Scholz said.
The European Union is set to impose its toughest sanctions yet on Russia, but it took a compromise with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, whose opposition exposed the EU’s divisions.
Russia: Documents revealed that hundreds of Russian soldiers have escaped the fighting in Ukraine or refused to take part during the early stages of the war.
The latest economic data showed that Russian factories saw output and new orders fall again in May, leading to some job losses, according to a survey of purchasing managers.