June 9, 2023 Russia-Ukraine News (2023)

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8:12 p.m. ET, June 9, 2023

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8:06 p.m. m. ET, June 9, 2023

US Ambassador to UN Calls for Investigation of Transfer of Drones from Iran to Russia

By Richard Roth of CNN

Linda Thomas-Greenfield, US ambassador to the United Nations, called for an investigationTransfer of attack drones from Iranagainst Russia in violation of a UN Security Council resolution.

"I am seriously concerned about the increasing military cooperation between Russia and Iran, which continues to allow Russia to be prosecuted for its brutal war against Ukraine," Thomas-Greenfield said in a statement on Friday.

He cited information released by the US on Friday documenting how Iran "supplies Russia with hundreds of one-way attack UAVs [unmanned aerial vehicles], as well as equipment related to UAV production." The ambassador said Russia had been using these UAVs in recent weeks to launch missile attacks on kyiv and "terrorize Ukrainian civilians."

He accused Russia and Iran of violating UN Security Council Resolution 2231, which prohibits countries from transferring such weapons from Iran.

Ukraine and the United States, as well as other countries, have reported the violations to the United Nations, the ambassador said. He added that there was an "urgent need" for the UN secretary-general to investigate the situation, adding that "something like this could save lives."

4:24 p.m. ET, June 9, 2023

The EU sends water pumps, boats and generators to the flooded areas of Ukraine

Hair Yulia Kesayeva gave CNN in Kiev

Ukraine has received humanitarian aid from the European Union Civil Protection Mechanism following the collapse of the New Kakhovka dam, the Interior Ministry announced on Friday.

The EU said that "12 European countries are sending water pumps, tankers, boats, generators and more life-saving aid" to Ukraine.

"Currently, the Republic of Poland, the Republic of Estonia and the Federal Republic of Germany have transferred to the State Emergency Service of Ukraine: fire and rescue equipment and all-terrain vehicles, a special vehicle, a refrigerator, generators, fuel tanks and overalls," the Ukrainian Interior Ministry said in a statement.

Lithuania, the Czech Republic, Finland, Austria, Denmark, Poland, France and Norway are also sending humanitarian aid, he added.

4:21 p.m. ET, June 9, 2023

Irrigation problems for agriculture in southern Ukraine could last for years after dam collapse, says minister

Hair that Yulia Kesayeva gave to CNN

following theNova Kakhovka dam collapse in UkraineEarly this week, irrigation will become one of the biggest problems for agriculture in southern Ukraine, according to a government minister.

The Kakhovka canal has supplied water to more than half a million hectares (more than 1.2 million acres) of land, Food and Agricultural Policy Minister Mykola Solskyi said.

“Lands that did not have irrigation systems will also suffer, as farmers will no longer have anything to grow. They received their main and stable income from crops from fields that had irrigation systems,” he said in a statement on Friday.

The minister said that without irrigation, up to 1.5 million hectares (more than 3.7 million acres) of land will not be fully used and it could take up to seven years to restore irrigation.

“The Kakhovka reservoir was the source of two irrigation and water supply systems: the Kakhovka System and the North Crimean Canal. These systems were designed with water levels in mind to minimize the use of electricity for the pumps. Now the water level has dropped, so the water simply does not reach the systems. To lift it, we must rebuild the dam. So this has been a problem for many years,” he added.

At a press conference on Friday, Deputy Head of the Agrarian Council of Ukraine Denis Marchuk said Ukraine could suffer a loss of more than $1.5 billion in cereals and oilseeds alone due to the disaster.

The dairy sector could be severely affected, Marchuk said, adding that there will be problems with growing vegetables as they require enough water.

“Since the occupation, we have already lost a large number of products from Kherson and Zaporizhia. When we get these areas back, it will be very difficult to grow this crop again. In fact, the peasants say that if a new hydroelectric power plant is not built and there is nowhere to get water, they will not continue with this work”, he said.

4:04 PM m. ET, June 9, 2023

UN delegation visits areas of Ukrainian-controlled Kherson region to provide flood relief

By CNN's Yulia Kesaieva, Richard Roth and Amy Cassidy

A United Nations convoy met with Ukrainian officials in Kherson to discuss delivering more humanitarian aid, officials said Friday, as the southern region recovers from devastating floods caused by the collapse of the New Kakhovka dam earlier this month. week.

"The community of Bilozerka and the city of Kherson are being sent drinking water, food parcels, home repair materials and medicines," the Kherson region military command said.no telegram.

"The delegation met with Oleksandr Prokudin, head of the Kherson Regional Military Command, and representatives of the military command," the publication continued. "They discussed the needs of the area and upcoming aid deliveries."

Speaking in Bilozerka, on the Ukrainian-controlled western bank of the Dnipro river and one of the hardest-hit areas, UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Ukraine Denise Brown warned that the number of people suffering will continue to rise beyond initial estimates. of 17,000. in areas controlled by Ukraine. alone, according to a UN press release.

"The disaster also affected people in areas under Russian control, but the UN currently does not have access to that part of the country," the statement added.

5:27 PM m. ET, June 9, 2023

Ukrainians depend on water donations in flooded areas, according to charities.

By Kathryn Nicholls of CNN in London

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Ukrainians living in areas flooded by the collapse of the New Kakhovka dam are "totally dependent" on donations of clean water, the non-governmental organization World Central Kitchen told CNN on Friday.

"Roads and bridges are flooded, so food cannot be transported (to the area)," said Yuliya Konovalova, coordinator of World Central Kitchen. “The water is out of nowhere, so people are now completely dependent on the water that we and others provide.”

OCollapse of the new Kakhovka damin southern Ukraine, it inundated entire villages, destroyed homes and left tens of thousands of people without electricity or running water.

Action Against Hunger's field coordinator in the region, Phil Oldham, told CNN that the lack of clean water in the region could mean that even those whose homes were not directly affected by the floods will have to flee.

“We can see the potential for much greater displacement as a result of the lack of potable water,” Oldham said. “Now even some of the wells in the area above (the area flooded by) the dam are running dry. ... This can create additional displacements well beyond the level we now see directly from the flood zone."

Oldham said the displaced would likely be out of their homes for months, even as the waters receded.

Others in the area will try to stay in their homes no matter what, Konovalova told CNN. "Many resisted evacuation because they don't want to leave their homes in a war due to the uncertainty of evacuation and relocation sites," she said.

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Christian Aid Ukraine response director Iryna Dobrohorska told CNN there was also the possibility of waterborne diseases.

"Water contamination by dead animals and sewage is likely to have an impact on increased health risks, with cholera being one of the main risks in affected areas," Dobrohorska said.

For those who chose to stay, Dobrohorska said urgent medical help is needed, and not just physical help.

"Affected populations also need immediate psychosocial support," he said. "...Along with the stress and shock of the flood, people need careful medical attention."

“The people we see are old and poor, that is the horror of the front line,” Konovalova said. "People are afraid, people have lost everything, people are holding on to what little is left."

3:42 p.m. m. ET, June 9, 2023

Zelensky says "many problems" remain as rescue operation continues after dam collapse

By Yulia Kesaieva in Kyiv

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Friday that "there are a lot of problems" as rescue operations continue in the Kherson and Mykolaiv regions afterCollapse New Kajovkadam.

“But we are working to surpass them on every possible level,” Zelensky said in his evening speech. He did not go into detail on the issues.

amid reports offighting intensified in the southof the country, Zelensky said: “To our soldiers, to all those who are in particularly difficult battles these days. We see his heroism and we are grateful for every minute of his life."

The President also thanked the United States for anew security assistance packageover $2 billion in support. He said the package would provide "missiles for the Patriots and other air defense systems, strengthening our defenses on the ground, strengthening the strength of all our soldiers."

3:39p. Mr. ET, June 9, 2023

32 nations can submit opinions if Ukraine accuses Russia of false claims of genocide, says UN court

By Amy Cassidy of CNN London

Thirty-two countries, but not the United States, can submit opinions in a case in which Ukraine accuses Russia of using false allegations of genocide as a pretext to launch its full-scale invasion, the International Court of Justice said in a statement this week. viernes. .

On February 27, 2022, Kiev filed a lawsuit against Moscow, stating that "the Russian Federation falsely claimed that acts of genocide took place in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions of Ukraine and, on that basis, recognized the so-called 'People's Republic of Donetsk'". '". and the "Luhansk People's Republic", and then declared and implemented a "special military operation" against Ukraine".

"Ukraine "categorically denies" that any such genocide took place and claims that it submitted the application "to demonstrate that Russia has no legal basis to act in and against Ukraine to prevent and punish any alleged genocide," according to the original submission.

The United Nations' top court accepted applications for membership from the United Kingdom, Canada and 30 other nations on Friday.

Countries have until July 5 to present their views, according to the policy document.

1:01p. Mr. ET, June 9, 2023

British planes raced twice in 24 hours to intercept Russian planes flying near NATO airspace

By CNN's Max Foster and Radina Gigova in London

Britain's Royal Air Force Typhoons attempted twice in one day to intercept several Russian planes flying near NATO airspace, the UK Ministry of Defense said in a statement on Friday.

Thursday afternoon:RAF Typhoons based at Amari Air Base in Estonia and Swedish Air Force Gripens attempted to intercept a Russian Air Force IL-20 "Coot-A" and Su-27 "Flanker-B" flying close to the space air force from NATO and Sweden, the ministry said.

"The Russian aircraft did not comply with international regulations by not coming into contact with the relevant flight information regions (FIRs), but it remained in international airspace and flew professionally," the statement said.

Friday morning:RAF Hurricanes again intercepted an Antonov An-12 "Cub" and An-72 "Coaler" flying south from mainland Russia towards the Kaliningrad region, the ministry said.

"RAF fighters were subsequently assigned to intercept two Tupolev Tu-22M 'BACKFIRES' and two Su-30 SM FLANKER H, which were also flying south from mainland Russia over the Gulf of Finland and the Baltic Sea," said the ministry. "Russian aircraft once again fell short of international standards by failing to properly communicate local FIRs."

The British teamed up with the Finnish Air Force to escort the Russian plane through the Gulf of Finland and then handed it over to the Swedish Air Force.

"Portuguese and Romanian F16s, based at Siauliai Air Base in Lithuania, were also deployed to escort the Russian aircraft as it passed further south through the Latvian and Lithuanian FIRs," the British ministry added.

"These intercepts are a stark reminder that the RAF is always ready to defend our skies and the skies of our allies, while the coordinated action of many air forces serves as clear evidence of the value of our international partnerships," said the secretary of Defending. United States Kingdom Ben Wallace. stated in the ad.

A pilot involved in the encounter said that "although there is an apparent increase in regional activity, these interceptions are still business as usual for us and we stand ready to respond to any task that may pose a threat to regional security," the statement said. .

NATO is currently conductingnaval exercises in the Baltic Seaand, "as expected, Russian aircraft have been tracking allied ships at all times," the ministry said.


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