More victims suffered in Sumy, Kherson: Ukrainian media

Increased Russian shelling increased the number of victims on Ukrainian territory.

The number of victims of the Russian drone attack on the northeastern Ukrainian city of Sumy has risen to three, Ukrainian public television She said sullenly on Telegram according to google translation with 21 injured.

The city declared July 4 a day of mourning.

The broadcaster separately said that Russian shelling he killed two people in the southern city of Kherson, damaging residential buildings.

CNBC could not independently verify developments on the battlefield.

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The US ambassador met with a detained Wall Street Journal reporter

American journalist Evan Gershkovich was arrested in Russia in March on espionage charges.

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US Ambassador to Russia Lynne Tracy met with detained US Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich for the second time since his arrest in March on Russian espionage charges. It was reported by NBC News.

Gershkovich is being held at the notorious former KGB prison facility Lefortovo and must remain in prison until August 30, a Moscow court ruled.

“Ambassador Tracy reports that Mr. Gershkovich is in good health and remains strong despite his circumstances,” a State Department spokesman said, emphasizing the expectation that Russian authorities would “provide continued consular access.”

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Flights at the Moscow airport were diverted after the drone attack

Some flights were temporarily diverted from Vnukovo Airport, which serves the Russian capital Moscow, on Tuesday after alleged drone attacks blamed on Ukraine by the Kremlin, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said. he said in Telegramaccording to google translation.

He added that the restrictions were lifted from 8:00 a.m. local time after Russian state news agency Tass reported that the measures were in place for about three hours and led to the diversion of 14 flights during the period.

Russian Ministry of Defense he said in Telegram that Russian forces shot down five drones aimed at Moscow without claiming any casualties.

CNBC could not independently verify developments on the ground. Ukraine’s foreign ministry did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment.

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Pistorius says talk of Ukraine joining NATO is off the table until the conflict ends

The terms of Ukraine’s entry into the NATO military alliance will not be discussed as long as the war takes place within the country’s borders, German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius he told the Polish newspaper Rzeczpospolitaaccording to Google Translate, days before the upcoming coalition summit on July 11-12.

Once the fighting is over, “only then all of us, and I think there will be 32 allies, then together with Sweden we will decide together with Ukraine on the terms of joining the alliance,” he said.

Ukraine has sought quick entry into NATO and the EU bloc since Russia’s full-scale invasion in February last year, citing security and geopolitical concerns.

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The Kremlin is questioning the renewal of the Black Sea grain deal as it nears expiration

A team inspects products on a ship transporting wheat from Ukraine to Afghanistan after an inspection on the open sea around the Zeytinburn district in Istanbul, Turkey on January 24, 2023.

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The Kremlin has questioned the renewal of the Black Sea Grain Initiative, a UN-backed deal that created a humanitarian sea corridor for agricultural products amid the ongoing war in Ukraine.

As part of the agricultural agreement, more than 32 million metric tons of food left three Ukrainian ports for 45 global destinations.

The Black Sea grain agreement expires at the end of this month.

“Part of the deals [with regards to Russia] still not fulfilled. There is still some time until the deadline, but there is not much hope,” Kremlin spokesman Dimitry Peskov told reporters in the Kremlin when asked about a possible extension.

Peskov added that he had nothing else to report on negotiations to renew the agreement.

Moscow has argued in recent months that the Black Sea Grain Initiative benefits only Kiev and has called on all signatories to the deal to include exports of Russian fertilizer.

— Amanda Macias

More than 6.3 million Ukrainians have become refugees, the UN estimates

Evacuees from the Mariupol region settle in a refugee camp in Bezymennoye settlement during the Ukrainian-Russian conflict in Donetsk region, Ukraine on March 8, 2022.

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More than 6.3 million people from Ukraine have become refugees and moved to neighboring countries since the Kremlin launched its all-out invasion in February last year, according to estimates by the United Nations Refugee Agency.

According to data collected by the agency, most refugees settled in nearby European countries, and about 362,000 traveled outside Europe.

— Amanda Macias

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