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Turkish cargo ship leaves Ukrainian port of Mariupol after grain negotiations with Russia

A Turkish cargo ship left the Ukrainian port of Mariupol on Wednesday, following negotiations between Ankara and Moscow on cereals blocked due to the Russian offensive, the Turkish Defense Ministry said in a statement.

“The meeting in Moscow brought with it results… Only hours later, the Turkish cargo (“Azov Concord”), which had been waiting for days, was able to leave the Ukrainian port,” the ministry said. “This is the first foreign ship to leave the Ukrainian port of Mariupol,” a city that fell into Russian hands in May.

Zelensky asks the West for more weapons for Ukraine and more sanctions against Russia

The Ukrainian president, Volodomir Zelensky, in his speech this morning urged the West to send more weapons to Ukraine and to adopt a seventh package of sanctions against Russia “as soon as possible” because “the lives of thousands of people depend on the speed of our partners.”

“In all negotiations, I always emphasize that the seventh package of sanctions from the European Union is necessary as soon as possible. Russia must feel a constant increase in pressure for the war and for its aggressive anti-European policy,” he said.

“Another Russian threat to Lithuania, another wave of energy pressure, another round of lies from Russian officials about the food crisis are all arguments for agreeing to the seventh package of sanctions,” he warned.

Ukraine says Severodonetsk is experiencing “hell”

Ukraine said on Wednesday that the city of Severodonetsk, in the east, is experiencing “hell” due to the siege of Russian troops who are trying to surround this area of ​​Donbas where their military contingent is concentrated.

“For four months all our positions were under full fire — and I want to emphasize this — from all the weapons that the Russian army has,” Sergei Gaidai, the governor of the Luhansk region, said on social media.

“Hell is there,” he said, referring to the siege of Severodonetsk, which has been under heavy bombardment for weeks as the Russians tried to take over the city.

Russia claims to have killed 500 Ukrainian soldiers in shipyard attack

Russia said today that it has killed up to 500 Ukrainian soldiers in an attack on the “Okean” (Ocean) shipyard in the city of Mykolaiv, in southern Ukraine.

“On June 21, as a result of an attack with high-precision weapons of the Russian Aerospace Forces, up to 500 servicemen of the 59th Mechanized Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine with weapons and military equipment, stationed in the workshops of the Okean plant “were annihilated,” the Ministry of Defense noted in its daily war report.

At the end of May, Russia already reported that it had destroyed a hangar at the same shipyard with tanks, infantry vehicles and large-caliber artillery guns.

According to the military spokesman, Igor Konashénkov, “the enemy suffers significant losses” in the Russian military campaign in Ukraine.

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